1 Look, 2 Budgets: Vacation Morning

Great style is independent from disposable income. That's not without tradeoffs in function, quality, or manufacturing, of course.  Mix and match to fit your priorities with this spring outfit ready for your week out of town. It's easy. It's loose. It's not too serious. Just like the perfect vacation.

1 look 2 budgets vacation morning

Teal Cotton Chore Coat

A chore coat provides a perfect lightweight layer for cooler mornings that isn't a burden to wear around once the sun comes out.  


Alex Crane

Alex Crane offers a classic summer chore coat in sustainable 100% French linen: Where it all day and earn your wrinkles.

Alex crane chore coat

spier Mackay chore coat


Spier & Mackay

Canadian brand Spier & Mackay always makes our best style brands for budget conscious guys, and their cotton twill chore coat proves why: It's got the style and details that SuitSupply would charge twice the amount for. See how to wear it to work.

White Pocket Tee

We've twice argued the pocket t-shirt is the essential summer shirt (and you're going to hear us repeat it again, and again, and again.)


Buck Mason

Buck Mason got their start in perfecting the details of the humble t-shirt. Made in America with slub cotton, you get what you pay for: a staple that will last.

buck mason white t-shirt

jcrew factory white t-shirt


J.Crew Factory

JCF's washed tees have a vintage softness that comes with sustainability commitments through the Better Cotton Inititiatve.

Drawstring Khaki Pants

You've been wearing sweatpants for two years but now you're on vacation. You'll slip right into these all-day comfortable drawstring khakis. For a more traditional style, both brands offer flat front and pleated options as well.


Alex Mill

Made of durable cavalry twill with 3% stretch for comfort, you won't be losing your phone on vacation with these unique top-loading pockets.

Alex mill khaki pants

gap easy pants



Gap has long been one of our favorite places for the affordable-but-quality khaki. With this drawstring option it's a week-away-no-brainer.

Two Strap Rubber Sandal

Their rubber construction and relative cheap price makes them beach and water friendly; their classic design in a handsome olive shade keeps them appropriate for a patio dinner at a restaurant.



The originator of some of the most iconic summer footwear designs, Birkenstock was founded in 1774.

birkenstock sandal

target sandal



If your sandal usage is the one vacation you take a year, Target has your back (and your budget).

Gold Square Frame Sunglasses

Fun fact: Primer has done at least 5 separate features since 2008 praising the enduring style of the squared-off aviator. Worn by the first men on the moon, helicopter pilots, and an unending list of film characters, this long-lasting but not standard style works for any man.


Randolph Engineering

All of Randolph Engineering's sunglasses are made at their plant in Randolph, Massachusetts. They provide multiple military and government agencies with an array of sunglass models.

square gold sunglasses

target sunglasses



Are you the type of guy who sits on his sunglasses just about as much as he wears them on his face? I've got just the thing.

Canvas Tote

Travel hack: Before you zip up your suitcase, lay a canvas tote flat on top. You'll use it to lug your books and gear to the water, your morning groceries back from the market, and before you pack it back up to go home, you can place your dirty clothes inside for easy sorting when you're back.



Patagonia's Stand Up tote is made from waterproof ripstop and is certified fair trade sewn.

Patagonia tote

green tote bag



Waxed canvas has a unique and beautiful texture that only gets better the more you use it.

Mesh Strap Watch

A metal watch with a milanese mesh strap streamlines the look of a watch in a way few bands can.



Made for James Bond to wear in No Time to Die, Omega's variant of its iconic Seamaster Diver features a unique tan and black face.

omega not time to die Milanese watch

seiko milanese blue watch



Seiko is one of the internet's most beloved lower-priced watch brands thanks to a reputation balancing quality, cost, and heritage.

Pendant Necklace

When wearing classic pieces, adding personal touches with jewelry is what makes things feel contemporary.



The name brand of higher-end affordable men's jewelry.

miansai pendant necklace

saint Christopher by amazon collection necklace


Amazon Collection

Amazon's house line of jewelry includes this 14k gold filled pendant made in the USA.

Signet Ring

A simple ring style that is easy to pair up with other rings, bracelets, and necklaces. 



Mejuri makes their signet from 925 sterling silver plated with rhodium for increased durability.

merjuri signet ring

silver signet ring



Dip your toe (or finger, I guess) into non-wedding jewelry with a piece you wouldn't believe is handmade at this price.

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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.