|The sort of items I basically live in when at home from May through September each year until things cool down enough for corduroy jeans and rugby tops.|
Without going crazy, or busting the ol' bank account, it is entirely possible to put together a versatile casual summer wardrobe that will both keep you comfortable AND looking a bit more pulled together than the sad average in 2021.
As my parents used to point out when my sister and I were children and brought home the occasional 'C' on a quarterly report card card from school, "Average is nothing to be excited about. You can do better than that." Sharing that sentiment will, no doubt, rile up some readers, but ol' Mom and Dad had a point.
Indeed, we can do better than average, even with our casual summer attire. After all, you only need a few pairs of shorts and a few shirts to mix and match in various combinations that will keep you looking decent without having to put a whole lot of thought into it when you dress each day. Since so many fall back on lack of time and too much effort required as the reasons why they do not present themselves better, this can be an important consideration.
Dressing presentably needn't require a lot of time, effort, or money. Awareness, however, is more than half the battle when it comes to kicking up one's daily presentation by several notches above what has become the accepted norm most places.