A Hot Weather Neckline

April 12th, 2012

It’s sticky hot. Stay cool out there.

1. Summer Knit

There are knits for every season, including the summer. This is a very thin (almost see-through) cotton/silk blend with a low-cut neckhole. It looks like a dressy sweater, but feels lighter than a t-shirt.

Bonus Tip: This is the perfect look for a “nice” dinner or “fancy” summer evening event. It looks put-together and suave, but breethes much better than a traditional collared shirt. Keeping the neck cool and open goes a long way in keeping your body temperature down.

Bonus Tip II: Lightweight wool hopsack (think loosely woven and textured) is a very underrated warm-weather fabric. These suit pants – from the grey hopsack suit in my new collection are a great alternatives to cotton or linen summer trousers. The best part is, the grey color makes this suit appropriate for at least 3 seasons.

  • Navy cotton/silk knit top by Theory ·
  • Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother ·
  • Black frames by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi ·
  • Black leather loafers by Bally

2. Open Pop-Over

Band collar pullovers are some of my favorite summer shirts. Having no collar on the back of your neck, along with a few buttons undone to air out the chest, allows you to feel the breeze and stay cool.

Bonus Tip: Matching your leathers and metals with a casual outfit makes it look more chic and put-together.


  • Brown moccasins by LL Bean ·
  • Olive chino shorts by Bonobos ·
  • White band collar bib-front shirt by Club Monaco ·
  • Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi ·
  • Gold hand-engraved aviator shades by Matsuda Eyewear

3. Show Some Chest

Don’t be afraid to loosen up a few buttons on a washed shirt. This summer I’ve been wearing up to 4 buttons open – even with a suit.

It’s not just suave European men that can get away with this.

Bonus Tip: Summery fabrics, like this soft cotton shirt and linen pants, fit best with a low neckline.

Bonus Tip II: Groom your chest hair, don’t shave it. Once a month or so I run clippers over my chest with a 2 guard. It keeps it trimmed and clean but still masculine.

  • Red floral shirt by Zara ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Stubbs & Wootton ·
  • Tortoise shades by Persol ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • · Navy linen trousers by Zara

Marine Linen Trouser

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford