The Summer Dress Code
Youâ€™ll be seeing a lot of summer gear in the blogodome over the next few weeks, and to the untrained eye it might seem like everyoneâ€™s going to spend the next three months in shades, shorts and brightly colored t-shirts.
Theyâ€™re all good things to have in your closet, provided you know when and where to break them out—but in the wrong hands, they’re a faux pas waiting to happen.
So as a public service, we thought weâ€™d share the sartorial code we live by during the summer.
Gentlemen, take notes:
The Bathing Suit
On the surface, this is so simple it goes without saying. You wear a swimsuit when youâ€™re about to swimâ€”usually in the vicinity of a body of water of some kind. We only mention it because itâ€™s a good model for everything here. Youâ€™re not making a fashion statement; youâ€™re outfitting yourself for an activity. So if youâ€™re wearing waterproof clothing, thereâ€™d better be a reason.
The Favored Model : Orlebar Brown
The gentlemanâ€™s sandal. Just remember: theyâ€™re not a substitute for shoes. If you need to slip something on for a beer run or the rockier parts of the beach, theyâ€™re perfect. Just donâ€™t let them be the only footwear you take on vacation.
The Favored Model : Ropey Soles
Always outside. Never at night.
The Favored Model: Consult with the pros.
Whenever itâ€™s hot enough, and youâ€™re sure you arenâ€™t going to end up in an office building, a nice restaurant or a party without dancing. How often thatâ€™s true will depend on your life, but it rarely happens to us.
The Favored Model: A tailored version of your loudest pants.
The crucial fact here: youâ€™re halfway to going shirtless. That means city wear is right out, even if itâ€™s just a bodega run. But if youâ€™re in a situation where shirtlessness is acceptableâ€”like a beach, a marathon or Coachellaâ€”itâ€™s not a bad way to conserve sunscreen. Just keep some actual clothing stashed away for when you rejoin society.
The Favored Model: Robert Geller Seconds
Sooner barefoot. Sooner death.
- — Russell Brandom