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31 Budget Summer Pieces Worth Buying

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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.

Buy Now: £18.00

Topman Blue Crane Floral Print Swim Shorts

  • Next Navy Dark Neon Floral Swim ShortsNext Navy Dark Neon Floral Swim Shorts
  • H&m Swim ShortsH&m Swim Shorts
  • Zara Toucan Print Swimming TrunksZara 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.

Buy Now: £29.99


  • New Balance 410New Balance 410
  • Adidas Adidas Originals Vienna OgAdidas Adidas Originals Vienna Og
  • Saucony Jazz Og VintageSaucony 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.

Buy Now: £25.00

Heavyweight T-Shirt

  • Topman White And Navy Striped T-shirtTopman White And Navy Striped T-shirt
  • Zara Basic Striped T-shirtZara Basic Striped T-shirt
  • H&m T-shirt Regular FitH&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.

Buy Now: £25.00


  • Topman Wood Wood Tony BagTopman Wood Wood Tony Bag
  • H&m Sports BagH&m Sports Bag
  • Ripstop Nylon HoldallRipstop 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.

Buy Now: £19.50

M&S COLLECTION Slim Fit Chinos with Stretch

  • Zara Skinny Chino TrousersZara Skinny Chino Trousers
  • H&m Cotton Chinos Slim FitH&m Cotton Chinos Slim Fit
  • Burton Stone Carter Tapered Fit Stretch ChinosBurton 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.

Buy Now: £32.00

Next Rust Regular Fit Linen Long Sleeve Shirt

  • H&m Linen Resort ShirtH&m Linen Resort Shirt
  • Shirt 5 LinenShirt 5 Linen
  • M&s Collection Linen Rich Grandad Shirt With PocketM&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.

Buy Now: £25.00

Denim Blue Chambray Regular Fit Shirt

  • Topman Denim Chambray Slim ShirtTopman Denim Chambray Slim Shirt
  • Gap Icon Chambray Worker ShirtGap Icon Chambray Worker Shirt
  • H&m Cotton Shirt Regular FitH&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.

Buy Now: £8.50

Black Wrap Bracelet

  • H&m 3-pack BraceletsH&m 3-pack Bracelets
  • Asos Design Vintage Inspired Pendant NecklaceAsos Design Vintage Inspired Pendant Necklace
  • He By Mango Metal BraceletHe 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.

Buy Now: £25.00


  • Topman Champion Black Large Chest Logo Corporate T-shirtTopman Champion Black Large Chest Logo Corporate T-shirt
  • Adidas Adidas Outline TeeAdidas Adidas Outline Tee
  • Topman Nicce Orange Centre Logo T-shirtTopman 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.

Buy Now: £12.49

4711 Eau de Cologne

  • Azzaro Chrome AquaAzzaro Chrome Aqua
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme SunDolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Sun
  • Davidoff Cool WaterDavidoff 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.

Buy Now: £17.97

GAP Wearlight 10

  • River Island Navy Skinny Fit Chino ShortsRiver Island Navy Skinny Fit Chino Shorts
  • H&m Chino ShortsH&m Chino Shorts
  • Burton Navy Skinny Chino ShortsBurton Navy Skinny Chino Shorts


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.

Buy Now: £34.99

Leather sandals

  • Topman Slydes Black Watson SandalsTopman Slydes Black Watson Sandals
  • Zara Cross Strap SandalsZara Cross Strap Sandals
  • River Island Brown Leather Cross Strap SandalsRiver 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.

Buy Now: £12.00

Yellow stripe short sleeve revere shirt

  • Topman Piped Seersucker Revere ShirtTopman Piped Seersucker Revere Shirt
  • H&m Resort Shirt Relaxed FitH&m Resort Shirt Relaxed Fit
  • Burton Pink Floral Print Revere Jersey ShirtBurton 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.

Buy Now: £3.50

Topman Black No Show Socks With Gel Pads

  • M&s Collection 4 Pack Cool & Freshfeet Invisible Shoe LinersM&s Collection 4 Pack Cool & Freshfeet Invisible Shoe Liners
  • H&m 5-pack Shaftless SocksH&m 5-pack Shaftless Socks
  • Next Metallic Invisible Socks Five PackNext 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.

Buy Now: £29.00


  • Asos White Tote Backpack Hybrid In NylonAsos White Tote Backpack Hybrid In Nylon
  • Artek Rivi Canvas BagArtek Rivi Canvas Bag
  • Rains City Tote BagRains 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.

Buy Now: £59.99

Timex Weekender 38mm Nylon Strap Watch

  • Kahuna Black And Grey Nato Strap WatchKahuna Black And Grey Nato Strap Watch
  • Infantry Mens Analogue Quartz Wrist WatchInfantry Mens Analogue Quartz Wrist Watch
  • H&m Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge Mens WatchH&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.

