Summer fashion for men is all about beating the heat while looking pulled-together and on-point. From exciting T-shirt brands to cross-cultural silhouettes, the basics are as reliable as ever—tees and jeans will never die—but the style is hotter than July. Check out the updates you need to stay cool and look sexier than ever.
The New Tee
Summer fashion brings you an update of hip-hop culture’s beloved oversized T-shirt with the 3/4-sleeve tee. You can integrate this one with your daily ‘fits if you stick to a selection that isn’t quite as over-the-top as some celebrity T-shirt brands out there. This year’s perfect choice has a shorter hem than you’ve seen in other seasons. The sleeves hit just below the elbow and are wide, but not quite billowing. The lightweight, high-quality fabric on the Costa 3/4 T-Shirt by Represent Clothing elevates it from the corner-store versions your friends pick up before a BBQ or a beach day.
Known for its simplicity and function, Japan’s aesthetic makes it to the US this summer with men’s summer fashion inspired by hakama, the traditional outfitting of Japanese men that’s been around since the sixth century. The silhouettes still work today with updated kimono jackets, flowing pants that are perfect for summer heat, lightweight shirts with high collars, and more. T-shirt brands are coming out with these motifs left and right, too, but designer Sasquatchfabrix. leads the look for summer. Start with one boxy, loose-fitting piece at a time, or jump right into a head-to-toe style.
The Perfect Shorts
You’re about to fall in love with a pair of shorts—slim and straight through the hip and thigh, hemmed just above the knee, flat front, and athletic. These are the first pair you grab for errands, the beach, pick-up games, sporting events, warm nights at your local bar, or any other glorious summer fun. Moncler’s Side-Stripe Cotton Sweat Shorts are the pinnacle of summer fashion and seriously easy dressing.
In July, the button-down gets a shorter sleeve. Look for a hem an inch or two above the elbow to show off those biceps. A geometric pattern like on the Robert Graham Rocky Island Multi-Printed Silk/Cotton Sport Shirt is super on-trend, too.
You wear ’em all year. For perfect summer fashion, stay slim through the leg like you’ve been doing, but go just a sliver wider. The seat is fitted but relaxed, with a squared-off silhouette that’s more cowboy than hipster with a higher waist. You can still totally get away with rips, zippers, or splatters, if that’s your style. PRPS Barracuda Bleach-Splatter Denim Jeans work in extra details in a really smooth way, but it’s toned down this year in favor of focusing on silhouette.