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Men's Summer Style Essentials: 5 Pieces to Buy Now

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It’s official; it’s summer. And we’ve already started to see those late sunsets and hot, humid days creeping up. This means—if you haven’t already—it’s 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, this year’s five men’s summer style essentials:

1. The Printed Short Sleeve Button Up

Bonobos, $68 

SG Says: The short sleeve button up has been around now for awhile, so I hope you have a few in your closet already. But what’s one more, right?!

And when it comes to prints and patterns, I say the more visual interest, the better. Anything from a small dot print to a large toile—or yes, even pineapples—makes for a great way to add a stylish kick to an outfit that’s light on layers.

>> How to wear prints and patterns >>

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2. Lightweight Blazer

Ilaria Urbinati for Strong Suit, $695

SG Says: Between work and wedding season, there’s nearly no limit to how much wear you can get out of a lightweight blazer or sport coat this summer. This linen and wool blend style will keep you comfortable even in the heat.

>> How to wear a textured blazer >>

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3. Light-wash Jeans

SG Says: Here at SG HQ, we’ve always stressed the importance of owning a pair of slim/straight, dark denim. And we stand by that! But we just can’t deny the cool factor of a good pair of lightwash denim in the summertime. The best pairs are going to have very minimal (if any) whiskering and fading, and a slim leg. Wear them cuffed with very cool sneakers and confidence.

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

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4. “Fun” Shorts

SG Says: You know how we love a man in chambray, so you can imagine how excited we are to recommend the easy breezy fabric for yet another season.

>> Five ways to wear shorts >>>

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5. Espadrilles

SG Says: We are all in on espadrilles for summer. These casual shoes look just as cool with a summer suit as they will with those chambray shorts above.

A tip? They’re much easier to dress up when there’s not too much going on, so if you want to wear yours to weddings and the like, find a solid pair in a fun color, or with a small detail that adds just enough personality without going overboard.

>> Check out how to wear a linen suit

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