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Summer Fashion For Men: Your A to Z Guide to Looking Sexy in Summertime

Note from Chase: this is a guest post from Darius B. over on Sexy Style for Joe. Darius has really overdelivered here putting together a comprehensive and classy post on getting your summer style tightened up exceedingly well to make you look stylish, attractive, and put-together. This our second post devoted exclusively to men’s fashion, after our 2013 piece, “Fashion for Men: The Primer on Looking Amazing.” If you’re ready to get suited up for summer and get yourself looking crisp and sexy, this article from Darius will leave you in excellent shape. Here’s Darius.


Can you feel it? Summer is getting closer and the weather is getting warmer every day. Well, even if you can’t feel it yet, I’m sure you’ve noticed how sexy women look on those beautiful days when they drop layers upon layers of unnecessary clothing and swap their sweaters and jeans for light, almost see-through sundresses. Ah… just writing about it makes my imagination go wild.

But what about us, men? The signature tight dress shirt and blazer or coat with a scarf to accessorize that used to get the job done in making us look sexy as hell is not exactly a comfortable option on warmer days, as we’d be sweating like a shy teenager on his first date.

We also don’t really have a clothing equivalent to what sundresses and cut off shorts are to women. The best the fashion industry has managed to come up with are shorts that either look very unflattering on most physiques or that are straight up lame and make even male models look asexual.

And so, is it possible for us to dress on the hot summer days in a way that make women go “Wow, who’s that guy?”?

Yes. Though summer brings a set of challenges to dressing sexy as a man, it also enables us to go for a bit more of a raw, sexual look, without appearing try-hard.

This article in turn is about giving you some ideas on great styles of clothing for summer and helping you build outfits that will not only look very sexy on you, but will also feel comfortable. We’ll start off with some core concepts, followed by some tips on picking (or not picking) specific items, then sum it all up with some practical examples you could model.

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Peacer's picture

WoW.. This is great article..! Thanks..!

Darius's picture

Thanks man! Glad it was helpful.

Leo's picture

Your best bet is to go on ebay and buy a whole bunch of ralph lauren and vineyard vines clothes. They focus on pastel and prep attire. Look to fraternity men for dressing inspiration as our outfits are geared towards summer n springs. Revolving around pastel colors, boat shoes, and short swim trunks (chubbies). If you wonder if these items are sexy or not, fraternity guys are notorious for being womanizers.

Darius's picture

Hey Leo,

Does such preppy frat look gets the expected results for you personally?

For most men who prefer a bit more promiscuous lifestyle and would like their image to show it, I suggest staying away from "that nice guy, who's about to meet her parents" look, for which Ralph Lauren and Vineyard Vines are known for. I would not argue that you can follow this and be "well dressed", but dressing "well" and "sexy" are quite different.

On a side note, whenever possible avoid clothes (and brands in general) that have massive brand logos/names on them - there's no reason to walk around looking like a marketing board for those brands unless you're being paid to do that.

Lastly, I don't think its good reasoning to say that a particular look is sexy because men who use it are notorious for being sexy. It's like saying that Hank Moody in the TV series Californication dresses sexy because he has a lot of sex in that show, when in fact the character is sexy because of his charisma, confidence, overall demeanor, being very open and adventurous about sex, etc. but DESPITE how he dresses (note: throughout the show he did pull off a few good looks)

To decide whether a look is sexy or not I use these criteria: emphasizing physique, having a masculine/daring edge, attention grabbing/differentiating, within social norms but bordering them (there's an article in my site where I explain my reasoning and the research behind this)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Darius

Leo's picture

The thing is, most fraternity guys do not add the edge to this look that they should because fraternities are very conservative and traditional in their nature. Us fraternity men get laid more off social status & value than anything (ie. having sick parties, tailgates, mixers w/ sororities...etc) as such, we pay little mind to adding any sexuality to our demeanor or look because naturally greek life offers opportunities like no others for getting laid and we do so effortlessly. I, however, lacked any social skill so I barely got any action when I first started; however through diligence (read: I've read every article on this website at least 10 times and still do frequently) and trial & error (TRUST ME) I developed a sexy personality with an edge to the point where I dress 'conservatively' but am able to my own..edge..so to speak. The thing that can make or break the 'frat' looks is often your hairstyle (which is the article that needs to be made here, as this is VERY crucial), the fit and colors. If you go on youtube and type "AEPI SPRING 2014 RUSH VIDEO" you'll see what I mean.

David Riley's picture

To add to this comment string it should be noted that a fraternity is only as strong as it's weakest member. If you have a fraternity full of sexy dressed and very social guys then the fraternity will do well with attracting women. On the other hand if you have a fraternity full of guys who don't know the first thing about style, girls will avoid them. Another strong point mentioned in this string is the idea of how "Clothes don't make the man". You can put a bum in a suit and clean him up, but you can't take the bum out the bum. The general idea I see in this string is the way you carry yourself that makes the fraternity guys winners with the ladies.

