Man on the Move: Seasonal Sartorial Transitions
Transitional style is an advanced game of balance. One of the primary tenets of said game is a color palette that can work amid conflicting brisk winds and warming rays of sun. Hues are best utilized when muted but not dark, and bright but not vibrant. Working in this system, the selected look from Berluti’s Spring/Summer 2017 is guided by brown, grey and olive serving as buffers for early spring business casual. The shades are not bold but also not diluted. They exist in a space of color that compliments the erratic weather common at this point in the season. The ensemble itself is standard handsome and achievable without extensive effort.
Style Advice: Put this on! A houndstooth linen blend blazer from the home of reasonable Italian quality, Massimo Dutti. The brown in this piece is more sanded in its undertones, which offers a lightness that will complement the warming climate. Instead of going darker khaki on the bottoms, try a lighter khaki and make it more interesting with a jogger, also from Massimo Dutti. The shirt should have a distinctively undetectable pattern and a cool collar to give it some character, such as this frock from COS. The shoes need to be substantial and present such as this woven derby from weatherproof mavens Aquatalia. To add a touch of attention to detail this perfectly coordinated two tone bag from Suit Supply will seal the package of mid-season handsomeness to a tee. Bring on the moderate rays, as we will be dressed sharply for it.
Must Have: This is the premier fabric of warm weather. When worn with panache and attention to detail it emits a sense of richness in taste and skill. Be it striped or solid, pleated or flat front, linen pants are a style trope that define timelessness. Think the French Riviera, summer weekends in the Hamptons, or lounging on a wealthy friend’s yacht. Maybe even a garden brunch or a hometown barbecue. Linen bottoms are a force of stylistic nature. Get a limitlessly neutral off white pair from our favorite affordable hub for quality men’s clothing, Suit Supply. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, then the olive number could function dapperly as a more pronounced neutral.
Industry Update: White on white. The next installment in our impromptu color series features the very absence of it. No longer limited to the weekend preceding Labor Day, the all white ensemble is a chic undertaking that works in various contexts, always with positive impact. There is nothing crisper than a white blazer (double the cool points if it is double breasted) over a white button down shirt with white linen pants and a pop of color on the footwear. Style is indisputably about the finishes and a keen sense of attention to them. Wearing an easily fallible color on every garment not only requires risk but it also communicates a sagaciousness in one’s sartorial sensibility. Taking it to the next level does not have to involve on-trend disproportionate silhouettes and incoherent assemblage. It can be as simple as embracing the skillfully monochromatic. Try it on, if you are up for the challenge!