New Ways To Wear A Button Down

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side

What’s a guy to do when its 100 degrees out and needs to step it up a notch; throw on a button down! You can wear swim shorts, put on a simple button and be set to go for a night on the board walk. It’s best to invest because they don’t go out of style and can literally be worn year round. Below are some easy ways to spruce up your summer basics and some must have button ups for now and later.

If you want a button down that can be worn with any pants your best bet is white or chambray. If you pair the white with denim you’ll have a stylish fool proof look and the chambray will immediately give all your bottoms a preppy feel. Bonus points if layered over a perfectly worn in graphic tee.

Mens Summer Outfits

Muscle Shirt | Chambray Button Up | Reigning Shorts  | G-Shock Watch | Flip Flops

Plaid/flannels are back with a vengeance! Wear in place of a sweater on cool nights and brighten them up during the day by pairing them with white shorts, or gray and blue bottoms for a fresh spin on the 90’s classic.


Plaid Marc Jacobs Shirt | Plaid Ralph Lauren Shirt

Prints are fun but a tad bit harder to wear during cooler weather. Look for small prints that can be worn solo or with a tee now and then under a sweater later.

Mens Stylish Outfits

Billy Reid Button Down | Shorts | Slip-Ons | Sunglasses

Mens Fall Outfits

Billy Reid Button Down | J Crew Cardigan | Chinos | Brown Belt | n.d.c. Brown Oxford 

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The Adult Surfer Look

June 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side

The following is a guest post by Stylist Manifesto: When you think of a surfer’s outfit (when out of the water), what comes to mind? T-shirt or A-tee, jeans or shorts, and thong sandals or adidas slides, no? Welcome to adulthood where the jeans or shorts remain, but the rest gets a fresh and mature update. The T-shirt or A-tee either become the polo or the button-down (with sleeves rolled to the elbow), and the thong sandals or adidas slides become nice leather slides. Still an easy, no-thought outfit, just grown up! To briefly recap:

1. Buttown down (with sleeves rolled), polo or a ‘premium tee.’ Cali Button-down – $39.50 at

Or..Classic Polo – $10 at



2. Denim Painter’s Jeans – $20 at


Or…Jetty shorts – $29.50 at



3. Nice leather slides Fitzwell White Slides – $59 at



Or…Kenneth Cole Reaction ‘Shore thing’ Brown Slide – $85.50 at



*Bonus* change out the sandals for aquatic shoes (boating, etc.) like these:


Puma Aqua Mostro $73.25 @

Your accessory choices should be appropriately matched, especially for the summer season (coral, hemp, leather, bright colors, etc.). This look is a fun, yet grown way to express yourself in a fashionable way this summer without looking like everyone else. Because we all know, that’s just lame!

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