WET, FLAPPY BOARD SHORTS… DIRTY TRAINERS… A SWEAT-SOAKED T-SHIRT? NO, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT, GENTLEMEN. WITH A FEW, WELL-CHOSEN BASICS, YOU CAN ROCK SUMMER STYLISHLY.
with Joshua Heath
The Polo Shirt
Think of it as the T-shirt’s better dressed, better-looking brother. The collared polo instantly makes you look well-put-together and just that little bit more styled. This one item is a welcome addition to any summer wardrobe and works as well under a blazer with pants as it does with shorts and thongs. Tip: choose three basic colours that suit you and the rest of your wardrobe for versatility.
T-shirt by We Are Harper.
You can never own too many plain T-shirts to mix and match into your wardrobe. Opt for natural fabrics like cotton, hemp or bamboo; they breath better than synthetics and keep you cooler.
Cloud sweater by Aussie Essence.
For cooler summer nights you can’t go past a lightweight sweater worn over the shoulders with your T-shirt during the day. It quickly becomes your best friend when the sun goes down.
The Bondi Short by 2EROS.
The Bondi Short
The 2EROS Bondi Short in black, blue, green and white is the ultimate versatile summer short. It can be beachwear (it’s fast-drying), gymwear (it’s got stretch), cafe-wear (classically stylish) and can be dressed up with a leather belt and tucked-in button-up shirt.
The Bogart fedora by Akubra.
As much a fashion statement as protection from
the sun’s rays, every man should own at least one.
Hit the beach in a lightweight Fedora – its medium
brim offers just the right amount of shade.
Jjji Rick fitted denim shorts by Jack & Jones.
Not every summer occasion is right for board shorts. Sometimes we need to make a little more effort. Say hello to the tailored short. Kick those baggy, shapeless cargo shorts to the curb and leave the micro shorts to the go-go boys. You need a mid-length cotton short you can wear with a shirt on balmy nights out with the boys.
Let’s face it, not everyone looks like a DNA cover model in a pair of skimpy briefs on the beach. Bright and bold boardies will also get the other boys’ attention for all the right reasons without flashing the flesh. The best boardies should be made with fabric that’s super-quick drying so that you don’t spend hours with damp fabric flopping around your thighs or leaving the car seat wet on the drive home.
All I Sea board shorts.
Note the on-trend white sneakers.
Rolla board shorts by BCNU.
Flamingo board shorts by Teamm8.
Supa Shot board shorts by BCNU.
Universe board shorts by Teamm8.
It sounds like a no-brainer for summer but there is more to a great pair of sunglasses than how they look. It’s also about sun protection, shielding the eye and avoiding premature wrinkles. If you spend your days by the water, try polarised lenses. They cut down the glare dramatically. Whether you go for a classic, Wayfarer or the mirrored shades celebs are loving right now, you need to be sure they protect you. First, make sure your shades have 100 percent UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays. This is the most important thing you can do to save your eyes.
Wolf sunglasses by Colab.
Ecco-Collin Retro Sneaker.
If you buy just one pair of shoes this summer make them white and keep them clean. Worn with shorts, chinos or even a swim brief, a great pair of white shoes will give any look a fresh and sunny finish. Hot tip: spray them with a waterproofer to help repel dirt and wipe them clean with Spray And Wipe to make them look like new again.
Shirt by Jack & Jones.
Just as versatile as their long-sleeved cousins, the short-sleeved shirt puts the “smart” in a smart-casual look. Worn buttoned-up or open with a T-shirt underneath they’re a must for summer.
They’re a great alternative for casual Fridays or when you don’t want to wear jeans. Grab a navy pair and a lighter colour like cream or tan. Worn rolled up to the ankle with a T-shirt or down with a shirt and blazer they are a versatile staple that should be in every man’s wardrobe.
Try this smart-casual summer look: chinos rolled to the ankle to reveal a colourful socks from Manrags.com.au, a fitted shirt and boating shoes.
The Swim Brief
Big question: Sunga style or traditional brief? The Sunga is technically a trunk, which means it’s cut thick around the hip and has a square-cut leg. The brief is cut high over the hip. If you’re tall and slim, the Sunga can help add breadth to your frame. If you’re short and stocky, a brief can help add height and make the legs appear longer. Tip: Try on both the brief and the Sunga to find out which one suits your body shape best. Always wear your swimwear around your hips, not your waist.
Riviero Brazilian Sunga by BCNU.
Bumpa Sunga by BCNU.
Admiral swim brief by Teamm8. Flamingo swim brief by Teamm8.
Tropix Sunga by BCNU.
Americans call them flip-flops, New Zealanders call them jandals. Their real name is thongs. They are the summer essentials you can’t do without. Most of us own at least two pairs and alternate depending on what we’re wearing. Willi Footwear thongs, with interchangeable straps, allow you to change the colour depending on your mood and, with reinforced plugs, there’s no more blowouts. Genius.
Thongs by Willi Footwear.