Sunday, July 10, 2011

Article of the week..... 3 July

A Guide to Men's Summer Fashion

Summer is here - which means it's time to pull out those shorts, t-shirts and sandals that rarely see the light of day during the rest of the year. While some items of clothing are staples of summer wear every year - for example, polo shirts and relaxed jeans - each summer also brings with it a set of unique seasonal looks. This summer, it's all about pastels, neutrals, and tailored pieces, not to mention the "all white" and "all American" looks. Get the scoop on this season's hottest fashion trends, and get ready to look great all summer long.

First off, don't neglect the basics: pick up some pastel-coloured polo shirts, khaki shorts, chinos and trousers, as well as a few tailored shirts - also in pastel or neutral colours. You'll also want to do your feet a favour this year and ditch those plastic flip-flops for some nice leather flip-flops or quality leather sandals. The sandals will look great with more refined-looking wardrobe pieces - like chinos or tailored shorts - while the leather flips flops will look great with more casual outfits - like jeans and Polo shirts - without looking cheap. If you prefer more enclosed footwear, opt for a pair of chic deck shoes or loafers.

Heading out on the town? Don't be afraid to throw some colour into the mix of your formalwear. Whether you incorporate a splash of orange in an otherwise subdued colour scheme, or dress in bold colours from head to toe, the fashion scene will embrace your colour-happy attitude this season.

If you plan on hitting the beach or the pool this summer, you'll need a pair of stylish swim shorts. Retro is in this season, so head to your local vintage shop to pick up a pair - you'll not only pick up something unique, but you'll save some cash too. While you're at it, snag yourself some hip sunglasses; you can't go wrong with Aviators, Clubmasters or Wayfarers this summer.

Last but not least, the jumper is another key piece to consider when pulling together your summer wardrobe. The weather might be warming up, but it's more than likely that a few chilly nights will make their way into the British summer. So stock up on a few Armani pullovers or Lyle and Scott jumpers and stay cosy. Opt for a cotton elbow-length sleeve sweater (paired over a tailored button-down shirt) to get that Twenties-riviera-meets-rugby look.

So, with some of this summer's top trends in mind, you're more than ready to put your fashion foot forward. Just remember that keeping up with summer fashion doesn't mean you have to re-do your entire wardrobe or break the bank. Incorporating just a few quality seasonal pieces will help update your wardrobe and ensure you look great all summer long.


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