My husband Mike looks great going to work. And I love his weekend style just hanging around with me and the boys. But when it's time for date night…something happens. Either he ends up looking too casual (while I'm in a cocktail dress) or he's all dressed up in a suit and tie and I come down in faux-leather pants.
Syncing up is hard.
And truthfully, most of our date nights fall somewhere into that semi-casual territory that my mother insists on calling "snappy casual". I find black-tie events easier to dress for than date nights when we're both tired, but want to dress up just a bit. And this annoyingly gray area seems to come up more often during the holidays – it's not just dinner at a friend's house…it's "festive casual"!
So when Nordstroms asked me to take a look at their Faconnable collection, I knew this was a perfect time to focus on some semi-casual dressing strategies for our guys. The Faconnable collection is full of pieces that do double duty (work and weekend, Mamas), without falling into the man-fashion-victim (mashion victim?) category. There are some men that can pull off, say, tight crimson pants (and HAPPY HOLIDAYS if that's your man)….but NOT. MANY. Faconnable walks the fine line between conservative and modern perfectly.
Here are four date night outfit ideas for your man:
Sweater Vest + Denim Jacket
Start With: A typical guy work outfit of khaki pants and a button-down. But upgrade his button-down to one with a slimmer, modern cut. Faconnable calls them "Club Fit".
Add: A sweater vest (you can leave the bottom unbuttoned) and a denim jacket – it's layering without bulk.
Finish With: A skinny knit tie and cool sneaks – they perfectly balance the work/play vibe going on. I'd love a bright sneaker here, but the deep green is a good choice for a color-phobe.
The Weekend "Suit"
Start With: Work pants and a wool coat (let's think beyond the North Face, Mamas).
Add: A comfy henley and casual oxfords (BTW – those are just dressed-up TOMS).
Finish With: A man-scarf and quirky socks. Mike likes his socks both bright and patterned, but if your guy is more conservative, start with a subtle polka-dot.
Start With: The going-out man uniform of jeans and a button-down. (Again, upgrade to a slimmer cut in both the shirt and the denim.)
Add: An unbuttoned wool work shirt and a slightly dressier chukka boot. The wool work shirt functions as a causal jacket and can be worn open or slightly buttoned (never button the top or bottom buttons).
Finish With: A wool beanie
Fleece + Chambray With Fancy Pants
Start With: A chambray denim shirt and dressy sweatshirt.
Add: Fancy Pants – think colors or a cool pattern…seriously, these are just Dockers, for cryin' out loud!
Finish With: A sleek wool jacket and nice shoes.
For what it's worth, all of the above have Mike's full backing. (According to him, I sometimes get a little crazy with guy style, so he wanted to approve these before I posted. Snort.)
And since it's shopping season, here's a few additional pieces that caught my eye, but didn't make it into the article. Enjoy!
Thanks to Nordstroms for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions and recommendations are my own.