I’ve always lived by the motto, “fashion is pain.” Hence why I’m willing to wear a sweater in the summer. The key is to make sure that you’re not going to be outside for too long, and that any place you’ll be staying in has air conditioning… or that you have a really POWERFUL deodorant. Otherwise you’re going to look wetter than a One Direction fangirl with a front row seat.
After making sure my A/C was working I donned my latest OUTFIT OF THE GAY. It’s a little bit geek, and a little bit chic, with a tinge of attitude. It’s a refreshing change from the typical summer boy look — AKA short-sleeved button ups, shorts, and sandals (No T No Shade boys). Boots are obviously not a typical choice for summer, but I think they pull the look together nicely and add some spice to the pale sweater and shorts. These boots, by Palladium, have two looks, short or long. The handy little button next to the logo helps hold it down if you prefer a shorter look. These are a great purchase, worth the cost, and much cheaper than other boots on the market. However, if these cost too much for your taste Palladium offers VERY similar looking options for much less.
If you checked out my first Outfit Of The Gay you may notice that this is the second pair of Warby Parker sunglasses that I’m showing off (and if you didn’t read it you should go check it out now… go on). I was able to try on my second pair with the Home Try-On program, and immediately fell in love with them. The color and fit are a bit non-traditional, so I urge folks to try these on before purchasing them to see how they work with your face. They’re a powerful addition to an outfit, if they’re paired correctly (i.e. these aren’t your everyday sunglasses).
When I put together my outfits I rarely wear pieces with a personal touch. Those are usually better left to being worn to sleep. However, this summer I knew I needed a new pair of denim shorts, and instead of going out and buying a pair I decided to be thrifty (read: cheap) and cut one of my American Eagle jeans that I haven’t worn in a while. I didn’t do any measuring or tailoring techniques… I just got some scissors and cut straight across (or as straight as I could make it). I just consider it “Jayson Charm” if they’re a little off. I’m the farthest thing from straight so it’s hard for me to do anything straight, even making lines.
PS. Don’t shop at American Eagle unless they’re having a sale. Just be patient. They have sales pretty often, with some great discounts.
Last, but certainly not least, is the sweater that tops off the outfit. From the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. I was able to thrift this bad boy at Buffalo Exchange, otherwise known as my absolute FAVORITE place to thrift. If there is one located around you make it a top priority to stop in soon.
The colors and design of the sweater all scream vintage, and vintage has quickly become one of my favorite styles of clothing. The color and design don’t demand too much attention, they’re easy on the eyes, and work nicely with other muted pieces. It’s the kind of unisex sweater that would look adorable on a girl, boy, or gender non-conformist. Since I found it while thrifting it’s difficult to tell you where to find it. But, I can tell you that the label says ASOS, so you may be able to find similar sweaters there.
Well that’s my outfit y’all. What do you think? Is this summer sweater fashion a Hail or a Fail? Let me know in the comment section below. All opinions welcome. I’m not opposed to being read the house down. You won’t hurt my feelings, I promise. I’m a feminine gay boy who fights for women’s rights and racial equality — so I’m no stranger to confrontation and online drama. Of course, if you love the outfit you can share those thoughts too!