AusGuyInSoCal's picture

As an Australian living in Southern California I must comment here. Dressing like a frat boy is only good if you're in a fraternity - enjoy it while it lasts, but the second the bubble that is the US college greek system bursts and you move to large multicultural cities/countries where well-paying jobs and/or business opportunities exist, you must begin to employ the style advice of experienced men like Darius.

When Auburn and Florida State frat boys descended upon Los Angeles for this year's BCS National Title game it was almost comical to see the head-shaking stares their ill-fitting polos, cargo shorts, chin-strap beards and visors generated (side note: who-the-f*ck actually wears a visor???).

I attended a US college on a study-abroad program and was astonished at the lack of mens-style: polos, khakis and sometimes a baseball cap seemed to be the unofficial uniform. When that's the base-level it's not at all hard to look sophisticated and sexy... as such my Australian/British mates and I had a field day.

Use Darius' advice as a point-of-difference: dress like the sexiest mofo those sorority girls have ever seen and you'll become the defacto head-guy (or whatever it's called, Chapter President if my memory of Animal House serves correct...) at your fraternity. If any of your frat brothers give you grief, tell them you went to Europe over the summer and saw guys dressed well cleaning up and you wanted to give it a shot.

One last thing on frat dress: In my extensive travels I've never heard one American girl swoon as she recalled to her friends the cute polo a frat boy wore... but the bad-ass South African in "that leather jacket!" or the uber-charming Italian she delighted in stopping from "doing up all those darn shirt buttons"... they'll talk their friends ears off about those guys.

Marty's picture

Agree with AusGuyInSoCal.

There's actually a thread over on the forum mercilessly critiquing the "preppy" style. Worth a read for anyone following this section of the commentary.

Losing the Preppy Style Gets More Women

-Marty

Anonymous's picture

I don't understand this preppy style. If I were to wear Ralph Lauren t-shirt and regular jeans and a shoe like converse, would I be preppy?

Anonymous's picture

Nice one..

Very neat and interesting insight..

Especially the footwear ...

As i have been wearing shoes but at night time..

During day time i haven`t tried wearing black shoes or sneakers..

Anyway, this will get me into spending spree to get the right footwear for this coming summer...

anyway, i wanted to you ask you something else Chase..

I have noticed you haven`t talked about what to drink on the date with women..
I haven`t seen such an article..

Have you put some thought in making an article about what to order, what to drink when you are out with women, or just a couple of helpful advices here would do the job ??

The M's picture

Hey Darius,

Great article! I'd picked up a bunch of these things by observing stylish guys, so it was cool to see them reaffirmed here.

A few questions:

Socks: I'm guessing you don't wear socks with any of the shoes you suggested? If you do, what colors do you choose? I've seen light blue done pretty well, but e.g. white socks and brown shoes are pretty bad.

Button down shirts: I was wondering if you have a couple personal favorite stores for casual button down shirts. I already know that Chase likes Guess (and so do I).

Printed t-shirts: I read the article on your site on printed t-shirts and I like it, but when I see guys in real life, most of them wear more, um....subtle prints. :) They're usually some colorful rectangular or circular picture or cartoon with some small text captions, but it's all blended nicely and the colors are good. I think they're from various events, famous locations, etc. Could you tell me more about what these are and when I can find them?

By the way, I love your new t-shirt design - please keep working on it and make it into a shirt!

Thanks a bunch!

Best,
The M

Darius's picture

Hey The M,

Socks: Yes, with most suggested shoes you'd be skipping socks. Few exceptions: white shoes and white/pastel pants/light blue jeans, you can wear white socks. As for colorful socks, they are actually a great option to add a touch of fun and excitement to otherwise plain looks, just make sure the rest of your outfit doesn't have too many different colors. All in all, you want to make it obvious that you picked them on purpose for this particular outfit and not because your regular, black socks are being washed :) Thank you for mentioning it, it's a great topic for an article!

Shirts: Zara is my go to choice for shirts, their slim fit (and super slim fit for very raw, sexual looks) is just the right cut for my physique. Quality is not that great and it needs extra care if I want to wear them for more than a few occasions, but I haven't found anything better in that price range yet.

As for printed T-shirts, yes, for most guys a more subtle approach would work better than the examples I picked. That's why I felt the need to add a disclaimer in the article's intro :) When I wear t-shirts like that I will enter the bar in a huge grin of my face and an attitude of self-ammusment that usually lasts the whole night - that's why I can get away with wearing something so provocative. I would still argue that even with a more subtle approach, picking t-shirts that are fun, sexual, inviting will work better than t-shirts with random texts/dates, brand names, etc. (most clothing retailers have a bunch of t-shirts like that) As for where to look for t-shirts, I'd start with zazzle.com, by now people added pretty much any design imaginable there (I also like "T-Shirts hell" designs). I might have misunderstood about the type of t-shirts you're talking about and if so, my apologies and please let me know :)

Of course, the sexy kitty t-shirt is happening, just a matter of time and improving my photoshop skills! I'll update it when it's ready and tested for reactions.

