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Summer is coming to a close already (can’t believe it). That being said, temperatures in LA have remained sky-high. When it’s this hot, sometimes you’ve gotta figure out new and interesting ways to diversify from the typical summer outfit.

I’ve about worn out my shorts and t-shirt drawers this summer, so I said screw it and decided to share an old favorite of mine, the waistcoat aka vest, with you. A good vest should be a staple in any guy’s closet. It’s a functional piece that often gets overlooked or paired with a suit, but oftentimes I find a vest to be better on it’s own. This one is old, I’m talking close to 10 years old, from Banana Republic. It’s a great alternative to a jacket in the summertime and fall when the temperatures drop in the evening but are still high during the day. Notice how I match it with the boots? Simple touches like this make the outfit pop when in reality it’s only 4 pieces. You don’t have to buy a full suit to get a good vest, either. Shop around. Places like Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew and Topshop are all great for buying individual pieces.

When wearing a vest, a long sleeve or a short sleeve button up (even a t-shirt) can work. I opted for short sleeved because of the heat. This simple white shirt is from Forever 21 and works awesome with this slim-fitting vest. You don’t want to wear a shirt that’s too big with a vest because it will get weirdly baggy in the arms and bottom. I’ve been trying this thing lately where I tuck in the back of my shirt and let the tails fall in the front. I think it’s kind of a cool look that doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing a night shirt under your jacket or vest.

Dark washed denim works best with this look because the browns I’ve incorporated are of a darker tone. These are from Levi’s and I got them on the sale rack at Urban a couple years back. A simple cuff and you’re out the door.

Pair a simple look with some similar accessories, Warby Parker shades, Visuel anchor bracelet and a beaded necklace. Nothing too fancy, but a total head turner if done correctly.

What are your thoughts??

Stay smiling, my friends!



About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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