With summer just around the corner I thought I’d highlight some of my favourite pieces for the season.
These are simple basics that I think every guy should consider including in his wardrobe.
The right pair of sunglasses can make a huge difference in your look. My recommendation: go with something classic like a pair of aviators or wayfarers. I find these styles tend to flatter most men’s faces.
To add a splash of individuality, play around with different coloured frames and/or lenses.
My favourite pair of shades right now are a basic pair of Ray Ban aviators like the two examples you see above. Simple and elegant these sunglasses will look good with anything from a suit and tie to a pair of jeans and a v-neck t-shirt.
The biggest blunder I see guys make with sunglasses is donning a pair of sporty shades with their suits.
Don’t do this. It’s not a good look.
This is a terrible idea.
Flip flops are only a smart choice when you’re at the beach or poolside, otherwise you just look silly (and lazy).
A better choice would be a smart casual sneaker:
Or a driver:What I like about drivers is that they are just as easy to wear as a pair of flip flops but they look a million times better. Drivers are also a good option if you want to dress up a pair of shorts.
You also don’t need to break the bank with these. My favourite pair of affordable drivers right now is the Parker Driving Loafer by Jack Erwin:Not too shabby for $115. Comes in a ton of different colours as well.
I love wearing jeans year round but sometimes it’s just too stinkin’ hot to be wearing denim. A good alternative is chambray. It looks similar to denim but is much more lightweight and breathable.
Chambray is a great warm weather fabric and while chambray button up shirts are a dime a dozen during the summer season, what you see less often are chambray trousers.
My favourite pair right now are the Chambray Stretch Chino Pants in 770 fit by J.Crew:
I’ve talked about these before as a part of my spring style essentials but they are just as great for the summer season.
These pants are incredibly versatile and you can easily dress them up or down.
For example, if you wanted to dress them up you can do so with a basic white button up shirt and a classy pair of double monk strap shoes. If you wanted to dress them down you could do it with a simple polo shirt and your favourite pair of fashion sneakers. It really is that straightforward.
A quality pair of shorts is a must have for the summer season. Where most guys go wrong, unfortunately, is in the style. Anything that goes past your knees are a no go. And don’t even get me started on cargo shorts.
The bottom line is this: a good pair of shorts should hit you above the knee.
My recommendation this season is the 7″ Stretch Shorts by J.Crew.
For most guys this length will be good. For taller guys (over 6’0″) you may need to switch the the 9″ inseam instead.
What I like about these shorts is the added spandex/elastane which makes them incredibly comfortable to wear. One of the issues I have with most shorts is that they have a tendency to feel a bit constrictive against my thighs. This is a common problem for guys who have muscular legs. With these shorts you will no longer have that problem.
Short Sleeve Henley
I recommend the short sleeve henley. It’s a great option for the summer season and an interesting twist to your run of the mill t-shirt.
My favourite short sleeve henley right now is the Short Sleeve Linen Henley by Club Monaco:
Linen is a great fabric for the summer season. It’s incredibly lightweight and breatheable and almost has a “sheer” quality to it.
This is the perfect shirt for those really sticky hot days.
One thing to note about this shirt and linen in general is that it will have a “wrinkly” appearance to it. This is completely natural. This is why I recommend if you choose to wear linen to either go with a cotton/linen blend to reduce “wrinkliness” or stick with casual pieces like shirts and shorts.
The summer season can often be a tricky time of year to dress well. Hopefully these 5 pieces will help make that task just a little bit easier.
Here’s to looking sharp!