Growing up in a home where many things were not American, I am still learning about things Americans do. This surprises me because I am, for one, American, and the only time I have ever left the bounds of America was around the age of five to the Philippines. No, I was not sheltered under a rock, but my family and I never went out to brunch. In my home, there was breakfast, lunch, a 3:00 p.m. after school meal and then supper (because 5:00 p.m. dinner made no sense to us). Coming to college, brunch became more and more of a thing in my life among new friends, and so did understanding that people dressed up for brunch.
Now Fashionistos, this look is classic brunch wear: button-down, chino pants and loafers. The look is not too casual and not too formal, which from my understanding, is the mark you want to hit in dressing up for brunch. I would argue that going semi-formal may be a little too dressy for this occasion, but definitely could translate to evening and dinner wear. Brunch leans on the easygoing side in terms of style to go along with our bacon and eggs (sunny side up) and cinnamon rolls. This Fashionisto keeps it loose by keeping his collar unbuttoned, rolling up his sleeves neatly, keeping the shirt untucked and also rolling up the bottom of his pants. I liked this part of the outfit because his pants are rolled up outside, instead of rolling them inside-out, giving it a clean-cut appearance.
The choice of loafers also coincides with the easygoing flow of the brunch look. They are comfortable, fashionable and matching the color of the shoes to another part of the wardrobe allows for the consistency of the look as a whole.
One Simple Change: In my experience, brunch transpires on many a Sunday. So to keep yourself in check on the weekend wear, I would add a nice tailored or fitted blazer. If the temperature does not allow for it, going for your desert boots or suede shoes with a nice watch can change the aesthetic of this look.