Typically when we think of the term “menswear” on a college campus, we conjure up images of loose fitting, baggy jeans paired with T-shirts and classic backpacks. Structured shirts are replaced with oversized hoodies, and a rugged pair of sneakers is thrown on for the trek through campus. This Fashionisto, however, tossed all assumptions aside and caught my attention in this structured, yet casual ensemble that is perfect for a day spent on campus.
The tailored, structured look of this Fashionisto’s outfit was what really caught my eye as I was walking through campus on a beautiful fall day. His choice of denim paired with a light, simple top created a tailored look that was casual and seemingly effortless. By cuffing his jeans at the ankle, he created a cropped effect that was balanced by the cuffed sleeves of the button-down. He left the shirt untucked, keeping the outfit casual — perfect for going to class. The colors in the outfit, while simple, worked well together. The dark denim and light top balance each other out, and the chestnut colored messenger bag adds an accent color, without taking away focus from the rest of the outfit. This Fashionisto had the perfect mix of structure, color and tailoring that brought his whole outfit together.
To achieve this Fashionisto’s look, start with a pair of dark wash denim. Opt for a pair with a skinny fit, like this pair from Zara, so that you can easily cuff them at the ankle. Pair the jeans with a light and airy button-down. Opt for a pastel shade, so that the colors in your outfit balance well with each other. This Fashionisto chose to go with a light blue, but other colors like green, pink and orange will work well too. Vineyard Vines has many good options for pastel button-downs, my personal favorite being the Vintage Solid Oxford Collegiate Shirt in peony. By picking a light, chestnut shade of brown, the messenger bag was really able to stand out against the rest of the outfit. Try a bag like this one from ASOS. To finish off the look, add a classic pair of TOMS Natural Burlap Men’s Classics and your look will be complete from head to toe. Take into account these suggestions, and you, too, will pull off the structured and tailored yet casual look that this Fashionisto did so effortlessly!