With summer officially starting this week I thought I’d share with you some of my tips on how to look stylish during the season.
In a previous article I discussed some of the common mistakes guys make with their style during the summer season and I wanted to continue that discussion in this article with even more warm weather style blunders to avoid.
Let’s do it.
Cargo shorts are the bane of my existence. Not sure why so many guys think they are a great casual wear option.
In reality, the only time you should be wearing them is if you’re hiking in the mountains or camping. That’s it.
Here’s a recent image I shared on Twitter to illustrate my point:
The guy on the left looks like a dud. Guys like him are a dime a dozen during the summer season. The cargo shorts + flip flops combo is the quintessential summer uniform for the average man.
And that’s not who you want to be.
So why does the guy on the right (Idris Elba) look so much better?
There are several reasons. First, his grooming is on point (hair and beard). Second, he’s in shape. Third, he’s wearing clothes that fit and flatter his physique.
I’m sure some of you are wondering, why would you wear a sweater (jumper) in the summer season? Wouldn’t you be sweating bullets?
For example, a lightweight linen sweater is not going to make you sweat bullets if you live in a climate where the summers are relatively mild. I know where I live I can wear a lightweight sweater right up until July.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, the French Linen Cardigan Sweater by J.Crew:
This is the type of sweater you could easily wear on those cool summer nights.
While there’s nothing wrong with wearing sporty shades when you are actually playing sports but to wear them casually is definitely a style sin.
These days it’s common to combine sportswear items with casual wear pieces (think sneakers with suit trousers). Unfortunately, this aesthetic just doesn’t seem to carry over as well with eyewear.
Instead, your best bet is to invest in a quality pair of shades that you can wear with the lion’s share of your wardrobe (suits, jeans, chinos, shorts etc.). My recommendation is either a pair of aviators or a pair of wayfarers. These two classic styles tend to look good on most men’s faces.
My favourite pair of aviators right now are by Ray Ban:
There’s nothing inherently wrong with baseball hats. In the right situations they are totally fine.
At the park to watch your favourite baseball team? Perfect. Need a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes while playing tennis? Definitely. Feel like wearing a baseball hat while going to the driving range to hit a few balls? Sure.
The problem is with guys who feel the need to wear a baseball hat 24/7. This is silly. Ditch the hat and get yourself a good haircut. This will do more for your style than any baseball hat ever could.
The summer season is sockless season. Unfortunately, very few men actually take care of their feet. It’s not uncommon for me to see men walking around the city in dirty flip flops with some pretty gnarly looking feet. Excessively cracked/calloused heels, extra long and/or broken toe nails. Suffice to say that a lot of men’s feet are a sorry sight indeed. Does this mean you should be hitting up your local salon every week for mani pedis? Not at all. It doesn’t take much to keep your feet looking presentable. A little exfoliation, keeping toe nails trimmed, and moisturizer can go a long way. And if you have excessively sweaty feet then a little foot powder is definitely in order.
The polo shirt is the go to summer item for most men. The moment the weather turns even slightly warm I see men every where busting out their polos.
I get it. Polo shirts are a key warm weather option for guys working corporate gigs.
I love a good polo shirt like any other guy but where most seem to go wrong is in the fit. It’s usually 1-2 sizes too big.
The key to a well fitting polo is to have the sleeves hit you right around the mid bicep area. The length should be just over your belt and there shouldn’t be an excessive amount of fabric around the waist.
For a good visual example of what I’m talking about, here’s me wearing a polo with some chinos and casual sneakers:
Oh, and I’m wearing this watch by MVMT
Having a good sense of style is often just as much about what you don’t wear as what you do wear. Remember to avoid these common style pitfalls in order to put your best foot forward this summer season.
Here’s to looking sharp!