polo tops Suit up for summer with these fashion tips for men
Summer pieces for men are versatile, meaning the pieces can easily be mixed and matched now and on into fall. The model wears a look from RW presents the perfect time to lighten up in every sense of the word and men’s fashion is no exception.
Stiff blazers and wool trousers give way to soft linens, comfy chinos and even, when appropriate, shorts! Basically, the season’s hottest pieces for men are ones that are more than willing to work overtime during office hours and on into the weekend.
“What’s essential this summer is to opt for versatile pieces that you can wear both on and off duty,” says John Michael Minon, marketing content specialist for Canadian retailer RW the key to a stylish summer isn’t about always adopting the latest trends, but to be cool and comfortable with the basics when the thermostat hits the 30s.”
Men who are looking to boost their summer thread count without appearing too casual should consider natural fibres such as cotton their best fashion allies during the hot months ahead, according to Minon.
“If you have to wear a suit to work, a cotton one is an absolute essential,” Minon says. “It’s lightweight and breathable so you won’t sweat in it when the temperatures and your stress levels go up.”
When it comes to summer textiles, breathability is key. And there is nothing more airy than linen. The natural textile, which is derived from the flax plant, is a must try in hot weather thanks to its quick drying properties.
“Linen will be your best ally to beat the heat,” Minon says. “Nowadays, you can find it in everything, from formal wear like blazers and trousers, to weekend essentials like shorts and shirts.”
Another option that’s sure to work in the office for those who don’t want to go all in on a full suit is a cool pair of chinos.
“Chinos are the most versatile pair of pants a man can own,” Minon says. “If your work dress code permits, wear it with a polo and top it off with a sharp blazer for a polished, yet cool look.”
As for colours, it’s all about choosing something that pops, while also pairing well with the existing hues hanging in your closet at home.
“Rely on the foundation colours like camel, blue, white and grey to build your summer wardrobe because they go seamlessly with more trendy colours of the season like red, green, olive and orange that will make your outfit pop,” Minon says.
For the man who’s aiming to earn a few extra high fashion marks, Minon suggests looking to Europe as per usual for solid style suggestions that will make them stand out on the streets at home.
“The hottest trend in Europe right now is wearing a suit with white sneakers and a T shirt,” he says. “Too casual for you? Switch out the T shirt for a crisp shirt keep the sneakers and you’re good to go.”Let’s face it: men’s fashion trends don’t change at the same speed as women’s. And the more classic appeal of men’s style options means you don’t have to do a complete closet overhaul each season in order to step out in style.