Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wardrobe Upgrades for the Summer

In preparation for the summer, Esquire has laid out some wardrobe add-ons to make your style stand out during the warmer months.

Yes, of course, this means layering. Because who really knows when an overnight chill will come or if your lady friend will get cold.

The basic: A navy-blue blazer.
You need: A lightweight striped sweater to layer underneath it.
And don't forget: To give your collared shirts a rest. The no-collar is what makes it no-boring.
Two-button wool-blend blazer ($175) and cotton trousers ($52) by Dockers; cotton sweater ($244) by John Smedley; suede driving moccasins ($98) by Banana Republic.

The basic: A cotton utility jacket.
You need: A pair of spankin' white chinos or jeans to brighten things up for the season.
And don't forget: White sneakers to match. No spillages, please.
Cotton jacket ($118) by J. Crew; cotton shirt ($250) by Burberry; cotton T-shirt ($40) by Nautica; cotton jeans ($70) by Levi's; leather sneakers ($75) by K-Swiss.

The basic: A khaki suit.
You need: A patterned or brightly colored shirt to add some personality and play off the neutral base.
And don't forget: To polish your brown loafers.
Two-button cotton-twill blazer ($125) and cotton-twill trousers ($69) by DKNY; cotton shirt ($165) by Robert Talbott; leather shoes ($150) by Rockport.

The basic: A brown driving or bomber jacket.
You need: Lightweight light-gray pants to contrast with the darker, heavier top.
And don't forget: Light-brown chukka boots that complement the jacket.
Waxed cotton jacket ($495) by Billy Reid; cotton shirt ($79) by Guess; cotton trousers ($65) by J. Crew; suede chukka boots ($89) by Clark's.

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