INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
STYLISH GUYS IN HEATWAVE 'FITS
By Steven Potter, 25 July 2019
You’re sleeping on top of your sheets, you’re seriously considering wearing a vest to work and you’re in a semi-permanent state of perspiration. It’s a heatwave alright. So, if these humid times have caught you totally unprepared, check out how five of Europe’s street stylers still pull off pap-worthy 'fits in the face of sweltering temps.
Co-ords have been gaining in popularity all season in different variations, from understated workwear trews and jackets right through to head-turning, beach-ready shorts and shirts. This guy spotted in New York is clearly a fan of the trend but has pushed things a step further by copping a set in next year’s key colourway: bright, cartoony camo. If SS20 catwalks are anything to go by, the design’s set to do anything but blend in going forwards.
The mesh vest: before you rapidly scroll past in horror, consider the look above. The wrap-style, palm-print shirt, the loafers, the utility trews – all of these are good options by themselves. But the addition of a net-style vest brings that extra something – and, perhaps more importantly, it's ultra-breathable. Yes, we’ve witnessed a solid no-no reborn into a practical and stylish component of any summer look. Consider the stigma sartorially smashed to smithereens.
Pick the bucket
In a summer of throwbacks (70s tie-dye, 90s animal print and 00s neon), one accessory has risen up to join the likes of the bum bag in attaining the status of ‘certified outfit-completing cop’. Enter the bucket hat. The small-rimmed favourite has cast off its worn-out raver and Britpop image to once again grace the streets of Fashion Week capitals as the sun-blocking accessory of choice. Just take the Parisian guy above in his stripped-back, incredibly tonal outfit. And look, there’s not a glow stick in a sight.
Sportswear, of course
Incredibly, this is the second outfit of our rundown to include a mesh vest – this time in Milan. But, before this article starts to sound like a push to make them a thing (should they be?) it’s actually this chap’s bottom half that’s gained him entry. Sportswear is designed for one thing: to get sweaty in. Add that to your heatwave look and you’ve won. Game over. Completed it. All you need is some lightweight and breathable kicks (those Vapormax should do the trick) and an elevated accessory (cue the Vuitton bag) to give the low-key look a high-end finish.
Sandal with care
Sandals – first the vest and now this? Yes chaps. No longer solely reserved for art teachers and middle-aged ramblers, sandals of all styles reached fever pitch this year thanks to designers such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Lanvin updating techy and strappy styles for SS19 and SS20. So, in light of the heatwave, it’s time to treat ya feet, just like the guy above. Pastel shades keep things cool AF up top while his open-air footwear do the same down below. A lesson in classic summer dressing if there ever was one – although maybe swap the beanie for a bucket hat.