Summer Survival Guide: Must-Haves for the Perfect Summer

With a new year upon us and the summer season well and truly underway (hooray), it is a great time to revisit your wardrobe and grooming space and consider updating key staples that will see you looking and feeling your best, wherever this summer may take you.

Below is a simple summer survival guide that we at The Tailored Man believe are must-haves for those sun-kissed days and balmy nights that await you.

SHIRTS (Linen/Cotton)
Feel comfortable yet look stylish during the warmer summer nights with premium linen or cotton shirts. Not only a casual statement, but can also be worn with a deconstructed cotton blazer on top with a pair of chino shorts for that touch of chic.

UNIQLO – 100% premium French Linen shirts in a classic cut. Breathable, lightweight and cool, perfect for those hot summer nights.  $49.95 from

J.CREW – New-York based brand J.Crew is renown for its wardrobe staples and distinctly modern look. J.Crew cotton shirts are perfect for the office (if you won’t be taking that summer holiday) but for a more relaxed, “off-duty” feel, roll up the sleeves and throw over a pair of jeans or chinos; it’s the perfect versatile piece. And for that beachy/summer vibe, try a short sleeve cotton shirt; you’ll be the life of the party! Shirts starting at $130 from either or

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Perfect for a base layer any season of the year or simply to be worn over those swim or chino shorts, invest in a staple white tee and build on your colours to be alternated throughout the summer.

TRENERY – This summer, go for the slightly faded colour wash tee. Cotton or linen blends are best. Trenery offer a range of colours and styles, but try a scoop neck or v-neck design! $39.95 from

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A staple piece in every well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe, the polo is a fun yet timeless item that can be worn both casually or dressed-up. Wear over a pair of swim shorts for a nautical look or under a suit jacket for a night out on the town, the polo is a must-have in every man’s collection.

M.J BALE – The polo range from MJ Bale are crafted from cotton-piqué which makes the polos exceptionally breathable for warmer months. Using mills in Italy for the unique dye-colour in the indigo denim polo, the faded effect will become even greater over time. $69.95 from MJ Bale
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For those cool summer nights, don’t be caught out. Invest in a lightweight knit that can be worn over a pair of shorts or chinos or even act as a base layer for the cooler months.

NORSE PROJECTS – Norse Projects is a contemporary and collaborative-minded design company. Based in central Copenhagen, Norse Projects designs and creates four annual collections for men and women. 100% cotton sweatshirts with a rib at the collar, hem and cuffs, all the sweatshirts are heavily brushed ensuring a soft hand feel. $250 from
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Perfect for the warmer weather, it’s not all about boardshorts and swimmers this summer. For a casual night out, or say, a day at the polo (Jeep Portsea Polo), a cotton pair of chino shorts, paired with a lightweight shirt or tee will have you looking the part wherever you go.

RALPH LAUREN – These cotton-twill chinos are tailored for a neat fit and are a versatile must-have for every man’s summer wardrobe. To lift your summer palette, try a pair of lightweight linen shorts. Shorts start from $220 available from
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Over the last 5 years, it has been particularly evident that guys are straying away from the typical knee-length surf brand boardshort, and opting for European styles that are more daring (for the Aussie bloke) but much more chic and versatile.

ORLEBAR BROWN – “Not so much a swim short but a short you can swim in,” Orlebar Brown offers a tailored swim short with side adjusters. The “Bulldog” is the original OB mid-length swimmer and is a best seller. A short tailored for style and comfort that can be worn on and off the beach. Shorts vary in length (mid-length, shorter, shortest) and start from $275 available at
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MALKIN & TOAD – Swimwear designed with luxury in mind, Malkin & Toad is a swimwear brand based in the picturesque suburb of Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula. With a range of swim shorts on offer, Malkin & Toad will keep you ready for any occasion this summer. Look fresh and effortless with Malkin & Toad. $109.95 available at
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It is said that the sunglasses you wear reflect your personality…and no doubt your style. Wearing a pair of sunglasses is a never-ending vogue, yet one of few opportunities a man can truly reflect his style all year round.

