It’s easy to map out a plan for your day — what errands you need to run, groceries to pick up, etc. But sometimes that efficiency doesn’t extend into your wardrobe. Either you get dressed in a hurry with little thought for how you look or you waste time mulling over what “goes together.”
With just a simple shirt and pant, we’ve crafted four go-to menswear combos to guide you through the summer. For the weekend, holiday or casual dinner date, these outfits are simple and basic, with a bit of trendy guidance thrown in. Feel free to add your own details, like footwear, accessories, and a signature cologne.
A Polo & Lightweight Trouser
No longer just for the preppy jocks, polos are witnessing a second wind thanks to their 70s vibes (yes, everyone is still loving the disco decade). Made from lightweight cotton or piqué, the authentic René Lacoste variety is our favorite.
Dressier than a casual tee, a polo is the perfect option to give lightweight pants a smart-casual finish. If you’re one to experiment, try updating the classic style with a change in prints or an injection of color, especially muted yellows, greens and blues.
Retro-Print Shirt & Denim
Menswear is currently lusting over last-century shirts. Whether you prefer 60s prints or 70s colors, these printed button-ups are sure to integrate smoothly into your current wardrobe.
For nights, stick to monochrome hues and finer prints — small geometrics and florals — adding a dark jean and loafers for a sleek, minimal finish. For the day, opt for short sleeves and play around with colors and prints — think red, yellow, and even pink. Pair with washed or distressed denim over easygoing sandals.
A Fitted Tee & Joggers
For cool, athletic style, consider joggers your new denim. As long as you stick to tapered and trim silhouettes instead of baggy sweatpants, you’ll look put-together. Plus, more luxurious materials, neutral colors, and a lack of brash patterns make joggers an easy, comfortable choice.
Paired with a fitted graphic tee or crewneck, you’re set for a casual day in the city. We’re basically letting you know there’s a loophole to wearing your sweats in public. You’re welcome.
Plaid & Jeans
Plaid shirts feel like a friendly face among a sea of crazy patterns and prints for summer. Plaid usually features a dark shade (black, brown or charcoal) in the palette-mix, but plaid’s a bold, colorful pattern so let it do most of the talking. Style it with neutral colors that complement your shirt’s palette. Enter denim.
Tying in the flannel aesthetic, plaid goes hand-in-hand with denim’s hardiness. Straight-leg denim with the cuff rolled is the smart choice. High-tops feel very 90s grunge or white leather low-tops are a casual update.