In a few months, summer will be on its way out, but it’s not too late to catch those last few rays of sun and look great while you’re doing it. Dressing well in the heat can be a major annoyance for guys looking to dress well. Heat and sweat can make dressing fashionably during the hottest months of summer into a nightmare, but they don’t have to be. The trick is to find versatile, comfortable, breathable clothes that fit your personality and personal taste without suffocating you in the summer sun. Stay ahead of the curve this summer with these stylish fashion tips and tricks.
1. Get the perfect fitted short sleeve shirt
Whether you’re a button up guy or a plain old T-shirt guy, finding a comfortable, classy top should be your first step in getting a summer wardrobe. If you’re looking for a button up, make sue the sleeves are fitted and not too loose. Avoid shirts that are baggy in the shoulder area and loose around the chest. Find a size that fits you right, and don’t be afraid to wear something a little tighter than what you’re normally used to. Also, pick a style that fits your personal taste. A plaid pattern, fun print, or bright color can make a boring old shirt into a head-turner. Looking for a place to start? Try Nordstrom! Their casual short-sleeve button downs are slim fitting and you can find a design that works for you. You can find classy, casual, and fun shirts on their website.
If you’re a T-shirt kind of guy, make sure you’re getting the right size. You don’t want something too loose or baggy, but you also don’t want a shirt that clings to you uncomfortably. Avoid pure cotton shirts, which soak up sweat, and instead look for more breathable synthetic fabrics that will help your sweat evaporate without giving you unsavory armpit stains. It’s best to choose a plain T-shirt in a primary color, especially red or blue, but pick whatever you feel the most comfortable with. Avoid pure white shirts though. No matter what material, white cloth will almost always show sweat and turn an ugly yellow color if sweat stained. You can find the right T-shirt pretty much anywhere, but if you want a good place to start, Under Armour and ASOS are good brands to consider.
2. Get the right shades
Nothing makes a guy look more sophisticated than a pair of sunglasses. Whether you want to look classy and polished or slick and mysterious, sunglasses are the way to go. Plus, it’s summer. You’re going to need sunglasses anyway. Just make sure to find the right pair of glasses for your face shape. If you have an oval shaped face, pretty much any kind of sunglasses will work for you. If you have a strong jawline and a square shaped face, aim for round frames to soften your harsh features. Think aviators. If your face is round, you want angular shades to help your cheeks look slimmer. Go for squarish frames or clubmasters. If you’re wondering which brand to buy, Ray-Bans is always a good place to start. If you’re willing to spend more, check out Oakleys. They’re a well-recognized name, and their sunglasses are attractive and durable.
3. Ditch the cargo shorts and go for a fitted flat front short
Loose, long, baggy cargo pants are not doing men any favors. Instead, pick a pair of shorts that are a little slimmer and shorter. For this one, you’re probably going to actually try some shorts on to find out what works best for you. As far as the look goes, you can’t go wrong with khaki or navy blue colored shorts, but bright colors like coral and peach can amp up your summer vibe. If you’re looking for a quick cheap pair, Old Navy and Abercrombie & Fitch are the places to shop. If you want something a little more high-quality, Ralph Lauren flat-front chino shorts are your best bet.
4. Get some boat shoes
Flip flops might be comfortable, but they aren’t usually in style. Feet aren’t usually the most attractive part of the body, and hairy toes don’t help. Boat shoes are classic, comfortable, and have been in style for years. You’ll be able to find a pair in pretty much any shoe store you walk into. Sperry is a great brand, recognized for their comfortable and quality boat shoes, but if you’re looking for something a little more elegant, Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Pharis canvas boat shoes might be the right ones to check out.
5. Stay on top of your hygiene
This is the single most important fashion tip you can get for the hot summer months. No matter how great of a dresser you are, sweat, body odor, and body hair can be a turn off. Just make sure to shower daily, trim excessive body hair, and stay on top of applying deodorant.