The Best Tips for Improving Your Summer Style

A guide to dressing when it’s
hot out




Written by Salvatore Marashi


It’s summer and its time to
spend your days soaking in the sun of the outdoors. Gone are the days of
freezing nights and bitter rain. If you’re anything like me, you’re relishing
in every moment outside of the office and down by the water or relaxing at the pool.
However, summer always presents unique sartorial problems.
When summer comes, you can
count on double-digit heat spikes, humidity, freezing air conditioning, nights
that can range from uncomfortable warm to breezy, to downright frigid. See the
contradictions? Worse yet, summer doesn’t adhere to the same styling rules as
its counterparts. Gone are the days where a smart bomber jacket can save your
style. Summer style means more fun but it also means more attention.
Here are some easy tips for
improving your summer fashion and breezing through the wildest months of the
year.
The Superior No-Show Sock

Summer No-Show Socks
Want to boil in your clothes
all summer long? Then slip on your wool socks with abandonment. If you’re a
normal, sane person like us, then you’re probably trying to cool down whenever
possible.
The no-show socks are your
best friends when it’s hot out. Your feet are one of the biggest areas in your
body that regulate heat. So why would you keep them insulated? You wouldn’t and
shouldn’t. No-show socks keep everything breathable while avoiding the pitfalls
many men make by deciding to go sockless altogether.
No-show socks are also just a
great style choice. They accentuate your shoes and allow for rolled jeans to
create contrast with your footwear.
A Summer Appropriate Pair of
Shoes

Summer Shoes

We’ve talked about shoes a lot
on here. Summer shoe styles are some of the best. While we’re sad to see boots
go mostly by the wayside, there are so many more styles to explore.
Minimalist sneakers and
espadrilles are our picks for the warm weather months. The sneakers are well
within the bounds of classic, everyday fashion and will no doubt work with
whatever you pair with them. Whether its a suit or a pair of swim trunks, minimalist
sneakers are simultaneously casual and dressed up. To seal the deal, they are
the perfect choice for no-show socks.
Espadrilles, on the other
hand, bring some liveliness to your footwear. Their simple design makes them a
dream for exploring patterns and designs without getting in the way of
function. These shoes have the versatility too, looking great for after work
wear as well as on the beach. Think of these as the better, grown-up sandal.
Cooling Down in Lighter Denim

Summer Denim


J-CrewI love both my black and
indigo jeans but there’s no doubt that they feel out of place in one hundred
degrees weather. Worse, those colors only work to attract the heat. That
doesn’t mean you need to cut denim out for the summer at entirely. Let’s talk alternatives.
Light wash jeans should be
your go-to for denim in summer. Their color is cooling and stylish and pairs
with brighter summer colors. For these reasons, white and tan jeans are
excellent options as well.
If you’re really looking to
beat the heat, distressed denim is something to consider. Subtle tears in the
denim provide that edgy look and give another pathway for heat to leave your
body. Just don’t go overboard.
Texturizing your Style

Summer Texture
When you’re wearing fewer
clothes out, the texture is key. It’s hard to make a simple button-down stand
out without gravitating towards bold patterns. For us simple style gurus,
textured pieces can make all the difference. Instead of using your chest as a
mural for flowers, birds or whatever else is being put on shirts these days,
opt for interesting materials.
Velour, toweling, and suede
are all good choices. Our favorite would have to be seersucker. The material
creates some interesting contrast but is still subtle for everyday use. Stick
to things like velour when you’re making some nighttime style swerves.

Proper Watches for Warmer
Weather


Summer Watches
Men’s accessories are rather
limited. Thus the importance of the watch is not only for function but also
giving you some seriously needed accessorizing. Unfortunately, those expensive
metal watches are a pain in the summer heat. More so, summer is time for
relaxing your looks and these pricey, metal watches can look out of place.
The “nato” strap is perfect.
Its lightweight canvas is breathable and interchangeable. Unlike their
counterparts, these watches can change to fit your mood. Watches with
interchangeable straps are just what summer needs. Going to the beach? Go for
navy knit bands. Have a fancy dinner? Switch that out for a leather band. Try
swapping out the metal for nato, knit or leather band, and you’ll be grateful
when you’re crushing summer fashion and staying cooler than everyone else at
the office.
Layering In The Heat (yes
layering)


Summer Layering
Layering might seem
counterproductive while trying to stay cool but summer is unpredictable. Summer
shows, windy nights and June gloom all throw off the hallmarks of warm weather
fashion. The problem is, you can’t just reach for one of your winter jackets.
Their heavy materials will turn a much-needed respite from the heat into an
awkward, sweat-induced night.
Layering can be exactly what
you need. Linen and seersucker provide just enough warmth in a layer without
going anywhere near too hot. You’re going to find yourself gravitating to the
shirt-jacket and for good reason. Just take a cool button down you love and
throw it over your t-shirt. Simple, stylish and cool. For those nights you need
something more though, an unstructured blazer of chore jacket are go-to
choices.
Why should winter get all the
style moves? Summer is just as fun if not more. Get out of your comfort zone
and stick to these tips for looking good no matter what this season throws at
you.
How do you nail summer style?
Let us know in the comments below!
Salvatore Marashi

SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.