Like wearing white after Labour Day, wearing dark colours in the summer is considered by some to be a faux pas. This does, however, have some utilitarian reasoning behind it. Wearing a heat-absorbing black or navy blazer out on a patio in the sunshine might seem like a good idea â€“ until you run out of deodorant. Of course, thereâ€™s always the option of wearing whites or pastels, but unless youâ€™re a Cuban drug baron from the 1980s, that can be a hard look to pull off.
There are some great blazer options in Zegnaâ€™s High Performance Cool Effect collection. The colours for these blazers are traditional, but the design is anything but: their woolen fabric is specially treated, with the dark surfaces replicating those of their white counterparts. As a result, Zegnaâ€™s material reflects over 80% of the sunâ€™s heat, giving it a distinct cooling effect. To boot, the process doesnâ€™t affect the weight or texture of the clothing, so there is no discernible difference in feel from their standard-issue blazers. And the style? Well, itâ€™s Zegna â€“ so you can expect classic, Italian styling and traditional tailoring. Some things never change.
Ermenegildo Zegna Cool Effects Blazer, $1850 – $2050. Available at select retailers. Visit Zegna.com for more information, or call 1-888-55-ZEGNA.