Summer is a stylistic balancing act. You want to look good (obviously) but you also want to feel good, and that can be tough when temps approach triple digits. Since layering is out of the question, each individual piece you choose becomes even more important. Luckily, we turned to Megan Collins, the founder of Style Girlfriend, to help you out with those selections. This is what your girlfriend wants you to wear this summer when you’re relaxing.
Megan Collins is the founder of Style Girlfriend, a men’s lifestyle site that offers guys friendly advice from a female perspective. In addition to personal style, Style Girlfriend covers topics like food, fitness, travel, and home. We recommend signing up for the Style Girlfriend Newsletter to receive tips right in your inbox.
This shirt from Penfield has travel vibes written all over it (quite literally). Pair it with anything from solid chinos on a date to your bright swim trunks at a pool party.$64
PARTNERMack Weldon’s crazy high-tech mix of materials makes these boxer briefs the underwear equivalent of Iron Man’s special suit…but for your unmentionables (ability to fly and deliver witty quips on command not guaranteed).$24
They say your belt should match your shoes, but what if you’re seizing summer in a loud pair of floral print slip-ons? Solution: a multi-colored woven belt, like this one from Anderson’s, an Italian company making leather belts since 1966.$69
There’s a lot of talk about when men should “grow out” of the graphic tee phase, but here’s the good news: you don’t have to phase these tees out if you style them right. A tasteful graphic t-shirt paired with chino walking shorts and a cool pair of sneakers is a great way to nail the grown-up look without the groans.$35
While it’s easy to default to dark denim on the daily, don’t discount the power of a light wash. A tapered fit will give you the same slimming effect of dark rinse jeans, helping you escape any accusation of “dad jean” vibes.$80
Treat chambray like a neutral and you’ll never go wrong—yes, even with other denim… just make sure the shades are different.$69
You definitely don’t have to be on a boat to wear boat shoes. This chambray pair serves as a sturdy alternative to flimsy flip flops and the more expected typical brown leather boat shoes.$65
Gone are the nights of grabbing an ice cold beer out of the fridge and then wondering where someone left the bottle opener… again. DropCatch’s bottle opener not only mounts to the wall, but it magnetically catches the bottle caps as they pop off. A bottle opener that doubles as decor? Minimal clean up? We’re in.$40
Men’s bedding company Thread Experiment teamed up with the guys over at The Motley to create a refreshing room spray to keep your home smelling fresh, even if it’s been a minute since you’ve cleaned it. Especially if that’s the case, actually…$38