Summer is hands down the hardest season to dress for if you’re a man. Not that it can’t be done – just take a look at The Sartorialist or Jak and Jil to see all manners of well-dressed gentlemen in cotton suits with perfectly rolled neckerchiefs, or pants worn sockless with little leather ankle bracelets – but if you’re not a real detailsy kinda dude, you’re pretty much plum outta luck. All I ever want to wear is a white tee shirt with some beige pants or blue jeans and a pair of canvas sneakers, and though I have fantasies of getting that bandana tied just right, it never seems to work out for me. It’s a nightmare.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d smash a cotton suit, but most of the time it’s just too damn hot. And then we have to deal with shorts. What a bane. My recommendation on the shorts front, generally, is: don’t. But if you must, keep them above the knee, in a solid colour like navy, tan or maroon (or if you’re feeling extra spirited, a bold pattern), and take them off the minute the sun goes down. Australian brand Mjolk has a bunch of options, plus they’ve used Kiwi model Aiden Andrews in their lookbook, so let’s support those who support our own. I’d generally suggest beige walk shorts the likes of which your grandfather would have worn back in the day with knee-high socks. You can usually find them in pretty good condition from your local second hand store.
Most importantly, stay cool.
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