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Vineyard Vines
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Laidback Barbecue. There’s nothing that says summertime more than grilling up some burgers (or veggie kebabs), drinking cold beer, and relaxing with friends and family. It doesn’t get much more casual than this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look good. The modern fit and perfectly faded shade of red of these Vineyard Vines shorts will have you grilling in style. There are a lot more colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, but this is one of our favorites - the color reads almost neutral, and has that perfectly broken-in feel. It works with a polo, t-shirt, or button up in white or blue. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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05/19/2015

What’s A Gent To Wear: Casual Summer Party Style

Gents, Memorial Day is drawing near, and so is the end of the school year. And that means there are a lot of casual parties coming your way. Whether you’ll be going to a laidback barbecue to kick-off summer, an outdoor cocktail party at someone’s house, a garden luncheon, a pool party, or a graduation party (maybe even in your own backyard), fun and informal get-togethers are some of the most fun. Unlike weddings that we talked about a few weeks ago, these are more casual events. But if you’re reading this, you know that looking appropriate and updated is still important, too. So, this week, we’re all about eliminating the stress of what to wear and maximizing the fun and relaxation ahead. Whether it’s an easy linen blazer, a polo in a new summer color, an updated pair of chinos, or a great pair of shorts, we’re going to break down a few key pieces that you can wear to each type of summer party – and often with things already in your closet.

Take a look at a few of our favorites for each kind of party here, and then head over to “Top Gents’ Picks for 5 Types of Casual Summer Parties” to see a more comprehensive list of our favorites for each. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Have fun!
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Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
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Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
Bugatchi
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Outdoor Cocktail Party. Cocktails with friends on a warm summer evening is the perfect time to break out some easy summer fashion, whether it’s a linen blazer or lightweight sweater, or a dapper pair of trousers. This midnight blue Bugatchi has just the right feel, with it’s small foulard box pattern that makes it interesting and modern for a sophisticated and relaxed look. It easily pairs with your favorite dark wash jeans, as well as tan or white linen pants if you want to dress it up a bit. The modern fit is updated without being trim, perfect for a warm day. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Morgan Linen Sport Coat
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Morgan Linen Sport Coat
Morgan Linen Sport Coat
Polo Ralph Lauren
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Garden Luncheon. Whether it’s an engagement party, birthday celebration, or maybe a charitable event, a garden luncheon requires a touch of casual elegance to match the day. And a navy linen blazer will do just that. Polo Ralph Lauren’s Italian-made jacket is a classically modern fit that will add that final touch of timeless style to your gingham sport shirt and linen or cotton flat front pants in any pale neutral. It’s the ideal summer staple. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27floyd-w%27-regular-fit%2C-linen-trousers/hbna50283492.html
BOSS Hugo Boss - Floyd-W Linen Trousers
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Floyd-W Linen Trousers
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Pool Party. The ultimate good time, and you’ll need something besides a great (and appropriate) bathing suit. When you are done with swimming, or avoiding it altogether, these Hugo Boss navy linen pants will be your go-to, with their relaxed beach feel. The modern fit is easy and tailored, and the outer drawstring and framed patch back pockets are stylishly casual. You’ll fit in effortlessly with a great t-shirt or polo and some comfortable slip-on shoes. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-regular-fit-plaid-linen-sport-shirt/3882155
Canali - Regular Fit Plaid Linen Sport Shirt
Backyard Graduation Party. Sure, this may be a casual celebration, but it’s probably filled with family and friends of all ages. And there is something to be said about dressing with respect for the achievement. A luxurious linen sport shirt in stylish summer color will get your look off to the right start. This Canali pick will never disappoint. The Italian-made quality is simply unparalleled. Yet, the modern fitting shirt has a casual feel that can be worn on its own with any pants - we like tan or white cotton flat fronts or a great pair of jeans – and is an easy layer under a navy linen blazer. See the rest of our top picks in this week’s Fashion Finds.
 

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