With summer in its last heave, I thought I’d share some photos that Milstil posted in a discussion thread at The London Lounge about casual style. As much as I like the coat-and-tie look, it’s admittedly a touch formal for today’s world. Christian Chensvold put it well eight years ago, when he noted that just tucking a pineapple-adorned shirt into a pair of faded khaki chinos is enough to make most men overdressed these days.
Anyway, if there’s ever a time to dress casually, it’s summer, when the weather can be too hot for a tailored jacket, or even a shirt buttoned all the way up to the collar. Shown here are a number of great, casual summer looks. Popover shirts, solid-colored tees, tucked-in boatnecks, and polo shirts are worn with a range of cotton and linen pants. Note the number of high-waisted trousers, one of which even features some double pleats (fashion writers be damned). For shoes, there are canvas sneakers, penny loafers, rubber-soled chukkas, and espadrilles. The clothes are cut well and they fall cleanly, but everything is also worn in that carefree, slightly wrinkled way that makes summer style so charming.