Winter and spring are a glorious time for fashion. You get to wear your favourite sweaters and pair them with trench coats. You can show off your taste with some cotton Oxfords and selvedge denim. You get to layer in style with jumpers and shirts and jackets. And then it all goes wrong with summer.
Dressing well in summer sounds uncomfortable, intimidating, and almost impossible. How does one dress well when comfort is the top priority? Well, the trick is to have a few key pieces in your wardrobe and mix and match them to perfection. Yes, it’s perfectly possible to make different outfits out of just shirts, shorts and shoes. Here are the pieces you’d need.
A Well-Fitted Polo Shirt
A men’s polo shirt can be one of the most versatile garments, particularly during summer. The polo is comfortable, breathable, and looks stylish with everything, from trousers to shorts. The proper fit should hug your form without looking too tight. That said, you must also avoid smaller sizes, since they can end up looking out of proportion.
A Linen Shirt
In summer, comfort should always be the priority. And few fabrics are as comfortable as linen. A linen shirt is a summer must-have, since it is light and breathable. Yes, it does wrinkle easily, but all you have to do to maintain a linen shirt is regular ironing.
While cargo shorts for men work for those who like to keep their pockets stuffed, the trend now is to wear fitted, slimmer shorts. They look stylish, are more comfortable, and better pair with your polos and shirts. A little higher than the knee is where shorts are worn these days, giving a smarter look.
A Pair Of Slip-On Shoes
In summer, the feet tend to sweat a lot, calling for something breathable. A pair of canvas or suede slip-on shoes lets you do away with the lace-ups and keeps you feeling and looking great. You can choose boat shoes, or loafers or brogues, but make sure to wear them sockless.
Much like the polo, the short-sleeve shirt can be paired with anything from shorts to cargos. The fit should also imitate the polo- the arms and the body should hug your form just right without stretching or billowing. You could also get one tailor-made.
Summer shouldn’t be all about shorts, though. You have to work, and attend social occasions, and you cannot wear shorts there. The most comfortable option to replace dress pants in summer would be a pair of slim-fit chinos, that are versatile and comfy and can be paired with everything from shirts to Henleys for a smart look.
A Classic Watch
There’s no accessory like a classic timepiece. Wearing a watch is so much about style now, and a Nato strap watch looks stylish as well as keeps your hand comfortable no matter what the temperature.
A Man Bag
Summer weekends mean escaping the daily grind and going for a trip. Men’s bags are therefore a wardrobe essential for weekend trips. You could choose a duffel, a holdall, or a backpack to add some flair to your summer getaway attire.