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Summer Tailoring Rules

Sharpen Up


The new rules of summer tailoring laid out in black and white

Summer in the city calls for paradoxical dressing: you want to loosen out but you’ve still got to sharpen up. Keep your white-collar cred intact by following our guide to the new summer tailoring rules.

The Shorter Story

Jason Wu nailed the Bermuda short this season. Men, of course, have been nailing it for years. To keep it right for now, wear with box-fresh trainers for men, while women should elevate the situation with a heel. Add a blazer and a cup of ambition and there’s no stopping you.

The White Shirt

Nothing will work harder for your 9 to 5 than a white shirt – probably not even you. It’ll put in the overtime too – think long shifts at the bar when it’s paired with zany printed trousers, or worn as a clever layering piece under sweaters and over leathers. The way to make it so hot right now? Go white on white like Damir Doma and Altuzarra suggest.

Wide Trousers

Broaden your perspectives this summer and embrace the wide-legged trouser. The pin-thin silhouette belongs in the winter of yesteryear, so loosen up, undo a belt buckle and enjoy that second gelato. It’s the big tailoring story for next season (shout out to Givenchy), so get ahead now by wearing with flat shoes and an air of nonchalance.

The Nip-Tuck Suit

A suit in summer should be two things: classy and fabulous. For both sexes it should be single breasted, turned up at the hems, and worn with the simplest of adornments: a block-colour T-shirt, a pair of clear acetate sunglasses, and a hand planted firmly into the pocket for optimal swagger.

The Long Jacket

Global warming? Unpredictable weather patterns? Designers have noticed it too. The likes of Christopher Bailey and Guillaume Henry have kindly provided for the wet and confusing weather in the chicest way possible – with a long tailored jacket. It’s as fresh as a hydrologic breeze and will become one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe.