Summer Etiquette: The Oxford & The Chino General Style 69 Comments

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. Travis Gumbs, Street Etiquette, Billy Kirk, Uniqlo, Brooklyn, Bronx, Stylish black guys, Steve Mcqueen, Bronx stylish, New York City Stylish, Style Bloggers, Blogging style mens, mens style bloggers, SE, Etiquette Street

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.

Fit Details: Travis –  Rugby University Oxford shirt, Uniqlo Chinos, Tanner Goods belt, Billykirk bag, TOMS shoes

Fit Details : Joshua –  Uniqlo Oxford , Braided Belt , J.Crew Urban Slim fit chinos , Clarks Desert Boot Oakwood

Recommendations – Chinos – Rugby RL Vintage Chino - J.Crew Sun faded  Stanton Pant

Oxfords – GAP Oxford Shirt - J.Crew Pinpoint OxfordRugby RL Solid University OxfordBR Chinos


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  • Unyime Akpanudosen

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    The colors on both of you gentlemen are superb. What a nice post to see right as I am in the mood for some summer thrifting. The TOMS shoes are an excellent choice, I really like their Charcoal Harbour Cordones. JKISSI killing it with the Oakwoods. You guys do it well, keep it up!

  • sssence

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    This post is one of my favorites so far this year. I love my oxfords and chinos and rock them regularly. I must say I really like the location where you’ve chosen to shoot these photos. It was a nice juxtaposition to the outfits. And speaking of the outfits…I have to get a yellow oxford. Both of you guys have chosen great, soft summer color palettes that work perfectly. Congrats on another quality post!

  • Skip

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    Summer Freshness!
    Keep it up gentlemen!

  • Tom

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    Sweet post guys, given me more inspiration for the summer!

  • mat ahoy

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    perfect looks, though i still get really warm in my button down. i fail!

  • Neef @ACLeagueLow

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    this is a real comfortable look, it really works with this extremely hot weather we have had in the northeast… good post guys!

  • JLouie

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    You worded the dilemma of dressing in the summer well. Without the ability to layer different pieces together, summer style is really reduced to the color and fit of the few pieces that are temperature appropriate. Your choices are impeccable as usual.

  • The Baker

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    Love this – especially the first photo. Such an easy and effortless look for summer.
    Also love how the bag picks up on the golden tone of the belt, nice touch.

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  • Aimee Piper

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    Dapper solutions for all situations… as per usual. Cheers.

  • Mr. Sartorial

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    This is awesome. I love how such a classic look can keep looking fresh and modern, and the infusion of colour is refreshing in summer. I don’t think a single item you two are wearing could be called a common or basic colour. I notice you guys are wearing pocket squares/silk squares in an unusual way, one tucked in the pant pocket and the other tied around the handle of Trav’s bag. What led to this innovation?

  • Trav

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    @sssence: Thanks man.. yea the location was a lucky break as we were walking around in the hot sun desperately trying to find a place to take the pics. And you should definitely get a yellow oxford, it sure does come in handy.

    @Skip: Thanks a lot….appreciate it!

    @Tom: Thanks…glad your inspired man.. that’s what its all about.

    @mat ahoy: haha man i feel you..there are not 100% heat proof but in extreme nyc heat nothing is..more summer etiquette post shorty though.

    @Neef @ACLeagueLow: Thanks!.. keep fighting that northeast heat!
    @JLouie: Thats so true.. its all about color and fit in the summer. Great point.

    @The Baker: Thanks! im glad you noticed the minor details.

    @Aimee Piper: Thanks you!.. really appreciate the love.

    @Mr. Sartorial: Thanks for the love.. For me, the pocket square on the bag was sort of spur of the moment I first had it tied around my wrist as an accessory piece. For josh his is actually a cotton handkerchief and he had it to actually wipe sweat off his face.

  • IddanB

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    Your choice of scenery and photography is as awesome as your taste in clothes. Keep up the good work.

