Brooks Brothers is having their corporate members sale today, offering 30% off for one day only. I thought it’d be neat to feature a summer look that is put together, but will still keep you cool when temperatures rise.
If you’re looking for a go-to-hell jacket for summer, madras is perfect. Bold colors and super lightweight and breathable. Brooks Brothers has a madras sportcoat in a 3/2 roll in their new Cambridge cut that has an undarted, but slimmer, “sack” cut.
(Those less adventurous might want to consider a seersucker jacket like this double-breasted Milano-cut one that looks pretty cool.)
For trousers, I recommend the linen-cotton Milano-cut chinos. Full linen trousers do have a heck of a time keeping their crease and wrinkle incredibly easy. Cotton by itself can be too heavy to wear in the summer. The combo, however, hits a happy medium I’ve found.
I also highly recommend picking up some linen shirts. They wear cooler than cotton shirting and feel as light as a T-shirt. It might be tempting to get some “fun” colors, but keep in mind that neutral tones will be more versatile.
For shoes, suede bucks are an obvious choice. They’re casual and tan coordinates well with white trousers and doesn’t compete for attention with the madras colors.
A belt might be where a lot of people either overthink or completely swing and miss. Just get a casual D-or-O ring belt. You don’t have to worry necessarily about matching your belt to your shoes in this case (save that rule for leathers) and just pick something that coordinates with the outfit and isn’t too obnoxious.
(If you don’t have a Brooks Brothers corporate card, then thisfits has you covered on how to get one.)