Your Summer Uniform

It’s hard to shop for clothes to be worn during a season when you’d be much happier on the beach. To simplify the process, we picked out one key piece from each category that will carry you through the season.

Below are five elements to make up the quintessential summer cool outfit: a breezy button down, an easy t-shirt, versatile shorts, shoes, and sunglasses or a watch in case you haven’t updated your accessory game recently.

The Shirt

linen casual
Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt, $34.90; uniqlo.com.

Opt for linen when looking for an easy, relaxed button down that you don’t have to worry about sweating through. Roll up the sleeves and throw it on during particularly breezy nights. If you’re feeling like a bit of a showman, go ahead and expose a bit of chest hair in this look.

Sunglasses

clubmaster ray ban
Clubmaster Classic in green classic, $150; ray-ban.com.

A classic pair of sunglasses will do the trick. Whether you’re out on a boat or downtown for happy hour, keep a pair in your pocket to look cool even if you don’t  feel it.

Watch

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T
imex for J. Crew Military Watch, $98; jcrew.com.

Leather wristbands are sort of a no-no in the summer. Leather lends itself to sweat, causing a watch strap to stick to you in an uncomfortable way. For now, a woven fabric wristband works best – and this one from a collaboration between Timex and J. Crew is compatible with 13 other watch straps currently on sale at jcrew.com.

T-Shirt

MENS SHIRT
Eirakuya Graphic Short Sleeve T-Shirt, $12.90; uniqlo.com.

Everyone needs a few go-to summer shirts. No thinking, just throw it on and go. Uniqlo has a great selection of tees, as does JackThreads and Urban Outfitters.

Shorts

Emerson Shorts
Goodale Emerson Soft Washed Short, $39.50; jackthreads.com.

Make sure your shorts aren’t too short, unless of course you never skip leg day and want everyone to know it. If you’re looking for go-to pair, it’s best to avoid patterned shorts – a solid pair will act as a great base for printed shirts and colorful accessories.

Shoes

belmont daybreak weather
Belmont derby in daybreak, $155; brooklynboot.com.

You’re going to want and need an easy pair of shoes to do your casual but cool summer look proper justice. Boat shoes are a little too run-of-the-mill for you. Sneakers are not allowed at some fine establishments (including bars). Our lace-up suede derbys are a happy, comfortable medium.