It’s that time of year again. The temps are rising, and so are the airline ticket prices. Whether you’re jumping on the next flight to Miami to hit the beach or sipping a cold one and pretending you’re in paradise, you’ll want to look hot and stay cool doing so.
If you’ve got the spare change to spend, splurge on a new suit in a fresh color like blue or white, rubber-soled shoes, jeans with an athletic fit, and shirts that can take you from the boardwalk to the boardroom (just in case you’re planning on squeezing some work in). If you’re on a budget, consider a new canvas belt, bright-colored boxers or briefs, boardshorts with a modern fit and bold pattern, and some new sunnies. And don’t forget your sunscreen. The raccoon-eye look isn’t in right now, or ever.
Here are some Summer essentials to get your shopping list started:
Get the Blues
Blue is the new black when it comes to blazers and trousers this Summer. And if sizzling celebs like Ryan Gosling are sporting the look, well, you should follow suit. Try a modern version like the Circular Oxford Blazer by Zara. Comes in three colors. $90.
Leave the leather at the office and add a canvas belt to your collection. Rugged yet stylish, the Fulton from Fossil is a casual piece that looks great with anything. It comes in a versatile khaki color with antique nickel hardware. Pair it with pants or shorts. $28.
Join the Club
If you want a pair of shorts that will last all Summer and can easily be dressed up or down, join the club – Club Monaco, that is. The Maddox is a mid-rise, relaxed cotton short with a garment-washed feel and button back pockets. Comes in seven colors. $60.
Wear Your Rubber
The buck stops here, with the Harington Suede Bucks from J. Crew. Recently updated with a trimmer heel, a slimmed-down shape and iconic red brick rubber sole, these lightweight laceup kicks come in three colors: Buck, Khaki and Rockface Grey. $179. www.JCrew.com
Run for the Hamiltons
Not everyone has the privilege of spending Summer in the Hamptons, but we can all spend it wearing custom crafted shirts thanks to Hamilton 1883. Each is made in the company’s Houston workshop and cut from the world’s finest fabrics. $195. www.Hamilton1883.com
Junk in the Trunk
Those tattered boardshorts you wore on last Summer’s vacay just aren’t cutting it this year. Swap em’ for the Billabong Komplete, made with lightweight recycled polyester/spandex, featuring a multicolor stripe design and neon stitching. $65.
Burton isn’t just for boarding. They make pretty cool rugby shirts, too. Rock the stripey style in this long-sleeve stretchy version that features DRYRIDE Ultrawick breathable material, a stinkproof microbial finish, and chafe-free seams for your comfort. $56. www.Gear.com
Everyone and their Mom is wearing wayfarers. Be the center of attention in the VonZipper Desmond sunglasses, a squarish design with large lenses and a unique look. 100% UV protection, impact resistant lenses and a wire-injected temple core. $95. www.VonZipper.com