Expertly Worn: Summer Style

Summer can be a tricky time for a man’s wardrobe. When the temperature rises, how do you stay on the right side of refined when all you want to do is rip off any garment that’s remotely tight or tailored? To answer this eternal question, we looked to the wardrobes of the men who always managed to get it right.

Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

JUDE LAW

His 90s penchant for bootcut jeans aside, Law knows how to pull off the sort of effortless summer look we all wish we could emulate. You’ll find inspiration in his turn as Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Start stockpiling those camp collar shirts.

 

 

Montgomery Clift on Fire Island c. 1962

Montgomery Clift on Fire Island c. 1962

MONTGOMERY CLIFT

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: no wardrobe should be without a white T-Shirt, and no man wears one quite as well as Montgomery Clift. So the next time you’re wondering what to pair with a particularly vibrant pair of swim shorts, here’s your answer.

 

 

Paul Newman at the Venice Film Festival in 1963

Paul Newman at the Venice Film Festival in 1963

PAUL NEWMAN

It’s highly unlikely that anyone will look as good in their swimwear as Paul Newman does. Sorry. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn from his refined beach style. Follow in the footsteps of this Hollywood great and pick a smart, well-tailored pair to see you through the summer.

 

 

Photo: The New York Times

Photo: The New York Times

SIR SIDNEY POITIER

Actor, director, author, diplomat, expert Polo Shirt wearer: is there nothing Sir Sidney can’t do? Take your inspiration from his old school style and wear yours tucked into high waisted trousers, or leave it loose over your chinos on those long days at the boat club or the beach bar.

 

 

 

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