“quann vene ‘a Candelora estate arint e viene afore”, (summer begins when "Candlemas" arrives)
Summer has returned, bringing with it a scorching blaze of heat. Everyone knows it is difficult to be impeccable and stay cool on long summer days and torrid evenings. It's difficult but – trust us – it's not impossible.
After all, in Napoli they say “quann vene ‘a Candelora estate arint e viene afore” (summer begins when "Candlemas" arrives), alluding with a certain baroque Neapolitan exaggeration to many months of good weather with initially pleasantly warm and later scorching temperatures that luck has given us through various seasons. Cotton fabrics in different weights, hemp and linen in different weaves and, last but not least, proverbial cool wool help us overcome the onslaught of summer heat.
It is often a sort of exact science combined with casual suggestions, discoveries and personal and empirical solutions. I believe that a linen shirt, piqué polo shirt and linen or cool wool suit are extremely useful means for fighting the torrid heat. And unlike what happens in the USA or Germany, due to Italian taste and that casual indifference that we love and that comes natural to us, the wrinkles that appear on a linen suit when worn are a further sophisticated proof of nonchalant elegance.