On the one hand, summer is the easiest season when it comes to style: less layers means less problems and your outfit can be simpler than at any other time of year.
On the other hand, high temperatures (let's be optimistic) present problems of their own.
The following simple style hacks will help you stay looking sharp and feeling fresh in the summer months.
1 | Buy some invisible socks
Wherever you stand on the great mankle debate, making a small investment in some invisible socks will at least give you the option to do it well. Falke do a great line for only £8 that are genuinely impossible to spot and – best of all – don't slip down, meaning you can bare some ankle without sweating into your shoe which, aside from discolouring them over time, will make them smell like the inside of a gym changing room.
2 | Unbutton your shirt (at the bottom)
A un-tucked, crisp white or blue Oxford shirt is a classic casual summer look, but the pitfall here is creasing: tie your shoelace or pet a passing dog and suddenly your fastidious ironing has been ruined. Unbuttoning your last button of your shirt allows it to open when you sit or crouch, and helps minimise the problem.
3 | Mix up your cottons
While we're on creasing, shirts made from jersey, pique or slub cotton instead of poplin will stay wrinkle-free for longer, and have the added advantage of better concealing the paunch you have left over from winter. Remember: (fabric) knowledge is power.
4 | Add a temporary turn up to your trousers
Rather than retire your entire bottom half winter / spring roster, get a tailor to add a temporary turn up to the legs of your favourite pairs meaning they're ventilated enough to wear in the heat - particularly if you go for the aforementioned sock-less look. The obvious bonus here? It's cost a fraction of buying a new pair.
5 | Get a NATO strap for your watch
'Sweaty wrist' is a common summer condition that makes removing your watch feels as relieving as kicking off your shoes – neither of which you ideally want to be doing at work. Substitute your leather or steel for a nylon NATO strap to solve the problem. And before you worry it looks unsophisticated, note that high end brands like Omega and Rolex produce their own.
6 | Buy a linen jumper
Letting go of your favourite woollen knitwear is perhaps the most painful part of making the transition from cold weather to hot, but linen looks just as good and is far more breathable. Buy quality in a lighter shade and you also have a great option to wear under a summer suit or blazer.
7 | Keep your white trainers white (even the laces)
A pair of fresh white kicks should be a cornerstone of your summer wardrobe, and unless you're Jay-Z that means taking care of the pairs you have rather than going box fresh every time. We've rounded up the key ways to do this before, but aside from the obvious - brushing and treating the body of the shoe - a great trick is to wash your laces in soapy water whenever they get discoloured. You'll be surprised how much it brightens up an ageing pair of sneakers.