With summer quickly on the way (or already underway) in earnest for much of the country, it’s time to give a shot in the arm to your summer style.
Although a well-fitting polo shirt is a classic style move that’ll keep you cool and appropriately dressed wherever you go, it’s always wise to keep a few different warm-weather style moves in your arsenal.
Particularly in recent months (like the recent Channing Tatum issue of GQ), short-sleeve shirts are being trumpeted for having made a return to the forefront of the #menswear game.
And rightfully so — short-sleeve button-front shirts, especially in a fabric with some depth, like chambray, bring some visual interest and a bit more crispness to your rotation of warm-weather gear, while working equally well with denim, shorts or chinos.
When a place like Old Navy sells them by the bunches in a few different colors and at low, low prices, it’s tough not to stock up. And these outfits could (with perhaps a few color tweaks of supporting pieces), work with any of the options on their site.
Read on for tips on how to make it work for you:
Finding the Right Fit
As with any style essential, the first and most important key is making the fit work for you. Treat a short-sleeve
It’s also important to make sure the
The sleeves shouldn’t be overly tight by any means, but if you’ve been hitting the gym, showing a little extra bulk might be OK — kind of like a certain style icon.
Caring for Your
Caring for a fabric like chambray isn’t necessarily as complicated as it might seem. A good rule of thumb would be to wash this
From personal experience, throwing a chambray
Now, onto the outfits:
1. Cool Summer Casual
This outfit here is quite simple — and yet also versatile. The chambray
And although there’s some debate about the feasibility of pairing ‘denim-on-denim’, this look works because it’s inherently casual — wear the
Throw in a casual belt in a nice webbed cotton, like the option above, and round out the summertime vibe with some brown loafers (this outfit could be made even more casual by picking up those same Weejuns loafers in suede).
If you want to draw attention away from the whole chambray-on-denim contrast, a patterned watch strap is a subtle yet smart way to mix up your accessories.
2. Casual Day at the Office
- Dark wash chambray
- Light grey washed slim chinos
- Braided leather belt
- Suede double-monk strap shoes
The outfit combination shown above mixes a couple of different principles: the casual, visually interesting wash of the chambray
In terms of accessories, a braided leather belt is just as ‘summery’ as a webbed cotton belt, because it’s inherently more casual. And it’s tied together by the double-monk strap shoes — perhaps the biggest trend to hit men’s footwear in quite some time, yet made more summer-appropriate thanks to the casual suede material.
On a personal note, the suede double-monk strap shoes require a little more care because of the material, but they’ve held up just fine walking significant amounts throughout the day.
3. Ready to Rock
This is certainly one of the more fashion-forward looks in this group of outfits, but let’s say you feel like living dangerously for a night, or are going to an edgier bar or a summer rock concert. This outfit pushes the envelope a bit, but does so in a way that’s clean and crisp.
The black jeans and black Chelsea boots exude a slick rocker vibe that stars have utilized back to the days of Mick Jagger, and the chambray-on-denim combination works again here because of the contrast between the two washes.
The Chelsea boots are also a little lighter-weight than a sturdier pair of black boots, and when wearing jeans in the summer, any excess weight in an outfit should be cut out.
If some more contrast is needed between the various pieces of the outfit, some socks with a pop of color could be just the missing ingredient to add in.
4. Out in the Sun
This outfit could easily become a go-to summer weekend get-up if the temperatures stay warm, but a lightweight Harrington jacket could quickly be thrown on over the ensemble if it gets a bit breezy in the evenings.
Utilizing a dusty pair of red shorts in just the right fit works because that faded red isn’t as loud as other colors, and it isn’t necessarily as plain as a tan khaki short (although those would work here, as well). Note the fit on the shorts, too — although popular opinion indicates that shorts are indeed getting shorter, the length on these should be just right for most.
The red of the shorts and the blue of the chambray
In terms of accessories, the outfit’s more casual vibe is kept in check by the webbed cotton belt and simple grey sneakers. On your wrist, a simple, clean Timex Weekender with a colorful strap would finish off the outfit nicely.
5. A Day at the Beach
Why wear a collared
And afterwards, when the situation calls for drinks or dinner on a patio or pier near a body of water, the chambray
The same goes for the swim trunks — the 7” option from J. Crew is cut a bit trimmer and shorter than a lot of the board short iterations seen nowadays, and it’s always a good bet to cut out extra fabric.
Additionally, the grey canvas sneakers are a step up stylistically from flip-flops and also provide more versatility than said slip-ons.
And a sturdy rubber-strap watch is the perfect mix of sporty and casual — the Stuhrling option shown has the bulk to take a beating from the water, but also doesn’t look out of place next to a rumpled short-sleeve
In a variety of washes (and yet still keeping the right fit), a short-sleeve chambray
As with any great item of clothing, snagging the right piece at the right price is a step further along the path to a well-defined sense of personal style.