With winter now over and temperatures on the rise, spring dressing ought to be in full swing, so heavy layers – wools, flannels and cashmeres – should be retired for another season.It’s time to bid a warm welcome to a lighter, brighter aesthetic that functions to keep us cool but also smart in the workplace. Generally, the more sociable weather seems to generate a slouchier attitude to tailoring, but remember whatever your workplace’s dress code, it never goes unnoticed by clients, colleagues and your boss if you make an effort with your wardrobe. See below a great business look that will help to stay cool this summer in both sartorial and temperature terms.
“A lightweight, easy to wear suit is ideal for the summer months and this Oliver Spencer unstructured seersucker suit jacket and trouser has the perfect balance of being relaxed yet smart. It can also be dressed up or down teaming it with either a t-shirt or shirt. The elasticated drawstring waist on the trousers gives a contemporary laid-back feel to what would usually be seen as formal attire.”
“Premium basics are what Save Khaki does best – and this t-shirt is a great example with an exceptionally soft finish and a fit that will be comfortable on any build. A classic piece like this is great to wear under unstructured suiting or with chino shorts for a ‘casual Friday’ summer look.”
“Drake’s has an eye for distinctive colours and patterns, and this pocket square is a great example. With a lightweight cotton, modal and cashmere blend, it’s ideal for the summer months. Its versatility means it can be worn as a traditional pocket square or as a neck scarf.”
“New Balance’s ‘576’ sneakers are one of the brand’s most iconic designs and this ‘OG’ pair is part of a ‘Made in the UK’ commemorative drop to celebrate the style’s 30th birthday. Finished with suede and leather, this comfortable pair look great whether they are teamed with a suit or jeans.”
Olie Arnold is the Style Director of Mr Porter and oversees the fashion and style for all of the brand’s content in The Journal and The Mr Porter Post, alongside the brand’s seasonal advertising campaigns and lookbooks.
This article was published in The Produktkulturmagazin, issue Q2 2018. Picture credit © MR PORTER