With hot, sticky days just around the corner it’s time to think about summer-izing your work attire. Tempting as it may be to dress down because of the heat, there’s no need to. Today’s menswear fabrics are lighter, cooler and more breathable than they’ve ever been. Which means it’s easier than ever to lighten up your Monday through Friday wardrobe and still navigate the work day with style and even comfort. There are options for both ends of the formality spectrum—corporate and not so much. The key is to look polished no matter the environment and put your best, most professional foot forward. Here’s how.
Suit Samuelsohn Loro Piana Extreme wool suit, $1,295* (shown above)
You can wear wool suits in the summer. Seriously. The trick is to find the right weight. Super-lightweight wool like this one breathes well, won’t wrinkle easily, and does well in the rain. Stick with lighter colors like this goes-with-everything gray—they just feel right on warm summer days.
Shirt Robert Talbott tailored-fit sport shirt, $198*
Bright, cheery gingham screams summer. If you like louder colors and patterns (we do), reserve them for one element of your look or layer them under a suit to keep them, well, in check.
Tie & Pocket Square Robert Talbott yellow silk tie, $85; Pinstripes Multi-tipped linen pocket square, $65 *
Showcase your personality (and the season) with the color and pattern on your tie, bow tie, pocket square or socks. Pocket squares should complement your shirt and tie, not match them.
*All from Pinstripes on the Country Club Plaza.
Jacket, price upon request, Hudson & Jane in the Crestwood Shops
Hudson & Jane brown hopsack jacket, price upon request
A looser weave makes this jacket more breathable and creates a basket-weave texture that’s summer’s answer to tweed. The soft shoulder has a relaxed feel that’s right for casual Fridays and creative or start-up office environments.
Giannetto linen shirt in Pearl, $285, Hudson & Jane in the Crestwood Shops
There’s a reason linen has been at-home in the summer forever: it’s light as air, insanely breathable, and absolutely timeless. Wear a linen shirt like this one under your suit or jacket and you’ll feel cooler even with the jacket on.
Ballin modern-fit trousers, $175, Houndstooth in the River Market
Remember to be smart with business casual looks: you can look relaxed and professional at the same time. Skip shapeless pants and try these straight-leg ones—they’re comfortable and easy to move in thanks to some stretch.
Moore & Giles courier bag, $610, Halls Kansas City in Crown Center
A serious, but not stuffy, courier bag is perfect for serious, but not stuffy, work places.
Novesta Star Master sneakers, $74, Houndstooth in the River Market
These are some of the lightest, most flexible sneakers we’ve seen. To keep them refined enough for the office, pair them with a sport jacket, tie, and pocket square.
Tie & Pocket Square
Tie Bar charcoal tie, $19, and Tie Bar floral pocket square, $10, Halls Kansas City in Crown Center
You can forego a belt when you’re going more casual, but don’t skip a pocket square. Floral, check, seersucker, and striped prints all have a summer-y vibe.
Filson Mackinaw field watch in brass with brown nylon strap, $650, Ulah in Woodside Village
Subtle details can make a big difference in your look and your comfort come July and August when every bit helps. Trade your leather watch strap for a less-clingy cotton, grosgrain, or nylon one in the warm, muggy months.