BarIII-menswear-macys-1I’ve almost always worked in industries were casual clothes are the norm. I’ve never had to wear a three piece suit into an office everyday and, well, I’m thankful as it’s just not me. That said, I love getting dressed in a smart-casual outfit. Whether it’s for meetings across the city or a fancy dinner and drinks, it feels nice to get dressed up in smarter designs that still feel comfortable to wear. I always say that it doesn’t matter how fashionable or expensive a piece of clothing is, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it then it’s not worth a dime! So, for today’s Bright.Style post I’m sharing a comfortable smart-casual summer look that I styled in collaboration with BarIII and Macy’s. Click through after the jump to see the full look!

BarIII-menswear-macys-2For this look I decided to head downtown to Wall St. and the One World Trade Oculus building for this look, which felt fitting as I often dress at my smartest for business meetings and events in this part of New York City.BarIII-menswear-macys-3I built this outfit out from my favorite piece in the BarIII collection: their Indigo Chambray Slim-Fit Sport Coat. The moment I picked it up I knew it was a piece I would love to wear. Lightweight yet structured and stylish, it’s the perfect piece for dressing up a summer look. Of course, it helped that I love chambray, too!BarIII-menswear-macys-4Have you walked through the Oculus building yet? It’s right next to One World Trade and is a breathtaking piece of architecture. I highly recommend checking it out soon as it is set to become a mall so will likely be full of shoppers in the future. Right now, it’s like a slice of ethereal and cooling calm in the city.BarIII-menswear-macys-5Soaking up the downtown vibes and contrasts in architectural details.BarIII-menswear-macys-6I’m often working at my laptop while on the go in coffee shops, on trains or on planes. This outfit is my new go-to for those Friday afternoon meetings when I know I’m heading straight to cocktails or a dinner: it’s flexible enough to work well for both situations.BarIII-menswear-macys-7Naturally, I squeezed in some color hunting in the Wall St. area, too!BarIII-menswear-macys-8I paired a Slim-Fit Navy and White Gingham Short-Sleeve Dress Shirt with the jacket for a classic look and feel. I like how the gingham pattern speaks to the preppy, east-coast look that feeds into most of my outfits.BarIII-menswear-macys-9As well as the short sleeves of the shirt, the option of wearing a jacket over the shirt makes it a versatile outfit for layering up and down as the temperature fluctuates.BarIII-menswear-macys-10To keep the look in line with my more casual aesthetic, I wore white denim pants that I dressed up with Brad Suede Plain Toe Oxfords in navy to tie in with the gingham shirt.BarIII-menswear-macys-11What are you favorite pieces from my BarIII outfit? How do you dress smart and cool for the summer?BarIII-menswear-macys-12 // Creative direction by Will Taylor | Photography by Jean-Laurent Gaudy for Bright.Bazaar | Posted in partnership with BarIII & Macy’s; all views my own.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Forwarded this to my husband so he can see what smart-casual is meant to look like lol

  2. Will, I love your style posts! The jacket, the glasses, the shoes, I could go on but suffice to say it all looks very stylish.

  3. Love the outfit Will! The glasses are definitely a nice touch to finish the smart look.

  4. Hi Will, could you let me know the name of your denim white pants? I love them too, hope I can still get it somewhere. Thanks!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.