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May 23, 2017

10 Casual Staples to Master Your Summer Style

As we touched on in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Everything You Need for Dapper Summertime Fun Style” we’ve put together a list of Summer staples that will cover all of your casual needs. These essentials will have you ready for laidback outdoor parties and heading out of town for vacations, too. Whether you mix-and-match from the list or wear them with things already hanging in your closet, the goal is to enjoy the Summer and feel confident that you are looking good, too.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-camanroe-murray-classic-fit-linen-sport-shirt/4516026
Why is it a Find? Linen is the ultimate warm weather fabric and every gent should have at least one awesome linen shirt in his Summer wardrobe. Vineyard Vines delivers with this the bold, classic plaid. The 100% linen fabric and button down collar ensure an upscale feel with a casual look.
Wear it with: This is a shirt that looks just as good with khakis for a casual office day, as it does with jeans or shorts for a backyard party.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern with plenty of room for most every gent.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, this Brook Brothers shirt is a great option.
https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_category/polostees/shortsleevepolos/textured-cotton-tipped-polo-shirt/F0546?color_name=burnished-ivy J. Crew - Textured Cotton Tipped Polo Shirt
J. Crew - Textured Cotton Tipped Polo Shirt
#1 The Polo.
Why is it a Find? J. Crew’s textured cotton polo has seriously cool, ‘60’s-inspired, contrast white tipping that makes it so much more than just a basic polo. And the chest pocket, originally designed for cigarettes way back when, is so convenient for your cell phone.
Wear it with: It’s an easy choice for all your weekend needs, with the right touch of novelty. Wear it with all your jeans, khakis, and shorts.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern and not too trim for most gents. Size up if you prefer an easier fit.
Alternatives: There are a couple of other great color options through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tailor-vintage-stretch-twill-walking-shorts/4583163?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLUE%20FOG Tailor Vintage - Stretch Twill Walking Shorts
Tailor Vintage - Stretch Twill Walking Shorts
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Tailor Vintage - Stretch Twill Walking Shorts
Stretch Twill Walking Shorts
Tailor Vintage
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#2 The Shorts.
Why is it a Find? While clothing companies make lots of products, they often excel in a few. And we’re here to tell you - Tailor Vintage excels in shorts. The clean design, 9” inseam, and slightly narrower legs are just right. We are featuring the light blue color (called “Blue Fog”) that goes with most everything, and these shorts come in a bunch of other neutral and fun colors through the ‘shop it’ button. With just a touch of stretch in the cotton for comfort, you won’t beat the quality.
Wear it with: Perfect for the golf course, a backyard party, and any weekend activities, these shorts offer real versatility. The high quality ensures these shorts stand up to a button down shirt, and they are still casual enough for your favorite polos and t-shirts.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, comfortable for most every gent in your regular size.
Alternatives: Ted Baker’s shorts are a great option, if you prefer a trimmer fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-tellis-sud-modern-slim-stretch-twill-pants/4690744?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=SULFUR%20CAFE AG Jeans - Tellis SUD Modern Slim Stretch Twill Pants
AG Jeans - Tellis SUD Modern Slim Stretch Twill Pants
#3 The Pants.
Why is it a Find? AG’s softly sueded 5-pocket cotton twill pants are perfect for the office, an evening out, a backyard party, a Summer weekend, and the one pair you’ll pack for vacation. So, basically, they are the must-have that works for everything. And works WITH everything – from a sport coat to a t-shirt, and anything in between.
Wear it with: We are featuring the Sulfur Café khaki that is a fresh alternative to traditional tan, and just as neutral. It is an easy color to dress up or down - a superbly comfortable, soft neutral alternative to jeans in the warmer weather.
Fit Tip: The modern silhouette has a narrower leg that tapers down from the knee. But gents, these aren’t skinny. The fit has a mid-rise and enough room in the seat and thigh for comfort, so they just look updated.
Alternatives: There are several other color options through the ‘shop it’ button, and here. There’s not a bad one in the bunch.
https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/robert-graham-modern-americana-freddie-check-slim-fit-button-down-shirt?ID=2419287 Robert Graham - Modern Americana Freddie Check Slim Fit Button-Down Shirt
Robert Graham - Modern Americana Freddie Check Slim Fit Button-Down Shirt
#4 The Button Up Shirt.
Why is it a Find? Robert Graham delivers with his iconic bold design in this timeless gingham check. Perfect for everything Summer, the cotton/linen fabric is pure luxury and ensures the vibrant turquoise color will stay that way for many, many wears.
Wear it with: Since this shirt looks just as good with dark jeans for a night out as it does with khakis for work or shorts for weekend, you’ll get tons of use out of it. The pop of color is a great update for all your neutral bottoms.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, with plenty of room for most every gent.
Alternatives: This J. Crew shirt comes in their slim fit, which is a great option for a trimmer, more contemporary fit.
https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men-marvel-collection-short-sleeve-graphic-t-shirt-192217.html?dwvar_192217_color=COL00 UNIQLO - Men Marvel Collection Short Sleeve Graphic T-shirt
UNIQLO - Men Marvel Collection Short Sleeve Graphic T-shirt
#5 The T-shirt.
Why is it a Find? Graphic t-shirt’s are so fun and their novelty vintage feel have returned in popularity. Who doesn’t want to be Captain America? The simple, eye-catching faded graphic has the right amount of fashion that is still simple, with an easy and laidback appeal. And UNIQLO’s 100% cotton fabric ensures comfort.
