#OOTD: How to Wear a Blazer This Summer, The Right Way

Well, my friends. The time is upon us. Perhaps you’ve got a summer wedding to attend, or an outdoor soiree, or an evening of cocktails — or just a busy day at the office, packed with meetings. If you’re looking for an #OOTD that really can tackle all of those situations, my guide on how to wear a blazer can help you get the job done the right way. It’s all about finding one of the best summer jackets for men, and then making the rest of your look work for you. After all, it’s sweltering out there, but you still want to look crisp and put-together. That’s precisely where the ultra-lightweight Buck Mason Carry-On Jacket comes into play — it’s breezy, yet polished, and you can wear it with other similarly lightweight style essentials.

And those style essentials, my friends, are perfectly geared towards the heat of the season ahead. We’re talking a lightweight performance polo made with breathability in mind, plus a pair of the best chinos for men and it only gets better (and cooler) from there. No matter what the day throws at you, this #OOTD can help you get where you need to go and look great doing it. Let’s see what’s on the way, shall we?

Best way for men to wear a blazer this spring

 

  • The Blazer: Buck Mason Carry-On Jacket, $150 — This lightweight cotton jacket is a perfectly breezy summer blazer you can wear anywhere that calls for one of the best summer jackets for men.
  • The Polo: Rhoback Blue Sky Performance Polo, $79 — Reach for a moisture-wicking performance polo to stay cool and dry — in style — this summer. It’s one of the best polos to wear with a blazer, I declare.
  • The Chinos: Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos, $99 — The key with keeping this #OOTD polished and yet casual is a pair of the best chinos for men. You can wear these for whatever the weekend or work week calls for, from meetings to happy hour to that Friday getaway.
  • The Loafers: Astorflex Patnoflex Loafers, $185 — These refined leather loafers are as dressy and yet versatile as it gets. Wear them as often as possible this season.
  • The Watch: Shinola Runwell Automatic Watch, $1,095 — Splurge on this investment-level watch from Shinola, the kind you can wear to big-time meetings, summer weddings and refined cocktail hours aplenty.
  • The Sunglasses: Maui Jim Kawika Sunglasses, $300 — Here they are. Pick up your new favorite pair of sunglasses, then proceed to wear them with this blazer all summer long.
  • The Grooming Essential: The Art Of Shaving Peppermint Facial Scrub, $25 — Give your skin a lift and remove dirt & grime from your face all the while with this Art Of Shaving facial scrub. It’s a true men’s grooming essential to whip your mug into shape, whatever your day calls for.
  • The Everyday Carry: Bellroy A5 Work Folio, $199 — If the scenario in question is more casual, leave this leather folio at home. But if you’re putting this #OOTD to good use throughout a busy work day, well, you’re in luck — it’s an everyday carry essential you really do need.

Alright, if you’re feeling a bit more ready to face the world in style now this season, you’re assuredly not alone. It all starts out with one of the best summer jackets for men, the proper way to stay cool and breezy while looking great. Throw on that jacket over a stylish performance polo, and then pair that reliably lightweight combo with a pair of the best chinos for men. It all gets even better when you step out with a proper pair of shoes: The Astorflex Patnoflex Loafers really drive home the excellent, easygoing-yet-sharp style of this summer #OOTD.

I’m also a big fan of the right accessories, including your new favorite pair of sunglasses and an investment-level watch from Shinola.  It all sounds pretty great, does it not? Get your face in shape for big meetings and outdoor weddings with a premium Art Of Shaving facial scrub, and then outfit your EDC properly with a true everyday carry essential from Bellroy. What do you think of this #OOTD? Let me know in the comments below — happy shopping! 

#OOTD: How to Wear A Polo Shirt This Summer

If you’ve been dressing for warm weather for a few months now, perhaps your #menswear rotation feels a bit stale. After all, perhaps you’ve got that slim-fit polo shirt and yet … don’t quite know how to wear it or what to wear it with? Aside from pairing it up with slim light wash denim or tailored chino shorts, there are a few key moves you should keep in mind when using a slim polo shirt as the basis of your ensemble.  Importantly, don’t shy away from pairing up said polo with a tailored jacket. The key to getting that oft-coveted versatility so many of us seek in a stylish summer polo? It all starts with a shirt that’s dressy, crisp and tailored — yet easy to wear with just about anything. That’s where Criquet Shirts comes into play. Namely, its Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt — crafted with a sharp collar, quality fabric and breathability in the summer heat — is a winner. I can certainly vouch for that, having taken a few of the brand’s polo shirts on a Memorial Day weekend trip to Florida.  And I think you’ll be similarly pleased if you pick up a Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt  for yourself — so stay tuned, read on and let me know what you think of the following outfit via The Style Guide Facebook page.

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A sharp, slim-fitting polo plus a crisp suit jacket and garment-washed chinos — all staples that are stylish and summer-friendly.

The Shirt: Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt in Midnight Cowboy, $79 — As we’ve mentioned before, Criquet Shirts knows how to make a nice, wearable and modern-yet-classic polo — you know, the kind McQueen might’ve worn.

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The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, $278 — Made in part from linen — the of-the-moment fabric you need in your closet  this summer — the modern Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket nicely offsets the sharp polo.

The Trousers: Johnston and Murphy Slim-Fit Garment-Washed Chinos, $88 — While you could certainly wear your Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt with matching Taylor Stitch suit trousers, slim chinos in a pleasing off-white shade are summer-friendly and a bit more casual.

