Update Your Guy’s Semi-Casual Style in Time For the Holidays (Sponsored Post)

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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.

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Faconnable Club Fit Shirt in Beige Multi | Faconnable Wool Vest | Stetson Beanie | Hugo Boss Knit Wool Tie

Bonobos Washed Cotton Chinos | Levi's Denim Jacket | New Balance Sneakers

 

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.

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Faconnable Double Face Bomber Jacket |  Faconnable Waffle Knit Henley | Faconnable Flat Front Pants

Cashmere scarf | Dot socks | TOMS Brogues

 

 

Work-Shirt Cool

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

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Hudson Byron Straight Leg Jeans | Faconnable Wool Blend Jacket | Faconnable Club Fit Check Shirt in Dark Navy

Timberland EarthKeepers City Cap Toe Chukka Boots | Merino Knit Cap

 

 

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.

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Faconnable Wool Peacoat |  Faconnable Chambray Shirt | Dockers Slim Fit Black Watch Plaid Pants

Faconnable Crew Neck Sweatshirt | Cole Haan Oxfords

 

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!

 

xo,

S

Thanks to Nordstroms for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts, opinions and recommendations are my own.

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Great post! My husband always wears the same sweater for our date nights… he found out I like it and stuck with it! It might be time for a 2nd outfit in the mix.
    You mentioned Mike likes fun socks – my hubby does too but I have a difficult time finding them. Any tips? Future post? Maybe a where to find great accessories for men (women..) post(s)?

  2. As much as I love these looks, this will never happen for my hubby who wears a Harley T-Shirt and jeans to literally everything. If he’s feeling “fancy” it’s just a shirt with a collar and a smaller harley sign…ugh. His new thing is to buy solid color short sleeved shirts from Target though…so maybe in 10 years we will get there…or maybe not. 🙂

  3. I love this. We have the same discussion every date night. We just can’t seem to match our level of fancy. I love the dressed up jean look. I saw the fancy TOMS for men in their catalog yesterday and was tempted to buy them but I am just not sure Mr. Conservative would go for it. I think I will forward this link along (I especially like that you added these were Mike approved).

  4. I love this too! I could see this being a series. My husband has great style too, but is always complaining about the lack of choices for men. I think seeing looks pulled together like this will really help him. Love it!

  5. I’m loving all the bomber jackets in this line. Too bad they are super expensive, i know i know, they would last forever though. I’m also in love with the work shirt cool outfit, it’s a slightly more dressed up version of my hubs; I’m seriously considering the Timberland boot for him. He has had a loyal pair of Red Wing Boots since before I knew him and these are like an upscaled, more classy version. He could even wear them to work and it looks like they would do well in the snow.
    I like this post. I think it could be a series too.

  6. My husband did the same thing for a long time too! If I mentioned that I liked a particular item of clothing, he’s wear it for every date night. Finally, when he wore my favorite shirt from college (and we were in our early 30s) I told him that my love for his clothing just doesn’t last THAT long. He’s upgraded since then.
    I love all of these looks and I also love that they basically combine articles of clothing he already has.
    Thanks!

  7. Please make this a new section of your blog. This is so helpful. My man sounds just like Mike, good at dressing for work and….that’s about it.

  8. Awesome post! An update is just what my husband so badly needs. Do you have any suggestions on how to tweak these looks for my husband with a husky/athletic build?

  9. This could not have come at a better time! Who knew your taste in mens style is as awesome as your taste in womens style. My husband needs all of these. And, yes, he will wear them (except the plaid pants. No can do.) Thank you so much!

  10. Shana- I LOVE these looks, and so does my husband! I have a request for you (or maybe it is for Mike). Can you please share some good work looks as well?
    My husband could use them! I am determined to get rid of the plain khakis paired with Polo button down shirts. We have made progress as he’s lost the pleated front pants.
    Not sure what it is with men in the Boston area- the pleated front khakis and Polo button downs is an epidemic.
    Please consider this for the benefit of all of us up here in Boston 😉

  11. We have the same discussion every date night. We just can’t seem to match our level of fancy. I love the dressed up jean look. I saw the fancy TOMS for men in their catalog yesterday and was tempted to buy them but I am just not sure Mr. Conservative would go for it. I think I will forward this link along (I especially like that you added these were Mike approved).

  12. I love this. We have the same discussion every date night. We just can’t seem to match our level of fancy. I love the dressed up jean look. I saw the fancy TOMS for men in their catalog yesterday and was tempted to buy them but I am just not sure Mr. Conservative would go for it.

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