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Keep Your Cool: Hot Weather Doesn’t Justify Lookin’ a Hot Mess

Are you blessed to live in a place with perfect weather? Somewhere with clear blue skies, just the right amount of sunshine, and most importantly, absolutely no humidity? Lucky you. The rest of us are going straight from a bone-chilling winter into a heat-wave-plagued summer, and we’re ditching layers of clothes at record speeds.

Getting dressed to go out in extreme summer temperatures is almost always a royal pain, and keeping true to your style can be more of a challenge when you’re putting on less clothing. A hot summer day isn’t an excuse for walking out of the house looking like a hot mess, though. You can look put together every single day this summer and maintain your style by incorporating some of our alternative apparel pieces into your wardrobe. One of the benefits of alternative fashion is that not a single piece is boring, which means that on days when simply breathing makes you sweat, putting a great look together won’t take much effort.


Sullen Men's Pier Walking ShortsSummer Basics for Men

Guys, keep things as simple as possible and just remember three things: tees, tanks, and shorts. These Sullen Pier Walk shorts are one of the best basic items to have in your closet come summertime. They’re casual enough to be worn with any tee or tank, but tailored so you won’t look sloppy. These shorts hit right below the knee and their cotton blend makes the fabric breathable. What’s the best thing about them? They’re available in three colors: black, charcoal, and sand. If you love how one pair fits, why not make summer dressing even easier by owning every color?Sullen Men's Tank Top

Think of these shorts as the first building block for a great summer outfit. Pair them with a tank to keep things light – something like this Sullen Badge Series Tank – and top off your outfit with a New Era Cap to shade your eyes from the blinding summer sun. Need to dress up? No sweat – literally, when you pair these shorts with a comfortable Sullen button-down short-sleeve shirt. Whichever combination you choose, you'll look as cool as these clothes will keep you feeling on a hot day.

Going to a pool party or the beach? We carry board shorts from Sullen that might convince you to give up your staple Sullen Pier Walk Shorts for a day. Made from four-way stretch, quick-dry fabric, these shorts are super lightweight while maintaining function and design. They feature artwork by tattoo artists like Ryan Smith, Elvin Yong, and Rember, and there’s a pocket in every pair to hold necessities like your cell phone and wallet. Just remember to empty out the contents before diving into the water!

Sullen Women's Dress, Bag of Skulls

Versatility With Women’s Tanks & DressesWomen's Tank Tops - "The Fox" Women's Racerback Tank

Sometimes ladies can have a more difficult time with summer clothes than men, but let’s think positively: there are so many women’s alternative apparel options for summer, and trust me, that’s a good thing! Don’t want tan lines? Wear one of our sexy tube tops. Don’t want to deal with zippers and buttons? Forget shorts and put on a dress. Actually, don’t just put on any dress; put on this racy new Sullen dress we just added to our site, and you’ll have people wondering how you make looking good while staying cool so effortless.

If dresses aren’t really your style, then maybe donning a tank top is more on your level, like the awesome Sullen side-tie tank and the InkAddict tank with amazing artwork by Matt Hockaday and lettering by Big Meas shown to the right. The loose-fit and draped silhouette guarantee comfort, and remember, the less heat that’s trapped inside your clothing, the less irritable you’ll be.Sullen Angels Tank Tops - Jet Side-Tie Tee in Yellow

The greatest thing about tank tops is their versatility. Sure, you can wear a tank as is, but you can also wear one layered with a camisole underneath or even as a cover up at the beach. Plus, well after summer is over, tank tops make great layering pieces.


Summerin’ It Up

With the hundreds of summer alternative apparel options we offer, you’re guaranteed to look hot while staying cool this season. To start assembling your perfect summer wardrobe, visit either our Men’s Clothing or Women’s Clothing section, and then choose one of the summer subcategories, like Men’s Shorts or Women’s Tank Tops. Or, choose Shop by Brand if you’d rather just see items made by your favorite lifestyle brands. To find finishing touches for your summer ensembles, check out our accessories, like cool belt buckles and crazy contacts. Happy shopping!