Anyone who has spent summer in Houston knows that staying cool is the number one priority, and many clothing recommendation lists found online just don’t work here. Our expert fashion blogger Timothy Nguyen has compiled a list of menswear items that are designed to not only help you stay cool but also look your best doing it.
Timothy Nguyen
Something Bespoke
Houston, TX

Timothy Nguyen is publisher and editor of the online fashion magazine, Something Bespoke, where he and his co-writers provide thoughtful fashion related news, essays, interviews and reviews. Nguyen was voted Houston Fashion Blogger’s 2014 Best Male Blogger for his website’s solid execution.

Lightweight Fabric Shirts

Instead of reaching for a t-shirt, shirts in fabrics such as linen or open wave cotton are a great option. This waffle weave shirt from Our Legacy is a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Not only does it look great for day or nighttime wear but also fulfills all the requirements to keep your body temperature down. Another great choice would be the popover. The Engineered Garments 100% cotton popover comes in two colors perfect for spring and summer in white and light blue herringbone. Popovers are basically polos made out of casual button-down fabrics which makes it easy to wear alone or even with a blazer. Both items can be picked up from The Class Room at 2534 Amherst St Houston, TX 77005.

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It’s hard to go wrong with a pair of cotton chinos. Khaki or navy are always solid options when figuring out what color you should purchase. The fit you should be going for is slim, not skinny. You want your legs to be breathing inside the pants, but at the same time you don’t want an excess of fabric. The pants should be hemmed to no break and float comfortably above the shoe without any bunching at the bottom. This allows air to flow through the pant leg but also gives you the ability to cuff or pin-roll the pants if you want. Check out these options from Saturdays NYC located at The Class Room.

Casual Penny Loafers

Sid Mashburn offers beautiful loafers which bring comfort but can be worn in both casual or semi-formal situations; they’re perfect with lightweight shirts and chinos. Slip-ons should always be worn sockless (or with no-show socks).

White Sneakers

A necessity in every man’s wardrobe is the versatile white sneaker. When choosing what sneaker to go with, make sure you choose a low-top lace-up. The iconic Adidas Stan Smith has recently relaunched and taken it’s place as one major favorite among bloggers and fashion designer. Other honorable mentions are Converse All Stars, Adidas Superstars, Van’s Authentics. Consider these Tretorn Nylite Tennis Shoes from Sid Mashburn located at 2515 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019.

The Perfect Sunglasses

Summer looks aren’t complete without a great pair of sunglasses. Consider these awesome sunglasses from New York designer Thom Browne. They are high quality, simple, classic and extremely versatile. You can pick these or a similar pair from Khul Linscomb in River Oaks at 2424 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

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