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    T-shirts and shorts in the summer anyone? Or is it too casual?

    Summer has finally landed in my part of the world. This means I'm now wearing shorts and predominantly OCBDs untucked with the sleeves rolled up because I like the look.

    Wife-to-be keeps telling me to relax and just run with the shorts-and-T-shirt look. Trouble is, I don't like the look on me. It seems just TOO casual for my taste. I mean I don't mind wearing it around the house when I'm in what I call comfy clothes. Or if I'm doing work outside on my bike, etc. But if I'm heading out to get groceries, or to the pub, etc. I like to put on the OCBD and roll up the sleeves.

    What are people's thoughts around T-shirt & shorts look? Anyone sporting this look this summer? Or are you reaching for a polo as a compromise? Or maybe something else entirely?

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    I spend most of the summer in shorts and T-shirts, but I also live in California so the rules seem a bit different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrikelnel View Post
    I spend most of the summer in shorts and T-shirts, but I also live in California so the rules seem a bit different.
    I get maybe three mos of wearing shorts. Four if I push it and that would be a pretty cold four at either end. So yeah, I'm a bit jealous over here

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    Shorts/tees seems standard in NC, though polos compete with tees for dominance in the casual realm. It's too muggy for rolled up sleeves; you'll almost never see it out here from May to October (outside of an office setting).

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    Now that it's regularly in the high 80s and 90s, I pretty much live in t-shirts and shorts (mostly swim trunks, actually) as soon as I get home from the office and on weekends.

    I used to be more concerned about looking presentable, wearing long pants and collared shirts, etc., whenever in public, but now that I work in a suit all day I feel like I've got something of a pass to go ultra casual once I'm off the clock. It helps that I spend my weekends at the lake where anything more than a pair of swim trunks counts as overdressed. I also don't really "go out" much in the evening, so usually I'm wearing a t-shirt and shorts to Netflix and chill or to walk my dog.

    Best way to feel put-together in t-shirts and shorts is to make sure your shorts are the nice chino variety, pretty well-fitted, not overly long, stick to a simple, fitted t-shirt, and some decent-looking canvas sneakers or loafers rather than flip-flops or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    Now that it's regularly in the high 80s and 90s, I pretty much live in t-shirts and shorts (mostly swim trunks, actually) as soon as I get home from the office and on weekends.

    I used to be more concerned about looking presentable, wearing long pants and collared shirts, etc., whenever in public, but now that I work in a suit all day I feel like I've got something of a pass to go ultra casual once I'm off the clock. It helps that I spend my weekends at the lake where anything more than a pair of swim trunks counts as overdressed. I also don't really "go out" much in the evening, so usually I'm wearing a t-shirt and shorts to Netflix and chill or to walk my dog.

    Best way to feel put-together in t-shirts and shorts is to make sure your shorts are the nice chino variety, pretty well-fitted, not overly long, stick to a simple, fitted t-shirt, and some decent-looking canvas sneakers or loafers rather than flip-flops or whatever.
    I echo this. I am in a shirt/tie/jacket all week so my weekend wardrobe has been LuluLemon running shorts and a LuluLemon shirt. I wake up at 6am with my son on the weekends so I go from eating, to going for a walk, then grocery shopping all in the AM. Then I will change into "my not nice" running shorts and run while he naps, then throw back on my LuluLemon fit to take on the afternoon of chasing around a 1 year old.

    If I am meeting friends or going out to dinner I will most likely be in jeans and an OCDB but this is rare. I will do shorts for festivals and such where wearing clothes even feels like a chore because the temp is in the 90s and the humidity makes it feel like I need gills.

    Maybe I am one of those "Terribly Dressed Americans"? who cares.,

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    I am looking at the temperature gauge in the car and it's says 97degrees. It will stay this way until late October :0.

    When I began to elevate my style, I went from cargo shorts and graphic tees to chino type shorts and well-fitting solid tees. I then progressed to polos and the occasional button down with rolled up sleeves (I avoid oxford cloth because of the heat). Every once in a while, a polo can be too dressy. My compromise now is a tee shirt with some texture. Cotton/Linen looks a little nicer and has the bonus of wearing cooler.

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    I'm in your boat @DocDave. I've tried to get on the solid color t-shirt train. Even tried v-necks and short sleeve henleys to see if that would help. I just don't like it. To me at least, it comes off as trying to be well dressed, but not getting there.

    If I'm going to get "dressed," I'll wear cotton (chino-ish) shorts with a polo or an OCBD with rolled up sleeves. If I'm coaching one of my kids games, getting stuff done around the house, or running errands, I'll wear athletic shorts with a graphic printed t-shirt from a race I ran or one of the outdoor companies I used to product test.
    Last edited by connersw; July 7th, 2017 at 09:14 AM.

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    I only get about 2 months of hot weather here in the Midwest, so I wear t-shirts frequently during those months unless I am going "out" somewhere (grocery stores don't count). If I want a less casual look, my go-to is the polo shirt. The key (to most things clothing) is to nail the fit. A properly fitting t-shirt looks less casual than an over-sized baggy fit, at least to my eye; why, I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviustang50h View Post
    I only get about 2 months of hot weather here in the Midwest, so I wear t-shirts frequently during those months unless I am going "out" somewhere (grocery stores don't count).
    Yeah, t-shirts and shorts weather lasts from about late June to maybe early September here.
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