Men’s Rugged Style: When Masculinity Meets Refinement

Men’s rugged styles are not for every occasion. They are particularly suited to informal settings and occasions when you want to project a look that says you are battle-tested and have paid your dues.

It takes paying attention to your body and to your choices of attire, footwear, and accessories to achieve that look that says you are a gentleman but not a pushover. The key to a rugged style is to strike a balance between masculinity and refinement. Let’s get into it; shall we?

Men's Rugged Style

How to pull off a men’s rugged style

First thing you must note is that it is difficult (but not impossible) to pull off a rugged style without leather. Whether it is a belt, a pair of shoes, or belt, leather is going to show in this picture. And the more spots it shows, the better.

Also, you will have to play around with some layering to make it happen. Layering is key to a rugged style. For example, you can experiment with textures like knit sweaters, vests, and scarves to add depth to your outfits. Having laid these two broad ground rules, let’s get into the specifics.

Pants/Trousers: A classic denim jacket or pair of jeans can add a rugged edge to your outfit. Look for high-quality denim that will last for years. Cargo pants can be both functional and stylish, with plenty of pockets for storing your essentials. They offer a rugged, utilitarian vibe.

Shirts: A plaid shirt can add a rustic touch to your outfit. Look for plaid in neutral colors like brown or green and pair it with jeans or khakis. Henley shirts are also a great choice, especiwlly if you’ve got a well-built body to match. They combine the casual appeal of a t-shirt with a slightly more refined look. They’re perfect for a rugged yet sophisticated outfit. A favourite of mine, though, is a plain long-sleeve shirt with the sleeves folded up just below my elbows.

Chambray and Flannel shirts are both comfortable and stylish. They can be worn over a plain tee or under a jacket for a layered look.

Jackets: If you are into jackets, a well-fitted leather jacket adds an edgy, rugged element to your wardrobe. Opt for classic styles like a biker jacket or a bomber jacket and you have it nailed.

Shoes: Rugged boots are a must-have if you are going to be doing the rugged style often. There is nothing that shouts masculinity more than a pair of solid boots. Consider leather or suede options with sturdy soles, like work boots or Chelsea boots. Boat shoes are also a great choice for the worn, rugged look. I have a pair and they just got with a pair of jeans.

Accessories: Don’t forget to play with accessories. A leather belt is almost compulsory. Try a scarf, wrist bracelets, and a quality wristwatch to compliment your attire. Be sure not to overdo it to keep that tasteful refined look.

Colors: You need to pay attention to your colors. Embrace neutral and earthy tones like brown, green, gray, and navy. These colors align well with a rugged style. Of course, feel free to experiment. For some reason, though, bright colors just don’t cut it as much. Still, your style, your call.

Henley shirts are great for a men's rugged style

Men’s Rugged Style For Tropical Weather

Adapting a rugged style for tropical weather requires some modifications to ensure comfort and practicality in warm and humid conditions. Here are some recommendations:

Lightweight Fabrics: Opt for lightweight materials like linen, cotton, and seersucker for shirts, pants, and jackets. These fabrics are breathable and will help you stay cool.

Short-Sleeve Shirts: Short-sleeve shirts are a great choice for tropical weather. Look for rugged-style short-sleeve button-up shirts in breathable materials. I love short-sleeve shirts.

Cargo Shorts: Swap cargo pants for cargo shorts to stay comfortable in the heat. Cargo shorts provide a rugged look while allowing better airflow.

Looser Fits: Consider looser-fitting clothing to allow for better air circulation. Avoid overly tight or restrictive garments that can make you feel overheated.

Sun Protection: Incorporate sun protection into your outfit. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can add style while shielding you from the sun. These also enhance that cowboy look.

Breathable Footwear: Instead of heavy boots, opt for lightweight, breathable footwear like canvas sneakers or leather sandals, the latter especially. These are more suitable for warm climates.

Minimal Layering: Limit the number of layers in your outfits. In tropical weather, less is often more. A lightweight shirt and shorts may be all you need.

Light Colors: Stick with light, natural colors like beige, light gray, and pastel shades. These colors reflect sunlight and help keep you cooler.