Casual clothing for men need not be the reason for a sartorial casualty. Though by nature casual means less formal and more laid-back, the level of comfort it implies doesn’t have to give up the level of style and class you are accustomed to when dressing up.
For the most part, modern clothing can be divided into two general categories:
1. Clothing that features natural fibers, such as wool, cotton, linen, and silk, and a classic cut.
2. Clothing that features at least some if not mostly technical fibers, providing more stretch and movement (and other performance benefits), cut closer to the body.
Not choosing to play favorites in this category, Tom James provides a variety of options for either preference. Speaking first about the second category, a new breed of dress and sport shirts that are taking their cue from modern athletic wear are receiving a big thumbs up. One of the new brands that is leading the way is Mizzen+Main.
Inspired by modern athletic gear and influenced by professional sensibilities – a blend of class and comfort – Mizzen+Main has set out to create the next great American brand and bring innovation to classic menswear.
Combining advanced performance fabrics with a refined, traditional style, M+M is changing the way men approach this staple of their wardrobe with a shirt that is moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free, has four way stretch, and requires no ironing or dry cleaning.
In a very short time Mizzen+Main has developed a huge following of professional athletes (more than 100 from MLB) and other men who maintain an athletic build (or at least like to think that they do.)
Simply put, “You do the work to be fit. We work to make clothes that fit you.”
For those who prefer casual clothing and sportswear that is more classic and traditional, Gitman shirts and Corbin pants set the standard. While not set in their ways, both brands are anchored in American heritage and classic style.
The fabrics used for the Gitman shirts are either cotton or linen. Corbin casual pants are made from either enzyme washed cotton or linen blended with either wool or cotton, all of which provide natural, cool comfort on warm summer days. If you have yet to try one, you owe it to yourself to get a linen shirt. Linen, a fiber that comes from the flax plant, is an eco-friendly fiber, and one that only gets softer and more comfortable as you wear it.
Personally, I like to have some of both categories (traditional/natural and modern/technical) in my wardrobe. There are times – depending on who I’m with and what I’m doing – when I want a more traditional look and feel, and other times that I want a more modern, trim, and active look and feel.
Now is the time to get ready for your summer lifestyle – including more travel for fun and more time outdoors and off-duty. Whatever your style, your Tom James professional can put you in casual clothing with class and comfort.