summer essentials, summer fashion staples

It can be tough to find must-have summer clothes because so many fashionable looks are flaunted during winter. It’s not easy to put outfits together during the summer, but this article is here to help you piece together a basic summer wardrobe that will get you through the season in a cool and comfortable way


Tees and shorts are great ways to stay cool, and there’s no doubt that these articles are summer wardrobe essentials. But just because they’re summer fashion staples doesn’t mean that they’re ALL your closet should consist of. Variety is the spice of life, and in order to get the most out of your summer looks, we advise you to switch things up now and again. 


There are plenty of contemporary styles that lend themselves to summer fashion essentials, you just have to know what they are and how to dress your body in them. In this article, we’ll make sure that, no matter if you’re going to the beach or to the office, you’ll look good and stay cool while you do it. 


The Rundown on Summer Clothes 


Summer essentials should always keep you cool. Summer style must-haves should be versatile enough to move from one environment to the other, and also versatile enough to put on or take off layers. 


Light colors have a chance to shine in the summer. Light blues, greens, and even pinks will glow in the warm months in a way they can’t do in the winter - so take advantage of the sun and let your pastel side show. 


Men’s Summer Shirts


Summer fashion staples for guys’ shirts are centered around t-shirts, linen tops, and tanks. Of course, there are other options, too - and we’ll get into all the best choices here. 


  • Oxford Shirts

  • You can’t go wrong with an Oxford shirt as a summer clothes must-have. This shirt is incredibly versatile - it looks good with shorts and suits alike. If you’re in the mood for longer sleeves, you can roll them up if the sun comes out. The ladies love a half-rolled sleeve moment. 


    Oxford shirts work for casual settings and evening wear, too. Choosing shirts in white, light blue, and dark blue is a great place to start. 


  • Poplin Dress Shirt

  • While these shirts are usually worn with suits, there’s no rule stating that you can’t dress it down too. You can roll up the sleeves and pair it with chinos (check out our chino kits!), or take the classic route and throw a blazer over it. 


  • Hoodies and Sweatshirts

  • When the sun goes down, the temperature inevitably will too. Just because it’s a little chillier outside doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop, though - not if you packed a hoodie. Hoodies and sweatshirts are a great way to add an easy layer that’s quick to take off and put on. 


  • Polo Shirts

  • Polos have been seen as summer clothes essentials for decades, and their popularity has stuck around for a reason. They go great with almost anything during the summer, and you can also wear them to make a suit look a bit more casual. Just remember: never tuck in your Polo, toss it out once it becomes stretched or discolored, and avoid huge logos. 


  • Chambray Shirts

  • Light chambray shirts in the summer put across a vibe that no other style can match. Pairing them with chino or jeans creates the perfect look that should be included in every basic summer wardrobe. 


  • Linen Shirts

  • Summer fashion staples are chosen with the goal of keeping cool, and that’s exactly what linen will do. These shirts are made from a loosely-woven fabric in order to help air circulate, and look best when worn with casual attire. 


  • Plain T-Shirts

  • At Perk, we are the experts on plain t-shirts. They are versatile, classic, and essential, and they are must-have summer clothes that no guy should pass up. Our t-shirts don’t look sloppy or scruffy; instead, they come with crisp, clean lines and collars that never stretch. Made with pima cotton, Perk t-shirts are durable and last without pilling or losing their shape. You’ll love them so much that you’ll want to fill your closet with them, and you can do just that by checking out our kits collection. 


  • Short Sleeve Button-Down

  • If you like the look of an Oxford shirt but aren’t interested in rolling the sleeves, try a short-sleeve button down instead. These shirts put across a casual look with plenty of options when it comes to materials, colors, and prints. 


    Piecing Together Your Summer Wardrobe


    Creating your basic summer wardrobe doesn’t have to be difficult or unpleasant. Try out the pieces from this list, pick what you love, and fill your closet with them. 


    For more advice on summer clothes essentials, visit Perk’s blog