Get The Look: Men's Preppy Summer Style

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The sun is out, people are barbecuing, and there are long days at the beach ahead. Wherever you’re planning to spend the summer, you still need to look your best. Ladies love a man that can look pulled together while staying relaxed during the long hot months, and we’re here to show you how to do it.

Keeping those peepers from the harsh rays of the sun is probably the easiest way to integrate function and fashion. Aviators have always been a fashion staple for one simple reason: they look good on everyone. These glasses from Oliver Peoples give the classic style an updated look with tortoise frames and a golden bar on a double wire bridge. Available at prices from $470-$535.

Make sure you’re stylish from head to toe. Don’t throw on a great shirt and shorts just to pair them with the Rainbow flip flops you’ve had since college. Think of shoes as an excellent accessory: they will pull your outfit together and help you look finished without being overdone; why do you think women have so many? We love men’s loafers this season for that “just-got-off-my-yacht” feel and the shoes at Swims are not one to disappoint. Swim’s loafers were listed as one of the best shoes to wear for summer of 2013 from Esquire Magazine, and come in array of colors. Available at prices range from $155-$325.

For summer, colors are going bigger and bolder with men’s fashion lines carrying more shades then we’ve seen before. Step out of the comfort zone and go for a bright coral or lime green for your summer polo. We love the preppy bold two-tone shirts at Peter Millar that come in both solids and stripes. And even though you may not think you need it, grab more than one. Available at prices range from $90-$125.

Just in case you, or your lady, get a little chilly during one of those warm summer nights, a lightweight cardigan should always be on hand. Again, look for bright colors that will accent the rest of your ensemble, not clash with it. Ralph Lauren’s Black Label ribbed cardigan comes in a lightweight knit cotton in a summery aqua that you can use to layer when inside or in the evening. Available at priced at $695.

You can always tell a man by his watch, or at the very least that’s what women like to think. Just because it’s summer does not mean you don’t need a classic timepiece wrapped around your wrist. Although metals and leather straps are too harsh for your new summer style there are plenty of bright and bold watches out there to give you a signature look. This water resistant Lacoste watch is a perfect summer staple. You can never go wrong with white in summer, and the green accents add just a punch of trendy color. It’s water resistant up to 165ft, so if you’re going to do some snorkeling this summer, this might be the watch for you. Available at priced at $195.

When you finally do hit the water this summer do it with some flair. Plaids are always in season for summer (hint: you can wear them next year), keeping that preppy look in the water as well as out. Faherty Brand creates all of their beachside apparel from ethically and environmentally wholesome materials. This way you can look great with your shirt off AND help the ecosystem. It’s a win-win. Available at prices range from $125-$150.

If you’re going to head off to the Hamptons or South Beach for the weekend, pack everything in style. Fairchild Baldwin has some of the most luxurious bags and totes that any gentleman would love to fill with his polos, cardigans, and loafers for a weekend away with the misses. Just toss it into the back of your convertible, throw on your aviators, and you’re ready for a summer in style. Available at prices range from $895-$1450.

Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien graduated with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Asian Studies from San Francisco State University. Previously a beauty editor, Marissa now utilizes her love and passion of luxurious fashion everyday as Fashion Editor of JustLuxe. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Marissa has traveled to various cities across the globe, most recently returning from living abroad...(Read More)

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