There’s a simple way to pull off blazing reds, electric blues, and eye-catching oranges—just pair them with your favorite understated denim for the right calm-and-bright balance. And to cap it all off, throw in a badass new sports watch and one of summer’s must-have new scents.
To roll right in a pair of eye-popping chinos—like these ultrasoft, stretchy, and perfectly slim-fitted electric blues from Tommy Hilfiger—you need to contain the color with something low-key. Try this dark and breathable lightweight cotton trucker jacket from 7 For All Mankind. And if you’re really carving concrete on a skateboard, take it from us: Lose the standard-issue Vans and go full Marty McFly. In other words: white Nikes.
Pants: Tommy Hilfiger, $110; Jacket: 7 For All Mankind, $358; T-shirt: Lands' End, $19.50; Sneakers: Nike, $80; Watch: Swatch, $125
Some say the classic polo is perfect just the way it is. We beg to differ. Take this retro orange version from Original Penguin: It’s not only a colorful upgrade over the age-old navy polo, it’s also cut perfectly for the fit guy, with shorter sleeves and a flattering, thinned-out midsection. Pair it with some slightly broken-in Gap jeans and classic, no-frill Timberland sneaks.
Polo: Original Penguin, $59; Jeans: Gap, $69.95; Sneakers: Timberland, $65; Watch: Kenneth Cole New York, $185
Yes, you can rock a ballsy, screaming-red sports jacket (like this blinding beauty from Tallia Orange). Why? Because: 1) It’s bold but doesn’t take itself too seriously; 2) The superlight, comfortable cotton blend it’s constructed of keeps things casual; and 3) Why the hell not? Just ground it with a pair of laid-back Levi’s, some desert boots, and a soft denim shirt like this AG number, with fabric so fine you’ll think you’re wearing a dress shirt.