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7 things synonymous with a fashionable Summer

July 11, 2012

Stylish Summer (Part 1)

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Summer is upon us. Picnics, the beach, the 4th of July, hot weather, the pool, and longer days make up just a small part of why Summer is a fantastic time of year. Personally, I plan to experience as much of it as possible in 2012.

This sunny season, you can upgrade your style in many ways. I offer a few to get your ideas flowing:

1. Bright and vibrant colors

Every Summer, more direct and brighter sunlight generates plant growth and evidence of life everywhere. So, bright shades of all colors (and in particular yellow, green, and pink) fit in perfectly during the hot months. These colors convey intensity, passion, vibrancy and motion – all characteristics of an actively enjoyed life.

2. Light fabrics

With a large portion of the US sweating through a heat wave, staying cool moves up the priority list. One way of cooling down comes from the fabrics you wear. More breathable materials allow you to function under the hot sun. So, choose light fabrics such as linen and cotton to handle the elevated temps.

3. Sunglasses

Almost nothing says Summer like this must have item. It’s obvious – calm the sun’s rays and look stylish. For more about sunglasses, read my article With sunglasses you’re so cool.

4. Short sleeve shirts

Polos, t-shirts, and even hard collar shirts (no hard collars that make you look like you should be serving fast food) fit well into a stylish summer. They function well outdoors and can feel more comfortable than long sleeve alternatives.

5. Shorts

I tend to default to pants, even in summer; however, the heat just makes a good pair of shorts necessary. They say “vacation” and “laid back.” Start with a good fitting, flat front khaki pair and go from there.

6. White

Similar to vibrant colors, white conveys brightness. Further, its simple, fresh and clean presentation will make you appear more stylish. Wearing white pants, shorts, shirts, and even shoes will help you stand out in a good way this Summer. It also beats back the sun’s rays as it cools you down.

7. Rolled up sleeves

Peel back your shirts to face the heat. No sweaty wrists. Also, rolling your sleeves provides you a classic way to go casual. Many men overlook this simple style accent as I did for years.

Experiment with one or all of these and find yourself enjoying this Summer with a more fashionable wardrobe. I will leave you with this classic look to try – White flat front linen shorts and a solid dark blue crew neck t-shirt with a long-sleeve pink shirt over it (solid, striped, or checkered will all work well). Roll up the sleeves above the elbow and leave the top three buttons undone. Add in a great pair of sneakers or loafers and some cool sunglasses and you’re all set. Don’t be afraid to have fun. When the dog days of Summer have passed, hopefully you can browse your photos and say, “I looked pretty good at that picnic.”

© Copyright 2012 Fashion for the average man.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2012 5:44 pm

    Nice blog, Jeremy… and great solid advice! Luckily, I’m married to a guy who thinks like you do. If more guys knew how much women notice the sharp dressed man…. we wouldn’t see so many men who look like they’re wearing the clothes they do the yard work in!! Guys, you don’t have to be in a suit and tie… just take some time and make an effort!!

    • July 15, 2012 12:14 pm

      You are so right Susana. There is a colleague of mine who puts on business wear and tie everyday even though we are working in a creative environment that needs all kinds of inspirations for our job.

  2. July 15, 2012 12:16 pm

    nice blog, Jeremy…great advice for people like me who lives in a tropical country with sunshine whole year round. But no longer daylight though….

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