The Shoes: Nisolo Calano Oxford, $188 —  Clean, simple and well-constructed, the Nisolo Calano Oxford is a sharp alternative to traditional brown wingtips.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks (Three-pack), $30 — Thanks to past entries on this site — including how to wear linen trousers this summer — I’d wager you’re familiar with the comfortable, affordable Arvin Goods No-show Socks — they’re a critical way to keep your feet cool when worn with rolled chinos.

Ben ShermanThe Watch: Orient Bambino Second Generation, $179.98 — For a look that incorporates both tailored and more casual elements, reach for a handsome, clean watch like the Orient Bambino Second Generation.

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The Sunglasses: Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses, $99.98 — A returning entrant from this site’s Style Pick of the Week series,  the Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses blend versatility and retro style easily.

The Everyday Carry: This Is Ground Mod 15-Inch Laptop Case, $419.98 —  Want to look sleek and office-ready? Take all of your daily essentials in the This Is Ground Mod Case, a handy, sharp accessory.

When stepping out in something a little bit different from the everyday — in this case, a slim-fit polo shirt worn with the sharp Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket  — the key is getting that polo fitted properly from the get-go. That allows you to throw on a tailored jacket and slim chinos. With those pieces in order, you’ll definitely step out in style with the sleek-yet-rugged  Nisolo Calano Oxford. Naturally, other stylish accessories should get some play, too. Although a small detail, I can’t recommend the Arvin Goods No-show Socks enough, and I certainly can’t recommend the Orient Bambino Second Generation enough, either. Oh, and lastly ….retro style inspiration is the way to go when wearing a throwback polo, so something along the lines of  Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses should treat you very nicely. Where are ya going? Don’t leave before securing your everyday carry with the This Is Ground Mod Case. I think that covers all of the bases here — with that being said, I leave it up to you to shop this look, wear this look and quite simply … crush it wearing this look.

Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Wear A Chambray Blazer

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

When the heat waves start to roll in, it can be a tricky time to try and dress well. There’s that ever-difficult balance between keeping your cool and looking cool that requires you mix things up a bit. In the case of today’s post, that means we’re talking how to wear a chambray blazer. It’s the lightweight alternative to the classic navy blazer, what with a rougher, more visually interesting texture and (usually) less internal construction. That means it looks more natural when paired with other casual menswear pieces, such as a simple T-shirt and twill pants. It’s a get-up that nods toward a trend (that would be the menswear world getting more and more casual by the day), yet you still look crisp and put-together. As you’ll see with the below #OOTD, it’s a look you could even pull off as you dress for summer travel.  So with that being said, get to reading below. For more #menswear inspiration, check out yours truly on Instagram, or swing on through Facebook for a daily briefing.
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An effortless mix of casual and cool --  a chambray blazer plus a simple striped tee.

An effortless mix of casual and cool — a chambray blazer plus a simple striped tee.

 

The Blazer: JackThreads Chambray Blazer, $79: A chambray blazer for just $79? Believe it. Slim, stylish and well-made, from a brand that just gets things done.

The T-shirt: Bourbon and Blue Surfcomber Heathered Red Stripe Tee, $55: If you’re going to rock a tee under a blazer, it’s best to pick up one that’s comfortable, well-made and trim-fitting; warm weather stripes don’t hurt, either.

The Pants: Old Navy Ultimate Slim-Fit Khakis, $29: While the color of the chinos in that particular picture is lighter than the pair on Old Navy’s site, the principle remains the same — slim khakis fall in line with that trim blazer and tee, and can be easily rolled to show off those sneakers.

The Sneakers: GREATS Pronto in Cadet, $199: GREATS does, well, a great job at producing versatile, comfortable sneakers that are easy to wear with high-low style combos  like a blazer and tee (Italian manufacturing just does that).

The Socks: J. Crew Anchor No-show Socks, $10: Stylish no-show socks are an absolute summer must, and these add another subtle, nautical touch to the outfit while keeping your feet cool.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Double-striped Webbing Belt, $14.50: As much as it’s popped up in a few recent #OOTD posts (including this post on how to wear a short-sleeve shirt), it’s a highly versatile casual belt that adds some nice color to this ensemble.

The Watch: Timex Weekender Fairfield, $75: Timex watches are as solid as they get, and this particular timepiece is suitably refined enough to heighten that blazer-and-tee combo just a bit.

The Accessory: Cambridge Satchel Oxblood iPhone Case, $32: So not everyone still has an iPhone (just me?), but regardless of what phone you’ve got, it’d be a neat touch to finish off your everyday with a rich leather phone case.

Does that check all the boxes of dressing sharply in warm weather? Well, mostly. If you feel a tee is too casual, you could always swap in an essential chambray shirt or a classic blue Oxford. But the best part about pairing a tee with a chambray blazer is the combination of effortless style and comfort it gives you. It’s an on-the-go style move that meets the warm weather while looking cool and sharp. Plus, it works well when paired with a classic set of navy sneakers — a more comfortable answer to brown leather wingtips, for starters. And crisp accessories, like a lux leather phone case and a dependable watch, are going to be by your side (and on your wrist) for plenty of outfits in the future. Even starting gradually (swapping out denim for twill pants and upgrading to a lighter chambray blazer) can be a step in the right direction. Still unsure? Give it a try –it might become a go-to style combo.

Are you sold on the idea of pairing a blazer with a striped tee? What about sneakers? Let me know in the comments!

Frank & Oak

 

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