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Jul 22, 2021 17:35 BST
The best men’s fashion for summer holidays and staycations in 2021. From stylish shirts to shorts, sandals and accessories. From ASOS, Mr Porter, Arket, COS & more.
Thanks to the pandemic you might not be travelling abroad this summer, but a staycation right here in the UK is likely to be on the cards and it’s still worth looking stylish for. If loungewear is ingrained into your brain and you’re in need of some packing inspiration, look no further. From the best men’s staycation shirts to shorts, sandals and all of the must-have accessories, we’ve rounded up the fashion essentials you’ll want to take away with you.
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This summer menswear is all about elevated workwear – think utility shirts, lightweight bomber jackets and military-inspired pieces. With this comes durable fabrics with lots of pockets, so it’s practical, too. Effortless suiting also featured highly on the runway, making loose shirts made from linen or breathable cotton a staycation staple, while Bermudas are the must-have short of the season. Pastel colours and nautical stripes were also big, injecting colour and optimism into the shows and your wardrobe. When it comes to shoes? 90s nostalgia still reigns supreme with dad sandals.
Short-sleeved utility shirt, ￡69, Arket
Nail the workwear aesthetic with Arket’s utility shirt. It’s lightweight and perfect to throw on with shorts this summer.
Monroe striped shirt, ￡85, Reiss
Wear this nautical-inspired shirt with white jeans and trainers to be the most stylish man at the bar.
Weekday striped shirt, ￡85, ASOS
This simple striped shirt from Scandi brand Weekday is made from comfortable organic cotton and would look great paired with anything.
Portuguese Flannel shirt, ￡95, Mr Porter
Every man needs a pink shirt in his repertoire and this one by Portuguese Flannel is just the right shade.
Camp collar shirt, ￡95, COS
When you need something on the smarter side for even the hottest days of your holiday, make this breathable cotton shirt first on your list.
Cotton leaf print shirt, ￡29.50, Marks & Spencer
Prefer a print? This shirt from M&S will take you from day to night.
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Bermuda shorts, ￡49.99, Mango
Bermuda shorts were all over the SS21 runways. For the most flattering fit, choose a pair like these that finish just above the knee.
The 9″ slim fit performance chino, ￡47, Everlane
With four-way stretch fabric and sweat-wicking capabilities, these chino shorts don’t just look polished, they’re comfortable and unrestricted enough for any beach activity.
Strap-detail cotton twill shorts, ￡55, Arket
We love these soft cotton Arket shorts paired with a striped t-shirt and white trainers for an off-duty holiday look.
Theory sol cotton-terry shorts, ￡145, Mr Porter
Some sweat shorts are worth investing in. Cut from luxe soft cotton terry, this pair by Theory is perfect for a beach staycation.
Grey side stripe shorts, ￡25, River Island
For just a nod to the pastel trend, go for these sporty striped River Island shorts.
Swim shorts, ￡55, Everlane
For shorts suitable to hike, run and swim in, they don’t get much better than this pair from Everlane. They also come in green, navy, abalone and burnt umber shades.
Nike sliders, ￡26.95, ASOS
We don’t think you can wrong with a pair of Nike sliders and the reviews seem to agree.
Adidas Yeezy slides, from ￡318, Farfetch
Or splash out on the most popular men’s sandals of 2021 so far, the Adidas Yeezy slides.
Chilton slip-on leather sandals, ￡89, Dr. Martens
With leather straps and a classic Dr. Martens AirWair sole, these sturdy sandals will see you through your holiday in style and stand the test of time.
Birkenstock Arizona sandals, ￡60, Schuh
Often hailed as the most comfortable pair of sandals around, it’s no wonder we’ve seen Birkenstock Arizonas worn by the likes of Chris Pine and Leonardo DiCaprio. Pair with socks for ultimate comfort on your travels.
Teva Original universal sandals, ￡45, ASOS
If you’re planning on being active on your holiday but you don’t want to wear trainers, Teva sandals are the way to go. Made with hiking in mind, they’re the perfect combination of sturdy and lightweight.
Florin leather sandals, ￡185, Grenson
If you’re a fan of Grenson boots, they now do summer-friendly footwear and their Florin sandals are ideal for a British summer.
Gucci men’s retangular sunglasses, ￡355, John Lewis
Staycation or holiday abroad, everyone needs a decent pair of sunglasses. These Gucci sunnies are a luxe take on the rectangular silhouette.
Filson duffle bag, ￡385, Mr Porter
The perfect long weekend bag comes in the form of this stylish Filson duffle. The leather-trimmer twill is satisfyingly sturdy.
Chelsea Weekender bag, ￡149, Antler
Or if you prefer your accessories in all-black, Antler’s Weekender bag is just the size you need for a few days away. It has a purpose-built pocket for your shoes, a padded laptop pocket and comes with a detachable shoulder strap.
Acne Studios cotton-canvas cap, ￡85, Matches Fashion
From covering beach hair to shading yourself from the sun, a great cap has a multitude of uses, and this one from Acne will also bring some colour to your outfit.
Apple Watch series 6, ￡385, Amazon
With all of your fitness metrics and the ability to call and text, this is the only watch you’ll really need this summer.
9ct white gold criss cross chain, ￡149, H.Samuel
Channel the likes of Harry Styles and Brad Pitt by adding something a little extra to your staycation ensemble. If you want to be subtle, a simple white gold chain is a good place to start.
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