Buy Now: £14.99

Mango Organic cotton scarf

  • Navy Spot Printed Silk ScarfNavy Spot Printed Silk Scarf
  • Zara Striped ScarfZara Striped Scarf
  • Linen Scarf With Fringed EdgesLinen 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.

Buy Now: £29.00

Charcoal Grey Pleated Tapered Fit Smart Trousers

  • He By Mango Regular Fit Pleated TrousersHe By Mango Regular Fit Pleated Trousers
  • M&s Collection Regular Fit Single Pleated TrousersM&s Collection Regular Fit Single Pleated Trousers
  • Zara Pleated Chino TrousersZara 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.

Buy Now: £119.00

M&S COLLECTION Regular Fit Linen Miracle Suit

  • H&m Linen Jacket Slim FitH&m Linen Jacket Slim Fit
  • He By Mango Super Slim Fit Seersucker SuitHe By Mango Super Slim Fit Seersucker Suit
  • Next Linen Blend SuitNext 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.

Buy Now: £30.00

Topman Light Wash Skinny Jeans

  • River Island Light Blue Ronnie Relaxed Straight JeansRiver Island Light Blue Ronnie Relaxed Straight Jeans
  • Weekday Pine Week Blue JeansWeekday Pine Week Blue Jeans
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Light Vintage Wash Tim JeansHe By Mango Slim-fit Light Vintage Wash Tim Jeans


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.

Buy Now: £9.74

New Look sliders

  • Classic SliderClassic Slider
  • Nike Benassi Jdi WNike Benassi Jdi W
  • Topman Navy Kuba Rubber SlidersTopman Navy Kuba Rubber Sliders


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.

Buy Now: £28.00

FoR Malmo Grey Prince Of Wales Check Jacket

  • Smart Utility Zip Through HarringtonSmart Utility Zip Through Harrington
  • Topman Black And White Monochrome Print JacketTopman Black And White Monochrome Print Jacket
  • River Island Selected Homme Navy Sweatshirt JacketRiver 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.

Buy Now: £25.99


  • He By Mango Regular Fit Cord Pleated TrousersHe By Mango Regular Fit Cord Pleated Trousers
  • H&m Linen Trousers Relaxed FitH&m Linen Trousers Relaxed Fit
  • Topman Black Pinstripe JoggersTopman 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.

Buy Now: £29.99

Structured knit cotton polo

  • Topman Pink Short Sleeve Button Knitted PoloTopman Pink Short Sleeve Button Knitted Polo
  • Next Knitted PoloNext Knitted Polo
  • Mid Blue Merino Wool Polo Collar Short Sleeve JumperMid 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.

Buy Now: £17.99

Fine-knit jumper

  • He By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend SweaterHe By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend Sweater
  • Extra Fine Knit Cotton Silk JumperExtra Fine Knit Cotton Silk Jumper
  • M&s Collection Pure Fine Cotton Crew Neck JumperM&s Collection Pure Fine Cotton Crew Neck Jumper


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.

Buy Now: £30.00


  • River Island Purple Tie Dye Chest Pocket ShirtRiver Island Purple Tie Dye Chest Pocket Shirt
  • Topman Moroccan Geometric Print Shirt And Swim Shorts Co-ord SetTopman Moroccan Geometric Print Shirt And Swim Shorts Co-ord Set
  • Topman Selected Homme Yellow Tokyo Print Shirt And Shorts Co-ordTopman 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.

Buy Now: £39.99

Utility jacket

  • He By Mango Zipped Cotton Field JacketHe By Mango Zipped Cotton Field Jacket
  • Topman Faux Suede Field JacketTopman Faux Suede Field Jacket
  • New Look Green Camo Long Sleeve ShacketNew 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.

Buy Now: £79.00

Round Aviator Sunglasses

  • River Island Green Lens Hex SunglassesRiver Island Green Lens Hex Sunglasses
  • H&m SunglassesH&m Sunglasses
  • Zara Sports SunglassesZara 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.

Buy Now: £67.00


  • Zara White Leather SneakersZara White Leather Sneakers
  • Nike Classic Cortez Leather WNike Classic Cortez Leather W
  • H&m Leather TrainersH&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.

Buy Now: £22.00

adidas Black Acid Wash Denim Bucket Hat

  • Topman Off White Dome Bucket HatTopman Off White Dome Bucket Hat
  • Fred Perry X Arktis Camo Bucket HatFred Perry X Arktis Camo Bucket Hat
  • Burton Navy Reversible Bucket HatBurton 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.

Buy Now: £50.00

Brown leather boat shoes

  • Topman Tan Leather Wyatt Boat ShoesTopman Tan Leather Wyatt Boat Shoes
  • Next Boat ShoeNext Boat Shoe
  • Morven SailMorven Sail

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