How to dress for summer 2021
I would go out tonight, but I don’t have a point to put on. Everything was put under vacuum and stuffed at the bottom of the large cupboard, or relocated via Depop. Or he lingers on the rail of a charity shop, thrown into a fit of cathartic philanthropy. During lockdown 1.0 I was stuck for the summer with just a bag of clothes, so after years of sartorial immersion I was forced to spin up a meager capsule collection of essentials – I wrote on this difficulty here, in case you want to read me playing the world’s smallest violin – and I think that has irrevocably changed my view of clothing.
Everything stopped. All I had to do was drag my corpse to the park in the morning, drag it to my makeshift office during the day, then around 4 p.m. drag it to the kitchen for the first of the drinks. a little too many. Clothing did not really feature in this (admittedly glorious) existence. It was also wrong to search and write on expensive and fashionable clothes as the world fell apart. What’s the point of making a garment-dyed linen shawl collar when Armageddon is looming? Like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, I had taken all sartorial considerations out of my life, and if it was good enough for those nerds, it was probably too good for me, but I did it anyway.
I regained my full wardrobe in the fall, and it was a strange reunion – as if I had been in space, and the beloved woman and child I had left on Earth m suddenly appeared to be strangers. I longed for the easy irresponsibility of the lunar module; the simplicity of the weekend bag. Now I had to choose an “outfit” every day. One that would sort of match the physical comfort that I had grown used to over the past six months, but that would also express my impeccable taste. (If there’s one thing this industry has taught me, it’s that you can be comfortable or stylish, but rarely both.) Luckily the weather was getting gloomy, so I could just put on an overcoat and everything was fine. good. And then Lockdown 2.0 kicked in, which was a social, psychological, and epidemiological nightmare, but sort of a sartorial boon. No more clothes, just enough time to sit down.
Fast forward to the present, and as “freedom day” approaches, I’m not sure I’m ready to wear great clothes in the real world again? Are you? How do the pants work? What is a “shirt”?
Summer styling is a tricky game, really. For a brief chill out all you needed was a camp collar shirt and you were Dickie Greenleaf; you were Pharrell Williams on a yacht, evoking both the elegance of classic menswear while subverting the nature of masculinity itself. But now this shirt doesn’t quite cut it. It started with the path of the white tennis shoe, that is to say perfectly practicable but offering zero vim. We need this vim, folks. And although I have been a voluntary hermit for the past year, I to have kept my eye out (I’d be fired if I didn’t), and this research allowed me to compile the following list of five key pieces to see you go through the existential panic of dressing in the summer of 2021. Consider- passports to a fresher and less agoraphobic world.
As we have seen, we have moved out of the camp collar shirt phase and entered the era of chunky puffy shirts. The sleeves are back, but the Riviera vibe remains. This is great news, as vintage stores are full of classic fit shirts from Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. Something vintage (or second-hand, which is the same) will be nicely mellowed over time, which is the key to ripple. But if you want something new, head to Jacquemus, Marni, LEJ, Loewe. A thin pastel stripe would be nice.
As Avengers: Endgame (I guess) a dispute over the ideal length of men’s shorts has been raging for some time now. Traditionalists (the purple guy with the big glove?) Like a hem to touch the knee, but there are a handful of supporters (He-Man and Thundercat, etc.) who wear the flag for something considerably shorter. I’m with that latest gang on this one, and it looks like other style people agree. Hence the current obsession with five inch crotches. It’s good to stick your thighs out, right? And the shorter shorts lengthen the legs and go great with the big shirt you’re about to buy. Patagonia is the benchmark, but there are good short films from Mr Marvis, Gap or Drake’s.
Just listen to me. Trail running shoes have deservedly had their day in the sun, but the trend had to change at some point and the natural progression is down the mountain to the cove below. By that I mean you should look for shoes that you can wear in the water and on dry land. Amphibious atmosphere. The big winner is the Uneek by Keen, which is already worn by hyped kids and aging ravers. (They just did a collaboration with The Grateful Dead and it’s super wavy, in a good way.) But you might get some Suicoke sandals, also, or even some Merrell Hydro Loafers, OR EVEN SOME CROCS. If it’s a bit rich for your blood, just get some nice pale suede lace-up shoes. I really like those of the French brand Soloviere.
It’s always big, and rings are always all the rage. But this summer, a good bling bling is also essential. If you want to do the big open shirt thing, you need something to fill the void, and nothing works better than a simple low profile chain with something hanging off the end. I love the strange, almost organic shapes of the pendants at Alighieri, or the clean industrial finish of those with Alice did that. But you can even just hang one of your favorite rings on the chain. We have a finite number of fingers, after all.
I almost bought a vintage Dallas Cowboys hat this week, but then hesitated because I’m neither from Dallas nor an American football fan. I like cowboys, as a concept, but anyway, it didn’t feel authentic to me. (Therefore, if anyone can find me a nice Yeovil Town FC hat, I would be very grateful.) But authenticity, we are here for materialism and aesthetics, so you probably have to pay too much for one. old hat that was probably free originally. I’m talking about a Rolex golf hat, a Yorkshire bait shop hat, a hat that a trucker won in a raffle at the gas station that he wore every days until retirement. (The grail!) Failing that, get Dunhill’s new logo hat, which is insanely cool for something so simple.
The best thing you can wear, IMHO.
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