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35 Summer Style Staples Every Guy Should Own

All you need for a dapper ass summer.

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1. Maximize your summer cool with a timeless pair of wayfarer glasses or aviators.

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Get the wayfarers from J Crew Factory for $15.50 (available in two colors) or aviators from Amazon for $11 (available in six colors).

Check out Gap, Diff Eyewear, and MVMT for more sunglasses. And read our list of the best sunglasses on Amazon here.

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2. Dive into a funky pair of printed swim trunks that’ll make quite the splash the next time you hit the waves.

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Promising Review: “I love these shorts! I loved the length, fit, and the fun flamingos were are a hit too!” —Matthew

Get the flamingo trunks from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three styles).

3. Slip on a breathable polo shirt that’s not as chill as a tee — but still won’t leave you baking in the midday sun.

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Promising Review: “When I tried these polos on, I instantly fell in love with the fit. The material is light and has vented holes under the under arms, sides, and a small portion on the back. I wish it was vented more in the back, but it's perfect for Texas heat!” —James

Get the Dry Ex polo shirt from Uniqlo for $14.90 (available in five colors, sizes XS-XL).

4. Protect your head from the sun — and show off all of your personality — with a fun dad hat from PacSun or 47 Brand.

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Dad hats are easy to pack away for travel and adjustable, so they fit most people perfectly. No matter where the summer takes you, you'll have no issue bringing your trusty cap along.

Get the 47 MLB Base Runner cap from Amazon for $23.90 or Lids for $20 (available in two colors).

Check out Zumiez, PacSun, Nordstrom Rack for more dad hats. And read our list of cool dad hats here.

5. Slip on a sleek bracelet or necklace for a low-key accessory that will still say so damn much.

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You can go as minimal or flashy as you’d like with your accessories, even layering necklaces or wearing a watch and bracelet on the same wrist. They are all about enhancing your look. Plus, accessories are typically automatic conversation starters, especially personalized pieces like initial charms and nameplate necklaces.

Get them from Asos: Bracelet for $24 and necklace for $9.50

6. Locate your favorite style of flat front shorts, and rock them all summer long.

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Flat front shorts are a summer must-have. You can find numerous styles and lengths at basically any retailer. So figure out which pair speak to you most. Then stock up on a few different colors — because they will never let you down.

Promising Review: "These shorts fit perfectly and have a little stretch to them. They are super comfortable and look very nice!” —Rob

Get the Extreme Flex shorts from American Eagle for $44.95 (available in eight colors, sizes 26-48).

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7. Strap on a handsome wristwatch in a neutral color so you can pair it with several looks from your closet.

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Watches with base colors of black, brown, silver, or gold are all good options. And don’t be afraid to invest a few more dollars into wristwear, seeing that it will last you years if you care for it properly.

Get The Blackjack Watch from Todd Snyder for $138.

Check out Timex, JCPenney, and Macy’s for more watches. And read our list of stylish watches you can buy online here.

8. Grab a sleek pair of black oxfords for those moments you actually have to dress up — like summer weddings, work events, and other occasions.

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You can choose from tons of styles, including oxfords with wingtips, captoes, or even plain toe options.

Get the Base London oxfords from Asos for $62.

9. Slide your legs into a pair of Dockers khakis for a pant option that’s lightweight and easy to dress up or down.

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Promising Review: "These are awesome pants. I ordered them to rotate with my dark denim. They fit very well, and the stretch fabric feels great. I ordered the Burma Grey and then immediately ordered the Safari Khaki once I tried them on. These pants come in classic colors that will go well with anything!" —JWG

Get the Jean Cut khakis from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in 15 colors, sizes 29x30-42x34) or Dockers for $29.97 (available in three colors, sizes 29x30-33x32).

10. Fill your drawers with both striped tube socks and no-show socks, so you’ll have the best sock to fit the pants and shoes you are wearing them with.

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Wear your no-show socks when you want to expose your ankles when wearing cuffed pants or rocking shorts and your hard bottom shoes. And wear sportier tube socks with more casual hard-bottoms and sneakers.

