When it comes to clothing, guys are pickier than you would think. But what we're looking for is not so much color and style per se, but more about comfort. Now that is a loaded term, so let me name three characteristics of comfortable clothing:
- Low maintenance
- High quality fabric that feels good next to the skin
- A good fit, so you don't look sloppy
People assume that comfort is necessarily at odds with words like "stylish" or "fashionable," but that's not the case. It's possible to achieve both if you watch for fit, consider color, and commit to the "casual" look all the way from head to toe (if you don't go 100% casual, you end up looking messy).
I've been on a "loungin'" vibe lately and finally got around to take some shots around the house. Great for hanging out on a Sunday afternoon, grooving to some lowkey music as you putter around the house. Simple, understated, comfortable... it's loungin', baby!
Here are some of the style choices that's got me inspired to get dressed these days:
Colors: Muted earth tones (browns, beiges, seaweed-ish greens and greys) so you can mix and match easily.
Hats: They embody 'ease' because you don't have to worry about doing your hair! I'm partial to straw fedoras because they hold their shape and don't get too hot when you wear them.
Solid color long-sleeved tees: They are super comfortable and are so easy to layer (wear them by themselves or under short-sleeved tees, vests etc). Club Monaco has some long-sleeved shirts on sale and they are the most comfortable shirts I've ever owned. Alternative Apparel also has great comfortable and affordable stuff (Nordstrom Rack carries their stuff for cheap!)
Soft cardigans: Worn unbuttoned, over V-neck tees
Pulled-back beanies: Worn sloppily on the back of your head. I don't know why this is so comfortable -- it looks kind of ridiculous I'll admit, but you get a pass because it's got this interesting balance of capturing some of the warmth from your head, but exposes your ears to let off some of the heat. I've seen this in a few magazines so I can't claim credit for it, but it's so comfy!
Lightweight Hoodies - Spin-off of the long-sleeve T-shirt, with built-in "man caves." Zip-up hoodies tend to be bulkier and have a more youthful, skater vibe (which is cool if that's the look you're going for).
My two favorite looks (above):
- Light grey cardigan (7 For All Mankind), white V-neck (good ol' Hanes), vintage striped scarf, dark grey shorts (River Island), grey sweater cap (H&M)
- Brown henley (Alternative), striped vest (Ted Baker), black straw fedora (Groovin), dark grey shorts (River Island - but you can substitute this with jeans, chinos, etc.)
Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment (and send in your own pics if you've got 'em!)