The Good Life

Tying Up For Summer

| By Jack Bettridge | From Kurt Russell, July/August 2019
Tying Up For Summer
Photo/Jeff Harris

While your initial response to summer’s heat may be to shed as many layers as possible, the occasional lawn party, country club bash or business meeting mean you can’t spend all of July and August in shorts and a tank top. But nothing says you can’t stay cool—nor look cool—while wearing a tie. Banish your dour, woolen neckwear to the back of the closet in favor of lightweight silks that are also bright in color. Remember, you’ll likely be pairing with lighter hues, whether the occasion calls for a linen suit, seersuckers or a blazer with khaki trousers. This is also the season for spritely patterns that synch with a world that is in blossom.

A butterfly motif from Petronius 1926 (lower right, available at Neiman Marcus, $175) stays on a flight pattern that is perfect for the season. Because classes have been suspended until fall, Kiton offers a yellow-and-aqua striped number (lower left, Neiman Marcus, $295) that will never be mistaken for an old-school tie. Even while Paul Stuart flirts with a navy-blue hue (upper left, $175), its jazzed up diamond-cloud pattern is anything but somber. Paisley is a class act that works all year, but in the hands of Zegna (upper right, Neiman Marcus, $195) it exemplifies the carefree summer sensibility. And if flowers are in bloom, Paul Stuart (middle right, $165) apparently thought, why not show a bit of foliage around the neck?

Style

More in The Good Life

See all
Little Book Gets A Finishing Touch

Little Book Gets A Finishing Touch

Jim Beam’s Freddie Noe has gone to the kitchen and the grill for the sixth edition of his yearly …

Sep 20, 2022
Sports Betting On The Go

Sports Betting On The Go

As betting laws have eased across the United States, hosts of sites have popped up that turn your …

Sep 8, 2022
Herb Kohler, 1939-2022

Herb Kohler, 1939-2022

The past chairman of Kohler Corp.—and the subject of two articles in Cigar Aficionado—Herbert V. …

Sep 6, 2022
Star-Powered Tequilas

Star-Powered Tequilas

Today there’s a parade of celebrities who not only align themselves with spirits, but own a piece of …

Sep 1, 2022
Winston Churchill’s Personal Cigars Sold At Auction

Winston Churchill’s Personal Cigars Sold At Auction

At the Fine Autograph and Artifacts auction a box of 10 La Corona cigars that belonged to Churchill …

Aug 16, 2022
New Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bows In

New Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bows In

The Cigar Aficonado team recently tasted Woodford Reserve's annual release of its Masters Collection …

Aug 11, 2022