STYLE CELEBRITIES: THEY’RE JUST LIKE YOU!
- THEIR MOMS HAVE GARDENS.
- THEY GO TO WEDDINGS.
- THEIR WIFE INSISTS THEY TAKE A PICTURE OF THEIR OUTFIT BECAUSE THEY LOOK SO HANDSOME AND THEY SHOULD “SHOW IT TO THEIR INTERNET FRIENDS.”
STYLE CELEBRITIES: THEY’RE JUST LIKE YOU!
Jamison is the founder of the wonderful clothing company Howard Yount, and as ever he is the very model of relaxed elegance. Another in our growing list of lovely summer looks. Again, just a simple, solid-colored linen sportcoat, no tie, a practical hat and a good fit.
Another wonderfully put-together hot weather look, this time from Andrew in Atlanta. The palette here is very simple - khaki and blue. Looks like a linen jacket (and a lovely one at that). I think the cool tones in the upper half of the body are a nice, calming summer look. They also calm down the bow tie, which is nice.
Here’s an Italian gentleman looking sharp, courtesy of The Sartorialist.
It’s becoming summer in Italy - why does this guy look so at home in this suit?
First of all, it’s linen. Linen, even in heavier weights, stays cool in the heat. It can rumple, which in some cases make it inappropriate for business, but that also gives it a lived-in quality which can be quite wonderful. I think that quality is part of why he looks so at-home in this outfit.
Brown is an unusual color choice for a guy with silver hair, but this particular brown compliments his olive complexion quite nicely. If he had less color in his skin, it wouldn’t look nearly as nice.
In terms of seasonality, I’d guess that his shoes are a lighter brown, not unlike the briefcase in his hand. As Will pointed out today, lighter browns are more suitable to the warmer months. In this case, the case (and the shirt & tie) brighten things up a bit.
This is a gentleman I would be happy to meet, and would certainly be happy to do business with.
Q and Answer: Old Navy
Devine writes: I wish I had a higher-fashion question here, but this morning, a utility quandary presented itself. I found an old $50 Old Navy gift card this morning while cleaning off my dresser, and while I’m not into their clothes, $50 is $50. I’m thinking of using it for undershirts/boxers, but I figured I’d ask — are there any surprises there worth spending (already spent) money on?
Your instinct, to go undershirts-and-boxers, is not off-base. We have one more idea to add to the mix, though: linen.
It’s not quite linen season in your local Old Navy - that’ll come in March and April or so - but summer shirts are the perfect thing to buy from the Gap’s shittier cousin. The past couple of years, Old Navy’s cuts for summer shirts have been decent, and linen should have a little looseness anyway. When you’re only paying $29.50 or $39.50, you won’t feel too bad when you spill some of that strawberry daiquiri on the front and have to go nuclear on that thing in the wash. Get yourself a white long-sleeved linen shirt, with as little adornment as possible, and wear that mf’er every week all summer long. If you’re lucky, you’ll get invited to an awesome tropical party at Diddy’s house.
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Q and Answer: Hippie Wedding
Michael writes: I am getting married in August, and my partner and I are having trouble finding non-formal attire for me to wear. The wedding is on a small island off the coast of Vancouver known for it’s hippy-dippy ways (not that we’re too hippy-dippy ourselves). Do you have any sartorial recommendations for something that will look good without being formal? Right now we just know that we’ll both be wearing Cydwoq shoes.
Sometimes someone writes to us and I’m frankly not sure if they’re making fun of me… or at the very least trying to provoke me.
Speaking of which: a good way to provoke me is to trick me into googling “Cydwoq shoes.” It’s sort of like asking Tommy Lasorda his opinion of Kingman’s performance.
So rather than rising to the bait, I will pretend the last sentence of this email DOES NOT EXIST. Because I am not a hornet’s nest to be prodded with a stick for your amusement. Blocking from my memory the appearance of those horrible shoes has come surprisingly easily, though I expect only years of therapy will correct my post-traumatic stress.
As for what you can wear to an informal wedding in August, how about a linen suit? Looks like Vancouver is usually in the mid-70s that time of year, and linen will be plenty cool enough, and give you the rumpled, natural appearance that hippies love so very much. The coat will also protect you in case of a cool spell. There’s no need for a tie, just a nice white shirt and a nice linen suit.
So, now that your clothes are sorted out, start worrying about your officiant.