Finding summer style inspiration can actually be surprisingly tricky at times. After all, it’s incessantly hot, it can take a lot to get around (especially if you’re a city dweller sans car), and it often feels easiest to resort to a T-shirt and shorts. Make no mistake, that can certainly be done stylishly (Editor’s note: This stylish Taylor Stitch T-shirt is a great place to start!). But there’s another way to stay cool and look great, and it’s the Penfield Callahan Shirt. Yep. Simple as that. OK, maybe it’s not that simple. But seriously, a stylish short-sleeve shirt like the Callahan Shirt, especially one that incorporates a vintage-inspired camp collar, is something you really didn’t know you needed in your closet … right? I’m tellin’ ya, if you want a visually interesting, retro-inspired shirt that’s a cut above a slub T-shirt or a polo? The Callahan Shirt from Penfield is your go-to, particularly for a weekend happy hour, a summer party or an easygoing-yet-stylish Sunday brunch. Crucially, the Penfield Callahan Shirt rids your body of excess fabric and heat, and every bit counts in that department. In short, it’s as easy to wear as a T-shirt, yet with the upgraded style you’d normally get from a classic polo shirt. All the while, it’s that much more stylish and just plain … cool. That’s true in a literal sense (it’s made with seersucker fabric), as well as a figurative sense.
It’s style that’s noticeable, yet not over-the-top … that’s exactly the type of style I think we all should aspire toward as readers of The Style Guide, right? The great thing about the Callahan Shirt from Penfield is that it nods to current trends in a way that’s eye-catching, but also timeless. Again, a retro camp collar shirt is just the changeup your wardrobe might need going into the rest of summer. What better option to reach for than one that works with slim khaki chinos and white canvas sneakers just as well as it works with rolled ligh wash denim and leather loafers? The Callahan Shirt from Penfield gives you the best of both worlds, and it does so all while not breaking the bank (note the $90 price tag on the Callahan Shirt). To recap: The Callahan Shirt nails the right balance when it comes to killer style that’s also casual. It’s also affordable. And most importantly? It keeps you cool as heck — in more ways than one — this summer. That’s good enough for me.
What about you? Are you buying the Callahan Shirt? How would you style it?
I don’t know about you, but your Style Guide author sure is ready for the weekend. It’s not just any old weekend, either. No sir, I’m headed to Florida — lovely Fort Myers, in fact — to spend time with my parents and my incredible girlfriend, Laura! If you don’t follow her blog, you absolutely should; it’s got something for everyone, from the best new music to style on a budget. I certainly enjoy reading it! Aside from our blogging pursuits, I know that we’re both looking forward to a little time off from our day jobs (Laura in marketing, mine in PR), along with soaking up some Florida sun. You can, of course, follow along with all of our adventures on Instagram in the meantime. It’ll be the first time I’ve been in Florida since a birthday weekend at Disney World, and I really can’t wait. If you’re hitting the road, might I recommend that you bring along a stylish carry-on bag for the occasion? And if you need something to read, well, the below pieces ought to get your weekend started the right way. Cheers!
Taking care of your skin is as important as making sure your summer style essentials are on-point this season — seriously! That’s why I wrote about the best sunscreens for men over at GearMoose! Ch-ch-check it out.
Fancy starting your weekend with a little shopping? Esquire.com rounded up the best accessories under $100 — there really is something for everyone on this list.
Let’s wrap things up by talking about essential summer denim. If you, like me, simply can’t get enough of your favorite denim, you might want to check out my recent write-up on the Warren Denim from Mott and Bow — they’re lightweight and easy-to-wear, no matter the temperature.
That’ll round out today’s Friday Read, folks! Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, guaranteed to get you into the spirit of summer style accordingly.
