Does Your Summer Wardrobe Need an Overhaul?

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Men's Summer StyleSummer isn’t just about taking layers of clothes off – it’s about putting the right clothes on.

We consulted some experts – and the runways – in an attempt to discover the must-have wardrobe essentials for summer. There’s some exciting things happening in men’s fashion – so get out your credit card and let’s start planning!

Summer wardrobe essentials
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Shorter silhouettes
Yes, shorter is better this summer when it comes to jackets and pants. “But the fit has to be spot-on. Start with the shoulders and work your way down,” says Shari Barnett is the lead wardrobe designer/creative director at Productions Plus – The Talent Shop, a leading national talent agency with a unique-to-industry full-service wardrobe department.

Khaki pants
Khakis are a longtime staple. “They mix well with so many vibrant colors, like nectarine, violets and various shades of blue,” says Barnett.

Colored chinos
These pants are big right now, but the trend will last. Barnett says these are really easy to coordinate with various looks, incorporating pieces from casual tees to dressier jackets.

Men's Style - Summer
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Windbreakers are back big in bold brights. “Upscale the trend with this bodacious blue suede from Ermenegildo Zegna. Or if that’s not on your pocketbook menu, try this retro ’70s retro item from NY Fashion City, “ says Luke Reichle, costume designer on ABC’s Castle and founder of

Tank trend
Reichle says it’s a gun show on the streets this summer. Get your biceps pumped and work the trend in tanks like this technical print from Ink n Burn.

Graphic sweaters
What’s black and white and hot all over? Reichle says it’s the new graphic sweaters burning up the market for summer, like this banded boatneck item from Burberry Prorsum.

Summer fashion trends for men
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White pants
Don’t be afraid of white pants! Just make sure the fit and cut are excellent (and stick with flat-front).

Try more texture
Add interest to your wardrobe with fabrics like whipcord, linen, bamboo and seersucker. They are cool and comfortable, and add texture. This linen suit is also a great example of the shorter-cut pant trend.

With more glam for the gams, this new length for men’s shorts is all over the stores. This Greco print pair from Dolce and Gabbana gets the job done.

Men's fashion trends for summer
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Bold kicks
Brightly colored sneakers add an element of fun and irreverence that men can get away with in the summertime. These sneakers from Saks are incredible and take the trend to the extreme, while this Urban Outfitters pair are a more subtle version of the trend (and are offered at a more affordable price-point.

If you are going to pick up one trend this summer, make the bandana your friend. They can be found in every price range. “My favorites come from the Army surplus store near me,” says Reichle.

Aly Walansky is a New York City-based lifestyle and travel writer. Tweet her at @AlyWalansky or visit her blog at

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  • darkcirclequeen

    maybe the suit for a special ocassion…. if only i could have a hot wardrobe assistant to help dress and undress me….

  • crosby

    I don’t think I could pull off the short-legged suit, but I could rock those shorts

  • Blake

    I can’t stomach the bright shoes, but I’d wear anything else on the list.

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