There are some things which men fear when it comes to fashion in the summer. We can no longer hide behind big baggy jumpers and long trench coats; we have to find a style that works for the warm weather. But sometimes a polo shirt and shorts just wont cut it. You will one day get invited to a BBQ or a garden party where the invitation states the dreaded ‘Smart-Casual’ on the dress code. I’m not entirely sure what we think is so hard to understand about Smart-Casual dress during the summer months, but I know this. When we get to parties we say one of two things; “Why didn’t you tell me to dress up, I feel silly” or “Wow am I over dressed, I should have just gone with jeans”. When this happens you need to understand that there are combinations which work really well, to ensure you stay smart enough but retain that summer coolness.
In this post i’m going to give you an outfit at a great price, that is a sure fire way to get that ‘Smart-Casual’ look; for when you get invited to a Fosters style garden party; what a ripper.
So first up is this herringbone style blazer from H&M. I love blazers, they give you that smart, understated formal look, but worn un-buttoned you can open up your wardrobe to all kinds of combinations, giving a nice touch of casual in to your smart collection. A nice blazer can be a great staple in your wardrobe; it will see you through season to season and they’re often very good quality. This grey (even though H&M call it Dark Blue) blazer will set you back only £49.99. http://www.hm.com/gb/product/27831?article=27831-A
Another must-have in your wardrobe is a classic long-sleeved white shirt. I like to have a few, for different occasions, but this slim-fit easy-iron shirt from H&M is a perfect starting point to build upon. When you get a little too warm and feel like taking off the blazer, just roll up the sleeves, maybe undo one more button (not two though) and you have yourself a brand new look. White is also the obvious colour for hot days; no black! And it’s is only £9.99. http://www.hm.com/gb/product/26339?article=26339-A&cm_vc=GOES_WITH_PD#
I love denim, i’m not sure what it is; maybe my parents dressed me in so much denim during the 90’s that I gathered an unwanted obsession with the stuff. One of the things that I never really got used to however were denim shorts, but i’d make an exception for these stretched denim shorts from H&M (where else?). For £19.99 you get the classic denim style, feel and durability but with the comfort of the stretch element. This is also the style of denim that I go for when it comes to choosing jeans. http://www.hm.com/gb/product/25198?article=25198-A
I’m not going to add shoes to this post; I feel as though there are far too many options for an outfit like this. I myself would go for either a pair of flip flops, boats shoes (obviously) or a nice pair of smart shoes, to add some more sophistication to the look. If choosing boat shoes or flip flops, go for white to keep the outfit fresh.
So there you have it, gents; a nice way to get the best of both worlds. Smart-Casual isn’t so scary anymore, is it?
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Until next time…