How to Dress for Summer

Warmer days, longer nights: summer’s our favorite season and we love to dress the part. But sweltering afternoons and chilly evenings aren’t the easiest to dress for — so we’re making it easy by highlighting our favorite handpicked summer styles for men and women. And we tapped Dockers® Head Stylist Jackie Groffman to give you some summer outfit ideas.

Our Favorite Summer Styles for Men
Sweat Short

Lounging around or running errands? These plush Dockers® Sport Sweat Shorts are ready for both.

“Truly made for your most comfortable and low-key moments: walking the dog, drinking coffee on the porch or heading out to the farmer's market.” - Dockers® Head Stylist, Jackie Groffman

Layer them with our Dockers® Sport graphic tees and full zip hoodies for an extra laid-back feel.

Playa Short

The Playa Shorts are breathable, quick-drying and can get wet. What else could you want?

“This is the ultimate beach to bar style, best paired with our Camp Collar Shirt.” - Dockers® Head Stylist, Jackie Groffman

We return to this men’s summer outfit over and over: start with our Playa Shorts and top it off with a solid tee. Flip flops are great if you’re poolside and pared-back sneakers are perfect for everywhere else.

Original Short

Short but classic. The lightweight and easy OG Shorts for men pay tribute to our Original Khaki with trending pleats and a relaxed fit. Jackie’s short and sweet styling tip?

“Tuck in an Original Tee to show off the pleats.” - Dockers® Head Stylist, Jackie Groffman

Ultimate Short

Jackie calls the Ultimate Short “one of our most beloved and wearable styles” — and for a good reason. We make them in a ton of colors and prints you can wear everyday. Plus, we know you love the convenient multi-pocket design.

Jackie recommends pairing the Ultimate Short with a chambray button-up and a basic tee.

Rec Hike Short

The Dockers® Rec Hike Short performs like gear — but it looks good indoors and out. Fusing utility and style, we recommend reaching for them when you really don’t know where the day will take you.

Pair them with our Rec Tee or Rec Button-Up Shirt and take the functionality to the next level. 

Flip Flops

Let’s talk about our flip flops. Yeah, they’re casual, but we went above and beyond when designing these summer staples. We built them with a padded footbed and webbed toe post so you can stay comfortable even on the hottest days.

Don’t Forget a Jacket

Get dressed with a clean conscience. Our high sustainability standards reduce our impact on the planet and better the lives of apparel workers.

Our Favorite Summer Styles for Women

Original Short

It doesn’t get any better than the women’s OG shorts. They've got a high waist designed to accentuate your frame and double pleats that nod to vintage workwear style.

“I am loving the Original Short for women because it gives a feminine angle to the pleated trend. My favorite way to wear them is with a Camp Collar Shirt.” - Dockers® Head Stylist, Jackie Groffman


Wear it buttoned, unbuttoned or knotted at the front. No matter what, you’ll be looking good and keeping cool.

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Original Khaki

Like Dockers® Head Stylist Jackie Groffman says, “keep it simple and let the trend the Original Khaki feeds into speak for itself.”

The OG Khaki’s pleats can look classic or contemporary depending on your style — and we only make them in colors that are easy to mix and match with our Favorite Tee Shirt.

Ready for Summer

You’ve heard it straight from Dockers® — now go forth, have fun and find the right mix of shorts, tees and shirts to make the summer work for you. Enjoy the heat.