Shorts on point
You might think the stylish play is to avoid shorts altogether but showing up to the beach in jeans is no way to bring the fun — plus, profuse sweating is never a good look. Try a well-fitting pair of
chino shorts that sit just above the knee. Flat-fronted, no pleats and neutral shades or gentle pastels are the way to go. If you nail the bottom half of your body with something flattering, it'll help the rest of your body look good too.
The wildcard of men's fashion. Even the most stylish men manage to balls it up when it comes to swimwear. The advice is simple — apply the same style rules to buying trunks as you would to buying shorts (see above). The last thing you want is a pair of knee-length board shorts that make you look like your more awkward tweenage self. This summer, go a little shorter. We're not talking bikini briefs, but flat-fronted well-cut trunks that sit above the knee will make you look trim, confident and manly — and even let your thighs get some sun. Win/win.
Sizing is everything
Many guys make the mistake of either buying their shirts and T-shirts so tight that they can't breathe or so loose they don't fit. Achieve a happy medium between what feels comfortable and what looks right. The perfect summer T-shirt or shirt should line up with your shoulders without being fitted so that there is a bit of looseness. For further reference look to
Yeezy, master of the well-fitting T-shirt.
Color and pattern
Sure, black is slimming. But when it comes to beach style, it's also kind of dull. Plus, you risk looking a like Tom Cruise's
Mission Impossible stunt double. It's easier for heavyset dudes to pull off wild prints than it is for skinny guys, so own it. Finally, be wary with pastels. If you have a darker complexion, anything goes, but when it comes to pastier skin, pale tones should be handled with care.
A word on accessories
Belts are your friend. They just make clothes fit better on your body and that applies to the beach as much as it does anywhere else. Sunglasses are good too — and a chance to have some fun. Big Aviators, tortoiseshell '50s glasses, Wayfarers — whatever works for your face.
In addition to tightening your core muscles, decent posture makes you look more confident, taller and yep, a bit leaner.