All the Red-Hot Menswear You Need to Crush the Wildest Summer Ever

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It’s been a weird year for getting dressed. If you’re shaking off the style cobwebs, breaking free of your sweatpants, and need some pointers on where to go next, we’ve got you. All week long, GQ Recommends is exploring What to Wear Now: the clothes, designers, bold moves and big vibes that matter at this precise moment.

You’ve been hearing the whispers everywhere for months now, over and over again, starting right around the time that “Pfizer” and “Moderna” entered the common lexicon: This is gonna be one HELL of a summer. It’s true. There’s already a celebratory mood in the air, and it’s only going to grow stronger and stronger as the temperatures keep rising. Whether you’re cruising to the beach, crushing a few cold ones on the patio, or just enjoying a little peace and fresh air on your own, you deserve to let loose and get a little freaky—especially when it comes to the clothes you wear. 

To help ease you into that wild, carefree mood, we’ve assembled everything you need to beat the heat in righteous, outrageous style: barely-there tanks, funky hats, spicy loafers, and much more. Get out there and bring the heat. 


Summer-Ready Polos

Nine months out of the year, we love a knit sweater polo. But when the humidity starts creeping higher and your pits start feeling damper, you’re going to want to smarten up in something lighter—like easy, breezy mesh or beach-towel-y boucle.

Bottega Veneta neutral mesh polo shirt, $980

>Buy Now at Matches Fashion

Wales Bonner “Jose” mesh polo

Todd Snyder short sleeve boucle “Johnny” collar polo


Sport Utility Carryalls

Three things you need from a proper beach bag: it’s gotta be roomy enough to jam in everything from a blanket to a Bluetooth speaker to a weekend’s worth of clothes; hardy enough to survive getting plastered with sand and sun and residual SPF; and stylish enough to complement all your fits. These three hit all the marks. 

1 Moncler JW Anderson JWA tote, $1,050

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Engineered Garments jacquard tote bag


All-Day Trunks

The best swim trunks give off a beachy, poolside vibe—but are so versatile and practical you’ll want to wear them even when you’re nowhere near the water. Thorsun’s well-appointed collaboration with Parisian shirt masters Charvet, Prince & Bond’s sunny tailored shorts, and Banks Journal’s ferocious leopard joints will get you there no matter how much coin you’re looking to drop. 

Thorsun + Charvet mid-length printed swim shorts, $395

>Buy Now at Mr Porter

Prince & Bond Golden Hour solid hybrid nylon swim trunks

Banks Journal Wilder elastic boardshorts


Camp Shirts for Grown-Ups

Midway through the last decade, old-school vacation shirts mounted a roaring comeback—in all their over-the-top tropical glory. Since then, they’ve only gotten zanier and zanier, doused in hypnotic prints that look like the watercolors your brother brought home from his ayahuasca-laced “field trip” in the Peruvian jungle. Which is why, right now, we’re self-correcting with camp collar shirts that are a little less flashy. They’re loud enough not to be missed, but won’t shout over the rest of your look. 

Marrakshi Life Cuban-collar striped cotton-blend shirt, $325

>Buy Now at Matches Fashion

Monitaly vacation camp-collar printed linen shirt

Saturdays NYC Canty Peace SS shirt


Mean Buckets

You know how we said we’re feeling slightly toned-down camp shirts? When it comes to bucket hats, ignore that advice. Get weird, man. Go brash, go bonkers, go obnoxious. 

Marni floral-print cotton bucket hat, $395

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Dries Van Noten “Gillian” print bucket hat

Universal Works Mexican blanket bucket hat


Full Tanks

Summer is a constant negotiation between wanting to dress as fly as possible and wanting to wear as little as possible. A top-shelf tank lets you do both—whether it’s under one of those camp shirts or flying solo. 

Nicholas Daley Blue Knit Garment-Dyed Vest

Saint Laurent stripe-print tank top


Swamp-Free Slip-Ons

Wearing woven footwear is a little like ripping down the freeway in a convertible on a warm, sunny day: once you’ve felt that freedom, nothing else will do. 

Dolce & Gabbana woven goatskin slip-on shoes, $795

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Keen x Engineered Garments drawstring leather slides

Chamula “Cancun” huarache shoes


Finishing Touches

When you’re battling the heat in light and airy clothes, it’s the little things that help to turn your looks into looks. A legendary nautical watch, louche gold bracelet (try it as an anklet for maximum vibes), and movie star shades can get you there individually. But wearing ‘em all at once will send your vibe to a whole other level. 

Panerai Luminor Marina watch, $7,700

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Miansai 5mm Figaro chain bracelet

Odessa 1919 vintage inmate sunglasses


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PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Photographs by Martin Brown

Styled by Jon Tietz and Liz Serwin

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