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Summer Layers

How to keep your wardrobe interesting without overheating

Men's lightweight summer layers
Men's lightweight summer layers

Sure, it’s summertime and things are more relaxed. But that doesn't mean you want a boring fit. Looking to add a little spice to your summer wardrobe? The key is layering up with lightweight, breathable fabrics—that way you can still look stylish and interesting without overheating. With the right textural fabrics and a little ingenuity, you can put together some really impressive layered summer looks.

Soft tailoring is essential for the warmer months, especially when you want to look put together while maintaining an air of casual cool. Opt for a lightweight blazer or workwear-inspired overshirt cut from breezy linen. Go with a slightly more relaxed fit than you'd normally choose and layer it over a light shirt like a T-shirt or polo. Another foolproof move is to toss on a flowy camp collar shirt over a tank top, no buttoning required. Or slip a light cotton sweater vest over a simple T-shirt for a killer casual look. They're simple moves that make a statement (sans the sweat).

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Summer Layers

Camp collar shirt

BODE's swimmers shirt is printed with a tropical fish vignette inspired by vintage deadstock fabric.

$540 by BODE

linen pant

MR PORTER's in-house label updates the traditional tailored linen pant with a modern, relaxed fit and an elasticated drawstring waist.

$285 by Mr P.

Kyoto suede sandal

Referred to as the “next generation of Birkenstock”, the brand's Kyoto sandal has a sleek, sportier profile than the standard slides.

$150 by Birkenstock

suit jacket

This jacket is made from CoolMax linen-blend, which has enhanced breathability and moisture-wicking properties.

$400 by Club Monaco

linen short

These shorts are cut from crisp linen in a breezy, relaxed silhouette and have a comfortable drawstring waistband.

$185 by NN07

Redford aviator

A bold way to finish your look, these wide aviator-style frames are fitted with 'Vicuna Brown' lenses.

$450 by TOM FORD

Linen overshirt

Who says workwear has to be heavy? This overshirt is cut from airy linen and finished with utility-inspired patch pockets.

$470 by Mr P.

Ribbed tank top

The perfect layering piece, this minimalist tank has a higher neck that looks great under a shirt.

$75 by Amomento

Knit polo

A retro polo with a wide collar, this striped style is pointelle-knitted from cotton for an airy and breathable finish.

$315 by Frescobol Carioca

Cotton sweater vest

A knit vest with an airy pointelle stitch—wear it alone, layered over a basic tee or a collared shirt.

$150 by NN07

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