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Shawl Collar Cardigan
Vince
Sold by: Bloomingdale's

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The Summer Layer. A lightweight, modern cardigan is a must-have Summer layer. You’ll get tons of use out of it for cool evenings or to replace a blazer for a day at the office. It is a casual top that keeps you warm on cool evening. This one from Vince is as versatile and polished as can be, in a high quality charcoal cotton and linen fabric that has a really rich hand. The shawl collar gives it the perfect blend of style and timeless appeal that Vince is known for. It will dress up a pair of dark linen pants when you add a crisp white button down underneath it. And it will looks casually masculine over a t-shirt with jeans. Vince’s contemporary fit isn’t too trim, so it looks sleek on most gents. If you want an easier fit, size up. Either way, you'll love the sale price.
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05/26/2015

The Anatomy of an Outfit: Gents’ Warm Weather Addition

Memorial Day is behind us and our minds are now in summer mode – even if the calendar says it’s officially a month away. With thoughts of vacation, golf, and baseball on most of our minds, it’s hard to remember what actually makes up proper dressing this time of year – for work, a night out, and yes, even a casual day. The real question we hear a lot is, “What clothes are appropriate for the season when I’m not at the beach or a barbecue?” And we’re going to simplify things by answering that question this week. What key pieces do you need to create a seasonal, modern look that will be appropriate for all of those things– the office, an evening out, a relaxing day of fun? We’re going to break down what truly is the “Anatomy of an Outfit”. You’ll get through the season in style and comfort, without breaking a sweat.

Take a look at a few essential components of any outfit here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, where we break down the anatomy of 2 outfits for each: work (Tuesday), a night out (Wednesday), and a casual “summer’ day (Thursday). 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.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zachary-prell-altman-regular-fit-short-sleeve-print-sport-shirt/3972602
Zachary Prell - Altman Regular Fit Short Sleeve Print Sport Shirt
The Shirt. A short sleeve button down is not only practical, when done in a printed fabric, like this one from Zachary Prell, it’s a fashionable statement this season. The medium blue color looks just as good with dark jeans as it does with white or tan. And the updated welt chest pocket gives this easy, modern fitting shirt an updated look without being too trim.
http://www.jbrandjeans.com/kane/d/4024C9754
J Brand - Kane Jeans
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J Brand - Kane Jeans
Kane Jeans
J Brand
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The Pants. Jeans have become a staple in every gent’s wardrobe, taking us from the office to dinner and the game. For the warmer weather, add a cotton twill version to the mix. J Brand’s garment dyed grey version is soft as can be (seriously) and one of our favorites of the season. They have a slight stretch to them for added comfort, but it doesn’t make the straight leg of these contemporary jeans tight at all. The sueded finish and fashionable, even grey provides a lot of versatility, so you can wear them with a sport coat or a t-shirt.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/John-Varvatos-Star-USA-Mayfield-Canvas-Slip-On-Shoe-Cream/prod177270106_cat000550__/p.prod
John Varvatos Star USA - Mayfield Canvas Slip-On Shoe
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John Varvatos Star USA - Mayfield Canvas Slip-On Shoe
Mayfield Canvas Slip-On Shoe
John Varvatos Star USA
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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The Shoes. Casual slip-ons provide style and Summer ease all in one, providing a polished alternative to your sneakers. The neutral cream waxed cotton canvas of these John Varvatos Star USA shoes creates a richly textured look that gives them some nice looking structure so they won’t look flimsy with your shorts or jeans. And they have a leather lining and insole for comfort and longer wear. The stretch gored sides not only make them easy to slip on and off but play up the contrast details. No detail has gone unnoticed, so you’ll be delighted to reach for them any casual day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trask-elkhorn-belt/3688481
Trask - Elkhorn Belt
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Trask - Elkhorn Belt
Elkhorn Belt
Trask
Sold by: Nordstrom

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The Staple Accessory. We talk about this fairly regularly - do not overlook the importance of a great looking belt. It’s not the piece of your outfit that will be most noticed…unless it doesn’t look good. This H.S. Trask belt is made of a rugged grained leather that will just get better with age, and has just the right weight for any jeans. The timeless style will always be a safe and good-looking choice.
 

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