Watching any sport in the summertime can be painful, but watching a sport that comes with an unspoken dress code for its spectators raises a whole host of other issues. Summer tennis tournaments (see: French Open, Wimbledon, etc…) traditionally call for lightweight suits, crisp white shirts, straw hats, and other items along those gentlemanly lines, but, in 2017, fewer and fewer folks are treating spectator style with such seriousness. Alexander Skarsgard‘s pared down look at the French Open yesterday is a good example of how to dress way, way down at a sporting event without resorting to an oversized jersey and cargo shorts.
The actor, who was photographed leaving the men’s singles final with his Big Little Lies costar Nicole Kidman, wore a slim crewneck T-shirt, gray-blue chinos, and pristine white tennis sneakers. His only accessory was a pair of gray acetate sunglasses. The look walked the line between comfortable and polished quite perfectly. (Do we wish he’d found a way around stuffing his front pockets on both sides? Technically yeah, but when you’re a 6’4″ Swedish marvel, you can get away with those kinds of things.)
To take this outfit one step further go for a pair of pleated chinos in a slightly richer color, like Unis’s high-rise, single-pleat Davis pants in ocean blue (below). That said, if pale-hued, flat-front chinos are more your speed, those certainly work too. Keep the crewneck slim and the sneakers white just as Alexander Skarsgard did, and do your own thing with the shades. The beauty of an outfit this simple is that you can wear pretty much any style of eyewear to cap things off. That, and get out the door and into the beer line more quickly than anyone in your crew.
Oliver Peoples L.A. Coen Sunglasses, $325, available at barneys.com
James Perse Slim-Fit T-Shirt, $60, available at mrporter.com
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