Style Roundup: 14 Pieces for your Summer Work Wardrobe

Look good, stay cool

By Style Girlfriend | Last Updated: Jul 2 2019

Striking a balance between comfortable and office-appropriate attire in your summer work wardrobe can be trickier than coordinating a status meeting for your WFO team at 3pm on a Friday.

So let SG HQ assure you. It can be done! When you’re less inclined to layer, focus on adding visual interest to otherwise simple looks. Think: textured pieces, bright whites, and seasonal patterns.

Check out 14 pieces to level up your summer work wardrobe:

1. khaki suit

pants ($98) and jacket ($228), Express

SG Says: This bad boy straddles the line between work and weekend – looking just as good with a breezy button-up shirt for work, as with a tee on the weekends.

Yes, it’ll get a little wrinkly (like your linen suit!), and yes, that’s okay.

2. summer dress shoe

Paul Evans, $395

SG Says: We’re just gonna come out and say it: a flash of bare ankle on a man in the summer is very sexy.

Opt for a pair of tassel loafers that’ll feel dressed up and like you’re going a bit rogue all at once.

3. fresh work shirts

Mizzen + Main, $125

SG Says: Just a guess that your summer work wardrobe could use a few new dress shirts. Upgrade your sport shirts for the summer with M+M’s stretchy and sweat-absorbing fabric.

4. small cardholder

Saturdays NYC, $95

SG Says: We’re not saying you’re going to lose your wallet at the bar..or off the side of a boat..or at a barbecue, but it’s probably best to keep it to just the essentials when you hit the town this summer.

5. fresh summer scent

Musgo Real no. 2 Oak Moss, $70

SG Says: Need help on picking the right fragrance for you this summer? We got you.

6. knit tie

The Tie Bar, $25

SG Says:Small details that show your personal style (and personality) are the key to going the extra mile with minimal effort.

7. clean white sneakers

Veja, $150

SG Says: We may be all about a retro sneaker, but we’ll always hold a space in our heart for a man in a clean white tennis shoe.

8. lightweight trousers

Todd Snyder, $198

SG Says: Pair those crisp white sneakers with these lightweight black linen tab trousers and the polo below for a monochrome workday look that just screams summer.

9. knit polo

Club Monaco, $99

SG Says: You can’t go wrong with a timeless pique polo shirt, so add a little oomph to your weekday by choosing a polo with a contrasting collar for a retro look that somehow feels totally fresh in 2019.

10. canvas work bag

Filson, $325

SG Says: The authority in durability, this Filson bag will get you from Point A to Point B with everything you need…in style.

11. suede loafers

Mr Porter, $270

SG Says: Humina humina, amirite?

12. wear ’em everywhere chinos

Bonobos, $78

SG Says: Break from the usual blue and grey routine with an easy to wear olive green (remember: it’s basically a neutral!).

13. striped tee

Sunspel, $90

SG Says: Have we convinced you to invest in a striped t-shirt yet? Well, have we?? You could dress this tee up with the chinos above and a pair of loafers, or down with cuffed jeans and a perfectly scuffed sneaker on Summer Fridays.

14. lightweight watch

Skagen, $135

SG Says: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Let that “somewhere” be on the hands of a mesh metal watch* that can translate from work to happy hour even after an outfit switch.

*We wrote about even more of our favorite watches for guys who…don’t really care all that much about watches over at The Inventory!

Looking for more summer work wardrobe ideas?

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