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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Comfort of A Summer Jacket

If there is a word to define clothing that is perfect yet somewhat crumpled, smooth yet somewhat spongy, patterned yet not in a way that would scare the horses, it is almost certainly an Italian word for which there is regrettably no English equivalent. Flat, shiny cloth just doesn't cut it in summer, least of all the American summer, and certainly not when you’re talking about finding the right summer blazer. You want cloth that is rough enough to look casual and has enough body to handle the vagaries of humidity and heat, and the crumple factor — well, the crumple factor is key. Linen, with its naturally burlapy look, is the perfect foundation for conveying that oh-fk-it nonchalance required of the summer blazer, and when it's blended with wool (like, say, the carefully calculated 60/40 linen-wool blend of this superlative Etro specimen), the crumple more or less takes care of itself. If only we could say the same for our tans.
Two-button linen-and-wool blazer ($2,445) by Etro

Seersucker Print

 If your a business man, I'm sure you've felt the unbearable heat of summer while in your suit's and tweed jackets. However, with seersucker you will over heat no more, and still look presentable to any board members. Seersucker is perfect for hot weather because of its natural ability to "wick" moisture away from the skin.  The wavy, crinkled finish of the cloth allows only part of the fabric to actually touch the skin.  This effect promotes greater circulation and evaporation during steamy conditions. You can buy seersucker today in suits, shirts, trousers, and even shorts.  Suits will look best with buck shoes, and if you want to be a little eclectic, throw in a bow tie. 
for a cheaper suit from Mr. Bathing Ape it will cost you (upwards of $1,000)