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Summer brings out my inner dichotomy. On the one hand, I love the heat. On the other, the hotter weather means that I can no longer run around in my sweaters. It’s quite the conundrum. When I was in Milan in June, it was hot. Really really hot. Especially coming from mid-winter New Zealand. I went from zero to 35 degrees in 24 hours. All I could wear was a white tee shirt and my beige pants. Everyday of the week. Around me were hundreds of Italian men dressed in beautiful two or three piece navy suits. I’d never felt so under-dressed in my life and I couldn’t figure out how they were managing it. Over there it seems style takes precedence over comfort. Here in New Zealand though, the onset of Summer brings with it one outfit of choice for men – singlet, board shorts, jandals. Horror.
I hate singlets, can’t stand board shorts (even on surfers) and think jandals should never leave the beach. Especially on girls. I think girls wearing jandals on the street is up there with tights-as-pants.
But there are still options.
Plain white tee shirts, cuffed blue jeans, Chucks. 1950s Americana at its best.
Mismatched suits with cotton pants/linen blazers, white shirts, clean white pocket squares, no socks.
Shorts and tee shirts – as long as the shorts finish above the knee.
Blue cotton blazers with beige pants. Anything with a hint of the nautical is always good, and you can dress it up with a tie or dress it down with an open collared shirt.
Shorts and blazers.
Denim or chambray shirts with rolled up khakis and sneakers.
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