#OOTD: Wear Your New Favorite Chinos This Way for Summer

The simple pleasures are really what summer is all about — like wearing a pair of the best men’s chinos to do, well, whatever it is you please. From preparing a lovely meal on your patio grill to spending long hours with friends and family on your back deck or on vacation, summer seems primed for those types of opportunities — especially if you wear the proper men’s style essentials as outlined in this #OOTD, including, again, some stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder (more on why you need that exact pair in a second). The right pair of lightweight, stylish chinos can step things up a notch from shorts — no matter how stylish your shorts might be, it’s sometimes a nice gesture to shake things up a bit and go just a touch dressier. And for an easygoing summer evening, we’ll balance things out with a stylish short-sleeve shirt (leave the blazer at home), to go along with a classic NATO strap watch. The overall impact of this #OOTD is one that nods toward casual style and great times, without being too bold or over-the-top — the absolute perfect balance for summer, in my mind. No matter where your plans take you, that sounds agreeable to me. To see how I’m dressing for summer, head to my Instagram — and to get the full ensemble, read below!

A mix of easygoing refinement and summer style staples. Tequila not included.

Are you onboard with this #OOTD for a casual summer night? When you keep the focus on simple, classic men’s style essentials — I.E. stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder — the rest of your ensemble can truly shine. And lightweight chinos are going to provide a perfect counterbalance in terms of style when paired up with a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Lisboa — see, you’re already all set for your next rooftop or backyard party. Throw in some summer-ready touches, like your new favorite casual watch and a pair of the rugged-yet-cool Yuketen Canoe Mocs, and you’re breezy and well-dressed (possibly the best-dressed guy at the entire affair??). Summer calls for on-point accessories across the board, including stylish sunglasses and a stylish suede belt  — it’s all about keeping things casual yet still sharp. Whether you host or spend the evening with friends, I’d also wager just about anyone can appreciate something like a make-your-own margarita glass set, ideally filled with a homemade recipe.  Last but not least, to tie things all together … put on a richly scented solid cologne from Duke Cannon to really drive home the easygoing-yet-stylish appeal of this #OOTD. That’s about everything you need for a great summer day or night, correct? Correct. Enjoy the season, folks!

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The List: Get Ready for the Rest of Summer with the Best Men’s Style Essentials

The perfect swim trunks for summer, via Huckberry and Flint and Tinder.

What better way to kick off this new list of the best summer style essentials than with the above must-have — a pair of classic boardshorts from the likes of Flint and Tinder? There’s no questioning the durability and casual appeal of these stylish swim trunks, and I think you’ll find that’s true with the rest of today’s gear picks, too. The Fourth of July is coming up (more on that next week!), so it behooves you to start getting ready — with stylish swim shorts, no less. Shop away, my friends.

Flint and Tinder Vintage Boardshorts — $78

One of two colorways in which you can snag these perfect boardshorts.

We already mentioned above how essential it is to have a functional, stylish pair of swim trunks in your arsenal this summer as you head to the beach or pool. And that, dear reader, is where the Flint and Tinder Vintage Boardshorts come into play. Simply perfect.

Armor-Lux Double Jagger Stripe Shirt — $97.98

A classic long-sleeve shirt for any occasion this season.

Whether you prefer the beach or the boardwalk, the back patio or a rooftop bar, this stylish long-sleeve shirt is all about retro style (just note the name!) and dependable good looks. A perfect vintage shirt for breezy summer nights (and the Fourth of July coming up soon!).

New Balance 997 Sport Sneakers — $104.98

The classic sneakers you won’t want to take off.

Want to really harness retro style inspiration this summer? Throw on a pair of throwback sneakers from New Balance, then pair them up with a classic white tee and slim dark denim. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Staple Denim — $128

Slim. dark, essential Mott and Bow denim.

For all the casual style essentials you need this summer (see above and below), you also need a classic pair of dark blue denim to wear to the office … and then to happy hour. These Mott and Bow jeans are the answer, folks.

Deus Ex Machina Sandbar Garment-Dyed Shorts — $98 

Absolutely essential summer shorts, there’s no way around it.

Looking for the perfect summer shorts? The kind of easygoing, casual, effortlessly cool pair of shorts you can wear with anything (including a stylish long-sleeve shirt)? You’ve found them right here. Wear these all summer.

Momentum Watches Steelix Nylon Watch — $69.98 

The rugged watch you’ll be wearing all season long.

