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7 Style Essentials To Keep Cool This Summer

In Partnership with Van Heusen

It’s that time of year when the days get longer and parties get wilder. Summer is here and your wardrobe is probably looking a little worse for wear, so we’ve hand-selected style essentials from the Van Heusen collection just in time for the balmy months ahead. These folks have been serving us ‘gentlemen’ for well over 100 years, introducing innovation into everyday essentials and elevating them along the way.

Style Picks for Summer Dressing

Whether you’re talking about Van Heusen Suiting with Move technology or their elevated casual wear, you’ll struggle to find a menswear range that’s better suited to the Aussie summer. If there’s an occasion this summer – whether that means a party with family, friends, or others – there’s an essential Van Heusen piece that will elevate your style to the next level. Maybe you’ll even grab a few compliments along the way at the classic Christmas lunch? Here are our style picks for summer straight from the Van Heusen dressing room.

The linen shirt

1. The Linen Shirt

Of course, it all starts with the linen shirt. While they really hit the mainstream in early 2020, these are the go-to shirt for long lunches, late nights, and summer parties by the water. In the case of Van Heusen, they’ve brought one of the best shirts to the table with a lightweight linen-cotton blend that features plenty of built-in stretch for comfort. This particular shirt is designed with a shorter hem to be worn untucked and we recommend pairing this one with a pair of your favourite chinos.

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The linen suit

2. The Linen Suit

While the classic business suit is best reserved for the boardroom, our friends at Van Heusen have spent time perfecting the suit for those times when style goes beyond a buttoned shirt and chinos. Enter the linen suit, more specifically, this favourite of ours from Van Heusen that features a modern ‘slim fit’ contemporary construction that tapers down through the waist to accentuate the chest. Presented here in a flash ‘sand’ colour, alongside a more discreet ‘Ink’ colour, the choice is yours in this department. We lean towards the ‘sand’ colour as it allows more flexibility in watch choice and footwear style. We recommend a classic white pair of tennis shoes.

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The mini check blazer
Image: MINI CHECK BLAZER | Van Heusen

3. The Summer Blazer

In between the suit and shirt combination sits the humble blazer. Designed for those specific occasions, such as meetings, team lunches, and afterwork drinks, this is a favourite of ours for the flexibility it provides in the trouser department. With a neutral ‘tan’ colour this is perfect for matching with your favourite pair of Van Heusen chinos alongside your choice of footwear. Forget worrying about colour and focus on the essentials, think about what shirt you’ll pair underneath, what watch you’ll wear, and your choice of sneakers or dress shoes. Keep this one handy in the office for those unexpected invites.

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The wool stretch pow check suit jacket

4. The Summer Event Suit

The perfect suit for those balmy summer days that quickly turn into rainy ones. When the weather cools off this is our go-to suit from Van Heusen thanks to the combination of tailored fit and wool blend materials. We recommend pairing this one with the matching suit pants, a contrasting business shirt like the one above and a tie for a sharp tailored look. As is the case with the modern suit, the tie is an option more than a necessity, however, we prefer to keep it classic for most occasions.

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The statement shirt
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5. The Statement Tailored Shirt

Real men wear pink. We’ve known it for years but sometimes we need a little reminding that this is really the case. While the humble blue shirt made a remarkable comeback, we think it’s time for the pink shirt to work its way back into the workplace and it seems Van Heusen agrees. Our choice here is twofold, on one hand, you have the geo-print slim-fit cotton shirt in pink and on the other, a modern linen & cotton blend shirt in lilac with a sleek tailored silhouette that slightly tapers down through the waist to emphasises the chest. Both part of the brand’s ‘Black Label’ collection, regardless of choice, you’re promised high quality, comfort, looks, and fit.

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The wool stretch window pane suit

6. The Woolstretch Window Pane Suit

When the dress code calls for strictly formal, turn to the sharp wool blend stretch window pane suit from Van Heusen. This is our pick of the bunch to take you from a wedding to the office and we’ve included it on our list because work doesn’t finish when the temperature starts to rise. We recommend keeping this pairing dapper, matching trousers, a white shirt, and a contrasting tie for the occasion.

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The slub textured trousers

7. The Wear Your Way Trousers

Looking for that perfect pair of trousers to match your blazer this summer? Look no further than the classic Slub Textured Trousers from Van Heusen. We like to describe these in one word, Versatile, because that’s what they are. You’ll love the slim tapered leg, slant pockets and flat front that provides a clean look for all occasions. Pair these trousers with formal dress shoes and head off for an important meeting or pair them with sneakers at the family Christmas lunch. Where will you take them? The choice is yours.

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No matter the occasion, Van Heusen has you covered. The pieces above are our favourites from their summer collection, however, we could spend hours pairing shirts, trousers, and suits together to find our ultimate summer style. Whether you’re looking for a new outfit for the Christmas day lunch with the family, a new suit for work, or a party-ready blazer or linen suit combination, Van Heusen will have you covered. Check out the link below and refresh your wardrobe before the weather gets any nicer.

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