I’ve discovered over the years since dating my boyfriend, that the wardrobe of the average guy is somewhat limited. It’s typically a range of plaid or plain short and long-sleeved shirts, a pair or two of jeans, and if you’re lucky, the occasional v-neck. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something that I, as a self-proclaimed shopaholic, cannot personally relate to. When I asked my boyfriend why his wardrobe hasn’t evolved, his response was kind of eye-opening. He doesn’t follow fashion, so he wears what he likes, and what he likes, hasn’t changed. Upon hearing this, I figured he can’t be the only grown man to think this way, so I figured I’d offer a helping hand to help evolve your summer wardrobe with a few staple pieces. I promise I’m going to make this as painless as possible!
1. The Boat Shoe
Whether or not you plan on spending any time near a boat this summer, the boat shoe is the perfect shoe to take you from day to night, keep you looking polished, but casual, and keep you from committing the dreaded ‘socks and sandals’ crime. You can pick up this pair by Steve Madden, available on sale at 6PM.com.
2. The Fitted Polo
If you’re over the age of 20, you no longer have an excuse for wearing poor-fitting clothing. That includes in unsuspecting places like the sleeves. Invest in a fitted polo that hugs your arm instead of allowing excess room. This is far more flattering and polishes off your look. You can pick up this fitted polo in an assortment of colours by Ralph Lauren, here.
3. The Weekend Bag
Whether you’re heading on a romantic getaway with your girl, or on a boys’ trip with your bros, a weekend bag for all of your summer adventures is essential. We love this classic weekender by Hugo Boss that features top handles and an optional shoulder strap.
4. The Casual Watch
Perfect for days at the beach, outdoor barbecues, or summer festivals, the casual watch adds a pop of colour to accessorize your outfit while easily transitioning from day to night. Choose a watch with a bold, nylon band for extra durability during all of your summer fun. We love this one from Armani Exchange, available here.
Wayfarers are a must-have for summer. Flattering for every face shape, these sunglasses come in a variety of colours while keeping you looking cool and put together in the summer sun. We’re loving matte right now, but you can pick out your ideal colour, here.
6. Fitted Chinos
The slim-fit chino is a great summer pant. It’s breathable and light-weight, making it the perfect pant for summer. This pair from Lord & Taylor is the perfect combination of dressy and casual, with a subtle rolled up detail at the cuff. You can pick them up here.
See? That was pretty painless, wasn’t it? Now you’ve got everything you need to update your summer wardrobe. Did you see something you like but the US retailer doesn’t ship to Canada? Or maybe they do but you’d like to compare shipping prices? Check out Shipllama’s e-Forwarding services! We’ll ship items right to your door with no surprise costs. Happy shopping!