On Friday we sent out our summer email, in which our V.P. of Product, Jason Smith, discussed his favorite clothes for summer.
Classic Summer Style
My son Griffin is now five months old. Being a new dad has brought on a wave of nostalgia for my own childhood, especially now that it’s summertime. Until the age of 12, I spent every summer at my grandparents’ house on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. That’s where I learned to swim, fish, and build a fire—all the things we did before there was an app for that.
Looking back, I see that those summers also had a huge impact on how I dress, as well as the clothes that I now choose to bring into Trunk Club. Oxford shirts, chinos, and loafers are the essential picks for summer, and deserve a spot in any guy’s wardrobe.
Every evening after dinner, my brother and I went for a canoe ride with our grandfather. Grandpa always wore the same blue oxford shirt for the occasion. You could tell his beer count for the day by how many shirt buttons were undone. The durable, classic oxford remains my favorite shirt for summer, and on carefree evenings, I’ve been known to miss a few buttons myself.
With my brother and me, everything was a competition, including which one of us could cast a fishing line the farthest. We rolled up the cuffs of our chinos well above our ankles to wade out into the lake and extend our range. Neither of us ever caught anything, but I still remember standing in that cool water thinking that the next cast would bring in the big one.
My dad was officially on vacation when the socks came off and his beat-to-hell penny loafers went on. All summer long, he wore those shoes with everything: jeans, khakis, shorts—even his bathing suit. You don’t need to look beyond the six pairs of loafers in my closet to see that it’s true what they say: We become our fathers.
When the temperature starts climbing, I stock my fridge with old-school American brew. That’s what the adults drank at Lake Winnipesaukee, and to this day nothing says summer to me like a few classic cold ones. Fashionable microbrews have their place, but hot-weather drinking and summertime clothes share something in common: Never settle for a trend when you can have a classic.