Six summer style hacks
By Style Feed Staff, 1 August 2016
Summer. You love it for the barbecues, the beaches and the beer gardens. You hate it for reducing you to a sweaty, crumpled mess when, for the rest of the year, your look is on point. Well, suffer no more – or certainly less – with these small but significant summer style tips.
Get your fabrics right
If only seasonal dressing was as simple as wearing more or less layers. That’s important, obviously, but so too is the crucial matter of fabrics. Anything woollen, cashmere or tweed needs to be locked away until winter, while you enjoy the cool embrace of breathable linen, seersucker and – most common of all – fine cotton. Get this right and you’re halfway there already.
Master the sockless look
Not allowed to wear shorts to work, but still fancy feeling a little breeze on your ankles? Don’t blame you at all. The trick is to invest in some invisible socks and wear trousers that taper an inch or two above your anklebone. You could just roll them up, but it's more fun to go to a tailor and let the man with the needle do what he does best.
Get a NATO strap
Sometimes – not often, but sometimes – the world of fashion and practicality dovetail perfectly to make your life easier. So it is this season with nylon NATO straps, the breathable alternative to steel or leather that have been embraced by Rolex, Omega and various other watch heavyweights in recent months. So you can still wear your favourite timepiece and be on trend without developing sweaty wrist syndrome.
Stock up on fresh laces
In clement weather, your trusty white sneakers are trustier than ever. They’re also more likely to be dragged through fields, beaches and wherever else you go looking for adventure. Giving them a cursory wipe down now and then to clean the leather is only polite, but if you really want to recapture some of that box-fresh magic, swap out the old laces for a new pair every couple of weeks. Consider it a face-lift for your shoes, only one that, y’know, looks good.
Learn to roll up your sleeves properly
OK, we’ll admit this isn't the most exciting piece of style advice ever dispensed. On the other hand, attention to detail is what separates the men from the boys, so huddle in. If you have to wear a long-sleeved shirt this summer and want to set your forearms free, fold the cuff inside out and slide it above your elbow, then fold the bottom up until it reaches the top of the cuff and smooth out the edges. You’re looking for nice clean lines, rather than two scruffy lumps that'll ruin your look.
It may seem counter-intuitive, as the sun shines bright, to wear a jacket that technically involves more fabric than your standard two-button blazer, but a solid DB (unlined, of course) is actually a great way to smarten up in the summer. For one thing, it's slimming – and who comes out of winter without needing to be slimmed down a bit? For another, you can wear it with a T-shirt because only the neckline is on show. Trust us, it works.