Men’s Summer Style Essentials: 5 Pieces to Buy
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By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Jun 7 2021

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Summer 2021. We made it.

Okay, well, technically summer doesn’t start til later this month, but no one told that to the weather. With 90-degree days happening on the reg now, it’s time to dress like the warm weather season is upon us. Because it is!

At SG HQ, we’re ready to help you embrace the summer vibes.

Now is the perfect time to add a few men’s summer style essentials to your shopping list.

The fashion industry’s seasonal cycles are getting gradually less bizarre, but if you don’t start shopping now, you’ll miss your shot at the best summer styles. Before you know it, stores 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 2021:

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Summer Style Essential #1 Wear-everywhere athleisure shorts

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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 2021 is the first year they’ve worked their way into your everyday, work (from home) wardrobe.

Even better? This new breed of tech shorts can take you from the gym to the pool to, well..everywhere else.

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Wear yours 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 barbecue.

And yes: wear them to the neighborhood pool, if that’s open!

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

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Summer Style Essential #2 Sandals

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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.

And yes, we love a man in Birkenstocks. Right now, at least. Check back next year and maybe we’ll be saying something different.

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

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Pool optional, but encouraged.

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Summer Style Essential # 3 Light wash Jeans

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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.

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

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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 shorts and pants in (slightly) more formal materials like twill and chambray.

RELATED: Shorts outfit ideas for summer

Yes, you’ll probably spend most of the summer in swim trunks, but there will still be occasions where *real* clothes are in order!

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Summer Style Essential #5 A Grown-Up Camp Shirt

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Alex Mill, $98

SG Says: If you’ve been holding off from trying a camp collar shirt because you don’t want to look like an extra from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, we’ve got you.

Of course you can go all out with prints and patterns, but a shirt with a camp collar in a solid color can take you from a casual workplace to a hot date night.

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