This starts out like any other menswear wardrobe, but the blazer is cotton, and unstructured (i.e. unlined, but still meticulously finished inside.) The trousers are linen, and the tie is a lighter-weight fabric and overall “look.” But you still need this kind of look for a lot of vacations; unless you’re going to a tropical destination (about which I know NOTHING), a blazer and dress shoes will get you into virtually any place you want, sort of a black-tie event!
belt – Nordstrom;
trousers – J.Crew
More linen! I’m a big fan of linen for hot weather, although it can wrinkle atrociously. If the humidity is high enough, the wrinkles will fall out…
I have a really strong personal dislike for cargo shorts, and for clothing with writing on it… If you’re in a city or town specifically to attend an event that suggests a garment with a logo, then go for it. (I will definitely be wearing an Irish rugby jersey when I’m in Wales next month!). But I think it looks much nicer to avoid these garments for vacation wear. A pink belt? I tossed this in to show one way in which a touch of whimsy and humor can be introduced into an otherwise conservative wardrobe. And I like looking at men’s legs well enough to be a big fan of no-show socks!
sneakers – Lacoste; linen shorts – Club Monaco
Another pair of shorts, a simple short sleeve linen shirt, and a lighter-weight sweatshirt finish off our 13 pieces. These are easy to wear with virtually anything else in your suitcase (except maybe shorts with the blazer are a bit much…)
This has a lot of possibilities:
I want to do this one more time, with warm colors for warm weather. If only I could just toss these things into a bag and drag Belovedest off for a few weeks….