A casual Summer capsule 

Wednesday, July 7th 2021
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About a month ago, proper Summer started in the UK. 

Now I don’t define Summer by the solstice, the calendar, or even the moon. Summer, for me, is when it's so hot that it severely affects the clothes you can wear. 

Anything consistently above 25 degrees, with bright sun, means shorts are an option and linen is a necessity. Sunglasses are a question of practicality rather than fashion. Headwear, if you’re as follicly challenged as me, is essential. 

It could seem like a restriction. But actually if you love clothes, it opens up a whole new wardrobe of things that are designed only for hot weather. 

In the UK, unfortunately, these periods are unreliable and often brief. It’s happening less and less, but there have been years where such weather never really arrived. 

So when it’s here, I revel in it. I get out the espadrilles and the guayabera, cream-linen trousers and white-linen shirts. I turn my face to the Sun and close my eyes.

This is also a professional exercise.

Because I'm aware that many readers around the world enjoy this weather more consistently, and for longer periods, than in the UK. If you’re in New York or Spain, this is weather you can plan for. 

During the first 12 days of our ‘Summer’, therefore, I posted a quick Instagram story every day of what I was wearing. 

At the end, it occurred to me that there was a lot of consistency there. That it almost made up a Summer capsule wardrobe. 

And so I thought I’d repost some of them, and comment on what that capsule could look like. 

One of the first outfits I leapt to wear is this one. 

I bought the guayabera from Anderson & Sheppard last year (imported from Ramon Puig in Miami) but only got to wear it a couple of times before the weather cooled off. 

It is traditionally worn like a shirt, with nothing underneath; but I like something simple under it, like a vest or undershirt. I like the style because it manages to look both subtle but unusual, casual yet conscious. 

It’s worn with fairly smart trousers - Fox Air high-twist wool, made by Pommella - and black espadrilles. 

The guayabera works equally well with my olive-linen trousers from Paul Stuart, which are pictured above with a different outfit. 

There, the shoes are still black but they’re Alden LHS loafers (dyed black after I got an oil stain on a snuff pair). There’s a grey T-shirt on top, but this could equally be a white shirt. 

And over the tee is an equally unusual jacket - my hand-dyed Mandarin jacket from Prologue. More on that here

The reason this starts to look like a capsule collection, I think, is all the pieces could be swapped around. You could wear the outfit above with the white guayabera (perhaps worn open) and with black espadrilles.

The next outfit is seemingly quite different: white-linen shirt, PS khaki shorts, brown-suede loafers. 

But most things could again be swapped with the preceding outfits. I might hesitate to wear the brown loafers with a brown jacket, but it wouldn’t look bad. The white shirt could be worn with either pair of the earlier trousers, while the grey T-shirt would look good too. 

The key thing that makes all this easier is that the tops are all lighter, and the bottoms darker. Even though you wouldn’t call the shorts dark, they are darker than the things above them: the white shirt, grey tee, and white guayabera. 

The following day, it wasn’t quite so hot but I kept the same colour combination, just in different styles: white T-shirt rather than a white shirt; khaki chinos rather than khaki shorts. 

That’s an old Flat Head tee, with my old Armoury chinos, vintage belt, white socks and still Alden LHS loafers. A rather Ivy look, overall.

The only thing that wouldn’t fit with the capsule idea was the vintage jungle jacket I wore over the top (shown at the bottom of this article). But that could easily be replaced, if you were putting together a capsule like this for travel. 

If you were travelling, and wanted a smart option too, then a cream linen jacket could be useful. 

In the outfit above - worn when I was going into town rather than staying at home - there’s the same principle of lighter top and darker bottom, just with different items. 

Those taupe-cotton trousers could easily have been the olive linen or Fox Air wool, and the white guayabera would have been effective too. 

In any capsule there are often compromises - unless you are very narrow with the colours and styles. And here while I prefer these smart Edward Green loafers with the jacket, the Aldens would be OK. 

With tailoring, it’s more usual to wear darker tops and paler bottoms. That’s usually easier with jackets, when the shirt underneath doesn’t matter so much. 

But with a casual capsule, such as the one we’re running through, it’s usually better the other way around. Another of my favourite Summer outfits, for example, is the one above: brown knitted polo or T-shirt with white or cream trousers. 

The trousers can be cotton or linen (as here, from Ambrosi); the shoes can be loafers, deck shoes or espadrilles (as here, Diego's). But you can’t wear the white shirts or T-shirts we've shown higher up.

