In the Summer heat, men's fashion can sometimes take a backseat to staying cool, but it doesn't have to be that way.
With breezy options like the tank top, the short-sleeved button-up and linen shorts, style can accommodate comfort for all occasions.
Wolfgang, a local boutique, along with department stores like Macy's and American Apparel, cued us in on the latest colors and patterns of a man's summer essentials.
Tank tops are an easy, lightweight staple that allow guys to beat the Gainesville heat, said Matthew Turner, owner of Wolfgang.
"Guys have really been liking the long, baggy, interesting-print tank-top look," Turner said. "I steer more towards natural colors, like browns and tans, with pops of colors in there for a softer palette in the summer."
Don't be afraid to throw some patterns in the mix, either. Plaids always do very well and so do different kinds of vintage, Southern patterns, Turner said.
If the event calls for more than a tank top, the short-sleeved button-up is always a simple way to dress up without putting in much effort. With many variations of solid colors, stripes and plaids, every guy is sure to find one that works for him.
"The nautical-style button-ups, in mostly blues and grays, are huge right now," said Brett Kapper, assistant manager and merchandiser at American Apparel. "Fashion for the summer is to look like you've been out on the boat all day."
Tucking in the button-up gives an outfit a more put-together look.
Macy's is also noticing a nautical trend in its clothing lines, said Candace Valentine, manager of the men's department at the Oaks Mall.
Polo shirts themselves work for every season and can be paired with your favorite shorts. This summer, check out the cooler colors like light blues, light yellows, whites and grays.
Last but not least, there are always the V-neck and graphic tees that can go with any pair of shorts or pants.
When it comes to summer apparel, shorts are the most obvious answer. Turner recommends avoiding longer, baggier shorts in favor of those that fall just above or at the knee.
"I've gotten in some darker, burgundy colors, some medium-to-darker blues, seersucker stripes, chambray and baby corduroy shorts," Turner said.
Linen shorts can also be great in this weather, Kapper said. Neutral colors like khaki and navy are always in, but more exotic ones like peach, butter, soft greens and lavender can add some color to your summer wardrobe.
"The important thing to remember when buying shorts is to get a neutral pair," Kapper said. "That way, you can save money by wearing the same pair and matching it up with many different tops."
Plaid shorts are another alternative.
"We've had a huge statement of polos and plaid shorts," Valentine said. "It's pretty standard and plain, but it still seems to be working."
Tip: If you can't part with your favorite pair of pants (and yes, sometimes they are necessary), try rolling them up a few times for a cuffed look.
In the summer, sunglasses seem like more of a necessity rather than an accessory, but they can always add a nice touch.
Bright, ‘80s-style square frames with interesting lenses are in right now, Turner said.
"I sell a ridiculous amount of sunglasses," Turner said. "Everyone is still in their Ray-Ban Wayfarer kick."
With the insane variety of Wayfarer lookalikes nowadays, every guy can find an affordable pair at most retail stores.
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With all the options that are out on the market, guys should have no problem finding the perfect outfit, whether it's for class, work or the beach.