Summer usually is a beautiful time of year. At least where I live. Men and women are both about their business wearing great clothes and looking hip. It’s no wonder that men are more concerned about how they dress and look than they were some decades ago. When it comes to options, men usually get the short end of the stick as compared to the fairer sex. Women can choose from a multitude of clothing options at various stores. Men on the other hand, usually only have five or six safe options to build on. However, this is no excuse for men to be dressed shabbily. We need to be clued in completely on what fashion offers to men. For this reason, I’m often found catching up on men’s fashion blogs on my Frontier internet service.
Summer is a time when the articles of clothing you wear are as limited as possible. Sure, wearing a proper business suit is still classy, but almost impracticable in this heat. The traditional suit is normally black or blue, with a classic white dress shirt. However, you don’t always have to be suited up and you don’t always have to wear a white dress shirt. This blog explores some of the best summer dress shirt colors for men that you can pull off this summer.
Dress shirts make up a very important item in the discerning man’s wardrobe. They serve both business types as well as those who are looking to sharpen up their style. Of course, they can also easily be worn in more casual settings like BBQs or bars. These days, it is hard to differentiate a formal dress shirt from a casual one. But even if the lines are blurred, a dress shirt will typically have:
Where dress shirts are traditionally white, now you can get a number of colors that are acceptable. But the shirt shouldn’t be heavily patterned or loud. The point is to look sharp, not tacky. Here are some of the best men’s summer dress shirt options for this year:
The traditional plain white dress shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. That’s because it’s exceedingly versatile and there’s a ton of things you can pair a white dress shirt with. It’s good for formal, semi-formal and casual settings for a classic dapper look. White shirts are particularly good for summer because white reflects heat and keeps you cool. They also go well with most summer suits and trousers. The best trouser and suit pairings with a white shirt are light greys, khaki, and light blue. Round off the look with a fresh looking tie and a pair of sleek loafers. Don’t forget to don a belt as well, preferably black or brown leather.
Right after traditional white comes contemporary pale blue as the most popular dress shirt color. Most men have one in their wardrobe already. Pale blue is slightly more casual than white but is still very much acceptable as business attire. Blue is a particularly friendly color, giving off psychological vibes of openness and trust. At the same time, it is just as easy as white to pair with different articles of clothing. A soft pastel pink is also a good choice for the summer. It works with most skin tones and adds a little quirk to your formal attire. It makes you stand out amid a sea of blacks, blues, and greys. Pastel dress shirts also work very well in more casual settings. You can pair it with jeans or even a suit for a well-balanced business-casual look. And pastel colors are always perfect for sunny outdoor picnics and BBQs.
Subtly patterned shirts in soft, pale colors are the perfect fit for formal, festive events like weddings. Classic patterns like pinstripes are back in vogue and are a very sophisticated look. They keep you looking sharp while also adding a light, festive feel to your attire. You can also go for slightly casual patterns like plaids or stripes for more casual settings. Pale casually patterned shirts look best in summer semi-formal social or business settings. To maintain a casual yet hip look, avoid a tie and keep the top two buttons unbuttoned. Pale greens and greys make the best pattern bases.
Bold patterns are among the most casual dress shirt options this summer. These are all about fun and expression. So, it is not advisable to wear them in office settings. However, they are the best option for a summer night or day party or BBQ. Boldly patterned shirts are already very expressive, so you needn’t go overboard with the color base. Pale pastel blue, pale pink, pale grey, cream, and off-white are all great options for the summer. Also, the patterns you choose should be in keeping with the season. Opt for florals, paisley, and other larger bold prints. Remember, these are for a casual setting or a very relaxed office environment, not for business attire.
Finding the right shirt can be a hassle these days. Workweeks are usually exhausting and many of us work weekends too. Going out on a shopping expedition can be a tough call for a working man who has to juggle work, relationships, health, and chores. And good dress shirts are bound to be pretty pricey. Look for ways to cut costs, like saving on Frontier deals and using that money to upgrade your summer wardrobe. And most importantly, do not be afraid to experiment.