Get a five-pack of tube socks from Asos for $16 (available in sizes 5-9 and 10-14) and three-pack of no-show socks from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight colors, sizes S-XL).

11. Toss a fuss-free bookbag over your shoulder, perfect for toting around your laptop and any other necessities you need each day.

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A bookbag may also cause less fatigue to arms and shoulders while commuting, seeing that you won’t have to constantly hold it like a tote or briefcase.

Promising Review: "This bag is so spacious and sturdy! The color is really pretty, and I love that I can fill my backpack with all my college textbooks." —Victoria

Get the Jansport Right Pack Backpack from Amazon for $34.49+ (available in 31 colors and two sizes) or Urban Outfitters for $60 (available in three colors).

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13. Step up your shoe game with a limitless pair of suede chukka boots you can wear with a range of looks.

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Suede boots aren’t too formal, so you can easily wear them during the workday or on weekends. And seeing that they offer a great deal of versatility, they are a style you should consider investing a few more dollars in. This will ensure you have a quality boot that’ll last you all summer and even into the fall.

Get them from Dr. Scholl’s for $99 (available in two colors).

14. Swap out your bulky billfold for a sleek Nodus wallet or skull card wallet, which won’t take up too much pocket space while holding your important items.

15. Grab a denim jacket to keep you warm when temps drop at night or to even wear in the office while battling the AC.

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You can go with a traditional denim jacket or more unexpected denim coaches jacket or bomber styles.

Get the denim Starter x UO coaches jacket from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes S-L).

And read our list of the best denim jackets to buy online here.

16. Add brown dress shoes to your collection, as well, which will work perfectly with neutral-colored pants, jeans, and even shorts.

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There are numerous shades of brown oxfords to pick from, so go with one that compliments the majority of colors in your closet.

Get the Selected Homme oxfords from Asos for $71.50.

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17. Consider buying a small gym bag you can use for workouts or a tote bag for carrying items when running errands on the weekends or after work.

18. Make your outfit hella-fresh with a pair of all-white sneakers — like the timeless Reebok Club C.

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White sneakers take a little extra effort to keep spotless. But they are a great addition to your summer wardrobe since they go well with a variety of summer styles, including chinos, shorts, and even dress slacks.

Get the Club C 85 from Amazon for $42.73+ (available in five colors, sizes 6.5-15) or Reebok for $69.99 (available in five colors, sizes 7-15).

19. Slide on a pair of headphones in a cool color or sleek design — like H1 Headphones or more affordable Symphonized NRG earbuds — that’ll be a stylish addition to your summer looks.

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There are endless headphone and earbud options at both low and high price points. Just find a pair that fit your personal style and keep on jamming.

Promising Review: “These H1 headphones are by far the best headphones I’ve owned. I used to get all the top brands but the fact I could customize these to my hearing is extraordinary. Listening to music is now such a different profound experience.” —Yali

Get them from Amazon: H1 Headphones for $199 or House of Symphonized NRG earbuds for $26.74 (available in seven colors).

And read our list of the best headphones on Amazon here.

20. Invest in a quality summer suit that’ll last you through numerous weddings, parties and other formal events you have to attend over the summer.

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Get the light blue suit from Topman for $100 (available in jacket sizes 36S-48L and pants sizes (28S-38L).

And check out Asos, JCPenney, and Banana Republic for more suits.

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23. Stay stylish and comfortable with a cool T-shirt and shorts set you can rock while traveling or during a laid-back weekend.

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You can go with several fabric styles, like denim or knit. Just choose one that makes you fill cozy AF — because no one wants a stuffy short set.

Get the set from GODI: Griswold T-shirt for $30 (sizes XS-XL) and Griswold shorts for $35 (sizes XS-XL)

24. Protect your phone with the help of a dope phone case from Casetify, Amazon or Case-Mate.

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Your phone case is another place you can show off all your personality. Snag one that’s your favorite color or even features your favorite cartoon character. Just make sure to have tons of fun with it.

Get the City Collection case from Casetify for $49 (available in four colors).

And check out our list of phone cases people swear by here.

25. Let the breeze hit all your toes with pair of slides or sandals that’ll come in handy during pool parties or days at the beach.

