Athletic jackets. Whether it be a button-down varsity jacket or a sleek windproof rain coat, the sports jacket is one of the handiest pieces of clothing you can have this summer. It can add a sporty look to a professional outfit on a windy day or just act as a throw-on with a casual polo and shorts for a quiet and chilly night out.

Polo shirts. A summer essential, a polo shirt is the perfect mix of casual and classy. With small collars trending in the upcoming season, this shirt can be worn in several patterns—stripes, polka dots, plaid—and have an equal statement with all of them. Pair it with a blazer for a crossover smart-casual look, or with bright colored shorts for a little more attention.

Cutoff shorts. Teens are going for the rugged-edged, mid-rise shorts ranging in material from corduroy to denim. These skinny shorts allow for a sportier, free-spirited look. Use bright, pronounced colors to make a statement or normal shades of every day colors for a casual outing.

High tops. More relaxed than a classic loafer, a pair of high-rise Chuck Taylors or even a pair of Vans high-tops creates a truly smart yet comfortable look for the summer. A must-have for the male wardrobe.

Blue. Whether it’s navy blue deck shoes or even a pair of teal board shorts, blue is the color for this summer.


Sky Patterson’s Nike look: The Critical 2S Epic women’s training shirt layered over the G87 knit women’s training tank and worn with the Legend tight-fit capri.

Overdye women’s racerback tank with NSW cutout tights and Free Haven 3.0 shoes.

On Sky’s feet: Nike Free Advantage women’s training shoe in hot punch.

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