Summer is a great time for slightly more casual takes on tailored clothing, and there’s no easier way to dress down a tailored jacket than by using a slightly more casual shirt. So instead of the finely woven cotton dress shirts you might use for the office, consider something in a linen or linen blend. Bolder patterns can also make a shirt look more casual, although you want to be wary of anything that looks too busy. I find blue and white Bengal stripes to be the most useful.
I’ve also come to really like popovers, which is a pullover style with a half placket front. Before sport shirts were made with coat fronts – where the opening went from the collar down to the hem, like a coat – they were made with half-plackets such as this button-down. Nowadays, popovers can be seen a sort of “in-between.” They’re more relaxed than a traditional shirt, but dressier than a polo, which makes them great for those days you want to look sharp, but casual.
The problem with popovers is that they can be sometimes hard to fit. Unlike long-sleeved polos or rugbys – which are styled similarly – these are constructed from a woven, rather than knitted, material. Which means they’re less stretchy. So, in order to easily slide in and out of these things, you want your shirt to be cut a little bigger, but not so big that it looks baggy when worn.
As is tradition, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about popovers lately, and I’m happy to say that one of my favorite shirt makers just introduced a popover line in their already sterling collection of custom shirts.
They’re offering five popovers (three solid and two plaids, as well as the rest of Proper Cloth’s fabric line-up) ready for custom sizing. The details on these are absolutely gnarly, featuring a soft spread collar and soft cuffs.
Given my experience with Proper Cloth in the past, I’m pretty confident in saying that these are probably some of the best popovers on the market. The popovers range from $85 - $135, and if you’re a fan of Italian beach bum style such as myself, you can check them out here.
The tunic shirt seems to be this summer’s latest trend piece for men. A little bit Middle Eastern, a little bit streetwear influenced, these longer length shirts seem to be everywhere. From button down to popover versions, and t-shirt to tanktop versions, the tunic length shirt comes in any man’s variety. The key to pulling off the look? I’d say slim pants are the answer. Long pants will balance out the long length of the shirt, while the slim fit will balance out it’s volume. Throwing on a waist-length jacket like a bomber or denim trucker, adds an interesting layered look, too, if you want to elevate your look.