Darren Kennedy: Be summer smart
Smart casuals that keep you looking crisp in the heat
A 'smart-casual' dress code is tricky at the best of times but summer brings a host of extra challenges. How to pull off said dress code without turning into a sweaty mess?
Having recently spent time in Paris at the French Open, I was impressed with how French men navigate the conundrum. While most spectators in sports stands tend to opt for tracksuits and T-shirts, in Paris looks varied along the full spectrum of smart casual, with some guys opting for dressed-down tailoring while others chose staples such as a Breton sweater or chinos. A suit is the classic option - look for something in a light, summer fabric (ideally a cool linen-cotton mix) but ditch the tie and pair it with low-key trainers. Others prefer not to wear a full-on suit, opting for lightweight jackets in tan and khaki with chambray shirts or tees, and navy trousers for a combination that feels louche and laid-back.
205 W39 NYC knit vest with scarf detail, €750, Calvin Klein, Brown Thomas
Sometimes the simplest of looks makes the greatest impact. If you're struggling, opt for a tonal look. This means wearing one colour - for instance, navy - head to toe, adding interest through texture and different shades of navy.
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