What a Sellout

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Spring is officially here! Not sure where you’re reading this from, but here in LA that means sweltering hot days and relatively cool nights. It’s basically the best time of year, in my opinion. It’s great to have weather that allows for the pool or beach during the day but still being comfortable in a couple of layers at night time.

Today I’m staying cool in this burnout 3/4 sleeve shirt from Alternative. I bought it a few years ago in blue and red and have worn them a gazillion times each. They’re so soft and breezy and can be rolled into a short sleeve or layered under a jacket wonderfully.

The pants are from the Gap x GQ collection and are designed by M. Nii, a high end designer that specializes in beach chic. I absolutely LOVE what they do, you should definitely check them out. I love these pants because they’re made from a similar material to Carharrt work pants, meaning they break in beautifully. Also, the slightly shorter cut works great for evenings at the beach and the red white and blue detailing on the pockets adds a touch of awesome too.

If you know me, you know I love to throw in pops of crazy color into otherwise simplistic outfits, which is what I would consider this aside from these socks from my current favorite sock producers, Happy Socks. The bright colors add some fun into an outfit that’s maybe somewhat simple, plus with the pants being cut a bit short shows them off beautifully.

Lastly, my black Sperry Top-Siders. I scored these for insane clearance at Urban Outfitters this winter and have been busting them out occasionally when the weather permits. If you haven’t seen them, these shoes are available in SO many more colors than the simple black and browns that made them famous. I was never much of a Sperry guy in the past but these are so comfortable and when combined with an outfit that’s not too otherwise nautical, I think they compliment things well.

Onto my current read, The Sellout by Paul Beatty. It’s an outrageous, hilariously satirical story about the trials and tribulations of one black man’s struggle through every day life. I don’t want to give away too many details but if you’re into dark humor and have a high tolerance for potentially offensive material, I would highly recommend checking this book out.

How do you like to spice up your spring outfits?


Shop the look: Alternative Apparel 3/4 Shirt, Gap x GQ M. Nii Pants (similar), Happy Socks, Sperry Topsider, The Sellout by Paul Beatty

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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