Casual Summer Feat. Jace Lumley

August 14th, 2013

Firstly, apologies for the slow posts this month. We’ve been on the road driving from NYC to LA to expand Articles of Style on the west coast…just found our way out of the mountains of Colorado. What a trip so far!!

Some of you might recognize Jace Lumley, he was the runner-up in the heated and controversial battle for our February Giveaway. In the end, Elkin pulled out the big win (but not without some help from his friends at NikeTalk).

Nevertheless, we ran into Jace the other day and caught up with the Butler PA native, who moved to NYC to pursue a career in the arts. As a photographer and actor living in NYC, Jace rarely finds himself in tailored suits or hard bottom shoes.

“My sense of style is simple and easy. I like to focus more on small details and wear items that I’ve kept around for a while… I always circle back to the same clothes naturally, because I’m most comfortable in them.”

Here he shows us how to keep it simple and casual with style.

1. Sharp Tee & Jeans

This is about as dressy as it gets for Jace: a sharp take on a white tee and blue jeans.

“Even when I’m dressed-up I try and keep it casual… If they fit properly, casual clothes can look dressed-up and presentable.”

This is a great example of one of those “in between” casual/dressy looks that we often write about. It’s appropriate for just about any occasion from morning to night.

“These particular jeans were worn across country in my most recent photo expedition. They have grass stains from Denver, a ripped pocket from Nebraska, and I’m pretty sure sand still falls out of the pockets from Malibu. It does add a certain value to them for me.”

2. Simple Things

“Small details can make a basic Summer outfit a little more fun. Layering a tank under a tee, letting a necklace hang outside a shirt, rolling up those t-shirt sleeves, etc.”

“The hat by Only NY is one of my favorites. I’m not a huge street wear guy but I would rock anything they put out.”

I’m not typically a big fan of “running shoes” or “cross trainers” worn casually, but this new fleet of low-profile Nike “walking sneakers” has been all the rage on the streets of NYC.

I would still prefer something a little less technical-shaped or symbol-tattered (like common projects, chucks, vans, etc) but I think I’m slowly coming around…

What do you think?

3. Hawaiian Heat Wave

It was the hottest day of the year in NYC when we shot this, so we didn’t have too many options.

A hawaiian camp shirt (I love how this one is faded and more subtle) with shorts is perfect for the heat, and Jace nails the fit once again.

“I rarely wear shorts because it’s so hard to find the right fit… Luckily I found these slim-fit khakis from Unis before the heat wave hit. Eunice (of Unis) basically took her tailored pant fit and turned them into shorts, with just the right inseam length”.

Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Jace for participating.

For those interested in the next Articles of Style Giveaway – we will be kicking off our best one yet on September 1st! Get your outfits ready!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford