31 Budget Summer Pieces Worth Buying

Without a little careful planning and consideration, attempting to stock a new-season wardrobe entirely from scratch is about as much fun as going to the doctor for a prostate exam. Especially when parting with significant amounts of cash.

Fortunately, we’ve done it for you (the careful planning bit, not the prostate exam) by compiling 31 of the best budget buys no man should be without this summer. (Assuming you’re stocked up on the essentials recommended in spring, that is.) Limber up those fingers and get ready to click ‘add to basket’.

Printed Swim Shorts

It goes without saying that swim shorts are an essential part of resort wear, but just because they’re only cracked out a few times a year doesn’t mean they deserve any less attention. This season, the best examples go after just that.

Of course, there will always be a place in the male wardrobe for tailored swimmers, but if ever there’s a time for a playful print, it’s on the beach.

 

Topman Blue Crane Floral Print Swim Shorts

Next Navy Dark Neon Floral Swim Shorts

Next Navy Dark Neon Floral Swim Shorts

H&m Swim Shorts

H&m Swim Shorts

Zara Toucan Print Swimming Trunks

Zara Toucan Print Swimming Trunks

Retro Running Sneakers

If your style is more Rick Ross than Mr Ripley, we’ve got good news for your feet this season.

While minimalist sneakers aren’t about to fall out of favour any time soon, old-school kicks inspired by running shoes have been picking up pace, offering a low-commitment way to tap into the retro trend.

 

Zara CONTRAST WHITE SNEAKERS

New Balance 410

New Balance 410

Adidas Adidas Originals Vienna Og

Adidas Adidas Originals Vienna Og

Saucony Jazz Og Vintage

Saucony Jazz Og Vintage

Breton Top

Originally designed as a tribute to Napoleon (with 21 stripes to mark each of his victories), today the Breton stripe top is a triumph all of its own in the style world.

Perfect for channelling the alluring swag of the French Riviera, whether worn with long sleeves or short, as a T-shirt or as a sweatshirt, it’s a piece that never fails to look good with dark denim.

 

Heavyweight T-Shirt

Topman White And Navy Striped T-shirt

Topman White And Navy Striped T-shirt

Zara Basic Striped T-shirt

Zara Basic Striped T-shirt

H&m T-shirt Regular Fit

H&m T-shirt Regular Fit

Duffle Bag

Monogrammed leather holdalls are great and everything, but they’re also expensive. Opt for a sporty duffle bag instead and save yourself some cash for the beach club.

Simple block colours can flit from the nine-to-five to a weekend away, all without looking like a Kardashian abroad.

 

CONTRAST COLOUR DUFFLE BAG

Topman Wood Wood Tony Bag

Topman Wood Wood Tony Bag

H&m Sports Bag

H&m Sports Bag

Ripstop Nylon Holdall

Ripstop Nylon Holdall

Beige Chinos

Owing to their cotton twill construction, a reliable pair of chinos makes for a lighter option than jeans in summer, but one that will be no less of a workhorse when it comes to getting dressed.

Opt for a pair in a neutral colourway for a classic way to ground almost any smart-casual outfit.

 

M&S COLLECTION Slim Fit Chinos with Stretch

Zara Skinny Chino Trousers

Zara Skinny Chino Trousers

H&m Cotton Chinos Slim Fit

H&m Cotton Chinos Slim Fit

Burton Stone Carter Tapered Fit Stretch Chinos

Burton Stone Carter Tapered Fit Stretch Chinos

Linen Shirt

Forget everything you thought you knew, because if recent seasons have proved anything, it’s that linen isn’t solely worn by OAPs on a cruise.

By utilising the breathable fabric within a classic piece – such as an Oxford shirt – you’ll score a summer-friendly option far from the Costa del Geriatric.

 

Next Rust Regular Fit Linen Long Sleeve Shirt

H&m Linen Resort Shirt

H&m Linen Resort Shirt

Shirt 5 Linen

Shirt 5 Linen

M&s Collection Linen Rich Grandad Shirt With Pocket

M&s Collection Linen Rich Grandad Shirt With Pocket

Chambray Shirt

Blue collar threads, from trucker jackets to work boots, have long been a wardrobe influence.

