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How to upgrade your closet for summer

Flattering stripes for an easy style upgrade
Flattering stripes for an easy style upgrade(gq.com)

With summer finally starting to arrive in Minnesota, it's time to look in your closet and decide if you're ready for the changing temps. Here are five easy ways to add some summer style to look with easy upgrades and additions. Try one or more and enjoy the summer's activities in style.

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Flattering stripes for an easy style upgrade
Flattering stripes for an easy style upgrade (gq.com)

Flattering stripes for an easy style upgrade

Want to look instantly more cut? Rock a tee with a more prominent chest stripe for an instant visual upgrade. Look for a slightly wider stripe or stripe of a different color to make you look even broader.

Flat-front shorts in a summer-ready color
Flat-front shorts in a summer-ready color (10" Shorts, Express.com)

Flat-front shorts in a summer-ready color

For a pair of shorts that will keep you cool in warm temps and still looking great for a casual date night out, look for a pair of flat-front shorts in a summer-ready color.  Leave the cargo pockets for working around the yard or having a bonfire, and pair with everything from a tee to a casual button down.

Deck-shoe inspired for that fun-loving vibe
Deck-shoe inspired for that fun-loving vibe (Bergen Moc Oxford, colehaan.com)

Deck-shoe inspired for that fun-loving vibe

Invest in a pair of deck-inspired oxford in a lighter color to pair with jeans, shorts, or colored khakis for instant cool-factor. We love this pair from Cole Haan, especially with the pop of yellow in the laces. Fun, but never too much...

Lighten up with grey suiting
Lighten up with grey suiting (Grey Monogram suit, bananarepublic.com)

Lighten up with grey suiting

For those dudes who need to rock the business casual look, warm up with lighter coolers and crisper factors for those hot summer months. Trade in your black suit for a sharp grey suit, like this option from Banana Republic. 

Sport coats take you from day to night
Sport coats take you from day to night (Sport coat, bananarepublic.com)

Sport coats take you from day to night

For those who don't have to be in a suit regularly, consider a brightly colored sports coat. An enduring trend for the past few seasons, a sport coat can take you from day to night easily, while adding polish to your style.

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