Some of the best men’s casual watches are also the most dependable — and the most affordable. To wear with the aforementioned pair of the perfect summer shorts, grab this classic nylon strap watch from Momentum Watches for under $70.

Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt in Burgundy Hemp — $98

A sustainably made short-sleeve summer shirt from Taylor Stitch? Perfect.

Hemp shirts seem to be all the rage these days — it’s a stylish and sustainable fabric that results in, at least in this case, the best men’s short-sleeve shirt for summer. Easily.

Bespoke Post Switchback Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

The most rugged outdoor gear you can find for your next camping trip.

Get all the stylish outdoor gear you need with the remarkable Bespoke Post Switchback Box, from a stainless steel knife to a folding shovel and a dependable compass. Handy additions to your everyday carry, truly.

Wellen Hemp Tee — $36

A vibrant summer T-shirt to upgrade any look.

Again, hemp T-shirts and the like really are all the rage — witness the Wellen Hemp Tee, one of the best men’s T-shirts you can buy right this instant. Wear it with an indigo denim jacket and slim tan chinos to complete the summer style trifecta.

Humblemaker Coffee Kit — $24.98 (When On-Sale) 

A great cup of coffee is now within reach, all thanks to Humblemaker.

If it’s the best cup of coffee that you seek, especially one that you can put on ice on a hot summer’s day, well, start with the Humblemaker Coffee Kit for a heck of a deal.

Bradley Mountain Rambler Water-Resistant Weekender Bag — $198.98

Get geared up to hit the road this summer with this tough weekender bag.

Now, we’ve featured Bradley Mountain on the blog here before, so you know the brand as stylish and dependable when it comes to summer travel gear — this water-resistant weekender bag is no different.

Mott and Bow Driggs Classic Crew — $32

The light-as-air summer tee to wear all season long.

Another round of men’s style essentials, another must-have from Mott and Bow — potentially the perfect summer T-shirt, in a light fabrication and slim fit. Ideal to pair with a classic pair of dark blue denim from the same brand, right?

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So, out of all the summer gear picks we highlighted above, which one stood out the most to you? For my money’s worth, I’d go with a classic nylon strap watch from Momentum Watches for a heck of a deal — this is the kind of watch you can wear all summer. Let me know your thoughts on the rest of these picks via Twitter — thanks for reading!

 

Style Pick of the Week: Howlin Light Flight Short-Sleeve Shirt

The unique short-sleeve shirt to wear all summer.

How much of your summer to-do list have you checked off to date? Have you enjoyed a summer happy hour (in style, of course) or an outdoor concert? How about a visit to your favorite brewery? And most importantly, what are you wearing to tackle each and every single one of these pursuits? Answer: A stylish short-sleeve shirt like the Howlin Light Flight Shirt has to be the menswear essential you need — that’s a fact. It’s an investment at $140 as sold via Huckberry, but this is practically a do-it-all shirt. While at first it might seem like too much of a departure from what you’re used to wearing for off-duty style (perhaps something as simple as a USA-made T-shirt), give the Howlin Light Flight Shirt a try when you want that same laidback comfort — and just a bit more polish. That’s what makes it one of the best short-sleeve shirts for men this season; it’s all about balance, and all about not overdoing it. What I mean to say is, leave the starched dress shirt at home for Casual Friday, and head into the office wearing the Howlin Light Flight Shirt, plus some slim tan chinos and suede chukka boots — then, get yourself to your favorite bar for happy hour after work. Made from a breezy cotton-polyester blend, it’s the laidback short-sleeve shirt that’s got more in common with a simple tee than anything else — for summer, that’s great news indeed.

SHOP: The Howlin Light Flight Shirt

The Howlin Light Flight Shirt looks a little bit like something Mr. James Bond himself would wear on a tropical getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for you — even if you’re only wearing it to grab a round of rooftop cocktails. The classic free collar is a retro-inspired touch, akin to a camp collar shirt, that looks refreshingly modern today, particularly if you pair this navy short-sleeve shirt with off-white chinos and brown leather loafers for a bit of dressy appeal. Plus, the Howlin Light Flight Shirt  just so happens to be made in Belgium — it can handle a hot European summer or a breezy NYC day with ease. And if you’re searching for a shirt to keep you cool underneath a classic cotton blazer, take a style hack from the old blog and try the Howlin Light Flight Shirt under said blazer — you’ll be grateful you did as the thermostat climbs. Your search for the perfect summer shirt is finally over, just in time for the weekend.

