Michael Karlo Lim gives his take on Spring/ Sum­mer wear

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - Devil In The De­tails by Michael Karlo

SPRING|SUM­MER and Au­tumn|Win­ter is of no rel­e­vance in Uwan|Init Philip­pines but we as­pire to dress in that fash­ion any­way. I am syn­ony­mous to suits, coats and blazers for the sim­ple rea­son that these are in­stantly and ef­fort­lessly pol­ished but I put my foot down on in­su­la­tion. Un­less your oc­cu­pa­tion in­volves re­frig­er­a­tion, no of­fice air-con­di­tioner here would ever com­mand the use of goose down or shear­ling. Layering is ac­tu­ally smart in this her­maph­ro­ditic weather. Jack­ets to trap body heat in case of a sud­den down­pour and chilly gusts of wind but in breath­able fab­rics to al­low the es­cape of ex­cess heat. When the go­ing gets tough, one can al­ways doff it to re­veal a light­weight in­ner of a make that can hold on its own.

The tech­ni­cal ab­sence of all color in black still makes it the best neu­tral to spring­board the rest of the col­or­wheel from. The in­ter­me­di­ate be­tween that and white — grey — comes close at its heels in ver­sa­til­ity in color pair­ings. It also makes for a more for­giv­ing color choice in the heat and hu­mid­ity of the trop­ics. The devil is in the de­tails and what is could eas­ily be a bor­ing slate of slate is eas­ily punc­tated by pops of color.

Men’s ac­ces­sories can be a tricky tip­toe through many lines. As sport­ing any would al­ready take some der­ring-do then it’s best to take the plunge. Take the pocket square for ex­am­ple. It is easy to go mono­chrome and one is tempted to flex some origami mus­cle but it’s just so much more fun to care­lessly do a mid­point thread-through with one in col­or­ful fab­ric or prints.

Wool Jersey Jacket from Muji

Hen­ley from H&M

Skinny Airsm Jeans from Uniqlo

Sun­glasses from RayBan

Poppy-print Pocket Square, gifted

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