Location: Lubao, Pampanga

Outfit: Outfit 1: Printed Button Down (The Ilustrados) | Printed Swim Shorts (Topman) | Sunglasses (Sunnies) Outfit 2: Printed Button Down (The Ilustrados) | Trousers (H&M) | Sneakers (Saucony) | Sunglasses (Sunnies)

Finally, something summer-related on the blog today! I spent almost two weeks working on all my Switzerland blog posts and it was so hard for me to write them with this kind of weather! Haha! Speaking of the hot weather, I’m going to be sharing a ton of summer-related content for you guys so stay tuned for my next series of posts!

We all have our favorite summer shirt–it could be a plain short-sleeved button down or a printed one. I happen to love this floral button down shirt I got from The Ilustrados, one of my favorite local stores in Manila. They’re only available online or in local bazaars so I make sure to take advantage of this whenever they participate in one.

Anyway, let’s face it, when it’s sweltering out, rolling up your long-sleeve shirt just ain’t gonna cut it. I know, a short-sleeved button down shirt can be tricky to pull off, but when you mix it with the right pieces (and with the right styling), you’ll be slaying those summer looks in no time.

Since we’re not always at the beach or on vacation (I know, us bloggers make it seem that we always are but there is no truth to that lol), most days, we’re in the city. Want to incorporate your favorite summer shirt in your wardrobe? I got you. So read on to get a few tips and ideas on how to style your favorite summer shirt.


First things first, if you don’t have a favorite summer shirt yet, here are a few rules. Make sure you get one that fits you perfectly. The shirt’s shoulder seam should hit squarely on the edge of your shoulder. As for your sleeve hem, it should be around the mid-bicep level. Do yourself a favor and don’t buy anything baggy nor saggy. Remember, fit is king! When choosing a color or print, be brave and go for something with a splash of flowers or plants. Any kind of print that reminds you of summer, go for it. It’s the perfect time to show a little playfulness and have a little fun. I have so many button down shirts with crazy summer prints–think palm trees, pineapples, even lobsters!

For look 1, I decided to go for something easy to recreate. It’s summer, you don’t need to make extra effort to look put-together. Summer is all about being carefree and having a good time anyway, right? The print is crazy and outgoing enough to do all the talking. If you want to step out of your comfort zone, try a pair of floral printed swim shorts to achieve this print-on-print look. If this is too much for you, that’s totally fine. Go for a light-colored pair instead (turquoise, pastel pink, yellow and light brown should look good with this button down). Loosen up a few buttons and enjoy the summer breeze!

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Wearing the same summer button down shirt, style this look with a pair of your favorite pair of trousers. I happen to love this navy blue one from H&M because it’s light and breezy, plus the ribbon on the waist gives it an easygoing, summer vibe. You can also go for a lighter color like khaki or beige, jeans could work, too. Wear a pair of white sneakers to give it a fun and chill vibe (the pair I’m wearing is beige). Finish off the look with a white canvas/tote bag, depends on what you usually bring with you. I usually use this type of bags because it’s so easy to throw in my stuff. Plus, it gives off the Korean/Japanese streetstyle vibe. Ha! Don’t forget to bring a pair of your favorite sunglasses! If you work a corporate job, you can apply all these style tips but replace the white sneakers with brown brogues or oxfords. Also maybe it’s more appropriate to go for a not-so-loud print like what I’m wearing.

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There you have it, you’re now ready to take on the busy streets of Manila and all set for your next beach trip. I hope you find these styling tips helpful! If you ever recreate any of these looks, please tweet them (@davidguison) to me, I would love to see them!

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