The ten rules of summer style
Every season has its particular hallmarks for how to dress.
During the fall and winter, for instance, you want thicker fabrics, darker colors, and subtle patterns. For spring and summer it's all about light fabrics, bold patterns, and brighter colors.
It's a season to embrace and celebrate those long, lazy, sun-filled days. Of course, if you need a little help figuring out how to do that, we've got you covered. From how to wear a blazer to when you should ditch your socks, here are the ten commandments of warm-weather style.
Thanks to the warm weather, there's no real reason to overpack. Unless you're leaving for a month, stick to a weekender bag with the essentials. And bring items you can use in multiple ways. Your swimsuit, for instance, will work perfectly well as workout shorts. And an unlined blazer will look as good with shorts during the day as it will with chinos at night.
Leather trimmed twill duffle bag ($395) by Filson, mrporter.com
Wear bold swimwear
How often do you really get to let loose and go crazy withcolourss and patterns? Unless your name is Elton John, probably not often. So don't be afraid to add some festivity to your swimwear. It's one item where you can be as loud as you want.
Titan short printed swim shorts ($275) by Thorsun, mrporter.com
When wearing a suit, go light
Regardless of whether it's a summer wedding or simply an important work meeting, when you have to wear a suit, stick with something in a light fabric—like summer-weight wool, cotton, or linen. You'll be more comfortable during those sweltering days, and most importantly, you won't be a sopping wet mess.
Ludlow suit jacket ($298) by J.Crew, jcrew.com
Show some ankle
Honestly, unless you're in a relatively conservative professional setting, socks are strictly optional during the summer months. Sneakers, loafers, even a pair of derbies all look good with a bit of ankle showing.
Gommino suede driving shoes ($455) by Tod's, mrporter.com
Unconstructed blazers are your friend
You can dress it up for special events, dress it down for a casual date night, or dress it way down for some day drinking on the boardwalk. It's one of the most versatile, stylish, and comfortable pieces you can own.
Seersucker blazer ($279) by Beams Plus, endclothing.com
Don't wear an expensive watch to the beach
Do you have any idea what it feels like to watch an expensive timepiece sink to the bottom of a large body of water? Do you want to know? Just because it was built for underwater depths doesn't mean it was built to take you with it. There's many a cool-looking, low-priced, water-resistant watch on the market that won't keep you up at night should you accidentally lose it.
MK1 chronograph nylon strap watch ($99) by Timex, nordstrom.com
A hat works better than sunscreen
Whether you're hanging out at the beach, in the park, or are just taking a stroll on a sunny day, a good hat will keep your face from turning into an old catcher's mitt.
Twill sports hat ($69) by Norse Projects, endclothing.com
Invest in a windbreaker
Most of the time, you're not going to need a jacket during the spring and summer. But for rare few occasions, a light windbreaker is your move. Whether you're at the beach, in the mountains, or even in the desert, evenings can occasionally get chilly.
Sailing smock hooded jacket ($290) by Albam, mrporter.com
Buy the right shades
You've got to protect your eyes from the sun anyway, so why not protect them with a pair of sunglasses that will make you look like a badass?
Aviator sunglasses ($150) by Ray-Ban, mrporter.com
Espadrilles over flip-flops
When you're at the beach, obviously you want footwear that's easy to get in and of. And while flip-flops certainly get the job done, a pair of canvas espadrilles do it with considerably more style.
Linen Espadrilles ($109) by Mulo, matchesfashion.com