With some savvy styling, the chambray shirt you reach for during the warm-weather months and at the most casual of gatherings can swing the opposite direction. Button it up and layer the staple shirt under a soft suede bomber jacket and it’s ready for colder temps. On bottom, swap out jeans for a pair of tailored pinstripe pants and you’re ready for the office. A pair of simple white sneakers in leather or suede keeps the mood light and ensures you can go pretty much anywhere in the ‘fit. And—voila!—you’re a rich European guy. You’re Nat Wolff in the pages of GQ. You’re you…only way more stylish.
One of the reasons this simple outfit looks so damn good is that the main components are all in the same color family, but have their own subtle textures going on. This is a styling trick you can and should apply to more than just the chambray shirt. Got an army jacket in your closet? Add forest green tweed or wool pants on bottom and watch it sing. Own a tan cashmere crewneck? Pair them with dark brown cords and you’ll turn heads at the all-staff meeting. Play this matching game with all of your favorite staples and you’ll know exactly what to buy the next time you’re out shopping for clothes.
But first things first, you need this exact ‘fit. We realize not every GQ reader has Brunello Cucinelli-money to spend on pinstripe pants, but consider them inspiration for when you’re finding your perfect pair—or having a not-so-perfect pair tailored. From the higher rise and subtle pleats to the looser thigh and tapered ankle, they’re cut quite perfectly. This is the kind of fit that separates the investors from the interns. Spend the time or money (or both) to get it right.
Mollusk chambray shirt, $110, buy now at Mr Porter
Banana Republic vegan suede bomber jacket, $158, buy now at Banana Republic
Brunello Cucinelli slim-cut trousers, $825, buy now atMatches Fashion