As always, denim is a huge summer staple, but this time, the light washes and looser fits are taking over. But don’t choose a wash that’s too light or you risk losing your casual-cool appeal. A good medium-light tone should fit the bill. Yes, you’re paying for a look that’s broken-in and faded, but it’s worth it when the lightweight feel is buttery soft against your skin. Besides, denim is one thing you can splurge on without feeling guilty. Opt for the higher-end brands like 7 For All Mankind or Diesel for jeans that are built to last more than one season. If you’re really feeling the trend, try doubling up on denim. Pair a washed denim jacket with your favorite distressed jeans, broken up with a plain tee and a pair of polished leather oxfords.
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A key 1970s piece like the bomber jacket is brought up to date by combining it with modern fabrics and detailing, producing the ideal blend of old and new. Now, these Air Force-inspired jackets have become streetwear classics. When picking one for yourself, make sure you go with a fitted option to avoid the elastic hem hugging you at the waist and then expanding like a marshmallow around your arms and chest. From nylon to cotton to velvet (we’re looking at you, Kanye), there are a variety of fabrics to choose from, so decide on what suits you best and roll with it.
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Boat shoes are the preferred footwear of sailors and country club gents. But you need not be a captain at sea to pull them off. Wear them without socks and they’ll lend polished appeal to khaki shorts or dress up any pair of jeans. Whether they’re tan leather, chocolate suede, or navy canvas, your boat shoes should always have three things: a 360-degree lacing system, a moc-toe, and sturdy stitching. Sperry is your one-stop shop for the best boat shoes, offering non-marking soles and a wave-siping tread so you won’t slip on poolside floors or boat decks. We can practically feel the sea breeze in our hair.
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This perennial spring/summer trend is fun and nautical, not to mention it can be sported in more ways than we can count. So don’t limit yourself to striped shirts. Apply the pattern to a variety of garments, including both tailored staples like smart trousers and blazers, as well as more relaxed cotton shorts and swim trunks. Also consider opting for thicker block-stripes or bold, colored ones in order to bring a modern twist to this timeless pattern. For another 70s update, we really dig this look on wide-collared shirts.
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The combination of khaki and white is clean and summery. Whether you prefer to wear a pair of khaki pants and a white shirt, or an all-white ensemble and a khaki jacket, you’re going to look on-season. Normally, we’d hop on the bandwagon with men wearing distinctive hues like mint and lilac, but something about this classic pairing feels fresher than ever for 2015. Chances are you don’t need to buy anything new, and when you do feel like mixing and matching, these neutral colors can be combined with nearly every shade. The result is a gentle, subtle look, perfect for relaxing under palm trees this summer.
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