August 17, 2011

Style Feature: The Summer Jacket

Though summer is beginning to wind down and fashion magazines are already well into the fall season, the heat is unfortunately still here. A lightweight jacket is a great way to stay cool (and stylish) until the weather does the same.

Here are three looks styled around some great summer jackets.

1. Classic Linen

The patch pocket linen jacket is one of the most versatile summer pieces you can own. Wear it with shorts, slacks, or jeans and it will always add a nice seasonal touch to your wardrobe.

Extra Tip : Your pocket square should complement, not match, your shirt (or tie if you are wearing one).

Linen jacket by Bamford & Sons; Shirt by Nautica;
Pants by Sons of Intrigue; Shoes by Ted Baker;
Pocket square by Thomas Pink; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana

2. Casual Cotton

The casual military details on this jacket add some structure to the light cotton shirt and pants.

Extra Tip : Nothing says summer like going sockless, but for added comfort I use super short invisible socks. All the look with none of the baby powder.

Extra Tip II : Chinos come in a variety of weights and fits. For summer, stick to light and slim.

Half-lined cotton jacket by John Varvatos; Shirt by Nautica;
Chinos by PPD; Shoes by Ted Baker; Sunglasses by Prada.

3. Tailored Cotton

Suits are always a great addition to your wardrobe. One way to expand your wardrobe is to break up your suits.

Extra Tip : Cotton, like linen, will wrinkle. Let it happen. This helps create a sense of effortless style.

Extra Tip II : Ties, like all your clothes, should be seasonal. A cotton or linen tie is a great way to change up your style for the season.

Half-lined cotton jacket (part of a suit) by Tallia Orange;
Shirt by Vince; Black denim by 7 For All Mankind;
Shoes by Paul Smith Jeans; Cotton tie by J Crew;
Vintage pocket square; Sunglasses (in hand) by Prada.

As always, thanks for reading.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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