3 Men’s Summer Trends That Easily Upgrade Your Wardrobe

Young man wearing white cotton T-shirt and teal shorts on the beach in summer

Summer is upon us, guys, which means swapping out your dark colors and heavy jackets for lighter, breezier items. Most of your summer staples are probably already cotton—everything from your summer suits and button-downs, to your chino shorts and casual tees—and for a very good reason. Did you know that cotton breathes and keeps you cooler than synthetics? It’s the perfect summer fabric for your staples as well as some trendy new pieces.

Summer is the perfect time to add a little oomph back into your wardrobe, and we’ve got a style guide that’ll help you upgrade your basic staples with a few new pieces that’ll last you not just this season, but for years to come. Whether you’re looking for a special occasion outfit, a vacation wardrobe, or just some new everyday styles, cotton has you covered.

Special Occasion Trend: Seersucker Suits in Uncommon Hues

It’s wedding season fellas, and that means a sharp suit is as important as your wedding date. Seersucker remains a key summer trend, but this season, step beyond the usual blue and white pattern. Seersucker has gotten a trendy seasonal upgrade in the form of pink, green, and red that’ll be sure to set you apart from the crowd. We suggest seersucker statement pants in these tones coupled with a neutral or solid-color suit jacket or blazer to make sure you don’t upstage the groom.

Casual Wardrobe Trend: Upgrade Your Khaki

A staple in men’s styles is definitely khaki: it’s neutral, work-appropriate, durable, and goes with everything. It can also be a little boring. Instead of throwing on a tee or polo with your khaki pants, take advantage of this season’s colorful prints.

Men’s outfits this summer are all about bold prints, but they’re not over the top. Our favorite prints are nautical, “exotic foliage,” classic floral print, and upgraded plaid. Below are a few of the best picks we’ve found online; all are wearable outfits that you can integrate seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.

Vacation Trend: Drawstring Pants & Slip-On Shoes

Men’s outfits for vacation don’t have to stop at chino shorts and the occasional tropical print shirt. This summer, give breezy drawstring pants a try. This new summer trend combines the comfort of a cotton jogger with the off-duty look of linen pants. Cotton drawstring pants are versatile, trendy, and easy to style.

Another summer trend for your travels are canvas slip-on shoes. Easy to style, comfortable, and walkable, canvas slip-ons are a definite must-have. As a bonus, cotton canvas is super easy to clean. Happy travels!

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