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’.”
- Olive Green Cotton Plus Tee by Imogene + Willie
- Khaki Chinos by RRL Vintage
- Brown Leather Boots by Billy Reid
- Brown Felt Hat by Vintage
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!).
- Blue Denim Cap by RRL
- White and Red Striped Tshirt by Club Monaco
- Blue Wide Legged Chinos by RRL
- White Sneakers by Pro Keds
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Chad for participating!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.