I'll be honest, picking out an outfit with an example of what to wear on a date night is just as nerve-racking as getting dressed for a real date night. After about four outfit changes, I've partnered with Banana Republic to put together the perfect semi-formal date night look.
It is July, but don't be distraught by the sweater. There very well may be cooler days in summer, and if you're up north you're more likely to be having some right now.
Let's start from the inside out. The vibrant orange and cobalt blue print in the plaid shirt add a bit of personality to what's otherwise known as a trendy but conservative look. Lavender is a color most appropriate for spring and summer months, but it can effortlessly transition into the early fall months while temps are still modest.
Although today's man dresses down, he also dresses smart. This has led to slim-fit suit pants being incorporated into business casual, and even casual looks. Another example is how this knit tie, although black, adds a casual element because of the stitching.
This look does three things: It makes you look like a weekend dressed down CEO, shows versatility, and it shows that you're a man who knows how to tie his own tie. You're officially the renaissance man.
This is a post in affiliation with Banana Republic. The dress shirt and sweater in this look were gifted to me by the brand.
DJ Hargrave is a menswear blogger and founder of Tailor Made Style. HIs goal is to empower others to become the strongest version of themselves through their style and helping them be informed by what's going on in the menswear world. You can find him on Instagram and Snapchat @tailormadedj