Watching the film A Good Woman the other day reminded me that I like the summer look of a tan jacket and white shirt accompanied by a necktie with a black ground. So here's a version suitable for whiling away an hour at a bar with a couple of friends.
The jacket and shirt are linen, and the necktie's white dots work with the shirt to reduce the intensity of the black. During the week this is a good combination with tan suits and tan shoes and it's equally effective during off hours with cream trousers, which was how I wore it.
Away from the office, try mixing the clothes with a gin cocktail as a change of pace from gin martinis. That's two shots of gin and two dashes of bitters stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass with a twist of lemon peel. For me, the Occidental Cigar Club might be just the place for one this evening.