Now that the weather is consistently warmer, it is time to fill in any gaps in your summer wardrobe. Here is my roundup of the essentials.
Activewear is a good starting point. I kind of hate that term, but it does perfectly describe the type of clothing that ensures you are ready for practically any activity. Think jogging bottoms, shorts, and t-shirts. If you have those items in your wardrobe it does not matter whether you want to go for a run or are just picking the kids up, you are good to go.
Jacamo always has a good range of activewear. They sell a wide range of sizes and cuts, so pretty much cater for every man.
When choosing these items try to take a mix and match approach. Ideally, on a colder day, you want to be able to swap your shorts for a pair of jogging bottoms and to be able to pop a track top over the top of your t-shirt. To be able to easily do this, you just need to pay a bit of attention to colour-coordination.
A pair of smart trousers
Jeans are fine for everyday wear. But they can get a bit hot and you cannot always get away with wearing shorts. For this reason, it is a good idea to include a pair of full-length cotton trousers in your summer wardrobe. Chinos are ideal. But, if you do not like that style, a pair of lightweight jean style trousers would make an ideal alternative.
In the summer months, most of the time, you will probably want to wear t-shirts. This is OK if you do not work somewhere that has a formal or semi-formal dress code. However, it does not do any harm to have a couple of short-sleeved shirts in your wardrobe. That way, you will have something smart to wear, should the need arise. Besides which lightweight cotton shirts are actually surprisingly comfortable. A loose one can be far more comfortable on a very hot day than a t-shirt. The fact that they allow the air to circulate more freely means that it is easier to stay cool when wearing one.
A hat and sunglasses
If you do not already own at least one good pair of sunglasses, invest in some. Protecting your eyes really does make a positive difference to your long-term sight. Wearing a hat also helps.
Some summer footwear tips
OK, so that is the basics as far as clothes are concerned, but what about footwear? Well, I wrote a whole post about buying summer shoes, which you can read here.
Putting together a minimalist men´s summer wardrobe
If you are working on a tight budget, you might want to have a go at following capsule wardrobe principles. Taking this approach ensures that you really think about what you are buying, which will help you to keep your purchases to an absolute minimum. You can learn more about how to put together a men´s capsule summer wardrobe, from this article.