How to Avoid Those Summer Style Mistakes This Year

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Avoid those summer style mistakes by following this simple guide from yours truly, The Idle Man. You’ll thank us in the long run. Summer can be a hard season to dress for without looking stupid, but with the help of this guide you shouldn’t struggle at all.

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Some of these summer style mistakes are more obvious. I’m looking at you in the vest with the socks pulled up to your knees. Others just need a bit of tweaking to get right. With this guide you won’t get caught out. You will know exactly what to pack for your holiday and there will be no bad beach photos. Whether you’re at work, out with friends or just relaxing in your garden, this guide will stop you from making the worst style mistakes this summer.

Here at The Idle Man we’ve narrowed it down to seven mistakes that people usually make when the weather get a bit warmer. So, we’re here to help you correct these mistakes before you make them as we don’t want anyone’s style to falter this summer.

Going Topless

If you think you look cool strolling down the high street with your pecks (or lack of) out, think again. You’ve left your T-shirt screwed up in your car or, even worse, you’ve tucked it into your jeans and it’s hanging down like an old piece of rag. A better alternative is a plain T-shirt that fits in the right places. If you want to show off your body, choose pale colours or white. But remember, a badly fitted T-shirt is as bad as wearing none at all.

If you do feel the need to show off a bit of skin, a short-sleeve shirt unbuttoned slightly will keep you feeling and looking cool. Again, lighter colours will work better for your summer style. Save the shirtless look for the beach and don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Topless at the beach
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Check

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Bright Colours and Patterns

Every summer, the floral and Hawaiian shirts come out. It’s a bright day, so dress brightly, right? Wrong. A bit of colour is great for summer, but the sun is bright enough without you adding to it. Patterns and bright colours are fine, but it’s best to stick to one patterned item of clothing.

Vest and Shorts

Late spring one of the worst summer style mistakes to avoid appears – vest and shorts. This look is fine on the beach, in your back garden and at the gym, but anywhere else it just looks like you’re going out half-dressed. The vest was designed as underwear, so try it under a loose-fitting shirt like the Hawaiian one above. It will keep you cool and you won’t look like a fashion disaster.

There are some places you should just never wear shorts, most importantly the office. Straight fit chinos are light, comfortable and versatile option. They can be worn in the office with a shirt or more casually with a T-shirt.

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Vest and shorts
PHOTO CREDIT: Vascular Wear

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Summer Style Mistakes in the Office

Wearing a shirt and tie on those hot summer days can be uncomfortable, but don’t think you can just swap a long sleeve shirt for a short one. You’ll end up looking like an intern. Instead choose a lightweight shirt that lets you breathe. Lighter colours are best as they reflect the heat, but you don’t have to stick to white. Invest in a good deodorant to avoid sweat patches and don’t lose the blazer. It keeps you looking smart and hides the creases.

The Wrong Coat

Winter coats are perfect for those freezing cold days and dark nights, but when it comes to summer you need something lightweight and waterproof for the chilly days. The last thing you want is to have to drag out that big winter coat, which leaves you looking like the Michelin Man, just because of a few showers. Rain is inevitable all through the year in the UK, so don’t get caught out. These small jackets are perfect for those chilly summer nights and green and navy are on trend this year.

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Lightweight bomber jacket
PHOTO CREDIT: Vogue

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Flip Flops

Flip flops should only be worn at the beach or spa. They’re just not practical for everyday wear, and they look quite silly too. Slip-on trainers are just as easy to wear and look so much better. But if you’re going to buy any shoes this summer it should be a pair of boat shoes. They work with both casual and smart styles, and they are hard-wearing and comfortable. They are a classic shoe that every man should own.

Novelty Sunglasses

There isn’t much to say about novelty summer accessories other than no. They are the worst summer style mistakes, even if you are trying to wear them as statement pieces. Unless you’re going to a fancy dress party, don’t do it to yourself or anyone else. If you really want to stand out, try adding a dash of colour or pattern to your sunglasses.

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Novelty sunglasses
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How to Avoid Those Summer Style Mistakes This Year

  • Don’t go topless. It never really looks that good unless you’re a movie star.
  • Flip flops aren’t really practical for everyday wear. They have their uses but they’re certainly not for the street.
  • Avoid novelty accessories, you just end up looking a fool – the jokes on you.
  • Keep the vests for the gym or on the beach, they’re also not for everyday wear.
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Men’s street style
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On That Note

We understand that summer can be a hard season to dress for – there’s nowhere near as many options out there as there are for other seasons. It can be an easy mistake to make wearing too little and looking like a fool. However, if you follow our advice, you should be looking sharp and keeping cool in no time. It just takes a little more thought before you leave the house, which really shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Make sure you stay locked into our blog for all the latest style advice and much, much more.

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