The smart-casual trend can be difficult to get right at the best of times – let alone during hot summer months. As this is the hottest summer we’ve experienced, prioritising both style and comfort is the core focus of any man’s summer wardrobe. Keep reading our Standout guide on how to nail the smart-casual trend this summer, as we bring you some of the best, cooler alternatives to mix and match with smart summer statements. Whether your summer plans consist of hitting the beach, outdoor drinks on an evening, or simply soaking up the sun – our easily-executed guide can help keep you on-trend and comfortable however you choose to celebrate the heatwave.
Arguably the most versatile item in a man’s wardrobe, the smart-casual essential at the top of our list is a pair of shorts. Try swapping out your regular trouser of choice for a smart pair of shorts, such as our Lacoste Beige slim-fit chino shorts. These shorts will keep you both cool and comfortable, whilst equally tailored on the bottom half for a sophisticated look. Pair up these stylish shorts with our Tommy Hilfiger Hawaiian shirt – the regular loose fit features an on-trend navy and white print, whilst the linen and cotton blend of fabric work to keep you cool in the heat. If you’re looking for a more refined, evening look – consider pairing the versatile Lacoste shorts with a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, such as our Gant White Slim Oxford shirt. The white shirt and beige shorts look is a staple beach-to-bar ensemble, unbutton several buttons, roll up your sleeves and add a pair of H by Hudson suede shoes for smarter styling alternatives.
Lightweight T-Shirts and Polos
There’s a fine line between smart casual, and just plain casual when it comes to how you choose to style your tee. To distinguish between the two styles, we like to use the ‘top to bottom’ technique, pairing a more casual tee with a pair of tailored shorts, as this instantly ups the comfort factor of your outfit, whilst also providing a contemporary, stylish edge. Try pairing a casual t-shirt, such as our Tommy Hilfiger Box Logo t-shirt with a pair of smart denim shorts.
Alternatively, if you prefer a more casual pair of shorts, such as our Fila Sweat Shorts, then try to smarten up the look with a tidy, neat polo shirt like our Lacoste Grey polo. However you choose to style out the top to bottom rule, pairing your outfit with a sleek pair of trainers such as our Jeffery West White Leather trainers or minimal pair of brown loafers will help to keep your smart casual look on the right footing.
As tempting as it may be to throw on a more casual, baggy t-shirt in the warmer summer months, short-sleeved shirts are a smarter alternative that can help you scrub up well whilst offering a simplistic smart casual look with minimal effort required. Simply tucking in a short-sleeved shirt, unbuttoning the collar or layering with a crew neck tee, can keep you cool, whilst remaining effortlessly stylish in the sun.
Our range of short-sleeved shirts at Standout can be found in an array of summer-suited, vibrant colours and are made from breathable cotton and linen fabrics that comfortably see you through daytime to evening wear. Whether you choose to be bold and opt for a vibrantly patterned shirt, such as our Religion Arrow Pattern shirt, or keep things smart and simple with a lighter alternative – such as our Tommy Jeans Poplin shirt, short sleeve shirts can be easily paired with a simplistic pair of shorts, lightweight trousers, or matching co-ordinate shorts.
Investing in a pair of lightweight chino style of trousers at Standout, is the easiest way to navigate your way through warmer weather – whilst still looking and feeling your best. At Standout, we have an array of chino trousers in summer-appropriate shades, such as our classic Gant Chinos in Khaki, our Tommy Hilfiger Chinos in Navy and our G-Star Tapered Chinos in a dark brown hue, that are guaranteed to make smart-casual styling a breeze. If you’re looking for a versatile daywear look, consider matching a lighter pair of chinos with a classic striped tee, such as our Lacoste striped t-shirt for a sophisticated, casual combination. Or, if you’d rather steer smart, add a straight hem polo shirt, such as the Barbour International Tipped polo shirt. The white polo features a narrow, tipped collar with a two-button placket for extra smart casual style points. Simply pair this look with a minimal pair of dress shoes, such as our Timberland Light Grey Oxford trainers for a timeless, smart casual outfit.
For further smart-casual styling inspiration, take a look at our mens clothing range at Standout and discover great deals across special pieces from leading designers such as Levis, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger and more.