But while they seem better suited to winter looks, iterations in lighter fabrics like chambray add a versatile, rugged appeal that’ll work year-round.

 

Denim Blue Chambray Regular Fit Shirt

Topman Denim Chambray Slim Shirt

Topman Denim Chambray Slim Shirt

Gap Icon Chambray Worker Shirt

Gap Icon Chambray Worker Shirt

H&m Cotton Shirt Regular Fit

H&m Cotton Shirt Regular Fit

Simple Jewellery

With necks unencumbered by multiple thick layers and arms free from the shackles of long sleeves, summer is a perfect time for stocking up on a few choice pieces of jewellery.

That’s not to say it’s time to put pedal to the metal, as it were. Instead, stick to restrained pieces in silver or gold in the case of necklaces, and leather or rope when it comes to bracelets for a subtle accent.

 

Black Wrap Bracelet

H&m 3-pack Bracelets

H&m 3-pack Bracelets

Asos Design Vintage Inspired Pendant Necklace

Asos Design Vintage Inspired Pendant Necklace

He By Mango Metal Bracelet

He By Mango Metal Bracelet

Logo T-Shirt

Printed T-shirts are a summer tradition older than warm cans of beer and a poorly-advised hot dog. Yet many guys still get it wrong.

This season, ditch the floral get-up for a statement of a different kind. A logo tee is a failsafe way to level-up your basics and tap into the ubiquitous streetwear trend.

 

NIKE FUTURA ICON TEE

Topman Champion Black Large Chest Logo Corporate T-shirt

Topman Champion Black Large Chest Logo Corporate T-shirt

Adidas Adidas Outline Tee

Adidas Adidas Outline Tee

Topman Nicce Orange Centre Logo T-shirt

Topman Nicce Orange Centre Logo T-shirt

Summer Fragrance

Just as a wardrobe should be switched up with the seasons, so too should a grooming cabinet: lighter moisturisers, UV protection and anti-frizz hair products.

When it comes to your daily scent, the sweet (smelling) spot is something that swaps woods and spices for citrus and florals.

 

4711 Eau de Cologne

Azzaro Chrome Aqua

Azzaro Chrome Aqua

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Sun

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Sun

Davidoff Cool Water

Davidoff Cool Water

Navy Chino Shorts

Temperatures north of 28 degrees celsius render most trousers impractical, but looking smart with your legs bared is not easy.

That’s where a pair of chino shorts come in. Cool, versatile and lightweight, the Oxbridge cut-offs retain a tailored sizzle without the scorch.

 

GAP Wearlight 10

River Island Navy Skinny Fit Chino Shorts

River Island Navy Skinny Fit Chino Shorts

H&m Chino Shorts

H&m Chino Shorts

Burton Navy Skinny Chino Shorts

Burton Navy Skinny Chino Shorts

Sandals

While flip-flops and pool sliders should be reserved solely for your holiday; a pair of sleek leather sandals is a solid choice for the city or the beach.

Seek out pared-back options in dark leather (preferably black, navy or brown), which will help add some luxury to any summer ensemble, no matter the price tag.

 

Leather sandals

Topman Slydes Black Watson Sandals

Topman Slydes Black Watson Sandals

Zara Cross Strap Sandals

Zara Cross Strap Sandals

River Island Brown Leather Cross Strap Sandals

River Island Brown Leather Cross Strap Sandals

Cuban Collar Shirt

Bring a touch of Cuba to Cardiff, Cambridge or even Cockermouth with the shirt of the season. An ode to 1950s Americana, the open-necked Cuban collar is an effortlessly cool option for balmy summer nights.

Channel Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet with a floral version or follow the lead of Ryan Gosling in La La Land with a subtle design in a neutral colourway.

