With rising temperatures and stifling heat restricting our outfit choices during the summer months, the finer details become even more important. So, if you want to introduce something extra to your warm-weather ensembles this year, consider one of these ten summer-ready accessories below.
1. A Bracelet
Whether you’re a fan of men’s jewellery or not, an understated bracelet can add a touch of personality to any outfit. Look for leather or canvas options this season that will not only be comfortable to wear in the heat, but also look the part whether you’re on the beach or at a wedding. We’ve got this refined, nautical-inspired design from Miansai on our wish list for an easy-to-wear option that will quickly become one of your style signatures. Available at Mr Porter, priced £75.
2. A Travel Wallet
If you’re joining the jet set this summer, a simple travel wallet will be your saviour. Keeping all of your essentials – flight tickets, bank notes and spare change – stored smartly and securely, it’s a practical addition to your collection that will ensure you feel more organised than ever. This sophisticated black leather option by Paul Smith has room for everything you could possibly need. All you need to do now is book that getaway. Available at Paul Smith, priced £230.
3. Statement Sunglasses
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a pair of sunglasses in your arsenal. And if you’re looking for an easy way to inject some life into your fair-weather style, try a pair of statement frames. These Ray-Ban clubmasters feature bold turquoise lenses for a fun twist on a timeless design that’ll make you stand out without trying too hard. Available at ASOS, priced £143.
4. Invisible Socks
Imperative for pulling off ‘sockless’ looks, invisible socks will keep your feet comfortable and shoes stink-free. Available at every price point, from high street to designer, we would advise you spend a little more and invest in a pair with rubber heel strips on the inside, like the Falke versions below, which will ensure they stay on your feet and you don’t have to adjust them every couple of steps. Available at Mr Porter, priced £8.
5. A Summer Hat
An easy and stylish way to stay cool in the heat, a brimmed hat in a soft straw weave is ideal for high summer. A refined silhouette with a medium to wide brim, such as a panama or fedora, will keep the sun off your head and face while lending your look a touch of gentlemanly sophistication. Opt for a high quality option from a renowned milliner – like Christys’ of London, Lock & Co., Borsalino or Goorin – and it will serve you well for many more summers to come. Available at Christys’, priced £69.
6. A Lightweight Tie
While the thought of wearing a suit in the summer is enough to make many of us break out in hives, there are bound to be some warm-weather events in your calendar that call for fully buttoned-up style (think those upcoming nuptials and important client meetings). And even though a tie in a lightweight fabric won’t make one bit of difference to how you feel in the heat, it will bring texture and a seasonally-appropriate vibe to your tailoring. We’ve got our eye on this striped cotton-linen blend version from Suitsupply, which would look superb teamed with a white shirt and tonal brown suit this season. Available at Suitsupply, priced £39.
7. A Floral Pocket Square
With many men continuing to shy away from full-on florals during summer, a printed pocket square is an easy and subtle way to tap into the trend. Prioritise lightweight fabric options that embody the relaxed feel of the season, and use this as an opportunity to inject some much-needed colour into your tailored looks. This linen version by J.Crew is ideal and – due to its nautical palette – would look superb set against your navy blazer. Available at J.Crew, priced £45.
8. A Woven Belt
The woven belt is a menswear classic that will add a Riviera feel to any outfit, all while exuding an air of sophistication. Although canvas styles are perhaps better suited to summer, a timeless brown leather option offers the ultimate in versatility and can be worn year-round, offering an increased ROI. Masters of the style, Anderson’s is an Italian belt specialist renowned for its high quality designs that are built to last. Available at Mr Porter, priced £100.
9. A Canvas Strap Watch
Your clothing isn’t the only thing that should be adjusted to suit the heat – your accessories should too. That’s why we recommend switching your everyday steel or leather strap timepiece for a canvas (or ‘Nato’) strap watch this season. Lightweight, breathable and summer-ready, it’s a simple switch that makes all the difference to both your look and comfort levels in the heat. Shore Projects’ Whitstable watch is not only sleek, smart and affordable, but also allows you to switch the strap yourself thanks to its simple pull-back mechanism. Available at Shore Projects, priced £115, with additional straps starting at £20.
10. A Tote Bag
If you’re searching for the ultimate summer bag, consider a tote. Not only on-trend, it’s spacious, open centre compartment is ideal for chucking in all your essentials at a moment’s notice – great for when you’re hitting the beach or heading to the park for an impromptu picnic. This ASOS option mixes a range of elegant fabrics and shades to create sophisticated option that can be taken anywhere. Available at ASOS, priced £28.