The phrase “summer style essentials” can seem like a mighty broad term, right? It covers all manner of gear you need for the season — you’ll see what we mean when you check out our favorite picks below. But the key with summer style essentials? They should be as versatile, stylish and up for the challenge as you are — that goes for the gear you wear to the office, the garb you pack to take to a summer wedding, or the menswear you throw on when you want to stay cool and look great.
Summer style essentials, again, cover a little bit of everything, from a rugged henley to a summer-friendly blazer to the clean and classic sneakers you can wear to the office or to your favorite brewery. And the rest of the time? The tried-and-true essentials, like a breezy polo or tough sunglasses, ought to work just fine.
We hope we’ve thought of everything when it comes to the must-have gear for your wardrobe — and luckily for you, you’ve got just enough time to prepare accordingly for the warmer months ahead. Put away your spring outerwear, break out your new shades, prepare a summer beer … and get shopping. The best season of the year (arguably?) is here.
Nixon Base Tide Pro Watch
There are going to be times this summer when your standard leather dress watch — no matter how sharp or how expensive — isn’t just going to cut it on the functionality front. That’s where the Nixon Base Tide Pro Watch comes into play, made to be used on the water thanks to its pre-programmed tides, plus sunrise and sunset functionality — and bright, summer-friendly colors. You can’t go wrong.
Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts
You know all about the essential Flint and Tinder 365 Pants — now, imagine if those durable-yet-lightweight pants were shorts. Available in a range of colors, these are a summer must-have. Pick up multiple pairs to wear all season.
Duke Cannon Solid Cologne
Summer calls for bright and airy style just as it calls for a bright, airy and refreshing scent. That’s where the easy-to-apply Duke Cannon Solid Cologne comes into play. Keep it handy for your next waterfront getaway — apply before happy hour (or anytime), and enjoy.
Olivers Convoy Short Sleeve Henley
Want the performance of your favorite gym gear and the look & feel of a classic henley? A henley made for the guy on the go, no less? Meet the Convoy Short-Sleeve Henley, made with Merino Active Jersey fabric and available in a range of seasonally friendly colors. We like Burnt Red the best for pairing with tan chinos and white sneakers, or else a durable, travel-ready blazer.
Greats Royale Sneaker
A longtime favorite of ours at GearMoose, the Great Royale Sneaker is one of the most dependable, affordable and uniquely stylish white sneakers you can try out this season. Wear it with light wash jeans and a slub henley, team ‘em with a blue Oxford shirt and dark denim, or mash the Greats Royale together with a khaki cotton suit — there’s really no wrong way to wear these summer sneakers.
Warby Parker Barkley Sunglasses
A mainstay of the E-commerce world when it comes to providing stylish sunglasses to men around the globe, you can now try on Warby Parker shades at a plethora of shops nationwide — but you should go ahead and take the plunge with the Warby Parker Barkley Sunglasses sight unseen, because they’re that essential and well-made for summer (and beyond, for that matter).
Outerknown Nomadic Volley Swim Trunks
The days of baggy swim shorts are over — long over, in fact. That’s where Outerknown comes into play with the Nomadic Volley Swim Trunks, a pleasingly tailored and modern pair of swim trunks made for all your beach excursions (and of course, a round of post-beach volleyball beers, at that). Stylish and sustainable is the name of the game with Outerknown — surf’s up.
Bonobos Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos
You know Bonobos for the brand’s quality, classic, timeless chinos — now, just imagine those chinos got a summer-friendly update in a sustainable material & an updated fit, and then you’ve got the Stretch Organic Cotton Chinos. They’re a recent addition to a stellar lineup of excellent goods, and they’ll wear just perfectly with a light wash denim jacket, a short-sleeve henley and white leather sneakers — consider summer style sorted.
SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-On
Your list of summer style essentials calls for footwear that’s as easy to put on as can be — especially for long, lazy summer days at your favorite patio bar. The SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons are a winner all-around, from the bright summer color to the perforated suede upper for breathability and durability in equal measure.
Todd Snyder Short Sleeve Stripe T-Shirt
If ever there was a way to turn the humble T-shirt into something more than just a T-shirt, Todd Snyder has surely perfected it. The Short-Sleeve Stripe T-Shirt is the kind of tee you don’t have to think twice about wearing with, well, nearly anything — that goes for slim tan chinos and white sneakers as readily as it does a khaki cotton suit.
Snake River Wagyu Grilling Pack
Summer is just as much about what you’re grilling up in the great outdoors as it is about what you’re wearing. Snake River’s extraordinary grilling packs are delivering up some of the best cuts of meat on the planet — right to your door. Summer days in your backyard just got a whole lot more delicious.
Timex Q Timex Watch
The Q Timex Watch is a literal blast from the past, and it’s one of the coolest watches for summer because of that. It’s yet another well-done effort by Timex to bring its archives to life, and each and every summer ensemble you wear is going to look cooler because of this watch.
What’s missing from this equation so far? An ice-cold beer, served fresh. That’s where GrowlerWerks and the Stainless 64Oz. uKeg take care of business. It’s one of the coolest-looking, best ways to serve up your favorite beer at home.
VSSL Outdoor Essentials Tube
Hey, summer isn’t just about hanging out in your backyard. No, it’s about getting out there and going off-trail — with the right equipment in tow, that is. The VSSL Outdoor Essentials Tube is ridiculously well-curated to tackle any outdoor adventure — the kit itself is waterproof and indestructible, and each of the nine components is downright, well, essential.
Todd Snyder CPO Jacket
Even the best summer days can take an unexpectedly breezy turn. You’ll be prepared, though, with this rugged, handsome jacket from Todd Snyder. We love the French Blue color for its ability to be worn with off-white jeans or navy shorts in equal measure. Just add a rugged Todd Snyder x Champion tee to complete the look.
Seager Co. Wilson Snapback Hat
Keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes — in the right way — with this pleasingly retro-inspired snapback cap. A word of advice: It pairs up well with a fresh white tee, chino shorts, trusty canvas sneakers and a cold beer.
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