More than likely, you’ll discover that you need only make strategic adjustments, not undergo a major overhaul, to go casual with cool confidence.
Preferred, reasonably priced brands include Komono, Shinola (personal favorite), Skagen and the never-fail Timex Weekender.Find one that speaks to you, then consider it the finishing touch on your new casual look — one I'm hoping helps you walk taller and prouder every time you head out.When it was time to dress, you simply put on two nicely tailored garments that were guaranteed to match. Now, a new air of casual has become pervasive, whether you're dining out, going to the theater or to work, or even, sometimes, attending a special occasion. Young guys love it, but for the generations more accustomed to dress codes, the response is often more like, “Yikes! ” First, take a breath and remember: They’re just clothes.Now, take a realistic assessment of your current wardrobe in terms of how it fits your daily life, and whether it makes you feel comfortable and confident.Sneakers are now ubiquitous and worn with everything. I feel that as we age, both men and women look better when we appear more pulled together.
However, don’t pull out your running shoes or the ones from your gym locker, if only because they are probably either streaked with neon orange or yellow and sweat-stained. I like styles that are black or solid colored on top with a white banding on the bottom (Cole Haan and Vince have great options along these lines), or a classic all-white sneaker, such as Converse Chuck Taylors, or those from brands like Van’s, K-Swiss or Superga. (Frankly, not to sound retro, but, when appropriate, a well-cut dark wool suit, crisp white shirt and solid tie can still knock 'em dead.) But if you want to go the untucked route, don’t reach for your old dress shirts to go with your slimmer-fitting jeans from Step 2.What you need is a shirt with a boxy cut (but slimmer fit) and a squared hem, possibly with side vents.It should look like it was designed to be worn outside of your pants.If your waist is thinner than your hips, you can get away with a shirt like this.If that’s not the case, for your untucked look, opt instead for a lightweight, knit pullover with an unribbed bottom. Everybody has these pieces of clothing, and honestly everybody's heard of most of these reuses -- shorts, skirt, etc. Or maybe you just get more psychic satisfaction from getting things out of your house.