A casual capsule collection - whether for travel or for a guy just building a wardrobe - could therefore be something along the lines of:

  • Khaki and/or olive shorts and trousers
  • White and/or grey T-shirts
  • White shirt and guayabera
  • Black and/or brown loafers and espadrilles
  • White or cream deck shoes
  • Navy knit or sweatshirt (could also be cream or grey)
  • Brown overshirt or jacket

The tricky area for clashing is really just the outerwear and the shoes. So I might only take black shoes if my single overshirt were brown. 

There are other colours you could happily throw in, such as the navy knitwear I’ve included in that list, or something brighter or patterned like a Breton top. 

If you need more smart options, you could take taupe trousers rather than the khaki, and add a taupe jacket, to give you a suit (shown above). If you need sportier ones, add dark patterned swim shorts and maybe something in towelling, to wear around the pool.

There are lots of ways to tweak it depending on your circumstances. But the foundations are to have dark and light one way round, and to make sure the shoes, bottoms and outerwear all work with one another.

I hear it’s going to hot again next week. Enjoy. 

Below, the shoes. Top to bottom: black Diego's espadrilles, black Alden LHS loafers, brown Edward Green Piccadillys, brown Alden LHS loafers, and two canvas shoe options - white, new, linen 45R oxfords and cream, old, cotton Doek derbys.

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Peter Hall

I find these wardrobe articles incredibly useful.
Looking through the clothes, with the exception of the cream jacket and guayabera,I see I have most of the colours, if not the exact style, quality and material.
Again, the versatility of brown loafers.
The mandarin jacket is my favourite piece, do you find much use for it Simon, apart from summer? I was taken with the recent chore coat, but think I might find more use for this.

Peter Hall

I was thinking of this jacket in the navy wool hopsack. I would usually wear it with the collar down. It’s certainly striking.


You are wearing white tops in almost all the photos. One of the joys of summer is being able to wear bright coloured shirts and polos. They would be prominent in my capsule collection but not yours. Can you tell us why?
Linen, especially from Italy, crumples very quickly and looks scruffy. It also feels itchy next to my skin. I therefore wear lightweight cotton fabrics such as Indian madras and seersucker in summer. Are there any reasons why they are not in your capsule collection?

Ian Skelly

With linen shirts I think the lower quality ones maybe itchy or maybe when tried on they seem itchy but with washing soften, I’m thinking it’s time to treat myself to a luca faloni shirt, have any experience of them simon?


I’ve found an off white / natural linen colour shirt works better than white if you’re wearing it without a jacket. A linen shirt can be a bit see through so dialing it back from a harsh white keeps the transparency from being too obvious (depends on your skin tone, of course). And it’s still light enough that it has some contrast with tan or khaki shorts.


The one I have is closer in colour to the one in your link. The colour works fairly nicely with that jacket, actually.

Guy Kemmann

Hi Simon,

Figured I would chime in since I grew up and live in the south east US where a high of 25C is still nearly considered springtime weather.

My go to shoe in the summertime is a light brown leather deck shoe (I’ve gotten very good wear out of the Sperry brand, with their classic unlined deck shoe made in the Dominican Republic, and although the fit and finish quality isn’t the highest, they last a few years of heavy use). An advantage they have over suede is they don’t get as dirty as quickly. Being light brown they’re very versatile. Culturally deck shoes are also ubiquitous here, though most men favor “upgraded” designs with added cushion, etc, whereas I think the most basic designs look best.

Speaking of cultural preferences, I’ve thought about getting some espadrilles, however hardly anyone wears them here and so they would seem out of place I think (one could of course wear them here, but they would communicate a certain amount of “look at me”), whereas deck shoes are par for the course.
I think that’s an important point that one must consider in building a wardrobe, is to know the culture you inhabit, because what’s typical in one place might be showy in another.


Guy Kemmann

Deck shoes can indeed seem frat boy (or fratty as we’d say) here as well, if worn in a fratty way. For example with with <7” shorts that are very wide legged, perhaps colorful, and then with a polo shirt that is two sizes too big.

Peter O

Dear Simon,

If one considers the cost of Sperry deck shoes which can be bought on sale at the lowest end of the loafer price range, isn’t it ironic that you say such shoes evoke what you call moneyed?

Peter O

Dear Guy,

That’s a very interesting part of the US. What happened to Bass LOGAN Weejuns – why do Sperry deck shoes dominate – are you South East US natives so often on deck?


To me, the regional acceptability of more casual attire compared to the more universal nature of Western business attire is a fascinating subject. I reside in the NE US, but have family in the SE US.

Weejuns and deck shoes are both NE in nature (more in the Ivy / nautical line of dress and, yes, the Weejuns do not originate in the US). The replacement of Weejuns by deck shoes likely represents an emphasis on more casual dressing.

