Men’s Summer Fashion Tips That Will Make You Stand Out From The Crowd

(And Have All The Girls Going Mad Over Your Style!)

Summer is here so it’s time to get out and about, start drinking and socialising and meeting potential summer love interests.

The problem is, every other guy out there is trying to do the same thing so, how can you stand out from the crowd? I’ve been working as a personal stylist and image consultant for over 10 years and the honest truth is, most men have no clue about fashion.

I see so many men walking around London wearing the same shorts and plimsolls that they’ve been wearing since they were in high school.

In this blog post I’m going to go through my top summer fashion tips that will guarantee to make you stand out from the competition and as an added bonus, will have women going crazy over your amazing new style. I will go through the most important elements of the men’s casual summer style which will help you to create simple, but effective, summer outfits.

Shorts

It’s summer and shorts are a must so learn to embrace them. Most of my personal clients that I’ve helped style over the years are reluctant to wear shorts because they believe that their legs are too skinny. Because of this they either avoid wearing shorts altogether or wear really long shorts which cover the knees, so you only have your ankles and shins exposed (really not a good look).

The first thing I say to them is – hit the gym if you hate your skinny bubbly knees! Don’t complain about them – do something about them!

The second thing I say is – most women will not be focusing on your legs so stop being self-conscious of them. If you’ve ever had a conversation with an attractive woman, you’ll notice that she’s more likely to look into your eyes than staring at your legs!

Women will notice your fashion sense. Thus I recommend you to embrace your leg type and stick to shorts which are in trend and suit your body type.

For the stylish man, baggy shorts which float around the knee are no longer in fashion so unless you’re a famous rap star – avoid them! This means basketball shorts, board shorts or any other baggy branded type of shorts.

Bad examples of shorts

Bad Example of Shorts
Steer clear away from these fellas! These basketball shorts look really ugly!
Bad Denim Shorts
These are way too long. We want them to be fitted and above the knee.
Bad Example Of Board Shorts
These are also the kind of shorts that you want to avoid at all costs.

Fitted smart shorts which reside just above the knee (with a couple of turns ups for that added touch of style) is what you should be looking for. They should be of a low-key nature without fastenings, branding or unnecessary pockets or features. Keep it simple – plain, fitted and classic.

Demin shorts or cut-off jeans are also some great shorts to go for, but the same rules still apply here. Avoid long baggy jean shorts at all costs. We want them fitted and above the knee.

Good examples of shorts

Good example of shorts with no rips.
These blue denim shorts without rips look great, copy these!
Mens fitted shorts good example
This example shows the maximum length your shorts should be.
Black Denim ripped shorts good example
These jeans shorts with rips look great.

To add some extra swag points to your jean shorts – buy them with some rips in them or, to save money, make some rips yourself in them. You can create your own rips by making thin slices with a razor blade at various points. Don’t overdo it though – keep it simple!

To save even more money, why not cut up some of your old jeans and convert them into jean shorts! I would recommend cutting them up just below the knee so that you can roll or fold them up, so they fit above the knee. I would recommend ironing in this fold so that it stays in place whilst you’re wearing them. In future, I will be making a YouTube video on how to do this, so I’ll make sure that I post the link as soon as I’ve made it!

T-Shirts

So, we know how to wear shorts but what do we wear on top? Do we walk around topless showing off our beer bellies? Of course not! Unless you have a defined six pack, do us all a favour and cover yourself up!

The easiest and most comfortable and versatile garment is, of course, the t-shirt. Choosing the right type of t-shirt to wear is simple but complicated at the same time so I’m going to explain how. The smallest details speak volumes for your overall image so let’s make sure we choose the right type of t-shirt to suit our body type.

Avoid v-necks or deep v-neck t-shirts. There’s a reason they’re all on sale at ridiculously low prices right now. It’s because they’re out of fashion and they don’t look good anymore! It was favoured by many guys in the past, but it’s had its time so if you’re trying to generate attention by showing a bit of skin, or your gym gains, then you’re still living in 2006! Archive those v-neck t-shirts now.

Bad examples of t-shirts

V Neck t-shirt bad example.
These deep cut V neck shirts are not cool, do not wear them!
Abecrombe & Fitch T-Shirt (Bad Example)
These are not cool either so stay away from them!

In the examples shown above, the branding takes away from any true sense of style and is a cheap device to catch the eye and suffice for your lack of fashion direction. Furthermore, in the second example, it is absolute nonsense and probably has no relevance to the man’s actual life. It’s doubtful that he’s even been to Waikiki beach, or surfed for that matter and was definitely not on the 1986 team! The point is, why wear a garment with a caption or slogan which has no relevance to your life? It is again a throwback to the early 2000’s and has totally had its day.

We generally favour classic, fitted, single colour t-shirts. For those of you who want to inject some colour and detail into your summer style, then band merchandise is a great choice of t-shirt to go for.

Vintage AC/DC t-shirt
AC DC t-shirt good example band merch
This kind of old school band merchandise is super cool.

Unlike a t-shirt with a meaningless design and/or slogan which has no relevance to the wearer’s life or personality, band merchandise is a way to show off your affinity with an iconic and cool group. Thus, choose something classic, iconic and something that has some meaning to your lifestyle and rock that tour t-shirt!

The best t-shirts to go for are fitted crew neck or plain round neck. Sometimes, the simplest garment says the most about the wearer. Roll up the sleeves to show off your triceps and combine with an accessory if you feel comfortable doing so.

Good examples of shorts

Good example of black t shirt
A plain black tee is also a great option if you’re holding a few extra pounds. White is very revealing whereas black will hide some of your belly.
Good example of men's white longline t'shirt.
If you favour an urban style, then long ling t-shirts have string urban connotations.
Good Example of faded t shirt
This faded t-shirt is the perfect example!

Accessories

So, you have the perfect fitted t-shirt and the perfect fitted shorts so now it’s time for the accessories. Accessories can make or break the outfit so it’s important to choose them wisely. Leather and metal combination bracelets always look great. If you add in silver chains and rings too this will definitely help you to stand out from the crowd. A pair of Rayban style Aviators or Wayfarers will add the final touch of style to your summer swag.

Good combo accessory on wrist.

What about footwear I hear you say? Choosing the right trainers, plimsolls of even shoes is important but that’s for a future blog post.

So, there you have it gents. Follow the tips in this blog post and your summer style will be on point. You will find men and women admiring your fashion sense as you will stand out from the crowd. Women will be buying you cocktails this summer! Enjoy!

If you want further help with your fashion feel free to drop me an email at ollie@nakemethatguy.com. We can discuss how I can help you with your individual style so you can look #hotshit.

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Ollie Pearce

Ollie Pearce is a professional model and fashion stylist with over ten years’ experience as a fashion, fitness and social skills coach. If you have any questions, ideas for future blog posts or videos, or would like to work with Ollie then get in touch at ollie@olliepearce.com.