As we all know here at The Style Guide, we preach quality over quantity, investing in timeless pieces and then, well, wearing the heck out of those pieces. From the perfect white T-shirt to a must-have short-sleeve shirt, Taylor Stitch is a brand that, at least for your humble author, makes a TON of those sorts of pieces. And the latest one for your consideration? Well, that’d be the Taylor Stitch California Shirt, as seen above. The California Shirt is absolutely a summer style essential that’s too good to be true. Well, nearly too good to be true. How’s that so? As I type I happen to be wearing the California Shirt — and it’s every bit as good as advertised. The California Shirt in Indigo Pyramid is, first and foremost, made from seriously cool indigo dyed slub cotton. That gives it a unique feel and texture, perfect for wearing on its own this summer, or else atop a striped tee or henley. Make no mistake, though — the California Shirt isn’t flimsy … nor is it overly heavy. It’s just right.
It’s a shirt that manages to feel laidback and yet just ever-so-slightly refined — chalk that up to the brand’s perfectly-sized California collar (able to be worn with or without a tie). Plus, the perfect length allows the California Shirt to be worn tucked in or untucked. What does that mean for you, well-dressed fella? That means you should feel free to wear the California Shirt with all manner of summer style staples, from classic khaki chinos and white canvas sneakers to dark denim and stylish brown leather brogues. On that note, you can layer the California Shirt in Indigo Pyramid under or over darn near anything, too. The California Shirt works atop a slub T-shirt for a summer bonfire, or beneath a rugged military jacket on a breezy summer night. Don’t forget: You can also wear the California Shirt in Indigo Pyramid all on its own with slim light wash denim and suede chukkas, sleeves rolled up. For $125, that’s plenty of styling potential. In fact, it might be all the summer styling potential you need.
We try to cover style scenarios aplenty here at The Style Guide, from how to wear your favorite T-shirt to the best way to wear a denim jacket this summer. Well, let’s take things a step further. Which is to say, even when you think looking stylish falls by the wayside, it doesn’t — not even at the beach. Yessir, heading to the beach for a relaxing day — or a series of days — calls for gear that’s situationally appropriate (leave the jeans at home), plus seriously stylish. I think today’s #OOTD covers all those bases, and then some. Think of it like, well, a sandier version of your favorite casual outfit.
So, tailored swim shorts that mimic the fit of your favorite pair of chino shorts, plus a rugged henley and an investment-level watch. Those are but a few of the essentials I think you might find handy the next time you head to the beach. Think of it this way: The best beach gear can have you feeling as sharp and stylish as you do when you throw on your favorite polo or a crisp pair of dark denim. If it fits well and looks great, it’s going to amp up the way you feel that much more. This is something of a Style Guide 101 principle, but it’s a helpful reminder for me as I plan for a beach vacation myself. At any rate, enjoy this #OOTD and let’s hit the beach!
The Swim Trunks: Onia Calder 7.5-Inch Swim Shorts, $78.98 — Crucially, these stylish swim shorts fit more like tailored shorts than the baggy, pocket-ridden trunks of days past — Onia has outdone themselves.
The Henley: La Paz Ribas Henley, $55 — A rugged henley like the the La Paz Ribas Henley offers cooler style and much more visual interest than a standard tee. Plus, it looks great when grabbing a post-beach beer.
The Shoes: SeaVees Baja Slip-On Portal, $68 — These stylish SeaVees slip-ons are the perfect grab-and-go sneaker. They keep your feet cool, and blend in (the right way) when heading to the beach.
The Watch: Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch, $1,195 — Exceptionally durable and very well-made, the beautiful Zodiac Super Sea Wolf is the last watch you’ll need to wear to the beach — it’s worth the money.
The Lotion: Ursa Major SPF18 Daily Defense Lotion, $54 — While it’s not got the highest SPF to stand up to super-heavy rays, the Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion should be a reliable layer of protection to start.
The Beach Bag: Fishpond Thunderhead Large Submersible Duffel, $400 — Is the Fishpond Thunderhead Duffel a beast? Yes. Is it perhaps a bit much for your average beach trip? Maybe. Can it handle absolutely anything you need to carry? Yes, it can.
