Summer style can be confusing. Heat leads to sartorial confusion as the line between formal and casual gets hazier and hazier. The best – and perhaps only – way to make it through the season is to have an arsenal of mainstays ready for every wedding, barbecue, and post-work beer bash. This no-sweat strategy requires exactly 15 items and a smidge of planning.
Most grown men probably own a few of these essentials, but every Tom, Dick, and Harry looking to spend a week at the beach or an evening in the park should stock up on all of the above. The point isn't to splurge – pleasant weather means less fabric means lower prices – but to put oneself in a position to relax. Summer is all about taking it easy, and a crucial part of that mindset is feeling confident that you're ready for anything. Our advice: Be ready for everything.
An unaffiliated baseball cap
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a partisan cap, especially one that represents your team by giving a bit of a nod to its history, but fandom shouldn't be a full-time gig. A good-for-all-area-codes hat guarantees that you'll have something to throw on regardless of where you're traveling or what bar you're frequenting. Come summer, you want to flaunt a brim without taking heat for your allegiance to the Sox, Cards, or Yanks. A neutral cap makes a statement without offending, identifying you as a fan of manners.
We like the utilitarian look of this handsome Norse Projects Denim Flap Cap. The N on view isn't a call-out to Nashville Americans of the 1885 Southern League – as you surely guessed – but a nice bit of branding for the Copenhagen-based label. Like much of the collection, the six-panel, adjustable cap is inspired by workwear of the late 19th century and though the brand is European, its hats are manufactured in some of the oldest millineries in the U.S. [$68; norseprojects.com]