The Rake Magazine's Ben St George helps you relax into our range of seasonal casual outerwear.
Part of the inherent joy of the summer months is how they change your routine. Suddenly, you remember that the sun is a thing that exists. Suddenly, you discover you want to go outside, indeed you have to go outside. You want to travel. You want to explore. You want to stay out and have another cocktail. And something else that changes in step with this seasonal zest is a your routine of dress. Summer tailoring has it’s well-earned, elegant place, but what of the lazy weekend jacket? What of the jacket to take you from airport to beachfront in one move? What to wear then? Casual summer outerwear is what, and Drake’s have just the thing, in the form of their new overshirts and work jacket.
The overshirt’s DNA can be traced back to the US Armed Forces’ OG-107 (code for Olive Green 107) fatigue shirt. The OG-107 was introduced in the late 1950s and became standard issue both domestically and on overseas deployments, most notably during the Vietnam War. The fatigue shirt would typically be worn over a simple t-shirt, and when troops were off duty they would often untuck and unbutton it to fight the South East Asian heat.
Today, the overshirt remains a stalwart and dependable piece of clothing - at home with it’s original companion the t-shirt as it is worn over a polo or smart seasonal button-down. Finish up with a bandana for bonus points. The overshirts’ gutsy linen pairs smartly with denim, but don’t be afraid to team with trousers or chinos either - the watchword here is ‘easy’.
The new kid on the block this season is the linen work jacket. Taking its style cues from a tradesman’s chore jacket but cut in breathable linen, the work jacket offers a great blend of style and easy-wearing sensibility. Replete with two hip pockets, a breast pocket and an internal pocket, the work jacket doesn’t lack for storage. Coupled with it’s light weight, it’s the ideal garment to take travelling; easily rolled up and put it one’s bag but practical enough to wear out day-tripping.
The work jacket shines when paired with classic shirting. An Oxford-cloth button-down should be top of the list, either in a plain colour or a ticking stripe. For a more tonal combination, consider denim or chambray, or add some offbeat interest with a barre stripe shirt. Denim, again, is an obvious and strong choice for a trouser. A pale chino in cotton or linen would make an excellent partner as well, but keep it casual. Suede footwear is an ideal finishing touch - think a smart desert boot or penny loafer.