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Looking for summer outfit inspiration? We’ve turned to some Instagram favourites for their take on seasonal dressing

Style tip: pick your palette

If you’re stuck in a rut wearing the same old colours – typically navy or black – then it can be hard to think outside the box. One easy way to subtly experiment with more colour is through dressing tonally, taking different shades from the same palette to create an outfit. That could mean, for example, twinning a chambray shirt with classic navy shorts, or layering a grey shirt over a black tee. We love the tonal palette adopted by Tom Sheard here, using an oatmeal-coloured shirt and taupe grey shorts for a fresh summer look.

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Natural linen grandad collar shirt 
A collarless shirt for effortless style
Navy blue linen shirt
Or try a long-sleeved linen shirt
Beige linen trousers
Linen trousers, a smart choice for hot weather
Light blue linen shorts
Belted shorts made from breathable linen

Style tip: smarten up shorts

Gone are the days when men’s shorts were worn only for sport or going to the beach – now they’re even making appearances in some offices, at weddings, you name it. If you want to make sure your shorts look sharp rather than shabby, pick a tailored, belted style such as these linen shorts, as seen on Ramzan Miah. Add a leather belt and loafers, and tuck in a crisp shirt. The result is an outfit that’s going to get attention for only the right reasons.

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Linen striped chino shorts
Shorts in a breathable linen blend
Beige lightweight chino shorts
Neutral shorts are super versatile
Belted navy chino shorts
Belted shorts work well with shirts
Green chino shorts 
Cotton-rich shorts are an all-round staple

Style tip: lighten those layers

You can rely on the British summer weather to be extremely unreliable, hence a wardrobe that consists entirely of shorts and T-shirts is going to cause problems. Instead, you need light, breathable layers in seasonal tones – nothing too dark and heavy. Tom Lloyd nails the less-than-boiling-summer-day look with this cream overshirt teamed with a white shirt and cotton-rich corduroy trousers. Tuck the shirt loosely and wear with an open collar for a more laid-back feel.

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Cream overshirt 
Available in four colours
Denim jacket 
A modern take on the denim jacket
Light khaki utility jacket
Utility jackets remain on trend
Blue bomber jacket
Bomber jackets are a casual staple

Style tip: embrace pattern

If ever there was a summer to embrace the joy of print and colour, it’s this one. For some people, joyful dressing means full-on, look-at-me style – if this is you, then a gloriously exuberant Hawaiian shirt will tick the box. Others prefer a more pared-back approach to pattern, such as a simple striped shirt, like the one worn here by our very own M&S Insider Rob (@marksandspencer_rob). It looks great worn over a white T-shirt with slim-fit chinos, or team with shorts as the weather gets warmer.

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Linen striped shirt
Get in line for this striped shirt
Linen navy printed shirt
A subtle but striking printed shirt
Hawaiian-print short-sleeved shirt
Go full Hawaiian with this bold shirt
Linen Hawaiian-print short-sleeved shirt
A linen shirt with a tropical twist

Words: Sophie Hines

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