This post is going to be a quick one about choosing a suit that will last you the summer. I guess if you live in England then summer is a relative word as there are no gurantees for hot temperatures lol. The weather is never under our control nor should we seek in infleunce it. However, one thing we have total control over is what we wear through seasons. In the UK, summer officially starts in June but depending on the mood of the climate, it could really start to feel like summer from May. Once temperatures start to rise layers come off.
However, if you are like me who likes to wear suits all year round then finding the right suit for hot weather is essential. Spring and summer are the seasons you are more likely to be invited to weddings which of course requires a suit. Except you want to be roasting in your regular suit, I suggest you get yourself a lightweight suit.
To help in your search for a good suit, here are the things you should bear in mind.
- Fabric – This is the most important element you should check for when buying a seasonal suit. For hot weather, you need fabrics that are breathable and lightweight. Breathability is so important during hot weather suit to allow air to flow through the fabric which in turn prevents you from sweating. And of course we all know what a little sweat could do to a man’s clothing. The three best fabrics to look out for when buying a hot weather suit are linen, cotton or seersucker. I would have gone into the construction of each fabric type but never mind. May be in another post
- Colour – Summer or not, I like colour. I personally think colour accentuate a man’s confidence. Typical summer colours are light grey, baby blue, Berry, Red, Khaki and even beige like the suit I have on in the photos.
- Construction and lining – The way a suit is constructed is also another important aspect one should keep an eye out for when investing in a seasonal suit. For hot weather always go for half lined or unlined jackets. Unlined suit jackets are lightweight and breathable. Bemberg silk, rayon, polyester, and acetate are all materials used for lining. Also note that an unlined suit will loose it structure and shape very easily forming creases during it lifecycle.
As you can see from the photos, I have a three piece suit on. I can assure you that this beige suit is one of my favourite summer suit despite it being three piece. The beauty about this look is that if the weather get hotter than anticipated then all I have to do is remove the jacket and throw it over my shoulder whilst the waistcoat helps keep my form. If that fails to cool you down then find a place with an air conditioned room or simply find a water fountain to dip your feet in like I did.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, or just walk on water. Lightweight is the word.
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Yanga Yaya Madlala is a Cape Town based performing artist and creative. He is one of those people I refer to as the new voice and face of the South African creative industry. I have been a huge fan of South African creativity in the form of music, fashion, and arts and culture for some time now.
During our first meeting in March when I was in Cape Town, I couldn’t wait to tell Yanga how inspired I am with young South Africans like himself and a few others. The likes of Trevor Stuurman, Kwena Baloyi, and the founding members of I see a different you have always made me curious, to say the least. The imagery always tells a compelling and authentic story of their own. They present their life and culture in such a way that it sometimes forces me to dig out my authentic self. Trevor recently worked with supermodel Naomi Campbel through Arise Africa which in itself show the level of creativity of this young South Africans I speak of.
Anyway, back to my story. When Yanga and I decided to do a shoot together, we had no idea the form the shoot should take. We had no theme nor concept but we knew we wanted to create something. I knew his fashion style was different to Continue reading Fashion as an art form Cuts for Him meets Yanga Madlala
I was disheartened when I first learned about the water shortage in Cape Town. The city is on the brink of a drought known as the worst in its history. The situation is so acute that authorities have put a date when taps will all but run dry and it is locally known as “Day Zero”. Whilst in Cape Town, Day Zero was expected in the second week of July which is a stark reminder for a visitor like myself never to take such a precious resource for granted.
To help push back day zero, local authorities have encouraged citizens to use no more than 50 liters a day per person. To think that one of my favorite cities in the world will go without water come Day Zero was enough reason to inspire this shoot.
I stand in solidarity with the people of Cape Town during this difficult period.
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What we know today as the Beret was called felt hat hundreds of years ago. Yes, the Beret has been around that long. In fact, according to fashion historians, the Beret has been around for millennia.
This disc-like shaped headgear made of wool and worn by anyone wanting to look like an artist, a revolutionary or simply wanting to keep warm, looked nothing like its original form. It is said that the beret (then called felt) is a crossbreed between the floppy Petasos hat and the cone-shaped Pileos hat. Yeah, that’s right, I had to google both these hats to see how they looked like. Judging from their shapes, I wouldn’t argue against fashion historians. At the time, this headgear was made from felt as it was simple and cheap material to use.
The 14th and 15th centuries saw the hat been worn in Europe by farmers and artists alike. At the time, the felt was very Continue reading From peasant to stylish hat & everything in-between, a Beret’s journey | Cuts for Him