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12 summer outfit ideas for men: The trends, holiday clothes & accessories

From effortless linen to stripes, take inspiration from the SS23 menswear trends this season

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Hollie Brotherton
Hollie BrothertonLifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
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It's officially summer next week, and many of us are on the hunt for new style pieces for upcoming staycations or holidays abroad. In need of some packing inspiration? Look no further. From the best men's shirts to shorts, sandals and all of the must-have accessories, we've rounded up the fashion essentials you'll want to invest in this season. 

SS23 fashion trends for men

The spring/summer 2023 runways ranged from the wearable (stripes, short shorts, sleeveless garments) to those trends for the more daring amongst us (crop tops, head-to-toe metallics, shirtless suits). Bold colours, double denim and western style all featured highly, and like the womenswear collections, it seems the Y2K resurgence is also here to stay. Retire your skinny jeans and invest a pair of wider leg trousers. They might not be suitable for the heatwave, but you'll want them on those cooler days.

Stylish men's summer shirts

You can't go wrong with a classic white linen shirt. The Monaco shirt from Derek Rose is made from pure, lightweight linen and features mother of pearl buttons down the front with a modern U-shaped pocket. It's perfect to throw on with shorts this summer.

Shirts may not have featured so highly on the runway this season, but stripes certainly did. Wear this with white trousers to be the most stylish man at the beach bar.

Arket does the best basics every summer. This knitted shirt is made from a soft cotton blend and features flattering dropped shoulders and a straight body. 

Shorts for men to wear this summer

For a cool, comfortable fit, choose this 100% linen pair that finishes just above the knee. 

Made from the softest cotton, we love the loose cut and summer-ready shade of these M&S shorts.

Nail the short shorts trend in this grey-green twill pair by Club Monaco.

The best summer sandals for men

We don't think you can wrong with a pair of classic adidas sliders and the reviews seem to agree.

With leather straps and the Dr. Martens AirWair sole, these sturdy sandals will see you through holidays and festivals in style - and stand the test of time. 

If you're a fan of Grenson boots, they now do summer-friendly footwear and their Wiley 3 sandals are made from longwearing tan leather.

The must-have summer accessories for men

Holiday abroad or staycation, everyone needs a decent pair of sunglasses. These Gucci sunnies are a luxe take on the rectangular silhouette. 

From covering beach hair to shading yourself from the sun, a great cap has a multitude of uses, and this one by Acne will go with any outfit. 

Channel the likes of Brad Pitt and Paul Mescal by adding something a chain to your summer ensembles. If you want to be subtle, a simple silver one is a good place to start.


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