Summer and fashion don’t always go hand in hand for men. Looking good comes easy when the temperatures drop. You can let your inner lumberjack shine, and chances are you’ll look fine. But Summer… that’s a different monster.
Off the top of the head, you probably associate Summer styles with the preppy look: pink shorts, polos, Topsiders. And while they definitely have the spirit of comfort down, preppy does not have a monopoly on warm looks. Whether you want edgy, athletic, rugged, or anything in between, this is the Summer to step it up and make it happen.
Men’s Summer Style Essentials
The preppy style has enjoyed a high fasshion renaissance in past years, which means chino shorts have taken a bold turn.
Pastels are hot, but if you want to steer away from a fratty look, change up your colors. Khaki is a neutral option, but you don’t have to play it safe. Black or navy shorts can add new life to your wardrobe.
A pair of athletic shorts, be it mesh or sweat, is an easy option when the situation is casual. Athleisure is a legitimate fashion cornerstone these days, so don’t feel like they can only be worn with tees and tanks.
Summer shirts can be a dangerous game. It’s hot. Keep it light.
Invest in some t-shirts with a little more substance than a 5-pack of Fruit of the Loom. Keep the designs simple. No Ed Hardy. No graphic tees with awful jokes.
If the situation calls for something with a little class, you have three options: polos, long sleeve button ups, and short sleeve button ups.
As for polos, they work well with chino shorts, but you will be encroaching on preppy, which is not a bad thing. If that style is out for you, play it down with neutral colors, a tailored fit, and a pair of jeans.
For button ups, keep the heat in mind. Go for a light weight linen for long sleeves.
Plain light colored shirts are always an easy find, but if you can find plaid that won’t give you a heat stroke, indulge in some patterns. Plain colors are staples for a reason, but don’t get boring.
Discussing pants in a summer fashion article might seem silly. Once it hits about 80 degrees, shorts are acceptable (and expected) in almost every situation. But you may find yourself slipping on some jeans this July.