When 90% of the year the temperature barely reaches anywhere near the 20s it comes as no surprise that a majority of your wardrobe is geared for the winter. When it comes to donning coats and scarves and dressing to impress in the winter months we generally manage to put on a good show.
Traditionally us British gents have not always done so well when it comes to summer fashion. There have been a number of style disasters in the past that has led to a reputation that is going to be hard to shake off, but with a few gentle reminders I am sure we can help the modern day man remain at the forefront of the worlds fashion icons and steer clear of any holiday style mishaps this summer.
The vest was first introduced as an under garment to be worn underneath a shirt for extra warmth. That idea has remained since the birth of the vest. Unless of course you are on a beach, but even then, the vest should still be teamed with another garment for when you are heading for the beachside bars for a few coolers.
This summer opt for wearing a vest underneath an open short sleeve shirt to layer your outfits appropriately.
Carhartt Wip Blue/White Pine Hawaii Short Sleeved Shirt – £36.95
The summer months require a lighter fabric and colour pair of trousers. During the winter month’s dark skinny jeans are perfect as they don’t reveal anything and keep you looking in shape. However, wearing tight chinos is a no go. Especially if they are beige. The light colour will draw attention to your legs and if they are too tight around the thigh then you could look like you have enormous legs regardless of your size.
Buy a pair that are light cotton and that have a slight taper and not only you, but the rest of the world will be thanking us.
Jack & Jones White Pepper Marco Enzo Slim Fit Chinos – £23.95
There is nothing quite like looking down and seeing the clean break between a nicely fit pair of chinos and a classic leather loafer, tanned ankles cutting between the two so perfectly. Not only is it more comfortable to wear no socks during the summer it is also great for pairing trousers and footwear. Just leaving a few inches between your chinos and shoes makes almost any combination work.
So don’t forget, leave the socks at home and pair your chinos with a classic tan leather loafer for a timeless summer look.
H By Hudson Cognac Zair Calf Shoes – £53.95
Sunglasses are a summer essential, but it’s extremely important to get it right. Firstly, remember to pack them! So many times people forget their sunglasses and are forced to invest in a pair from the nearest street vendor selling knock off pairs from a suitcase. Secondly, be sure to wear them at the right times. Inside? No. In the lift? No. At night? No. wear sunglasses when the sun is out and when you actually need to protect your eyes from the sun. You will certainly look a lot better.
Ray-Ban Silver Round Flash Sunglasses – £111.95
Anyone wearing shorts that are exceptionally tight and exceptionally short has definitely got this one wrong. We are graced with hairy legs as men and if your shorts are starting to reveal the upper thigh and the hair that surrounds that area then you are actually revealing your pubic hair. And nobody wants to see that.
Cargo shorts are becoming popular again this year, as are a number of pairs of sports shorts and you can never go wrong with some straight leg chino shorts. As a general rule of thumb buy your shorts to reach the top of your knee.
Superdry Squadron Green Core Lite Ripstop Cargo Shorts – £44.95
So there we have it, a few simple and effective ways to avoid summer fashion nightmares. If you manage to come across anyone wearing socks underneath their super tight chinos; with a dark vest and blackout shades whilst standing in your lift then you know where to send them. #standout