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The weather is hot and sticky, and you’re spending most of your time outside — it’s summah summah summah time! While soaking up the sun after an endless winter feels amazing, dressing for scorching heat can make any guy just give up all hope. Trying to figure out how to be dapper and wear the least amount of layers calls for endless frozen margaritas, but we’re here to help you with a summer-style game plan. Kick back with a cold one and check out our summer outfits for men to look cool no matter the temperature.
If there’s a way to cheat summer style, it’s by sticking to a classic outfit that works anywhere and everywhere. A lightweight, casual white button-down from Mr. P gives you a sharp look, without feeling overheated in breathable cotton.
Sunspel’s 100% long-staple cotton T-shirt has a cult-like following for its super luxe and comfy feel that’s great to wear on its own or under your shirting. Plus, a striped T-shirt is a summer classic that looks great on any man! Because shorts don’t work in every summer setting, add your favorite Everlane dark indigo slim-fit jeans to the mix for a look that's polished, yet still feels comfy with a hint of stretch.
breathable footwear. Top it all off with a denim MLB baseball cap from this new collaboration between Todd Snyder and New Era that’ll knock your summer style right out of the park., but you’ll feel cool AF with these perforated kicks for
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Mr. P. Slim Patchwork Cotton Shirt, $200, mrporter.com; Sunspel English Stripe Crew Neck Tee, $90, mrporter.com; Everlane Slim-Fit Jeans, $68, everlane.com; Greats Royale Perforated Low-Top Sneaker, $179, Nordstrom.com; Todd Snyder + New Era MLB Baseball Cap, $78, toddsnyder.com
Whether you’re hitting a friend’s barbecue or having a day out with the boys, there’s no need to look less than dapper while spending the day outdoors. Go for a flattering look (even if your summer-bod goals never happened) with a vertical-striped, relaxed-fit short-sleeve shirt that’ll elongate your torso over a bright graphic T-shirt. Give your jeans a break and swap them for these skinny cargos that’ll flatter your legs with slim pockets to stash your card case or money clip to avoid unnecessary bulk.
One of our favorite footwear trends happens to be the comfiest — "dad" sneakers are the perfect kicks for a streetwear look that’ll keep your dogs from barking as you spend your day out with your bros. It takes little effort to make a major style impact.
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Original Penguin Knitted Vertical Stripe Shirt, $79, originalpenguin.com; Saturdays NYC New City T-shirt, $48, saturdaysnyc.com; DL1961 Hunter Skinny Driftless Cargo Pants, $178, dl1961.com; Fila Disrupter II Sneakers, from $54, amazon.com; Todd Snyder + New Era MLB Baseball Cap, $78, toddsnyder.com
While some men will wear any old thing to the beach, it’s important to look stylish when you go from catching waves to catching happy hour. Totally confused by how to do this? Beach, please!
Keep it simple by building off a swimsuit that looks more like regular summer shorts, then create light layering with a tank top to sport around the beach, and a fun printed cotton shirt that's perfect for mingling at an outdoor bar. Rocking a button-down like this one from Saturdays in a dark blue color helps to hide sweat marks with a cool distracting pattern that’s a great alternative to the Hawaiian shirt if that’s not your thing.
Lastly, flip-flops in a bar are a big no-no, so try out these cool smoking slippers from Soludos that cover your toes and feature a dope embroidered wave.
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Saturdays NYC Esquina Water Button-Down Shirt, $145, saturdaysnyc.com; Topman Off White Oversized Tank Top, $20, topman.com; Onia Calder 7.5-Inch Swim Trunks, $145, onia.com; Soludos Waves Smoking Slippers, $65, eastdane.com
No man wants to wear a suit in the summer — the thought alone can cause any dude to break a sweat!
Thankfully, there’s lightweight suiting options to keep your cool, like this one from Etro that’s extra comfy with stretch. It's a bit pricey for some, but brands like Bonobos make great-quality suiting for a reasonable price if that's more your speed. There’s always that point in the wedding where you’re going to take your snazzy blazer off and you don’t want your shirt underneath to look ill-fitting. Custom shirts from Proper Cloth will have you looking svelte like James Bond, thanks to the ability to customize your shirt — including the collar size, sleeve length, and general fit — all for an affordable price.
Accessorizing with brown-leather goods like these Allen Edmonds woven penny loafers adds an accent of texture, while a Miansai leather-cord bracelet pairs perfectly with your watch for a modern touch to your classic suiting.
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Etro Blue Slim-fit Stretch-Cotton Suit Jacket, $1,090, mrporter.com; Etro Blue Slim-Fit Stretch Cotton Suit Trousers, $370, mrporter.com; Proper Cloth Weston 80s White Pinpoint Button-Down Shirt, $80, propercloth.com; Allen Edmonds Palm Beach Weave Tassel Dress Loafer, $530, allenedmonds.com; Miansai Beacon Leather Cord Bracelet, $105, miansai.com
When it comes to purchasing summer clothes, you’re more likely to think of vacation outfits and casual-cool looks to rock on the weekends, but when you’re working in an office most of the week and not enjoying the summer sunshine, it’s important to get stylish with your workwear and feel comfy.
Stay office-appropriate in your same everyday button-down from Mr P. and try out these Theory pants, made of a cool Swiss-engineered fabric. These pants feel oh so soft, and are super lightweight and wrinkle-resistant for a polished look throughout your busy day. Top it off with a stylish color-blocked windbreaker that’s a huge outerwear trend for men this season, and it's also great for any breezy day.
When it comes to a work bag, go for a Topo Designs tote that can carry so much gear without looking messy. Round out your look with those same simple white-leather sneakers you love to rock. Sporty and comfy enough to wear all day, yet still office-approved!
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The Upside Colour Block Bel Air Jacket, $229, theupsidesport.com; Mr. P Slim Patchwork Cotton Shirt, $200, mrporter.com; Theory Neoteric Raffi Pant, $245, theory.com; Greats Royale Perforated Low-Top Sneaker, $179, nordstrom.com; Topo Designs Cinch Tote, $89, topodesigns.com