Have you loaded up your beach bag yet? Better yet, have you loaded up the Fishpond Thunderhead Duffel with everything you might need for your trip? Upgrading your beach gear starts with nailing the basics, like fit and color. That’s what makes the swim shorts shown here from Onia so great — they’re subtly stylish and seriously cool. A rugged henley like the the La Paz Ribas Henley is but one outfit upgrade you’d do well to keep in mind, as opposed to an old high school tee or an athletic logo T-shirt. For my money’s worth, you still need to wear great shoes to the beach, if only for a little bit — stylish SeaVees slip-ons help you pass that test with flying colors. And I’d wager you won’t find a better beach watch than the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf, packed with standout specs and style. Accessories also play a major role, and there might not be a more important one in your beach bag than the Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion — unless it’s the RAEN Pierce Sunglasses. I’d also wager that if you’re a fan of craft beer, you’re going to want to have one of your favorite tasty beverages handy; crucially, the RBT Insulated Beer Growler is the best way to do that. This list might seem a bit daunting at first, or like a bit much (ahem, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf), but these are all stylish choices that pay off in the end. You’ll look great, feel great and look forward to hitting the beach over and over this summer.
Of the above picks, which one is most essential for your next beach trip? Pay me a visit on Twitter to let me know!
We’ve not yet reached the dog days of summer — far from it, in fact. So, shopping for summer style essentials should be top of mind. That’s especially true when you consider the fact that the Fourth of July is on the way in just a few weeks. With that being said, we’re recommending all manner of style staples, from classic khaki chinos to what just might be the perfect summer shirt. Read on below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for even more #menswear.
From the lightweight jersey knit fabric to the classic (yet not baggy) fit, this Billy Reid polo pairs with summer style essentials like slim light wash denim and white canvas sneakers. Quite easily, at that.
You’ll be more than ready for your next cookout or picnic with the durable, subtly stylish RBT Insulated Beer Growler — yes, style is a factor when considering your next summer brew.
OK, my friends. Which of the above picks has caught your fancy? Although I dig the tasty utility of the RBT Insulated Beer Growler, I’d say my favorite is the Proof Performance Poplin — a tailored shirt that’s made to take on hot days aplenty. You’re going to need it, I’d wager.
Want a daily dose of men’s style? Again, head to Instagram for plenty more.
We talked just last month about the ridiculously well-made and exceptionally stylish WP Standard Vintage Messenger, so it should come as no surprise that we’re all on board in terms of this week’s Style Pick — the WP Standard Weekender. That’s right: One brand. Two exceptionally stylish bags worthy of dropping some hard-earned cash on. Both available via Huckberry, helpfully. But for now, let’s turn our attention to this standout leather weekender bag, seeing as it’s high time you packed up for your next summer road trip. The WP Standard Weekender truly is one-of-a-kind, particularly if you’re a guy who values style that’s casual and effortless.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a big fan of WP Standard’s shirting and outerwear — this is one brand that certainly nails the casual, effortless and pleasingly rugged style that so many of us love. And you know what? That’s what makes the WP Standard Weekender such a central component of your next road trip packing list. This bag is built to go anywhere you do this summer, but it’ll work best for weekend trips upstate and even a nice staycation or two. Made with full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, the WP Standard Weekender is built to last; hand-hammered copper rivets and a heavy-duty zipper also omplement the handsome design of this stylish leather weekender.
End pockets and an interior pocket also give you some much-needed space to store your everyday carry essentials — from must-have grooming pieces to a classic short-sleeve shirt, I’d say the WP Standard Weekender can take care of it all. Did I mention that it’s guaranteed for life? That’s right — the brand is backing up what looks to be phenomenal construction and quality. If. like me, you’ve been traveling a fair amount, you know that the right bag is key. And to find one like the WP Standard Weekender, made from stylish leather and featuring timeless design? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.
