Men: How To Layer In The Summer

Written by: Bronwen Collins | August 8, 2018.

Getting tired of the heat? Britain’s relationship with summer is usually a bit more sporadic than the intense fling we’ve been having with it this year. And really, I think it’s time to say it: it’s been hot for long enough. Summer, I think we need a break. It’s not me, it’s you.

Read our guide on how to layer your summer outfit and make it look interesting and fresh even when it’s boiling outside, transitioning you day-time wear to night-time without much effort!

I don’t know about you, but I only have three summer outfits for the year, and usually, that’s more than enough to last me through the warmer season. But now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sick of the same old t-shirt and shorts combo.  Well, summer looks like it’s ready for a long-term relationship, so it’s time to step up our game with some expert summer layering.


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T-Shirt & Shirt Combo

Here is the main tip I want you to take away. T-shirts and shirts. Shirts and t-shirts! The combination looks great, keeps you cool, and if you need to look a bit smarter in the evening? You Just button that shirt up and bing, bang boom you’re ready to go. Sorted!

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Summer Jackets

Like to keep things simple but get too cold once the sun goes down? Your answer is a denim jacket. Perfect in the summer and keeping you warm in the evening. These jackets are versatile and can be worn with almost anything. Just make sure your jeans are a different shade of denim if you want to break the 101 rule and go for double denim. As long as they’re different colours you’ll pull this look off no problem.

Top Tip: Try to opt for a lightweight denim jacket, this means you can stow it away when the sun’s blazing and get it out as soon as things cool down slightly.


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Rain Coat

In Britain, even though it’s hot doesn’t mean it’s not going to rain. You need to be prepared for a short drizzle no matter what time of the year, so Mainline Menswear recommend a good quality, thin raincoat. Thin enough that you won’t overheat, but also perfect for short spells of cloudy weather.

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Bum Bags

Okay, a bit of a wildcard here. But as we explained in this post about how to rock your favourite bum bag, these are perfect to keep hand free whilst having the essentials. You don’t need to be carrying a big bulky backpack when it’s hot out, so pick up a designer bum bag and wear it crossbody to stay on trend whilst maintaining functionality this year.

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Final Word

If you’re still unsure on summer layering, try to concentrate on colours and the fabrics you’re using. Go for lightweight clothing in cotton and make sure your outfits breathable before you take on the day. And remember to stay hydrated while you’re out and about in the sunshine.



Not for me!