Men’s Summer 2021 Fashion Trends

Summer has come around once again, and with it hot weather, outdoor events, and lots of linen apparel lining store shelves. While you’ve probably already got a few T-shirts lying around, it’s time for you to take a hard look at your summer wardrobe and swap out those boring cargo shorts for some more personalized and unique aesthetic choices.

Not sure where to start? Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming or current fashion trends for men’s summer wear in 2021.

Bomber Jackets, Baby

You heard us right – bomber jackets. Sure, these are a little too warm to wear in the hot summer sunshine. But they’re great accessory pieces if you’re dressing up for an evening out and want to look a little retro and classically stylish at the same time.

Bomber jackets come in a variety of styles, colors, and even materials. Naturally, you’ll want to go with natural leather if possible, though keep in mind these jackets are the most expensive of the bunch. Wear them with jeans to complete a 90s-esque “Top Gun” look. Indeed, bomber jackets are perfect for wearing while riding your motorcycle!


The workwear trend (also called the utility trend) essentially means finding all the most utilitarian pieces in your wardrobe and combining them for maximum effect. Cargo shorts, vests, and pocketed jackets or long-sleeve shirts are the name of the game. Combine these with some utility boots to complete the look.

Just don’t try to wear this look if you live in a hot and humid climate. You’ll sweat your way to dehydration way too fast to appreciate your aesthetic. 

Pastel Colors Everywhere

Pastel colors are also making a comeback. Fortunately, these colors are easily found in a variety of short sleeve shirts, polo shirts, graphic tees, and more.

You’ll also find plenty of pastel-colored shorts in Performance Khakis by Berle. These shorts combine durability with comfort in a way that few other pairs can match. Pastel colors are ideal for wearing on hot, sunny days down at the beach or if you want to attend a summertime party without looking too formal. Pastel shorts are excellent alternatives to regular slacks or khakis.

Combine your pastel-colored shorts with complementarily-colored shirts and you’ll look handsome, optimistic, and ready for the adventures of summer.

Chambray and Linen Shirts – The Go-To Choice for Any Occasion

Chambray makes for great summer shirts. This lightweight, plain weave fabric is extremely breathable and features moisture-wicking properties that make it similar to other popular summertime fabric choices. Furthermore, you can find chambray in a variety of masculine colors like blue, light red, or even white (though blue is the most popular and classic choice).

Similarly, go with linen for your shirts and shorts choices. Linen is another lightweight and breathable fabric that helps your sweat actually evaporate whenever a spare summer breeze flies by. Linen shorts are particularly comfortable and lightweight for men on the go. At Berle, we offer several comfortable choices of linen shorts in a variety of colors and sizes.


Activewear has been in style for a while, and it’s not looking to slow down this summer. Activewear is characterized by clothes that could double as what you would wear to Starbucks and what you would wear to the gym. For example:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Basketball shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Leggings
  • Tennis shoes
  • You get the idea

Activewear is certainly convenient if you like to hit the gym every day or at least go on a run before work. Just be sure to shower. It’s one thing to look great in activewear; it’s another thing to smell great after you’ve actually exercised in your clothes!

Printed Shorts for Summer BBQs and Casual Events

Printed shorts used to be more of a “dad” thing, but no longer! In fact, printed shorts are now in style for men of any age range, especially if you need casual legwear for a backyard barbecue, a casual summer wedding, or any other outdoor event where you want to add a little pep to your outfit.

Printed shorts like the kinds we offer at Berle are available in a variety of patterns, colors, and sizes. These normally come in 100% cotton khaki materials for added durability.

All in all, 2021's summer fashion trends are looking to be bold, bombastic, and even a little retro in their style. We hope this guide has given you at least a few ideas you can use when putting together your summer wardrobe for the sizzling months ahead!