Aside from the stripes of seersucker and perhaps madras checks, I've never found patterned summer jackets that do not look to me like pallid imitations of cool weather coats. I think that the best warm weather odd jackets are solids in either cotton or linen, with as little lining and structure as possible.
And of the available colors, cream, white and tan best represent the season. All light colors look good in sunshine and these are the lightest of them all. Their neutrality lends itself to combination with the full spectrum of other summer colors as well.
Second to cream tones are blue jacketings, ranging from navy to light, and ideally worn with cream or white trousers. Oh, light gray works in urban areas and tan trousers are fine but it is cream that best suits the time of year. There is a cost of course since cream generally is a dirt magnet and shows every bit of it. But linen summer trousers in particular need pressing more frequently and a few extra pair give one something to wear beneath one's jackets while the rest of the wardrobe is in the laundry.
Now there are those whose summer wardrobes include lime green, lilac and other jacketing tones. Give me instead two blue and as many shades of white, cream and tan as my closet will accommodate.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Photos: Luciano Barbera USA