Who says basic outfits can’t be stylish and fun? When playing the fashion game of the “highs and lows,” sometimes less is more. Discreet high-end pieces carefully styled together can fancy up the most basic ensemble. Now that summer is at its peak and we can play with bright colors again, it’s time to find the perfect combination, the kind that offers the perfect balance between practicality and style as we endure the heat.

One thing to keep in mind is that bright colors can make the most basic ensemble look fun, fresh and young, all we have to do is create the right contrast and embrace it with confidence.


For this look, I chose to wear a navy blue and white striped t-shirt from H&M, which only costs $5.99, believe it or not. Just look for it in the “basics” section at any of their stores when you go shopping.

For a bold contrast, I threw on my orange skinny fit twill pants, which are also from H&M and only cost $29.99. Now this is when the fun begins, but the important thing is to remain comfortable and feel confident when wearing bright colors like this.


Both of these pieces are made from cotton, which is the ultimate summer ally when it comes to avoiding even the smallest drop of sweat. Let’s face it, the lighter the fabric, the easier it is to cope with the heat and humidity, especially now that the temperatures in the city are reaching the upper 90s.

At this point, the ensemble hasn’t gotten too expensive. It’s comfortable, it’s practical, and the color combination takes it beyond the basic level. But while in the unwinding mood, it’s always a good idea to incorporate something more high-end, like Gucci, preferrably without compromising comfort or any bank account too much for that matter. That is why I opted for wearing the rubber slide sandals from the latter, which only cost $175 and are available on their Website.

Stylish, fun, and young, this is the perfect outfit to embrace on a Sunday afternoon, especially if it involves a stroll along a park, or lounging on the grass. It has the right amount of highs and lows, and a discreet touch of elegance that will keep any gentleman feeling modern, comfortable and fresh.


Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Elegantly yours,

Leo Rivera

  1. Paul says:

    You look amazingly fresh, natural and vibrant in these pics – colorful, get choices and combinations and a lovely setting in the garden.

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