Summer felt like it finally arrived last week. Sunny skies got me thinking about what to wear when an afternoon calls for something casually stylish. I don’t get impromptu invites to BBQs or sun-downers exactly every two minutes and the grump in me is quite happy with that. Neither do I have 3 months in the Amalfi coast lined up (the grump in me is deeply unhappy with this situation) to flaunt wardrobe prowess.
However, if we had friends round or I just felt like making an extra 10% of an effort, then what is a fail-safe? I came up with this-
Crisp shirt that fits well and you feel good in. Tuck this shirt into some smart chinos. Add a tan leather belt and bring to the boil. Simple enough, but an effective look. The way you detail it (small touches here and there) is important, so you don’t just look like any other guy at lunch. My shirt is different by virtue of it being collarless. So, it’s slightly more casual, but avoids the office look and is quite refined. White is generally associated with work, but I chose it here as it gives a clean, fresh look for those longer days and evenings. You can even roll the cuffs once or twice after a beer to accentuate your laid-back cool. Shades and nice watch are optional, but advisable.
I have teamed the grandad collar shirt with some Scotch & Soda chinos. They are not too slim fitting, so I don’t exhibit the “painted on” look that Instagram adores. They are a lovely dark navy that leaves a lighter coloured shirt as an obvious accomplice. Tan belt that Scotch & Soda often sell with their trousers complete that part of the outfit. The dark chinos open up options for your shoes too.
I went with burgundy driving shoes here. Another bargain from Asos. 20 quid and they look five times that. A driving shoe can be looked at as a Vin Dieseled loafer. The grips on the sole often run up the back of the shoe giving it a masculine edge (see below). Well, masculine edge for a slip-on shoe that is. Comfortable, smart and can be worn sockless as per current style dictat with just about anything. Just get yourself some “invisible” socks for comfort and hygiene! You can pick these up inexpensively as well.
All things considered I reckon this is an easy, affordable outfit that will see you home and hosed whatever has been on the cards. Usual rules apply. Namely, the clothes should fit well and you should be happy stepping out in them.
Thanks for reading & stay stylish whatever your age!
The forty-something man