It's easy falling into the routine of wearing jackets, jeans and boots in Vancouver. These wardrobe items seem to be essential on our side of the coast as it's mostly cold and rainy all year round. Then we have that period from June until August where things really start to heat up. You'll start to slowly retired that puffer jacket and layer down up top, while ditching your favourite pair of heavy denim for a pair of shorts. Boots can (finally) be put away and replaced with a pair of slick sneakers which you don't have to stress about keeping clean. If you feel as if your current wardrobe is lacking some summer essentials, look no further. Our selection of weather appropriate items can be pieced together for some ultimate cool and comfortable summer looks.
First off lets start with staple tops which can be worn during the warmer months. We've categorized tops into button ups, t-shirts and polo shirts. When you hear button up your mind may not instinctively think "summer friendly" however the short sleeve button up can be the perfect solution to style and comfort. Short sleeve button ups can either look incredibly right or incredibly wrong, the difference being the fit. Skip out on the dated baggy and boxy shirts and get yourself something a bit more tailored which will hug your shoulders and body just right. The sleeves should hug your arms while still giving you slight wiggle room. While fitted is the way to go with these shirts, make sure you don't size down too much. Movement and comfort are key when it comes to your summertime outfits.
Out of our selection we recommend looking into Fred Perry and J Lindeberg if you're looking for a more classic styling and G-Star for something a bit more updated and modern. The J Lindeberg Ward Button Down pictured below is constructed from linen which is ideal for the warmer months. Linen fabric is ideal because it's thin and breathable. Thick cotton shirts should be left at home whenever possible and instead be switched out for it's linen counter part.
The next category we'll dive into are t-shirts. T-shirts will always be a mans staple item in his wardrobe, however there are some ways to spice it up. Leave the tacky graphic shirts at home and go for something a bit more elegant. Comme des Garcons Play tees are always a solid option. Their instantly recognizable logo will add a splash of personality to your regular monochromatic black and white shirts. For something a bit more street oriented check out Zanerobe's selection of flintlock t-shirts. Meant to fit a bit more baggy and lose, these fishtailed shirts will not only serve as a perfect basic layer, but can be dressed up with additional layers for a fashion forward statement.
We know we recommended keeping keeping it light and cool for the summer, however the Comme des Garcons striped long sleeve t-shirt should definitely be considered as your go to shirt this summer. Yes, long sleeves and the summer don't really mix, however the striped silhouette of this shirt, combined with the iconic bug eyed Play heart makes this shirt too good to pass up. Plus the sleeves can always be rolled up if things get too hot. The paisley print shirt from J. Lindeberg is also a good option due to its 50/50 cotton and modal construction.
Polos are definitely an essential part of any mans summer wardrobe who wants to look a little bit more sophisticated this time of year. The polo shirt, also known as a golf shirt or tennis shirt, has deep roots in athleticism. This shouldn't however discourage you from brining out a crisp polo shirt during the summer. Lacoste, Fred Perry and Comme des Garcons are three brands to definitely check out if you choose to rock a polo shirt this summer.
Oh and one last tip, keep them untucked out of your pants.
Ok now that we've covered tops it's time to dive into bottoms that will keep you comfortable and on trend. A well fitting pair of shorts will be the most important part of your summer wardrobe. Whether you go with a classic flat front short or something a little more modern, it is important to have this staple covered since it will be used in essentially every outfit. Perhaps the most classic and safe shorts you could go with is a pair of J. Lindeberg's Nate Season chino shorts. These shorts come in beige and navy which are two very versatile colour ways. They fit slimmer than your regular pair of shorts but still provide you with enough room for comfort and mobility.
We recommend to at least have one pair of flat front shorts such as the J. Lindeberg's in your wardrobe. Additionally, having a pair of playful and modern shorts is a good way to mix things up. The Scotch & Soda Embroidered shorts sit slightly higher than your average shorts and feature an all-over embroidered texture. Jean shorts are also a good alternative to regular chino shorts if you want to keep it more casual. G-Star Arc 3D shorts are the perfect jean short, designed based off their unique fit. Thanks to its twisted seams it creates a bowed fit that naturally turns around the thigh, resulting in a slim fit with comfort and mobility.
The last big criteria we'll cover are in many peoples eyes the most important. Proper footwear can be the deal-breaker between a bland and an eye-catching outfit this summer. Leave your heavy cotton socks and boots at home and try out one of these three classic summertime sneakers this time around.
Canvas sneakers are definitely the way to go during the summer, unless you want to look a little bit more dressy. If you're going for a well-dressed casual get-up, check out footwear from Play x Converse, Sully Wong and People Footwear. Play x Converse combine the classic Chuck Taylor silhouette and add CDG Play's signature twist to them resulting in the ultimate summer sneaker. Canadian based Sully Wong has also released a range of impressively minimal sneakers which just breathe the summertime spirit, especially their whelter white low-top. People Footwear also offers a range of incredibly light and breathable shoes. Their range of silhouettes combined with their irresistible colour-ways and affordable price tag make these a must have.