Summer is officially here! Time to finally ditch those warm suits and shirts and dress yourself in summer fabrics to keep you cool and looking sharp.
Seasonal shopping is fun and for a stylish man a neccesity. With a few key items and fabrics your summer wardrobe will be up to date in no time! Let’s talk about the five must have fabrics every man should wear this summer.
Cotton: The largest part of your wardrobe is probably made from cotton. Obviously you can wear it all year round. Cotton however is light weight, very washable, soft and comfortable. Therefore it is perfect for summer and layering. This fabric is ideal for shirts and blazers, making you look both smart and casual.
Linen: Due to the open weave and natural fibres, Linen is the classic summer fabric. No other fabric can keep you as cool as this one. “But it wrinkels!” I hear you say. Who cares about wrinkels when you look good, right? It is the characteristic of this fabric. Choose a darker color, like navy blue, to avoid the see through look. Wearing a linen suit is not always appreciated in corperate settings, so make sure you are informed and dressed to the occasion.
Seersucker: Characterised by its striped pattern this fabric is becoming more populair every year. The feel is very comfortable and light weighted. It has a certain texture which makes it sligtly crinkled. Seersucker is somewhat nautical but that makes it perfect for this season. Although it’s considered too casual for corperate settings it sure makes you look smart on those hot summer days.
Silk: The fabric and symbol of luxury. A very light fabric with a natural sheen. It gives you a delicate and luxureous feel. When wearing silk keep it slim and simple. Do not wear this at the office. There is only one major drawback when it comes to silk: it easily shows sweat marks. If you sweat a lot choose a darker color just to be safe.
Cool Cashmere: Incredible insulating with the light weight feel of cotton. It is the ideal fabric for your summer sweater. Cashmere is wrinkle resistant and it has the ability to absorb moisture. Special fabrics need special care so take a good look at the washing instructions. Invest in two basic cashmere sweaters this season for those long summer nights.
As for all fabrics mentioned above it is important to know: mix and match but don’t overdo it. Also, choose a maximum of two pieces per fabric and when in doubt, keep it simple. Have a stylish summer gentlemen!