Summer is just on the horizon, dudes! It’s time to get your wardrobe ready for summer action. It doesn’t matter what your summer activities are—hitting the beach, camping, cruising around in a convertible—there are several summer staples that you can wear for any occasion.
Style is of no concern here! No matter what look you prefer, you’ll be able to integrate these summer fashion pieces into any type of wardrobe. Here are 5 summer must-haves for men.
A polo is perfect for nearly any and every summer occasion. They’re great for Sunday brunches and for dining out at medium-tier restaurants. But polos have a comfy feel that make them perfect for any outdoor activity, like golfing or strolling on the beach.
You should get two or three pairs of polos for your wardrobe. Your basic colors should be black, white and Navy blue, but you should also mix in a brighter color like light blue, orange, green, or purple. If you’re going to be wearing your polo for outdoor events, try and get moisture wicking polos. These polos are designed to soak up moisture. There’s a good chance that you’ll be sweating under the hot sun while you’re at the beach or playing tennis, so a moisture wicking polo is a great way to stay dry and keep you looking nice. Moisture wicking polos are also great if you’re going to be hanging out poolside.
If you’re going to a classier event, be sure to read our guide on sophisticated polo shirt looks.
2. Swim Trunks
Swim trunks are definitely a summer necessity. If you haven’t bought a new pair for a while, it might be time to buy a couple pairs so that you’re ready for all the swimming and splashing that summer brings.
There are plenty of cool swim trunks that you can choose from, which range from tropical to geeky. On the tropical side of things, you’ve got your trunks that have stylistic tropical vegetation on them, and you’ve also got ones that have stripe overlays. Safe to say that these are the “cool kid” swim trunks.
But there are sillier options, too. You can find trunks with designs like bananas, rubber duckies, and sailboats on them, and you can even get star-spangled banner trunks for a Fourth of July beach bash. The ladies love these silly swimsuits because they bring out your goofier and unselfconscious side, and they’re a great conversation starter at parties.
3. Flip Flops
You can’t forget about shoes! And the quintessential summer shoes are definitely flip flops. We’re not saying that you have to wear flip flops every single day. But flip flops are perfect for lounging around the pool or for having bonfires at the beach. And, besides, you’ve probably been wearing sneakers all winter and spring, so it’s time to get your feet tan.
There are lots of different flip flops on the market, and it’s important that you try it before you buy it because the wrong pair of flips flops can really hurt your feet. Consider getting two different pairs: cheaper foam flip flops to wear around the house, and a nicer pair of flip flops to wear to social events.
4. Khaki Shorts and Chino Shorts
Your wardrobe should have two kinds of summer shorts: khaki shorts and chino shorts. Your khaki shorts are definitely your comfort wear for when you’re on vacation or going hiking. Your chino shorts should be a little bit nicer, and you should consider getting a couple pairs that are darker than your khaki shorts. If you’re going to an outdoor semi-formal event where it’s going to be hot outside, you can pair your chino shorts with a button up linen, and you can tie it all together with a belt.
5. Linen Shirt
Finally, be sure to add a linen button up to your summer wardrobe. Why linen, and why a button up? You should get a button up that’s specifically linen because linen is a light and comfortable material that feels good even when you’re outside in hot weather. And you should get a button up for any dressier summer events that you’re going to attend. The point is to be both stylish and comfortable! And remember that you can always roll up the sleeves if you want to catch a little extra breeze. Check out this stylish linen shirt and get a white and dark colored one for your closet.