The style world is full of myths. Yes, you’ve read right. You’ve probably heard these, among others.
Real style is wearing 3-Piece Suits and trousers creased to perfection.
You should wear silk ties with polished shoes. The shoes should bee polished until you see your own reflection.
In other worlds, real style means dressed up, and nothing could be further from the truth actually.
No matter if you’re dressing up or dressing down, style should be seen as your message to the world. Style shows your attitude towards what you do, and what you like.
If you are a personal trainer for instance, you’re not going to wear a suit. That doesn’t go that well with the activity, does it? It would make a funny sight, but nothing else. But can you still be stylish without the suit? Definitely!
The “secret” to style is to follow the rule – Fit, Material and Function. If you keep those in mind, nothing much can go wrong. Hardly anything, actually. If your gym shorts are the right size and shape, some that flatters your body type, you’ve got the first step right about style.
The material means that choosing hoodies and T-Shirts based on the general quality of the material, and by function, you should read knowing when to dress down, as well as to know when to dress up.
At times you can pull of an ultra-casual dress code. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to look like a slob. Take these 5 key items and you can make all the difference that matters.
The 5 Ultra Casual Gent’s Style Essentials
Just because you chose to dress down, it doesn’t have to mean that you have to look like a mess. Here are 5 low-key staples for a high-key impact.
Style Essential No.1: Casual Gent’s Pants – All day everyday track pants
Wearing track pants is a go-to comfort for clothing, but at the same time, it doesn’t underestimate the versatility. The appropriate pair can take you far beyond the gym. As in many things in life, it’s all in the details and your attitude – so when wearing them, just like anything, wear them like an athlete would. In other words, own the look, and don’t let the look own you. That way they won’t happen to be mistaken for the round-the-clock loungewear of a guy who has given up, or is about to give everything up.
Track pants should be comfortable, but not look baggy at the same time. The slim and regular cuts will suit most Gents. When talking about the ultra-casual pants, a pair that tapers at the ankle, with half to no break, it works better as opposed to some with a full break. It helps assure a clean-cut look, and it’s a perfect alternative for showing off a great pair of trainers.
Try to avoid cotton sweatpants altogether, as those tend to look shapeless easily. Keep those in hand for when you are watching the game at home, with the window closed. What you’d want to achieve instead is choosing a material with a bit of stretch that will still look new even after several washings.
For you that means elastane materials of a bit higher quality or Polyester blends.
Track pants should be giving you the feel of being mobile. They’re are made for exercise after all, but also comfort. The ideal pair is also sleek and tasteful – one that can be used for working out and for lunch with friends at the same time.
Style Essential No2: Casual Gent’s Outerwear – Bomber Jackets
The casual type of jacket should be one step above a hoodie, and have a very easy fit. Like a blazer or sports jacket, you could gauge the sizing. Like with a hoodie, this piece can look a bit careless, if you don’t consider the overall length, sleeve length and shoulder points. The latter should be resting at the end of the shoulder joint, without having the look of sagging down onto the upper arm, pulling up the shoulder towards the neck area. Solid bomber jackets will broaden the shoulders and taper in the midsection, but still allow the arms to move freely. You should however be able to have full mobility, so keep that in mind.
Again, opt for Elastane, but also look towards cotton blends, as those are kind of a must for these types of jackets. Adding a degree of stretch helps the mobility and look more fitted to your body, adding a masculine silhouette to your body.
A bomber jacket that moves and breathes well, can double the duty, as a daily wear jacket or workout piece for the cooler seasons. Good variations will insulate simultaneously and help you keep warm and dry up sweat, when the heat of your body rises.
Style Essential No3: Casual Gent’s Tops – Henleys and T-Shirts
Suitable Henleys and T-Shirts should give you the feeling of hugging your body like a second skin would. If they are a bit too big, they’ll quickly make you look sloppy. Just as with jackets, it is also important to make sure that the shoulder points actually sits snuck on your shoulders. You’d also want T-shirt sleeves stop around the mid-bicep area as to not flare out at the base. Henley sleeves should fit similar to Dress Shirts. Both should fit like a Dress Shirt around the midsection, be close to the body, but not tight enough to cause puckering or stretching.
When trying on a T-Shirt or a Henley you need to make sure to raise your arms in the air in order to check if the length is alright. If your midsection shows, when doing that, it means that it is too short. No surprise here, eh? When your arms are relaxed at the sides, the Dress Shirt should not make the impression of hanging below the butt. If it does – it’s too long.
High-end natural Fibers like Cotton or Merino wool for instance are perfect for these pieces. Spandex and Cotton Blends could yet be better, as they give you a nice fit, with a tad of stretch. What you should avoid are cheap cotton weaves from fast fashion stores. You’ll just end up throwing them in the trash after just a handful of washes.
Good casual tops will circulate away sweat and last hundreds of washes. Also, you should opt for one that is shrink resistant. Again, Elastane comes to your aid, or elastane blends, so when going shopping – check the tag.
Style Essential No4: Casual Gent’s Knitwear – Hoodies
Hoodies can be a bad choice when talking and wearing style, but if you do it right, a hoodie can actually look just as good as any other casual sweater.
A hoodie should fit just a tad looser compared to the Henley or T-Shirt that you are wearing. Gauging the fit can be felt, so when going shopping, you should be able to move unimpeded, but not make the outfit look baggy around the midsection. Also, pay attention to the length. If it hangs down past your butt, it simply means that it is way too long.
In terms of materials, you can follow the same rules as for your T-Shirts and Henleys. Opting for Merino wool or Elastane blends will help you regulate the temperature, while also absorbing perspiration.
Hoodies have been around for ages, as they are great for keeping the temperature in colder weather. The modern styled hoodie was first introduced in USA in the 1930’s and have been marketed to workers that were operating in freezing conditions. The hoodie has ascended beyond that since, thanks to being shown in movies Rocky and the general popularity in the Hip-Hop culture. It’s still practical for comfort wear in cold weather conditions though, but could also just become part of your stylish ensemble.
Style Essential No5: Casual Gent’s Shoes – Trainers
For tennis shoes, you should keep the unique shape of your feet in mind. Doing a “wet test” will help you determine the fit. Simply wet your foot and step on a piece of brown paper, then trace your footprint – and you have your precise shape drawn out to you. If your footprint shows your entire sole, you may lack some supportive arches, and that could suffer from overpronation (feet rolling inward). You’ll always need shoes with a strong arch support, so keep that in mind when shopping for shoes. If the footprint solely shows your heels and balls, then you likely have strong arches, but risk underpronation (feet rolling outward). That means that you’ll need shoes that are more cushioned i.e. with a soft midsole. One way or another, you’ll want them to fit like just any supportive tennis shoes, but contribute to a slightly elevated casual look.
When choosing shoes, always opt for breathable materials, or leather trainers, as they are the most stylish from the aesthetic point of view. Canvas (think old-school Converse Chuck Taylors) is durable, working as hard as you do to hold off the elements. The only downside is it can be difficult to keep clean.
When it comes to trainers, have in mind that if they don’t offer you the support of a workout and running shoe, they’re simply not doing their job. There’s actually not more to that.
The key to look put together in ultra-casual clothing is to consider fit.
Fabric and function are worth looking at, but by comparison, they’re cherries on top.
A carefully considered ultra-casual outfit (even if that sounds like an oxymoron) is true weekend warrior attire. It can take you from the gym to running errands to taking the kids to the park, looking relaxed yet polished. For more style news and fashion faux pas, please keep reading our blog. Thanks for reading!