Live Action Getup: 1 Shirt, 1 Pair of Pants, 4 Looks

Live Action Getup: 1 Shirt, 1 Pair of Pants, 4 Looks
Learn the versatility of a strong foundation as we take one shirt and one pair of pants and create 4 looks perfect for wherever your day takes you.
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What is this?

“Dressing well” when you're new to style can feel overwhelming. Often times when starting out guys buy complete outfits for different occasions or level of dress. A dress-only shirt for suits, casual-only shirts for weekends. But the real trick to always dressing well is finding the right staples to build a versatile foundation from which many looks, from casual to dressy and everywhere in between, can be built.

Here, fellow Primer reader Shane shows off how powerful a simple patterned shirt and chinos can really be.

Weekend Casual

Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean you should dress lazy. Be comfortable and well-dressed in this casual style perfect for a date at brunch or a farmer's market. With all of these Getups be mindful of the fitted profile of both the pants and the shirt. They are slim (but not tight) and that is paramount to their adaptability. You'll also notice where the pants fall, just below the ankle: As fits have become slimmer pant breaks across the board have become higher. This is also why the pants work with sneakers and dress shoes. Wider and longer pant legs become casual-only very quickly.

casual style inspiration

Men's Casual Style Inspiration


Flip to the other end of the spectrum, we simply add a knit tie, a navy blazer and suede loafers and we transform casual into a sharp look ready for a client meeting or a night out.

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The Casual Office or Date

A shining example of how our choice in footwear determines the overall outfit, we take our casual Getup above and swap in suede wingtips. The look is now a step below business casual, ideal for looking intentional in a workplace with a loose dress code.

What to wear to a casual office

Men's Casual Office Style Inspiration

Business Casual

The semi-professional workplace can be the hardest to dress for: A jacket is too much, but an untucked button-up isn't enough. Create a classic look by pairing the gingham shirt with a traditional striped tie and opt for a pair of dark brown moc loafers. The darker leather adds a dash of dressiness but the moc style grounds them in a more casual territory. As always, going sockless is inherently casual.

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Whether you need affordable and quality basics like shirts, shorts, and casual pants or suits and outerwear, head on over to Combatant Gentlemen. You'll be doing both your personal style and wallet a favor.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply August 12, 2015

    Faku Lay

    What color/shade are those chinos?

    • Reply August 12, 2015


      It’s olive, (click on each item for more info)

  • Reply August 12, 2015

    René Roth

    Damn, Shane is one attractive dude. Loving this getup due to its simplicity, I know what I’ll be getting next payday!
    Keep up the great work Andrew, I’m a huge fan of yours.

  • Reply August 12, 2015


    Shane, what happened to Denizen Society? Loved your ebooks, but haven’t seen many updates on the site.

    • Reply August 19, 2015

      Shane Martin

      Thanks Eric! The site will be relatively static, I plan on releasing most new content via email for now. I should have some updates soon so stay tuned!


  • Reply August 12, 2015


    Great post Shane, I’ll definitely be picking up a pair of those chinos.

    What color are those suede wingtips by Bass?

    • Reply August 12, 2015


      Hey Michael! All the outfits are shoppable, so if you click through on them they’re the “taupe” color.

      • Reply August 6, 2016

        Vi Cu

        andrew hi,do you know the name of this man?or how it’s called his hairstyle? help me pleasee

  • Reply August 12, 2015

    Jason M

    Great article!

  • Reply August 12, 2015

    Chris Northington

    Can pretty much guarantee CG will be sold out of this shirt for a while now. Thanks for the articles, keep em’ coming!

  • Reply August 12, 2015


    Live Action Getups are the best. Thanks!

  • Reply August 12, 2015

    Steve Gordon

    Put some socks on in looks 2 and 4 – it looks ridiculous

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    Daniel Bollendorf

    Love simple combinations like this. It’s made even more versatile by the fact that you could switch out the pants for a dark pair of jeans, the shirt for a white shirt or switch both and all 4 looks would still work.

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    Adams Tegeler

    Great work Andrew. I’m a big fan of featuring “”Primer Readers.”
    Keep ’em coming!

  • Reply August 14, 2015

    John T.

    I like seeing these live action getups so you get a sense of what the clothes look like on a real person. Great job!
    What is the fit like on the CG clothing as far as sizes? Do they run large, small, or true to size?

  • Reply August 18, 2015


    Anyone here has any experience with Combatant Gentlemen shirts? I’m looking at their white dress shirts and wanted to know how thick/thin their materials are so that they aren’t “see-through”?

  • Reply August 6, 2016

    Vi Cu

    name of this hairstyle?please?someone?or the name of this man?

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