Gents and ladies in the Northern hemisphere, the rising heat of summer is about to get real. And those residing near the equator, it's just about 35 degrees too real. The one pervasive rule not to live by: As the mercury spikes, the hemlines rise. This isn't the stock exchange. To distinguish yourself from the herd, try these three simple steps. Your return on investment? A sweat-less summer. Get started here.
1. KNOW YOUR FABRICS
Cotton and silk are your sartorial havens in merciless heat. Spun from natural fibres, its breathable quality works best to dissipate sweat, keeping you cool and comfortable. Pick a loose frock with cutouts — we're talking broderie anglaise here. These 100% cotton renditions by British label Jack Wills bares just the right amount of skin. Anything synthetic? A guaranteed insulator. That polyester will have you packing heat and, not in the good way.
2. KNOW YOUR OCCASSION
A picnic in the park and a soirée on the yacht are tides apart. On solid ground, duck under a tree or whip out your summer brolly. On a boat anchored just beyond the dock, don't be fooled by the fact that you're on the water; all those bodies crammed on a 20-feet yacht will get toasty. Shift tops, cotton tanks and lightweight, flared skirts are your lifesavers. Also, it won't hurt to stay on theme. These pieces with preppy oar and rope motifs will get you in the spirit — a design trope from Jack Wills summer 2016.
3. KNOW HOW TO IMPROVISE
One word. Foresight. Summer's all about what you don't actually need. Gents, lose the socks and roll with it. Suiting required? Get the seersucker going — pinstriped for a dose of gentlemanly smarts, and gently crinkled as if you've thrown caution to the wind. Long story short: The heat's also worth losing the sleeves. Favourites include a slim cut button-down, banker pinstripe chinos (points for extra sprezz), and that handsome pair of Buckingham striped trousers. All expertly milled by the authority on prep. Summer, sorted.
Jack Wills is located at Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-19, Singapore. Shop online here.