As a female who is an intern at a men’s style/substance shop, I see all kinds of positives and negatives of men’s style on a regular basis. I often look at new shipments and go, “now THAT is something every man should have and wear”. At other times, I cringe at certain things. I thought I would take some time to write about five things that would be beneficial for guys to have.
Nothing gets me more than a guy in a chambray shirt with sleeves rolled up. Chambray shirts are easy to wear, yet are tricky at times. Wear them with your favorite pair of khaki chinos, roll the bottom, and show some skin… um, ankle. I have seen many people doing denim-on-denim with chambray shirts (darker on the bottom), and they still looked amazing and well put-together. Feeling dressy? Wear a tie with a grey sports coat - I might even do a double take on the street for ya. My absolute favorite look? Chambray shirt with white denim.
I am a sucker for tartan/plaid/gingham/blackwatch shirts. Pair them with your dark wash selvage denim, roll the bottom, and wear a pair of wine colored leather loafers. Such shirts are great for the hot days that are coming up - try the said outfit mentioned above for lunch with your friends, and rooftop parties at night. Feeling brave? Let’s try Jeff’s “put a bird on it” shirt (link), or some floral printed shirts.
Saddle shoes cannot go wrong - they look great with shorts, chinos, jeans… oh my. While they can stay on the dressier side when worn with a blazer/sport coat and a tie (picture), they can be casual as well. Late for class? Put on your favorite trousers, a button down, throw a pair of saddles on, and hop on your bike. Although I am a big fan of “no socks party”, you can have some fun with patterned socks (similar to this).
I have to admit chinos do not look good on me, but that does not mean I do not like them. With my previous experience in retail, I have noticed that quite a lot of male clients are afraid of wearing something other than dress pants and jeans. If this sounds like you, don’t be afraid! I find them to be very versatile and easy to wear. To keep them business casual, wear them with a fitted shirt (gingham, maybe?) with a tie (I almost want to say wear the shirt under a sports coat but I am having a hard time picturing this in my head). Finish the look with leather loafers. For something more casual, pair them with a chambray shirt or a striped long-sleeve tee, and with your favorite pair of casual sneakers or desert boots.
Simple pocket tee
I do not know what it is about pocket tees, but I prefer them over plain T’s. Sounds like something every guy might have in his closet, but you will be surprised. I have a number of guy friends who only own button downs and it is kind of depressing (well, v-necks show up in their laundry basket from time to time). Pocket tees are very simple and classic. Wear them with chinos or dark denim (rolled up, of course), and a pair of broken-in lace-up sneakers. Grab your sunglasses and a book to read, and I might even secretly take a picture of you if I spot you at my favorite cafe. You can create a number of timeless and effortless looks with these tees.
Something to remember - it is better to be overdressed than to be underdressed.
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Hope this helps!