1. A versatile printed short
Creatures of habit, beware. You’ve gotta be a bit bold for this summer essential. Dressing for the weather is one thing, but shorts can go majorly wrong in an instant due to length, overall fit and number of pockets. (Dude, “dad cargos” are the equivalent to “mom jeans”. Get it?) A slim, straight style is not only functional for the season’s weather, but also extremely flattering versus a tapered pant. Try on Henrik Vibskov's woven print trim short for size, and if you’re feeling more tried and true, go for Gitman Brothers Vintage tongue-in-cheek pin-up short.
2. A “step out of your comfort zone” pair of sunglasses
For dudes, this one is an easy way to liven up an otherwise understated look. Just how long have you been wearing those Ray Bans? Give ‘em a break, grow up, and pick up a pair of sunnies that carry both a chic sensibility and playful tone. Super's seafarer striped tobacco America frames are the very essence of a Wet Hot American Summer, with a pair of ZEISS-optical lenses displaying a luminous blue color, and red, white, and blue lanyard. Cheap Monday's milky toffee cut out frames are also a brazen alternative to classic wear, besides your girlfriend will just looove the name.
3. A lightweight nylon jacket
Baseball games? Morning surf? Skateboarding, basketball, soccer. Summer is all about the sports. But no worries if kicking a ball around isn’t your jam, athletics are in fashion right now, and a lightweight nylon jacket (that goes like whipped cream on just about anything) is one of the most influential basics this summer. With multitudes of options, some of our favorites include ISAORA's blue pertex quantum rain shell (that also comes in black), Reigning Champ's olive and yellow hooded jacket, and T by Alexander Wang's swim nylon mesh jacket.