In our Outfitted series, we hand-pick the style items and practical accessories you need to look your best in a specific scenario.
Summertime is the season for getting away and seeing the world. Which, of course, we heartily recommend. But we're equal fans of the staycay: taking a long weekend off work to rest, start on those projects you've been wanting to try, and going on an adventure in your own town. These sorts of special weekends often involve a variety of activities - sleeping in and enjoying breakfast in the morning, running around during the afternoon, and then taking a chance to have a special night out on the town. So, we wanted to provide two scenarios - one for spending the day on the streets, and then transitioning from day-into-night for a special evening out. We teamed up with Lacoste to help celebrate their new men's Noir spray, a contemporary take on a classic aromatic fragrance. Both scenarios stick with a "Noir-ish" black-and-gray scheme, which you can accent with a single pop of color.
Daytime: Hit the Streets!
Hang out in the morning, then use the afternoon to go explore that part of your town you've been meaning to try out: that new food truck, the record store you keep hearing about, the special exhibit at the museum... If you can, don't just drive - take public transit, or go for a bike ride. Set the day apart.
Shirt: Classic Lacoste Pima Jersey Polo in Black - The standard. Dressier than a t-shirt, but still cool and flexible enough for running about.
Shorts: Gap Lived-In Flat Front - Slim fit, but long enough so that you don't feel too exposed. My summer standard.
Belt: Dickie's Military Fabric - A bright pop to accent all the gray and black. The webbing fabric prevents the look from coming off too "golf course."
Sunglasses: Lacoste L683S - Retro-styling that works equally well with a polo and shorts or the suit below. Enter to win a pair along with a bottle of Noir in the contest below.
Shoes: Converse One Star Oxford - Vintage-inspired styling to match the sunglasses. Wear a pair of no-show stocks if you'll be walking a lot.
Backpack: Herschel Little America - Styled after classic mountaineering backpacks. Tons of storage space but with a slim profile.
Transition to Nighttime: Out on the Town!
Take advantage of your time off and do something special - see a live performance or show, hit up a more expensive restaurant, and end with a river walk or something outdoor and festive. Go ahead and wear a suit for the evening...just be sure to tell your date it's a dress up sort of night. We're keeping the black polo from the day, and doing a quick switch out of the pants and shoes and adding the jacket. Spray on some Lacoste Noir, and you're off to a special evening.
Suit: Express Pinstripe Producer Suit - A cool grey that works year 'round, so it's a great investment piece. You can get the jacket and pants for around $275, so you can invest the money you saved into getting it tailored to fit you perfectly. The grey color will feel light and bright in the summer.
Shirt: Classic Lacoste Pima Jersey Polo in Black - Works with shorts, works with a suit. No reason to change.
Pocket Square: Black Sputter Stripe by The Tie Bar - Echoes the black in the shirt to ground the color combo. Since we're going sockless and beltless, this'll bring a little accent to the whole deal.
Shoes: Banana Republic Foster Dress Loafer - Dressy enough, yet supportive and affordable. No socks required.
Wallet: Makr Cordovan iPhone Sleeve - No need to carry your whole wallet. Just grab a credit card, your ID, and a bit of cash, and slip them into this phone case, leaving the rest of the bulk at home. Handmade in Florida.
Fragrance: Lacoste Noir - Smells of, well, a great men's fragrance. What else would you want to smell like? As will all fragrances, a single spray is plenty.
Giveaway: $200+ Value from Lacoste
To help you celebrate your staycation and transition from day to night, we're excited to give away a experience-inspired Lacoste Noir package: a 3.3 oz spray bottle of Noir (we're in love with the packaging design) and the L683S sunglasses mentioned above.
To enter, just leave a comment in this post and tell us what you'd love to do on your staycation. Make sure you've enter an active email address, and we'll select a winner at random. The contest is open now, and will run through Sunday, July 7 at 11:59 CST.
Good luck! We hope you win.
This post was created in partnership with Lacoste. All opinons mine.