A Hot Weather Neckline

August 15th, 2011

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5. Loosen Up 

Band collar pullovers are some of my favorite summer shirts. Having no collar on the back of your neck, along with a few buttons undone to air out the chest, allows you to feel the breeze and stay cool.

Bonus Tip: Matching your leathers and metals with a casual outfit makes it look more chic and put-together.


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  • Stuy griffin

    Hey TSB I love that Navy cotton/silk knit top by theory. however I cant find it anywhere! can you provide a link so I can purchase it?

    • Stuy griffin

      Any Idea where I can get this, cant find it on the theory website at all :( when I do a google search its too vague a description to find it

  • Shannon

    The last Flora shirt by Zara is amazing. Is it original a long sleeve shirt and you roll it up?

  • stew

    Hey nice stuff. in regards to no 3. I have that top in black and grey.what pants and shoes would look best with both?
    I was thinking grey would be fine with black pants, black loafers. and the black top with grey would look good as well with black loafers ? inspiring I never though to wear pleated pants with a nit top like that before looks classy :)

    • stew

      Ohh no love? I wanted to wear this saturday night, so I need to go to my tailor and make my pants choice tomorrow!! Please help Style blogger :)

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Your styling sounds spot on! Gluck!

        • stew

          thx ill post some photos. brown loafers would also work with the black top grey pants, a conundrum haha

      • Adyna

        find out what you really like more..what fits you best..and just go for it. G luck!

  • Mary

    I love the V neck style. The other day was reading a fun article about the fashion mistakes man make: http://www.toptentop.com/lifestyle/fashion-style/top-ten-fashion-mistakes-men-make/

  • Nelson

    You can pull off the cowl neckline without looking feminine, every time i “try” to wear a cowl neck pullover or short sleeve, i always end up looking girly lol

  • Ali

    Love your blog. You have some brilliant tips and ideas.

    I was wondering where I could find the same or similar knit shirt you have for look number 3. Theory doesn’t have the those shirts anymore.

  • NewFan

    SB, your idea of using the bag strap as a belt is phenomenal! Btw, what color Lotuff is that? Is that the darker chocolate or the slightly lighter chestnut?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks brother. Chestnut.

  • Joey Dee

    Thanks for the ideas, i agree, look 3 is the best one. Thanks also for pointing out that to look great one needs to work at it too. Checking into a workout routine starting today!

  • Arsene

    I work in a pretty rugged outdoor environment which isn’t accepting of seasonal wear. Found it challenging to combine practicality, wearability, and still look like myself this summer with this hellish heat. These are some great looks especially the band collar look. Somebody’s buying a new shirt tomorrow. This is good.

    Arsene R.

  • justin


    (sorry for the all-caps but i wanted to make a point.)

  • MOZART5000

    The front tuck you use in the first look is nice.

  • Lewis

    Excellent looks. However I must ask the question, how do you afford all these great, yet expensive articles of clothing?

  • Owen

    Look 3 is the best!
    All you need is a beautiful black briefcase and you’re done!


  • Luis Alcaraz

    You look very very cool as usual, but ireally really hate those sandals. You are a good loking man and dont need those to ruin all your looks.

  • Rashon Carraway

    The summer is a perfect time to try a few looks that keeps one cool. Each set displayed here has its own unique quality and personality. I am partial to #3 and #5, but each look represents well.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • Marco

    Those Mercanti Fiorentini sandals.
    I need them in my life.
    Where does one go to buy a pair?
    Help a Canadian brother out? You’ve probably had them for a season or two now, but I thought I’d ask.

    This post is genius, by the way.
    Leather bag strap as a belt? ‘Inspired’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  • Anonymous

    The first pair of sandals look great.

    I like look #3 the best, Theory makes some great knits.

  • anonymous

    I understand you are introducing new looks and your goal may be to show that a foreign item, untouched by most, can be acceptable. however, you have nailed it in the past with your twists on the classics and i see no reason to stray from that.

    people often suggest keeping the rest of an outfit understated when wearing bold/bright colors. i would venture to say that bold colors and bold prints/designs cannot always be salvaged by keeping the rest of the outfit understated.

    Just my opinion, if people like what you’re doing then stick to it I suppose

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think he’s doing this because other people like it.

      You sound like you just read an interview with Tom Ford and now you’re the expert on everything.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thank you for sharing your opinions, anonymous.


  • Mike

    I’m not a fan of sandals really. I’ll rock these (http://www.dsw.com/shoe/adidas+men%27s+adissage+sport+sandal?prodId=198911&cm_mmc=affil-_-ShopStyle.com-_-main-_-main) at the beach or around the pool but otherwise I like my boat shoes and canvas shoes in the summer.

    • anonymous

      you shouldn’t “rock” those…lol

    • DCRob

      LMFAO ROFL…….

    • bad idea

  • Wayne

    What model is that bike in look 4?

  • Kin

    Dan nice outfits for the summer. I really started liking floral shirts and ties this year and I was hesitant to buy them because I didn’t know if I could incorporate them into my closet. But I am liking how you’ve been bringing out the floral shirts, pocket squares to show inspiration on how to wear them.

    +1 on the florals.

  • TO

    Classic SB! Attacking a topic that most shy far away from and showing how it’s done…inspirational.
    Bag strap as a belt= genius!:) #4 is quite the casual look.

  • ciara

    very nice! I especially like the zara floral shirt. I haven’t seen a floral shirt with that grey color as a backround before, usually white. The duffel bag strap as a belt reminds me of when I used the strap from a friend’s purse to keep my pants up during an orchestral performance. small ropes from the hardware store work too.

  • http://MensStylePro.com Mr. Sabir P.

    Hey Dan,

    The third look with the navy lightweight knit and grey trouser knocks it out of the park. Not only were you able to execute great style you kept it literally cool at the same time. Great work. I hope TSB team is doing well. I was up your way on Friday with the Onassis Clothing crew.



  • Costin M.

    awesome article, it has been so hot, i can’t wait for Fall to set in. the summer knit look is awesome, i would definitely see myself wearing something similar.

    Costin M.

  • Bosun

    Really like those gladiator shoes, you make them look so good to the point that I’ve considered getting some even though I usually shy away from displaying my toes.

    The bonus tip about the makeshift belt is literally AMAZING, had never crossed my mind.Also love the rope belt, and am currently getting my sister to make me one. Great post!!