Just ordered an MTM grey flannel three-piece. Exciting!
Cinematic Summer inspiration: Navy, white and stone
So I’ve pretty much got two favourite Summer looks at the moment, both of which come from excellent period films and combine more-or-less the same elements but with a slightly different twist each time.
Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary
The Rum Diary is quite an underrated film generally, but also hasn’t received much attention on matters sartorial, which is a shame as although Johnny Depp spends half the film looking utterly disheveled, for.the rest of it he looks positively debonair.
I’ll concede straight away that Johnny Depp is a man who can make a burlap sack look suave, but still, there’s no denying that this combo: a navy blazer, off-white trousers and a white polo shirt, looks pretty damn good and will likely work for most men with not too much effort.
Personally, I’ve tried polo shirts and can’t carry them off that well, but I have found a well-fitted, short-sleeved linen or cotton shirt works just as well for this look. I’m also not overly fond of the sunglasses here - something with a horn-rim in tortoiseshell would work much better in my view, Clubmasters could be a good option for the right face, or even Aviators at a push. Lastly, a pocket square would really round this off nicely.
Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley
Again, Jude Law is another photogenic actor who can get away with more than most, but again this is also a fairly simple and understated combo which shouldn’t be too difficult for the rest of us to pull off reasonably well.
The Talented Mr Ripley is a film quite rightly cited very often in menswear blogs but of all the outfits on show this is by far the best in my view.
Another navy blazer and off-white trousers but this time a bit more formal with a long-sleeved white shirt and a light blue stripe tie makes for a very elegant get-up. Again, Law appears to have foregone a pocket square, which is a bit of a shame as it would complete the look nicely.
Lightweight tropical wool, silk, linen and cotton mixes for jacket and trousers should mean that even in warmer weather you can go with a tie in this way and not feel uncomfortable. It’s not clear from the pictures but it’s possible Law’s jacket may even be un-lined or half-lined to help with the Venetian heat.