  • colin

        posted on July 5 , 2010 :

    had to leave a comment as i’ve been looking at your blog for the last few months and i really like it! one of my new favorites.
    always a great choice of color, keeping a classic touch and not falling into hip and ephemeral trends..

    next up, i’d love to see what you would do with wider pants!
    much of your vintage pictures show them, nothing wrong with that in my opinion ;)

  • J Far

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    After checking it out for the past 2 months I think it’s safe to say I’m in love with your blog. Keep it up guys.

    The outfits and photographs look absolutely amazing and I gotta give you both props for rocking bright colors, no matter what you wear.

    I’m currently in the market for a slimmer fitting oxford shirt in yellow, light blue, and white. Do you have any suggestions on where to find one, other than Uniqlo, for a reasonable price? (Below $30s)

    I’d love to see you guys try something with a little Midwestern edge to it when the weather starts cooling down!

  • Anonymous

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    You guys looks dapper and might I add very handsome

    btw can you drop some info on the beads?

  • Kadeem J.

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    too smooth tooooo smooth josh and trav. all that’s needed is a yacht in the back and you guys will be set!! lol

  • Nacho Broadway

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    comfortable, effortless outfits. Toms look very interesting!

  • danny

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    it’s amazing how well you guys can pull off color. wish you guys would update more often! but every post has always been fresh and inspirational.

  • Reggie

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Nice post guys. These are the two things I really lack right now in my closet. I believe this is a sign lol. You guys are killin the game with your haircuts too, i’m inspired to try something different

  • Lucas

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Crazy Look Trav. I Really like the colors. Pleasure to read as always.

  • Rory

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Real nice once again. Love how you guys play with those soft toned colors without getting to ‘eclectic’. Also a shout out to Uniqlo for the 20 bucks oxford shirts which are one of the best around.

  • David W. Albert

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    I must say you hit the nail on the head with this one Trav, a highly classic and always tasteful fit. This as you brought up is a combination of to cloths which are similar but different the same sense. Just for the fact that just as the Oxford, the chinos depending on the texture of the material they are made of. Can just as well hold up in some pretty off seasons, some that you might not expect to see them in. Once again another great post man!

  • @ImRandomRay

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Man nice post, and nice style on both of you gents. I actually found a nice pair of chinos on sale at Zara for $29 bucks this past weekend and was going to wear them out with this EXACT same tucked-in Oxford look. However my plans fail through, but seeing this post makes me feel like I was about to do something right! lol.. Man you guys should have gave us another look with the vid so we can get a feel of the scenery where you got the shots at!

  • illtek

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Very nice fellas. What I’m wearing now! Not exactly but very close. :) Got some grey chinos in the mail. J. Crew joints I scored for 17 bucks. Yeaaaaaaa!

  • FAB

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Cool! Have you checked Have a glorious time FAB

  • dmwalking

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Spectacular. Classic timeless look while at the same time carrying a modern edge to it. Trav, you’ve made me a believer in espedrilles. Way to make them look manly my dude. Josh, you already know. This is def one of my fave post to date. And I’m def diggin the scarf on the bag. Nice touch.

  • Tim

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    *bows*. Looking forward to all the upcoming summer outfits. Looking sharp guys.

  • Shane

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    You guys nailed this look. Can’t express how great this look is for summer. @JLouie put it well “Summer style is really reduced to the color and fit of the few pieces that are temperature appropriate.” Guys need to learn that just because it’s hot doesn’t give a green light to throw style to the wind and put on baggy cargo shorts and a tee.

    The summer heat usually makes us dread putting on anything long, but a subtly rolled cuff (both pant and shirt) is like air conditioning for the soul. Not only does it make us feel cool literally and figuratively but it exudes a confindence many men have the ability to pull off they just haven’t realized it yet.

    Great post and pictures guys!

  • Lizzy

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    Seriously, what an amazing post. I love how you give the history of the clothing. Gives a new meaning to “smarty dressed”

  • Joel

        posted on July 6 , 2010 :

    I love this look. Chinos and oxfords (or polos) are my go to summer clothes. It’s simple, but also has a sophisticated charm. Well done! I always love reading your posts.

    - Joel

  • Tev

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    WOW! i threw on this Fit yesterday for a date lol.
    once again Another Great post !

