Neutrals are the secret weapon of men's style: infinitely mixable with other neutrals or bright and bold patterns. Neutral casual items, especially, are excellent for creating comfortable but elevated smart casual outfits that span much of what a modern guy finds himself attending. For more on that, our pal Barron over at Effortless Gent has a good guide on it.
Soft Wash Henley Shirt
Banana Republic, $35
A uniquely long button placket and special softening wash process makes this henley wear more premium than it is. A perfect candidate for a smart casual look following our “Dressing Up the Henley” guide.
Vans Authentic Leather One Piece
The Anaheim Factory Authentic DX sneakers from Vans offer a nod to the past, blending original 1966 design elements with today’s comfort. Sporting durable suede and Ortholite sockliners, they provide easy maintenance and steady support. It’s a throwback to the SoCal skateboarding revolution of the early '70s, capturing a laid-back vibe at a wallet-friendly price.
Sideline-Style Sweater Polo
Abercrombie & Fitch, $36
Detail-rich knit polos at an affordable price point have been almost non-existant, but this vintage-inspired sale piece from Abercrombie & Fitch strikes the balance. The understated stripe knit combined with contrasting trims creates a refined aesthetic, a welcome addition to the wardrobe for those who appreciate classic details.
Straight Organic Cotton Jean
Banana Republic, $40
Embracing a beige palette, these jeans are a for those of us who appreciate lighter neutral pants but are wary of the occasional marinara mishap. The organic denim, straight from Italy's Candiani mill, hints at quality.
Tapestry Shirt Jacket
Abercrombie & Fitch, $48
With intricate paisley patterns and a utilitarian design, this jacket offers a unique blend of tradition and function. The muted color palette adds a touch of sophistication, and the corduroy collar offers an unexpected texture contrast.