SHOP: The Howlin Light Flight Shirt

The Friday Read: Summer’s Best T-Shirts, Montreal & The Best Beer to Drink for Summer

Two options for the best summer polo for men, guaranteed.

Readers, do you see those two stylish polos above? Either could be the key to unlocking perfect weekend summer style — perfect style for the weekend we’ve got in front of us, in fact. I’ll be wearing something mighty similar to the Relwen Stripe Pique Slot Polo, and I’d recommend you do the same. What’s on your weekend agenda? For me, this lovely June weekend means it’s time for another music-centric road trip! If you follow me on Instagram or read the blog, you know I love — absolutely love — American indie rockers The National. They’re touring behind their new album and short film “I Am Easy To Find,” and with that tour comes the chance to visit another new city; this weekend, it’s Montreal! Have any suggestions on what I should do during my time in the city? I plan on checking out renowned spots like Joe Beef and Maison Publique for my fair share of amazing steak and cocktails, for starters. And of course, the Friday evening show at the beautiful-looking Place des Arts should also be phenomenal — I can’t recommend this new album enough, folks! That’s what I’ll be listening to as I head to Montreal. To start your own weekend off right, you know what to do: Check out the below Friday Read.

The Best Basics. Summer Ready.

  • Undeniably a summer style essential, the best T-shirt for the season is nothing to mess around with. In the spirit of keeping you cool and sharp at the same time, I rounded up the best summer T-shirts for The Manual, all a necessary part of any collection of summer style essentials.
  • Just as you update your wardrobe with the changing seasons, so too should you update your beer fridge. It’s important! And with the spirit of refreshment and seasonal enjoyment in mind, I covered the best summer beers over at GearMoose, featuring a few of my personal favorites. Bottoms up!
  • Let’s stick with GearMoose for a second, shall we? If you’re searching for the best gear for a summer adventure, you’d do well to check out the Vivobarefoot x Finisterre Primus Trail Shoes, as I wrote about for one of my favorite style and gear sites. Happy exploring, folks.

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OK, that’s going to bring today’s Friday Read to a close. Be sure to join us for our Style Pick of the Week tomorrow — you’re gonna love it. In the meantime, I’ll catch you over on Instagram. Enjoy the weekend, my friends.

 

See Now, Buy Now: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are the Coolest Black Jeans on the Market

The best black jeans on the market? You decide. Image courtesy of Mott and Bow.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you this: If you read the blog, then you know that Mott and Bow makes some of the best men’s jeans on the market, period. That’s equally the case with the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, some of the best men’s black jeans you’re going to find — but why recommnend black jeans in the middle of the summer, Beau? Well, to be sure, they’re hotter than a pair of canvas shorts … but they’re no less essential. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a “shorts guy,” but appreciate a pair of slim jeans for off-duty (or on-the-clock) style: Mott and Bow is your go-to there. Or maybe, just maybe, you want a pair of stylish black jeans to wear to a rock concert — the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are just the pair to wear all the time. Available for $128 via Mott and Bowwe’d say you should get your hands on a pair ASAP.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

These jeans are slim but not too tight, ideal for wearing during summer.

Unlike heavier pairs of stiff selvedge denim that take a long time to break in, the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are an exceedingly comfortable pair of denim right out of the box, featuring a 12.7oz. weight and 18 percent elasticity (the overall blend is 98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane). That means the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are going to feel almost like wearing sweatpants in terms of comfort, yet with the substantial feel of your favorite pair of denim. Plus, we didn’t even mention the wash — these are faded to look like a four-month wash, just enough to give them some character without going over the top. In fact, stylish black jeans are often the way to go in a variety of situations, from being paired with an indigo denim jacket at Sunday brunch to being worn all on their own with a short-sleeve henley at an outdoor festival. For all those times and more, get the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans as soon as humanly possible (so, right now!).

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

 

#OOTD: How to Wear a Short-Sleeve Henley All Summer Long

What’s your perfect summer day like? That’s a tall order, but  before we get too sentimental: Maybe it involves plenty of relaxation, some delicious iced coffee, and then a delicious summer beer or two to take the afternoon away. Perhaps, it also involves wearing your new favorite henley to enjoy it all the while. That’s where we’ll start today’s #OOTD — as we all know, even casual style situations demand only the best summer style essentials you can buy. Plus, an occasion like kicking back on your patio with your buddies, beer in hand & rock on the radio, is a chance to wear, well, whatever you want to wear. That being said, we’re raising the bar, starting with a rugged short-sleeve henley to keep you cool, followed in short order by Camp Shorts from Taylor Stitch, then finished off with classic Sperry sneakers. Throw in a tough field watch and some of your favorite tunes, then consider your day sorted out quite nicely. Plus, this still leaves plenty of time to grab an afternoon nap and catch that ballgame on TV later — no fancy outfit swap needed. It’s the small details in style that make an outfit, and it’s the little things in life that really matter, like enjoying a favorite brew wearing your favorite style essentials. Too sentimental for you? Too late! Read about the full look below.

