By Michael Karlo Lim
THE Philippine summer is extreme. Dressing well for the heat can be quite tricky as considerations are primarily to ensure that one does not die of heatstroke. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Hit back with some heat of your own. Whether you’re escaping to somewhere sunny or just looking to dress in-season, your summer staples need not be limited to just tees and shorts. Topman mixes classic and quirky in their new season collection that will shake up your wardrobe with items that see you through from sunrise to sunset. There are lightweight button fronts to even denim – all in colors and prints that blur the line between city and seaboard.
Florals continue to bloom into summer, and Hawaiian shirts are making a comeback in more exciting pattern play. The material runs the lineup of the commonplace cotton to stylish see-through items. One such example is the Rainbow Burnout Revere Shirt in tropical print. The overall design and the burnout process creates a complexly textured finish hinting at skin in the resulting sheer panels. Short sleeves solidify the casual style.
Suns out, guns out – the season is also synonymous with sleeveless shirts. Any cut and color are ultimately accepted as determined by how it flatters the body type. The deep-armhole “douchebag” shirt, included.
There is such a thing as summer suiting and sensible layering, or the lack thereof, is critical. The Pink Floral Print Ultra Skinny Fit Suit from Topman includes a suit jacket with one button fastening, notch lapel, and matching trousers. A statement and one of individuality, the brand takes the print trend and adds the British-tailoring spin with skin-skimming structure.
Still on print, the so-campy-it’s-cool animal refuses to die and gains ground in faux forms. While the print serves the purpose of camouflage in the wild print serves the purpose of camouflage in the wild, the Brown Leopard Print Mesh T-Shirt is quite a standout.
Jeans are year-round options and, with the availability of options in both lighter materials and colors, have been quite popular through the hotter season. Pristine white jeans are a no-brainer as these serve as complimentary counterpoints to the busier top halves. On the contrary, experiment with more solid tones from the darker end of the spectrum. Although it seems counterproductive, deeper blues (or even black) allow color to springboard from that base.
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