Roll up your sleeves and get to work
Stylish summer (Part 3)
One morning this summer, I was getting dressed for a casual jean day at work. I chose a light weight gray merino wool sweater pulled over a purple plaid shirt untucked together with dark blue jeans and gray sneakers. I rolled up the shirt and sweater sleeves twice. My wife looked at me and said, “I really like that look. I want you to wear that on our next date.” We both smiled. I think it was the first time she looked at an outfit and made a specific request for me to recreate it at a later point. In particular, she approved of the rolled up sleeves.
As the summer sun can fry you up like a strip of bacon in a hot skillet, any relief from the heat can help. With rolled up sleeves, you remove the sweaty wrists. And beyond the relief, your fashion understanding is on full display. Truly, not enough men tap into this in their appearance. In fact, I see it more in advertisements than in real life these days.
Here are a few ways to wear your sleeves rolled up:
1. Stylish casual – My favorite way to roll up sleeves. This form finds itself as part of my own casual “style uniform.” Take a long-sleeve hard collared shirt and roll up the sleeves above the elbows (or whatever length works for you). Throw it on untucked with dark blue straight-leg jeans or khakis and sneakers, penny loafers, regular dressed up loafers or driving shoes. You have many options here in the shoe category. Also, mix it up with shorts.
2. Hard working executive – To show you work hard, modify the classic office outfit slightly. Simply roll up your long sleeve hard collared dress shirt one or two times. Then loosen your tie (if wearing one) and undo the top button. This very look has been adopted by many a politician. By the way, I suggest you do not roll the sleeves of a sport coat.
3. Smart casual – A new preference of mine. A long sleeve hard collared dress shirt under a light sweater (such as merino wool) conjures images of the Ivy League. Roll up together the sleeves of the shirt and sweater two times. If you go higher than that, push back the sweater sleeves first, then fold back the shirt until it overlaps the sweater.
4. Short sleeve rolled – Short sleeve hard collared shirt rolled up twice. Works with jeans or khakis.
5. Pushed back – This works particularly well for a light sweater or pull-over. Collared shirt optional. For an evening filled with fun – a date maybe (hmm – how about your favorite chef’s ravioli right before a non-formal impressionist art exhibit?) – combine a dark pair of slacks with a sleek pair of polished black loafers and a medium gray quality pull-over (zipper or buttons fastened to an inch below the neck line). Lastly, push the sleeves up above your elbows and display a fantastic watch on your wrist.
As I leave you, I make a request. Tell yourself you will give rolled up sleeves a try. Now get to work enjoying your summer.
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