There are three or four classic summer items that look great if worn properly and terrible if not:
- The white polo shirt – you can wear this under a blazer or linen jacket or much more simply with shorts. It’s a colour that can be worn by men and women and it looks fine on a hot day in the office as well as being suitable for a day on the beach or an evening barbecue. To look after it properly, apply sun lotion and deodorant at least an hour before putting it on so that you don’t get rings and stains from the chemicals in those vital summer toiletries.
- The linen jacket – the unstructured jacket is a summer favourite. It’s cool and light and can be crumpled. It looks good with most things but is at its best with beige or cream trousers or a summer skirt and not so great with jeans, because the difference in weight between the fabrics can make the jacket look skimpy.
- Shorts – wearing summer shorts is an art form and making the right choice can be vital. Capri pants are better for women who have thick ankles and for men with a beer belly, drawstring shorts that reach the knee are much more flattering than elasticated waist shorts that only come to mid thigh. Both sexes tend to look good in cargo shorts, especially in the summer colours: cream, beige, light blue. All shorts look terrible with formal tops like a collared shirt, a structured jacket or a silky top just create a horrible mish-mash of styles that offend the eye. Keep to casual clothing like polo-shirts or summer T-shirts to give your shorts the laid-back vibe.