summer days: the sleeveless shirt
I used to find this a rather mumsy item of clothing, but I've come to see that a sleeveless shirt is a true friend of the tropics. It keeps one cool and comfortable while retaining the tailored elements of a classic shirt, so the overall feel is still smart. It's light and easy under jackets and sweaters, which is perfect for staying fresh in our humid weather. It works for the beach or a professional meeting. The trick to not looking like my mother is to size up for a slouchier fit and look for something without darts at the waist.
This is an old shirt I bought on ASOS. From time to time, I have been tempted to trade it up for a nice, luxe silk version from Adam or Joseph, but I've come to be very fond of this old workhorse and in the end I saw that it would have been wasteful and pointless to replace it. So here's to a real wardrobe hero, and I look forward to many more years of staying cool in the heat in you.