The Getup: How Do You Pull Off Smart Casual…With Shorts?

Just when you thought you had finally perfected Smart Casual, along comes summer to throw you off your game. Luckily, we’ve got a Getup for that.

Summertime, and the living is easy…

…the dressing, not so much.

Summer is when all the careful layering and cozy fabrics you love in fall and winter go right out the window (or at least into the back of your closet). When spring’s cool breezes turn into sweltering days and muggy nights.

When all you want to wear is a t-shirt and shorts, or even just a simple pair of swim trunks, how do you nail that sharp, versatile style we all know and love as smart casual?

Here’s how.

Take those leg prisons formerly known as pants and hang them up for a rare cool day. Instead, reach for some slim, streamlined shorts in a cool linen blend. (Save the cargo pockets for a hike, camping trip, or a day at the beach.) Think crisp. Low key, but still pulled together. Ready for just about anything summer throws your way.

With the shorts as your foundation, add some lightweight layers: a slim t-shirt under a structured yet breathable Oxford, both in laid back, sun-faded fabrics. Slip on some simple suede sneakers and you’ve got a look you’ll live in until late September or so. So get out there and be the best-dressed guy at the BBQ.
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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.