What to wear during your summer holidays
Complete guidelines on the best outfit to choose for your summer holiday; read on about the best men's outfit that suits your summer vacation.
We love summer! First of all, because duh. Secondly, it's time for the long-awaited holidays!
After the year we've had, we're more than ready to leave the work and other worries behind, at least for a week or two. We're also excited to bust out our favourite summer clothes because sweatpants are no longer fun!
But sometimes packing for holidays can get seriously overwhelming. What should a guy wear? What looks good during the day at the resort or beach town, and what's best for long dinners at night?
Well, stress no more because we've got you covered! Here's what to wear during your summer holidays.
1. The basics
Before we get into the details, let's review the basics - the fit, the fabrics and the colours.
First of all, you want your summer clothes to be made from natural fabrics - cotton, lightweight merino wool, linen or silk - because they are breathable and perfect for warm weather. Ditch synthetic cloth unless it's specially designed for your workouts!
Secondly, get the right fit. Often guys associate holidays with the ultimate comfort and loose, oversize clothing.
And while you do want to be comfortable, you also want to look good. Choose that golden middle where your linen trousers and nice and airy but still keep the shape, and your tees are casual but still show your form.
Lastly, this is your time to wear something in brighter colours. We all love that navy or grey, but holidays are the ideal time to try something new. To avoid looking like a 12-year old, choose pastel yellows, pinks, blues and greens.
2. Packing essentials
When you're on a summer holiday, you want to cover your bases by packing the essentials for all possible situations. You're probably going to spend some time at the beach or pool, do some sightseeing and enjoy your nights at the restaurants and bars.
Here are the packing essentials that, depending on whether you're a minimalist or love clothes, you can adjust to your personal needs.
- A few linen and patterned cotton shirts
- T-shirts: V-necks, crewnecks and polos
- Linen trousers, chinos and chino shorts
- Cotton, linen or merino wool jumper
- Hoodie, athletic shorts
- Hat or a cap, shoulder and beach bags
- Unstructured linen or cotton blazer
- Loafers, sneakers, flip flops or slides
- Swim trunks (take two pairs)
- Optional: a lightweight suit
- Accessories: a watch, simple leather bracelet, neckerchief
3. Outfit ideas
You can create multiple outfits from the list above, but here are some ideas for different occasions.
For the day in town
Pair lightweight cotton or linen tailored trousers, and a short-sleeve shirt helps you stave off sweat without having to bear too much skin. Go monochrome or mix it up with different colours (e.g. beige trousers and a green-patterned shirt).
For the beach or the pool
Wear your swim trunks with a linen shirt over to protect yourself from the sun and for those beer trips to the bar. Flip-flops and slides will work best for footwear but opt for loafers if you're going to lunch later.
For drinks at the beach bar
We love the combination of printed tropical shorts and a plain t-shirt in white or pastel colours. Choose a high-quality tee like the v-neck tee shirts for men from Fresh Clean Tees to look relaxed yet put together. Loafers will work best here.
For lunch with the family
Tailored shorts and a short-sleeved shirt are your best call for lunch with the family. You'll be comfortable yet will still look like you care (because you do, right)? Always make sure your shirt and shorts are not too baggy. We're not going for 90s Disneyworld vibes here!
For dinner at the restaurant
Going out for dinner? Put on your favourite polo shirt, tailored trousers and grab that jumper if it might get chilly. This is the ultimate dinner look that's pretty comfy yet oh so posh.
For cocktails on someone's boat
Whoa, sounds fancy, but you can totally get invited! That's where your lightweight suit comes in. Menshealth.com recommends going for a summer suit with breathable fabrics like cotton and linen to beat the heat. Opt for pastel colours over something dark, pair it with a simple plain white V-neck, and don't forget your boat shoes.