By Manley Guy
The 94 days of Summer 2012 are more than a season—they reflect a state of mind about how you see yourself. I’m not talking here about shedding a few pounds, or toning up an incorrigible buttock. (Who can’t benefit from that, no matter how S&M—Stand & Model—perfect you may be?) It’s about dressing like a big boy who knows the difference between jammies and a dressing robe, and how to dress for Rosie’s Sunday Funday as well as Friday date night at J. Marks.
Whether during those long sunny days at work, or for lost weekends in your fave, off-duty threads, SUM12 means loosening up—but not quite letting yourself go completely slacker—with relaxed suits, an even more relaxed “what-the-hell” attitude (which screams “time to ditch work”), that translates to khakis and a polo shirt. Ready? Time to get real. Get Rid of It If you haven’t worn it in a year—say “buh-bye.”
Out with the Old (Swim Trunks) … in with the blue. It just so happens that the ultimate manly color—especially in SUM12—looks amazing near the ocean. (And on you.)
Casual Button-Downs It’s summer: Be loose (just not with the Goose, or the mousse). Washed cottons create a rumpled-vibe that that makes every day Casual Friday. Button-down collars, contrasting stitching, bold colors or patterns—all make a casual shirt anything but careless.
Polo, Pony? “The Great Gatsby” hits theaters this Christmas, auteur Baz Luhrmann’s take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic about isolation and excess. (Oh, yeah— Leonardo DiCaprio is in it!) Polo shirts with tipped sleeves, stripes of any size, and contrast collars add a throwback feel to SUM12, and make you look like you are in the thick of it at Ascot (“chin-chin” to Liz and Pip).
Ride ’Em, Cowboy Men of Scandals and Ramrod take note: Colorful denim is experiencing a “moment,” and an understated shortsleeve button down makes me warm, Daddy. Toss it up a wrung, Hoss, if your below-the-waist wardrobe leaves you limp.
Shirts, Not Baggers T’s are must-have warm-weather basics, an American tradition that is the perfect seasonal skin—but nothing with holes, Skippy (and see “Get Rid of It,” above). Sunglasses That Say “You” Be bold in style, with shades that fit your face and clothes, and make you distinctive from all your friends.
Summer Sportcoats Ask my editor: Hot weather is no excuse to lose the jacket. Substitute lined, wool sportcoats for lighter, easier fabrics, like linen. Whatever feels comfy, these look great with a pair of jeans, and T-shirt or collarless job. Woof.
Are You Watching Me Now? For SUM12, get yourself an affordable timepiece that has a chunky face, flexible band, and rugged, Steampunky details (plus water resistance—you are planning to hit the beach, right?) that ooze manliness for even the most elfin twink, and will make you look sharp, even if— big deal— you’re running late.
Walk in These Shoes SUM12 is loafers, boat shoes, and white tennis shoes—none of which require socks