Shake off the shackles of winter and sombre, dark dressing by embracing these 5 summer menswear trends. Style basics like your plain t-shirt are transformed with a statement summer piece such as a floral blazer or liven up a pair of chinos with a tropical print shirt.

Tropical prints

Say aloha with pineapples, palm trees or tropical birds. Bomber jackets, shirts and t-shirts are all getting the tropical treatment this summer.

Gucci have done a tropical print silk bomber jacket and Saint Laurent have a palm tree print scarf. However you choose to incorporate the trend, try to keep the rest of your outfit simple.

For easy styling team a palm print shirt with chino shorts and a jacket. Tropical prints don’t have to be garish, keep it understated with light backgrounds and subtle prints.

Paul Smith Printed ShirtLight Pink 'Ink Palm' Print Short-Sleeve Shirt, £120, Paul Smith


Diesel Black Gold Palm Tree Print T-shirtDiesel Black Gold Palm Tree Print T-shirt, £80.98, Farfetch


Bowling shirts

Go for a bowling shirt in the season’s favourite tropical print or keep it plain in light-wash denim. The shorter length, short sleeves and boxy shape of a bowling shirt make it a trendy option for smart casual in summer.

Keep it fifties and wear your bowling shirt with drainpipe jeans and square frame sunglasses.

Nudie Jeans Denim Bowling ShirtNudie Jeans Denim Bowling Shirt, £90, Liberty


The blouson jacket

Similar to a bomber jacket but with a shirt collar, the blouson jacket is easy to wear and somehow manages to look relaxed but smart at the same time.

Pick a lightweight cotton for summer or something heavier for longer wearability – this navy heavy blouson jacket is somewhere in the middle.

Our Legacy Navy Heavy Blouson JacketOur Legacy Navy Heavy Blouson Jacket, £175, Liberty


Printed blazers 

Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna and Saint Laurent all did vibrant botanical print suits. For a more wearable look, go for blue florals, jacquard or a subtle paisley print.

Ted Baker Dollarz Deluxe Floral JacketDollarz Deluxe Floral Jacket, £995, Ted Baker


Summer scarves

Wrap around a lightweight summer scarf to spice up a plain t-shirt and jacket combo. Or add a smart silk dress scarf to a shirt and blazer for a refined evening look.

Forget about the skinny scarf, this seasons scarves are much healthier. Go for block colour or add some fun with polka-dot prints.

Polo Ralph Lauren Big Pony Lightweight ScarfPolo Ralph Lauren Big Pony Lightweight Scarf£49, ASOS