WHAT TO WEAR NOW
The sun’s shining, vacation’s calling and you want to be well-equipped for those spontaneous drinks, weekends away and anything else the heat-induced excitement may throw at you. But how does a busy, modern man keep up? THE OUTNET’s Style Director, Sinead Cutts has chosen a triad of trends to ensure you ease into summer dressing with confidence. Formal ‘boxy’ shorts, statement sneakers and sprightly shirts are poised to uncomplicate your closet. Here’s a little inspiration on how to maximize the potential of all three.
Easy and breezy (quite literally), shorts have taken a new tailored turn for summer. Known as boxy shorts (not to be confused with boxer shorts) their roomy silhouette is giving a fresh twist on the sartorial cornerstone of every man’s summer wardrobe. These polished, practical pairs are best dressed with a formal approach – think sharp shirts, oversized blazers and even ankle boots. Brands like Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Maison Margiela have perfected the cut so irrespective of how you style them, they’ll be the ‘centre court’ of your wardrobe.
If you think of yourself as a sartorial peacock then pull up a chair. Energetic and ready for anything, the statement sneaker is making style waves at ground level this summer. Bold colors, chunky soles and loud logos are poised to invigorate your look from Acne Studios to Versace via Sandro. But how to wear these extroverted pairs? The key is, don’t overthink it – they can serve as a focal point for low-key sportswear or extra oomph for relaxed summer suiting. These shoes shout ‘don’t hold back’ so have fun with it, practice some sartorial self-expression and enjoy a very well-dressed summer.
THE SPRIGHTLY SHIRT
If you only invest in one item this summer, make it a statement shirt. Short or long sleeved, printed or plain – dare we say it… it may even be overtaking the T-shirt in terms of versatility. Sure, shirts are a men’s wardrobe mainstay but for summer it is becoming the centrepiece rather than the backdrop to your look. Explore vibrant colors, exotic prints and luxury fabrics – brands such as Brioni, Iro and Ermenegildo Zegna can be your springboard. Try it layered (why wear one shirt when you can wear two?), dress it up with a suit or down with sneakers. You could also familiarize yourself with the half-tuck – the casual meets elegant way of styling the staple. So, when you’re updating your hot-weather rotation, think of its potential and make sure you don’t miss this multi-faceted must have.