While deck shoes can represent a lack of originality, they also embody a practicality and comfort associated with US dress. To the eye, deck shoes compliment other aspects of casual dress in the South, such as seersucker and lighter-weight trousers. Also, the association with fraternity life has a far less negative association in the American South (unlike the NE US or, from Simon’s comments, England).

Regional attire is fascinating and something, in my opinion, to be celebrated. Espadrilles are a great example. They look lovely (and are rather ubiquitous) in Southern Spain or France. They would look quite out of place in the SE US.

Everyone has their judgements. One of mine is against the bit loafer which is somehow an acceptable shoe in the finance industry of New York.


I agree with other comments in that I find this type of article interesting and useful. It’s also in keeping with the theme of buying less, more considered and better. I particularly like the white T-shirt and chinos; simple and stylish (I just need a bit of warm weather now!).
On a sort of related point, I am currently having some work undertaken in my home so pulled together a capsule wardrobe for days we will spend away, it’s striking that when you boil it down, the few items you actually need especially for the ‘summer season’.
All the best and keep up the great work.


Interesting article and well worth reading. My Summer casual look consists primarily of basic Sunspel tees in black, white, gray etc and the Riviera polo in basic colors as well. Coupled with appropriate chinos, this is a simple yet stylish look that works very well in a variety of Summer situations.


Sunspel has been one of my favourite brands for over 20 years. Unfortunately, the prices have sky rocketed over the last couple of years or so – around 25-30% according to my calculations. Sterling has recovered in recent months, up to 1.17 Euros today. It seems that customers are being asked to pay much more to recoup the Covid losses. My loyalty has now reached its limit and I wonder if other customers feel the same way.


Sunspel is also one of my go to brands for warm weather clothing, but with some serious caveats. I love the fit of the Riviera Polo and the cloth is wonderfully light and breathable when it’s properly hot, but I’ve found they don’t age well even with careful washing and the shrinkage one my white one has been properly appalling, losing nearly 3 inches in length.

Peter O

I didn’t observe if shrinkage was cause of the impression L was simply too small, but I switched to XL which is really just a tiny bit larger and now wonder if XXL would be better?!


I agree. I like their (white) Jersey polos, but they have become far too pricey, IMO. Fortunately, I bought several a few years ago, but now I’m done.

Peter O

Dear Kenny,
I switched from Smedley to Sunspel which doesn’t develop runs and holes very soon. In fact I never had a run only a few small holes in my Sunspel t-shirts. I can only afford to buy them when they are offered at very reduced price.
They are so finely knit (or are they woven?)
repair exasperates my aunt. But this fine cloth is so much more wearable than heavy cloth!


Love that suit! If I’m thinking of a cotton suit for hopefully year round use, would you suggest olive or taupe? I feel khaki is a bit too summer focused for me. Olive and taupe are good in spring/autumn as well as summer, and are useful as separates.


On a recent quick trip to Miami I brought a very small capsule:
Two shirts in a jersey knit, lavender and light blue; a blue-white striped oxford, and a grey tee. Bottoms where white chinos and navy swimming trunks, smart enough to get into a restaurant at the beach. Brown suede penny loafers and cream espadrilles for shoes.
Packing so light is a joy in itself, at least for me.


Is the black suede Alden LHS a makeup for a retailer? I don’t believe Alden produces that makeup regularly

Tony Hodges

Hi Simon – did you send them back to Alden to be dyed, or was it a relatively simple thing you could get done locally?
I’ve got a pair of boots with a great big oil spot on the toe, you see.

Peter O

Dear Simon,

You have very many sartorial benefits and advantages in UK
which you might take for granted!


You “can” do it yourself, but there is a risk of creating unwanted… “patina” or result being darker or lighter than you would want. I’ve done 2 pairs myself. First pair I tried to dye to oxblood, turned out almost black. Second pair I tried to dye golden brown, and I love the colour.

But for an expensive shoes that I would hate to ruin, and want them certain way, I’d go to professional.


Great article Simon.

In regards to the linen jacket, I know you mentioned in your Neapolitan article that you didn’t notice much difference in terms of temperature when wearing cotton or linen shirting, have you noticed much difference for jackets?

Would a cotton / linen blend jacket be warmer than a pure linen jacket for example?


Hi Simon, nice article especially in sweltering DC. Just to note of course that the guayabera wouldn’t be worn with a jacket. It actually can operate as business wear in Latin America and the Caribbean, hence the more formal trousers. Stay cool.