 

Yellow stripe short sleeve revere shirt

Topman Piped Seersucker Revere Shirt

Topman Piped Seersucker Revere Shirt

H&m Resort Shirt Relaxed Fit

H&m Resort Shirt Relaxed Fit

Burton Pink Floral Print Revere Jersey Shirt

Burton Pink Floral Print Revere Jersey Shirt

Invisible Socks

The only thing that should be rising when going sockless is your style stock, not a stench from a pair of sweat-sodden loafers.

Of course, going ‘sockless’ doesn’t really mean that – it means investing in a pair of invisible socks to give the illusion. As an added tip, always look out for a rubber grip on the heel to stop them from slipping off.

 

Topman Black No Show Socks With Gel Pads

M&s Collection 4 Pack Cool & Freshfeet Invisible Shoe Liners

M&s Collection 4 Pack Cool & Freshfeet Invisible Shoe Liners

H&m 5-pack Shaftless Socks

H&m 5-pack Shaftless Socks

Next Metallic Invisible Socks Five Pack

Next Metallic Invisible Socks Five Pack

Tote Bag

A far less sweaty alternative to lugging a backpack around on your back, a sleek tote bag is ideal for weekend breaks or days in the city.

A durable body offers rugged workwear vibes while additional zipped compartments and optional shoulder straps ensure it provides all the practicality of a messenger.

 

RAINS TOTE BAG

Asos White Tote Backpack Hybrid In Nylon

Asos White Tote Backpack Hybrid In Nylon

Artek Rivi Canvas Bag

Artek Rivi Canvas Bag

Rains City Tote Bag

Rains City Tote Bag

Nato Watch

NATO Stocking Number straps – more commonly shortened to NATO straps – are the perfect summer choice for your watch: lighter than steel, more breathable than rubber and quick-drying in the sun.

All of which means you can still clock a stylish timepiece without the irritation of a sweaty wrist.

 

Timex Weekender 38mm Nylon Strap Watch

Kahuna Black And Grey Nato Strap Watch

Kahuna Black And Grey Nato Strap Watch

Infantry Mens Analogue Quartz Wrist Watch

Infantry Mens Analogue Quartz Wrist Watch

H&m Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge Mens Watch

H&m Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge Mens Watch

Lightweight Scarf

Before you reach for the hat and mittens, remember that a summer scarf is a different beast to its winter counterpart.

Visibility, not insulation, is the point here. Whether it’s full length or a neckerchief, use them to add a spot of wearable colour to even the simplest of outfits.

 

Mango Organic cotton scarf

Navy Spot Printed Silk Scarf

Navy Spot Printed Silk Scarf

Zara Striped Scarf

Zara Striped Scarf

Linen Scarf With Fringed Edges

Linen Scarf With Fringed Edges

Pleated Trousers

Last seen on your grandfather circa 1957, pleated trousers are finally back. And in a big way.

Despite designer’s best efforts, you’ll still need to work to keep the look modern. Opt for a pair with a single pleat and tapered ankle, and style with a Cuban collar shirt or mid-weight knitwear.

 

Charcoal Grey Pleated Tapered Fit Smart Trousers

He By Mango Regular Fit Pleated Trousers

He By Mango Regular Fit Pleated Trousers

M&s Collection Regular Fit Single Pleated Trousers

M&s Collection Regular Fit Single Pleated Trousers

Zara Pleated Chino Trousers

Zara Pleated Chino Trousers

Lightweight Suit

There’s never a bad time to think about adding an impeccably-cut suit to your rotation. However, double-digit temperatures and summer wedding season make the purchase all the more pertinent.

The key to staying sharp and cool is choosing the right fabric. Look for words like cotton, linen, seersucker or a combination of these. It also pays to side with lighter colours such as stone or even on-trend pastels, as these won’t absorb the heat as much.

