The end of March is as good a time as any to begin thinking about warm weather in the Northen Hemisphere, and it was fun poking around the storage closet this weekend for things to pack for a trip where the temperature is expected to be above 80 degrees F (27 degrees C).
One warm weather wardrobe staple is the unlined safari jacket in cream linen (the one in the photo was made by Hemrajani Brothers). Without the structure of lining and canvas, linen as heavy as 14 ounces wears cool in combination with tees, polos or lightweight dress shirts. And a safari blends well with the scenery in tropical areas where the only conventional jacket anyone recalls was worn by HRH Prince Charles or one of his relations when they last visited.
Cream jackets and a suntan are complemented by shirts of blue, yellow or white worn with a cotton scarf, or dressed up with an ascot. Just add a straw hat; linen, fresco or cotton trousers; and unlined slip-on shoes.