There’s a reason so many people look forward to getting dressed in the fall. It’s because you can layer with abandon, and actually create an outfit rather than just wear clothes. In the summer, you really just want to wear as little clothing as possible—only that doesn’t make for a very interesting fit. Our take? Keep layering—but keep the layers light.
This style move is a classic: just letting a button-front shirt hang open over a T-shirt. It’s super casual move, but fitting for nearly any summer activity. Here are three of the coolest ways to pull it off.
To the Park
A printed, short-sleeve button-up is one of the best choices for a look like this. But you have a lot of freedom in terms of the fabric, the print, and the color. This navy and white one is an easygoing choice, complemented by a solid white T-shirt and drawstring khaki shorts. Keep the whole look laid-back with Chuck Taylors and shades.
SHOP NOW: Short Sleeve Navy Floral Convertible Collar Shirt ($148) by Todd Snyder, toddsnyder.com; Slim Fit Cotton Jersey T-shirt ($225) by Dolce & Gabbana, mrporter.com; Drawstring Short ($55) by Everlane, everlane.com; 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas High-Top Sneakers ($85) by Converse, mrporter.com; Round Frame Bronze Tone Acetate Sunglasses ($620) by Bottega Veneta, mrporter.com.
To the Beach
When you’re on vacation or headed to the beach, it’s essential to have a few cool pieces that still look sharp. Linen is a great way to get there. This lightweight linen shirt and shorts feel like basically air, and it’s paired with a loose cotton tee is breathable enough to keep you cool. Top bar sunglasses and canvas espadrilles round things out.
SHOP NOW: Lightweight Linen Shirt ($225) by Orlebar Brown, orlebarbrown.com; Ove Striped Slub Cotton Jersey T-shirt ($70) by Nudie Jeans, mrporter.com; Crown Slim Fit Linen Shorts ($130) by NN07, mrporter.com; Pablo Canvas Espadrilles ($105) by Castaner, mrporter.com; Top Bar Round Sunglasses ($326) by Salvatore Ferragamo, bloomingdales.com.
To a Bar
Take the layering look into night by opting for a silkier fabric for the shirt, like you’ll find on this one from Allsaints. It pairs well with an off-white tee, distressed denim, and desert boots. Wear this every night this summer.
SHOP NOW: Ananas Shirt ($145) by Allsaints, allsaints.com; L’Homme Skinny ($239) by Frame, frame-store.com; Print Jersey T-shirt ($275) by Saint Laurent, matchesfashion.com; Desert Boot ($130) by Clarks, clarksusa.com; PO3164S ($360) by Persol, sunglasshut.com.