The summer season is upon us and just as the weather is changing, your wardrobe should be as well. The snow and April showers have subsided in favor of sun and rising temperatures, so follow this fashion guide to ensure you look as hot as the weather outside!
Unlike winter and fall, when the skies are dark and gloomy, summer is a time when the sun shines brightly in the sky. Let your clothes shine just as brightly (not this brightly)! Typical summer fashion has usually consisted of soft pastel reds, blues and greens, but emerging to the forefront of the fashion game is bright, vibrant, even neon colors. And yes, there’s a way to do it without being excessive or obnoxious. Next time you’re walking down the pier, take a look around and notice who gets your head turning. It’s probably the guy in the bright red V-neck or the lime green button-down. And hey, if you’re looking at him, imagine who else is. That’s what it’s about, isn’t it?
Stripes are in. Horizontal, vertical, thick, thin or nautical, you can wear them all, especially the latter. Derived from the uniforms of French sailors, what better an outfit to be in when you’re hanging out down by the water. Combine a relatively bright, nautically striped shirt with navy blue or black jeans and a white belt, then take a look in the mirror and prepare to be impressed with yourself. Solid or artificially stressed-looking clothes can really pull your look together as well, and even camouflage is making a comeback, as long as you don’t look like an army combat soldier.
When a shirt itself isn’t enough, a knit makes a good lightweight option to keep yourself warm if the weather is slightly overcast. For the best look, try a three-button knit over a grey or black shirt. Colder outside? Remember this: Baseball jackets aren’t just for athletes anymore. Just as varsity jackets were all the rage in fall 2012, Forbes ranks baseball jackets as one of its top five men’s fashions for this season. It can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Wear it with a shirt and tie or on top of your normal beachwear. It’ll look good no matter what.
Dressing It Up
A classic blue or grey blazer or suit jacket is good for any dressier occasion, but if you want to turn even more heads when you walk in the room, brighten it up. We wrote earlier about the popularity of vibrant colors during the summer season, and that applies to your suit as well. Yes, it takes a lot of confidence to wear something that’s not your typical dark-colored suit, but if you’ve got it, rock it. When it comes to looking good and feeling good, one begets the other, right?
David Cormier is a blogger for 7 Diamonds, the ultimate lifestyle brand.