Live Action Getup: Modern Men’s Summer Style

Live Action Getup: Modern Men’s Summer Style
Looking intentional and interesting in summer can feel downright impossible, especially when you want to rock a t-shirt. This outfit has all your favorites - a soft tee, comfy jeans, and lightweight boots - but their unique features make this deal look designer.
Men's summer style inspiration

men's summer outfit ideas

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Men's casual summer style inspiration

Gap heathered slub v neck pocket tee The Fifth Watchs Black and Tan 1969 Skinny Gray Denim Thursday Boot Co. Honey Scout Fetch Eyewear DSTLD leather belt Imperial Barber Matte Pomade Paste Ben Sherman Socks Kenneth Cole Mankind

1978 Corvette

Thursday Boot Co Honey Scout - Suede Boots

Honey Scout Chukka Boot by Thursday Boot Co., $149

The 5th Watches

Minimalist watch: The 5th, $95 with code PRIMER10

Men's outfit ideas hot weather

Sunglasses: Fetch Eyewear, $95 / Slub V-neck Pocket Tee: Gap, $20 / Tapered Gray Denim: Gap, $50 with code 4YOU / Honey Scout Boots: Thursday Boot Co., $149 / Minimalist Watch: The Fifth, $95 with code PRIMER10

Sunglasses don't have to be an afterthought. These Wayfarer-style shades from Fetch Eyewear are a subtle but beautiful green tortoiseshell. It not only pairs with the shirt and boots, but complements my hair and skin tone. Think of your style as a total package – not just with what you wear, but what's innately included as well.

Gap V neck pocket tee

This is one of my favorite t-shirts, ever. I never see one that is both a v-neck and a pocket tee at an affordable price, something I only realized when I stumbled across it at Gap. Not only that, it's made of a slub fabric, which is when tiny knots and imperfections are present, either in the yarn or introduced manually, for the texture it adds. It looks like a designer t-shirt that would cost $100. It was a steal for $10 when it was on sale. When you're buying basics, pay attention to the details, they're what makes a shirt from Gap look like it came from Gucci.

Same for these jeans – I'll wear them all summer, hell, all year long – they're just slim enough but not restricting and will look great with slim profile boots like these from Thursday Boot Co. or my Wolverine Thousand Miles, as well as my white leather sneakers.

Especially in summer, your pants and jeans need to taper. Without the chunk of our colder weather boots, those straight legs will be flapping around like flags on a windy day. It's actually pretty frustrating, when I wear my old standby straight legs they just look like wide legs circa 1999. Embrace the taper; it's been coming for 10 years and it ain't going anywhere.

summer style inspiration

1978 Corvette

This is my '78 Corvette. I bought it when I was 25 – I had a paper route when I was 12 and every Sunday one of my customers would park his cherry red '82 out in front of his house. I spent countless hours scouring the classifieds of the very paper I delivered looking for a C3 generation Corvette, trying to convince myself I could afford one on $130 per month.

That never worked out, but when I finally had a decent job after college I decided to reward myself. Don't let the paint job fool you, this car only cost me $9,800. If you've ever had your eye on a classic car, I say go for it. I cover my entire experience (and everything I got wrong) in my article Why I Bought a 33 Year Old Sports Car and You Should Too.

The 5th Watches

Current fashion trends are skewing heavily minimalist. Simple color palettes, low contrast muted shades, slim fits. When you're experimenting with it, a chunky 3 dial metal watch or a neon bright NATO strap Timex just isn't going to match.

You need something like this beautiful Black & Tan watch from The Fifth. It strips away all the clutter and gives you an artfully simple timepiece. The combination of brown and black is decidedly contemporary and its notched face is reminiscent of early 20th Century instruments. And at $95, it looks like it should cost a heck of a lot more.

Would you wear it? Tell me what you like in the comments!

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Zac Silk

    I really like the olive tee. Gap do some great basics, and this is one of them. I’m not sure they have the same grey denim in the U.K but I’ll keep a look out.

    I’ve always like The Fifth watches I’ll have to keep my eye out for one in the future.

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      If anyone in the UK carries Levi’s new 541 line, they have a great pair of greys

      • Zac Silk

        Thanks for the rely. I’ve just got the denim and the t shirt. 🙂

  • joshskies

    the clothes are an afterthought to the beauty of that corvette. gorgeous car, my friend…

    • rogun

      No kidding. That’s a beautiful vette! I once dated a girl who had one like it in cherry red, but that was back when these were still fairly new. I like the color of Andrew’s better, but man I loved driving her little red corvette.

      My dream car is a 1st generation camaro, but this would be my 2nd pick. It might be first, if I could only afford gas for it. IIRC, my girlfriend’s would get something like $8/mile.

      • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

        Haha! Yeah it’s definitely not great on gas. It gets like 15 miles to the gallon. I say do it!

        • rogun

          Ah, well that’s not bad. My memory’s not so great and I was thinking it was much worse.

          Seriously, I’d LOVE to have a car like yours. It kills me to think of all the “old junkers” I could have purchased in the past and didn’t.

        • Zac Silk

          Hi Andrew, I had a go at replicating this look myself, how did I do?

          • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

            Boom!! Looks great!!! Thanks for sharing!

      • joshskies

        I’ve been an import guy for the bulk of my life, but after trying to chase the big-turbo-in-little-engine game for too long, my next garage project will be an old muscle car (cadillac, oldsmobile, etc)

        but just as you said GPM not MPG.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks Josh! 🙂

  • DG

    I did splurge on Gaps and Banana Republics summer sale last weekend on some T’s. But you must of got those jeans during that sale b/c the code 4YOU does not work for those gray jeans.

  • Brendon

    Nice getup! Even nicer car! I love it! One question though. Wouldn’t the boots be too warm for hotter summer days? Why not switch them out for a nice pair of boat shoes or mocs? Thoughts?

    • MisterKnightly

      I think you’re right, boat shoes would do great here…
      …but man, those boots…

    • rogun

      I think it depends on the temp, but suede desert boots were made for the desert. These say they have a lining, so that might make them hotter, though.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks Brendon!

      These are thin boots, not much if any thicker than boat shoes so they’re not too warm. Boat shoes and mocs would work too, but it does change the overall style of the outfit to be a little more traditional prep than modern, but still a great style.

  • http://www.themodestman.com/ Brock

    I want your life.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Oh youuuuuuuuuu. 🤓

  • MisterKnightly

    Nailed it.

  • Tom

    Hey Andrew, any recommendations for areas with affordable apartments/housing for a soon-to-be college grad moving to LA?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hey Tom! Hollywood in the center, Palms towards the west, Highland Park on the east, and everything is cheaper in the valley (north) but is geographically and culturally separated from LA proper.

  • Omer Anwar Al Amin

    Going shopping now!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      What are you going to pick up?

      • Omer Anwar Al Amin

        Definitely an Olive v-neck & the grey denim. Might give the cologne a shot.
        Please do post more. I live in Dubai so summer trends are really valuable 🙂

  • Ross

    Home Run on this one Andrew! Love the Basic but put together look of this one! Glad to have you back on the Getups!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks Ross, so glad you like it!

  • Khoi N.

    Killin’ the game. Super fresh shots, Andy!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks Khoi! 🙂

  • rogun

    I sure hope you’re right about the taper not going anywhere, but in my experience, they never last long. We’re already seeing all sorts of pants with looser legs, but hopefully they’ll make both.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      There is a fashion-forward trend right now for including some items that have more drape, like looser pants in the summer, or a loose low cut t-shirt. For the majority of us everyday guys, you’ll be safe with a taper for awhile.

      • Zac Silk

        Andrew the Gap jeans you linked are the skinny ones. I’ve bought them, but are they more taped that skinny in your opinion?

  • David Bjerke

    Great point on the leg opening. I typically go with the slim fit jeans/pants from the GAP but I’ve started rolling the cuffs up more this spring and feel like my ankles are in a sea of fabric. My legs are on the skinnier side so I may have to give the skinny fit a try to see how they fit. Granted, summer is generally when you might actually consider wearing slightly looser fitting pants to let air flow through, so that might be a bit of a conundrum.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Yeah definitely, these are the first pair where it looks good to cuff high enough for bare ankles, all my other pants can only do a low cuff that still covers the shoes/boots. It needs to be a narrow leg opening to make the higher cuff work, but I’m digging it.

  • TJ

    First of all, kick ass car. I’m the kind of person who would rather not own a car and I love it. I like the grey denim. I’m not much of a denim person to be honest but I have a pair of light wash jeans that I love. They are crazy comfortable and I always get compliments on them.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks TJ! 🙂 Yeah, I’m loving light wash right now, I’ve been working on a guide for it.

  • Jesse

    Andrew, do you cuff those jeans when you wear them with sneakers? I’m at that height (6’1″) where a lot of times 32L is too short to cuff and 34L is too long to wear uncuffed. I am starting to err to the longer inseam as the cuffing trend seems to be sticking around for awhile.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Yes! I love them cuffed with my Stan Smiths.

  • Zac Silk

    I know this article is old news, but I’ve learned the hard way that Gap’s t shirt cut is pretty generous so I’d size down one.