Summer 2018 Outfit Combos

Ah, the Irish summer. The time we start wearing our driving Ray-Bans outside of the car, swap heavy chinos for chino shorts and maybe even go wild by showing a bit of ‘mankle’. To get everyone ready for the few days of sun we’ll have in the next three months, here are a few outfit suggestions so that you look as cool as the glass of cider in your hand. All of these looks are from Jack & Jones and the photos were taken by Paudie Bourke.

Right before I was asked to get off the bike path.

Right before I was asked to get off the bike path.

Polo Shirt & Jeans/Chino Shorts

Polo shirts are a ‘thing’ again. Partly because we’ve finally learned not to pop their collars (Thank you Damo & Ivor). Usually constructed in breathable, lightweight cotton or cotton piqué, the polo was born out of a need to keep cool. Lending your casual looks a bit of polish and your smarter looks some comfort in the heat, it’s a smart-casual summer must-own. Wear yours with a pair of chinos/chino shorts or dressed down with jeans neatly turned up at weekends..

"This is my car park"

"This is my car park"

Oxford Shirt & Sweatshirt & Shorts

If it’s good enough for Ivy Leaguers, then it’s good enough for me. This approach to hot-weather dressing – favoured by the men of Yale and Harvard – is a formula that fares just as well off-campus. First off, the shorts: think a tailored above-the-knee cut for a universally flattering fit. Top half, your classic Oxford shirt can underline a sweater to ensure versatility in tricky weather.

Do Harvard and Yale students have pasty white legs too?

Do Harvard and Yale students have pasty white legs too?

Linen Shirt & Shorts

A linen shirt is an excellent all-rounder when it comes to summer dressing. Owing to its laid-back appeal, a well-cut version in white, pink or sky blue can slide under a suit to tone down a more formal look, or pair it with shorts to take a casual combination up a notch.

If anyone correctly guesses where this wall is they win a prize (not joking).

If anyone correctly guesses where this wall is they win a prize (not joking).

Floral Shirt & Chinos

Play it relatively safe which your choice of floral shirt. You want to stand out and look good without looking like the wallpaper from your grandmothers front room. There are styles that strike the balance between too bold and too boring. Opt for something with light or dark neutral colours as a base and you’ll see your warm-weather style flourish. As for the chinos, you’ll need to steer muted to keep the print grounded.

You're right, I don't have a photo of me wearing a floral shirt.

You're right, I don't have a photo of me wearing a floral shirt.

All of the clothes I'm wearing are from The Jack and Jones store in the Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick. Pop in and check them out.

Patrick McLoughney