Trav: As summer rolls into full swing it is only befitting that we share some of our many favorite items appropriate for this scorching season. Dressing for summer can be a tricky task as it is sometimes difficult to find a clean, casual look while staying comfortable. The summer heat has the power to hit the pause button of one’s sartorial prowess and start the “I couldn’t care less” look. I’m sure we all get that feeling sometimes. The best way to beat this situation is to stick with the basics, two of which are the oxford shirt and the chino pant.
The oxford shirt serves as a nice median between formal and casual. Its the perfect shirt to roll up and wear casually during the summer. The shirt gets its name from the type of fabric used to make it; Oxford cloth was originated in Great Britain during the 19th century. The greatest thing about these shirts is that they are completely season-proof; no matter the weather, they serve a great deal of function. You can use them to layer with in the Fall/Winter and in the Spring/Summer wear them as freely as your heart desires.
I love denim, but as the weather once again takes a turn, I’ve found myself putting the denim aside and more frequently wearing the chino. Chino pants first gained popularity in the U.S after the Spanish-American War when soldiers brought back their cotton trousers. These Chino pants were first made in China, hence the name Chino, a Spanish word which translates to Chinese. I like these form of trousers because, like the oxford shirt, they are the perfect mid-ground between laid-back and dressy. Not to mention they definitely keep you cooler than the traditional raw denim jeans.