Perhaps more so than women, men tend to think of their wardrobe as seasonal. It’s summertime, so away goes all that stuff you’ve been wearing all winter and out come the flip-flops and shorts, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few suggestions for items that a man can enjoy all year round.
To be warm in winter, cool in summer. You’ve heard that before, right? But linen is a natural fiber for which this statement is true. The structure of the weave means that the shirt hangs away from your skin, allowing air to circulate. Yes, linen shirts can look crumpled, but that’s part of the appeal. In summer you can wear it untucked with a pair of shorts and in winter you wear it with jeans or chinos for a smart/casual combo. Linen is more durable than cotton, easy to care for and it’s a more sustainable crop so you get the bonus of feeling virtuous.
If you labored under the misconception that wearing sunglasses in winter is only for A-list celebrities, then think again. That low winter sun shines dangerous UV rays right into your eyes, so wearing sunglasses when it’s cold outside, actually makes a lot of sense. Choose something simple and stylish, which will go with a range of outfits, such as Justin sunglasses, which you can customize to suit your style.
Surely no article of clothing screams winter as much as a scarf, but like sunglasses, there are very good practical reasons for wearing a scarf outside of the winter season. Whilst that eight-foot monster made from the wool of three sheep by a well-meaning aunt needs to be reserved for crisp winter mornings, a summer scarf, usually made from something lighter like cotton, linen or silk is a perfect way to accessories yourself. A light scarf in winter will still give you a cosy neck and in summer it’s a really good way to protect a sensitive part of your body from sunburn. When the sun goes down and a cool breeze comes in, you’ll be glad you’re wearing one.
You may feel that baseball caps can now only be worn by hip-hop royalty, but don’t ignore this extremely practical item of clothing. The big peak of a baseball cap is an excellent way to keep the sun out of your eyes at all times of the year, so long as you always wear it facing to the front. For something a little more smart/casual, a Peaky Blinders flat cap will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter and is a very stylish accessory.
A tailored jacket
A classy all year-round fashion piece. A well-fitted jacket makes a man look slimmer and broader. Just pair it with a dress shirt and trousers which contrast, you don’t want to look like you are wearing a suit which doesn’t match.
A denim jacket
A more casual option but still a great accessory for all seasons and those pockets mean that you don’t have to cram everything into your trouser pockets. It’s probably an idea to steer clear from double denim though, unless you know how to style it off.