ILLESTEVA – This season, mirrored glasses remain at the top of the list and nothing compliments ones style quite like a mirrored lens paired with tortoiseshell frame. Illesteva do this style exceptionally well. Hand-made in Italy and France, Illesteva combines classic styles with the street-trendy aesthetics of NYC, seeing many don the mirrored lens style. Sunglasses from $177 at
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BAILEY NELSON – Australian boutique brand Bailey Nelson are definitely a brand to keep an ‘eye’ out for this summer. With extremely affordable shades that are hand-made using the finest hand-polished acetates, Bailey Nelson will more than happily sort you out for the summer season. With stylish, sophisticated and 100% UV protected glasses starting at $125.00, you can’t go wrong.
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WRIST WEAR (Bracelets/Watches):
It’s all about accessorising this season. Don’t forget that a simple piece such as a watch or bracelet can go a long way for completing your overall look. Just as jewelry for women is a must-have to that perfect outfit, accessorising has become an integral part for your fashion-conscious/forward man.

LARSSON & JENNINGS – Taking inspiration from Stockholm and London, Larsson and Jennings are Swiss made contemporary watches combining classic British aesthetic and Swedish minimalistic design. With an array of styles on offer (nautical/casual straps to gun-metal bands) Larsson and Jennings is the perfect timepiece for the long summer days, are water resistant to 50m; looking good never came so easy!
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MIANSAI – Miami-based brand ‘Miansai’ are making a scene with their hand-made pieces, which range from casual hook-shape bracelets to a more formal/detailed gold/silver screw-on cuff bracelets (the coolest design ever). With a mix of designs and great summer colours, this bling definitely stands out…in a good way. From $75 at
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When looking for a wallet or card holder for summer, slim is best. Remember, you don’t want something too bulky or big as swim shorts or chino shorts don’t come with large or robust pockets. Something slim and easily accessible is your best bet.

CHRISTIAN KIMBER – Up and coming British designer Christian Kimber offers exclusively hand-made wallets from Firenze, Italy, using only the finest ultra-soft pebble-grain leather. This wallet is leather-lined and will only get better with age. Fun colours that offer a summer-feel to your accessory game. From $217
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Whether you’re a stand-out snap-back or a classic Jay Gatsby vintage-style boater, invest in a hat this summer. Keep in mind that you should opt for a classic, timeless style that can be worn from year to year, suitable with any summer outfit.

BRIXTON – At an affordable price and of good quality, Brixton hats are best suited for those sophisticated summer evenings out. Also, with the music festival season upon us, Brixton hats are a great accessory for your summer festival getup. From $52 available at
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CAMILO – “The original Panama hat,” Camilo offer premium hand-made Panama hats made in Ecuador. Made from the toquilla palm, Panama hats offer maximum breathability, perfect to throw on for those hot and lazy summer days.
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It’s not all thongs or ‘flip-flops‘ this summer. Sure, thongs are great for the beach or when heading to the local milk bar for a sausage roll, but when putting together a summer outfit, don’t forget one of the most important, if not the most important aspects of your getup; shoes! Go for a summer sandal or a classic boat shoe. Timeless!

SPERRY – Since 1935, Sperry have been the go-to boat shoe for those who spend time in, on or around the ocean and want an authentic and durable shoe that lasts. Hand-sewn and genuine leather, the signature ‘Tru-Moc’ style is stain and water-resistant, making it a great choice for those beach days or summer evening out on the town. $173 from
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Summer is the time for a new adventure. Think spontaneous. A casual weekend away is just what you need, and there is no better time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Pack light and see where your time away will take you. A staple-piece in a weekender bag is a must-have. Invest in a leather bag (for all your future trips away) or go casual with a denim or canvas bag as pictured below.

COUNTRY ROAD – With fresh summer stripes, this denim overnight bag has ample room for your travel essentials this summer. Or for a little more room and an item to see you through many holidays, opt for an all leather weekender. From $99.95 at
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Keep hydrated, nourished and looking your best during the warmer months this summer with the below summer essentials.

MORRIS MOTLEY (hair) – Formulated to help to treat and protect the hair and scalp, with only premium ingredients used that treat, cleanse and prepare men’s hair, Morris Motley’s treatment cleansing oil and balm are both unique products that will have your hair looking and feeling its best this summer. From $40 at

AQUA DI PARMA (cologne) – For a light and refreshing scent this summer, try the Blu Meditteraneo range. Our choice is the Arancia Di Capri; a fresh, fruity, relaxing fragrance brought to life by the combination of orange, mandarin, and lemon essential oils. From $110 at

KIEHL’S (face) – Established in 1851, Kiehl’s products are of high quality and are all natural. Try an oil-free quick-lathering foam to clean impurities and refresh your skin without drying it out. From $28 at

CLARINS (face) – Moisturizing is a key to healthier skin, and a good moisturizer can make all the difference. Try Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel which not only smooths out your skin and mask imperfections, but blocks out germs that can reach the skin. From $25 at