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Men's Summer Style: Best Outfits to Conquer the Season

Make your summer style a breeze—turn up the heat with these four hot-weather looks for guys—perfect whether you're at the beach, enjoying a backyard bbq, outdoors camping, or staying cool in the city.

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Here’s what to wear right now, all based on one simple rule: use plenty of basics so you can mix and match with bold prints, colorful accessories, and rich textures.

Sunny Day at the Beach

Men's Summer Style

What's summer without the beach? Whether you're staying local or off to a remote getaway like Boracay, here's your 101 on men's beachwear: a basic t-shirt under a light cotton shirt, bold swimsuits, sunglasses and a pair of sliders. 

Oh, and the most underrated—yet the most crucial—accessory in your beach day kit: a stylish beach towel. Throwing in some essential summer skincare: SPF and a face mist to keep you protected and hydrated.

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Men's Summer Outfits

The Bastille Shirt by Fisher + Baker​

The perfect shirt for light summer layering, made from a blend of hemp and organic cotton that just gets softer and softer. Having an extra shirt is good sun protection at the beach or after sun down.

Men's Summer Outfits

White Cotton Crew Neck T-shirt by TaniUSA

The basic white t-shirt is a staple of any men's closet so it's worth investing in a quality one you can wear for years. Tani's Swiss cotton won't pile like cheap t-shirts and it retains its form-fitting shape even after washing. The best part, however, is how incredibly soft it is.

Men's Summer Outfits

Short-length swim shorts by Original Penguin

Versatile, quick drying swim shorts that are also comfortable outside the water are a must have for a day at the beach. These swim shorts from Original Penguin range from unique, eye-catching designs to traditional stripes, what we love is the perfect 6" inseam, natural stretch and extra pockets.

Men's Summer Outfits

Razz Sunglasses from Vint & York

Fun unisex vintage eyeglasses from Vint & York are so classic, they'll never go out of style. Protect your eyes while you're at the beach with Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlens with UV coating. Read our full review.

Men's Summer Outfits

Beach Throw with Stripes by Tavik

A light-weight beach throw always seems comes in handy. Whether you use it as a beach blanket, towel, protection against the sun or picnic table cloth, it's always good to have one in your beach bag. We love this one for the bold striped print and soft rayon/cotton blend.

Men's Summer Outfits

The Montauk Round Towel by The Beach People

Break away from your standard boring beach towel with these roundies from The Beach People. Designed in Australia, these round towels are woven jacquard with a plush velour top for lounging and a terry reverse for drying off. With a weight of 480 GSM, they're super luxurious, absorbent and plush. Plus they come in a range of sophisticated, beachy designs.

Men's Summer Outfits

HydraBoost Moisturizer SPF30 by M-61 skincare

If you're planning a day at the beach, you need to protect your skin, not only with SPF against UVA and UVB rays but also with moisturizer. Between the wind, sun, water and heat, your skin needs TLC. Hydraboost Moisturizer includes vitamins B5 and E to maintain the skin's moisture as well as aloe and Centella to soothe the skin against irritation. 

Sunset Grill With Family and Friends

Men's Summer Outfits

Time to clean up after a long day at the pool for that golden hour photo opp. Ditch your floral shirt and your white sneakers this time.

Instead, play with a bolder patterned shirt over a plain tee (unbuttoned of course), cotton shorts to undertone the shirt, and chunky ”dad” sneakers for the comeback.

For accessories, embrace the rule of showing off just one. Our suggestion: a fine black-leather strap to top off the look. Let’s keep the silky-cotton underwear a secret for now.

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Men's Summer Outfits

Relaxed Fit Hawaiian Shirt by Hawes & Curtis

This contemporary Hawaiian shirt is cool and summery with short sleeves, luxurious lightweight fabric, a relaxed cut, and a chest pocket. What we love though is the unexpected, vibrant panda print that will make you stand out.

Men's Summer Outfits

The Journey T-Shirt by Ridge Merino

While you might not think of wool as a classic warm-weather fabric, there are actually many benefits to wearing wool in the summer. This classic Journey T-shirt is a wardrobe staple that will keep you cool and dry for whatever life throws at you.

