Summer is officially here!
While The Library is run by four fabulous women, we cannot forget about our male counterparts! You guys are much appreciated which is why we decided to have a post tailored to you — fashion pun intended. We all know that basketball shorts, t-shirts and beater tanks are a go-to during the summer, but let’s take this a step further. Guys, we love you but this summer we want to see men dressing like respectable men and leave the athletic attire in the gym! Truth be told when you ask us girls what we want to eat, we have no idea! However, when it comes well-dressed men — we know exactly what we want!
So, for all of you potential baes, check our top 10 summer must haves below!
1) A Reversible Leather Belt.
Sorry to break it to you but it’s no longer 1999, therefore; the saggy, baggy look is no longer attractive. In 2014, real men prefer to wear their pants at their hips — not down their backsides. You will not be taken seriously if your underwear is showing. It’s just that simple. A slight “sag” for comfort is okay but, the man with his pants worn correctly around the waist is the one who deserves the “hey boo!” from across the bar. Not to mention, you walk with more swag — none of that waddling required whilst your jeans are sagging down to your ankles.
2) Short-Sleeve Button Down Shirts & Polos.
It takes things a step above the summer t-shirt look. A short-sleeve button down down or polo is still laid back but more refined than a regular t-shirt. A collared top shows that you are going places! Like most men’s wear, polo shirts and short-sleeve buttons can dressed up and dressed down. Khaki pants pair well with these tops when you need to be office appropriate, and a nice pair of jeans go well when you are feeling a little more casual. When it comes to colors, show the ladies a little bit of confidence by rocking a little bit of color and make your personality stand out from the rest. Pastels are great for the summer months because they make a subtle statement without overpowering your entire look.
*Tip: if you aren’t fond of light colored tops, go for the prints, stripes and patterns — it still adds color and is a lot more vibrant than a shirt fresh off the Prime Color Wheel. Just saying.*
3) Slip-ons: Loafers, Boat-Shoes, etc.
For when you don’t want to put on your Sunday’s best but your Jordan’s aren’t necessarily appropriate, a pair of slip-on loafers or boat shoes will do the trick! It doesn’t hurt that they are extremely comfortable too! This also reveals versatility and well-roundedness — a definite plus with the ladies.
While we are on the topic of shoes, a good pair of Oxfords is also a strong must have. With summer being wedding season, it will always be appropriate to have a pair of these in your closet. Even when you don’t need to be that dressy but you’d like to jazz up the casual wear, a good pair of Oxfords will add value to your everyday outfit.
*Tip: pairing Oxfords with a nice pair of jeans and a blazer will make you look like money — therefore, make sure you are ready to play the part.*
5) A Great Pair of Jeans
This one is appropriate for all seasons. Lighter shades are better for the summer; however, any pair of well-made jeans will do! Even if you have to spend a little more for them, a pair of good jeans – and I mean good – can take you a long way. Regardless of the wash – Light or dark – make sure they fit! When shopping for these jeans, don’t be afraid to ask for help with sizing to make sure its the best fit and something you are truly comfortable in. The more comfortable, the more confident, and the more confident, well, you know what happens there…
*Tip: Once, again don’t be afraid of color when it comes to your pants. A little color blocking never hurt anyone!
6) A Light Blazer
Because things that are understood require no explanation. Please, please, please, make sure you are measured for any and all sports jackets and suits. An ill-fitted suit is just as bad as dirty fingernails – they kind of go hand in hand. To save yourself from suffering in your own personal heat wave, any blazer purchased for the summer months should be unlined or have a lightweight construction – leave the lining and construct to the fall. #Swag
7) Chino Shorts
We can’t forget about shorts! Chino shorts are a nice put-together look when pants are just too hot. Also, an upgrade from the basic basketball shorts. Chino shorts can go with most top pairings: for a casual look, pair with a V-neck tee; for a more “dressed-up ” look , pair with a nice button down or even a polo and you’re all set!
8) Swim Shorts
Don’t be that guy to swim in basketball shorts or even worse, your boxers. Take some time this summer to pick out a nice pair of swim shorts so that you actually look and feel prepared for the water activities — even if you don’t plan to go in! A subtle pattern or print is perfectly okay — just leave the obscenely long board shorts with Marijuana leaves and the Batman logo in Hot Topic. No shade.
9) Cotton V-Neck Tshirt
For my casual bros, this is something that you already saw coming; however, you have to do this the right way. Where the regular Walmart V-necks were okay for 2004, now we have upgraded a few notches. Rule of thumb: a good t-shirt will never come in a pack of three, or else its not a good t-shirt and everyone will know!
This all around classic and casual look is great when you do it right! The V-Neck is my favorite because I can always tell who has been working out — haha. Plus, I think it looks a lot more comfortable to not be choked by a tight crew neck…but thats just my opinion. Go for a simple 100% cotton V-neck that you can find at any H&M or major department store! Don’t forget to go for color!
10) Bomber Jacket
For when you don’t want to wear a blazer and you need something for cooler temperatures, a bomber jacket is the way to go. From leather, to color blocking, you will never go wrong with a Bomber Jacket. I mean, James Dean wasn’t just a rebel without a cause… he was a rebel without a cause in a fly bomber jacket! [R.I.P to the Legend]
*Tip: The Bomber Jacket IS different from the Letterman Jacket. Make sure when you do make your purchase, you choose the jacket with the slim silhouette and sleeves that do not go past your upper wrists. Once again, we must leave the bulky and oversized wear in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. *