Easy and Elegant Life

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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.

2 thoughts on “Smart-y Pants

  1. I don’t think I’d be able to get away with the purple silk ensemble, but the colours are gorgeous; I’m thinking of doing two of my armchairs in that and combining with another two in saffron, (as in a Buddhist monk’s robes). Both in Thai silk.

    Funnily enough I have almost exactly the same trousers shown in your last photo, (Brooks Brothers), but mine are tailor made, including the narrow “drainpipe” style. How spooky that they should be so similar!

    Love the blog!

  2. What was Georgio thinking with the purple pants? Was it a dare? I love your other choices. Very “smart” as they say. 🙂

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