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Looking good without tie/coat/sweater, but not Streetwear

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As an academic, I rarely need to wear a coat, and never need to wear a suit. Yet, in a warm climate, sweaters are not practical for much of the year. So, what is the solution? Is it possible to look decent without something like a sportcoat, sweater, or jacket over your shirt?

I know enough to avoid the Silicon Valley look of baggy pleated chinos and tucked in big polo shirt...but there are limited options for looking good with:

-No jacket
-No tie
-No sweater
-No denim

Wearing OCBD with variety of slacks and chinos, and typically wearing the sleeves rolled up, seems like the best option, but it gets old fast.

This seems like the big gap in style: what to do nbetween a sport coat and denim streetwear...
Ideas? Photos?
 

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Fit is the answer here. You're looking for the same pieces as everyone else, but yours will fit you. Find slim fitting flat front chinos/cotton pants (J. Crew, Barba Napoli), slim fitting shirts and slim fitting polos (I like the Penguin Jack, a solid jersey polo).
 

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Fit, fit, and more fit!

I'm in the same boat as you. I try to spruce it up every now and then but with the weather in LA as it is and the general 'casualness' of my job, shirts and slacks are as far as it goes with me.

Find clothes that fit you well and wear nice shoes.

I think Get Smart's outfits are a good reference point for wearing this clean casual look very well and very consistently.
 

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Actually, I vote for Warlock for casual reference point.
 

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Originally Posted by james_timothy
Actually, I vote for Warlock for casual reference point.

yes, another worthy example.

so is yfyf, when he decides to ditch the suits.
 

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Originally Posted by james_timothy
Actually, I vote for Warlock for casual reference point.

+1

+2 if you add an iron to the mix
 

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Yes.

Berlin Report and Phat Guido (when not in suits) as well.
 

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My one thought my be a light sports coat. I realize the OP said he does not "need" to wear a sports coat or suit. However, part of being sartorial is dressing for oneself and simply because of need. I would consider linen and unlined wool sports coats to provide a nice, relatively casual feel.
 

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Thanks for the ideas and specific posters to check out. I definitely have been more cognizant about fit since I came across this board, and I have upgraded both shoes and watches recently. And the lightweight sportcoat to mix it up occasionally is a great idea. But I have never seen a casual Phatguido picture! And I can't afford his watches!
 

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Why no coats? Just because of the heat? or is the coat not good in the classroom? Will they not give you tenure if you wear a coat?

It's not clear to me why sportcoats are not an option for you.
 

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Originally Posted by borderline
. But I have never seen a casual Phatguido picture! And I can't afford his watches!

Aug 9.
July 11.
These are winter, but his summer ones are good, too.

When it comes to actually stealing ideas for work, I usually do it from Warlock.
I can just about do his style without getting that particular "what are you trying to prove,
and who do you need to prove it to?" glance. Cotton jackets? Maybe. I'm working
that idea over. The look from the guy from Crane? That I can do any day of the work week,
no problem. It is just the culture in my part of the academic woods.

One could just establish oneself as an eccentric dresser, of course.
 

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To hell with what you need. I can get away with wearing jeans and runners to work. What do I wear instead? This:
I still have a long way to go in getting my sartorial style down though. I'm still working on fit (which is hard as I keep changing shape). Of course, I don't wear that every day. Today I'm wearing that waistcoat, a light brown slacks, and a white shirt (open neck), with a herringbone sports coat (which needs some tailoring).
 

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This is an excellent question. I think the key is well-fitted, shirts, trousers with some texture, and good shoes and belt. But I generally agree with the fit, fit, fit comment and the rec to look at yfyf pics. I think making the individual pieces have more character is important.

I rarely dare speak the truth that even the lightest, most unlined, jackets are often not comfortable in many hot outdoor or heated indoor situations. For me, the obligation to have a jacket often means I carry it a lot or put it in my bicyle basket, meaning it is quite dirty by the end of the day. The above look is just too hot in just about any circumstances. Perhaps I should I try waistcoats made of thin cotton. Perhaps my body temperature is extreme.
 

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Originally Posted by babygreenspots
This is an excellent question. I think the key is well-fitted, shirts, trousers with some texture, and good shoes and belt. But I generally agree with the fit, fit, fit comment and the rec to look at yfyf pics. I think making the individual pieces have more character is important.

I rarely dare speak the truth that even the lightest, most unlined, jackets are often not comfortable in many hot outdoor or heated indoor situations. For me, the obligation to have a jacket often means I carry it a lot or put it in my bicyle basket, meaning it is quite dirty by the end of the day. The above look is just too hot in just about any circumstances. Perhaps I should I try waistcoats made of thin cotton. Perhaps my body temperature is extreme.


I take my jacket off at my desk, as offices are almost always over heated (I'm a little warm now actually, so perhaps I should take this waistcoat off... meh). When it's hot I find my linen jacket is quite cool. If I'm wearing a polo shirt with it (which I have been known to do) it's actually cooler with the jacket on when outside, as it keeps the sun off my arms.
 

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