The Rundown: Summer Casual

I talk a lot about putting looks together, usually around a particular event, and usually around dressier options.  While I take that seriously, I don’t live in those outfits.  So while I wear a sport coat quite a bit, I put it in the closet when it’s time to relax.

It’s Summertime, and the living’s easy.  There’s more opportunity to chill out and while I like the casual feel, I still buy smart.  Smart and comfortable.  Ms. RCS tends to spring activities and errands on us, quick, fast and in a hurry.  When I’m bumming around after work or on the weekends, here’s how I do it, always at the ready:

Line by line…

HATS:

Flood Tide GCL Skiff Performance Hat:  I really dig performance hats.  I’ve got a bunch of white ones from golf courses and a cool one from Rhoback.  I like the idea of adding a royal blue hat.  Flood Tide does it right…
Poncho Carp All Mesh Cap:  It’s all mesh.  Not much more to say.
Club Pro Guy “Mexican Mini Tour” Visor:  Don’t forget about your tour visor – especially one as cool as this bad boy from Club Pro Guy.  If you don’t follow him you are missing out.

SHIRTS:

‘Early Morning Riser’ from The Sporting Gent:  I’m a sucker for a pocket T.  Call it the nostalgia from my old Fraternity t-shirts or whatever, but I always go for these on the weekends.
Onward Reserve Washed Pique Polo:  It feels like a t-shirt, but has a collar.  I like to wear these shirts as if they are a t-shirt and I don’t look too much like a hobo when we are at the taco restaurant.
Eddy Redd Big Chief Shirt:  Probably my new favorite t-shirt.  It’s a blend, so it breaths a little better.  I don’t think I’ll ever go full-tech unless I’m on the water.

SHORTS:

Southern Proper PC Shorts:  Fantastic casual shorts with a great fit, an even better inseam, and enough structure so they fit like shorts, not cut-off sweatpants.  Don’t sleep on navy shorts in the Summer – they work year round.
Marsh Wear High Tide Shorts:  A new option from the folks over at Marsh Wear, these fishing shorts are also a great utility option.  They fit well, and are ready for acton: chasing kids around, nap on the couch, or getting thrown in the pool.  Always be prepared.
Patagonia Baggies:  The classics.  Top of the heap.

FLIP FLOPS:

Havaianas:  The best value proposition out there.  These are almost disposable, but actually get more comfortable with age.  I have some pretty nasty ones, but at $24 a pair, it’s hard not to replace anytime needed.
Rainbows:  The go-to.  All other leather-ish flip flops aspire to be these, as the fit is dead on.
Chacos:  More heavy duty, but a worthy pair.  Good for long days…they actually provide a little arch support.  God I sound old.

What did I miss?  What’s your go-to casual feel duds?

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  • ATJ06/28/2019 - 8:50 AM

    Stand ups or Columbia backcast sans mesh lining, pocket t, camo flood tide visor or state traditions visor (high crown only)ReplyCancel

  • Trip06/28/2019 - 10:17 AM

    I think I’m actually going to have to bite the bullet on some Chaco flip flops. Getting my Teva Alps on and off going to and from the beach is just too cumbersome.ReplyCancel

  • Mark06/28/2019 - 10:52 AM

    The Sid Mashburn Canvas short is my go to short. Reminds me of my college days in 5” stand ups. Just slightly longer at 6.5” and more tailored. But the fabric is awesome and will be so much better after lots of wear. Have both Khaki and Ink colors. Are on the higher price end but will last for years. ReplyCancel

    • BTJ06/28/2019 - 10:30 PM

      I own the Sid Mashburn Canvas shorts in 12 colors and they’re all I wear in the summer when not at work. They’re actually 7.0” in length. Definitely better than Stand Up shorts but they were modeled after them Sid told me. ReplyCancel

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