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What to wear: 5 outfits every guy needs this summer

If seeing the words ‘smart casual’ makes you question everything, then read on. Below are the trending men’s outfits you will need as the weather, and your social calendar, heats up. From sizzling beach days to romantic date nights, follow our guide to end your wardrobe woes.

What to wear to a winery wedding

With an outdoor ceremony, linen will be your best friend to keep you cool. Start with a relaxed-fit, linen blazer in a more neutral shade, such as stone or forest green. Pair a wide leg trouser in a complementary colour and layer a minimalist dress shirt underneath to bring some formality back. Slip on a loafer or boat shoe keeping a bare ankle, and a pocket square to add some personality. If the sun’s out, don’t forget to grab a pair of sunglasses, keeping it classic with a pair of aviators. Shop breezy linens at Connor and yd.

The ideal apparel for a beach day

It’s no surprise that retro styles are back with pieces from the 90’s and 2000’s everywhere. If you are new to interweaving vintage pieces, a beach day outfit is the perfect place to dip your toe… starting with some bathers. Swim shorts are getting shorter with this summer trend being led by Donald Glover. Throw on a cotton button down shirt as a cover up, grab a stripy towel, chunky sandals and top it all off with a bucket hat. Splash into spring styles at Kmart, Amazon and Hallenstein Brothers.


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Dress up for your dinner date

Keep it simple this summer and keep with monochromatic colours when styling your look. Polos are in! Play with texture and opt for a cotton knit polo in a softer colour. Match with a linen pant in a lighter shade in the evening or shorts during the day. Finish with a belt as well as suede or leather shoes and a trusty watch. It’s amazing how a few key accessories can polish off a look. Dress to impress with pieces from Barkers and Johnny Bigg.


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The best outfit for a BBQ with the boys

Don’t sweat over your outfit. Grab a t-shirt to start your look, keeping any logos and graphics small. Play with a texture like corduroy, denim or linen when it comes to your shorts. Finish off the look with crew socks and your favourite sneakers. Mix and match the pieces in your wardrobe and try matching the colour of the graphics on your tee with the logo details on your sneakers or socks. Find some sizzling styles at Platypus, Kathmandu and Mountain Warehouse.


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Pick the perfect attire for casual Fridays

Mix it up on Fridays by layering pieces to create fresh looks. Start with a white crew neck tee or a high neck singlet and layer a short-sleeved shirt over the top. Leave the shirt unbuttoned if your office is more casual or if not, button all but the top one to leave your white tee showing. On the bottom go for a wide leg chino or cotton pant and add loafers to dress it up. Get your Friday fit at Lower, Macpac and Sportscraft.