Summer is the season for rest, relaxation, and vacation. That’s why we love to keep things simple and easy when we’re planning our summer wardrobe. Summer should be casual, cool, and comfortable no matter the occasion, so wherever you go this summer, take these outfit ideas and run with them. You probably already have a lot of the building blocks for a great summer wardrobe, and with some key pieces, you can transform and revamp your old clothes into these easy, fresh summer outfit ideas for men.
We know you probably still have to work through the summer. Unfortunately for us grown-ups, most people don’t get the summer vacation off the way we used to as kids. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wear the same old stuffy work clothes you do for the rest of the year. This summer, a pair of slacks and a cotton men’s button-down Oxford is the perfect style option for work. You’ll look clean and professional at the office while being cool and relaxed in breathable fabrics. Plus, you’ll stay comfortable and temperature regulated for those long, hot summer days of work that never seem to end! Whether you’re into pinstripes, plain colors, or just classic white, a button-down Oxford is the office standard that never goes out of style. Add a pair of dress shoes, and voila! You have easy workplace wear you can enjoy all season long.
Heading for some fun in the sun? Before you go out into the waves this summer, plan the perfect easy beach outfit. The key to this ensemble is a pair of men’s swim trunks. Available in many fun patterns and designs, your swim trunks (or board shorts) are the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style. From patterns and colors to lengths and waist styles, there are so many options for your beachwear to have you feeling good and looking good, too. Choose a pair that comes over your knees, or channel the 80s with a shorter short length. Go baggy for extra space and comfort, or a tighter spandex fit to keep you secure. You can pair your swim trunks with a T-shirt or button-down and your sandals or flip-flops, and you’ll be all set for whatever your beach day entails. Whether catching the waves or sitting on the sand enjoying the sun, you’ll be set for the land and sea in your trunks.
There’s something magical about a summer date night. The days are long, the nights are warm, and romance is in the air. For a special night out, you’ll want to look cute while being comfortable in your clothes and feeling like yourself. Summer dates mean long walks in the evening breeze, sharing ice cream in the afternoon sun, or outdoor movie nights. whatever your date involves, dress accordingly in a stylish button-down and men’s chinos or khakis. A date is a chance to represent yourself however you want and put that best foot forward. You want to look like you take yourself and your date seriously without being too formal. A clean, fresh shirt (ironed or steamed, of course) will take your regular pants to the next level and have you primed for a night out. Dress to impress to show your date that you’re fun and stylish while being laid-back and ready for the evening.
A night with the boys is the true definition of casual and comfortable. You’re not trying to impress anyone here; you’re enjoying a night with your friends to have fun and be yourself. So you’ll want to feel casual and comfy, too. For the hot summer nights out at the bar or watching a baseball game, a T-shirt and your favorite cargo shorts are a great, comfortable choice. You’ll be cool and comfortable while still being able to move around freely and drink some beers with the guys (without your pants feeling too tight). Prioritize a loose fit here: You want your clothes to feel like and airy for your night out on the town.
Summer is also the season for weddings, engagement parties, and wedding or baby showers. The chances are high that you’ll need an outfit for at least one of these special occasions. When you’re dressed to the nines, it’s harder to stay cool and temperature regulated with additional layers. For a summer suit, it’s crucial to choose a lighter material than you would normally wear. Cotton, linen, and seersucker are all great examples of suit materials you can wear that will be much more airy and breathable than your regular suits. If you need to wear a jacket when the temperatures reach the 90s, why not wear one that you can stay comfortable in? With lightweight materials, you can look just as good in a suit that doesn’t have you stifled or sweating through your clothes.
With these outfit ideas, you can stay cool and stylish without working too hard this summer. These looks will keep you moving and grooving all summer long, no matter your occasion.