Thank you for the questions,
Darius

Danny's picture

Thanks Chase! It is a really great article.

What about Winter Fashion for men? I am asking this because I currently live in Minnesota. The interesting thing about this state is that summer time is really really REALLY short. It only last roughly 2 months, lol.

In other word, your article will only be useful for me for 2 months. Sigh. Winter Fashion would be more useful to me. Can u write one for Winter Fashion?

Thanks!

Ankit's picture

Hey bro..really nice post...well what if I want to wear pandent and something in summer..any idea on specific pandent..??? Again it is a great note :)

Max Alex's picture

Goddamn good breakdown of summer style tips, I subscribe to all.

Just today I had a pretty anecdotal case of style "change". Near my job there's a designer college full of young innocent girls ;). For last week I wear a simple outfit - brown shirt on top of black tee, and black jeans w/ brown belt and grey. In all this, I didn't get much attention.

But, today I decide to dress up in light denim raw worn jeans, and girls were like WHO'S THAT SEXY COCK??? Well, at least that's what was on their faces :)

TORNADO's picture

Great article Darius. I already have a brown belt, white trousers. All I need is a Brown pair of shoes.

I noticed you didn't mention anything about Neckwear in your accessories. Recently my friend wore a Punisher (Movie) neckwear and had many girls compliment on it. It actually looks really cool.

I was wondering if such a neckwear be too much for summer, since your neck in anyways covered by scarf n stuff during the Winters?

Darius's picture

Hey TORNADO,

You're on the right track, well done.

(Ankit, please let me know if the following answers your question too)

Necklaces can be great for summer (actually, they work really well in all seasons), embarrasingly I forgot to add this section :)

One thing you might want to consider in summer paritucarly, is like with bracelets - try to stay away from massive, thick pieces - it won't look congruent with most summer looks.

When it comes to picking necklaces I have one rule - it should be personal: this means either you have a story related to it, or it means something important to you, or you really like its style, etc. We all have very different tastes when it comes to designs like that, so wearing something you're proud off will usually work much better than trying to guess what will get compliments.

On a side note, I have a couple of ideas for "practical" necklaces, like placeholders for condoms and other fun stuff but so far haven't found a person who could actually create something like this for me to test, so that's in the future. :)

Back to topic, now as long as you have the above covered, you have two other things to consider:

1) Lenght of the string

In summer when you're not wearing blazers/jackets, you want your necklace visible without pulling it on top of your clothes. So if you're wearing a regular t-shirt or a v-neck it probably best to stick with shorter lenght, so that it's visible. If you're wearing a buttoned shirt with 3 buttons open on a deep v-neck, necklaces with longer strings/chains will look great too.

If it's cooler outside and you can wear a blazer/jacket necklaces will look great on top of the shirts too.

2) Material

Mainly you'll be choosing between leather and metal. Your choice should be based on the rest of your outfit. For example, with brown belt, white pants and brown shoes a brown leather necklace would probably look best. If however, at evenings you decide to pull out black slim jeans, dress shoes and and a leather belt with a good looking metallic buckle, you might want to consider wearing a necklace with a metallic pendant and a chain or a black leather string. For the examples above, necklaces with leather strings would look best.

Hope this helps,
Darius

Marty's picture

Darius, welcome.

I'm so glad you wrote this article, because it addresses matters that I'd been mulling for some time. Since it came out, I've already tried putting into practice many of the precepts you outline. The one on matching your belt to the minor color on two-tone shoes is killer!

Anyway, regarding your prohibition on shorts. I'm actually inclined to agree with you; I don't like wearing them much myself, except on the beach or at the poolside, and I think they don't really flatter men (on the other hand, women look marvelous in them... of course!).

But several girls I've been in a relationship with have mentioned to me that they wish they had my leg structure. They said my legs are nice and thin and "deer-like" (more than one coincidentally used this comparison). I do get plenty of exercise, especially running, so I suppose they are actually lean, with reasonable muscle definition and free of surplus fat.

At the moment I live in the humid subtropical climate zone; at this time of year it's in the high eighties every day. I'm wondering—is it so bad to wear shorts occasionally given that women seem to approve my legs once they actually get to see them?

-Marty

Darius's picture

Hey Marty,

My apologies for the late reply. Really glad to hear you actually applied some of the advice here!

Regarding your situation, I think shorts are never the optimal approach and you'd be losing a couple of "sexy points", but it doesn't mean that you should never wear them. The fact is, sometimes we need to take the sub-optimal approach due to circumstances and extreme weather is one of those situations. Being comfortable is important too.

So, if you must wear shorts, you should do it "the right way", so no cargo/short/plaid shorts. I'd go for a knee-length, bright (made from jeans could work too) pair for that sexy, "don't give a f*" look :) Something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/73605775132740615/
For more elegant looks, I'd say just invest in a proper pair of linen pants and roll them up slightly.

Cheers.

Mike's picture

Just wondering where I could get those leather bracelets that are in the picture.

Mike B's picture

What about espadrilles?

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