  • Kristopher

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    Great post gents. This will definately prove useful with this heat. I’m just across the border so I can definately empathise about the weather. Keep up the great work!

    -Love and Respect from Canada

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        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

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  • iamronel

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    oh there are it

  • iamronel

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    like’d there simple but rocks

  • editor

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    i just found this site. you guys are completely @#$%^(! amazing.

  • Damien

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    Lovely. Classic for sure. I never really thought about the yellow and baby blue together. I’ll have to try that out. Would have loved to see Trav in some actual espadrilles instead of Toms though (no offense). The fade in Joshua’s oxford and chino’s are perfect. Doin’it again guys!

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  • Neal Wellington

        posted on July 7 , 2010 :

    A simple, clean look you can do some much with. You two always have quality post and I want to thank you two. The colors you presented in the post are perfect as well. Questions… For the last two crazy hot days in NYC, what did yall wear? NYC summer has me wear khaki shorts, boat shoes and a golf shirt, oxford or short sleeve button up. Anyways guys keep it up, always a great read.

  • John Lugg

        posted on July 8 , 2010 :

    These are really awesome looks but… from what I’ve experienced, oxfords are of a tight weave. This results in them not being very breathable. Which in turn equals hot. Oxfords are great for sub 90 temps but above that, I would definitely pick a linen or seersucker. While oxfords are abundant (does anyone not sell them?), the other fabrics can easily be found in any thrift store. Once again, great looks, but I’m not sure how cool this will actually keep you on a hot day.

  • Patrick

        posted on July 8 , 2010 :

    Those J.Crew chinos look pretty slim. Did you have them altered?

  • Trav

        posted on July 9 , 2010 :

    @IddanB: Thanks much..we try to catch a scenery appropriate for each post

    @colin: Thanks man!.. its funny because in this post we also planned to have our good friend in it but unfortunely he was away on vacation..but the reason he was going to be in this post is because he is a master of the loose fitting chino..Its not my thing but this guy pulls it off flawlessly..I hope to get him in a future post so you get a glimpse of what im talking about.

    @J Far: That a lot.. Im glad you like our posts. As for oxfords under $30 thats a real tuff one.. No brand that I know of actually offers oxfords less than $30 unless they are on sale. I would recommend eBay though. Im sure you can find some on there for much less than $30.

    @Anonymous: Thank you anonymous one. Josh’s beads are from topshop

    @Kadeem J.: haha mann you already know my brother…thanks

    @danny: haha thanks! We are working on quicker turn around time between posts. Dont worry its gunna happen.

    @Reggie: Thanks again..Man you need at least one oxford and chino..they really come in handy.

    @Lucas: Thanks man.. glad you liked it.

    @Rory: Thanks, Definitely.. for $20 its one of the best deals around for a basic oxford.

    @David W. Albert: Thanks! you are absolutely right man.. two classic peices that will always compliement each other.

    @@ImRandomRay: Thanks man…more videos are coming.. wy didnt you do the look you mentioned? Seems like you were on the right track. Nice find at zara btw.
    @illtek: woww jcrew for $17 niceee..wish i was on that.. Thanks for the love.

    @FAB: Thanks.. nice site!

    @dmwalking: haahaha thanks man..I’m definently on the espadrilles right now, and i know for a fact guys some guys like them but are jus afraid to try them out.. so Im glad your a believer!!

    @Tim: thanks..stay tuned man.. some great stuff awaits.

    @Shane: Well said.. honestly coundnt agree more or say it any better.. thanks for the great feedback.

    @Lizzy: haha thanks .. thats the point.. to inspire as well as educate.

    @Joel: Thanks man.. polos are def another important summer piece. Something we are going to also cover shortly.

    @Tev: haha great minds think alike man.. Thanks for the feedback

    @Kristopher: Glad to be of help to a reader from the great Cananda.. Thanks for the love!

    @Anonymous: Thanks! free advertising is always a good thing. You can check our blogroll at the bottom of the screen. We have tons of cool blogs listed.

    @editor: haha :) Thanksss!

