Fashion + Design

Looking Fresh: Men’s Summer Style Essentials

July 28, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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You probably know how to rock shorts and sneakers on vacay, but dressing with a little bit more polish in the summer when it’s hot and humid outside can seem like a challenge. Not so, says Elliot Aronow, a men’s style expert and the designer/founder of Jacques-Elliott. Aronow asserts that pulling off great summer style is easy. Here, he dishes on his five effortless style upgrades that will keep you looking fresh—even when the elements conspire against you.

Unstructured Blazer: Brooklyn Tailors
“Let’s start with the jacket. An unstructured blazer with a very light lining will be your best friend when you need to dapper up for summer events like weddings, openings and you know, looking handsome while drinking beer. This grey linen model from Brooklyn Tailors is perfect with jeans or shorts. It’s just that good.”

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Cool Slacks: Alex Maine
“The days of khaki hegemony are over. Instead of the beige slacks you know and probably love, try these deep blue twill pants from Alex Maine, also available in an array of summer colors. Boredom be gone.”

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Popover Shirt: Club Monaco
“Popovers are absolutely ruling menswear right now. Makes sense, as they split the difference between a dress shirt and a t-shirt. Less buttons = more fun. This indigo version from Club Monaco is ready for you.”


Clean White Kicks: Adidas Stan Smith
“Right now, it’s about super minimal clean white kicks. So long as you keep them (fairly) clean it’s a great way to add some mellow polish to your usual shorts and shirt rotation. Adidas Stan Smith are the gold standard of this crispy category.”

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Manly Weekend Bag: Owen & Fred
“You are too old to be carrying your weekend gear around in a shopping bag. Grab this Made In the USA weekender from up-and-comers Owen & Fred and give your most necessary overnight goodies the beautiful home they deserve.”

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