6 essential summer shoes

The right pair of shoes can transform your outfit and look, with minimal effort. Whether you’re heading to the beach, going for a sizzling city break, or glamming up for the evening, I’m here to help with the most on trend summer shoes this summer! So, pack away your wellington boots, and get ready for all the loafers, boat shoes, trainers, espadrilles, and flip-flops coming your way.

1. White Trainers

Minimalist white trainers are the 2018 summer essential. You can opt for timeless trainers such as the white Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, which have remained largely unchanged since their introduction decades ago. Or, a less recognisable model such as the Levi’s Malibu trainers, which are virtually unbranded. Team your white trainers with matching white laces and add a pair of light denim shorts for the ultimate summer outfit.

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2. Boat Shoes

Also known as deck shoes, boat shoes are now some of the most popular styles you’ll see in any summer resort. Boat shoes were originally a popular preppy choice, but have now turned into a summer classic, which must be worn without socks for that nautical touch. Style a blue pair of boat shoes with some beige chinos for the ideal Riviera look.

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3. Loafers

Every man needs at least one pair of loafers in his shoe rack. The loafer is a staple shoe style that is extremely versatile, whether you need to dress up for a summer wedding or dress down for a garden barbecue, loafers are both sophisticated and relaxed. When dressing up, choose a pair of leather loafers, and team with a seersucker blazer and linen trousers. To dress down, match a pair of suede loafers with denim shorts and a polo shirt. Remember, unlike boat shoes, always wear socks with loafers! And choose a lighter coloured pair for greater versatility with other lighter tones in your summer wardrobe.

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4. Sliders & Flip Flops

Flip flops & sliders might be the most controversial shoes on this list, but fashion attitudes are changing towards them, and both have their place in your summer capsule wardrobe. Summer is all about relaxation, and these shoes are perfect for that. Whether you’re at home or abroad, slip either of these bad boys on with a neutral coloured pair of shorts and a white vest, and you’ll immediately feel chilled out.

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5. Espadrilles

With the huge variation in espadrille colours and prints, you’re bound to find a pair that will go with your summer outfits. I’d recommend getting a day-pair to head down to the beach in, and an evening pair for al fresco dining, without the formality of leather shoes.

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6. Suede Desert Boots

As the name suggests, desert boots were originally designed for hot conditions, and became a popular men’s fashion item during the 1940s and 50s.  The fab thing about desert boots is the numerous ways in which they can be styled, allowing many different looks for summer. Wear them with cropped trousers or shorts, and invisible socks, to epitomise smart-caj. Desert boots are also perfect for dressing up; wear them with a smart pair of chinos, or even a suit, on a summer’s evening.

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7 summer tees for men

Come summer time, you’ll need at least one tee for every day of the week. T-shirts are an eternal summer staple that can be worn for so many different occasions. Dressing up or dressing down, read on for my picks of the most on trend t-shirts for summer 2018.

1. the striped tee

A striped t-shirt is a must for every summer. Tuck it in for that elegant, Riviera look, or leave it out for more of a casual, daytime barbecue feel. I love this breton tee by Weekday, its slightly longer back and raw edges at the hem are ideal for that relaxed look.

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2. the graphic tee

Graphic t-shirts are perfect for standing out this summer. For me, when introducing a graphic into my outfit, I like to keep it monochrome so there isn’t too much going on. But if you’re feeling a louder graphic, go for it! Rules are made to be broken in summer 😉

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3. the basic tee

The essential staple for this summer, the v-neck has made a comback in 2018.  Top tip for the v-neck – find your ideal fit, and then purchase that specific tee in 50 different shades. Wear brighter tones when the sun is out, and vice versa. I find La Redoute’s v’s work well for me, but there’s so many out there, so have a search and take your pick!

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4. the slogan tee

Let your tee speak for itself. Slogan tees are the trend of 2018. Be fun, be flirty, and be on-trend. You’re bound to find something to bring out your personality with the abundance of slogan tees on sale this season.

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5. the “going out” tee

Polo shirts are an ideal way to look smart-caj this summer without overheating. Shop this Zara striped polo to add some oomph to your outfit when you’re hitting the town.

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6. the plain white tee

Jack & Jones have designed some of our favourite simple, crew neck t-shirts for this summer. White is going to keep you looking and feeling cool in the warmer months, and this classic tee also comes in 3 more shades!

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7. the sleeveless tee

Whether you’re travelling abroad for a city break or to be by the sea, a sleeveless tee is just the ticket!

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