    @Damien: Thanksman.. no offense taken.. I actually have a pair of non branded espadrilles.. Ill be sure to wear them in a fit pic.

    @Neal Wellington: Man we are pretty much on the same boast. This hate wave is killer. The next couple weeks is all summer posts.. so you’ll be sure to get a glimpse of what we’ve been sporting. Thanks for the love.

    @John Lugg: I hear you.. that is partly why we covered the oxford first..we are gunna try and cover all the different fabric and items that we are wearing this summer. You are right though compared to linen and seersucker, oxford is absolutely keeps you warmer. Thanks for the feedback

    @Patrick: Yes, Josh had them tapered for a much slimmer fit.

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  • wes kirkman

        posted on July 9 , 2010 :

    Great look. Now I need to hunt for oxfords and chinos.

    General question for you guys: how do you get such a good fit? That is my biggest trouble right now since I’m realizing most of my closet does not fit me. I’ve taken a bunch of stuff to my tailor, but most items don’t come out as perfect as I would like. In fact, some tailoring jobs have resulted in a big puffy balloon in the mid back area. Is it my tailor, or do I just not know how to instruct her nor what a good fit should feel like? I’ve read quite a bit on this, but I’m still coming up short on how to get that perfect fit.

    Thanks for such an awesome blog.

  • Troy

        posted on July 9 , 2010 :

    Wow -this is excellent and the colors are outstanding; keep up the good good work:)

  • Coldsun

        posted on July 10 , 2010 :

    Yeah, Yall are killing this…
    Definitely summer etiquette… nice stuff..

  • Danielle

        posted on July 10 , 2010 :

    I just recently started a blog, and I have to say you guys are inspirational :)

    I live in a small town, and we don’t have a lot of guys that dress like you.
    FRESH style!

    Check out my blog if you get the chance. I’m going to be a weekly regular to yours :)

  • uli

        posted on July 10 , 2010 :

    normally, i do not commentate as my english is still not as good as it should be after studying for a couple of years but this time it is definitely worth it. love what both of you guys wear, especially trav’s mixture of light colors is great. keep up the good work!! greetings from the old world

  • Anonymous

        posted on July 10 , 2010 :

    Not to be a dick, but in the article it should read “I COULDN’T really care less”
    People confuse this very often. Think about it, if you COULD really care less, then that would mean you were going for a look that appeared as if you really cared. I love this site, though. Keep up the amazing work.


        posted on July 10 , 2010 :

    great post guys. i live on long island and at my high school this is standard uniform lol. the look is similar to stuff in Take Ivy. i LOVE the baby blue chinos those are nuts. ralph lauren oxfords have been my main wardrobe staple lately, the fit and the quality is there and theyre the type of thing that can be worn any time. at school wit jeans, as you did with chinos, or you can dress it up with a blazer. in my opinion its one of the most valuable things to have in your wadrobe

  • Simon BazBaz

        posted on July 12 , 2010 :

    Joshua! so nice to meet you!! you proabably dont remeber me, im the mexican guy that begged to open the door ath the j.crew shop in soho.. i was so pleased to finally meet you! you are such a big hit in mexico city, hope too see you soon!
    P.S. i love the way you too guys coordinate your outfits, its so cool the way you handle the weather and add your personal touch to everything.. you make me try a little harder to dress every time I wake up in the morning!

    Best regards and good luck!
    Simon B.

  • admin

        posted on July 13 , 2010 :

    @wes kirkman: Does your tailor do a fitting before she does the work? After work is done the item should look and fit exactly as it does when you had it pinned durring the fitting. Where are you located? I say go to an experienced tailor who is familiar with the aesthetic that you are reaching for.. sometimes it is best to stay away from Laundromats that offer tailoring as they are often not very experienced. After you get the fit you desire on a can even bring it in as a sample for other pants of similar structure and fabric. The most important thing is to speak up.. its like going to a new barber, they might mess up the first few times but once they realize exactly how you want it your gold!

    @Troy: Thanks..

    @Coldsun: Thanks again for dropping a comment and showing love.

