ASK DAN: Sweat-Free Shirts, Tinder Styles, Wearable Tech
May 29th, 2015
Q: Hey Dan, what’s the best material for a non-casual summer shirt under a jacket? Last year had some funerals & weddings that required jackets & ties where I was damn close to chopping my shirt up like a tuxedo vest. These Southern California summer events are still too warm with my most light weight jackets. I’d like to get one “perfect” summer dress shirt, but with a decent collar & placket & also a breathable body. Can it be done? Does linen beat seersucker when it doesn’t get to billow? Is moisture wicking still useful when contained by a jacket? Can ice packs be sewn in without looking lumpy?
A: Ah, the curse of the summer sweats. It doesn’t get much more breathable than a pure linen shirt (although a linen/cotton blend will wrinkle and billow less) but I’d bet you’re overheating issue lies more with the jackets you’re wearing. An unlined jacket in a lightweight breathable fabric (like linen, hopsack, tropical wool, fresco, etc) will make a much bigger difference in terms of staying cool than the right shirt fabric. So to answer your questions in order: yes it can be done, seersucker will billow less than linen, moisture wicking can only help, and you’re better off staying in the shade and using your pocket square to wipe your brow.
Q: With all these new dating apps and gadgets, it seems like guys are going on more blind dates than ever. So my question: what to wear when you meet someone for the first time? And more, importantly, what to do?? Thanks, love the site and looking forward to the clothing line!
A: First dates can be nerve-racking, sure. I think your outfit should be appropriate for the date, and the date should be appropriate for your match’s profile. Ultimately I say keep it simple and non-committal. Anything too long where exiting early would feel awkward should be avoided (think elaborate multiple course dinners, opera or theatre shows, walking tours, etc). Make it easy and non-threatening to enter and exit at any time. A drink at a local restaurant or bar with a cool vibe is a great start. As far as what to wear, I would keep it simple, casual, and non-intimidating. Perhaps a trim leather jacket, henley top, dark jeans, and simple loafers. Not too dressy, but not too sporty. You want her to think that you got your shit together, but not that you take yourself (or your fashion) too seriously. Good luck out there player.
Q: Hey Dan, do you think wearable technology – like the new Apple watch or the Google glasses – will ever be stylish? It seems right now that they are not made for the fashion-forward crowd. Is there a way to make them cool?
A: We discussed the new smart watch trend here, but ultimately I don’t see them becoming synonymous with “cool”. Things that look futuristic today tend to age poorly, and truly innovative personal technology is usually created by people with very little—or no—sense of style. Conversely, great clothing design is, more often than not, dreamed up by people who have trouble operating TV remotes. The two expertises seem genetically mutually exclusive. “Cool” things are usually made by hand, have a sense of artistry, and a history behind them that the wearer wishes to identify with. History is cool, and there is a history of what it means to be cool, and that usually doesn’t involve being up with the latest gadgets or devices. Just my two cents.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,