How to Layer
in the Summer

Pitti Uomo, the Florentine trade show, was once strictly a suits-and-ties type of place. But now, the industry insiders that once exclusively peacocked around in flashy suits and polished double monk strap shoes have loosened up a bit. There's a greater range represented and we could all learn a few things about toned-down summer dressing from these sartorial style gods.

Key Pieces

The Lightweight Jacket


The Lightweight Jacket

Soft tailoring is essential for the warmer months, especially when you want to look put together without completely overheating. Opt for a lightweight blazer in a slightly more relaxed fit than you'd normally choose and layer it over a light shirt like a T-shirt, polo or henley.

Alex Mill Ripstop Blazer

Ripstop blazer,
$195 / $177 by Alex Mill

Suitsupply Silk and Linen Jacket

Silk and linen jacket,
$499 by Suitsupply

Todd Snyder Cotton Henley

Cotton henley,
$125 / $99 by Todd Snyder

The Shirt


The Shirt

When it's just too damn hot for a jacket but you don't want to show up in a T-shirt or tank top, pull on a lightweight cotton shirt. It can be a printed short sleeve shirt with a silky, relaxed fit or a denim-ish work shirt worn open as a jacket alternative.

Flint and Tinder Indigo Workshirt

Indigo workshirt,
$98 by Flint and Tinder

Life After Denim Palmetto Shirt

Palmetto shirt,
$118 by Life After Denim

The Striped T-Shirt


The Striped T-Shirt

Consider this the jack-of-all-trades summer piece. A striped T-shirt always looks right in the summertime. You can wear it by itself, but it looks even better when it's worn under a shirt or jacket. It's the perfect shirt to wear under a lightweight summer suit as well.

J.Crew Slub Cotton T-Shirt

Slub cotton T-shirt,
$45 by J.Crew

COS Jersey Striped T-Shirt

Jersey striped T-shirt,
$39 by COS

Club Monaco Varied Strip T-Shirt

Varied stripe T-shirt,
$75 / $49 by Club Monaco


The first edition of Pitti Uomo was held in Florence in September 1972.