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Summer’s right around the corner–we can practically smell charcoal grills, the blooming flowers, and the salty beach air (or the smell of a perfectly-chlorinated swimming pool, if you’re landlocked like us).
If your idea of a nice Summer outfit is a beat-up t-shirt and a pair of cutoff jeans, you’re in luck. We’ve got some fashion-forward tips to help you look your best this Summer, featuring trendy but classic items that aren’t going out of style anytime soon.
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It’s All About the Shades
Picking the right shades probably seems pretty easy–after all, you’re just looking for a nice pair of sunnies, right? Well…sort of, but there are a few other aspects you should consider, including size, shape, color, and material.
Maybe you’re new to the idea of picking glasses that complement your face shape–that’s fine.When it comes to material, it’s kind of an unwritten rule that metal frames are more “Summer-y”, and plastic frames are better suited to cold weather (anyone who has worn metal frames on a cold day will understand why). However, rules are also made to be broken.
What’s trendy in men’s sunglasses for 2017? Modern takes and revamps of classic designs like the Aviator, Wayfarer, and Clubmaster shapes are popping up left and right. For “statement glasses”, bright colors aren’t as popular as they once were–2017’s trendy sunglasses are more subtle.
Shoes in Summer?! Giving Your Flip-Flops a Rest…
Listen, we understand why you love your flip-flops–when the weatherman starts to use words like “scorcher” and “heatwave”, the last thing you probably want to do is cover up more of your skin. But there are some occasions (nice dinners, Summer weddings, etc.) for which you should really cover your toes.
Luckily, this year, there is a trend towards breathable tennis shoes. Brands like Adidas, New Balance, and Nike are offering lots of cool footwear options with uppers made from materials like Mesh, Canvas, and even PrimeKnit. You can check out a few of these kicks, recently featured in Esquire.
When You Don’t Want to Rock Your Socks
Now that you’ve found your new favorite pair of shoes, it’s also important to keep ’em from getting smelly in the hot weather. May we suggest that you try peds? Unlike ankle or so-called “no-show” socks, peds actually allow you to rock the whole barefoot, Miami Vice look, without raising a big stink.
YOLO, Wear a Polo
Sure, the popped-collar fraternity look has gotten its fair share of abuse over the years, but that doesn’t change the fact that the polo is the best “business casual” choice for a Summer shirt. But you needn’t look like a “Chad” or a golf pro to strut your stuff in a polo this Summer. Currently, brightly patterned, high-contrast, and even textured (ribbed, e.g.) polos are a hot fashion trend.
If you can’t seem to get the right fit (or don’t know what the right fit is), this piece from GQ will give you the sartorial know-how to pull off this current trend and warm weather essential.
Linen: King of the Warm-Weather Fabrics
Some guys could wear shorts all year-round, regardless of where they live. Maybe they just “run hot” (or have a girlfriend or wife who gets to control the thermostat), but maybe these dudes just haven’t heard the expression “variety is the spice of life”.
If you’re ready to switch up your routine this Summer, you’re in luck–linen pants are currently enjoying another moment in the sun (pun sort of intended). Worn alongside a polo or even a t-shirt, you’ll easily achieve a perfect “beach bum” look, but with the right shoes, linen can have a place in an (open-minded) boardroom, too.