Jeans and a T-shirt. If you were made to wear one outfit every day for the rest of time, it’d be a no-brainer. So we went ahead and found you the best example of each for staying cool, composed and dry during these hot summer months. Plus: two footwear options to round out the look.
Freenote Cloth makes 100% selvedge Cone Mills denim that breaks in like a second skin. For their dark indigo Rios they’ve reduced the weight to 12 oz. — handles summer heat and has a contoured waist, so no plumber’s crack. The pockets are made of Japanese herringbone and the hardware is built to stay.
Labels blow. Apolis makes tees that are soft, light and come in natural, muted tones and completely bereft of labels. That’s right, you proudly work for no man. The cotton comes from Peru. The fit is inspired by military-issue undershirts.
The dressiness of the jeans and tee look comes down to your shoes. Looking for a little street-style savvy? Supra’s Skytop is made with olive ballistic canvas, so it can take a beating without losing its crispness.
If you want the look to give you a little more dignity, try Esquivel’s handmade boots and wingtips. These bad boys get better with age, just like good denim. They take about six weeks to make, but last a lifetime. Esquivel is having a sample sale this Friday with shoes marked down by 50-80 percent. They’re located in a building behind Douglas Fir; in fact, you have to walk through Douglas Fir to get to it.