I would love to saunter my way through August dressed like David Beckham on his centre-court visits at Wimbledon, but us mere menswear mortals have to make our sartorial music in a lower key. You can be sure Mr Beckham puts a lot of thought and effort into looking as well-turned out as he does. So, as a fellow fortysomething man, I take inspiration from his style drive and use a few key pieces to see me stylishly through the late summer into autumn, while hoping the decent weather holds. Here are my few current August style favourites-
From somewhere around the time of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off up to around three years ago, I had mistaken seersucker for a pattern somewhat like a cheerful plaid, I learned, however, that seersucker is a light, puckered cotton fabric that is almost crease free and allows for more breathability for the wearer.
Seersucker jackets in particular are often striped, but not exclusively so. Being in a climate that does not necessarily lend itself to tropical attire (if you don’t count the rainfall that is), I think navy seersucker is my choice for the summer. Lighter and slightly more relaxed in itself than a regular blazer or jacket, it might just give me a go-to outfit for Saturday night drinks or Sunday lunch when I pair it up with a white tshirt, some minimal sneakers and matching trousers. Smart-casual done up in quite a modern day way I think. My seersucker suit was picked up from Officine Generale via Mr Porter and I am optmistic for plenty of 2019 wear!
Are shorts going through something of a renaissance at the moment or is it just me? Even on wet days (of which there have been quite a few here), there seem to be legions of men going about their daily lives in shorts.
Shorts come in all shapes and styles these days; sports shorts, cargo shorts, jersey shorts, twill shorts, bermuda shorts etc etc. My preference as an older man is a tailored short. Now, that is not as stuffy as it sounds. I found a stylish, but comfortable pair recently from ASKET in Stockholm. Slim fit in a cool olive shade, with minimal detailing. A good fit with the length to just above the knee, means i can dress it up with a smart shirt or down with a loose t-shirt or vest.
Extra points are added to these shorts due to their organic cotton make up. Bravo to ASKET for their production values.
I have covered colour on this blog before, but as the seasons change and there maybe a little less daylight around, it is more important than ever in my opinion.
A tee with a pop of colour or an oxford shirt in a slightly brighter shade will make all the difference to your outfit and your mood. Yes, too much and we are heading into garish territory, but inject a little and see how you go. My trousers tend to be navy and my denim indigo, so there is definitely scope for my top half being a little brighter. Colours to start with include mustard, bright blues and a bit of green. Keep your bright side up at all times!
Enjoy your August and thanks for reading,