Like an easy life but want to stay stylish? Stick to classic combinations like a good quality denim shirt and a sharp pair of chinos and you can’t go wrong. With a lot of choice on the market, there’s no reason why you can’t kit yourself out in this easy-to-wear clothing so that you are confident you can throw them on and still look good.
Whilst the denim shirt has had a bit of a drought in terms of popularity, it is now back with a vengeance. The key to successful wearing is what you wear it with. It’s not cool to wear a washed denim shirt with the same colour jeans, of course, but there are so many other ways to wear it that you can really enjoy the comfort of the 100% cotton and the style that today’s designers are adding. Pairing your shirt with chinos, for example, makes an immediate difference, as they are completely different to jeans, and give your look a lighter, less contrived look.
You can also layer your denim shirt over a plain t-shirt of any colour, wearing it partly buttoned up or even completely open almost like a jacket. This gives you additional warmth in cooler weather but also makes your shirt more versatile. In the same way, layer it under a fine knit or a chunky cardigan to bring your look right up to date. If you’re choosing to go with Chinos, look for contrasting colours, quality fabric and a good fit, so that whilst you’re staying casual, you look like you’ve put some real thought into what you’re wearing.
And what about accessories? If you’ve got the denim shirt and you’ve got the chinos, what else do you need? Well, that depends on what you’re trying to achieve, but consider desert boots for colder weather and deck shoes when the seasons turn fine again. Both are smart, classic styles, but are practical and good looking. For smarter occasions, try tailored jackets, or heavier wool-blend coats, and have a good quality fleece or quilted jacket available when you need to spend more time outdoors.
However you choose to wear this classic combination, you can get your hands on all the elements for less than you think. A denim shirt could cost you less then £20, and chinos, shoes, knitwear and coats are all available at affordable prices both online and on your high street. So go ahead; make your day.