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Casual Elegance

July 7th, 2014

One of my go-to everyday looks is what I like to call sharp casual. The colors and fabrics change with the season, but the general formula is always the same: blazer, button-up shirt, chinos or jeans, lace-ups or loafers. It’s a simple way to look sharp and put together without going overboard and requires minimal thought. Simple outfits can really shine with the right accessories, and one of my favorite ways to add a little bit of casual elegance this summer has been with my straw panama hat.


I mentioned last week about how a resurgence of interest in classic menswear has changed the way we look at certain items. It has also increased the level of exploration style-conscious guys are investing in taking those classic items and recasting them as integral parts of their personal style today. Case in point: headwear. A great hat is a quintessential expression of gentlemanliness. As an accessory to any outfit, it is a stand out item that projects sartorial confidence. And there’s no more perfect hat for summer than the panama hat.

Coincidentally, my first issue of The Rake arrived just before I hit the road. It’s got a great article on the history, manufacturing, and current interest in panama hats. Definitely worth checking out.



| WEARING | Brooks Brothers blazer, Michael Andrews Bespoke shirt (similar HERE), A.P.C. jeans (similar HERE), Goorin Bros. hat (similar HERE), Ray-Ban sunglasses, J.Crew pocket square (old, similar HERE) and belt, Reiss portfolio (more options HERE), Timex watch, Loafers c/o Coach | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo


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Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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