With a major heat wave sweeping through the East Coast and temperatures rising across the country, now is the ideal time to consider cooler alternatives to your everyday clothing. But it's not like we all can wear shorts and tank tops at work or to dinner. While there's a lot of talk about linen and seersucker this time of year, you might also consider cotton oxford. That's right, the preppy fabric doesn't only make for classic casual button-downs, it's actually breathable enough for some smart summertime trousers and jackets. We recently discovered a whole collection of pieces cut from the washed shirting fabric at J.Crew. Tailored yet breezy, they're the kind of easygoing pieces that are sure to keep you looking and feeling cool.
Bowery trousers, $88