The Summer Wardrobe

At the Colonial Office  we divide the wardrobe into three distinct parts. Spring/summer, autumn/winter, and Evening wear such as a tuxedo. At each season, we suggest you hang out the out seasoned wardrobe and leave room for the current season. It makes your wardrobe a little more exciting and varied. When you make the change, be sure to update the garments you are not using, or need to supplement.


A summer wardrobe should focus on linen, seersucker, cotton, light brown leather, khaki, white, bright tones and woven hats, espadrilles, brown shoes, and white sneakers.

Shorts with jackets are cool these days, as traditional short-sleeved shirts and polo shirts. Match with light luggage, sunglasses, and short patterned swim shorts for a quick dip.

Be prepared to be invited to a summer drink, a visit to a yacht, or dinner in a summer grove.



During the British colonial period, seersucker was a popular material in Britain's warm-weather colonies like British India. When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items. For suits, the material was considered a mainstay of the summer wardrobe of gentlemen, especially in the South, who favored the light fabric in the high heat and humidity of the southern climates, especially prior to the arrival of air conditioning

Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" from 1967 and Greogory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird" from 1962. Both absolutely necessary fashion viewing.


You can have it your way, jacket,  2p or even with a waistocat as a 3p. 

Jackets come in any style, 1, 2, 3 buttoned or Double breasted, 

Suits from Eur 250 Jackets from Eur 175

Strangely enough the unlined very summery comfortable version is slightly more expenisve. But its worth every penny.

Strangely enough the unlined very summery comfortable version is slightly more expenisve. But its worth every penny. Eur 190



Linen fabric has been used for table coverings, bed coverings and clothing for centuries. The significant cost of linen derives not only from the difficulty of working with the thread, but also because the flax plant itself requires a great deal of attention. In addition flax thread is not elastic, and therefore it is difficult to weave without breaking threads. Thus linen is considerably more expensive to manufacture than cotton.

2 button unlined linen suit in Ibiza white. Eur 270 

Linen shirts in any style and a multiple of colors. With your monogram from Eur 65

3 Button unlined linen/cotton blend suit. 

Eur 270


The advent of the Industrial Revolution in Britain provided a great boost to cotton manufacture, as textiles emerged as Britain's leading export. In 1738, Lewis Paul and John Wyatt, of Birmingham, England, patented the roller spinning machine, as well as the flyer-and-bobbin system for drawing cotton to a more even thickness using two sets of rollers that traveled at different speeds. Later, the invention of the James Hargreavesspinning jenny in 1764, Richard Arkwright's spinning frame in 1769 and Samuel Crompton's spinning mule in 1775 enabled British spinners to produce cotton yarn at much higher rates.


You can find a large variety of fabrics on the fabric pages here, very nice summery cotton ties here, and price suggestions in the shop here

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