 

M&S COLLECTION Regular Fit Linen Miracle Suit

H&m Linen Jacket Slim Fit

H&m Linen Jacket Slim Fit

He By Mango Super Slim Fit Seersucker Suit

He By Mango Super Slim Fit Seersucker Suit

Next Linen Blend Suit

Next Linen Blend Suit

Lighter Weight Denim Jeans

When it comes to jeans for summer, we have one thing to say: lighten up. And that doesn’t just refer to the wash. Consider the weight and thickness of this workwear staple, too, as anything too heavy will result in a look that’s producing more sweat than style.

Most high street retailers keep their cuts below 12oz, which is perfect. But if all else fails, rip yourself some ventilation holes, a look that’s been doing the rounds of late.

 

Topman Light Wash Skinny Jeans

River Island Light Blue Ronnie Relaxed Straight Jeans

River Island Light Blue Ronnie Relaxed Straight Jeans

Weekday Pine Week Blue Jeans

Weekday Pine Week Blue Jeans

He By Mango Slim-fit Light Vintage Wash Tim Jeans

He By Mango Slim-fit Light Vintage Wash Tim Jeans

Sliders

Once the pariah of the poolside, now a bona fide trend both at home and abroad — there’s no getting away from sliderssliders.

Of course, fashion is a fickle mistress, so rather than shelling out for a designer name, look for a simple pair that comes in at less than the cost of a pina colada.

 

New Look sliders

Classic Slider

Classic Slider

Nike Benassi Jdi W

Nike Benassi Jdi W

Topman Navy Kuba Rubber Sliders

Topman Navy Kuba Rubber Sliders

Blouson

An effortless way to transition from the office to the after hours, a neatly cut blouson jacket sets a high watermark when it comes to off-duty staples.

Essentially any jacket with a cropped fit, classic collar, and generally fastened by a zip (but can also be buttoned), this outerwear style offers a slightly more tailored look than a bomber.

 

FoR Malmo Grey Prince Of Wales Check Jacket

Smart Utility Zip Through Harrington

Smart Utility Zip Through Harrington

Topman Black And White Monochrome Print Jacket

Topman Black And White Monochrome Print Jacket

River Island Selected Homme Navy Sweatshirt Jacket

River Island Selected Homme Navy Sweatshirt Jacket

Drawstring Trousers

In the fashion world, function has often come second to form. This season, however, get you a wardrobe that can do both.

A pair of drawstring trousers features all the smartness of suiting up with the comfort of sitting at home eating pizza in your joggers. That, dear friend, is called winning the sartorial lottery.

 

RUSTIC DRAWSTRING TROUSERS

He By Mango Regular Fit Cord Pleated Trousers

He By Mango Regular Fit Cord Pleated Trousers

H&m Linen Trousers Relaxed Fit

H&m Linen Trousers Relaxed Fit

Topman Black Pinstripe Joggers

Topman Black Pinstripe Joggers

Knitted Polo Shirt

For Wimbledon-worthy gear without going full-on Federer, opt for a breathable knitted polo instead of a cotton pique version this summer.

Button-down, zip and open-collar styles all sit happily on menswear’s centre court, capable of serving smarter looks just as well as off-duty wins. ‘Game, set and match.

 

Structured knit cotton polo

Topman Pink Short Sleeve Button Knitted Polo

Topman Pink Short Sleeve Button Knitted Polo

Next Knitted Polo

Next Knitted Polo

Mid Blue Merino Wool Polo Collar Short Sleeve Jumper

Mid Blue Merino Wool Polo Collar Short Sleeve Jumper

Summer Knitwear

Summer and winter wardrobes aren’t entirely mutually exclusive. Sure, down jackets and Speedos sit at two very opposite ends of the spectrum, but in the middle sits knitwear.

The key difference when things heat up is opting for styles in cotton, silk, or linen, and in loose weaves that promote air circulation. Ideal for cooler evenings when thrown on with tailored trousers.

