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There’s nothing like the classics, although sometimes, you want to switch it up a bit. And with the lighter fabrics and vibrant colors that are available in summer, you have a variety of combinations to experiment with.
Whether it’s the fabric composition, a play on a classic silhouette, or the addition of a bit more color, here are ten summer essentials, with a twist.
1. Lightweight cardigan
Let’s face it, it’s hot and you’re not gonna want too many layers. However, the temps can dip at the end of the night, and it can be chilly in the mornings as well.
If you have that kind of summer weather, grab a lightweight cardigan on your way out and you’ll be ready for whatever mother nature tries to throw at you.
2. Chambray band collar shirt
Summer’s a good time for experimentation, and the best way to do so, is to find a cool twist on a classic.
A chambray shirt is one of, if not THE, quintessential warm weather shirt. Switch it up by trying a style with a band collar.
3. Good undies
You won’t know what you’re missing out on until you buy an awesome pair of underwear. I used to default to basic cotton boxer briefs, but ever since I discovered this pair from Exofficio, it really sucks wearing anything else.
Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, breathable fabric, these won’t stretch out like regular cotton, and you can wash them in the sink if you’re in a pinch and they’ll be dry in a few hours.
4. The right polo
I love the minimalist design of this polo, its slim fit, and the incorporation of temperature-regulating material. Basically, I want to sweat as little as possible, and if I do, I don’t want my shirt to be soaked. The Apollo can help me avoid that.
5. Summer loafer
The Bass Weejun (and similar style loafers) are super versatile. Wear ’em with trousers, sure… but also give them a shot with denim, chinos, even shorts.
6. Fresh belt
We’re used to adding a bit of color with ties, socks, and pocket squares, but we tend to overlook our belts, instead opting for basic brown or black. You’ll find a wide array of styles, from braided cotton to striped ribbon belts.
7. No-show socks
Ever have coffee grounds in your socks? Me neither, but these Atlas no-show socks do, and guess what? They’re there to help odor absorption. The no-show style keeps your look fresh, and the socks themselves keep your feet and shoes fresh. Win-win.
8. Unlined jacket
It can be miserable just wearing a shirt with sleeves in hot weather. Some of us don’t have a choice, and a suit or sport coat is necessary. If that’s you, make sure yours is unlined or partially lined. That will give you a bit more ventilation and hopefully keep you cool a little while longer.
9. Great trunks
Find a great pair of trunks before you hit the beach or pool, in a pattern or color palette you won’t (or can’t) normally wear.
10. Classic shades
The New Wayfarer is one of my favorite silhouettes, and you can’t go wrong with a tortoise shell frame and dark polarized lenses.
How do you beat the heat? Let us know in the comments below.