Southern Tide is a hot new lifestyle brand that creates menswear items that are classically sporty. Founded by Allen Stephenson in 2006, who had spent time studying Italian fashion in Italy, Southern Tide is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in South Carolina for 2011.
A prime example of Southern Tides men’s sportswear is this royal blue gingham-check shirt. It has the classic styling of a tailored long-sleeve, button-down sports shirt with its pearlized buttons, stand collar with button tips, and pleated cuffs that are easily rolled up with the forearm button closure. The gingham check is a great alternative to the current plaid trend and for under $100, you will have a 100% cotton piece of sportswear that is of superior quality. However, with the cotton fabric and the tailored details it is a shirt that will require some ironing, so you will either have to be up to the task yourself, bribe someone else to do it, or bring it to your local dry cleaners to maintain that crisp look.
The blue checkered pattern would be great paired with dark washed denim jeans and a pair of tan leather loafers, or left untucked and worn over a longer white linen short with a pair of flip flops. The shirt could even be dressed up with a dark navy sports jacket and a pair of khakis. The versatility of this type of sportswear shirt in your wardrobe would be endless.
You can find Southern Tide in fine retail stores all over the US and its brand is recognized by the embroidered Skipjack on the left front pocket. It is a brand of sportswear that is as popular with college students, as it is with the seasoned gentlemen. So if you decide to pick this one up, also take a look at some of the other sportswear pieces that Southern Tide has to offer. You will be classically on trend!