It may be the season of suffering and sweat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress. The fashionable man will turn the elements to his advantage and build a summer closet that’s stylish, functional and cool in more ways than one. You simply have to work around the demands of the weather and the limitations of a wardrobe without layers.
Easier said than done, right? Don’t worry. Say you are planning to visit Egypt the cheap holiday destination and you aren’t sure where to get started, here are ten of our best summer fashion tips for men.
10: Keep it simple
The first, most obvious step is to keep your outfits as simple as possible. The less you’re wearing, the less you’ll be affected by the heat. Try to follow the “three piece” rule: A top, a bottom and an accessory, like a single hat or over-the-shoulder bag. Anything more than three pieces is just asking to attract sweat.
9: Buy several pairs of sunglasses
Gone are the days when a simple pair of shades could invoke James Bond. Today’s sunglasses come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, which means you should be coordinating them to your clothes as much as any other accessory. Try to have a different pair for at least every other day.
8: Know your fabrics
You’ll want light, breathable material to keep your temperature down and your body odor at bay. Look for natural fibers that allow plenty of air flow, like cotton, chino and linen. If you need to dress up for work or formal occasions, try a smart seersucker suit.
7: Party with patterns
Patterns are an easy way to add a little jazz to understated outfits. Pinstripes, for example, are classy enough for the office without sacrificing the youthful edge that makes you fashionable. Plaid is a great look for casual days. If you’re secure in your masculinity, you can even try for something a little floral.
6: Wear what fits
There is no shirt you can buy that will lower the actual temperature outside, not even if it’s a dozen sizes too big. Give up the ghost and stick, as always, to fitted clothes that flatter your figure. Let other aspects of your closet compensate for the heat.
5: Carry a handkerchief
It’s sturdier than tissue and much more dignified than a sweat towel. Even if you don’t wind up needing it, it’s a timeless touch to any outfit that will impress your contemporaries and give you a gentleman’s confidence.
4: Dress up your polos
Summer for the fashionable man inevitably means the emergence of short-sleeved button-down polos. This isn’t a bad choice, since your average polo is light, classy and easily paired with anything else from your closet. But you’ll need to liven it up if you don’t want your wardrobe to become a xerox copy of itself. Learn to accessorize your polos with ties, belts and even collar pins to distinguish your outfits from one day to the next. Consider light undershirts in contrasting colors for that extra “oomph.”
3: Look towards the light
It’s an obvious tip, but one that can’t be stressed enough. Avoid dark colors whenever possible! Blacks and browns will absorb heat and absolutely cook you in your clothes. Look for bright, airy colors instead, like whites, greens and pale pinks.
2: Think outside the box
Ever thought about wearing wool in the summertime? If you haven’t, you’ve obviously never heard of merino wool. Unlike winter cool, merino is lightly woven and moisture repellent, meaning it won’t get damp and stick to your skin. In fact, it actually guards against wetness by drawing sweat away from the body, a process known as wicking. These are the kinds of fun facts you can discover by doing your research and daring to be different this summer. The fashionable man always look for new ways to improve his wardrobe.
1: Find the perfect pair of shoes
You don’t have to be female to appreciate a good pair of shoes, and when your wardrobe is already limited by summer heat, the right pair of shoes can make or break your outfit. Sandals, of course, are the obvious choice of the season, but they aren’t your only option. Boat shoes are simple and colorful and don’t even require socks. Loafers and moccasins are lighter than they look.
These are just a few of the ways you can stay stylishly cool even in the midst of a blazing summer. Remember, the fashionable man will always find a way. Good luck!
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