I love the guayabera, but living in London and on a limited budget I might have to accept that an overshirt in a heftier cotton that can do good service from March – October (whilst not being ideal in the very hottest conditions), might be the more useful purchase. Might I also ask where you found that jungle jacket? I’ve been eyeing up Informale’s as haven’t had much luck down the vintage route. Many thanks.

Alex McShane

Summer has always been a difficult one for me, when it comes out I don’t really know what to do as I am not used to it, so I always overheat – too many layers. Being from around Manchester, rain is normality. Now in the Falklands i have to sort of plan and order summer clothing in winter here, before it all disappears for more heavier fabrics.
but when I don’t have layers I feel plain, almost underdressed. I have been looking at linen as an option for both the overheating and the sort of crumply nature of it adds texture. where would you suggest for linen shirts?


Alex, you’ll certainly be the best-dressed person in the Falkland Islands – no expedition wear for you!

Alex McShane

Triskel, You would be surprised warm it can get when the sun’s out. I do get called that a lot anyway, I am still new to all this, but the fact I have suits, pocket squares, cravats, overcoats, etc. I am told I do look well put together.
My going for a explore clothes, are normally my thick cords, Barbour jacket, and flat cap, and I can cope in most weathers here. The Antarctic wind can be cold though.

Alex McShane

I was looking at Drake’s, Just not so keen on the range of colours, was looking for something in a lighter, less bold shade. but I will check out Anglo-Italian and Luca Faloni. Thanks.

Peter O

Watch out for black goo – it won’t behave like others!


I would wear a guayabera all the time when I was a little kid. Especially, when I visited relatives in Central America. I had this cool looking pink (rosada) one and others. All the adult males would wear them even for formal events.
It’s funny to see how it has become a staple for mainstream menswear now. And no less than Anderson & Shepphard is offering it, lol. I have seen it all now. However, it’s not suppose to be worn tucked in or with an undershirt. Also, they are traditionally worn short sleeved.


Yes. i wore them (short-sleeve) whilst living/working in Colombia. I love the pockets–very practical. Having the maid iron them first made sure they always looked crisp!

Christopher Pannell

Simon, what do you think of linen in its natural colour? I like it but reckon it would clash with khaki chinos/shorts.

Also, what the name of the blue paint on your walls? It’s beautiful!


“ About a month ago, proper Summer started in the UK. ” About three weeks ago, proper summer seemed to have finished in the UK!

Great article, this style of article is so useful for readers.


Hi Simon, thank you for this useful article.

Please, I wold like to know your opinion about some aspects and ask you some questions. Some topics might be a bit far from a capsule wardrobe (sorry about it).

– Seersucker (specially blue/white) what are your thought on this fabric? As a casual suit I believe is a good option. And both jacket and trousers can work as a separate. However, it’s not the most versatile piece.

– Red or wine trousers: I do like them with a navy jacket or with a white shirt. I know you don’t really like them but would you wear and how?
– Linen shirts: which RTW brand would you recommend for linen shirts to be worn with a jacket? .Luca Faloni’s ( as you mention in another comment are great but not to be worn with a jacket. I think the same happens with linen shirts from L. Borrelli.

– Black shoes: though I’m no one to discuss your great style, I honestly believe dark brown suede would be better where you use black shoes. Please, can you explain why you go for black?

Thank you and best regards,,

Tommy Mack

Great article and lovely set of clothes. Love the Doeks too: not often we see you in something so battle-scarred!

My summer staples are white and blue cotton/linen s/s shirts, a couple of old Fred Perry polos, white M12 and grey knitted cotton, both on their last legs, navy shorts, beige chinos, black canvas trainers and brown suede loafers.

Got loads more pieces I’d consider better or more interesting but like you say, it’s the quality basics that you reach for most often (and as such, I’m upgrading a lot of my wardrobe staples as the old ones wear out)

Tommy Mack

Yep: scuffs good, stains bad!

Really love the LHS loafers too: a touch more masculine and practical than a dress loafer but smarter than a deck shoe. Seriously considering a pair of those when I retire my Paul Smith loafers.


Cream and brown have become one of my go-to combos. It doesn’t matter which one is on top and which one is below. Add navy as a third option and you’ve got a great basis for mixing and matching, which is great when you’re packing light for a trip.



What is the color of the EG loafers?


Hi Simon,
Any places you recommend guayabera shirt? Can’t seem to find any .

Thank you!


Try Camisería Burgos in Madrid. They have a nice website and a MTO Guayabera service in the usual colours.


