It’s gotten mighty hot out there, hasn’t it? With summer in full swing, you can kick back and enjoy some fun in the sun. Weekends out East allow you to leave behind the structure and rigor of the Monday-through-Friday grind. Vacation time can be an opportunity to embrace frivolity and lively wardrobe options.
Tropical prints are an excellent way to do this, since the spirit of the tropics evokes an explosive combination of simplicity and passion. Furthermore, there’s an exuberance in tropical prints that simply begs you to put your feet up and sip on a refreshing glass of something chilly. It doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect, the search for the perfect tropical prints. We’ve got your flower power right here, sir.
Starting with the top, Florentino’s Floral Printed Polo is a rich blue symphony of light blue palm leaves and tropical flowers over a deep navy background. The cut is flattering and like any well- constructed polo, you can opt for a popped collar or for the streamlined down- position.
On the other end of the spectrum, Reiss’ Oakhart Floral Printed Shirt is an eye-catching alternative. This would pair exquisitely with a pair of white shorts or dark jeans. A slim cut, short-sleeved button-down, the Oakhart is a cuban collared stunner that features a sleek, modern oral print. Reiss’ Mccawly Navy Shirt is a cotton and linen blended short sleeve that bears a sublimely contemporary take on the palm print. The cream-colored leafy splashes are done in an almost haphazard fashion, adding some levity to the bold darkness of the overall piece. Lacoste’s Slim Fit Tropical Print Shirt is a modern take on the traditional tropical/floral with a slightly urban bent. Deep green leaves adorn all sides of this button-down like a pop art masterpiece.
While their usual fare is women’s clothing, 6 Shore Road has a spectacular pair of swimwear for men this season. The Navy Yard Floral Swim Trunks are a splashy take on board shorts. The print is a vibrant jolt of color that is sure to turn heads on the beach this summer. Complete with a drawstring to keep things comfortable, the lace-up waistband and button fly will allow you to hit the waves with confidence. While you don’t really have to be too concerned with pairing bathing trunks with a top, a simple solid white tank top or tee will get you to the beach with some class.
Ralph Lauren’s Classic Fit Stretch Shorts has an adorable deep sea print on offer this season. A white background showcases a swirling cacophony of star fish and octopuses. Wear them belted with a polo and loafers or a tee and sandals, and you’re sure to brighten anyone’s day who lays eyes on you.
Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Stretch Shorts, $97.50
SHOES & ACCESSORIES
Of course, an outfit wouldn’t be complete without the right footwear or accessories. Because you’ll want to keep things breezy and comfortable, be sure to steer clear of anything that’s constricting. Also, remember that less is more with summertime extras for menswear. Vans Vintage Floral UA Old Skool sneakers are a delightful way to add a pop of color. The classic low-top skate shoe has reinforced toecaps in black suede, paving the way for a wondrous oral pattern along the sides. Super comfy and with great arch support, these are built to last.
Vans Vintage Floral UA Old Skool Sneakers, $65
The Converse Jack Purcell Open Textile sneakers are a gorgeous pair of athletic kicks that show off some deep sea greens and blues. Lightweight and easy to slip on, they’d go with jeans, they’d go with slacks, and they’d easily go with shorts. Meanwhile, what summertime tropical ensemble would be complete without a great hat? Ralph Lauren’s Bucket Hats are sweet, transformative lids that are gloriously reversible. One side is a deep blue solid with a head-turning orange band, while the other is an enchanting gauche-like oral pattern with bright pink flowers, orange blossoms, and green leaves.
Ralph Lauren Bucket Hat