Igee Okafor gives us his best style tips for Summer 2020
Suddenly, temperatures are on the rise and a walk outside isn’t so unbearable. It’s nice to know we can finally make use of lighter and more comfortable clothing. This means that it is time to trade in darker color schemes for lighter ones and heavier fabrics for softer ones. Part of the fun in getting dressed appropriately for the summer season is making use of classic styles that will never go away – whether it’s the fabric, item, or color. This summer, my personal style goal is very simple; styling more items with prints, patterns, and color palettes. This sampling has prompted me to share a few things I’ll be implementing all summer long.
Shop All Colors
Undoubtedly, summertime is supposed to be an all-inclusive explosion of colorful expression, but I find that while most people make use of bold, loud colors the softer, muted shades are often overlooked. It’s hard to tell why because soft colors have a delightful character, demanding an artful response or complement as opposed to a strong alternative.
As our days continue to get hotter, it gets harder to put effort into a great outfit. Well, one way to maximize very simplistic items is by staying aware of appropriate color schemes. Use complementary colors, contrasting colors and similar colors. Those who are familiar with the color wheel know what I am talking about.
Dries Van Noten Camp-Collar Floral-Print Woven Shirt
Zanella Men’s Slub Weave Dress Trousers
Shop More Prints
Prints evoke the essence of summertime: lively, playful, relaxed, but eventful. While pairing a charming tint of color and texture, the playfulness of prints tends to downplay the seriousness of a look. This idea is a time-honored styling technique.
When selecting a piece with the maximum amount of detail, it is only second nature to decide to neutralize other components of the ensemble. To emphasize a more relaxed look, opt for rolled up trousers and choose to work with a hat that contributes to your color contrasting.
Saint Laurent Short Sleeve Jungle Flower Print Viscoe
Scotch & Soda Patterned Cotton-Linen Shorts
Linen Shirts Are Always In And Essentials Are Blue or White
Truth be told, when I buy linen shirts for the summer season, I almost never settle if the shirt isn’t blue or white. The reason for this stems from prioritizing versatility and relevance as it pertains to the cohesiveness of my wardrobe.
Brunello Cucinelli Linen Button Down Shirt
White Trousers Are A Summer Staple. Buy It.
White trousers are always a great idea. Nothing screams summertime more than whites — just the right amount to exude self awareness and the capability of curating a color scheme that isn’t too simplistic.
They’re a summer classic. Although they can be a little nerve-wracking to wear due to the amount of conscious attention required to keep them clean, they are a very successful piece when properly styled. The key to achieving that success is staying away from anything dirty, doing your best not to spill anything and keeping the styling very forward and straight to the point.
TOM FORD Men’s Atticus Silk Trousers
If You Have To Wear Any Suiting, Break It Apart
Buying a full suit means you now have about two or three items you can translate into day-to-day looks in different ways. Think pairing a suit jacket with shorts or jeans, or wearing suit trousers with a tucked in T-shirt. It is always an exercise in imagination to break apart a suit and see what other looks can be created outside the expected.
209 Mare Paloma Crested Beach Blazer
Sneakers Are Your Best Friend
The sneaker’s sharp and comfortable details are intentionally geared towards the individual looking to make use of a comfortable, functional shoe while also prioritizing stylishness. Sneakers possess value as pertains to convenience, and they inject an untraditional tint of excitement into a luxury fashion look.
Common Projects Retro Low Top Sneaker
You’ll Need A Great Summer Bag
When it comes to shopping for a bag, I put functionalism at the forefront. I want a bag that allows use for every occasion: travel, dinners, lectures, or a simple afternoon picnic getaway with friends at the Park. This means the bag must be incredibly stylish, versatile, spacious, and of high quality if it’s going to meet my daily needs.
A quality dual tone piece embodies all of these characteristics. While it’s a significant backing, there is no doubt you will receive what you pay for, which is a long-lasting and high quality bag.
Salvatore Ferragamo Men’s Medium Leather Backpack
Words by Igee Okafor