Keep It Simple: 5 Weekend Style Basics

Have you ever noticed that the more someone knows about a subject, it’s often very hard for them to explain it in simple terms to someone who knows nothing about what they do or study? Academics are generally the biggest culprits. I’ve been there. You get so deep into something and so specialized in knowledge, terminology and concerns specific to whatever discipline it is that you almost develop blinders to the “real world” and “normal people.” Going so far down a rabbit hole that it can be difficult to answer a simple question like, “What is it that you do/study/are researching?” without saying, “Uhhhhhh,” or speaking what might as well be a foreign language.

Menswear can create a similar predicament. Knowledge is power in terms of creating a healthy style vocabulary from which to draw from on a daily basis, but it can also be a stumbling block. The more you know, the more you think and the more you might overthink. We’ve all been guilty of this at some point. I certainly have. Putting on the same-old same-old might seem boring even if it’s super sharp. It’s easy to get caught up in an outfit-driven spiral where you’re constantly trying to do something different.

Weekend Style Basics - He Spoke Style

It’s great to experiment, but sometimes it’s completely unnecessary. When you find yourself in that mindset, force yourself to get back to the basics. The weekend is a great time to do that. Here’s a very simple outfit made up of five key casual basics.

Weekend Style Basics - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Levi’s denim jacket, Joules sweatshirt, J.Crew chinos, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Common Projects sneakers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

1. Denim jacket. Even during the summer, it’s good to have a go-to lightweight jacket. A denim jacket always looks great with a casual outfit and is a great way to dress down an office look as well.

2. Athletic sweatshirtThis is my roll-out-of-bed-don’t-want-to-think-about-anything weekend piece. Classic, rugged, stylish. Looks good on it’s own or with a button down underneath.

3. Classic chinos. Jeans go with the weekend like chocolate goes with peanut butter. But if you’re sporting a denim jacket, you’ll want to avoid the Canadian tuxedo (unless, of course, you don’t). Here’s where your classic pair of chinos comes in.

Weekend Style Basics - He Spoke Style

4. Classic shadesAccessories make an outfit and a great pair of sunglasses are a must. A Clubmaster style pairs perfectly with the Americana of denim, chinos and a sweatshirt.

5. White leather sneakersA casual staple that was made for the weekend. There aren’t too many weekends that I won’t be found in my Common Projects.

Weekend Style Basics - He Spoke Style

Weekend Style Basics - He Spoke Style

Thanks, as always, for reading. Enjoy your weekend.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Matthew Pike

    Would you say Common Projects are worth the money, say compared to a Stan Smith or leather JP? Look-wise they look great but quality wise?

    Buckets & Spades

    • Brian Sacawa

      The thing I love about the Common Projects sneakers are that they’re narrow. I have a pretty narrow foot. Stan Smith’s are wider so not the best sneaker for me. Leather JPs could work as well. In terms of quality, they’re fantastic. I wear them hard and they’re only getting better.

  • James

    Hey Brian, I’ve seen the leather Common Projects pop up a lot here, I was just wondering if you ever care for canvas sneakers instead of leather? With summer already here, thought canvas may be a little more comfortable in the heat. Thoughts?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment, James. I do have a pair of black Chuck Taylor All Stars that I wear occasionally though I don’t think I’ve ever sported them on the blog. They could certainly be a little more breathable than a pair of leather sneakers, but I prefer the comfort of the Common Projects to the Converse.

  • Albert Wijaya

    Love this simple casual outfits! Great look

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Albert!

  • Michael

    Hey Brian, so true, being menswear enthusiasts can sometimes cause us to try too hard. Sometimes it’s great to just get back to basics. (btw, I love the short beard/scruff you ever been sporting lately)

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Michael.

  • DJ Hargrave

    Very nice casual style. It’s great how you can style a two piece just as well as a Friday look like this.


    • Brian Sacawa

      Many thanks, DJ. Thanks for the continued support.

  • The Kentucky Gent

    When I was shopping in Chicago this week I reminded myself to head back to the basics, it’s for the best – especially during the Summer.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Josh. Hope you had a good time in the Windy City. Go anyplace exciting?

  • Ape is Dapper

    Clean. Been considering white sneakers like those…but then there’s the whole keeping them white thing.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Aw, man, a little dirt on them gives them character. You don’t want them to be gleaming, brand new, white!

  • Phill

    Ok… It’s ok but pretty basic. You could post somethig more, somethig with a little twist or a sophisticated version, I don’t know.

  • Justin Thyme

    You can never have enough hats, gloves, or shoes.