Summer TrendsHow Street Style MVPs Dress for the Summer Sun
Throw a little shade.
Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. Today we're checking out the best way to keep cool when the sun is beating down—surprise, it's not a tank top.
You don't have to be at the beach to suffer from the hot, bright sting of a high Noon sun in August. And if your job doesn't include sitting inside under a constant AC breeze, you'll need some non-beach clothes to wear Monday through Friday (tank tops don’t make the cut, sorry). But believe it or not, one of the best ways to combat the sun is by covering up. Light colored fabrics reflect the sun's rays and a straw panama hat protects your head and face from burning. That's why it's not all that weird to wear long sleeves in the heat, provided they're made from a light breathable fabric. Think of it as the sunscreen that isn’t sticky, doesn’t smell, and you never have to rub in. Any light color will do, but to keep things from getting too boring grab a white shirt with an allover print like polka dots. We’re partial to prints that aren’t perfect, like the paint brush dot shirt below. They're the best way to keep patterns from looking too cute. This particular well-dressed man is wearing his with a smattering of neck and arm accessories. But we’d suggest, unless you’re an expert, limiting yours to just the hat and shades, and leaving the rest au natural (especially when paired with a patterned shirt).
Hat: Borsalino, $295, available at mrporter.com
Sunglasses: Raen, $135, available at pacsun.com
Shirt: Topman, $60, topman.com
Jeans: RRL, $300, available at mrporter.com
Tote Bag: Grei, $215, available at greinewyork.com