Here's What to Wear to Your Next Summer Outing

For Easter. And for everything else.

Dressing for summertime friends-and-family gatherings often presents more pressure than it needs to. You want to look nice, but don't need to be in full formalwear. Still, your relatives would be very happy to see you in a collared shirt. Here's how to dress for some of the situations you might find yourself in this summer—no matter what they are. 

1| To a Family Brunch 

You can wear a collared shirt and a jacket without having to wear a suit. This button-down is super versatile, the chinos have just a little bit of interest to them with the subtle pleating, and the blazer is basically a sweatshirt. A pair of black Chelsea boots and a zip wallet keep the look clean and easy. 

Flannel Shirt by Everlane; Charcoal Felted Chore Coat by Buck Mason; Assembly Trousers by Folk,; Pebble Grain Leather Wallet by NN07,; Chelsea Boots by Common Projects,


2| To an In-Law Party 

You want to look nice around the (current or potential future) in-laws, but don't want to feel uncomfortable. A lightweight sweater, chinos with a touch of stretch, and beloved white high-top sneakers are the perfect way to do it. A dark gray jacket and Timex watch make it a full, no-fail outfit.

Slub Melange Cotton Blend Sweater by Club Monaco,; Melange Felt Blouson Jacket by Mr P,; Slim Fit Stretch Cotton Twill Chinos by J.Crew,; RB1 High by Rag & Bone; MK1 Aluminum Chronograph Watch by Timex,

3| To a Classy Lunch 

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And for those occasions when you do indeed need to wear a suit, here's how to keep it easygoing. Many summer events don't require dark, heavy suits, so there's no need for you to wear one. Instead, a lightweight gray feels much less formal but looks just as put-together. Pairing it with a polo and Chelsea brogue boots gives it a stylish, completely un-buttoned-up edge. Add sunglasses for good measure. 

Unstructured Ludlow blazer by J.Crew,; Ludlow Slim Fit Pant by J.Crew; Pique Slim Polo by Everlanem; Henry Brogue Chelsea Boots by Tricker's,; Round Frame Gunmental Sunglasses  by Ray-Ban,

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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