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 wandering the great outdoors.
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.
In most places, summer has three weather settings: hot, hotter, and downright disgusting. Which is why breathable shorts are a must. Bonobos’ walking shorts are made with a lightweight cotton twill, ready to keep you cool through all your outdoor adventures.$58
Are woven sneakers about fashion or function? Who cares. All we know is they look good AND promote airflow on a hot summer day. What’s not to love?$120
Whether you’re planning a hike in the great outdoors, or just a day trip to the shore, this Burton backpack definitely has the range.$75
Regard for proper skincare is an all-around attractive trait in a man (especially if we have to look at you for years to come), starting with sunscreen. This zinc oxide protectant (lifeguard vibes, anyone?) is ultra-moisturizing and goes on exactly like deodorant. Surf’s up.$25
Rhone has totally got your back for all of your outdoor adventures. Their Sentry athletic tee combats the summer’s sweat-inducing, unpredictable temps with moisture-wicking construction and odor neutralization. In a bright yellow that rivals that sun emoji with the sunglasses, you’ll be looking—and staying—cool.$68
RIP, those janky emergency ponchos that can be smooshed down to the size of a fist; Saturdays NYC has successfully merged rain gear convenience with unmatched style. Their Jackson anorak is a great alternative to your average raincoat; just invert and tuck to zip the whole jacket into a tiny pouch (Was this what Missy Elliott meant with flip it and reverse it?).$135