Male Summer Fashion

Crystal Schwanke

Fresh Summer Updates

Summer is about fashionable, lightweight clothing that is done in fun, easy to wear styles. Items are given a fresh update according to the season. This can be seen in this sleeveless hoodie from ADA+NIK, which is a versatile piece that can be worn with or without a shirt underneath, with casual pants or jeans, and even with a great pair of shorts.

Basic White Tee

Nothing can be more perfect for summer than a basic white tee. It can be worn with anything and everything in your closet. This white tee was shown on the Todd Snyder runway show during New York Fashion Week. It's lightweight, fitted, and has a v-neck style that stays closer to the neck than what's seen in most similar t-shirts.

Brightly Colored Tee

A brightly colored, short sleeved button-down with a v-neck like this one from Gucci can be the star of your outfit, especially when it's done in sheer lace. Bold colors work well in summer when you want to show off your tan and draw attention to yourself.

Crisp Tank Top

Nothing is more essential for summer than a tank top, which can be worn alone or layered under something else. This version from Greg Lauren takes it up a notch since it's done in a smooth, opaque style that is fitted without being tight and falls to just the right length.

Fun Print Shorts

Show your fun side in a pair of printed shorts such as these ones designed by Sergei Grinko. Bonus points if you can find a matching shirt. Summer fashion is all about having fun and wearing what you feel great in, whether you're headed to the beach, going on a casual date or hanging with your friends.

Solid Color Shorts

Every man should own several pairs of solid color shorts for summer, and you don't have to be shy about the colors! Shorts can be worn with tank tops, tees and sweatshirts. This pair from 2(X)IST is done in a basic style that can be worn to the beach as well as around town.

Mix and Match Style

Items that can be mixed and matched with a variety of pieces are great for summer. There is no need to replace your entire wardrobe each season when you can update your look by adding a few new pieces to your existing collection. A casual blue striped button-up, such as this one from the Todd Snyder runway show, can be worn year-round and paired with almost anything.

White Suit

A bright white suit, like this one from Maximus, screams summer. White is a classic color that never goes out of style. Whether you are a groom or planning on attending a special event, a white suit will keep you looking and feeling cool.

Light Color Suit

Trade that dark-colored suit for something light and fresh. Summer clothing should reflect the season. If you don't want to go with a white suit, hues of blue are the perfect choice for warm days and can be found in fashions designed for special occasions as well as for casual wear. This suit from Asaf Ganot is ideal for summer and is sure to get you noticed.

Lightweight Fabrics

Fabrics that are both lightweight and light in color can keep you cool in the warmer months without sacrificing style. Chalayan uses white for this carefree summer outfit that fits in perfectly with the season.

Summer Accessories

Nothing can complete an outfit better than a smart accessory, and this picture demonstrates a few ways to do it. This lightweight, thin scarf adds visual interest near the face without adding a lot of warmth. The neutral tan belt is worn off-center with the end tucked down for an unexpected twist, and you can show off a great pair of shoes like the ones seen here by donning a pair of crops. Don't forget your shades! Aviator styles are universally flattering.

Summer Sweater

A lightweight sweater done in a soft shade such as pink or salmon is perfect for summer. It can be layered over a shirt and worn with a crisp pair of khakis or medium gray shorts. Seen here is a summer sweater from Michael Bastian.

Neutral Tones

Control Sector stays with the neutral theme in this casual ensemble. Pair khaki pants with a button-up in the same tone and add a some depth and balance with a medium or dark gray shirt underneath.

Sleeveless Tee

When the weather gets hot, keep cool in a sleeveless tee shirt and a pair of lightweight pants. Richard Chai Love's sleeveless tee is done in a trendy collared style that has stripes and a brighter band of color around the bottom for an updated look that is sure to please.

Cargo Jacket

Sergio Davila pairs a lightweight cargo jacket in a summer-friendly ivory shade with dark green slim-cut shorts for a casual look that calls for an adventure. Creative styles are perfect for the season -- what better time for adventure than summer?

Bold Patterns

Chalayan makes a statement with this fun, patterned outfit. It is bold, yet casual, and is sure to turn heads wherever you wear it. Summer is the best time to pull off intense or exotic prints, especially when they're being worn from head to toe.

Summer Style

Have fun this summer in a range of fashions that are comfortable and stylish, as seen in this Michael Bastian example, which combines denim cutoffs, a white blazer, and a lightweight shirt with a low v-neck. When planning your summer wardrobe for dressy and casual occasions, choose items that not only make you look good, but feel good as well. Mix and match as you see fit for every event.

Crystal Schwanke
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Male Summer Fashion