Hey Simon! This one is a great article, thank you.
Which color of shoes would you recommend for a pair of navy chinos? Is dark brown suede a good option? I’m referring to loafers, not to white trainers. What about if you are wearing navy chinos with espadrilles? What’s the best color in this case?


Simon, thank you for your help.

Please, would you mine to mention 2 or 3 alternative to dark brown suede for loafers worn with navy chinos? I refer to loafers

It’s interesting to see how navy espadrilles work well with navy chinos but loafers in navy suede wouldn’t (at least that’s my opinion).

Thank you again and have a nice day.


How versatile did you find your snuff suede Aldens? Do you find it is necessary in casual outfits, that the shoes are darker than the trousers? In an example: would you wear snuff suede loafers with navy shorts/chinos? (I think I remember you wearing the snuff Aldens at least with a military green trouser)
Thanks! Have a great (english week of) summer!


I like the guayabera shirt by Anderson and Sheppard.
Great Fedora. I like how you store you hats!
Living in NYC I wear shirts or polos, shorts, sneakers & Panama Fedora.


Hi, first of all thank you for the great articles you always publish. I’d like to ask you a question about unlined loafers. Should one be worried about having visible marks of the toe on the side of the shoe? Or is something normal due to the caractheristics of the shoe?(thin leather and unlined). My unlined shoes are really comfortable though the shape is not always very “clean”. Thanks

Evan W.

Along with Guy Kemmann, I would like to add some comments from the U.S. I live in the Princeton, NJ area, which is, of course, a hotbed of Ivy style. While it would look normal in Miami, a gyabera shirt would look very odd around here and in most of New England. Stick to a polo, khaki shorts or trousers and boat shoes, and you’re good to go. Add in white cotton trousers, a seersucker or other cotton sports coat, along with brown loafers, a couple of oxford shirts, and you’re ready for anything except the most formal occasion. The summer uniform is pretty simple around here.


A very useful and informative article. Do you have similar capsules for other seasons, other circumstances? I have two questions: do you ever consider closed toe, leather sandals – what is called “fisherman” sandals rather than shoes with no socks? And hats. You wear a hat in one image, but warm weather means the hot sun. To be frank, bald means always wearing a hat in summer. Perhaps something more informal than a Panama such as Locke’s namibia calico fedora in cotton. Or Worth and Worth in New York City has some wonderful straw hats – some perhaps a little edgy – but certainly some would work with the different combinations that you illustrate. What’s your opinion on a wider range of summer hats beyond the Panama or baseball hat.

Stephen Bailey

Hi Simon, as ever a thought provoking article & a good way to hone our own style & wardrobe. Regarding the Guayabera do you know the purpose, if any, of the buttons at the base of the bottom pockets & at the shoulder? And the A & S import are those two vertical seams plain or do they have some embroidery as on some?

thank you,



really like the first shot – white t-shirt, chinos and tote. Can you tell me the make of t-shirt. Also the vest/undershirt with the guayabera? Thanks


Simon, great article, thanks! I was a bit confused about the following sentences:

With tailoring, it’s more usual to wear darker tops and paler bottoms. That’s usually easier with jackets, when the shirt underneath doesn’t matter so much. 

But with a casual capsule, such as the one we’re running through, it’s usually better the other way around. Another of my favourite Summer outfits, for example, is the one above: brown knitted polo or T-shirt with white or cream trousers. 

Isn’t the example (brown knitted polo or T-shirt with white or cream trousers) more alike to the typical tailoring combination (darker tops, paler bottoms) than the other way around?


Thank you for the clarification! Now I see. Yes, it makes sense to build a casual summer capsule around light top / dark bottom combinations.

Dan James

Great article as always.
I have found that different weights of linen work better for the items they are made for. Heavier Irish for jackets and trousers and almost paper thin for shirts (more of which below).
Even though I love my cotton navy knit t-shirt and polo, they are just too thick and hot for anything over 25C with the brutal 70%+ humidity of Japan. Now if there was a place I could get a merino polo…
Nice sandals-toeless or otherwise-in leather are essential here.
As people tend to hang out their washing on wire or lightweight plastic hangers here, shirts keep their shape and you can avoid ironing linen shirts if you want to. This can be further enhanced by straightening the wet shirt into its proper shape, folding the shirt on itself (fold it in half, put the sleeves together and then under the body) and then gently smoothing out the bulk of the wrinkles. Open the shirt out, put it on a hanger and put it out to dry. In this way, you have a kind half way house of a linen shirt that looks smart without ironing yet still retains its character of nice crumples and wrinkles.

Dan Jame

Of course! I am waiting patiently like many others I imagine.


