Thanks to the pandemic you might not be travelling abroad this summer, but a staycation right here in the UK is likely to be on the cards and it's still worth looking stylish for. If loungewear is ingrained into your brain and you're in need of some packing inspiration, look no further. From the best men's staycation shirts to shorts, sandals and all of the must-have accessories, we've rounded up the fashion essentials you'll want to take away with you.
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SS21 fashion trends for men
This summer menswear is all about elevated workwear - think utility shirts, lightweight bomber jackets and military-inspired pieces. With this comes durable fabrics with lots of pockets, so it's practical, too. Effortless suiting also featured highly on the runway, making loose shirts made from linen or breathable cotton a staycation staple, while Bermudas are the must-have short of the season. Pastel colours and nautical stripes were also big, injecting colour and optimism into the shows and your wardrobe. When it comes to shoes? 90s nostalgia still reigns supreme with dad sandals.
7 cool men's summer shirts
Short-sleeved utility shirt, £69, Arket
Nail the workwear aesthetic with Arket's utility shirt. It's lightweight and perfect to throw on with shorts this summer.
Monroe striped shirt, £85, Reiss
Wear this nautical-inspired shirt with white jeans and trainers to be the most stylish man at the bar.
Weekday striped shirt, £85, ASOS
This simple striped shirt from Scandi brand Weekday is made from comfortable organic cotton and would look great paired with anything.
Portuguese Flannel shirt, £95, Mr Porter
Every man needs a pink shirt in his repertoire and this one by Portuguese Flannel is just the right shade.
Camp collar shirt, £95, COS
When you need something on the smarter side for even the hottest days of your holiday, make this breathable cotton shirt first on your list.
Cotton leaf print shirt, £29.50, Marks & Spencer
Prefer a print? This shirt from M&S will take you from day to night.
Tiny leaf print shirt, £45, John Lewis
Or this subtle John Lewis shirt, with the tiniest of leaf prints, will be a winner whatever the weather.
Ecru striped shirt, £26, River Island
River Island's striped shirt is the perfect finishing piece for an all-neutral coloured outfit.
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Stylish shorts for men to wear this summer
Bermuda shorts, £35.99, Mango
Bermuda shorts were all over the SS21 runways. For the most flattering fit, choose a pair like these that finish just above the knee.
The 9" slim fit performance chino, £38, Everlane
With four-way stretch fabric and sweat-wicking capabilities, these chino shorts don't just look polished, they're comfortable and unrestricted enough for any beach activity.
Men's woven shorts, £54.95, Nike
We love these retro-look Nike shorts. Made from soft woven fabric, they're perfect in the summer heat and will never go out of style.
Strap-detail cotton twill shorts, £55, Arket
Pair these soft cotton Arket shorts with a striped t-shirt and white trainers for an off-duty holiday look.
Theory sol cotton-terry shorts, £145, Mr Porter
Some sweat shorts are worth investing in. Cut from luxe soft cotton terry, this pair by Theory would be great for a beach staycation.
Grey side stripe shorts, were £25 now £8, River Island
For a nod to the pastel trend, go for these sporty striped River Island shorts. They're on sale for just £8.
Swim shorts, £55, Everlane
For shorts suitable to hike, run and swim in, they don't get much better than this pair from Everlane. They also come in green, navy, abalone and burnt umber shades.
6 of the best staycation sandals for men
Nike sliders, £26.95, ASOS
We don't think you can wrong with a pair of Nike sliders and the reviews seem to agree.
Adidas Yeezy slides, from £318, Farfetch
Or splash out on the most popular men's sandals of 2021 so far, the Adidas Yeezy slides.
Chilton slip-on leather sandals, £89, Dr. Martens
With leather straps and a classic Dr. Martens AirWair sole, these sturdy sandals will see you through your holiday in style and stand the test of time.
Birkenstock Arizona sandals, £60, Schuh
Often hailed as the most comfortable pair of sandals around, it's no wonder we've seen Birkenstock Arizonas worn by the likes of Chris Pine and Leonardo DiCaprio. Pair with socks for ultimate comfort on your travels.
Florin leather sandals, £185, Grenson
If you're a fan of Grenson boots, they now do summer-friendly footwear and their Florin sandals are ideal for a British summer.
The must-have summer accessories for men
Gucci men's retangular sunglasses, £355, John Lewis
Staycation or holiday abroad, everyone needs a decent pair of sunglasses. These Gucci sunnies are a luxe take on the rectangular silhouette.
Filson duffle bag, £385, Mr Porter
The perfect long weekend bag comes in the form of this stylish Filson duffle. The leather-trimmer twill is satisfyingly sturdy.
Chelsea Weekender bag, £149, Antler
Or if you prefer your accessories in all-black, Antler's Weekender bag is just the size you need for a few days away. It has a purpose-built pocket for your shoes, a padded laptop pocket and comes with a detachable shoulder strap.
Acne Studios baseball cap, £90, Mr Porter
From covering beach hair to shading yourself from the sun, a great cap has a multitude of uses, and this one from Acne will also bring some colour to your outfit.
Apple Watch series 6, £399, Amazon
With all of your fitness metrics and the ability to call and text, this is the only watch you'll really need this summer.
Men's chain necklace in sterling silver, £245, Missoma
Channel the likes of Brad Pitt and Harry Styles by adding something a little extra to your staycation ensemble. If you want to be subtle, a simple silver chain is a good place to start.
Serge Denimes pendant, £80, Selfridges
Or for a pendant, you can't go wrong with this wing engraved necklace. It's part of the new Serge Denimes collection, which is exclusive to Selfridges.
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