A male reader of mine sent me a note asking for good options to wear to work this summer. He’s over polo shirts and his job is flexible enough that he doesn’t have to wear a suit very often. I love my male readers, so I am very happy to pull this together. Guys, here are some core pieces, to get you through the summer work weeks in 2010:
These are not your dad’s khaki pants. Take note of the difference here — they have a slim-cut leg and flat-front. Put down any khakis that have pleats — just walk away. They make you look heavier than you are and who wants that. I’ve seen slimmed-down versions in stone, gray and dark khaki at the GAP and in the better department stores.
Choose a dark-rinse denim shirt and wear it either underneath a lightweight jacket or alone (with a crew-neck tee underneath, of course). This is a casual look that’s still pulled together. If you’re hot, roll-up the sleeves. Do not opt for a short-sleeve version for the office.
Forget about grunge and Kurt Cobain and all that 90s stuff. These are slimmer-cut and more urban hip, than slacker. Again, please buy long-sleeves for the office and roll ‘em up instead of a short-sleeve version. You can also find cool ones at vintage stores – just make sure they aren’t cut too big. You’re going for a slimmer look here.
This kind of jacket is more casual than a full-on blazer, but it still pulls the look together. If a blazer/sport coat isn’t right for your office, try one of these instead. Ignore the goofy-model below, with his fake “I’m yelling at you” gesture, but don’t ignore the jacket. It’s a good one. All of these are cotton, so they’re lightweight and breathable, which you’ll want in the warm weather.
From left to right: Banana Republic, $130, French Connection, $160 and Banana Republic, $150. Click the picture for more details:
If you’re looking for Summer accessories, GQ.com is showing that colored-faced watches, aviator sunglasses and top-siders are big for Spring/Summer 2010. Also, as you might have seen in an earlier post of mine, rolled-cuffs on jeans and khakis are still a huge trend for guys. Check out my Street Style post to see examples.