Summer allows men to dress a little more casually and sport brighter colors, but buying a summer-specific wardrobe can prove costly and those pastel shirts and linen sport coats can only be worn during a narrow window of time. The best way for a fashionable man to stay in season is to incorporate season-neutral clothes into his summer wardrobe and accentuate those outfits with properly chosen accessories. These are the six accessories every man should have in his wardrobe for the summer of 2014.
Cotton Pocket Squares
Pocket squares have gone from Don Draper-esque to nearly ubiquitous in just a few short years. While most men have multiple silk pocket squares in their collection, they should consider adding a few cotton pocket squares, as well, especially as summertime approaches. Cotton pocket squares give off a little bit more casual aesthetic which is perfect for summer occasions, but the cotton fabric also serves a functional purpose, as well. You would never dare wipe the sweat from your brow with a fine silk pocket square, but if you find yourself in a bind you can do so with a cotton pocket square without fear of ruining it.
Silk Knot Cufflinks
Cufflinks aren’t cheap, but you can pick up a few pair of silk cufflinks for just a few dollars. These fabric cufflinks are perfect for summer and will be one of the must-have men’s accessories during the summer of 2014. Silk cufflinks give men a way to add a summery feel to their French cuff dress shirts. If things get really hot during the peak of the summer and they need to roll up those sleeves, they can do so without worrying about losing a cherished or expensive pair of cufflinks.
Don’t go out and buy some crazy colored shoes just because it’s summer. You don’t want to look like a clown and you don’t want to spend all that money on a pair of shoes you will not get to wear often. Take an existing pair of lace-up dress shoes and switch out those boring brown laces for something a bit more colorful. Brightly-colored shoelaces will make even the most staid pair of wingtips a top fashion pick for the summer of 2014 and for just a few dollars.
Just a few years ago, bold socks were the exclusive domain of fashion-forward men but things can change quickly in the world of fashion. Bold and colorful socks have now become standard fare for many men and the summer of 2014 will surely see this trend continue.
When the temperature rises, leather belts are not the best choice for casual wear as they can become sweaty and misshapen. If you want a lightweight belt that can endure a little summer moisture, pick up a classic grosgrain belt and enjoy the summery feel and aesthetic. Neutral blue or blue with a red stripe is a safe choice but more daring men can pick bolder colors and match the belt to their colorful shoe laces while sporting neutral chinos and a year-round Polo.
Nylon Watch Straps
Nylon NATO watch straps have become increasingly popular over the past few years and their popularity will continue to rise during the summer of 2014. The nylon straps tend to offer more comfort and a greater ability to withstand the elements of summer better than leather and metal bands, making them a prime choice for the man looking to freshen up his classic wrist watch for the summer months.
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