As summer temps continue to rise, you’ll want pieces that keep you cool. We’re giving our casual outfits a fun, seasonal upgrade by incorporating fresh summer style trends into our looks. From unique colors to sporty footwear, here are six ways to nail summer dressing.
Instant upgrade with a pastel tee
If neutrals are generally the comfort zone you live in, it might be time to shake things up a bit. (Don’t worry, we won’t make you venture too far out on the wild side.) To add some excitement to your outfit, start with a pastel pop of color. A solid colored shirt helps inject the jovial mood of summer but without getting too crazy. Styled with a lightweight blazer and denim, you have an outfit that is polished, fun, and perfectly put-together.
Brighten your look with colorful shorts
If light and bright are words that describe summer, it’s only fitting they be used to describe our summer style, too. Skip the dark denim in favor of seasonally appropriate slim-fitting shorts instead. And to push the style envelope a little further, we suggest choosing a pair in an unexpected color. If you’re unsure of what to wear them with, go for a printed shirt that incorporates complementary shades. Finish off with sleek accessories and shoes that can be worn without socks for a look that screams summer. For more advice on styling shorts for summer, read our post that covers everything men need to know, including this year's trends and tips on how to pair different colors, patterns and styles.
Sporty sneakers that kick it up a notch
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that summer is almost synonymous with comfort. That’s why we’re looking to sneakers to bring an effortlessly casual-cool finish to our outfits. But don’t just reserve these shoes for weekends or a trip to the gym. To rock them with a smart-casual look, we suggest wearing a slim-fit button-down and chino pants. Since no summer outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses, don’t forget to round out the look with a matching pair of frames.
Go full-on graphic utility
With retro-inspired graphics on the rise, there’s no easier way to wear the trend than with a cotton T-shirt. Playing off the grunge vibe of the tee, go for a pair of black skinny-fit jeans with slight distressed detailing. To add an unexpected twist to the look, try adding more polished pieces like a tailored utility jacket. Not only does it add an interesting layer, but it’ll come in handy for cooler summer evenings, too.
A prep-inspired easygoing outfit
A great outfit doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel every time. More often than not, it’s all about knowing which pieces work for you and making sure they’re up to date with fresh details. This classic combination of a short-sleeve shirt reimagined with retro inspired nautical flair and denim jeans pair together flawlessly. The dreamy shades of blue feel cool and the accessories only help accentuate the throwback appeal.
Minimal pieces that make maximum impact
For a more refined approach to casual summer style, keep your color palette simple. We love the breezy aesthetic that neutrals can bring to any look, plus it’s so easy to pull off. Start with a solid colored top (extra points for anything with textured detailing) then add stretchy jeans in a lighter hue. When worn with white sneakers and accessories within the same color-family, the intentional color coordination results in creating a clean and effortless look.