The even better part about the WP Standard Weekender? It’s going to age as you use it, whether you tote it around town for that “stay-cation” or lug it across the country on a road trip. It’s the type of essential bag for summer travel that also complements plenty of casual outfits. That is to say, unlike a black nylon backpack or an athletic logo gym bag, the WP Standard Weekender is going to look every bit as great as your outfit (especially if you happen to be wearing a WP Standard chambray shirt or the brand’s rugged denim jacket). Now, who wouldn’t want a bag like that?
Are you going to be carrying the WP Standard Weekender with you on your next summer trip? Let me know via Twitter!
My dear friends, we’ve reached the conclusion of another exciting week here at The Style Guide! I’m particularly thrilled today to be welcoming my amazing, lovely girlfriend Laura to NYC for a weekend of city exploration and tons of fun! (On that note, be sure to check out her recent guest post on this site). We’re both really looking forward to some shopping, some tasty beer and cider, a few delicious meals, and, in honor of an early birthday weekend for Laura (!!), a Saturday night concert by rapper Logic at Madison Square Garden! Rap is a bit out of my wheelhouse — if you read the blog regularly, you’re aware of that! — but I couldn’t be more thrilled to check out what should be a wild, super fun show at an absolutely iconic venue. We’re also planning on checking out shops like Concrete & Water, helped along by what should be a healthy dose of iced coffee — naturally! I really, truly can’t wait. So, with the start of the weekend ahead, I’ll leave you to check out this week’s fun reads, as selected by yours truly. Cheers!
Hitting the water this weekend? Dress in style with my essential picks for what to wear on a boat this season. You absolutely can’t go wrong with my selections — at least, I think so. Shop now, hurry!
Laura is a great writer with an eye for style (check out her Instagram!) and an ear for excellent music — if you read her guest post on the blog a few weeks ago, you surely know that. With new tunes for the weekend in mind, I’d urge you to check out her recent Playlist Friday post, covering some of the best new music out there! Plug in and let’s look forward to the weekend, ehh?
As we always talk about here on The Style Guide, investing in the right kind of pieces can go a long way. Take the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf, last week’s Style Pick of the Week on the blog. It’s unstoppable, it’s durably crafted and it’s tough as heck. Oh, and it’ll set you back a cool grand-plus. But hey, we can dream, right?
I’m always a fan of a tasty, flavorful and well-crafted beer. Particularly in the summer months, when the right beer can help you decompress and remind you of home. In the spirit of great drinking, I wrote about the best summer beers for GearMoose. I hope y’all enjoy! Cheers!
That’ll do it for me today in this edition of the Friday Read. Check out this essential casual shirt from Bridge & Burn for all your weekend adventures if you still need something to read. And with that, I bid you farewell! Until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, that is. Thanks for reading!
Do you, like me, absolutely love yourself a stylish pair of denim? So much so that you can’t bring it upon yourself to hang up your slim jeans even when temperatures rise in the spring and summer? If that’s the boat you find yourself in, you best keep reading today’s all-new entry in our See Now, Buy Now series — the Mott & Bow Warren Denim are your solution, my fellow denim lovers. We certainly love ourselves some Mott & Bow denim here on the blog — that’s no secret. This E-commerce brand launched with a focus on denim in a range of sizes and crisp, classic washes, and they’ve since expanded that offering to everything from denim shirts to perfectly washed tees. I find myself coming back to the Warren Denim time and again for that crucial combination of rugged styling potential and a classic light wash, plus an easy wearability no matter how hot it gets. If that sounds like something you desperately need in the weeks and months ahead, you’re in luck.
