Tuesday,25 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1149, 23 - 29 May 2013
Tuesday,25 September, 2018
Issue 1149, 23 - 29 May 2013

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Guys’ wear, summer edition

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.


A change in season usually brings with it an element of unease and uncertainty. By now you’re comfortable with the clothes that you wear to work — that trusty navy blazer, those black Derbies and your reliable overcoat. And to make the transition from cold to hot just a little more bearable, here are some tips to nail your “business-casual” look this summer:

• Go for tailored pieces, the right suit should be comfortable, but tailored. “Business-casual” doesn’t really call for a full-on suit, invest in a few separates, navy blazer and some mid-grey trousers.

• Alternatively, ignore the advice above and invest in a cotton/linen suit in brown or beige to wear together or as separates.

• As for shirts, it’s important to make sure you not only nail the fit, but also the tone. You want to have a bit of fun with what you wear; chalky colours (pastels) are big right now, in everything from pink and blue to yellow and lilac. Pair them with a pattern textured neutral tie and jacket.

• You could also go in the opposite direction and pick up a pattern shirt. Plaids were all over this season’s runways in lightweight materials, such as cotton and madras. They are a perfect way to add a punch to your work wardrobe, but just remember to anchor them with a solid neutral tie.

• Beige chinos are a must. Jeans are not off limits either, just make sure they’re not too heavy and are as dark an indigo as possible. It’ll help if they have a similar fit to your tailored pieces.

• If you’re going to buy any new shoe for this upcoming season, make it suede. The other shoe you need is a penny loafer. They are really big this summer and, with a much higher vamp and a more streamlined silhouette, they are perfect for the office as well as a night out. Remember, adding your usual black Derbies and chocolate brogues into your rotation will breathe new life into your business look.

• As for the details, linen and cotton ties in solid neutrals and bold patterns are as good as each other. Swap your leather watchstrap for a canvas one, and do the same to your work bag.

• Regarding socks, if you do need to wear them, invest in thin gauges and make sure they are made out of cotton to avoid any hardcore sweating situations.

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