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Men's Summer Style Essentials: 5 Pieces to Buy

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By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Jun 26 2020

Not to be a huge bummer, but by the time summer officially starts, it’s basically already over. By the end of June, it always feels a bit like the last day or two of a vacation where you’re still supposed to be enjoying yourself, but you’re preemptively sad that it’s almost over. You’re nostalgic—wistful even!—for something that’s not even gone yet.

At SG HQ, we combat these blues with a little, “But it’s still summer now” shopping.

If you think about it, it’s really the perfect time to add a few men’s summer style essentials to your shopping list. Why? Because before you know it, stores (offline and otherwise) will be stocking fall boots and sturdy sweaters, and you’ll miss out on the best pieces to wear right now.

Below, check out the 5 men’s summer style essentials of 2020:

Summer Style Essential #1 Wear-everywhere athleisure shorts

SG Says: If there was ever a time to lean into athleisure, this is it. Performance shorts have been a thing for awhile now, but summer 2020 is the first year they’ve worked their way into your everyday, work (from home) wardrobe.

Wear them with a Dri-fit shirt to get in a few squats in the morning, sure. But also? Wear them with a button-front sport shirt when sitting down to a Zoom call with a client. Wear them to a socially distanced backyard bbq!

>> How to wear prints and patterns >>

Basically, treat athleisure shorts like a pair of khaki chino shorts. T-shirts, oxford button-ups, and long-sleeve knits are all fair game.

// Shop athleisure shorts //

Summer Style Essential #2 Sandals

Adidas, $45

SG Says: Note that “sandals” is not an umbrella term that includes flip flops.

Love a pool slide, hate a thong (ugh, that name even) sandal.

The easy-breezy style makes a great casual alternative to a boat shoe or sneaker and comes in so many colors and styles.

Pool optional. Socks encouraged.

// Shop Sandals //

Summer Style Essential # 3 Light wash Jeans

SG Says: Here at SG HQ, we’ve always stressed the importance of owning a pair of slim or straight, dark denim jeans. And we stand by that!

But we just can’t deny the cool factor of a good pair of light wash denim in the summertime. The most stylish pairs have a slim leg, and minimal (if any) whiskering and fading.

>> 10 sneakers to wear with jeans right now >>

Wear them rolled up a little at the ankle with canvas sneakers or boat shoes to close out the summer in style.

// Shop Light Wash Jeans //

Summer Style Essential #4 Drawstring Bottoms

SG Says: In addition to the athleisure, wear-everywhere shorts above, now’s the time to splurge on comfy-but-still-stylish drawstring pants.

Yes, you’ll probably spend most of the summer in shorts, but there are occasions where pants are in order! Look appropriate while feeling totally laid-back in a pair of chino drawstring pants.

>> Shorts outfit ideas for summer >>

So much summer stuff is on sale now that you won’t feel so bad about a purchase you might not get all that much wear out of.

// Shop drawstring bottoms //

Summer Style Essential #5 A Face Mask

SG Says: What did you expect!

Wear. A. Mask. When. You. Go. Outside.

// Shop masks //


Want help shopping for men’s summer style essentials?

Like what you see above, but don’t want to do the work of combing through each item to find what’s best for you? Let Team SG create a customized shopping plan based on your budget, body type, and style preferences!