The Best Men’s Summer Clothes to Beat the Heat for 2023 – Rob Report
Summer takes a man to the extremes of fashion in no time: a black-tie wedding tux one day, a pair of swim trunks and some sneakers the next. But at least these situations come with an easy-to-follow outline. It’s the open occasions between the two — vacation dinner outings, backyard get-togethers, heatwave commutes — that present the biggest challenges to warm-weather dressing. The trick is to find items that provide more structure and polish than T-shirts and shorts but don’t cause you to collapse from heatstroke.
Fortunately, today’s menswear market, after years of increasing casualness (driven first by athleisure, then by the pandemic), is now full of polished options designed specifically to address the predicament. This is not a case of technological advances in air-conditioned polyester suits, but rather a return to the shapes, fibers and silhouettes worn by men in extreme heat during the more stylish parts of the 20th century. Think lightweight knit polo shirts, open shirts, and pleated, free-flowing pants reminiscent of those worn by Fred Astaire in… Band wagon– Or from Ralph Lauren ads in the 1980s.
Few handle this contemporary summer design better than Stòffa. The New York-based clothing maker makes everything from suits to shorts in muted colors and natural fabrics — features that are paramount for these types of breezy goods. “Shirts are a very young invention. Shirts with striped collars and half-buttons have been around in hot, tropical climates for centuries,” says designer Ajesh Madan of the brand’s inspiration, which draws inspiration from both Eastern and Western cultures. For the spring/summer 2023 season, the label is introducing upgrades Easy as breathable basket-weave cotton trousers and linen shirts in sun-avoiding colors, including wheat, taupe and seafoam. Much of the collection is made from silk-blend or tropical wool, which Madan describes as “a very underrated fabric in Summer.” Although lightweight wool may initially seem an unlikely choice, Madan says it was popular in summer suits 60 years ago, as it can be made semi-sheer and more flexible than cotton.
Stòffa and its stylistic contemporaries, including P. Johnson, Giuliva Heritage, Doppiaa, and Drake’s, as well as more globally recognized houses like Brunello Cucinelli and Loro Piana, also offer ultra-heat comfort through loose silhouettes. “You don’t find tight clothing in tropical climates,” says Madan. The simple fact is that clothing with more breathing room, breathes better. “If there’s air between the layers of your body, you’re going to be able to cool down, and you’re going to need to separate the air,” says Greg Lellouche of No Man Walks Alone, a New York City haberdashery that has become a cult favorite for its stock. Of fingerprints imported under the radar. In addition to avoiding the uncomfortable experience that arises when tight clothing meets sweat, more relaxed clothing feels less stuffy—literally and figuratively—and therefore less formal. While summer shirts are often collared and pants may have visible creases, the loose fit allows them to drape, crease and move freely, whether worn on lazy city streets or sunny boardwalks.
To be clear, improving your summer wardrobe doesn’t mean going back to the old sartorial edicts of yesteryear, especially the “men shall not wear shorts” commandment. There’s also no need to cross out T-shirts, although Lelouch points out that a knit pattern — for example, one made by Camo, a thriving brand based in Biella, Italy — hits the mark better than the average printed cotton jersey number. Silkscreen. However, in both cases, “it’s about what surrounds them,” he says. And if you choose shorts, be sure to apply the same principles as their legged counterparts, especially regarding fit and fabrication — and think about what tops. “Shorts should be supported by a fitted shirt, due to their casual nature,” Lelouch advises. “Then replace your flip-flops and sneakers with more elevated shoes.”
Since there are only a few hours one can reasonably spend walking around the beach barefoot, the right shoes for this “classy casual” aesthetic are the finishing touch. Whether you’re kicking your flip-flop habit or curbing your appetite for canvas sneakers, stylish options abound, from Todd Snyder x Armando Cabral’s leather slingbacks to hand-woven Shamula pumps. Last summer, No Man Walks Alone debuted Moroccan raffia moccasins in collaboration with El Karti, an artisan based in the coastal city of Essaouira, who still stocks them. Effectively, it’s a traditional woven shoe that the retailer reviewed with a stacked heel and leather lining for a more loafer-like feel.
“The goal was to take this look and this material and apply it to everyday summer looks in the city,” Lelouch says. In fact, the more he describes it, the more it sounds like a cure-all for any number of summer style setbacks — a shoe that works at both ends of this season’s occasion wear. And Everywhere in between. “You can even wear it to a black-tie summer event and it won’t look out of place,” he says. The same goes for pairing them with swimsuits – and what other shoe style can pull off this trick?