Smart-y Pants

The dog days of summer bring with them high humidity and higher temperatures. With today’s relaxed “dress code,” many men opt to forego the suit coat or sportjacket and choose to dress for the day in trousers and a shirt (I hope for at least that much….)

OK, I’m game. But if you’re going to strip down your summer clothing to the barest of essentials (without looking like our fellow above, or an inner-city Mormon missionary) step up your game with the unexpected trouser…. No, I don’t mean this unexpected…

Giorgio Armani Spring 2009
(Image from Giorgio Armani Spring 2009 collection via: men.style.com)

They might be right for coffee in the morning, but not for the office. Opt instead for something in a very lightweight 6.8 oz wool, 13 oz linen or cotton, or even a linen/cotton blend …

And opt for something in a pattern.

Striped Linen Trousers by Riviera
(Riviera Pinstripe Trouser via SierraTradingPost.com)

Striped Trousers by Alberto
(Alberto Striped Trouser via: SierraTradingPost.com)

Clark model Linen Madras Pant by BSquared
(Clark Model Linen Madras Pant via: BrooksBrothers.com)

Pair any of them with a pink buttondown and polished brown loafers for work.

Dress them down with a dark coloured camp collar shirt (like this one from Tommy Bahama), worn outside the trouser, and black loafers for after hours drinks.

Easy and at least vaguely elegant.

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