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Summer style’s always a tricky one. You want to look cool, but you want to be cool too. The problem is there’s always been a lot more ugly summer men’s clothes stocking the shelves of retailers than winter ones (think 90s, neon baggy T-shirts). But wait — there’s still hope — looking great in summer is easy if you stick with some simple classic styles that look good on almost everyone, don’t date, and leave you feeling suitably fresh and cool.
THE SHORT SLEEVE HENLEY
Often the basic solid color cotton T-shirt is the best way to go. It’s timeless, works with jeans or shorts and is light and airy. Sometimes though you want to mix things up and bit, and have a bit more dimension in your wardrobe.
The short sleeve Henley shirt provides the answer. It’s comfortable, cool, with the button placket adding a sense of style history. Fit’s always paramount. Although it’s sometimes called the grandpa shirt — you want it to fit like you chose it yourself — and didn’t just inherit it from your grandpa who was some sizes bigger or smaller than you. You’re after a shirt that looks trim, hugs your body without being too tight.
SLIM FIT CHINOS
The key word here being “slim”. Summer’s all about feeling and looking trim and fit (hey, most romances bloom in summer not spring) so you want to avoid baggy unflattering clothes. Chinos are versatile, they can be worn to the office as well as to the beach party. A simple summer outfit is a pair of khaki chinos paired with a navy Henley shirt and white canvas sneakers.
Chinos are completely casual, cool, and perfect for evening occasions where the temperature’s a bit low for shorts, or where shorts are a bit informal.
THE POLO SHIRT
The gentleman requires cool attire in hot weather and the Polo Shirt while casual, is still JFK smart. The history of the shirt is one of evolution. French seven-time tennis champion unhappy with the traditional “tennis whites” designed a white, short sleeved button-up shirt that we would recognize today as sporting the basic characteristics of the classic polo. It soon became popular in other leisure activities, including polo, but it was only in the 1970s when fashion designer Ralph Lauren made it a staple of his men’s collection, labeling it the “polo shirt” that the name finally stuck.
Today the polo’s a fashion classic and every gentleman should have at least one in his closet. For wearing to the summer party or hanging out at the beach. Wear with shorts of chinos. Classy and classic.
Getting the right fit, not too baggy, not too tight is thy key to making this one of the sharpest and most versatile shirts you’ll have all summer.
THE FITTED FLAT FRONT SHORT
On the baggy cargo short opinion is divided. Personally I think they have a place, and certainly can work with a simple T, but the majority of your shorts should be the basic fitted flat front short. They’re simple available in a host of colors, with clear cut lines and promise a smart summer style.
As far as length goes, shorts have been becoming slimmer and shorter for a decade. You don’t want to go too far though. If they’re starting to look as revealing as shorts from the 1970s then you probably want to try something a little longer.
You can easily get away with an inch or two of leg showing above your knee. You’ll find it creates a more put-together, planned look.
These canvas or leather shoes with non-slip souls were as the name suggests used extensively by sailors on boats. The pattern cut into the sole provides grip on a slippery deck.
Great for summer, boat shoes provide foot-cushioning all day comfort, ideal for life on the waves, at the beach or in the city.
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