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Warmer weather makes for a stripped-down wardrobe. Not to worry: It takes only a few tweaks to stand out from every other guy sporting flip-flops and a T-shirt. Your strategy? Invest in a handful of versatile staples and use a few of our simple secrets to squeeze the most mileage out of each one.
1 Keep Your Kicks Clean
Grungy sneakers ruin any look. Bleach can turn fabrics pink, so give your shoes a weekly cleaning with Clorox disinfecting wipes instead. They use a bleach-free solution to lift dirt without harming leather or fabric.
2 Thin Out The Bulk
A sweater made from lightweight cotton can be a versatile piece in your closet. “Cotton knits would wrinkle less than all-linen knits, so they travel well,” says Jimmy Lim, marketing communications manager of Gap and Banana Republic.
3 Dress Up Your Shorts
Your shorts should be comfortable but not oversized. “Choose plain or plaid cotton shorts that hit the knee or a little above,” says Jimmy. “Wear a patterned shirt with solid-coloured shorts, and a plain shirt with the plaid shorts.”
4 Work With A Pattern
Stripes is the one safe pattern that men can wear, says Jimmy, “Combining it with a solid colour jacket or shirt, gives it greater detail and dimension.”
5 Choose To Crease
A linen-weave shirt is breathable, comfortable and instantly makes you feel relaxed, says Jimmy. “Most people won’t expect linen shirts to be perpetually crisp, so you can get away with some natural wrinkling,” he says.