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Shopping Roundup: Men's Summer Style Upgrades

10 STATEMENT PIECES TO AMP UP YOUR WARDROBE

I have a friend, who by the grace of 1920s fashion’s past, looks effortless in a pair of suspenders (I’m talking casual outfits, full suits, the works). Naturally, my reaction when I first saw this bold style choice – apart from dishing out two enthusiastic thumbs ups – was to ask about the moment he decided to take this statement accessory and run with it. The answer? When he received this one-two punch of approval: First, his search for a standout yet non-peacocking accessory pointed towards this style. Second, women’s reactions to his outfit were noticeably different – and by “different” I mean wrapped in compliments. 

But alas. Suspenders may not be ideal for everyone (read: most people), and that’s the strength in statement pieces. You can use those pieces to express the nuances in your personal style. Unexpected style upgrades in traditionally simple clothes or accessories can highlight what you want to say with the details you’re wearing because it’s a style shortcut that’s does the talking for you. 

Shop 10 can’t-miss statement details to upgrade your summer staples:

1. ASOS Suede Penny Loafers, $73

I can’t pin down the exact moment this happened, but one thing is for sure: thick tread loafers are my latest obsession – and spearheading a compliment tour in their honor only seems logical. While light tan suede always looks dapper, the cork and white sole details take this shoe into a more casual zone that will shine in dressed down looks or with a light blue suit at work.

2. Jack Threads Camp Collar Polo, $39

Your summer camp tie dye has grown up. This indigo washed polo is subtle enough to blend with a pair of olive chinos and brogues on casual Friday yet visually interesting enough to pump up a pair of jeans for Sunday brunch. What’s more: The camp collar is a summer standby that’s gives off some dapper “meet me at the bonfire tonight” vibes.


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3. Suit Supply Herringbone Jacket, $399

I looked up “understated summer elegance” in the dictionary, and this green gem was pictured. Okay, maybe I specifically searched for it. A silk linen jacket in a traditional pattern like herringbone is a powerhouse style for a warm weather wardrobe. The fabric is breathable and relaxed while the green herringbone keeps it appropriate for work or play.

4. Jack + Mulligan Tote, $98

Serving as the exact opposite of camouflage’s purpose, a contrasting tote with both a pop of vibrant color and attention-grabbing pattern is a fun way to enhance any summer wardrobe.


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5. Adidas Knit Sneaker, $145

It’s the official (unofficial) year of the knit sneaker. Thanks Kanye. Nearly every brand has flaunted their own version, and here’s what’s surprising: we’re still not tired of them. The knit details allows bright and muted hues to be woven together in a cohesive design, while the flexible upper feels more like a sock than a sneaker.

6. Oakley Sunglasses, $150

Are we any closer to convincing you to give mirrored lenses the ol’ college try? Besides giving off some mysterious vibes, a mirrored lens can add color to your get up in metallic hues with colorful reflections. Another update to consider: matte. I love how these matte frames make a sporty style look more refined for everyday wear.


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7. Bonobos Swim Trunks, $88

Micro print, button front, short inseam, oh my. Showing off a bit of quad in the summertime is flattering for any height because it’s visually lengthening and enhancing. It’s the most minimal of risks that will pay off, and keep paying off.

8. Kimono Cork Watch, $100

Cork is making a statement for more than preserving your fresh bottle of summer rosé, especially when it comes to impressive accessories. While cork has actually been a detail in your shoes for quite some time, it’s fun to see it make an appearance on wristwear. Paired with a brushed metal face, this rugged meets laid-back watch is a casual style win.

9. Saturdays NYC Chinos, $135

We know ’em, we love ’em: chino pants. A simple way to make these closet favorites more interesting? Incorporating details like treated fabric or slightly out of the norm pockets – and this pair features both. The military-inspired cotton rip stop fabric and larger pork chop pockets will look slick styled with an OCBD and loafers or with a soft henley and chukkas.

10. Barney Cools Short Sleeve Button Down, $89

Excuse me while I (attempt) to wink at a guy wearing this effortlessly cool short sleeve stunner. I’m all for wardrobe details that meld a touch of humor like a whimsical embroidery with handsome cuts like a simple button down – it’s subtle yet a perfect conversation starter.

Tell me:

Where do you add interesting details to your unique looks?

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Brittany Hammonds
Brittany Hammonds is a former Floridian, full-time editor at Style Girlfriend, and occasional artist living in NYC. Follow her random creations and big city musings on Instagram.