If not, allow us to remind you—there’s a certain charm to sticking something bright, gauzy and not too fussy into your breast pocket during the sunnier months... Plus, it’s the easiest way to inject some bright summer vibes into your navy suit or that sandy linen blazer.
Here’s a timely reader question that landed in our mailbox this past week, paraphrased below:
Every Labor Day we’re told to pack up the summer gear and start acting like it’s fall. But it’s still hot as hell out and I want to keep wearing stuff that’s not going to make me overheat. Will I be committing sartorial sin by wearing seersucker in mid-September?
Playing by rules can be tough—especially when you’re faced with the sweltering prospect of heading into summer-like conditions wrapped in hopsack wool. In our estimation, your need to stay comfortable in the tail end of summer should supersede any obligations to uphold the vestiges of sartorial tradition—but we don’t want you walking around town giving the wrong impression. So we came up with a simple guideline to follow.
We’re back on the summer pocket square beat, and we noticed a cache of magnificent vintage numbers has just arrived in the well-appointed antiquarian corner of Ovadia & Sons’ webshop. They’re all linen, in patterns from the Roosevelt era, and they’ve been hand-rolled. Which together makes for the ideal prescription to cure any lack of summeriness your breast pocket might be experiencing. Now take two and call us in the morning.
As you might have noticed, we’ve spent the past couple weeks trying to make the summer pocket square happen. (Think: bold, vibrant, sometimes-asymmetrical prints of dancing flamingos—or dancing steps, even). And with this new crop of summery silk from Aussie tailor P. Johnson, we can officially say this is happening. Tuck one into your breast pocket and wear it as a badge of dapper festiveness. Our job here is done.
The latest in our ongoing coverage of—and advocacy for—the summer pocket square comes from the habitually dandy fellows at Drake’s London. These summery handkerchiefs of cotton with a touch of silk (force of habit, presumably) have been tipped in bold summer colors and bear patterns that collectively read like the storyboard for your typical summer weekend/fever dream. You’ll want to keep this one handy next time you’re brushing up on your tango.
By now, your dress code’s gotten a little breezier and you’re looking forward to turning up the volume a bit. (A good start would be with your chinos). Thing is, it’s more than likely that the blazer you’re reaching for is in a staid navy twill or earth-tone-y linen. Here’s where you’ll want to inject a little pattern: the pocket square. And you’ll do well with these new offerings from Michael James Milton (h/t Well Spent) that are cut from Japanese cotton and handmade in San Francisco, and range in vibe from classic polka dot to toile to the number pictured here—we’re calling it “Neonavajo.”