Laidback, easygoing, pleasingly rugged — all in a day’s work when it comes to summer style.

  • The Henley: Proof 72-Hour Merino Short-Sleeve Henley, $74 Proof makes menswear that’s as versatile as it is performance-ready — this rugged short-sleeve henley will keep you cool during a marathon craft beer session.
  • The Beer: Funkwerks Saison, Price Varies— A light, herbal, crisp & refreshing backyard sipper that’s pleasingly flavorful & perfect for summer.
  • The Classic Shorts: Taylor Stitch Camp Shorts, $88 Taylor Stitch makes gear that’s as fit for an adventure as it is for kicking back with the guys — the Camp Shorts embody that approach nicely.
  • The Sneakers: Sperry Cloud CVO Deck Sneakers, $75 — A mere $75 for a classic pair of sneakers you can wear all summer? These Sperry CVO Sneakers truly are timeless (and perfect to wear while enjoying a brew or two!).
  • The Watch: VAER Watches Field Watch, $169.98 — An afternoon enjoying your favorite beer calls for a tough field watch from VAER Watches, does it not?
  • The Sunglasses: Sunski Yubas Sunglasses, $58 — Leave the expensive sunglasses at home for this outing — this pair from Sunski represents some of the most affordable sunglasses you can wear this season.
  • The Audio Essential: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1 Speaker, $250 — For an afternoon in the sun with a tasty brew, grab this portable speaker for hours of listening enjoyment.
  • The Vintage Ballcap: Seager Co. The ERA Ballcap, $32 — Keep the sun off your face and do so in stylish with this classic ballcap, fittingly named for that all-important baseball stat.

Can’t you just taste the delightful flavor of that Funkwerks Saison? How can it get any better? Answer: Sipping on that beer while wearing  your new favorite henley, naturally. As we all know, a rugged short-sleeve henley is almost a ridiculously easy way to look great, thanks to its sporting roots and modern-day appeal. It’s all about going beyond casual gym shorts and sandals, and turning things up a notch — in an authentic way, of course. This casual #OOTD is primed for summer relaxation at home or during a weekend way, helped along by durable Taylor Stitch shorts and of course, iconic men’s sneakers made for hours upon hours of warm-weather style (plus, they look even better with a bit of dirt on ’em).

A seasonally friendly beer should make it easy to enjoy the sun without overdoing it, and naturally, you’ll be staying on time with a tough field watch from VAER Watches that can handle some grilling, some beer-sipping, and maybe even a light game of catch. Lest we forget, a portable speaker is really critical here — great beer calls for great music, and a day in the sun also calls for stylish sunglasses from Sunski (remember, these are perhaps the most affordable sunglasses you’re apt to find on a given day, so don’t worry about getting ’em a bit dinged up). To top things off, throw on a classic ballcap, then get ready for one heck of a stylish, laidback summer day. That’s all there is to it.

The List: Here’s the Best Beer to Drink and the Best New Menswear to Buy for Summer

A light, drinkable beer to pair with your favorite menswear this season. Image courtesy of House Beer.

Is there any better way to get into the spirit of summer than with an ice-cold, refreshing beer? Plus, some new men’s style essentials? In mind, no sir, no there’s not. That’s where we’re kicking off today’s edition of The List, telling you about a delicious new beer from House Beer to drink right now (well, during happy hour, I should  say). If you’re not yet familiar with House Beer, this brand is making a wildly drinkable beer — just one style — in the tradition of old-school lager. It’s refreshing, it’s pleasing to enjoy straight out of a can, and it’s never better than when you pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and an American-made tee. I’ve said too much, though — let’s get started.

House Beer — Price Varies

This classic beer could just be a new favorite.

