A Broken-In Summer feat. Chad Davis
July 10th, 2013
Chad Davis gets it. The freelance photographer and art director from Nashville has a love for vintage clothing and design that inspires both his artwork and personal style. Most of what he wears is old and beat-up, and it looks awesome.
Here he gives us a taste of his lived-in summer style.
1. High Waist, Wide Leg
What I love about this outfit, and Chad’s style, is that he’s wearing a simple t-shirt and chinos, but he doesn’t look anything like an everyday boring schlub wearing a simple t-shirt and chinos.
Minuscule (but thoughtful) modifications to the silhouette (like a slimmer tee, longer rise, and wider leg) along with some simple styling touches (hat, tucked in t-shirt, and rolled hem) can make a world of difference in the overall appeal of an outfit/person.
With all the skinny pants running around today, it’s refreshing to see an old-school full leg.
Not to mention, in the summer heat this shape of pant is much more comfortable.
Adding some family history and sentimental value is always a nice touch:
“The ID bracelet was a gift from my grandmother to my grandfather in the early 40s. It’s engraved with his name ‘Roy’ and on the back ‘With All My Love – Erline’.”
2. Pop-Over & Faded Denim
Firstly, the hat makes the look. Start experimenting with wider brims.
A band collar shirt, one of Wes’ go-tos, is a smart and versatile piece for summer. Chad’s rustic pinstripe version is a pop-over with a 3/4 placket and subtle bib front.
You can always tell a beginner from a style veteran by his choice in jewelry.
Chad keeps it minimal and masculine with a couple vintage rings and an awesome homemade necklace.
Washed jeans always look better when they’re authentically worn-in and faded over time, rather than “pre-distressed” in a factory…
Rather than going sockless in his bucks, Chad finishes off the look with a subtle tipped ankle sock.
- Beige Wide Brimmed Straw Hat by Vintage
- White Striped Cotton Pop-over shirt by Ralph Lauren
- Homemade Necklace
- Blue bright sky straight Leg Denim Jeans by RRL
- Brown Suede Bucks by J.Crew
3. Selvedge Cap
I’m more of a flat-brim (or slightly curved-brim) fitted cap kind of guy; a carry-over from my hoops days. So when I see a beat-up lid like this worn with style, I have to show respect.
Another example of the slim tee + wide leg chinos look.
There’s something about a full-cut pant that is so manly and rugged. With the beard it’s a very cohesive look.
Hard to find a summer outfit that doesn’t work with a fresh pair of low-top white canvas sneakers.
Don’t worry, they too get better with age (so don’t worry about dirtying them up!).
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Chad for participating!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.