Dressing For Outdoor Events
It is the season of outdoor events and many guys wonder how to keep their style fresh while also looking appropriate for their outings. Below are some of my tips to keep you feeling confident in the choices you are making with your spring fashion.Go Bright: It’s not everyday that you can wear a pastel green or pink article of clothing. For these types of events, it is all about making a statement. While the ladies have fun experimenting with big hats, the gentlemen can have their own fun playing with color. My general rule is only choose one core item that has a color pop (unless you are doing a full suit). For example, if you are wearing a bright baby blue blazer, pair it with white or tan tailored pants or shorts. Don’t forget about the footwear – your shoes can also have a pop of color that compliments your top!Find A Perfectly Tailored Shirt: Whether you are wearing a preppy polo or a crisp button down shirt, the fit can make or break your entire look. Both the Royal Regatta and Wimbledon are classy events forever documented in a series of photos where fashion is just as important as the action unfolding at the events. Excess fabric hanging out of your pants or shorts can create unflattering silhouettes and cause wrinkling of the material. Make sure you are wearing a fitted style shirt (tucked in), even if this isn’t the usual way you wear a shirt. Since more eyes will be drawn to your ensemble because you are wearing brightly colored clothing, a tailored shirt will create clean lines to give your look a polished feel.Don’t Underestimate Accessorizing: Sunglasses, watches, and pocket squares are all tiny touches that make impactful differences. Mirrored lensed sunglasses have been trending for a couple years now, but it’s time to take them to the next level. Find sunglasses that have more fashion forward frames then just a matte black or brown. Tortoise shell frames paired with silver, blue or grey mirror lenses are some of my favorite types of sunglasses this season (you can find these at Ray Ban or Kapten and Son)! Make sure you wear a bold, big-faced watch (MVMT has a solid and affordable selection), and throw a pocket square in your blazer that matches your color scheme for an extra pop.Dress Up/Down Shorts and Pants: You can absolutely wear a solid flat front short to the events, if paired properly. If you are wearing shorts, pair them with a long sleeve button down shirt, blazer, and dress shoes (like Oxfords) to create a more formal yet trendy look. If you are wearing pants, you can wear a polo (with a jacket still) to create a seasonally appropriate look as well. For shorts, J-Crew has a variety of styles that read as dressy and even some prints that could be fun for events like these (just remember, if you are doing a printed short, keep the top solid to avoid clashing patterns).