The Vitruvian Man

Style Guide: A Very Dapper Memorial Day

by James Brooks | May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patriot: The person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about - Mark Twain

Many of us think of Memorial Day as a day off from work with the necessary gathering of friends complete with a barbecue and yard games. This might be true, but keep in mind what the purpose of Memorial Day is; a day for us to remember the service men and women who have given their lives for our dreams and way of life. This Memorial Day, show your veterans a sign of respect and dress up for the occasion.  

As a modern renaissance man, be the friend that organizes a nice dinner or get-together with a group of your friends. Since you’ll be the host, you’ll need to dress the part. Our recommendation: blazer, button down shirt, colored chinos, a nautical-themed necktie and a pocket square. Effortless summer style.


Summer time calls for light fabrics: linen, cotton, or light wool. Lightweight wool can be surprisingly cool in the summer, so don’t shy away from a nice lightweight wool even if the forecast calls for a hot day. Stick with lighter colors such as blue, tan, or light gray. Keep the color of the blazer neutral and add color with your chinos, necktie, pocket square, and socks.

What’s in our closet: these uber-dapper blazers from our friends at Black Lapel. Go the extra mile and get a made-to-measure blazer. After all, the fit of the blazer makes all the difference.

Button Down Shirt

You’re going for a clean and crisp look so go with a solid color or basic pattern. White is always a good option – especially if you’re leaning towards rocking a blue or gray blazer – but if you want to add a block of color, go with a light blue or light pink. When it comes to patterns, we recommend a subtle gingham. A timeless summer pattern that you can’t go wrong with.

What’s in our closet: you can’t beat Uniqlo when it comes to value. Grab yourself a couple everyday shirts at a great price.


This is where you get to go bold. Choose a bold color like red, blue, green or yellow and wear your color with confidence. We especially like blue or red for this season. A light color blazer – light tan, light gray or white – paired with blue or red chinos will look spot on for a festive Memorial Day celebration.

What’s in our closet: slim fit chinos from Top Man


Go patriotic with our Sullivan Necktie. Take the nautical theme, mix in some red, white, and blue, and you have yourself a patriotic addition to your Memorial Day gear. 

What's in our closet: Our very own Sullivan Necktie

Pocket Square

Make sure whoever is looking at you isn't inundated with patterns. Your tie is patterned so stick with a more simple pocket square that adds a nice accent to the color pallet you're working with. Keep your pocket square look refined by going with the Presidential fold.

What’s in our closet: Our very own Wooster Pocket Square


Most important of all, have a fun and very dapper Memorial Day. 

- Mr. B


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