The Mott & Bow Warren Denim toe the line between a heavily retro-leaning light wash and a nice medium wash, making them ideal for wearing with outfits both laidback and a bit more crisp. Take, for instance, a heather grey pocket tee, a lightweight navy blazer and classic suede boots. The Warren Denim are your go-to pick, all thanks to the cotton-elastane blend, the pleasing light weight and the slim fit. Feeling a little more rugged? Wear the Warren Denim with a rugged short-sleeve henley and classic canvas sneakers for all-day weekend style. The Warren Denim are made durably from Candiani denim, some of the best stuff out there. And the price point is more than agreeable, too. $128 for a slim pair of light wash denim that’ll last all summer? That’s a surefire bet, folks.
Are you going to snag a pair of the Warren Denim for your summer wardrobe? How would you wear them?
We talk a lot here on The Style Guide about the best way to wear certain summer style essentials — case in point, this recent #OOTD covering how to wear a denim jacket. Today, we’re talking about another summer style essential that’s truly crucial to pulling together a well-appointed wardrobe in warm weather: The chambray shirt. To be sure, owning a stylish chambray shirt isn’t a matter of life or death … but you’d definitely do well to pick up the slim chambray shirt we’re talking about in today’s ensemble.
The cool cotton and go-anywhere versatility of the chambray shirt makes it an easy choice to throw on with sharp white sneakers and an investment-level watch, even when the thermostat rises — as you’ll see in the below outfit. The best part about the CIVIC Jack Shirt? It’s going to prove plenty useful the rest of the year, too. But for right now, when you need to look presentable yet don’t want to throw on too many extra layers? Reach for a classic chambray shirt, made with a decidedly modern fabric. While we’re certainly not reinventing the wheel here, we’re giving you yet another way to wear this beloved wardrobe staple — no matter how hot it gets. Wear this look to a BBQ or to the bar, or to a balllgame. Heck, wear it to the office if you feel quite casual.
Want more styling tips (mixed with a healthy dose of craft beer and travel? Head to my Instagram.
The Chambray Shirt: CIVIC The Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray, $128 — From the partner brand of Taylor Stitch comes a versatile chambray shirt with a tailored cut and go-anywhere fabric. Ideal for summer.
The Pants: Mott & Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Khaki, $128 — While we could go with chinos here, khaki jeans are decidedly more casual — and thanks to Mott & Bow, the Mercer Jeans are VERY easy to wear (it’s the stretch fabric construction!).
The Socks: CHUP Volant Socks, $32 — What socks to wear when you’ve got on a pair of low-cut sneakers? An comfortable yet-subtly stylish pair like the CHUP Volant Socks, of course.
The Belt: Levi’s Alturas Belt, $38 — Levi’s is a go-to brand for your favorite pair of denim, yet don’t turn a blind eye to the brand’s accessories; I’m a fan of the rugged leather of the Alturas Belt. It’s those small style details that matter.
The Hat: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $40 — The much-loved Huckberry Explorer’s Cap is a personal favorite. It’s a premium, stylish upgrade over your standard athletic logo cap, too. Give it a try with this #OOTD.
And with that … we’re done with today’s #OOTD! Feeling more confident about how to wear a chambray shirt, or reinvigorted with new ideas about how to style the CIVIC Jack Shirt in a way that’s new and fresh? Good. Great, even. The above look isn’t too complicated, although you could add a rugged denim jacket if you like. Complementary pieces like the Mercer Jeans from Mott & Bow keep this outfit casual and yet versatile — we’re all about comfort and style that can take you places (the ballpark, the bar, that BBQ … you get the drift). As one would expect, classic SeaVees sneakers also get the job done when it comes to go-anywhere style — the white Monterey Sneakers add crisp, casual style to this ensemble in particular. I’m also all about little details making the difference, from the neat pattern of the CHUP Volant Socks to the aged leather of the Alturas Belt — small styling touches add just enough visual interest to an outfit that’s packed with classics. Speaking of classics … I’m positive the investment-level quality (and matching price tag) on the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 is going to lend some serious style cred and classic style to this look, and a heck of a lot of others. All that’s left to do? Throw on the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, grab the stylishly rugged Wingback London Cash Wallet, and hit the road. Summer’s in the bag, folks.
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