Men's Summer Outfits

No Sweat Shorts by DU/ER

Shorts are a summer staple and Duer's N2X™ fabric blend allows for both comfort and flexibility. Tailored so they can take you from brunch straight through to evening bbq, they're classic shorts that every guy should have in his closet.

Men's Summer Outfits

SilkCut Hip Briefs by TaniUSA

Summer is all about comfort and these are some of the softest and silkiest underwear we've found. Be stylish and comfortable all the way down to your underwear.

Men's Summer Outfits

Thunder Electric Sneakers by Puma.

The Thunder is inspired by '90s running silhouettes and dad fashion. The style is a reimagined pair of sneakers with a bulky, unapologetic look and the loud color blocking as seen on runways.

Travel-Ready Summer Gear

Men's Summer Outfits

Whether a long-haul flight across the Atlantic or just a few hours on the road, if you're traveling this summer, you want something that’s light and comfortable, yet with plenty of style. 

When traveling, the trick is to layer but bonus points if that comes with a political statement, like this hand-painted Immigrant t-shirt. Pair it up with white denim, an old-school bomber jacket, sunglasses and a cap in case a nap is required.

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The Immigrant T-shirt by Robert Geller

When fashion designer Robert Geller took his bow after his F/W 17 show—an incredible, politically-charged collection entitled Love and War—he had no idea the most popular piece would be the Immigrant T-shirt his wife, Ana Beatriz Lerario-Geller, hand-painted for him just hours before. We love the message of inclusion, because isn't that what travel is about?  Also, all profits go to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Men's Summer Outfits

Fit2 Slim Fit White Jeans by Rag & Bone

Crafted in America from durable, white denim, these slim-cut jeans are a versatile summer staple that can carry your casual style on the go from morning to night. 

Men's Summer Outfits

Reversible Bomber Jacket with Print by Sandro Paris

No matter how hot the summer is, when you're traveling you inevitably end up in an ice-cold airport lounge or a seat with an air vent that won't turn off. It's a good idea to have a lightweight jacket with you for the evening chill or the inevitable unexpectedness that goes with travel.

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Waterbury Traditional Chronograph 42mm by Timex 

Modern travel is all about keeping on schedule and on time. One of our favorite affordable watches that looks stylish and rugged but is priced to not put a dent in your travel budget. 

Men's Summer Outfits

Coastal Baseball Cap by Alpine Division

Caps are endlessly practical when traveling, from hiding bedhead to keeping the sun out of your eyes to giving you some privacy when napping. Refine your hat game with this unstructured pinch top snapback in 100% nylon with a cotton sweatband. Adjustable and one-size fits all.

Stay in Style on Your Summer Hike

Men's Summer Outfits

If you’re feeling active, and camping and climbing are your things, here is a way to embrace the outdoor trend and yet keep yourself protected from all things natural. Go for base-layer tights, running shorts, a base-layer t-shirt, and a classic windbreaker. 

The key here is keeping every piece in tonal hues (in this case grey, black, and white) to ensure a sleek effect. If you want to add a pop of color, leave it to the accessories.

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Running Shorts Saxx

Running Shorts by Saxx Underwear

While they look like everyday running shorts, these unique shorts keep everything in place and chafe-free with Saxx's Ballpark pouch. Also good to layer with Saxx's tights if you need extra protection on your legs.

Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket by The North Face

Chase away the morning chill or protect yourself from a sudden summer storm. This jacket is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, featuring signature details.

Men's Summer Outfits

The Eliot backpack in Olive color by The Alpine Divison

From campgrounds to coffee shops — a simple backpack is never out of place. Classic daypack with a padded laptop sleeve and diagonal front-zipper pocket for easy storage. Made of 1000D water-resistant nylon.

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High-Performance White Socks by Feetures

High-performance socks are designed for extra comfort with lycra bands that support the foot and high-density cushioning that provides extra protection in high-impact areas.

Men's Summer Outfits

The Siren SS Watch in Gold and White by Nixon

The Siren SS is a watch for all those who value style both in the water and on land. Functions set the direction, trends complete the design. In homage to our surfer roots, the watch is water-resistant up to 10 ATM and combines versatile functionality with cool street style.

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Julian Palma works in international development, with a passion for all things style-related.