With vaccines slowly starting to roll out here in Canada the possibility of safely enjoying a summer filled with fun in the sun is looking promising. After what feels like an eternity spent working or studying indoors in front of a computer screen, choosing an outfit for another reason besides comfort seems quite foreign at this point. With good weather rapidly approaching here are 4 summer essentials for men that will not break the bank:


No summer outfit can be considered complete without a proper pair of sunnies. Not only will they help keep the sun out of your eyes while lounging on a beach with your favourite book, but they also add a certain undeniable style to anyone who wears them. While you can never go wrong with a classic recognizable pair of half-frame glasses, like this pair from Urban Outfitters. Try grabbing a pair of smaller rectangular shades from Le Specs (insert link) to set yourself apart, while simultaneously achieving that 90’s vibe.


Summer life is all about simplicity. A proper pair of sandals can alleviate that bother of having to untie and tie your shoes all day long, while also allowing your feet easy access to any nearby body of water. The question of wearing socks or not remains a conversation saved for a later date, but check out these eco-friendly Skeena sandals from NorthFace (insert link) for that dad aesthetic we all know and love.


It’s time to leave your favourite pair of jeans at home and let those legs breathe! No matter how ghostly white your legs may be, everyone deserves to comfortably walk around in the heat. Try these Sportswear Essential Heritage shorts from Nike if you’re looking for something that’s going to allow as much leg-tanning as possible. Or if you need something a little more substantial these breathable Vintage shorts from The Gap are a great pick. In a pinch, you can’t go wrong with a DIY pair of shorts involving scissors and an old pair of pants.

Tote Bag

Forget about the risk of back sweat that comes with dragging around a clunky backpack all day in lieu of a nimble tote bag. These cotton shoulder bags are quickly becoming all the rage and are perfect for stashing a frisbee and a can of your favourite beverage for a day at the park. Gramicci makes a smaller tote bag featuring a lovely camping illustration by artist Jonas Claesson, but if it’s capacity you’re looking for, try this tote from Museum of Peace and Quiet.