Really liked this article. Probably a bit late for me to work towards this this year but something to think for next. For some reason summer surprises me every year she I suddenly realise I have nothing much to wear other than t shirts and jeans.
A question I had been thinking of recently actually arises in this article – I was curious that you chose fox air as a trouser fabric. Much as I love linen tailoring, I had been wondering if a summer suit in another fabric could be a good idea for the future – one that draped more, and held more shape whilst still having some hot weather properties. I know you’re a big fan of linen, and also hopsack jackets, but I wondered if you also put much value in other summer fabrics, such as fox air, and if there were any other worth considering ?


Excellent post.

What are your thoughts on linen t-shirts? You never seem to wear them…is this just a matter of preference or is there some performance/functional aspect that makes you prefer cotton?

Peter O

Dear Simon,

Those wall colours are very nice – did you choose them? I wonder how it feels to be in rooms with wall painted in those dark colours?

Why do you hold the cell phone – are you really photographing yourself with one hand?


I actually would wish for those selfies not to disappear from Instagram. And for more of them!


A new account for permanent style London selfies


You could create Stories Highlights on your IG profile so people can find them in the future!



Where is the taupe suit from and what material is it in?


Ian A

Not a fisherman’s sandal in sight!


Hi Simon,
thanks for the great post, I particular like the first outfit. I think a summer wool worn casually is a nice representation of casual chic. Just out of curiosity, why did you chose these trousers in taupe rather than grey? Did you try this outfit with your 45r trainers?


Love the guayabera, Simon. Not sure if I’m reading it correctly – did Anderson & Sheppard make yours? Or did Ramon Puig make it?

Benjamin Jones

Hi Simon, The sizes of the guayaberas on the Ramon Puig website are a little inconsistent. Please could you let me know what size you are wearing and how you find it? I can then compare it to the other sizes you’ve given on the site. Thanks!


Hi Simon

Great article as always. I like Sunspel T-shirts but find myself in-between sizes there (a small and medium). In your view, when between sizes, is it better to size up or down in T-shirts?

Many thanks


Hi Simon,
This is an odd request, but do you know anywhere in London where I can buy espadrilles in size EU 49 (13.5 UK)? I’ve been to all sorts of places in Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho and had no luck. I am used to this of course but it’s still a pain. I really don’t want to have to go bespoke for a first pair.


Thank you for taking the time to reply.


A guayabera? I had never heard of them before this article. But now they seem to be everywhere. Drakes have some nice ones. Short sleeve or long sleeve? And how do you avoid looking like an ice cream seller?


I see what you mean by the level of make. I’m not sure I can find a UK stockist though.


Is the fox air fabric essentially the same color as the Paul Stuart trousers? If so, would you mind sharing the fabric #? I have been trying to fill that olive summer trouser niche for what seems like an eternity.


Hi Simon – being from a tropical country, I was delighted to see this casual summer capsule which would be more of a year round capsule for me!

Never owned a guayabera and would like your advice on them. Firstly, the length – is it meant to be as long as you wear it here i.e. just a touch longer or the same length as a suit jacket. Also, what about sleeves – did you go for long sleeves for the practical reason that it’s just colder in the UK? Thanks Simon.


Simon, when wearing summer knitwear with a thick ribbed hem, such as the Colhays silk/cashmere polo or Colhays merino sport shirt, do you prefer to tuck into your trousers, or for the hem to sit on top of the trouser waistband? I think such pieces are designed to be worn with the hem sitting on the waistband. But I still think they look better tucked in (at least on me) because, when untucked, they tend to elongate my torso relative to my legs, which I find less flattering. Thanks.


Sorry but doesn’t your latest Instagram pic (the Clutch Cafe one) contradict this advice, as you’re wearing the same Colhays polo I described tucked into shorts? Unless perhaps you’ve rolled up the hem such that it appears tucked in. But then I don’t see why rolling up the hem is much different stylistically than tucking in. I could see the argument if we were discussing a bulkier piece of knitwear–of course that would look terrible. But it wouldn’t look terrible because it’s “a piece of knitwear.” Rather, it would look terrible because it’s too bulky to look coherent tucked in. Thin pieces of knitwear made for summer, like the Colhays polo, aren’t remotely bulky and would look just as good tucked in as other, non-knitted polos.


