Men’s Summer Style Guide: 14 Items You Need This Season

The modern man is undergoing a sort of style renaissance — if you ignore recent headlines about men’s rompers, that is. And men’s chokers. And President Trump.

The point is, there is more choice and accessibility and freedom for men to experiment with their looks — arguably as much as women, and certainly more than ever before. And that can be an overwhelming thought, especially at the start of the summer season, when you might be rethinking your wardrobe.

Rather than inundate you with choices, Yahoo Style spoke with five men’s fashion experts to curate a list of staples and trend items that will get you through the sweaty season stylishly. As a bonus, the expert retail buyers, editors, and bloggers share their musings on men’s fashion mistakes and misconceptions.

Then click through below for some striking suggestions of what everyone’s talking about.

Eric Jennings, Saks Fifth Avenue Vice President and Men’s Fashion Director 


“Be careful if you’re the kind of person to see something on the runway and want to try it out. We saw sandals and socks on the runway, and you have to be a particular fashionisto to pull that off. Tread lightly with that trend, and I’d probably recommend just staying away from that.”

Guy Trebay, New York Times Fashion Critic


“I like formality in the workplace, to separate work functions from other functions. That’s trying to stop the tide, and I don’t know that we’ll ever go back to that. But I appreciate the idea of saying, ‘This is what I wear for work, and this is what I wear when I’m not working.”

“I hesitate to sound like a geezer…but you show respect for others by dressing well. And I think you can draw distinctions in terms of what you’re doing socially. So, if I’m dressed as a bum at a restaurant, and I’m a bum at work, and I’m a bum at the gym, well, then I’m a bum!”

Cam Wolf, Racked Menswear Editor


“There’s a brand new summer staple in town and it’s called a RompHim, and has everyone else already made this joke?”

“The summer item I can’t live without is a pair of mismatched Engineered Garments x Vans that I wore practically every day during summer ‘16. I’ll probably repeat that routine this year. While this exact style doesn’t seem to be making a return, Opening Ceremony always has an eclectic selection of Vans up for grabs.”

Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Founder


“The most difficult part [about summer dressing] is choosing clothing you won’t sweat in… My suggestion is to go with summer-weight fabrics like seersucker, linen or cotton.”

“Also, if you’re one of those guys that have to wear a suit every single day, wear a short sleeve shirt under (and no one will know).”

David Yi, Very Good Light Founder and Editor


“The biggest misconception about men’s beauty is that it’s totally effeminate or only for a specific type of male. This is just simply untrue.”

“Men absolutely do not have to spend much to find good products. Korean beauty, for instance, is totally affordable and now found at local drugstores, Urban Outfitters, Target. There are also traditional drugstore brands like Neutrogena that are completely great. I’ve never prescribed to the notion that in order to have good skin you need to purchase expensive, luxury products. Finding what really works for you is a luxury in and of itself.”

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Not shorts

Don’t kill yourself trying to look fashionable [this summer.] Your fit is going to look a whole lot worse if you’re passed out on the sidewalk from a heat stroke. I just got these Uniqlo Miracle Air jeans that will do the trick if you’re a never-shorts person.” Cam Wolf, Racked Menswear Editor
Men Miracle Air Regular Fit Tapered Jeans, $49.90

Trendy camp shirts

“Last summer, I really wanted a leopard print short-sleeve shirt but I never pulled the trigger. I’m still mildly obsessed with looking like a cheap knockoff version of Kurt Cobain (or Harry Styles, apparently) and this Gitman Bros. button-up also has the camp collar everyone is obsessing over.” Cam Wolf, Racked Menswear Editor
Gitman Brothers Vintage, Rayon Leopard SS Camp Shirt, $204

Breathable tan loafers

“Really, the two things I can’t live without are gray Uniqlo T-shirts and a pair of shoes that won’t make your feet feel like the latest cast member of Chicago Fire.” Cam Wolf, Racked Menswear Editor
New Republic Dominic Loafer, $78

White sneakers

“There’s a great selection of white… fashionable, clean white sneakers now. Gucci’s got some with details like stripes, tigers, and snakes. There’s a lot to choose from this season, for those who go for a commercial look or for people who want to step out and amp up their look.” Eric Jennings, Saks Fifth Avenue Vice President & Menswear Fashion Director
Gucci Major Sneaker Leather High-Top Sneakers, $750

Jean jacket

“I have a mini fixation with Helmut Lang jean jackets. They’re gettable online, pretty easily I’d think, even the vintage ones.” Guy Trebay, New York Times Men’s Fashion Critic
Helmut Lang Vintage Denim Jacket, $430

Uniform essential

“The Massimo Alba is a Milan-based designer, and for when you’re not at work, those polos are great. It’s the best polo around.” Guy Trebay
Massimo Alba Wembley Striped Linen Polo Shirt, $330

Transitional footwear

You’ll need “a pair of summer loafers that are comfortable and stylish. With these loafers, you can go from a pool party to an [upscale] event.” Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Fashion Blog
Ankari Floruss Loafers, $245

Summer knits

“I’m loving this knitted bright striped polo from CMMN SWDN. It hits every point for me.” Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Fashion Blog
Wes Knitted Striped Shirt, $225

Travel essentials

“You can buy a shirt for a pretty penny and only wear it once, but with accessories you can wear it as many times as you want and get away with it.” Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Fashion Blog
Coach limited edition LEAGUE backpack, $795

Travel essentials

“People tend to travel a lot in the summer, day trips or long weekends. I would invest in a new backpack or weekender which you will wear over and over again and utilize all summer long.” Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Fashion Blog
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 55, $2,310

Versatile belts

“I’m really digging brown leather woven belts for the summer. They go with most summer-appropriate colored trousers like seersucker or plain white linen pants to chino cotton pants.” Moti Ankari, The Metro Man Fashion Blog
Loro Piana Brown Woven Leather Belt, $895

Sun protection

“For SPF, I’m particularly really into is Nature Republic’s Ice Puff SPF 50. It comes in a pump form where you take a cushion and dab the SPF into your skin. It’s completely icy, helping with puffiness, with the heat, while also giving your skin that SPF it really needs.” David Yi, Very Good Light Founder and Editor
Nature Republic Provence Calendula Ice Puff Sun SPF 50, $85

Skin hydration

“I am a chronic spritzer and keep many spritzes around me at all times. I love one from Heritage Store. It’s a rosewater glycerin spray and it immediately plumps up my skin. Much needed after being locked indoors in intense air conditioning.” David Yi, Very Good Light Founder and Editor
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin, 8 Ounce, $9

Damage repair

“The day literally cannot end without a good serum. For that, I use MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. It has prickly cactus pear, an ingredient women use in the Sahara for dry skin. Hey, if it works for them, it totally works for me! It’s a good serum to help with age spots and repair sun damage. Perfect for your sun-soaked days.” David Yi, Very Good Light Founder and Editor
Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, $95