1. The White Linen Shirt
Light, airy and breathable, the linen shirt is a definite must-have when it comes to keeping comfortable in the heat.
Not only will a white option work with a knitted tie for hot days in the city, it’s also ideal for rolling up and throwing in your suitcase for a summer getaway – wear it to the bar or by the pool, it will see you through any holiday scenario in style.
2. Slim Chino Shorts
As the mercury rises, you’re going to want to let your legs breathe in a pair of shorts. And the most versatile style on the market has to be the slim-cut chino short, which looks just as good teamed with a short-sleeved shirt and pair of leather loafers as it does a plain white tee and trainers.
Opt for a pair in grey, khaki or navy and we guarantee you’ll be living in them for the next few months.
3. Tailored Swim Shorts
Swimwear has come a long way since the garish, baggy board shorts of the nineties, with many contemporary brands now producing designs that could quite easily be mistaken for chino shorts.
Typically cut slim through the leg and featuring an adjustable waistband (rather than a traditional elasticated drawstring waist) for a better drape, these tailored swim shorts not only look suave down by the pool, but can be paired with your linen shirt for sunset drinks at the bar.
Prioritise quick drying options to ensure comfort, and pick a timeless hue such as navy or black for ultimate versatility.
4. The Lightweight Blazer
Stuffy wool blazers and summer heat do not mix, making a lightweight, unlined jacket a priority addition to your formal wardrobe this season.
Opt for breathable linen, cotton or linen-cotton blends to ensure comfort in high temperatures, and stick to versatile shades such as navy or beige that you know will match with everything you already own.
Dress it up with sharply-cut trousers, a white Oxford button-down and textured tie for a summer wedding, or combine with lightweight denim and a plain tee for a night out.
5. White Trousers
White trousers are a menswear classic than many guys continue to shy away from.
Setting aside the practicality aspect, white trousers are extremely easy to wear and will anchor every colour under the sun, from primary red and yellow to sky blue and mint green.
The ideal way of making a statement without trying too hard, combine them with your linen shirt and lightweight blazer for a Riviera-inspired aesthetic, or team with a white piqué polo and minimal trainers for an on-trend all-white look.
It’s imperative you get the fit right with these – aim for a slim-cut style that hits just around the ankle.
6. Suede Loafers
One of our five footwear styles every man should own, the suede loafer is arguably the perfect smart-casual silhouette.
Lightweight, breathable and versatile, the suede loafer – whether tasselled or penny – looks just as good with a linen suit as it does a simple shorts and shirt combination. It’s also the perfect design for going sockless, helping bring a touch of continental flair to your summertime looks.