Top Five: Summer Shorts

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With the advent of hot weather comes the inevitability of many things. Girls in skirts, beers on the patio and lots of time at the beach. It also means you get to bust those shorts out from deep down in the depths of your storage and work on your serious leg tan. I’ve got my top five picks for you to rock out in this summer to keep and make you look ultra cool.

Number Five: J. Crew Gingham Club Short

Represent a serious vintage vibe this summer with these slightly patterned, bermuda style shorts from J. Crew. Take them from day to night by putting a light weight blazer over your outfit and you’re ready to take on the town. $62.50 from J. Crew.

Number Four: Abercrombie & Fitch South Notch Shorts

Don’t be afraid of the white short – I repeat, do not be afraid. While you may not be inclined to don white shorts, think about this – they go with everything. $68 from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Number Three: Gap Classic Flat Front Shorts

Simple, classic and no fuss – just what you need from shorts this summer. Need I say anymore? $39.95 from Gap.

Number Two: Billabong Farley Short

I love a great patterned short – but if you’re worried about how to wear them, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. These Farley shorts are great because they have a hint of pattern, but aren’t too overwhelming if you aren’t feeling daring enough. $54.50 from Billabong.

Number One: L.L. Bean Summer Weekend Shorts in Seersucker

Why are these shorts number one? Because they combine everything from the previous four shorts – a light color, a simple pattern and a classic design. Pretty much the perfect summer short. $34.50 from L.L. Bean.

5 summer style tips for guys

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1. Watches. Summer is a great time for some new wristwear. Stand out with watches in bright colors that can be worn whether you’re out at the beach, or strolling downtown with the crowds. Check out brands like Rumba Time and Nooka and prepare to get noticed.

2. Sunglasses. Everyone knows black. Change it up and play around with patterned frames, gradient lenses, and different styles.

3. Shoes sans socks. Check out ones like boat shoes, and others that provide comfort and style. Try in lighter or bright colors to kick things up.

4. Short sleeved dress shirt. Ditch the polos for a bit and try a slim fit buttoned up shirt. It’ll go well with everything from chinos to jeans, pair with the aforementioned boat shoes for a casual, classy summer look. I like 191 Unlimited’s Smooth Criminal.

5. Board Shorts. We understand the draw of anonymous plain board shorts, but for more intrepid souls, a brightly colored pair is how you convey personality poolside. Better than doing a cannon ball.

Top Five: Summer Shades

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It’s only appropriate that we have a segment on sunglasses right now considering you’re going to want to look super fly while summer’s here, (oh, and obviously to keep your eyes protected…). To help you decide what sunnies you should be rocking this season, I’ve got my top five favorites lined up for you. Drool over these envy-worthy designs with me, or buy them all while making me extremely jealous of you.

Number 5: Ray-Ban Small Aviators

Everyone’s all about the Wayfarer’s these days, but what about the classic aviator that Ray-Ban pretty much defined? Sleek, sophisticated, and always your best accessory because it goes with everything, aviators will always be in style. Just like you. $99 from Ray-Ban.

Number 4: Nooka Mercury CMY Multi-Colored Sunglasses

Break away from tradition and get your hands on these super cool and super stylish sunglasses by Nooka. You’ll stand out from the crowd and you definitely don’t have to worry about others having the same look as you. Available in a wide variety of colors. $130 from Nooka.

Number 3: Persol Round Frame Tortoise Sunglasses

Donning a square frame is just so…boring. Mix it up with these cool round specs from Persol that have a very vintage vibe going on. Check them out online at Persol’s website.

Number 2: Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses

Oakley rocks at keeping their sunglasses stylish while infusing elements of sport-like attitude. These Jupiter sunglasses are the perfect balance of just that. Available in four different colors. $140 from Oakley.

Number 1: Oliver Peoples Altman Sunglasses

I can’t even express in words how Oliver Peoples makes me feel. It’s a combination of happiness mixed with pure envy (because I don’t own a pair). These Altman sunglasses are sure to make you the envy of many (including myself) and are available in five different shades. $310 from Oliver Peoples.