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Men’s Summer Style Guide

Ah, summer. A time to relax and look your best. But the heat can make it challenging to stay stylish and comfortable. How can you conquer the heat with confidence? We’ll tell you all about it in our men’s summer style guide, including the ins and outs of breathable fabrics, cool color palettes, and essential summer staples inspired by international fashion.

Some considerations when styling for your networking event include:

Time of day: Evening events are often more formal than daytime ones. 

Venue setting: You can adjust your outfit for an indoor or outdoor setting.

The industry: Some industries have different norms than others which can impact how you dress regardless of time of day and setting.

Do's & Don'ts



Essential Wardrobe Pieces

Lightweight fabrics like linen provide exceptional breathability, and pair nicely with a pair of chinos. Seersucker offers another timeless but subtly textured look. With many colors to choose from, a statement button-down shirt or shorts can round out your summer wardrobe. A plain t-shirt can give you a casual and versatile look from the waist up as well. Keep the palette light, like beige, light blue, or calming pastels—they not only reflect heat but show off a cool vibe.

When thinking of bottoms, opt for linen or Italian cotton blends. Classic chinos, a tailored pair of shorts, and even denim—washed out and a little looser—all let you maintain comfort in the summer.

Shoes give you options. White sneakers, suede or leather loafers, and even boat shoes give you the best of both formal and casual worlds. A hat and sunglasses are an obvious must to accessorize any summer fit.

Global Influences

Your goal may be to beat the heat but summer is also a great time to explore cultural influences and express yourself with a touch of global flair.

European Summer Style

European fashion is known for its well-fitting garments. Shirts, chinos, and shorts that show off your body type—without being too tight—create a clean and polished look. For material, linen is your best friend here and a well-fitting white linen shirt is a must-have. It’s incredibly versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair it with linen trousers for a polished look or chinos for a more casual vibe.

European summer style leans towards neutral tones like beige, light blue, and olive green. It’s sophisticated without trying too hard. If you’re feeling bold, incorporate a pop of color with a pastel polo shirt or printed shorts.

Loafers and boat shoes are the go-to footwear choices. Suede or leather loafers offer a versatile option, while boat shoes add a touch of nautical flair. When it comes to accessories, keep it simple. A watch and bracelet can be the perfect finishing touches.

Embrace your personal style but let European influences inspire a cool confident look.

Oversized Golden Paisley Neckerchief

Latin American Summer Style

The guayabera—a traditional Cuban shirt with light embroidery—is a cornerstone of Latin American summer style. Made from linen or cotton, it offers both comfort and a touch of sophistication while providing breathability in these warm months. You can pair a guayabera with linen pants and white sneakers for a relaxed yet polished look. Loafers and boat shoes also complement this style. And don’t forget a hat and some light accessories as well.

What you really get from this style are bold colors and fun patterns. If you want to turn heads, you may lean more towards the Latin American flair. 

The Sexy Black Velvet Loafer

Asian Summer Style

Breathable fabrics like linen, cotton, and ramie—an alternative to silk—allow for airflow and comfort during these hot months. Lightweight linen shirts or jackets pair well with relaxed-fit chinos or linen pants. Ramie blend shorts are great for a touch of comfort and luxury. Loafers or sneakers round out any fit as long as you stick to neutral colors, or classic white.

Asian summer style often leans towards lighter colors like light blues, whites, and neutrals (think beige and light grey). Don’t be afraid to throw in a subtle pop of pattern with a printed shirt or statement pocket square.

Summer Fashion Trends

We know that you know fashion is an individual thing—but it doesn’t hurt to hop on a trend or two.

You’ll see a continuation of the blend between comfort and style that’s been evident in recent years. Think breathable, lightweight fabrics in classic cuts including linen shirts, knit polos, and relaxed-fit chinos. If you’re rocking shorts, shorter inseams are becoming more popular so check for lengths that hit just above the knee.

Believe it or not, bold graphic tees are making a slight comeback, and oversized shirts continue to be a trend. Look for loose-fitting linen shirts or guayaberas for a cool, comfortable look.

Speaking of cool, relaxed-fit suits made from breathable fabrics like linen or cotton are a great option for summer events if you want a dressed-up casual feel.

Check out what we offer as you look to build out your summer fits. Remember, you can still look calm and cool even in the heat.

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