Whether we like it or not, it’s been seriously hot these first few weeks of what is supposed to be fall semester. There’s always a long wait in Texas for fall weather, but once it comes, the enjoyable weather often continues through spring with just a few really cold disruptions during the winter season. Until then, Texas Fashionistos are faced with the challenge of adapting fall fashion trends for the enduring heat.
Many male students, when faced with such hot weather, rely on the same old sartorial standbys of T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. While I am a huge supporter of dressing comfortably, here at CollegeFashionista, we’re all about giving you advice to help you think beyond your normal fashion limits. For hot weather like we have continued to have, pairing a polo shirt with shorts is an easy and stylish alternative to a plain T-shirt. This Fashionisto shows you how.
This Fashionisto was hanging out near the entrance of the Memorial Student Center (MSC) at lunchtime. If you attend Prairie View A&M University, then you know that the MSC is the main focal point for most student services and student social life on our campus. Sometimes it truly is just too darn hot for anything besides shorts and a short sleeve (or sleeveless) top, but that doesn’t mean an ordinary short sleeve T-shirt is the only choice you have. This Fashionisto’s outfit proves that a polo shirt can be an instant upgrade. Choosing a style that comes in a quirky color or a trendy pattern or print is a simple way to add individuality to an otherwise commonplace look. It’s the difference between having a Style Guru with her camera walk right past you or having a Style Guru come up and ask if she can take your picture.
A lot of Fashionistos avoid polo shirts for fear they’ll end up looking like they’ve come dressed as their fathers or grandfathers. First, nail the fit. Next, add some uniqueness to your outfit to keep it from looking like you borrowed it straight out of your old man’s closet. You could emulate this Fashionisto by adding some cool shades, an interesting hat or canvas shoes in a fun color. Further, pairing a printed shirt with shorts in another print and a hat in yet another print is seemingly busy but actually provides great contrast. Summer fashion is all about fun and, by mixing expected classics in unexpected colors and fabrics, this Fashionisto has a look that sets him apart from the crowd.
Hint: Color was huge this summer and polo shirts with fun, bright colors are still very much on-trend. Some other fun styles you could try are stripes, gingham, polka-dots or even floral. As a rule of thumb, polo shirts with a tail longer than the front tend to look nicer tucked in. Polos that are even length at the front and tail, however, don’t tend to look as sloppy when they are left untucked.