Look blue steel cool in the summer heat
When a young, energetic woman stopped into Monsieur Brunold gentleman’s clothier in Noho last winter, she simply had to have this shiny blue Tuxedo jacket in the window. Unfortunately, it was not for sale, as co-owner of the shop, Chloe Brunold, had intended it for her husband. Undeterred, the woman revealed she was a costume designer and wanted it for Ben Stiller—in Zoolander guise—for an advertisement for Cîroc vodka. Permission was given, as was credibility to Brunold’s fashion sense. This summer, she recommends these tips to stay on trend.
It may seem counterintuitive to wear wool in the summer heat, but the natural fabric is a great way to let your body breath. Just aim for a thin super 140 thread to keep the fabric fine and light. Going above that makes the fabric much more fragile, so you’ll have to be very careful. Also, let the wool rest and breathe at least 72 hours before wearing again and steam it after each time.
If you want to class up your wardrobe without going the full nine yards, a linen jacket does wonders. Just make it single breasted, with unstructured shoulders. Don’t make it 100% linen either, as it wrinkles too easily. A blend works best with silk and wool. For pockets, get with the “patch” pockets but not more than two.
V-neck is the hippest cut, as long as it doesn’t dip below the nipples. Keep fabric 100% cotton and colors plain and light, in tones of blue, green, yellow, and pink that don’t remind of candy.
The hippest way to keep the sun off your crown these days is the classic Panama style. There’s no need to invest in an expensive brand, as J.Crew sells a good, cheap version, but go for a cream color.
James Bond is back (the original) as the ‘60s style Persol sunglasses are once more perching atop the noses of celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and George Clooney, who even wore them at his wedding. Mirrored glasses are super cool, especially with honey tortoise frames.
Shoes indeed make the man, and this summer, slip into suede loafers monogramed with palms or other plants. By day, use a thin leather, and at night, a varnished. Stubbs and Wootton brand is recommended.
Like the watch band, avoid leather in the summer unless it’s patterned. Fabric belts work much better, particularly ones by Brydon Brothers.
Monsieur Brunold is at 323 Lafayette St., 212-219-8559