Today marks the last day of my time off for paternity leave. Most of the past two weeks entailed running errands and spending time with my two-year-old so that my wife could focus on either feeding our newborn or getting much needed rest. Whether making a grocery run, a cookie run, a diaper run, or running after a bath time escapee, I find a simple outfit is the best outfit: T-shirt, jeans, sneakers.
Simple doesn’t need to be unstylish, though, as long as you keep the fit slim and choose a classic and seasonal color palette. Putting a little thought into something this basic helps me feel somewhat presentable when out and about on errands, even if regular sleep and showering patterns have been disrupted.
The striped tee was purchased from Frank and Oak. It was a bit of a risky purchase for me, as conventional wisdom says horizontal stripes are a no-no for short and stocky guys, since they apparently visually widen the wearer. However, Complex recently mentioned a University of York study that suggested that horizontal stripes are actually visually slimming for the human body, and I wanted to see for myself.
Verdict? I think the study is on to something. It seemed to me that the lines downplayed the pudginess around my middle while simultaneously emphasizing the broadness of my chest. Or at least, I’d like to think so.
The jeans are Bonobos’ Slim Straight Travel Jean in Savannah Khaki. I’ve been trying various garments from Bonobos for months now, and this is the first piece that I’ve kept. Made in America from American denim (10.5-ounce White Oak Cone Denim), I liked the details and a color that makes them an even more casual alternative to chinos. In keeping with reviews, I sized down one—they’re a little tight right out of the wash, but loosen up to a great fit after a a bit of wear. Like most places, Bonobos doesn’t offer a 28” inseam, so I wear the 30” with the cuffs rolled up a couple times.
White canvas sneakers are often cited as a wardrobe essential, but I didn’t own any until last week, when UPS dropped off this pair of Superga 2750s from Bonobos. Derek mentioned once that he sizes down one for Superga, but going down a half size worked out better for me. I’ve found the simple, minimally-branded design of the shoes is very versatile—it’s been kind of hard not reaching for them every time I go out of the house.
Bonobos isn’t the only place you can find Superga 2750s online, but it can be the cheapest after you apply promo codes and account credits. They’re currently offering $25 off $75 for newly-referred customers—not a bad discount on their Travel Jeans, either (and the referee earns $25, too). Bonobos has asked me not to post referral links on my site, but you can find them over on my Twitter account.