The dog days of summer are here and most the country is getting crazy from the heat. As much as we hate to care about fashion, we must because temperatures are rising. Our normal threads are not cutting it in the summer heat and the ladies are on high alert.  Putting in a little effort on your summer gear is essential to achieving the ultimate ride as Bodhi says.  It will also keep you from looking like a Moscow Mule and trolling Tinder daily like a scorned divorcee.

Just like we wrote in our very first article about Finding Your Style; if you don’t really want to understand men’s fashion, but want to look good – keep it simple.  Rock the basic styles that have been cool since James Dean – leather shoes, white shirts, jeans.  Here are some other ideas to get your summer style poppin this year.


1.  Short-Sleeve Plaid Button-downs


summer style tips for men

Few pieces of clothing in your closet are quite as versatile as the plaid button down. Plaid is one of those cool patterns that always looks great and is extremely versatile. You can rock a plaid shirt with jeans, shorts, khakis or a bathing suit.  A short sleeve plaid button-down has a cool retro 50s look that is timeless and still cool today.  Many styles have snaps instead of buttons which ladies dig and is hell of alot easier to put on.  The presence of a collar tells all that you made an effort and have a some sense of style.  It’s much better than wearing a t-shirt but still casual enough that you’ll look cool at your local watering hole.  Don’t believe us?  These are just some of the iconic rugged brands that are making short sleeve plaid button down shirts for men – Harley Davidson, Carhartt & O’Neill.


2. Aviator Sunglasses


men summer style sunglasses

You should be purchasing a new pair of sunglasses at least every other summer.  Aviators are always in style and always project a cool, confident vibe.   According to GQ Magazine,  aviator sunglasses are making a big comeback this year.  According to The Rugged Male, they never left.

Aviator sunglasses have been a staple of style and culture since WWII. Every man should own a pair in addition to other styles.  Stop rockin your cheeseball plastic Oakley shades to events. You’re not making the turn, you’re in real life now.  We’ve already explained how to pick up a pair of sunglasses. Now it’s time to pick up your style.  Get on it.


3.  New or Old Pair Of Jeans


We’ve already advised you how to go shopping for a pair of jeans.  Well this summer is the time to either resurrect that old pair of jeans by taking them to the tailor or picking up a new pair. Stop wearing shorts every time you go out, especially if you are going to a decent restaurant.  Wearing pants still looks better, even if its ripped jeans.  Nobody wants to look at your knobby knees and white legs.  Even a ripped pair of Levi’s with some patches looks better than all the horrible hemmed shorts retailers are shoving down men’s throats.


4.  Light Leather Jacket


A good jacket might seem like overkill to most people in the summer, but anyone in the Bay Area or Rocky Mountains will tell you that it’s a must.  Rocking a fresh bomber jacket on those cool summer nights with a crispy clean t-shirt is perfect for projecting some style and comfort.  The leather bomber has been a men’s style icon since before your parents were born.  James Dean used to rock one while riding his 1953 Triumph, channeling Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones. Arthur Fonzerelli did the same on his triumph.  A good hide will last you forever and be a candidate for MVP in your closet every season.

There you have it lads, don’t mail it in this summer, style is free.

Thanks For Reading!



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