Wear it with: Wear it with jeans, shorts, swim suits, khakis – anytime you’re ready to save the world.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, but not skinny. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: When you want to wear something simple, Robert Barakett’s solid pima cotton t-shirt is a favorite Find.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-butterfly-fish-colorblock-swim-trunks/4454599 BOSS Hugo Boss - Butterfly Fish Colorblock Swim Trunks
BOSS Hugo Boss - Butterfly Fish Colorblock Swim Trunks
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Butterfly Fish Colorblock Swim Trunks
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#6 The Swim Trunks.
Why is it a Find? After many seasons of long, boldly patterned swim trunks, stripes and slightly shorter looks are making a return. The more classic style feels fresh again, and Hugo Boss captures the look to perfection with these color block trunks. The polyester fabric is lightweight and quick dry, with practical side entry and back pockets.
Wear it with: When you’re not in the water, throw on a solid white or light blue t-shirt or sweatshirt.
Fit Tip: The 6” inseam is a bit of a shorter length for a more modern look, but they are far from short, and run true to size.
Alternatives: They are also available in an equally strong red/orange/cream color combination.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Seaside-Wind-Resistant-Zip-Front-Jacket-Perfect-Navy/prod196780247_cat14810731__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%2Fcategory.service%3FitemId%3Dcat14810731%26pageSize%3D29%26No%3D0%26Ns%3DPCS_SORT%26refinements%3D4294935979&eItemId=prod196780247&cmCat=product Peter Millar - Seaside Wind-Resistant Zip-Front Jacket
Peter Millar - Seaside Wind-Resistant Zip-Front Jacket
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Peter Millar - Seaside Wind-Resistant Zip-Front Jacket
Seaside Wind-Resistant Zip-Front Jacket
Peter Millar
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#7 The Layering Piece.
Why is it a Find? This Peter Millar jacket is great for the golf course, and every wet or cool Summer day. The nylon fabric is lightweight, making it easy to pack for vacation. And it is also wind proof and water resistant, with all the necessary design details to ensure you – and the stuff in your pockets – stay as dry as possible. It even has a bottle opener attached to the inside chest pocket, sure to come in handy on the golf course and at a bonfire.
Wear it with: The dark navy color is easy to wear with most everything, so you can layer it on over your casual work outfit and all of your weekend wear.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for most every gent to wear over any outfit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hex-canvas-tote-bag/4633673 HEX - Canvas Tote Bag
HEX - Canvas Tote Bag
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HEX - Canvas Tote Bag
Canvas Tote Bag
HEX
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#8 The Tote.
Why is it a Find? Not only is this tote from HEX good-looking, it’s downright functional. The outer fabric is made of water resistant cotton canvas, and the interior is lined with padded compartments for a laptop and your other work-or-play essentials. It even has a handy exterior snap pocket for your phone. Pair all of that with its zip top closure and detachable additional strap, and you’ve got one practical bag.
Wear it with: The army fatigue color is an easy neutral that perfectly accentuates this bag’s utilitarian design. There is enough room for your laptop and work papers during the week, and then all of your beach stuff for the weekend.
Fit Tip: Use the top handles to carry the bag in your hand, or attach the adjustable strap to wear it on your shoulder or crossbody.
Alternatives: It is available in an equally neutral charcoal grey and black stripe, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/p/08332 Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew - Brooklyn Bushwicks Ball Cap
Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew - Brooklyn Bushwicks Ball Cap
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Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew - Brooklyn Bushwicks Ball Cap
Brooklyn Bushwicks Ball Cap
Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew
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#9 The Hat.
Why is it a Find? When warm weather and sunshine arrives, we always recommend hats to keep the sun off your face…and possibly protect the increasingly more exposed top of your head. We get it, gents, we get it. Nothing beats a baseball cap. This cotton twill cap from Brooklyn Flannel for J. Crew is a faithful reproduction of the caps worn by the independent Brooklyn Bushwicks baseball team from the 1920’s to 1940’s. We love the strong red color and simple “B” logo.
Wear it with: This is just a fun hat. Throw it on for a day at the pool, golfing, and of course, baseball games.
Fit Tip: The hat has an adjustable leather strap closure. It will fit most every head size.
Alternatives: If you prefer a navy cap, this Bismarck Churchills cap is a great option.
https://www.eastdane.com/esplar-suede-sneakers-veja/vp/v=1/1545838637.htm Veja - Esplar Suede Sneakers
Veja - Esplar Suede Sneakers
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Veja - Esplar Suede Sneakers
Esplar Suede Sneakers
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#10 The Shoes.
Why is it a Find? Once the warm weather hits, sneakers become one of the most important shoes in a gent’s wardrobe – especially this season, when the athletic trend is as vital as ever. These off-white suede sneakers from Vega, a French company that uses sustainable practices to craft their sneakers, are a step above those basic canvas sneakers. The rich suede has an upscale, subtle leather logo “V” patch, with a comfortable padded insole.
Wear it with: In today’s world, where sneakers are acceptable most anywhere, they look great with a casual sport coat and cotton pants., standing up to Summer's laidback, yet dressier, events.  And, of course, they’ll always look good with jeans and shorts.
Fit Tip: They fit true to size in European sizing. Click on the Size & Fit” tab through the ‘shop it’ button for size conversions. We are sending you to East Dane’s website, where you’ll get free shipping + returns, and can even use your Amazon Prime account.
Alternatives: Vince has an equally sharp –looking pair of white suede sneakers, too.
 

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