Men's Summer Outfit: The Only Five Items You'll Need to Stay On-Trend This Summer

Slowly but surely the warmer weather is on its way, meaning it's time to leave behind those thick jumpers and bulky jackets and broaden your horizons with regards to your fashion choices. If you're looking to refresh your look for the sunny season but you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered! Whether you're brunching in the city, setting off on a leisurely stroll, or spending the day at the beach, we’ve got just the look… Made up of just five simple elements, easy to pull-off and suitable for all occasions, the following versatile summer outfit ensures comfort and style this season, at a price that you (and your bank) will love! So, what is this five-piece, fail-proof outfit you ask? Stay tuned, and learn how to build the perfect summer look…

The classic men's short-sleeved shirt: dress it up or down, you're guaranteed both style and comfort in this trendy number!

The great thing about the short-sleeved shirt is that it can be worn anytime, anywhere. When we think about men's summer fashion, the short-sleeved shirt is always a key player, and that’s why we’ve selected it as the primary piece for our ultimate men’s summer outfit. From patterned cotton to a smarter oxford shirt, there is a shirt with short sleeves to suit every guy’s taste, that'll adapt to every setting! For example, if a casual look is what you're after, a textured cotton or linen shirt looks great open with a basic white vest underneath. Or, if you fancy a more formal style, opt for pure cotton poplin – nothing beats a crisp, quality-looking shirt. It goes without saying, the range of shirts available is pretty much endless!

One thing to factor in to help you make your selection is the type of fabric – you'll want something that's super-comfortable, breathable and also easy-to-clean all at once. That's what makes lightweight cotton models, or even iron-free crepe models, a great choice! The best thing about the short-sleeved shirt is its endless versatility and the fact that it’s a dream to wear in warm weather – it really is perfect for every summer occasion.

So, what bottoms should guys wear in summer? Beach all day, dine all night – a pair of shorts is the best addition to your clothes to achieve any look you desire!

Our ultimate summer look just wouldn't be complete without a pair of shorts. An essential in any man's warm-weather wardrobe, shorts tick every dress code, meaning you can stay comfortable and on-trend no matter where your summer calendar takes you. There’s a wide range of short styles out there, from chino to microfibre, but the most important thing to consider when taking your pick is the comfort of the material. Lightweight microfibre or canvas are easy-to-wear, feel-good options, guaranteeing comfort during any daytime activity. And if you pick one of these in smart navy blue or beige, you can go from the beach straight to dinner, without having to switch up your outfit. The inherent style of shorts combined with monochrome colours will cater to every occasion!

Chino shorts are another classic choice if you want to add a bit of chic to your look. Just opt for a great-quality pair to simply coordinate with your short-sleeved shirt and you’re all set! Wherever your summer adventures lead you, we know a decent pair of shorts will become a staple in your wardrobe.

The trusty men’s jacket: a British summer outfit wouldn't be complete without one!

As we know all too well, a sunny, dry British summer is never guaranteed, meaning a jacket is (unfortunately) a vital component of any men’s summer outfit! With the UK’s weather as unpredictable in the summer months as at any other time of year, a practical, comfortable jacket remains a wardrobe essential this season. A water-repellent model is always a great place to start. Whether you're out walking or in the park, this lightweight and versatile style of jacket can be thrown on with any outfit at the last minute. If you're looking for a sportier look that’s more subtle in terms of its weather-proof functionality, a windbreaker with a foldaway hood is perfect for those slightly chillier days. Its well-insulated design will give you that extra warmth and top off your summer look.

Settled weather and an occasion that requires a slightly more sophisticated look however definitely call for a denim jacket or safari jacket. Coupled with your shirt and chino shorts, these models guarantee an extra layer of warmth as well as an added dose of style. Whatever design you choose, a jacket is certainly a must-have item for any British summer, so that you can be prepared, whatever the weather!

Still looking for the perfect pair of shoes for summer? Sandals, loafers or trainers – take your pick!

Now onto shoes to more or less finish off the look… The new season calls for a refresh of your summer shoe collection, and there are so many styles to choose from! Whatever activity is keeping you busy this summer, you'll need a good-quality, comfortable pair of shoes to get you from A to B. One shoe style that continues to hold top of the leaderboard in both comfort and style is the sandal. Breathable and lightweight, sandals are perfect whether you're running errands or hitting the beach. Channel those summer vibes by pairing them with your shirt and shorts combo for a relaxed yet sophisticated style.

If you're planning to do lots of steps though, we recommend opting for a supportive trainer. Loafers or mules are also a great option for a smart but chilled-out summer look, providing a hint of chic to complement your suave shirt and shorts. No matter what style you go for to complete your seasonal look, just remember breathable shoes are an absolute summer essential to keep you cool.

Accessories: an essential in men's fashion too! From smart sunhats to sporty baseball caps, we're sure you'll wear them all summer long

Not only a key player in women's fashion, accessories definitely have their place in men's wardrobes too. If you haven't yet invested in the world of accessories, now is a great time to start. With less components to our outfits in the warmer weather, summer is the ideal moment to add some accessories to spruce up any look. For example, a stylish, lightweight straw hat is just one item that could perfectly polish off this five-piece, ultimate men’s summer outfit – especially if it’s what you’re planning to wear for your next trip to the beach. You can never go wrong with a baseball cap either – it’ll help you stay protected from the summer sun and, instead of causing you to sacrifice style in the name of practicality, it’ll add tons of it. Alternatively, if you’re off on a hike, perhaps a rucksack is the ideal accessory to add to the look? A style game-changer, it’ll add a touch of sportiness and adventure to your outfit, and utility pieces are very in right now! Whether it's a weekend in the city or you're off on a beach holiday, accessories deserve to be front and centre of your wardrobe this summer, and they’re just what you need to round-off this particular outfit.

Five items, endless looks: the perfect men's outfit for all summer occasions

So, there you have it, the five essentials you need for the ultimate summer outfit. Only five – we know, it doesn't seem like a lot! But it goes to show that you can easily switch up your look and achieve true summer style without having to break the bank! Versatile in their own right and adaptable when worn together, these five different items really are season must-haves! And of course, if you stock up on an array of shirts, shorts, fine footwear, sleek accessories and jackets (taking different cuts, colours, fabrics, and models into consideration) you can mix and match however you choose and adapt the look accordingly. These items are summer wardrobe staples, but now we’ve established the basic five-piece look, you can always throw other items into the mix too – like a stylish jumper for the chillier British evenings. So, what are you waiting for… Say goodbye to wintery layers and hello to feel-good summer essentials which will carry you through till autumn!

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