Masculine of Center 101: Statement pants + casual shirt + cardigan.
As a simple base, I paired similar weighted clothes with different textures and tones. To make this look, I focused on pretty simple pieces: wine-colored chinos and a chambray workshirt. I wear both pieces in heavy rotation. Color-wise, chambray and wine pair well together. (Red and blue tones typically match, as long as one of the shades isn’t too bright.) Also, chino and chambray are medium-thick fabrics, which means their weights and movement are similar.
Then, I paired a navy cardigan with the base look, which is in the same palette as the chambray shirt, but color-wise, it matches the intensity of the pants. The cardigan takes the look from, “Honey, I’m going to fix the car!” to “Let’s go to brunch.” In this layer, I opted for color depth, making the wine chinos stand out next to the monochrome blue tops I’m wearing. (A grey cardigan or sweater would’ve worked well with this look, too; in that, I would’ve worn a blue blazer instead.)
Next, I threw on a grey blazer; this elevates the look from weekend casual to smart-casual. This outfit (and possible the just-cardigan one, too) can we worn at work or the bar. The jacket fits well (see this), and tapers my waist. Note: The shirt and cardigan are somewhat slouchy, and the jacket gives the look more structure and definition.
This layer is all about structure; it takes its silhouette seriously! Chinos, casual shirts, and cardigans are nice, but they don’t provide structure or lines; blazers, however, do provide structure and are important in pulling this outfit together.
Last, I threw on a loud tie and matching pocket square; I wouldn’t describe this look as business casual because the colors are so non-traditional for the workplace, but it’s definitely a solid outfit for a dinner party or the free museum night in your town, etc. If I were to pair this with a simpler tie (say, a wine-colored micro-gingham or a grey striped tie), this outfit could be worn as business casual (because it would be less obnoxious).
Details (What I’m Wearing // Similar Alternatives )
Calvin Klein White V Neck
Hawkings & McGill Skinny Chinos // J.Crew - $75
Lands End Canvas Chambray Workshirt
Penguin Blazer // H&M - $70
US Polo Assn. Knit Tie // TheTieBar - $15
Handmade Pocketsquare // TheTieBar - $8