Words by, Igee Okafor
Photography by, Gina Palermo
A lot of males seem to get the wrong idea about what it means to wear casual clothing. Keeping it casual in regards to clothing for me, means keeping things as relaxed as possible, while also looking composed - but not dressed to the nines.
The foundation of this idea rides on committing to a few essential pieces, and there is nothing more casual than:
2. an oxford shirt,
4. suede shoes.
Here is how I translate that for the spring season. Without overelaborating, putting a crewneck sweater over an oxford, button-up shirt creates a fashionably attractive nudge to staying remotely warm after the spring day transitions from warm days, to the chilly nights.
Nothing screams casual more than relaxed fit jeans. I typically prefer dark washed jeans. The warmer months present the perfect time for slim, and fitted styles. The key to pulling them off is really simplifying the rest of what else it is being paired with like I have done above. Other items that can be worked with include polos, and t-shirts. Remember, we are talking about keeping things casual. The jeans I am wearing in the photos above are cuffed twice.
Not to be worn in the rain or snow, suede is starting to dominate my closet because of its soft, breathable, and versatile factor. In terms of color, I gravitate towards olive green, navy, and tan. Typically colors of the fall season, but they work well for the spring. Emphasizing on versatility, the suede shoe is one of the few shoes that allow for the casual, and sockless profile. (Hint: You can choose to actually go sockless or wear no-shows like I am)
Thank you for reading!