This article was produced in partnership with Cole Han.
What they say is true: You only have one chance to make a first impression, and that means you need to give your best — literally. While appearing as a killer is important to almost any event in the busy social calendar of the modern man, it is also important for family gatherings. For those events, you need both comfort and style in equal measure.
After a reduced list of social activities in the past few years, you may feel some lack of practice in getting dressed for family gatherings. Moreover, a family get-together can include, well, just about anything. Whether it’s a graduation celebration, a family holiday, a religious affair, or meeting your partner’s parents for the first time, you need to look good.
The perfect outfit shouldn’t be too casual and over-the-top, but just right – and your shoes will either make or break your look. For a family gathering, step things up with clean, comfortable and timeless aesthetics meeting modernity. This is where Cole Haan American Classics Ranger Mock shines.
Cassandra Sethi, image consultant at Next Level Wardrobe in New York City. Versatility is key here, and the rich chestnut brown leather Ranger Moc pairs well with both the relaxed and more tailored looks.
To match your shoes, start things off with a short-sleeved button-down shirt. It’s the kind of shirt you can wear alone in the hot late summer, or you can wear it with a cotton cardigan for cool days and nights from summer to fall.
“This is a great casual look as you transition into the cooler months,” says Sethi. men’s magazine.
The theme itself also gives you options, including the ability to add or remove layers as you wish. (Just make sure you’ve packed the proper essentials if you’re traveling away from home.)
“If you want to make this more casual, opt for a shirt under a cardigan and ditch the short-sleeved button,” says Sethi. And because cool style is all about the details, switching things up to the lower half is a wise bet.
A pair of custom tailored stretch pants in classic navy that have been cleaned with maximum comfort – much more comfortable than traditional pants. The pants also pair nicely with the Ranger Moc.
“Wool boots and pants add a bit of formality,” Sethi says.
Even better, the Ranger Moc offers all-day comfort to go with its premium aesthetics. The shoe is built with a lightweight, responsive EVA footbed for a smooth underfoot ride—a welcome feature for gatherings when you’re on your feet for extended periods of time. Whether you’re spending all evening at an outdoor reception or simply heading across town, your feet will thank you.
On the outside, sleek details make the Ranger Moc stand out. The shoe includes brogue detailing, sophisticated metallic perforations, and a textured fit-inspired design on the heel for a look that combines the best of traditional craftsmanship with a bold, modern silhouette.
In addition, the outer sole tread pattern provides great traction in slippery conditions. Bottom line: When you slide on the Ranger Moc, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way.
Speaking of getting ready for anything, Sethi also recommends uploading a file Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Travel Duffle Bag If the occasion calls for packing and hitting the road. With this bag, you will look good even in transit.
The duffle is designed with a plethora of pockets for convenient storage, and with the eye-catching neutral Safari color track, it strikes a nice balance between rugged and polished (just like the Ranger Moc). Sethi says the bag is as versatile as your shoes.
“You can use it as a daypack to go to and from work, or if you’re traveling on the weekend,” she says.
Versatile, eye-catching, and comfortable, this outfit is a head-to-toe winner. When it comes to your style, at least, your first impression will be good.
[Cole Haan American Classics Ranger Moc in Chestnut-Dark Chocolate, $160; colehaan.com]
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