Ah, summer. The season of sunshine, beach trips, and ... sweat. While we all love a good dose of Vitamin D, dealing with the heat can be a challenge. But fear not, dear reader. There's no need to suffer in your pants. In this article, we'll guide you through the art of staying cool in summer by picking the right trousers. So sit back, relax, and get ready to look and feel your best, even on the hottest days.
The first thing to consider when choosing pants for the summer season is the fabric.
Remember, natural fibers are king, so try to avoid the man-made stuff, okay? Unless you're participating in some kind of sport, leave those in your gym bag.
If you want to look sharp, Wool, Linen, and Cotton are your best bet; they breathe well and wick moisture away from your body, so you don't overheat. And, if you choose a garment made by a high quality mill, the fabric will be lightweight and comfortable—especially in formal settings—making them uniquely suited for hot climates like Florida and Texas.
When it comes to fabric weaves, open weaves are an excellent choice for summer clothing. These weaves are woven loosely, allowing air to continually circulate as you sit or move. Examples of open weaves include Frescos and other types of technical weaves that are produced by some of Europe's finest fabric mills.
To find out if your fabric has an open weave, hold it up to the light, and you should be able to see it shine through just slightly. Don't worry. That doesn't mean you'll be flashing your privates every time you wear them. It just means that this fabric has a very tiny space between each warp thread that allows air to circulate. This light test will help you identify whether a fabric is breathable enough for hot weather.
Loose Fitting Trousers for Comfort
When it comes to trousers, loose-fitting ones are the way to go. They not only provide a comfortable fit, but also allow air to circulate between your skin and the waistband. Loose-fitting linen trousers are a must-have for the spring and summer seasons. Even though they may wrinkle easily, it adds to their charm.
Blends are also available that combine linen and wool. Wait—what? Wool? Yes, wool—provided that it's an open weave, like a fresco or a tropical. You can also go with a lightweight worsted, which are best reserved for milder weather.
One example of a fabric blend would be a trouser with 70% tropical wool and 30% linen, providing you with the best of both worlds. The linen adds a wonderful texture to the fabric, but the wool counterbalances its proneness to wrinkling. Wool has great moisture-wicking properties too.
If you want to go with a triple blend that includes a dash of silk, that may indeed add some additional smoothness and sheen to your garment. However, keep in mind that silk easily loses shape and can appear flimsy, so if you're planning on sitting around a lot in these trousers, then we recommend you save the silk for a summer jacket instead.
Good color choices for trousers are going to be on the lighter side—colors like light grey and tobacco brown. However, there are some darker shades that will always work, like dark grey and navy blue. You can pair them with a nice light colored linen shirt and floral tie, depending on the situation.
Customized Shorts for an Elegant Look
Tailored shorts are an excellent choice for those who want to dress casually but still look elegant. Although you can find shorts off the rack, it's best to invest in high-quality craftsmanship by customizing your shorts. A pair of tailored linen shorts in cream is a great pick. You can even customize your shorts to include lining that feels smooth on your skin, making you feel cooler and more comfortable.
Polo shirts are perfect for pairing with shorts; they are a summer staple, and Anatoly & Sons has got you covered. We carry a selection of beautiful polo shirts made with fabric from Italian mill Zegna Baruffa. Choose from Cotton, Merino Wool, or Cashwool® for a wonderful spring/summer feel. And with color options such as Forest Green, Navy Blue, Light Blue, Lilac, Charcoal, Cream, Brown, and Olive Green, there's something for everyone.
MTO Parisian Cotton
Cotton is an excellent choice for pants or shorts during the summer season. At Anatoly & Sons, our Made-to-Order option allows you to customize your trouser for the ultimate in comfort and breathability. Our "Parisian Cotton" Trouser fabric is made in Italy by Duca Visconti di Modrone, who has been perfecting its craft since 1838. The summer cotton trousers weigh only 11 oz, making them lightweight and providing a nice drape.
The trouser waistband also has a v-split, giving you an additional high-end look, but also designed for comfort when sitting for extended periods. Choose from over ten colors to make this one your very own.
In summary, remember to choose breathable fabrics, opt for loose-fitting trousers, and invest in high-quality craftsmanship for the ultimate summer wardrobe. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy the summer season in comfort and style.