Whether you’re shopping for yourself or the man in your life, you’ll find there are multiple summer outfit options from which to choose. Even on the hottest days, Big & Tall men can look stylish and stay cool. Keep reading to find some of our favorite Big & Tall men’s shirts, shorts, and shoes for hot summer days.
Chino shorts are one of the most versatile types of men’s big and tall shorts. They have the structure and styling of semi-dressy pants, except they’re knee-length to keep you cool on sweltering days. If your office allows employees to wear shorts, you can’t go wrong with a chino style. Stick with the lightest colors possible; if you can’t find white or ivory chinos opt for a khaki hue. To impart a dressier touch to chino shorts that have belt loops, wear a leather or vegan leather belt in a coordinating hue with gold-tone hardware.
One of the best Big & Tall shirts to wear with chinos is a polo shirt. Men’s polo shirts come in various fabrics, including cotton mesh and high-performance polyester blends. There are polos with wrinkle-resistant and stain-resistant finishes to keep them looking like new longer, and some are enhanced with antimicrobial properties to keep odor-causing bacteria at bay. In the summer, opt for a short-sleeve men’s polo shirt — or a rainbow of them for plenty of fashion diversity. There are polo shirts and other shirt styles with UPF 50+ to protect covered areas against UV rays, so that’s definitely a feature you want when shopping for summer clothes. You can even wear polo shirts in fall and winter, especially when you layer them beneath men’s Big & Tall sweaters.
If your office requires that you wear pants to work, you can still stay cool by opting for a lightweight cotton blend pair of men’s dress pants. Button-down shirts are the perfect accompaniment, whether you choose lightweight linen or soft, sturdy Supima cotton. This cotton species has twice the durability of regular cotton thanks to its long-staple fiber. And it is colorfast to prevent fading from UV exposure and trips through your washing machine.
You’ll find Supima cotton dress shirts, T-shirts, and even home essentials such as bed sheets and duvet covers. The fabric is breathable and machine-washable, which makes it a definite summer must-have that you can layer under men’s big and tall flannel shirts and sweaters when summer ends and temperatures cool down.
If the day calls for a casual outfit, reach for a pair of men’s Big & Tall cargo shorts. This shorts style is equipped with plenty of pockets for carrying keys, cards, and other must-haves. They come in sizes to fit every body, and most cargo pants have a relaxed, roomy fit to allow for plenty of airflow. Like chino shorts, cargo shorts come in universally flattering, summer-ready colors, such as khaki.
Men’s big and tall tee shirts are perfect for pairing with cargo shorts. Whether your style preference is solid colors or graphic tees, any of them complement a pair of classic cargos. You can leave your tee untucked for a casual look, and for evening slip a short-sleeve button-down on top for an on-trend layered look.
On gym days or when you’re lounging at home, slip into men’s athletic shorts made from a high-performance fabric. Synthetic blends with a hint of spandex provide optimum comfort and stretch with you without feeling too tight. Tank tops are available in lightweight cotton. And they can be worn tucked or untucked with shorts for a summer outfit that’s ideal for outdoor wear. If you want to adapt this outfit for running errands or a casual lunch, slip on a roomy button-down with a classic print or summer color.
Some hot days are best spent at the beach or pool. Stay cool and comfortable in men’s big and tall swim trunks made from chlorine-resistant fabric with UPF 50+ protection. These trunks come in various lengths, from board shorts to classic knee-length styles. Look for trunks with a full elastic waist and drawcord for the most comfortable wear. The addition of Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex in any men’s or women’s swimwear imparts up to 10 times the wear of regular spandex.
Rash guard cover-ups are another must-have for everyone this summer. There are Big & Tall rash guard tees, hoodies, and shorts for men. You’ll also find family swimwear in coordinating styles that include rash guard cover-ups for women and kids, too.
The right shoes also contribute to summer comfort. On hot days, opt for sandals with an open design, so plenty of air gets to your feet. Antimicrobial finishes and perforated uppers are two other features to look for when shopping for men’s summer shoes. Water shoes are a must-have for summer, while slides can be worn around the house or for casual days. Boat shoes and loafers are slightly dressier yet still cool and comfortable enough for hot summer days. Try different summer outfits to find your favorite Big & Tall looks for every hot-weather occasion.