Oddly enough I found myself invited to a luxury beach resort recently and realized I wasn’t sure what to wear. I didn’t want to dress too stuffy and feel uncomfortable and hot, but I also didn’t want to be underdressed and make myself look like I didn’t belong. I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to document my experience and show off this new shirt from Scarci, a brand designed with the luxury resort attendee in mind.

I ended up fitting in perfectly well, so here’s what I decided to wear and why…

Dressy V-Neck

The obvious choice would’ve been a linen shirt, but it was extremely hot that day and I didn’t want to be a sweaty mess sitting on the resort patio. A v-neck that doesn’t sink too low onto your chest can be really excellent as a slightly dressy option in the summer and early fall. It’s stylish, and this shirt has a subtle design that’s taken from the sail of a boat. The jacquard texture adds a cool level of detail that can be a conversation piece when people compliment your shirt.

Also, if you’re wearing a semi-casual shirt like this, tucking it in can add another level of dressiness. It’s a great way to make the whole look a bit more streamlined and classic.

White Denim

Again, because temperature is in my top three considerations when picking out an outfit, I didn’t want to wear chinos or dress pants because they were going to be too hot and I was going to get sweaty. Also, I didn’t want to wear shorts because I would’ve felt like a cabana boy trying to fit in. White denim is always a great choice during summer when you’re trying to fully embrace the upscale beach lifestyle. Whereas white jeans might be a bold move in certain scenarios, you’ll fit right in in this setting. Just be sure they’re fitted and clean! That’s another plus of white denim, if you get them dirty you just need to bleach out any stains.


This look would’ve been basic were I just wearing jeans and a v-neck tee. Obviously I couldn’t have that be the case, so I decided to go a bit bold with my accessory choices.

First, the leather sandals. They’re not for everyone, but if you’re already someone who wears sandals, getting yourself a pair in leather is a smart choice for summer instead of only relying on your Rainbows or Havaianas. Think of them like a dress shoe compared to a sneaker. When you want to look dressier, you don’t go for a sneaker in the same way that you shouldn’t go for a basic flip flop.

Next, the straw hat. I love this hat. It was custom made for my head. Yet I really don’t get to wear it a lot. It’s pretty bold and I don’t feel that comfortable wearing it too far inland. This was a perfect excuse for me to bust it out and make a statement. The ribbon on the hat itself matches perfectly with the look, so it was a no-brainer. Say what you will about fedoras and Panama hats, but wearing one to the beach is great because it keeps your face shielded from the sun and also keeps you generally cooler.

The whole look is casual, but when you combine all of the elements it’s nice enough for a great lunch or a quick beachside meeting. It all started with the super cozy Scarci shirt. I was able to build everything else on it and how it made me feel in the moment. It was a very unusual setting for me to find myself in, as I’m not someone who spends a lot of time at luxury resorts. Yet still I wanted to play the part and feel like I was setting myself up for success. Considering I had a wonderful time, I’d say that it worked out quite nicely!

Be sure to check out Scarci for all of your beach and resort wear needs. Their product is EXTREMELY high quality and you can feel it as soon as you put it on. They’ve sponsored this post, but as always, I wouldn’t be sharing it if I weren’t personally a fan.

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 parker@thelooksmith.com.

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