    @Danielle: aww thanks so much..Its all a process, maybe guys in your town will eventually develop a style that you can also admire.. I’ll check out your blog!

    @Anonymous: hahaha you are so right. Thanks for pointing that out. It didn’t take much thinking to realize it was indeed a gramatical error. Honest mistake.. thanks again!

  • wes kirkman

        posted on July 13 , 2010 :

    Thanks for the response. You all are very dedicated to respond to every comment here. Really appreciated.

    Yah, she pins it up while it is on me, then I try it on before she cuts, and then I get the finished product.
    I am located in Seattle; I’ve definitely moved up from having my dry cleaner tailor my clothes to a full time tailor.
    I just wonder if, as you suggest, she is not familiar with my desires. How does one find a tailor specific to their needs without just walking in off the street (which is how I found my current one)? Or I wonder if I’m coming in with clothes (shirts are my biggest issue) that just aren’t going to fit me, no matter what. I’m pretty lean with broad shoulders, quite the opposite of what many shirts are built to be.

    You’ve encouraged me to keep working with her and speak up, reworking the item as many times as necessary to get it right. I think my problem to date has been either not tucking in the shirt when trying it on or being complacent with the big puffy balloon in the mid back area. As money allows, my goal will be to replace all my pleated shirts (never payed attention to that detail before) with shirts built closer to my shape from a few places you guys suggested like H&M and Uniqlo.

    Thanks again. Wes

  • Kemistry

        posted on July 15 , 2010 :

    I Like the look, amazing summer outfits. the silk scarf, where do you get a nice small silk scarf as the ones you both have? thanks


        posted on July 15 , 2010 :

    i’ve been following you blog for a while and love it. always have amazing outfits and pictures, love the combination of colors here!

  • Chris

        posted on July 17 , 2010 :

    Im loving the Chinos especially the red ones. I have been looking for some like those for a while. You guys always have exactly what I look for.

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  • Anonymous

        posted on July 19 , 2010 :

    Trav ( ithink ) What do you put on your hair ? Because they are Fabulous , and your styles are Fabulous!

  • Ryan

        posted on July 19 , 2010 :

    Great post! Was gonna do one myself on my website ( but upon reading yours, thought it better to just refer people to this site. Nice job again, and keep up the great work!


        posted on July 22 , 2010 :

    @Simon BazBaz: Hey Simon I do remember meeting you that day thanks for the appreciation and support all the way from Mexico! That means a lot to us would love to travel to Mexico and meet all of our readers down there – take care and again thanks for the support lol

    p.s hope the photo came out great

  • Devka Ulanov

        posted on July 22 , 2010 :
    this is my favorite ! I love it ! I hope I could see you soon on my blog …

  • Megan

        posted on July 28 , 2010 :

    I just discovered y’all’s blog & I have to say I’m thrilled I did!! It is amazing! It is refreshing to see men with dapper style & manners! :) I am a Southern girl & fashion blogger & love incorporating the same principles into my posts….hope y’all enjoy!

    Thanks again for the wonderful fashion, style & cuffed pants!

  • Jon

        posted on July 31 , 2010 :

    Once again loving that blog and the mad style u two dudes have…I have a question travis..what’s the exact color and style for the Toms you’re rocking?

  • Seb

        posted on August 2 , 2010 :

    Are the red chinos the ‘copper clay’ one’s on the site? Both looks are awesome.

  • Zach

        posted on September 12 , 2010 :

    For the J.Crew chinos, would you suggest getting them cuffed? I’m purchasing a pair online in khaki and I can’t decide whether or not to get them cuffed. I have a pair of Levi’s 510 in khaki and they’re of course uncuffed, but I want a dressier pair of pants to match with a shirt and tie, under my navy golf jacket.

  • Kevin

        posted on May 28 , 2012 :

    What are your suggestions for light weight, soft, summer/spring oxfords besides the ones you have listed?

  • Cassey

        posted on March 19 , 2013 :

    nice mixed and matched outfits you guys! good find! :D

  • Mens Chinos

        posted on March 22 , 2013 :

    Hey great blog! Authentic pieces you’ve got.