Hey Simon, just playing catch-up on PS posts as I have been preoccupied with work in recent weeks. The incessant deluge this summer hasn’t helped my mood either, but writing this is making me feel better now.
Have you ever discussed the weight of the clothes we wear especially in hot, summer months? For me, weightlessness in clothes has become a sort of ‘sartorial nirvana’. Featherlight cottons, silks, wools, technical fabrics too, etc. I started seeking them out through my running and cycling gear which are the epitome of lightness.
As you wrote somewhere else, sportswear is gradually seeping into our normal everyday clothes more and more now. Perhaps a feature on the subject for those who, like me, hanker for more light, technical fabrics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Hi Simmon,
Another great article,especially for who is living in tropical climate.
May I ask you what do you wear in a summer rainy day?
The rainy day in summer is still hot and very humid.
What’s worst is that the afternoon thunderstorm is so heavy,that I can’t wear my suede loafer as usual.

Peter Hall

Have a look at the lightweight raincoats by Sealup (Milano). They are very smart.
They also have a collaboration with Connolly-it has served me well during this summer’s torrential downpours in the Netherlands. It is certainly waterproof.


Thank you Peter,
I have heard of sealup and their raincoats. But not for sure what fabric should I go for. Some of their raincoats are 100% Polyester, others are 45% cotton 16% nylon 39% polyester.
I have a little fear about the polyester.
And there is no agent of Sealup in my country. I have to buy their products online.


Thank you for your reply Simon,
I think I will try a suede chukka.
May I ask that what brands offer “lightly” waxed cotton jacket?

Peter Hall

The American workwear community love them. I would look there. This example by filson I find appealing .

Peter Hall

Have you looked at https://www.jamesdarbyclothing.co.uk/ up in Manchester,James? They do that style.


Hey Simon, is that guayabera linen?


Awesome thanks. I’m visiting Miami in a month or so and May look into one.


Any issues wearing your linen guayabera with your linen pants? Aren’t they too similar to wear together?

Paul K

Simon, could you elaborate on the following:
“The tricky area for clashing is really just the outerwear and the shoes. So I might only take black shoes if my single overshirt were brown.” 
My initial reaction is the trousers separate any outerwear and shoes, and therefore having a similar colour would not clash.


Hey Simon, just picked up a Ramon Puig Guayabera in Miami in the Irish linen. Great summer shirt-jacket type. Any thoughts on cleaning it? Also, would you switch out the buttons for some creamy mother of pearl buttons like your luca shirts? Where do you even get those type of buttons? I know some of the guayaberas had nice MOP buttons just not in my size. Thanks for the recommendation in your summer capsule


Thanks Simon. I guess I could hand wash as well. As far as the buttons go, I will reach out to some shirt makers and see what say.


Sounds like a plan. I have a shirt maker sending me buttons.


I have done two hand washes so far and it has worked out perfectly. Pretty much just wash like knitwear and your good.

Rupesh Bhindi

Hi Simon,
Which fabric mill is the taupe cotton trouser/suit made from and which tailor?




In india it is hot most of the year and therefore on weekends my default for trouser becomes linen. I do want to go for cotton trousers but yet to find a perfect tailored cotton trouser which can be worn casually because most of them actually look quite formal which you have already addressed. So most of the times I swap between denim and linen.

Do you think I am overusing linen by wearing it too often as linen can be too showy a material?
I am afraid i could be stereotyped as a person who only wears linen and on certain days denim.


Simon! What is your opinion on darker shirts paired with light colour trousers but without a jacket?
Does it look good or is it top heavy and the eyes naturally gets drawn towards your legs?


After reading your article on ‘white and gray’ looking best when the sun is out, I am planning to wear more white and bright colors in the day during summer months and at night go for darker low contrast outfits.
Many people say that in summer more light and pastels colours should be worn and not dark because it is reserved for cold. I on the other hand don’t wear colors according to seasons but according to the time of the day( if it is morning then more light than dark and if it is evening then dark) but do change fabrics according to seasons.
Would you be able to advice as to whether the correct approach is wearing colors according to season or according to the time of day?


Hi Simon,

I am looking to buy some black suede loafers for myself this summer after seeing this post.


Do you think the last on these loafers are a bit too smart? I primarily wear chinos, linen trousers and denim in the summer, so would love to hear your thoughts.


How long would you want your Guayeabera to be? Like a shirt, just worn untucked (an overshirt’s length, essentially), or shorter, like a t-shirt?


Thank you, as always.


Hi Simon,
May I know the fabric code for the linen trouser which you paired with the dark brown polo? It looks really good!

Christopher Grate

Let me start by saying this is not a dig or negative critique, more an observation followed by a feeling of warmth and comfort. When looking through your outfit photos and seeing the normalcy (for lack of a better word) of what I can only assume is your bedroom I thought this article must have been at least seven years old. I admit, I had this image of you as this grandiose, uber successful menswear thought leader who came from a finance background and surrounded himself in a home akin to one featured in The Robb Report. But, seeing the opposite made me feel like you were less of a figure and more of a really down to earth gentleman that happened to be an exceptional dresser. I think you can credit your style, knowledge, presentation and the experience one has when coming to your website to the aforementioned assumption. Well done Simon.


