Summer Staples You Should Be Already Thinking About
By the time this article gets published the worst of winter should be behind us. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few months of cold weather to suffer through, but it does mean that there’s hope on the horizon and we can just about see how to navigate towards spring. And with that hope comes planning – wardrobe planning. Now, while the coat rests heavily on your shoulders and the scarf is draped tightly around your neck, is the time to start investing in your summer staples. That way, when the sun eventually reveals itself and the days start to warm, you’ll be ready and looking your absolute best. So let’s take a look at what sartorial summer staples should be on your mind already.
Perhaps the most basic and important of all summer menswear items is the white t-shirt. Not only does this t-shirt look great, but it’s incredibly versatile and can go with just about any outfit. Think of it as a blank canvas on top of which you can base the more idiosyncratic and complicated layers of your outfit. If you want to be more casual, simply wear it with a pair of shorts or chinos. If you’re going for something a little fancier, tuck it into a pair of slacks and throw on a blazer. Honestly, there are very few combinations that won’t work with a white t-shirt, so it’s in your best interest to keep a couple on hand at all times.
You don’t have to be a hypebeast to appreciate the value of a good pair of sneakers. Not only do they protect your feet and allow you to walk around comfortably and pain-free all day, but they can really make an outfit pop. The sneaker game has been taken to new heights in the last decade, especially with the rise of sports-inspired outfits and the proliferation of athleisurewear. Companies like Zalando are an excellent place to source a pair of men’s sports shoes, offering a wide variety so you can be sure to find something that compliments your outfit. Don’t sleep on this, as sporty looks are always a vibe when the sun is shining.
Functional, attractive, and versatile, the linen shirt is another staple that should be hanging in your cupboard as you read this. Linen is famous for being an extremely comfortable and breathable fabric, making it ideal for really hot days (especially if you’re prone to excess perspiration). Linen shirts also have the added advantage of pairing well with most outfits. Whether you want to wear some shorts, a pair of jeans, chinos, or even slacks, it’s hard to go wrong with a linen shirt.
In terms of accessories, a watch is a must-have with almost any outfit. For this list of summer staples, we’re recommending a minimalist watch for its low profile, sleekness but high style factor. While this is a matter of opinion, we feel that bulkier watches don’t lend themselves well to every outfit and can feel a bit too much depending on the wearer’s choice of attire. A minimalist watch won’t distract from the other elements of an outfit, but will still enhance your look and add a touch of sophistication.