How great is a cuff? It can solve so many sartorial dilemmas in a matter of seconds. When thrift shopping, what better way to alter the fit of a great shirt than rolling up the sleeves a couple of times? Indeed, this summer there has been a particular prevalence of cuffs on the street. As well as being practical when it’s reaching boiling point outside, cuffs are also a reflection of the cropped silhouettes showcased by luxe sportswear companies such as Lacoste recently.
This Fashionisto, who was on his way to see friends, has transformed the simple combination of a button-down shirt and shorts by simply rolling up the hems. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a small detail that makes all the difference. If those hems were left uncuffed, his ensemble would still be perfectly presentable, yet it would lack the youthful fun that cuffing brings.
The colours are expertly matched, and I love how he has bookmarked the look with two different blues. The pattern on the shirt is a modern take on a floral and, when looked at closely, it looks like a kaleidoscope of blues and tans. A plain pair of chino shorts is a wardrobe staple and it breaks up the look perfectly. The blue suede loafers are such a good move. In summer, a lot of guys get caught in the trap of thinking that flip-flops are okay for all occasions. This is a gross mistake on their behalf — flip-flops should be avoided like a rabid dog.
The fact that this Fashionisto is accessory-free is kind of fitting given the carefree feel of his look. I think that if he had accessorised it would have cluttered the ensemble unnecessarily. I give major kudos for following the whole less is more motto; sometimes all you need is a smile.
Hint: If you’re not yet on the loafer bandwagon, you ought to hop on board. Loafers give real polish to a summer outfit and can easily take you from day to night. If loafers are not your taste, then boat shoes (a close cousin to the loafer) offer a similar elegance and ease during the hotter months. Sperry Top-Siders have an impeccable range in fantastic colours.