The Jackal's Aleks Cvetkovic demonstrates the joys of cool, neutral tones when it comes to summer dressing.
There's something about neutral colours in summer. I love earthy tones at the best of times, but in the high-season cream, beige and biscuit have a subtlety that makes them particularly chic.
Drake's Spring / Summer '17 has plenty of neutrals, and lends itself to working touches of pale colour into your seasonal wardrobe. Neutrals are best used to soften staple shades of navy, dark grey and olive, or to make dark tobacco and chocolate tones that little bit more contemporary. The trick is not to be too obvious with it.
Let's extrapolate this out. Here, a lightweight merino crewneck in mink is layered with an easy cotton blazer in ecru, and charcoal tropical worsted trousers. The tone-on-tone pairing of crewneck and blazer is very of the moment in menswear-terms and the jacket's soft construction keeps things nice and easy. The trousers are dark and cool in colour so contrast with rather than complement the neutral upper-half. It's one of those pairings that shouldn't really work but does - the softness of texture in the plain weave trousers helps.