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Old May 29th 2019, 4:33 pm
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Ditch the flip-flops and comedy shirts: summer fashion for men
Many British men struggle with what to wear come the summer. Here’s how to look cool during the hottest months
Many's the time I've been on holiday and felt almost ashamed. There they are, on their way out for the evening, the woman, made an effort, looks nice and with her is her partner who looks like he is still on the beach.
I generalise, but not too much.

What not to wear (the top pic) was simple enough but the three 'correct' examples took me by surprise.

Since when did it become cool to wear ankle socks coupled with shorts (except where a sport is involved)? That's been a no-no for as long as I can remember. Isn't that why they invented 'secret socks' - those that don't appear above your trainers?

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if you do only one thing, ditch the flip-flops and opt for either trainers or sandals. Wear socks with your trainers. I would also team socks with sandals
What? Socks and sandals? I know things drift in and out of style but this?

And look at those prices!
A plain white T-Shirt @ £70. Seventy quid? And you're going to cover it with an outer shirt? One that costs another £89 or £99
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Old May 29th 2019, 5:36 pm
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Socks and sandals look totally weird.

I would never wear trainers without socks, as they would get rank with stale sweat in next-to-no time.

Personally I wouldn't wear sandals if "going out" anywhere, unless it was both a very casual place and stinking hot, and even then they would have to be sandals with broad strap leather-uppers, not synthetic sport sandals.
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And look at those prices!
A plain white T-Shirt @ £70. Seventy quid? And you're going to cover it with an outer shirt? One that costs another £89 or £99
To be honest the top shirt would be OK with intact shorts and proper footwear. but I agree with you on the prices. Fashion pages always seem to assume that you can drop at least 4 figures on an outfit.
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.... Fashion pages always seem to assume that you can drop at least 4 figures on an outfit.
Agreed, I have no idea who pays £70, or even $70 for a T-shirt/ polo shirt. At this time of year I sometimes change shirts during the day, even more than once, so unless I do laundry every other day I need at least 8-10 shirts, and there is no way I am spending £600 on T-shirts!

I can get good quality, long fitting (which is essential for me) polo shirts for about $25-$35, often snapping up a couple when they are on some random mid-season sale. I usually keep an eye on several web sites late in the summer and into autumn, when can find them on clearance for $15-$20, sometimes even less, though by then colour choice is limited. And these are good quality cotton polo shirts that are suitable for casual occasions, school and family events, lunch or to a movie,. After a few years they get relegated to being used for yard work!
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I think just about every item of clothing I have was chosen either by my wife or my daughter.
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Surely these are the only acceptable semi-formal evening wear for both partners.




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I would give men the same fashion advice I would give women. Wear what you like. Not what some beardo in the Guardian says is right.
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I think just about every item of clothing I have was chosen either by my wife or my daughter.
I fight a constant battle to avoid this.
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I fight a constant battle to avoid this.
My husband will tell you...that is a futile waste of effort.
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I would give men the same fashion advice I would give women. Wear what you like.
Within reason
I've never cared about fashion or labels. I was with a friend once who pointed out a bloke that had unpicked the side stitching on his levis label enabling him to thread his belt through it, thus displaying the label. I couldn't believe anyone would do that. If they were that good, people could surely tell without the label couldn't they?

I do remember at school that people talked about sewing a Ben Sherman or Brutus label into their shirts. But you can't even see that when you have the shirt on.

In the UK, my clothes mainly came from Debenhams, Primark, C&A and M&S. River Island was as fashionable as I got.

But I absolutely would not wear ankle socks with any footwear if wearing shorts unless doing something sporting. At least not outside anyway. Secret socks, yes, but not ankle socks.
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What? Socks and sandals? I know things drift in and out of style but this?
Standard Canadian snowbird footwear in Florida.
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Personally I wouldn't wear sandals if "going out" anywhere, unless it was both a very casual place and stinking hot, and even then they would have to be sandals with broad strap leather-uppers, not synthetic sport sandals.
Cruise-ship passengers don't go out of their way to dress up when they're wandering the streets of their ports-of-call, so I will draw no universal conclusion from my observation... but every one of them wearing sandals here in my town - with or without socks - is English. It's the very mark of an English visitor. Is that not the case in the USA?
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There are really two subjects in this.

Ditch the flip-flops and comedy shirts: summer fashion for men

Many's the time I've been on holiday and felt almost ashamed. There they are, on their way out for the evening, the woman, made an effort, looks nice and with her is her partner who looks like he is still on the beach.
I generalise, but not too much.

What not to wear (the top pic) was simple enough but the three 'correct' examples took me by surprise.

Since when did it become cool to wear ankle socks coupled with shorts (except where a sport is involved)? That's been a no-no for as long as I can remember. Isn't that why they invented 'secret socks' - those that don't appear above your trainers?

Under style tips:

What? Socks and sandals? I know things drift in and out of style but this?

And look at those prices!
A plain white T-Shirt @ £70. Seventy quid? And you're going to cover it with an outer shirt? One that costs another £89 or £99
Perhaps the only way to avoid fashion judgement would be if he went out in a dress or leather chaps 😉
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Cruise-ship passengers don't go out of their way to dress up when they're wandering the streets of their ports-of-call, so I will draw no universal conclusion from my observation... but every one of them wearing sandals here in my town - with or without socks - is English. It's the very mark of an English visitor. Is that not the case in the USA?
American men wear sandals, so no. Lots of flip flops type sandals, too. Sandlals and shorts is one of the ways US men stand out in Mexico and Guatemala, where they are only worn by small boys.
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