Not sure how it happened, but it looks like I’m still rocking white tees for a great portion of the summer. If you’re like me and have a kinda sorta big boy job then you probably won’t get away with just wearing a white t-shirt in the workplace. What you want to do is dress up while dressing down at the same time. (Ed note: I originally wanted to call this post “At the Same Damn Time.”) I opted for a simple blue blazer to hide the fact that I maybe just rolled over that morning and pulled the shirt off the floor. Since I don’t work in a super corporate environment, (sorry if you do) the snapback and non-hard bottomed shoes still fly. If you’re trying to emulate a look like this, I suggest going for a plain tee shirt in any basic color. A printed or graphic tee can read like you don’t take yourself as serious. It’s all about pretending to care and looking professional even if you really aren’t either of the two.
Athleisure (noun) – A made up word by the fashion industry, created to identify the trend of activewear becoming prevalent in ready-to-wear.
Here’s the thing, we really don’t need to explain why people want to be comfortable. Moms will always inappropriately wear their yoga pants and dudes will always wear basketball shorts even when ball isn’t life. I might be getting too old to claim the cozy boy life so I guess athlesuire will do for the time being. The cool thing about this is you can mix your high-end pieces with the regular stuff you can find in your average sporting goods stores. Case in point: these Wang track pants that I’ve worn with $5 white tees is a clutch look in the warm weather when you’re trying to keep it low key. (If you’re wondering the hierarchy of bottoms in the summer, it’s jorts>track pants>slouchy trousers>skinny jeans>dress pants.)
This time of the year is peak for prints, patterns, and pops of color. No matter the season, it’s important to still have a grasp of your neutrals. While it might be cool to wear black 365 in major metropolitan cities, the black and gray scheme doesn’t have to be the minimalists go to. Check out the other end of the spectrum and try off-whites and work your way to browns. These are typically easier to find in light fabrics so you don’t have to melt while doing your stunts and shows. This happens to also be one of my favorite tee shirts because it’s linen and has a good shape. Speaking of which, cut and silhouette are crazy important in lighter clothes because they don’t fit everyone one the same way. (Take it from the guy who can’t find a long line shirt to fit a short torso’d frame to save his life.)
Is it just me or is everyone obsessed with dads nowadays? Since I’m too vain and self-conscious to grow a “dad bod,” there’s something I can steal from the baby daddies: polos. Sure polos are attached to the prep lifestyle, but they’re also a staple for everyone’s father in the summer. (Well that and a sweat stained wife beater.) The polo is a perfect option for all dudes this season who want something in-between a tee and dress shirt. These can go either way when it comes to dressing it up or down, but I decided to ride that thin line by adding dress pants and some white low tops. You might not have kids, but in the right fit someone will end up calling you big poppa.