Summer Fashion: 6 Cool Summer Styles For When Things Hot Up
Short sleeves or long? Tie or no tie? Trousers or shorts? These 6 ways to rock your look in warmer weather means summer style has become a lot less binary.
If your summer style is limited by the office dress code, there’s always after hours for playing around with your look. These summer styles will keep you feeling cool while the mercury rises and looking cool when it drops.
1. Rock solid
Stone-wash denim has come back several times since British punks rocked the look with braces and bovver boots. This season the best way to get stoned is by trading acid-splashed blue and hitting elsewhere on the spectrum between white and sandy beige. Pebbly tones are also easier on the eye than the controversial white jean, which is far from flattering on the paler leg.
Choose between the slouchy trou, the slim drainpipe, or show off your leg-day labours with a cropped design. The less severe your stoney tones the better skin looks, so strip off the socks and get into the stone groove by raising your trouser legs along with the temperature.
2. Look shady
Go large this summer and choose super-thick framed shades with tinted lenses. Opt for angles and statement sturdiness or take inspiration from Kenzo and Versace with patterns and acetate overlays. Subtle and understated is for summers gone-by.
There’s room for some reimagined retro looks too. Take your direction from Marni and Fendi shades with half frames and colours that will help you stand out from the shade. But classic is still hip, so try tortoiseshell from Topman or Paul Smith if you’re after effortless cool.
3. Get collared
Don’t get hot under the collar this summer. Instead, go for looser shapes and silhouettes from the neck down. Choose a wide, open collar for a super-chilled look that says ‘no sweat’ – ideal for an informal office or casual-smart occasion. Channel Paul Newman with some summer tailoring and pair cream blazers, pale cottons and separates that are fitted but not tight – we’re talking breathable fabrics and Gatsby-esque pastels.
4. Military manoeuvres
Look like a man that’s ready for action: update your staples and go camo. Green is the colour of 2017: this summer, sport it in smart-casual trainers and bomber jackets. Military print is storming the beaches and makes even skimpier swimwear feel more rugged. Khaki is kind to all skin tones and if you’re opting for shorts then mid-length outranks anything else. If you don’t feel like going full camouflage then solid khaki worn lower on the leg can be forgiving if this is the first time you’ve got your legs out all year.
5. Manic botanic
No-longer female-only terrain, botanic prints are softening men’s summer style. The sun’s out, so you can afford to get your guns out by sporting a spot of floral fabric. Be wary of going too fully flowery though and be sure to pair prints with tailoring. Or, if you’re dealing with swimwear, than wear florals thigh high only.
Florals can be fun, but don’t overwhelm with head to toe hectic Hawaiian prints. Go for darker prints if you’re pale, or lighter if you want to show off some contrast. Length matters, so choose mid-length shorts if you’re going for flower power.
6. Romp up the volume
It’s about time the romper, the item favoured by the under 3s, was permitted an outing for those of us who like to play outside school hours. Romper suits are just like overalls but shorter in sleeve and leg, which means you get to show off your gains outside the gym.
Companies like Romphim are rolling out the romper beyond the usual demographic to appeal to men who appreciate the value of an outfit that keeps you cool when temperatures are hotting up. Sported in previous incarnations by the likes of Sean Connery’s Bond, the Romper is enjoying a resounding resurgence on the beach and poolside.
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