Outfits: Fall Monday

Mondays are hard. Even if you love your job, coming back from the weekend can be a hard reentry. I find that putting a little extra effort into my outfit on Monday morning can put an extra spring in my step and make my whole day feel a little easier to handle. So throw on a blazer and some real shoes, even if especially if you are working from home.

Amazon Brand – Goodthreads Men’s Slim-Fit Wool Blazer ($51). Amazon Essentials Men’s Regular-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt ($18). The Tie Bar Free Fall Floral Pocket Square ($14). Dockers Men’s Slim Fit Workday Khaki Smart 360 Flex Pants ($40). Gold Toe Men’s Dress Crew Socks ($8). Bruno Marc Men’s Suede Leather Wingtip Boots ($30). Timex Expedition Scout 40 Watch ($41).

Outfits: Attending the Symphony (at Home)

I love attending cultural events. It’s one of the very few activities that I get excited to leave the house for. The Mrs. and I get all dressed up, her in a favorite dress, me usually in a blazer and tie. We often go for dinner or drinks first, parking somewhere that we can walk to both dinner and the venue. We spend an evening enjoying a lovely performance while sitting quietly (but not passively) together. It’s an introvert couple’s dream date.

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Outfits: “Suburban dad”

Amazon Essentials Men’s Full-Zip Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt ($19). Goodfellow & Co Lyndale V-Neck T-Shirt ($6). Falari Classic Baseball Cap Dad Hat ($8). Canvas Web Belt ($9). Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Multi-Tool Folding Pocket Knife ($16). DSTLD Mens Slim Jean in Light Wash ($95). Timex Easy Reader Watch ($45). adidas Samba classic ($70). Hydro Flask Water Bottle ($30).

Outfits: Sharp Casual Monday

Croft & Barrow® Spread-Collar Dress Shirt ($45 but BOGO). NATO Racing Strap ($5). Signature Gold by GOLDTOE Striped Crew Socks ($10 – 3 pack). Dockers® Slim Fit Original Khaki All Seasons Tech Pants D1 ($40). G.H. Bass & Co. Men’s Parker Oxford Shoe ($39). Casio Anti Reverse Bezel Dive Watch ($48).

A Monday after a weekend full of adventure calls for simple clothes that still look sharp. Roll those sleeves up to your elbows to show you’re ready to work. Only you will know that your pants are as comfy as sweatpants. Keep an eye on the days’ important milestones (lunchtime and quitting time!) with your dive watch styled on a summer-worthy NATO. Striped socks and saddle shoes keep things firmly on the casual side of sharp casual.

Outfits: Spring Walk to a Coffee Shop

The first really warm day of spring is a good excuse to bust out the sandals and short sleeves. Keep the color scheme simple, but add a bright hit of sunshine by wearing a yellow NATO band with your favorite watch face. Hard cream pomade keeps your gorgeous hair from becoming disheveled in the warm breeze, and classic aviators keep that lovely spring sunshine from blinding you.

Skip all those sugar bomb drinks (I see you, Mocha Frappuccino with your 400 (!) calories) and get a classic. My go-to, the iced caffe latte with almond milk, has only 70 calories and is the perfect level of sweet.

Goodfellow & Co V-Neck T-Shirt ($8). Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade ($22). The Bone Art Place Engraved Koru Necklace ($40). Timex Highland Street Watch ($36). Versol Polarized Aviator Sunglasses ($17). Dockers Slim All Season Tech Pants ($37). SIFEIRUI 20mm NATO strap ($13). Levi’s Cut to Fit Web Belt ($15). Birkenstock Mayari Sandals ($100). Iced Caffe Latte ($5).