Lookbook: Dapper Summer Style

What you’ll need to put together a similar look: 

1. Smith Optics Gibson Havana Sunglasses

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Custom Fit Sport Shirt

3. Black Silk Knit Tie

4. Ted Baker London Linen Blazer

or ASOS Slim Fit Linen Suit Jacket

5. Zara Smocked Trousers

6. Johnston & Murphy White Nubuck

7. J.Crew brown belt

8. Cotton Pocket Square


This smart outfit is a must-have for lovers of classic menswear.

If you’re the type of guy who normally loves to dress up in a tie and blazer – you’ll feel extra confident in this ensemble. Rock it on a hot date, a dinner party, or a hip lounge – and prepare yourself for some serious attention.

Sunglasses are important here, to give you that fashion-forward touch rather than looking overdressed. The smooth tortoise shell frame and brown lenses will balance out the vibe of your structured blazer.

The gingham button-down shirt is one of the most versatile patterns you can own. It’s a great choice for any event – from barbecues to a formal dinner. Go with a more casual button-down collar and add a black knit tie (which blends well with the rest of your casual yet classy outfit).

As a side note: If this feels “too dressed up” for most settings you’ll find yourself in, you can simply omit the extra accessories (i.e. the pocket square, tie) and adjust to your liking.

With the blazer, make sure to get yourself one in linen. Linen is a very breathable fabric, and will help you stay cool in the summer heat.

The trousers here are unique. Make sure to get a pair that fits as well as the rest of your outfit. It’s recommended that you get your trousers cropped higher, or to cuff them, so to show off your sockless ankles. This is done not only to showcase your white Nubucks, but to keep your outfit from looking “all business” to fashionably relaxed.

Lastly, these pieces are lasting investments that you can wear in countless other combinations, so have fun with them! For example, if it’s too hot for pants, switch them out for shorts and you’re good to go.

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  • Martin says:

    looks awesome!!!
    have to do some shopping now 😉

    i can imagine some white Espadrilles would match too.

  • Navid says:

    I read this blog a long time ago as a junior in college. You guys kind of went on hiatus for a while it seemed and recently I see it’s picked back up. I still come back to a lot of articles especially about details like ties and shoes. Amazing how well the posts hold up. Anyway it’s really played a role in my fermentation as an adult, and helped me not only look good/take myself seriously but look good with intention and take myself as an individual. Thanks for all of your help. Anyway this was a great lookbook!

  • Jay Song says:

    @Navid, glad that we can help! 🙂

  • Rophielle says:

    I’m just wondering if this counts as more than three colors? In a lot of your articles you all advice to stick with three colors or less and it seems like this one is coming up to be 4-5. This throws me for a loop because this combination is SO FLY!!

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