Summer Style Trends for Men
By Alyse Mier
Photographed by Christian Alexander, www.christianalexanderphoto.com
Hair Styled by Evelyn Montes, www.evelynmontes.com
Wardrobe Styled by Josh Vazquez, www.instagram.com/josh.styles
Models: Daniel Jarret & Jonathan White, Front Management
It’s safe to say that every guy has stumbled upon a fashion crisis at least once in his life. They begin to take interest in dressing better and want to keep up with trends. He learns how to layer and dares to even buy that chunky knit cardigan. That is until summer completely throws him off his game. Dressing for this Miami weather can be quite difficult. So men now face the question, “what can I wear to stay comfortable and cool when it seems like the only pieces I can wear are t-shirts, swim trunks and shoes?” The answer is in the following summer trend guide. The following trends can be mixed and matched in endless combinations and most importantly it promises to keep you cool in this summer weather and not throw you off your style game.
Bright Colors and Patterns
We know it seems daring and almost crazy to consider mixing a pattern with a colored pant, or even mixing two bright colors. However, you live in a city where bright colors and palm patterns are highly embraced. So we say take advantage. Stay classic and combine a white polo with a pair of color blocked swim trunks. Or try to be a little more daring and mix a palm printed button down with olive joggers. Whatever you choose do not be afraid of a little change and buy a color or print you would not normally wear.
Fun fact: just like your skin can get sunburned, your eyes can get sunburned and discolored too. Because we live in the sunshine state it is essential to have a good pair of sunglasses to shade you on the brightest of days. Although we are fans of the new brightly colored mirrored lenses, we highly believe in versatility and functionality. A trusted pair or classic aviators or wayfarers are sure to give you more use and perfectly compliment any outfit.
A Non-traditional Blazer
Often times we associate blazers with office wear and believe they can make someone look stiff. However, blazers have come a long way since, gracing almost every runway and coming in a variety of colors and cuts. One thing that has remained true about the blazer is the clean and polished look it continues to give any outfit. For the summer months a light weight linen blend, light denim or colored blazer is a must. The blazer will keep you shielded from the sun and transition almost any look from day to night instantly.
If you plan on buying only one item from this list make it a pair of chinos. So many men are still stuck wearing baggy cargo shorts or jeans. A solid pair of flat front chino pants or shorts will give you a clean look and will be more comfortable to wear than oversized shorts. Try on multiple sizes, brands, cuts and fits until you find the right one. You do not want these to fit too tight. Once you find the perfect pair buy one in every color. Chinos are a staple that will take you through almost every season.
Boat Shoes and Classic Oxfords
A well fitting sneaker is good to have; it is functional and comfortable. However, it is not your only option. Boat shoes and oxfords have become two of the most important pieces in summer footwear. They can be worn in both casual settings and formal settings. The best part of these shoes is that after walking around in them for two weeks they mold to your foot and become insanely comfortable. Although this trend is very New England and preppy don’t be afraid to give it a try. You just might surprise yourself with how functional this trend is.