Men’s Summer Style

Spruce up your look or that of your significant other for summer weddings, gatherings and the beach.

By - May 26th, 2012 01:00 am

Men: Summer is quickly approaching and you may have quite a few planned summer gatherings, parties and events to attend. So let’s discuss what are the key looks and trends that will help you look stylish and confident. We’ll explore fabrics, colors and styling for any summer outing.

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Women: This could be a very useful read to help you assist your loved one with looking his very best, so the two of you can be the best dressed couple at any event.

Let’s start with weddings. There are certain rules about what to wear at weddings and you should always pay attention to the theme. Never wear white; the bride wears white. If it’s a outdoor day wedding, always wear a two-button vented suit, in light colors such as cream or pastel and lightweight fabrics such as seersucker, whipcord (resembles corduroy, but much lighter in weight and not fuzzy) or the classic pinstripe. Have your solid-colored cotton shirts freshly pressed and add in a brightly colored handkerchief in breast pocket to keep the look simple and contemporary. Linen suits are great also (as long as they’re sharply pressed) paired with a great shined leather shoe.

For indoor night weddings, you should wear medium to lightweight cotton- or wool-blended fabrics in dark colors. Perfectly tailored two-button or double-breasted suits in gray flannel, navy or black are key. You can have fun with these suits by choosing contrasting colored lapel jackets and collared cotton shirts with a necktie to pull the whole look together. If the event says it’s “black tie,” wear a black tuxedo, paired with an exquisitely shined patent leather shoe.

Then there are after work gatherings at restaurants and theaters with colleagues. Men, you want to look clean and casual, but since more than likely you’ll be attending right after work, you can keep on what you have. Just add or delete a few details – remove the jacket and tie, roll up your sleeves – to give you a professional, relaxing look. For other different venues, such as ball parks or musical festivals, you may want to plan ahead and bring a nicely ironed polo shirt and Bermuda shorts with a clean pair of casual tennis shoes, so you can have a great time and socialize comfortably.

Family picnics and gatherings are some of the best times you can have with your family for the summer. Men, if  you’re looking to show off in front off of the ones that know you the best, here are some great tips. Explore and have fun with brightly colored or patterned cotton tops such as a polo, rugby, or Henley. Cotton or linen chino shorts in khaki, navy, or red pairs really well with those tops. Have fun with your favorite accessories such as watches, hats, sandals, casual shoes and your favorite weekend car.

Finally, water park/beach outings with friends and family are some fun times in the sun. Your swim attire should be fashion forward but yet appropriate. Guys, I recommend that you get rid of any unwanted body hair and hit the gym today if you’re a little shy about your body. At the beach everyone wants to look great and feel confident about his or her bodies. Some people get it right, some not so much; not every swimsuit is made for every man’s body type, so you should be aware of yours and shop accordingly. For the muscular or heavier build man, he should wear knee to mid-thigh length board shorts to the beach with adjustable waistband in two-toned or solid colors. Men with a medium or slender build should wear either a trunk or high-thigh length swimwear. For those confident enough can wear a designer brief with drawstring. Always make sure you have a short sleeve or sleeveless cotton shirt, sandals, sunglasses, and suntan lotion.

Today’s contemporary man shouldn’t look like he is trying too hard, but rather he should look smart and simple. He should look streamlined and tasteful for an effortless style.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great tips for almost every occasion. Useful, thanks!

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