Always searching for the perfect shirt, the new and improved chino, the light and sexy chambray, some comfy blue denim, or the season’s best swimsuit?
Why not just mix up your wardrobe with styles from different cultures and times to create a sort of modern day celebration of a guy’s style…Introducing The New Leading Man for Summer.
Native prints are the new plaid. Whether you find inspiration from classic Americana of an indian or cowboy, influences from the Southwest, Aztec, Mayan or Inca, or the tropical mountain colors and culture of Machu Picchu, and the ocean blue prints of the Pacific and Polynesia, this is a welcome trend for us guys.
Focus on gathering specific native- or ethnic-inspired pieces to serve as a foundation to work off of like a vintage Batik or Aztec print shirt, a braided leather belt, a classic Apache or Navajo print blazer, and a Mayan patterned bag. A turquoise stone neckpiece or ring, maybe even a silver bolo tie, and Mexican or Brazilian huarache sandals are all just some of the best ways to approach this trend.
Just remember not to wear everything at once to keep this look unfussy and simplistic.
Not your typical island floral fare, no one does Hawaiian better this season than Dolce & Gabbana with a modern take on a classic Hawaiian print to get you in a tropical state of mind. Just pair it with some chinos or dress it up with black.
Preppy has been back at the forefront of men’s fashion for quite some time now, but it’s different now, more a statement of comfort and style by a forward-thinking man. You don’t have to be bow-tied, argyled or striped socked, oxfords and vested, and pocket squared-up for every single look.
Keep it clean, crisp, simple and fun– a button down shirt with rolled up sleeves, a bold color tee or printed polo, shorts with a print of some kind, and sockless loafers, or maybe a scarf or sweater over your shoulder.
In fact, even if you’re not on a dock, the boat or deck shoe is still the perfect summer slip-on to complete your look, and you should consider the shirts you wear with your shorts. A pattern down below pairs better with a solid on top, while a solid bottom allows you to mix in a pattern or a bright hue (to color-block) on top. All great fun in the modern remake of an American classic look.