3 Summer Basics (That Aren’t Thongs!)

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As much as winter makes us grunt and groan, we can’t deny how much we love the lazy lifestyle of throwing on pants and any old shirt, and covering up our carelessness with a warm jacket. Winter was made for us blokes: easy, just the way we like it. When summer comes, we’re tasked with keeping our outfits on par with our personality – awesome, obviously – and keeping the sweats at bay. Nightmare.

While you could always opt for the quintessentially Aussie board shorts, thongs and singlet get-up, we get the feeling there’s a little more to you than that. So, we’ve found the three summer basics for the modern male. No thongs required.

Unfortunately, a casual workplace dress code is seldom a free pass to toss out your collared shirts and fill your wardrobe with sweatpants and baggy shorts. It’s still a place of work, and you still need to look the part – particularly if you have a customer facing role. Keep your Homer Simpson pyjamas for Netflix marathons.

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Boat Shoes

Nothing says summer like the shoe of the modern gent, the boat shoe. Worlds apart from the thongs that plague Bondi Beach year in year out, the humble boat shoe abounds in potential. Perfect for warmer weather, they’re light, easy to wear and versatile for any occasion. Designed for captains first, and the discerning gent second. These are the summer fashion staple to keep you looking smart in the scorching Aussie heat. Team with cuffed chinos and a loose fitting striped tee – oh, and hold the socks. Your ankles are what’s hot this season.

Chino shorts

Alright, alright. Shorts – groundbreaking, we know. But we’re encouraging you to get creative, here. Put down those safe navy knee-lengths. Consider opting for something shorter, and try experimenting with prints. Don’t worry, we’re not saying borrow a pair of the Kardashian’s hot pants, but try something above the knee. You’ll move up the ranks in the on-point fashion stakes, and they’ll keep you cooler. Print wise, think fine polkadots, stripes and subtle tropical prints. Don’t worry, you’ll reclaim your composure when you pair them with a simple plain shirt.

Checked Shirt

Stop the next hipster you see on the street and give him a fist bump. You, bro, are about to steal his style. We joke, of course, but we can draw some fashion inspiration from the misunderstood creatives we find lurking near the almond mylk. A fitted checked shirt, perhaps in a gingham or fine check, is a versatile summer staple to add to your wardrobe immediately. Wear open over a white tee for daytime, or button to the top for a more formal, evening style.

At Kent and Lime, we understand men. Whether it’s through lack of time, lack of knowledge or lack of confidence, traipsing round stuffy clothes stores looking for outfits just isn’t your bag. That’s why we’ve developed our personal online styling service. We want you to feel confident and able to embrace men’s fashion, and use it to your advantage. Just tell us a little about yourself, and our real stylists work with you online to send you a range of pieces for you to try on for yourself. You keep what you like, and send us back what you don’t. There’s no obligation, and no judgement. It’s men’s shopping made easy.

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Don't neglect the bottoms

Colours don't just apply to tops. A nice green pair of shorts is surprisingly flexible when it comes to summer

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