No matter where you live, you’ll want to freshen up your wardrobe for the warmer months. If your summers get blisteringly hot, you need light, comfortable clothes that will keep you cool while still looking your best. Even if you live in a more temperate climate, why not make the most of the season with a breezier, lighter style to celebrate the longer days?
As you’re revamping your wardrobe, consider the following men’s summer fashion tips and tricks to stay stylish and comfortable.
Short-sleeved button-down shirt
A versatile addition to any summer wardrobe, a button-down short-sleeved shirt can be dressed up or down. For a casual, yet still pulled-together look, pair the shirt with a pair of linen or chino shorts.
A solid color in a light material is always a good choice. Chambray, for example, offers the timeless look of denim but is lightweight enough for the hottest months of the year. To introduce color, a subtle print can add an element of whimsy and keep you from looking like you’re at the office. A microdot pattern or a geometric print introduces visual interest without being overly distracting. If you’re feeling bolder, try a classic tropical print with colorful florals.
To add even more flair, try cuffing the sleeve of your button-down shirt. This tapers the opening around the bicep to create a more tailored look, in addition to mirroring a cuff in your shorts or pants.
An alternative to the button-down, a t-shirt never goes out of style. For summer, try a plain white tee, but add interest via the neckline. A scoop-neck t-shirt dips lower than the neckline of a regular crewneck, which makes it a perfect choice for the man with a well-defined chest. Scoop-necks are best worn loose-fitting, as the fabric tend to be lighter and free-flowing, which makes it perfect for warm weather.
If you’re looking for something dressier than a t-shirt but more casual than a button-up, a polo shirt is the tried-and-true option. Choose a 100-percent cotton version in a trendy blue or grey shade, and pair with a blazer for a finished look. A luxurious cotton polo shirt is durable, modern, and comfortable. Avoid a baggy fit; instead, look for the same snugness you would find in a casual t-shirt.
Chinos are a versatile summer staple in any wardrobe because they can be dressed up or down. If you’re looking for a new pair for 2023, opt for a lighter shade of any color besides black and brown: for example, a muted olive green or soft blue.
Choose a slim fit or straight leg for the most tailored look, and consider cuffing the hem to achieve a more casual feel.
The perfect material for summer, linen is fast-drying and highly absorbent. It also allows for air flow, keeping you cool. The lightweight material has an effortless look, and its signature wrinkles somehow don’t detract from its style. A high-quality pair of linen shorts can pair well with either a t-shirt or a button-down for a quintessential summer look.
A list of summer essentials is not complete without a blazer in a light color like heather grey or beige. Appropriate for nearly any event, a blazer adds a polished, finished look to any outfit. Whether you’re dressing for a wedding or an evening out, opt for an unstructured shoulder without padding, ideally unlined to ensure breathability and comfort.
To elevate your style, consider a linen or light cotton pocket square, either in a classic white or a bright print to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.
When choosing summer footwear, prioritize comfort and function. A pair of white sneakers look clean and trendy, particularly if you choose a low-top silhouette that can be matched with a casual outfit or a tailored suit. Although a classic pair of white sneakers complement nearly any look, they will get dirty easily, so choose something else on muddy days.
When sneakers don’t fit the occasion, but you’re still aiming for a casual vibe, consider a pair of boat shoes in black or navy. Leather boat shoes are easy to clean and will last forever, while canvas also makes a sensible choice. Not only are boat shoes comfortable and walkable, they also look great with any style of shorts.
For low-top shoes, a pair of no-show socks allow your shoes to take center stage. Going barefoot with summer shoes can degrade the shoes and make your feet sweat, so choose low-profile socks with rubber grips behind the heel to prevent them from sliding down inside your shoes.
Don’t leave home without a stylish pair of sunglasses this summer. Not only do they protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, but they can effortlessly pull together an outfit. Choose reflective lenses for casual look, or round lenses for an elevated look that flatters nearly every face shape. Style options abound, from Wayfarers to aviators, so you can choose one for each outfit and mood.
Summer accessories can make an outfit. Update your watch band for summer, perhaps with a sporty silicon band or a trendy NATO strap made of synthetic nylon fabric or soft leather. Don’t be afraid to experiment with jewelry; a braided leather bracelet makes an understated, rugged addition to any outfit while a slim chain can add visual interest around the neckline. For belts, a canvas style complements many summer looks, while a braided leather belt conveys a similarly casual weekend vibe.
Find inspiration from designers
Once you’ve invested in your new summer clothes and accessories, you need to put them together. For outfit inspiration, check out the lookbooks of designers you admire. Adam Kimmel men’s summer fashion is a good place to start—his past spring and summer collections offer plenty of ideas for unfussy, confident style.