Disclaimer: Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
If you want to switch your summer style without compromising your integrity, look no further than linen. Unlike cotton and other fabrics that weigh you down, linen provides an airy and lightweight option that is ideal for those long, hot days. It’s also the perfect companion for a man who desires something chic yet relaxed. As an added bonus, linen is super comfortable to wear. To demonstrate, Banana Republic sent me some awesome all-linen goodies to try out in the California heat. I took to the streets to see how they hold up.
Off the rack, I love these Pleated Lined Dress Pants by Banana Republic. The structured waistband is flattering, without making you feel like you’re wearing ‘dad pants’ – they just fit great. Another facet that sets these aside from other designs is the superior attention to detail. The linen is super soft and doesn’t crease heavily throughout the day. I love the front off-seam pockets, which provide useful space without bulging in an unsightly way, as many pants do, and the richness of the color. They truly feel bespoke.
While linen pants are a fairly well-known staple, linen shirts, however, remain an unsung hero. This White Linen Dress Shirt is an essential item for every man. Although, you should really own one for every day of the week. The linen provides a cooler version of a cotton shirt and was much more confident because I was comfortable. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail and quality finishes in the stitching and buttons. I was even asked several times if it was a tailored shirt or part of a suit set. It’s not.
I decided to pair my linen shirt and pants with simple oxfords and a matching tan leather belt. I would wear this to a casual dinner or work meeting and dressed it up with a grey tweed blazer. Layering in summer is a great solution, especially if you’re travelling, and will help you adjust to your environment. Plus, white shirts and blue jeans will never go out of fashion. So if you are looking for a new way to wear this timeless look, switching fabrics is a fun and easy way to shake things up.
Accessories are also a great way to add dimension to what could otherwise be an uncomplicated outfit. I added an oversized watch for a statement piece and let the clothes do the talking. I felt like a million bucks. I can’t wait to head back to Banana Republic to see what other men’s essentials they have to offer, and highly recommend you do to. From their classic tailoring, ingenious use of fabrics and textures, to their bold patterns and designs, I am confident they have something for everyone. View the full men’s collection here.
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