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The Best Resort Wear for Men Will Make You the Most Well-Dressed Man in Town

For most guys, the idea of segmenting a section of your wardrobe for clothing that you just wear on vacation might seem a little extreme, but we’re here to tell you that the idea of resort wear isn’t just for White Lotus characters. As the weather gradually warms up, investing in the best resort wear for men can be the wardrobe refresh you need. And no, you don’t need a 10-day getaway planned to pick up the best resort wear. The best resort wear for men can see you through everything from music festivals to trips to the beach and drinks at the local watering hole.

By design, resort wear needs to be able to take you from lounging by the pool in the day to hitting up the hotel restaurant or checking out local spots by night. That means that the best resort wear is casual enough for sitting in the sand but stylish enough for sitting at the bar. Naturally, resort wear falls pretty squarely within the casual end of the spectrum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look put-together while you’re sipping Mai Tais.

So what are the best resort wear basics for men? Pretty much anything Jude Law wears in The Talented Mr. Ripley will do. Start with a camp collar shirt, which has a loose fit and a collar that cuts away from the neck for optimal breathability and comfort. Obviously, you’ll want some swimwear, too, so pack some stylish trunks that can do double duty as shorts. Linen pants might seem a little too on the nose, but we guarantee that a pair of well-tailored linen pants will be a flattering alternative to shorts or jeans.

Keep scrolling to discover best resort wear for men you can buy for all of your summer plans, whether that’s a trip to Cabo or a low-key day at the beach. Think of this less as a packing checklist than a mood board to grab inspiration from. After all, it’s a vacation. No need to overthink it.

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BEST OVERALL

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Dandy Del Mar is an up-and-coming resort wear brand that’s getting a lot of attention right now, and this waffle knit set sold out in less than a month after being released. We predict it won’t be long before it’s out of stock again. While the shorts and shirt are available to purchase separately, our SPY team highly recommends buying the matching set together. It makes for a great photo moment against a picturesque backdrop — dare we say on a yacht in Cannes?

Best Texture

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Scotch & Soda does a great deal with producing men’s resort wear and has made our list a few times for the Best Hawaiian Shirts for Men. That said, we highly recommend getting hands on this towelling-texture camp shirt made for sailing the shores. The Dutch brand makes colorful and versatile apparel for all demographics inspired by vacation in the tropics, hence the embroidered design of a sunset on the chest and the back.

BEST SHORTS

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Shorts are a must, and Madewell’s Everywear shorts are designed to be worn, well everywhere. They’re cut from nylon and have a drawstring waist, meaning they can handle a dip in the pool, but the casual, solid-color style makes them great for everything from hikes to brunch. Plus, they come in a ton of stylish colors. This light fabric is produced from recycled pre-consumer waste that typically finds a place in landfills.

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT PANTS

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Wearing pants in the summertime or during vacation may seem like a bust, but not if they aren’t too snug. To ward off any blazing temperatures, linen pants are your fix. Mango has a stylish, slim-fit pair that are breathable, loosely woven and produced using sustainable fibers or processes — reducing their environmental impact. This kind of resort wear is the bridge between formalwear and casual attire.

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BEST VACAY SHOE

$295.00

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When your vacation itinerary is packed with sightseeing excursions that require lots of walking, it’s always important to pack comfortable shoes. And a pair that complements your resort wear. Koio, a modern luxury footwear brand, makes minimal leather and suede sneakers that can be coupled with just about any outfit. Each shoe style is made from LWG-certified tanneries with non-toxic cotton laces and recycled rubber. Not for nothing, these solid whites shoes go well with anything.

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If you’re looking for a shirt that you can wear to the beach on Sunday and work on Monday, feast your eyes on Quince’s linen-long sleeve. It’s casual resort wear, breathable enough for the humidity and sustainably sourced from Europe.

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BEST SWIM TRUNK

$68.00

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If you’re looking for classic resort wear that practices sustainability, look no further Fair Harbor’s product offering. All of their ultra-comfortable beachwear including this colorblock trunk, is produced from plastic water bottles removed from the ocean. The swim shorts infuse BreezeKnit liner, which feels more like wearing a pair of boxer briefs than those old mesh liners you’ve grown accustomed.

MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY

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Sunglasses and resort wear go hand in hand. One of the biggest styles in 2022 is hexagonal-shaped sunglasses, usually with a dark lens. These popular specs from the 60s are having a resurgence. Additional frame colors include gold, black or silver. If you’re shopping for cheap prescription sunglasses? Well, you’ve come to the right place. You can get these in your prescription as well.

FOR THE BEACH

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Nothing is more synonymous with resort wear for men than seersucker shorts. It’s a quintessential summer fabric that is airy, elegant and snug. Todd Snyder makes a blue-and-white pair with enough stretch to them. Perfect to for beach days or even a morning stroll before you adventure out.

ULTIMATE VACATION SANDAL

$135.00

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Some form of sandals, be it Birkenstock or moccasin, need to come along to your next hottest destination. The woven strap leather detail and leather insoles for comfort makes these the best sandals for men. Every guy has sandals to couple with their resort wear. Is it a real vacation if you don’t?

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MOST STYLISH

Tombolo makes cabana shirts from terry cloth, meaning their shirts can do double duty for toweling off. This shirt nods to the proud tradition of mezcal, including an agave plant motif sticking out of one pocket and a bottle-shaped pocket on the other side. Tombolo has more low-key shirts, but if you’re going on a beach vacation, you might as well go big.

PERSONAL TOUCH

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A watch is the perfect accessory to style with any outfit. For instance, this stunning timepiece from Timex will take your resort wear look to the next level. From the multi-colored sub-dials to the stainless steel bracelet, it brings a certain sophistication and opulence that is unbeatable for the guys sharing the same resort.

BEST POLO SHIRT

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Orlebar Brown is one of the world’s top resort wear brands, and this cream-colored polo is perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner at your Caribbean resort. The ‘Donald’ polo shirt is a stark contrast from the tacky golf polos and performance fabrics your fellow resort guests will be wearing.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

$175.00

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You can never go wrong with a hint of Paul Smith in your wardrobe. In terms of resort wear for men, the brand has a great swimwear collection featuring pops of color and seasonal prints. One of our SPY editors swear by their signature stripe swim trunks for their classic fit and minimalism. The pair is made from recycled plastic bottles, has a fast-drying fabric and offers up the option have your initials monogrammed.

FOR CHILLY NIGHTS

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Even on summer vacation it gets cold and Madhappy’s fleece hoodie is ideal for nighttime trips to watch the ocean waves. The sweatshirt is made with 100% premium combed cotton, that keep you warm over your resort wear when the sea breeze hits. Plus, the signature-hood stitch and kangaroo pocket adds a stylish and functional touch.