Hi simon what do you think about oxford buttown down popovets in summer? I thihk they dan look quite nice tucked out over shorts or in with trousers


agreed simon. On that note, nice popovers can be a bit tricky to find. How do you feel about slightly oversized OCBDs tucked out over shorts? Do you think they look sloppy assuming one alters it shorter?


Hi Simon, I know that a pair of cream linen trousers is a summer staple. My current summer wardrobe has a few linen jackets, and I wonder if top to bottom linen odd jacket/trouser combinations would look off. Perhaps a pair of cream gabardine trousers would pair better with my current jackets, but they would never have the ease of a pair of cream linen trousers. What are your thoughts on my situation? Thanks.


I live in Hong Kong and work in banking / finance. In the summer during weekdays I wear a ‘uniform’ of shirt (usually cotton-linen) and trousers (high twist wool or linen). Sports jacket for meetings but not otherwise as it’s often 30 degrees Celsius or more.

Recently I have been balding and decided to shave off all the hair on my head. I have noticed that, without hair, the sun is often too harsh.

My question is: what’s the best hat to wear in the city to work and to meetings? Thanks.


Thanks Simon. My worry is that a Panama / straw hat would be a very strong ‘look’, i.e. I would certainly be the only person in Central HK wearing one, and the association might be that I’m on holiday, etc.

The other question: Is a Panama appropriate when wearing just shirt and trousers? Most of the pictures I’ve seen, including on PS, is when there is also a sports jacket or full suit.

The only other option I can think of is a baseball cap, which I sometimes wear during the weekends. It would look very inelegant, but perhaps less of a ‘look’.


Hi Simon,
What do you feel would pair best with the olive linen drawstring trousers from Anthology? I was thinking a dark cotton/pique polo, but maybe not say the Finest Polo.

What about pairing a different colored linen top and bottom? I assume there would be a risk if they were the same color, but white top and olive bottom or brown top and beige bottom would work, I think?


Hi Simon,

Would you say those taupe cotton trousers are casual enough to be paired with t-shirts and more casual outerwear pieces like overshirts or jungle jackets?

Or do you find that particular cotton a bit too smart for those sort of item?


Hi Simon,
Would you be able to wear the grey T-shirt and the mandarin jacket with the Olive Fox Air trousers; or would you say the fabric is too smart for that?
Wanted to ask as they looked similar in color to the Olive Linen.


Hi Simon, I was wondering what materials of clothing you usually wear these days for London’s weather? I commissioned several linen jackets and trousers for the summer but they have not been very useful as the temperature have rarely gone over 25 degrees. It seems like I would need 11oz tweed and flannel for today…

Many thanks,


I see. When you say regular wool trousers, which ones are you referring to?


Could I ask what kind of worsted twill you wear for the odd trousers at this time of the year though? Is it something like cavalry twill? if so, wouldn’t they look too warm?


Alright, thank you, Simon.

David Almeida

Hi Simon, first of all thank you for creating Permanent Style. I have read PS since 2016~2017, it has always been a pleasure; a reliable, nuanced and fun source. I believe the thing that usually complicates the application of your trustworthy advice is that weather and seasons really mean different things (truly, objectively). I just realized this, basically what you describe as summer (above 25 degrees with bright sun) is the main weather we get in the Chihuahuean Desert, resulting in this classification:
Spring- February
Summer- March-October
Fall – November
Winter- December-January
With this in mind it’s no surprise everything must be translated. So what I just realized is I should get a wardrobe that reflects this. So thank you once again.


Do dark wash jeans look out of place in summer or can it be worn elegantly?


Hi Simon,

Would you ever wear the guayabera with a tee underneath (rather than a vest)? And if you would, what color tee? White? Maybe light grey (light enough not to show through the white fabric of the guyaberr)?


I read in one of your articles that you are not a fan of cotton knitted polo. So if I am not able to buy knitted polos in merino wool then is it better to invest in cotton knitted t shirt and other casual shirts as anlternative?


Hi Simon. Why do the Fox Air trousers and the Ambrosi linen trousers look so laid back (slouchy)? Is it because they have less body to them than the other ones? They remind me of those lightweight flowy summer trousers you can see in womenswear. I really enjoy that look. It looks kind of bohemian. Unfortunately it is hard to find such trousers for men in RTW without being a drawstring trouser.