Every season has its fashion purpose. Winter caters to layers, thicker fabrics and darker colors. Where as summer is about light fabrics, bold color tones and fun prints. It’s the season when a man wants to enjoy the long and lazy days feeling comfortable, yet stylish. So how does a man translate that idea into his own style, without forgoing all his fashion sense?
Here is a list of how he can make the most out of his wardrobe this summer with these 5 Summer Styling Tips !
If he’s looking for the perfect summer outfit, all he needs is an Oxford shirt and a pair of shorts. Breaking form conventional design, he can opt for a Cuban style collar or a printed short sleeve. Below are some stylish ideas to get him going.
1. A GOOD PAIR OF SHORTS
Can we talk about this? This may seem like an obvious point, but most men have a preconceived notion of what “a good pair of shorts” is. Shorts should not be bulky, go over the knee, have excessive pockets (i.e. cargo shorts) and they should not be too baggy. No body ever compliments a man on how fabulous his cargo shorts are, unless he is fly-fishing in the Catskills. Remember these two pointers:
- Nail the fit – Look for a flattering short that fits you well in the rear/thighs and that ends around an inch above the knee.
- No toggles, zips and pull-cords…just don’t!
2. SUMMER SHIRTS
If he’s looking for the perfect summer outfit, all he needs is an Oxford shirt and a pair of shorts. Breaking form conventional design, he can opt for a Cuban style collar or a printed short sleeve. Below are some stylish ideas to get him going. However, much like shorts, ill-fitting shirts can really unflattering. I personally love Elizabeth Blanchard at J Hilburn….a luxury menswear line which is sold direct to the consumer, bringing you the highest quality at a fraction of the price! Best of all, it is an in-home service and all their products are custom-made. I turned Lex onto their shirts and he absolutely loves them. Use code: sprucedandstyled and receive $25 off your first order.
3. THE SUMMER JACKET
A well fitted seersucker or cotton/linen blazer is so stylish and so flattering. I am here to tell you, that women like a polished looking man, just as a man likes a well dressed woman. Obviously, this is not what we expect on a daily basis. But if you’re getting ready for a party or date-night, put on that summer jacket. Here are some great ideas and yes you can wear a blazer with shorts and still look manly.
4. BOLD ACCENTS
If wearing prints and color is not part of your regular wardrobe, a good place to introduce that is with your accessories. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bright pair of shorts or a stripped shirt, but that’s not for everyone. Buying a cobalt blue belt, or a navy straw fedora is a great start. Go ahead and be courageous…show off your true colors!
Below are some ideas, but click here for a full edited selection of bold accent.
5. BE FABRIC SMART
Unless he bathes in antiperspirant, he will sweat. This is important, because most men want to feel comfortable in the heat of the summer. Opting for natural fabrics is preferred over synthetics (such as rayon and polyester). Here is a list of what you should look for.
- Linen – Incredibly light, cool and quick absorbing, it is a perfect summer fabric. However, it is also notorious for wrinkling easy, but that is the charm. Lex has a few linen items he swears by.
- Cotton – Another great summer fabric. Very comfortable and it does not wrinkle making it ideal for shirts and shorts. It does however retain moisture a lot more than linen, so I would not recommend wearing it on very humid days.
- Seersucker – This is a British fabric that as one may know, has this puckering effect. It is very cooling and comfortable and actually looks pretty stylish on its own.
- Silk – The lightest of fabrics and incredibly cooling to the touch, silk is awesome. It is however, a little tough to wear as a man, unless of course you are Hugh Hefner and prefer to wear your silk robe to every occasion. There are silk/cotton combinations that are incredible and will not leave you looking like a gigolo.
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