This summer we’re bringing back a Richmond — a Southern — tradition: Summer Clothes for grownups. Summer suits and sportcoats used to be the norm. We couldn’t fathom not wearing a coat and tie regardless of the weather. And we didn’t have air-conditioning until what? The 1980’s?
That’s all changed with the casual society we live in these days. But that doesn’t mean that you have to dress like a surfer, if you’re not one.
Take the classic combination shown above. A khaki suit, ready-made but tailored to fit you, a white button down and a black silk knit tie. Shown with a straw hat, silk skull-and-bones pocket square and black monk straps. Classic, with a twist. Serious enough for a meeting and hip enough for a night out on the town. Best yet, it’s cool wearing and meant to be a bit casual.
Now take that same suit and add a blue checked shirt, navy silk knit tie and a large gingham navy and white pocket hank. That’s serious summer elegance with a playful edge. Shown here with the always appropriate saddle shoe, but it would look just as good with bucks.
That’s one suit, two ways. The beauty of the khaki suit is that the jacket goes really well over jeans and the trousers … well, you can’t ever have too many chinos in summer, right?
By the way, what do you think of the new look in the middle room? Surprised?