Late Summer Purchases: Espadrilles and Hawaiian Shirts

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September has finally arrived and so has the first wave of fall products.  Banana Republic has started stocking their flannel pants and J. Crew is advertising their latest trenchcoat model.  However, being a Southern California Native, I am still feeling the effects of the 90F+ heat.  That’s why I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy two things I should’ve had since June:  the white espadrille and the rayon Hawaiian Shirt.

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Tailored Casual with the Tucked-in Short Sleeve Shirt

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If you can’t already tell, I really document my casual outfits.  At one end, I typically dress down a suit or blazer with a polo shirt.  For the other side of the spectrum, I go full 1990’s inspired, with a faded sweater and some jeans and sneakers.  For this article, I decided to delve more into into an outfit that is more “casually tailored”, a term frequented by style bloggers like Dan Trepanier.  My version looks toward the cool summer/vacation styles of the 1930s-1950s, where tucked in shortsleeves were all the rage.  It’s perfect for summer, since you’re probably looking to leave your long-sleeve shirts at home.

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Dressing Down Your Suit Trousers

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With the exception of tuxedos, I believe that there is no distinction between “formal” and “casual” clothes; everything you own should be simply be articles to create any look you want.  With a suit, you great two great pieces: the suit jacket and the trousers. In this post, we focus on leaving your jeans at home and walking out in your suit pants!  Just because they’re suit pants doesn’t mean you have to dress fancy; you can dress them down!

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