Staying cool and stylish during the summer isn’t always easy to do, and picking the right pair of shoes can make or break you. The always classic is the boat shoe, but if that isn’t your style or you just want to switch it up, a sweet pair of sneakers will work just as well. Think casual day at the boardwalk and save the athletic sneakers for the gym. Some of my personal favorites this summer are a new style from TOMS: the Paseo. A far cry from their Classic style and slightly more modern and clean looking than the Cordones, the Paseos have laces with three pairs of eyelets and come in a variety of classic colors. Not to mention they have more support and feel more like sneakers than TOMS.
These shoes can go anywhere and with anything. From the beach to the boat to around town, these shoes can fit almost any setting. Not to mention they look good with just about anything. Shorts and a pocket t-shirt or chinos and an oxford cloth button down, these shoes are sure to look good. Given the range of colors (black, gray, white, red, navy, and even camo) there is sure to be a pair you’ll like. I went with the navy, and couldn’t be happier with them. Not only can I
wear them with anything, but with stripes and some other navy they can look slightly nautical. As for the laces, they don’t really do anything but look good, so you can keep them untied or tied, whichever way you feel. No matter where this summer takes you, the Paseo is sure to keep your feet looking sharp.
(P.S. It’s summer; ditch the socks.)
Ever since Paul Sperry created the first pair of top-siders in 1935, boat shoes have become a classic style staple. Their preppy, iconic look goes well with almost any summer look, whether you’re on a sailboat in New England or not. Because of their simple design, they will look as good with a pair of shorts and a polo as they would a swimsuit or khakis and an oxford cloth button down. Nowadays you can get your Sperry Top-Sider in any color imaginable so you can be understated or bold. Even better, if you get a classic leather pair for this summer, not only will they still be in style next summer but they will also have that perfectly broken in look that makes them even cooler.
(Above Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes – $95 from Nordstrom
Looking to step up your t-shirt game? Try out a tee with a simple pocket on it, it says a little more, “I’m a grown man with killer style,” and less, “I just rolled out of bed in this t-shirt.” A simple, solid color (white being the most versatile) with a slim fit will look good on anyone. For the more adventurous, a contrasting pocket can stand out well, just stay away from trendy patterned pocket on a solid tee.
Wear it with shorts and boat shoes for day at the beach, jeans for a weekend with friends, or under a blazer for a night out. Not to mention a simple, neutral pocket tee looks great under a leather or denim jacket. To make it all a little more put together, make sure you have a nice pair of shoes, preferably leather and definitely nothing too athletic.
If you’re looking for a good pocket tee, check out Everlane (pictured above) for $15 or J. Crew Factory (pictured below) for $19 but is almost always on sale for less.
Some looks for wherever you may be headed this Thanksgiving.
Green Plaid Shirt
A Little Dressier
Faire Isle Sweater
With the weather starting to get a little colder and more like typical fall weather, it’s a good time to throw on a denim jacket. Here’s some inspiration for wherever you are headed.
A good denim jacket never goes out of style. Put it on with some khakis and a casual button up shirt and you’re ready for casual Friday.
2. Dress a Denim Jacket Down
For a more casual look, throw it over a t-shirt or henley and roll the sleeves up, or for some extra warmth layer it over a hoody. Also don’t be afraid to try one with distressed denim.
3. Dress it Up
You can also dress up your denim jacket for a night out by throwing it over a shirt and tie. It is also a great piece to layer with; try it under a coat, over a sweater, or with a blazer.