 

Fine-knit jumper

He By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend Sweater

He By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend Sweater

Extra Fine Knit Cotton Silk Jumper

Extra Fine Knit Cotton Silk Jumper

M&s Collection Pure Fine Cotton Crew Neck Jumper

M&s Collection Pure Fine Cotton Crew Neck Jumper

Co-Ords

If the term ‘co-ord’ isn’t yet in your vocabulary, you’re going to want to learn it. Pronto. Fashion speak for a co-ordinated look, it refers to a matching two-piece made up of shorts and a T-shirt or shirt in the same fabric, colour or print.

Translated: it’s the easiest throw on-and-go outfit you’ll find all season. Choose a Cuban collar style and you’ll be covered for everything from barbecues to weekends lounging around a pool.

 

PINSTRIPE REVERE SHIRT & SHORT SET

River Island Purple Tie Dye Chest Pocket Shirt

River Island Purple Tie Dye Chest Pocket Shirt

Topman Moroccan Geometric Print Shirt And Swim Shorts Co-ord Se

tTopman Moroccan Geometric Print Shirt And Swim Shorts Co-ord Set

Topman Selected Homme Yellow Tokyo Print Shirt And Shorts Co-ord

Topman Selected Homme Yellow Tokyo Print Shirt And Shorts Co-ord

Utility Jacket

Summer doesn’t guarantee sunshine – just ask any Brit. But while it’s nice to be prepared for the inevitable cold snap, no man wants to carry around a five-pound clunker of a coat.

A utility jacket is the answer: laden with enough pockets to stow all the essentials, but classic and muted enough to complement any seasonal staple.

 

Utility jacket

He By Mango Zipped Cotton Field Jacket

He By Mango Zipped Cotton Field Jacket

Topman Faux Suede Field Jacket

Topman Faux Suede Field Jacket

New Look Green Camo Long Sleeve Shacket

New Look Green Camo Long Sleeve Shacket

Trending Sunglasses

Nothing else offers an instant upgrade quite like a pair of sunglasses. Better yet – high UV protection (and high style) doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Which means that as well as the classics, you can afford to add a few trending styles to your rotation.

Providing they carry the CE mark (a European standard of UV protection), the examples found on the high street will do the same job as luxury names, and all for less than a round of drinks.

 

Round Aviator Sunglasses

River Island Green Lens Hex Sunglasses

River Island Green Lens Hex Sunglasses

H&m Sunglasses

H&m Sunglasses

Zara Sports Sunglasses

Zara Sports Sunglasses

White Sneakers

Smart-casual can be a headache to decode, and that’s before you’ve factored in the soaring mercury.

A pair of smart white sneakers is the ultimate in-between, allowing you to dress down summer tailoring while still being a failsafe option to throw on with easy weekend looks.

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH

Zara White Leather Sneakers

Zara White Leather Sneakers

Nike Classic Cortez Leather W

Nike Classic Cortez Leather W

H&m Leather Trainers

H&m Leather Trainers

Bucket Hat

An almost weightless way to top off streetwear looks; in recent seasons the bucket hat has successfully made the transition from the menswear bin to the barnets of stylish men everywhere.

Unless you’re headed to a festival, stick to block colour designs. If, however, you’re checking out the Main Stage, channel The Haçienda with anything you can get your hands, or head, on.

 

adidas Black Acid Wash Denim Bucket Hat

Topman Off White Dome Bucket Hat

Topman Off White Dome Bucket Hat

Fred Perry X Arktis Camo Bucket Hat

Fred Perry X Arktis Camo Bucket Hat

Burton Navy Reversible Bucket Hat

Burton Navy Reversible Bucket Hat

Boat Shoes

Designed in 1935 by explorer Paul Sperry with a slip-proof rubber sole based on the paws of his canine pal, the boat shoes has spent the last few decades in and out of the sartorial dog house. These days, however, the yachting style is a ‘bone-a fide’ preppy staple.

Pick up a pair in classic brown or navy, which will pair with everything from jeans to tailoring, and sail through the season with ease.

 

Brown leather boat shoes

Topman Tan Leather Wyatt Boat Shoes

Topman Tan Leather Wyatt Boat Shoes

Next Boat Shoe

Next Boat Shoe

Morven Sail

Morven Sail

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