The Getup: Monochromatic Summer

The Getup: Monochromatic Summer
Rediscover effortless cool, a simple solution for a stylish, sophisticated look.

The art of mastering the monochromatic look is to create an ensemble that's striking yet effortless, engaging yet simple.

The aesthetics of this outfit, however, extend beyond simplicity. A monochromatic look traditionally exudes an air of sophistication and elegance, think tuxedos and formal suits. Translating the effect to summer, this gray and black Getup creates a sleek, modern, and cohesive look that whispers of style and grace, without being dressy or hot.

a graphic of assorted monochromatic outfit items including clothing and accessories

The versatility of monochromatic outfits adds to their charm. You can easily modify this outfit to suit any occasion – whether it's a casual day out or a semi-formal evening event. And when the color scheme is consistent, it allows other elements, like textures and fabric quality, to be more pronounced. The linen shirt, suede sneakers, and silver watch all bear testament to this.

Long Sleeve Linen Shirt

baird mcnutt irish linen shirt in grey


Crafted from Baird McNutt Irish linen, this tailored-fit shirt is a summer essential. Its lightweight nature ensures you stay cool and fresh, while the soft fabric offers an incredibly comfortable fit. The shirt stands out, not only because of its cut but also because of its unique texture – a key advantage of linen that adds depth and interest to the outfit, compensating for any lack of layers or colors.

Worried about maintenance? The beauty of linen lies in its easy care and durability. Its natural creases and wrinkles are part of the appeal. For a deeper dive into the world of linen, don't forget to check out Primer's guide to linen for the modern man.

5″ Core Temp Shorts

black shorts

Banana Republic

These shorts, a mix of 55% cotton, 39% recycled polyester, and 6% spandex, offer comfort and a light feel, perfect for the summer heat and are a notable modern contrast to the traditional linen in the shirt. The 5″ inseam length, a great fit for those who aren't shy about showing a bit of leg.

Interestingly, they feature “37.5 Technology” which uses particles derived from volcanic sand to help regulate temperature, warming or cooling as required, an ingenious addition to a pair of shorts. Plus, they dry quickly – a practical bonus.

Espadrille-inspired Sneakers

black sneakers


If you're more of a summer sneaker guy than an espadrille guy but still want some of the classic style of the European-originated staple, these black suede sneakers feature a sole with traditional jute decoration on the sidewall making these a little more Spanish coast than Vans.

Plus unlike the simple (re:harder) soles of traditionally made shoes, these incorporate a memory foam insole for added comfort.


timex watch

Timex x Todd Snyder

Drawing inspiration from American field watches and the iconic 1940s British “Dirty Dozen” watch, this timepiece offers a subtle nod to historical aesthetics while maintaining its contemporary appeal.

The most notable feature is its unique two-tone gray and cream dial, a design choice that's reminiscent of vintage military aesthetics, which beautifully complements the gray fabric strap. Both stylish and comfortable, the strap adds a touch of understated elegance to the watch. Housed in a 40mm stainless steel case with a 20mm lug, the watch is not just visually striking but also durable.

I've got a previous Todd Snyder x Timex collaboration and I love it.

Braided Bracelet

miansai bracelet


I'm a big fan of bracelets in summer as a way of expanding the composition of simple warm weather outfits. I like options that are classy and simple. This 2mm bungee rope bracelet has a subtle pattern and silver accents on the pull-to-size ends.


black fossil sunglasses


Simple and understated – and more quality than a gas station pair without the price of the Persols of the world.

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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.