Trunk Club VP Gives His Summer Essentials


Today, I’m going to let my good friends at Trunk Club, specifically VP of Products and Merchandising Jason Smith, give you a few tips for the summer. Below is Jason’s Top 10 Summer Essentials. You can get all of these things (except the obvious one) in an expertly curated Trunk from Trunk Club. And out-of-towners don’t worry, Trunk Club ships out of state. For all those who are sartorially challenged and/or those who just want to switch things up, let Jason show you the way.

Jason Smith’s Top Ten Summer Essentials

Madras Shirts – Madras originated in India, where British soldiers adopted the highly breathable, loose-weave fabric for relief from intense heat. But the enlisted Brits never had a pattern that looked like this.

Gant Shirt_Handloom Madras

Polos  – Leave the logoed versions for the golf course or the tennis court. A clean, well-fitting polo is a great elevated, yet casual look for guys during the summer months.

Scott James Polo_Purple

Shorter Hemlines – The days of baggy boardshorts hitting below the knee are long gone. Inseams are rising for a neater, but still decidedly masculine, presentation.

Theory Shorts_Clifton

Linen Pants – Given its longer fiber structure, linen can be woven with a looser construction. Bottom line: linen pants give you more breathability during the summer season. Plus, linen has a natural ability to wick away moisture. Your first choice for great summer pants.

John Varvatos Pants_Garment Dyed Linen

SWIMs – One of my favorite shoes for summer, SWIMs are a product of Norway. A classic loafer interpreted in a very fun and playful way, these shoes have a breathable construction that’s perfect for heat.

SWIMs_Lace Loafer Red

Lightweight Layering Pieces – It still gets cool in the evenings, and it can get downright cold near bodies of water—so don’t forget about summer layering pieces. We recommend lighter, breathable versions in either cotton or cashmere.

LAD sweatshirt_PaddleBoat in White

Colorful V-Neck T-Shirts – More guys should wear v-neck tees. The distinct neckline elongates the torso, making guys appear taller. Paired with a great pair of jeans, it is a very simple, yet stylish, look.

Vince Shirt_Basic Tee

Unstructured Blazers – It’s very difficult—but not quite impossible—to strip the lining and padding out of a blazer and still have it drape perfectly. Luckily, some brands have mastered the technique. With a top-class unstructured blazer, you can still look put together no matter how hot it gets.

White Pants – We advocate wearing white pants year-round, but they are especially good during summer. White looks good with any color, and we expect a lot of hype around white pants since The Great Gatsby hit theaters.

Bonobos Pants_Washed Chinos Bright White

Chivalry – Heat tends to make people hot-headed. It’s an understandable connection, but nothing is more stylish than a well-mannered man. Self-control and respect are always in season, and make a guy look better than any piece of clothing ever could.


Via Jason Smith/Trunk Club VP of Products and Merchandising