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Promsing Review: "These Tevas are awesome! They were comfortable from the minute I put them on, unlike another pair of sandals I bought last year that took a while to break in." —P. Malone

Get the Native slides from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors, sizes 4-13) and Teva Terra-Float Universal sandals from Amazon for $42.99 (available in four colors, sizes 8-14).

26. Spritz on your signature scent — such as the John Varvatos Classic fragrance — so you’ll always have a go-to for your endless summer outings.

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Always test out a sample of scents first so you'll be sure it works with your body chemistry. Trying out the scents will also allow you to get a better understanding of the category of fragrance you like most.

Promising Review: “This is a great smelling cologne for daily use or a special night on town. This cologne has been incredibly well received. And the smell works whether I'm wearing a t-shirt and jeans or a tuxedo!” —J.L. Cradle

Get John Varvatos Classic from John Varvatos for $69.

28. Slip your toes into a show-stopping pair of statement sneakers — like a pair of Adidas Harden Vol. 1 — to add some major attitude to any outfit.

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Your statement sneakers can be worn on special occasion or every damn day. Just be sure to pick a pair that speak to you and feature unexpected colors, textures, or other details.

Get the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 from Foot Locker for $139.99.

Check out Footaction, Revolve, and HBX for more sneakers.

29. Make room for a pair of statement shoes, as well, perfect for adding some life to dull workwear looks or fancy weekend functions.

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Your options are truly limitless, with metallic, colorful suede, and platform creepers all being options you can chose from.

Get the Men’s ZEROGRAND oxford from Cole Haan for $270.

30. Smell the roses all summer with a floral-print shirt that’ll be a true standout.

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You can stick with pretty flowers or go for more whimsical shirts with fruit, animal, or even cartoon patterns on them.

Promising Review: “I’ve never gotten so many compliments in a shirt before until I bought this! I went a size up. But I typically get away with a small in UO tops.” —Zach

Get the rose-print shirt from Urban Outfitters for $49.

31. Store all your grooming goods away in a sturdy Tooletries toiletries bag, so you won’t be struggling to find items in your gym bag or suitcase while traveling.

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The Tooletries bag is leak-resistant and is made from silicone, so it's extremely easy to clean.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors) or Tooletries for $29.99 (available in three colors).

32. Keep your feet comfy and cool in a sturdy pair of mesh trainers that are great for workouts or just showing off during a day out.

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Get the PUMA Tsugi NETFIT trainers from Amazon for $94+ (available in four colors, sizes 8-13) or PUMA for $95 (available in four colors, sizes 4-13).

Or snag a more affordable pair of Tesla trainers from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in 13 colors).

33. Scoop up a new pair of eyeglasses, with Warby Parker and Lingo having some super sharp designs you’ll be obsessed with.

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Get the Carver glasses from Warby Parker for $95+ (available in three colors).

Check out EyeBuyDirect, Steven Alan Optical, and 39 Dollar Glasses for more eyewear. And read our list of the best places to shop for glasses online here.

34. Find your favorite style and brand of jeans — like the beloved Levi’s 514 jeans — and then break them in by wearing them nonstop throughout the summer.

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You can go with a dark or light wash, depending on what color you prefer. And denim legends like Levi’s, Gap, and American Eagle are great stores to kick off your search for the perfect pair.


Promising Review:
“514 is my favorite fit. The black jeans are truly black, without a hint of blue. They also still have that jean fabric look, unlike some other black Levi’s that have such a uniform color and fabric that they barely look like jeans!” —Happy Jester

Get the Levi’s 514 jeans from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in 35 washes, sizes 26x39-44x32).

And check out PacSun, Nifty Genius, and Gant for even more jeans.

35. And finally celebrate having the dopest summer wardrobe in the world with an epic BenShot bullet shot glass.

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You can use the glass for taking actual shots or even storing small accessories likes rings, tie bars, and cufflinks.

Promising Review: “I got this shot glass as a graduation gift for my brother, and he loved it! He's the kind of guy that makes everything himself and is super hard to buy gifts for. But this did the trick! He said it was super well made and packaged beautifully!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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