Cool Eco Styles for Hot Summer Days

by Myron Mariano

MODEL: Josh Bennicoff

Putting together a cool look when the temperature is rising is always a tricky situation.

However, a few thoughtful adjustments are all you need to give your wardrobe the necessary warm-weather edit. Here are the key pieces and tips you will want in time for Father’s Day!

Outdoor Adventures
Instead of a baseball cap, keep your hair in place with a headband or a buff with moisture-wicking properties. It’ll keep the sweat from getting to your eyes during your mile-long run. Bearenstein Headband, skida.com; Outdoor Trainer Shell, vuori.com; Stripe Tank Top, jungmaven.com; Venice Shorts, jungmaven.com; Retro Crew Light Socks, darntough.com; Grand Traverse Shoe, vasque.com

High-impact Hues
Do not fear candy-colored shorts—this season is the best time for them. This playful pair has a slim fit slim with an eight-inch inseam, ideal for showing off—and getting some sun on—those legs you’ve spent hours developing since the year started. Sandbar Shorts, mountainkhakis.com; Equatorial Shirt, mountainkhakis.com; Tall Boy Sandals, freewaters.com; Pilothouse Sunglasses, costadelmar.com

Under the Radar
Swap your scratchy pyjamas with a lightweight hemp-and-organic-cotton sweatshirt when staying at home is in order. Should friends pop by for an unexpected house barbecue, pair the sweatshirt with stretch pants—and fire up the grill. Trail Harbor Sweatshirt, patagonia.com; Stretch Zion Pants, prana.com

Cool & Collected
T-shirts made from technical fabrics, be it merino wool or bamboo, always perform better than cotton when you’re trying to break a sweat. This base layer has UPF 20, useful for warding off the sun’s damaging rays while you’re outside doing your Vinyasa. (Don’t forget sunscreen for exposed body parts!) Merino 150 Base Layer, smartwool.com; Merino sport 5” shorts, smartwool.com

Skilled Wanderer
Tailored, slim-fit pants allow you to look put-together even when temperatures are soaring. Should you find yourself packing for a last-minute getaway, these also make for versatile travel trousers, with their stain-resistant stretch fabric and quick-dry interior. Radius Pants, mackweldon.com; Haywire sunglasses, smithoptics.com; Organic Chambray Button Down, apolisglobal.com; Wooden Watch, woodenwatchesclub.com

Smart Layering
Yes, you can layer during the summer; just make sure you pile things correctly. A thin-as-silk microfiber blend T-shirt with an unlined indigo wool jacket will keep you comfortable from sunup to sundown. Finish your going-out ensemble with trim pants and plastic tortoiseshell sunglasses. Wool Chore Jacket, apolisglobal.com; Airknitx Crewneck T-shirt, mackweldon.com; Woodsen Pant, toadandco.com; Woven Shoe, mohinders.com; Aransas Sunglasses, costadelmar.com

Everyday Staple
Consider an organic cotton polo with shorter-than-usual sleeves as the off-duty dress shirt you can wear all season long. Montroyal Polo, prana.com; Bridger Jean, prana.com


Myron is a New York-based lifestyle editor and stylist. His works have appeared in Men's Health, 2(x)ist, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Organic Spa Magazine, Good Housekeeping, OK!, and FHM.

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