As I mentioned above, there might not be a better beer to drink at the moment than this crisp, refreshing, retro-inspired lager. House Beer is made with Noble hops in the fashion of a premium lager, and that just means it’s one darn good beer to enjoy out of a can all summer long. You can find House Beer in 12oz. and 16oz. cans (as seen above — mighty crushable in a can, I might add!), plus 12oz. bottles and on draft. Any way you choose to enjoy this beer, it’s nearly perfect for summer. What to pair it with? Your new favorite pair of denim, of course. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans — $128

The slim black denim that’s going to come in mighty handy, no matter the day or season.

We’ll go from your new favorite beer to the best men’s jeans you can wear casually — House Beer in hand, of course. That’d be the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, an essential pair of slim black denim to wear to an outdoor music festival or an evening on the town.

SeaVees Magnum Legend Sneakers — $88

These printed sneakers are one way to amp up your sneaker rotation.

Prefer to keep things a little more dialed-down on your top half (think a slub T-shirt and slim light wash jeans), yet wanting to go big when it comes to stylish summer sneakers? The SeaVees Legend Sneakers feature an authentic Hawaiian print to wear all season long.

Faherty Brand Sunwashed Polo — $88

This breezy polo is simply perfect for summer.

Speaking of keeping things simple up top, reach for a slim polo from Faherty Brand any time you want the comfort of a tee, yet the style of a classic men’s polo.

Timex Navi Ocean Watch — $155

The rough-and-tumble (yet affordable!) watch you need now.

In the spirit of getting outside and getting around in style, Timex comes through with your new favorite watch, as dependable an everyday watch as you’re apt to find for summer.

Taylor Stitch Everyday Blazer — $348

A newly iconic everyday blazer for daily wear (truly!).

My friends, they’ve done it — Taylor Stitch, that is. They’ve managed to make a classic navy blazer that’s at once modern and timeless, and it’s the perfect blazer when it comes to what to wear to a summer wedding. The best part? It’s exclusive to our friends at Huckberry.

Karesuando Hunting Axe — $214

The best hunting axe you can buy for your summer cabin.

Is there a good chance this durable hunting axe might become more of a decoration at your cabin than something with actual utility? Potentially. But this rugged axe could just be key to your next outdoor adventure — it’s up to you.

Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt — $128

The dependable denim shirt for all your summer layering needs.

Yes, we’re back with more stylish menswear from Taylor Stitch.  Critically, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt could just be one of the best men’s denim shirts on the market, and it’s ready to layer up over a crisp white tee with slim tan chinos all summer long.

Bespoke Post Sauna Box — $45

Two essentials for plenty of relaxation from Bespoke Post.

It’s important to remember that every once in a while, a guy just needs a break. For yourself or your partner, get the relaxation-filled Bespoke Post Sauna Box (again, only $45 when you sign up for Bespoke Post).

Pacifico Optical Buckler Sunglasses — $195

Classic men’s sunglasses for everyday summer wear.

The best men’s sunglasses for summer embody a few key qualities — namely, they’re not overpriced, they’re casually cool, and they can be worn with everything from a classic navy blazer to one of the best men’s denim shirts.

Roark Revival Layover Shorts — $65

Stylish, travel-ready summer shorts from Roark Revival.

Speaking of summer style essentials, well, the folks at Roark Revival know how to make ’em. With the cut of tailored shorts and the fabric of adventure shorts, these are perhaps the best shorts for men — especially if you’re a guy on the go.

Billy Reid Pima Cotton Chinos — $175

Every guy — including you — needs a pair of classic navy chinos.

When it comes to tailored menswear for summer, Billy Reid knows how to do it right — particularly in the case of these handsome Pima Cotton Chinos, assuredly some of the best men’s chinos you’re apt to find this season.

Topo Designs Ripstop Klettersack — $189

A rugged backpack that’s fit for summer — to say the least.

Let’s turn our attention now toward the best everyday carry gear you can get your hands on — including this durable Topo  Designs Ripstop Klettersack. It’s ready to go to the beach or out on your next hike with ease.

Nemo Equipment Stargaze Recliner — $219.95

A comfortable recliner to take with you on your next camping trip.

Whether you gaze at the stars from your backyard or from your camping site deep in the great outdoors, this Nemo Equipment recliner could very well be one of the best camping chairs around. If I ever have the chance to get out of NYC, this is the chair I’m bringing.

 

Now, who’s ready to get out there and explore this summer? There’s no question to me that the above men’s style essentials can help you do just that — and my personal favorite pick, ta classic navy blazer from Taylor Stitch, is uniquely well-suited to dressier pursuits, too. Have any thoughts? Feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter.