Style Advice / August 31st, 2015

How to Look Good During the Summer Heat

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Dressing yourself is not always a simple task during the summer season. The heat and humidity can be unbearable and often the dramatic temperature shifts from day to night can make it difficult to plan the appropriate outfit. However, with a bit of help you will be able to enjoy your summer days in style. Here are a few essential tips to keep in mind when picking out your summer wardrobe.

First, be sure to start with the basics. A well-fitted, clean cut pair of shorts is a must to survive the heat and still look great. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is avoid the cargo shorts altogether. These loose fitting shorts will give not only knock your look down several notches but you also run the risk of looking like a 14 your old boy. A slim-fitted pair of shorts will give you that put together, stylish look you are going for. Also be sure the shorts are the appropriate length. Shorts are not meant to cover the knee therefore your shorts should always end 1 to 2 inches above the knee.

Next it’s imperative that you choose the perfect shirt for the season. A V-neck t-shirt is fine for a casual day around the house. But when it’s time to go out that also means is time to step up your style game. A short sleeve button up is a great solution to the ongoing battle between looking stylish and staying cool. Linen fabric works wonders when trying to beat the heat. Be sure to roll the sleeve up slightly and leave 1 to 2 buttons undone at the top for a very modern, stylish look. Throwing a fitted, lightweight sweater on for the evening works as a solution to the shifting temperatures.

Shoes are the next essential component to the perfect warm weather outfit. Throwing on a pair of flip flops before going out to a barbeque just isn’t acceptable. Please men, be better than the rubber sandals. Instead, for a casual event consider a pair of canvas sneakers. These are a great way to cap of a more relaxed summer look. For a day on the boat, Swims are a good option. They work to give you that sporty yet sophisticated look that works well for a day on the water. For times when you want to step up the look a notch, consider a pair of loafers. These shoes will allow you to take your look to the next level while still keeping you cool.

Accessories can be a very important part of some men’s style. My suggestion for these summer days is keeping accessories simple yet stylish. Sunglasses, for example, can pull an outfit together or completely derail the entire thing. Be sure to find sunglasses that are modern, stylish, and work with the shape of your face. Avoid sunglasses that make you look like you just step of the motocross track and stick with the classics. Aviators and Wayfarers are often a safe and stylish bet for most men. Recently, a rounder shape of sunglasses has come into popularity. Be sure to really study your facial structure to ensure that this style will work for you before diving in and purchasing 5 pairs of sunglasses that don’t fit your face.

It’s important to keep all other accessories to a minimum. If accessories are a must for you, think along the lines of 1 watch, 1 leather bracelet, 1 to 2 rings, or 1 necklace rather than throwing them all on at once. Summer is a time for simplicity.

A final, essential tip for all aspects of your wardrobe is to think light. Lighter colors, lighter fabrics, lighter amounts. Tans, light blues, and light greys are perfect for a classic summer style. Summer is a time to stay cool and comfortable. With these tips in mind you will be able to do just that without sacrificing your sense of style.