The Going Out Uniform… At Least Do It Right
We’ve probably all worn this: The button down and jeans. Some of us might even do it every weekend. Not too casual, yet not too formal… seems like the go-to look for when we go out. The important part is to do it correctly. Do it right and you can look cool, do it wrong and you look like the nerd wearing his Dad’s shirt.
You can’t just grab one of your standard work dress shirts and toss it on with your jeans. Most dress shirts, depending on the fit, are made with extra fabric at the bottom so they stay tucked in with pants, as that’s how they are meant to be worn. Luckily some of today’s more modern or “slim” fit dress shirts are shorter than the more generously cut, long ones our Fathers probably wore.
When you wear a button down shirt with your jeans, it should come just a bit past the waist of your pants and maybe hit the upper part of your back pockets. Any longer than that and it will look like you’re wearing the wrong shirt.
How do you pick the right shirt?
You really need to try them on. Since your pants won’t be holding this shirt in place, you need to pick a slimmer shirt that doesn’t have all that puffy extra fabric. You also need to make sure the length of the shirt and sleeves work for you. The sleeves of more casual shirts are often slightly longer than that of standard dress shirts, but you should make sure they don’t go much past the break of your wrists
In terms of color and fabric, darker colors are typically ideal for nighttime, unless perhaps in you are in a place like Miami. Often times more casual button down shirts will have a small percentage of nylon or spandex mixed in with the cotton allow them to stretch a bit or have a very minimal amount of shine. These can be great, but you do want to pick a shirt that is primarily cotton. Anything that is mostly synthetic will likely look cheap, and will make you sweat your ass off.