See Now, Buy Now: The VANS Classic Slip-ons Are the Must-Have Pair of Sneakers for Spring and Summer

A low-key pair of utterly classic sneakers that offer up plenty of timeless style.

There’s more than a good chance that you’ve seen at least one pair of  the VANS Classic Slip-ons in the wild this season already. They’re an iconic, easy-to-wear sneaker that looks great on any guy. And if that’s caused you think about snapping up a pair, well, you’re in luck — I’m checking in from Brooklyn today to say that VANS continues to hit the jackpot with the Classic Slip-ons after all these years. That is to say, they’re simply some of the best and most affordable sneakers your money can buy.
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The VANS Classic Slip-ons are simply some of the best men’s sneakers on the market. They’re a footwear institution all their own, given that the VANS brand has been churning out iconic, slightly edgy, truly classic sneakers for decades. It’s that blend of easygoing appeal and go-anywhere style that’s made them a standout. To wit: You can wear the VANS Classic Slip-ons with darn near anything.

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Try them with light wash jeans and a crisp white tee for a super-casual stop at a patio bar. Pair them up with slim tan chinos, a grey Oxford shirt and a classic cotton blazer — boom, there’s your summer office style sorted. Want to mix things up? Wear these stylish canvas slip-ons for a day of travel with slim olive chinos, a white henley and a rugged denim trucker jacket (just don’t forget no-show socks). The great thing is, they look even better a little bit beat-up — and seeing as they’re only $50, you needn’t worry about spending an arm and a leg in case you want to pick up a fresh pair. Last but not least, you can be sure the VANS Classic Slip-ons are ultra-comfortable, all thanks to the signature waffle outsole. What could be better than picking up a historic pair of sneakers for spring and summer? A stylish pair of sneakers you can actually wear all the time.

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#OOTD: How to Wear a Denim Shirt Every Summer Weekend (Including This One)

Perhaps, there’s one question that pops up in the front of your mind consistently: What men’s style essentials am I going to wear this summer weekend? Seeing as the calendar is moving ever-closer toward Memorial Day this weekend — and then quickly beyond that — there are plenty of seasonal adventures to be had (here’s a specific idea for what to wear for Memorial Day, too). But again, how are you going to dress for the demands of a summer weekend? Be it a weekend trip away, a backyard BBQ,  casual pre-dinner cocktails with friends, or a day out in the country before driving back to the city … there are a lot of options as to how you can customize your summer. And folks, today’s #OOTD — featuring the best denim shirt on the market — is guaranteed to prove ever-ready for each opportunity. It’s blending the best of casual and crisp style (take the classic white tee shown below) with just enough functionality (a la the comfortable retro sneakers on display). We’re also accessorizing with classic menswear pieces that can work all season long, including a tough stainless steel dive watch and a handy craft beer growler. To me, these are the kind of essentials that exude “casual cool” — not too stuffy, not too sloppy … just right. Raise a glass, crack open a can of your favorite beverage … and then, let’s welcome summer.

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The perfect set of summer weekend essentials? Yes, very nearly.

  • The Denim Shirt: Flint and Tinder Bone Button Western Shirt, $128 — The denim shirt that’s going to elevate your casual look from good to great — this classic Western shirt has cool styling details and should layer up with ease.
  • The Classic White Tee: Mott & Bow Heavyweight Pocket Tee, $35 — A crisp, classic white pocket tee is a timeless men’s style staple — this Mott & Bow number has pleasant heft but soft fabric, and will add a bit of throwback appeal to this look.
  • The Shorts: Topo Designs Global Shorts, $59 — Since it’s a casual, early spring weekend, comfortable, DWR-treated nylon shorts should provide plenty of versatility. They’ll work for day hikes, backyard football or manning the grill … and you might even be able to get away with wearing them to a patio dinner.
  • The Sneakers: Atalasport Star Suede Sneakers, $182.75 — A modern take on a  throwback classic, these stylish summer sneakers are packed with visual interest and cool retro styling details — gotta love the ’70s tennis sneaker inspiration. The perfect sneakers to wear to visit a brewpub or a bottle shop.
  • The Watch: Zodiac Grandville Watch, $495 — Looking for a stylish casual watch that bridges the gap between adventure, functionality & casual style? I present the Zodiac Grandville watch, made for any summer weekend.
  • The Audio Essential: Cavalier Maverick Portable Speaker, $249.99 — Whether you’re hosting an evening party or visiting friends for the weekend, bring along this handsome, stylish Bluetooth portable speaker from Cavalier Audio — sure to be a hit.
  • The Weekend Essential: Bespoke Post Cheers Box, $45 — When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you can get the craft beer essentials you need for a summer weekend — including two upgraded beer glasses and a great-looking growler.
  • The Sunglasses: Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses, $340 — Channel classic, laidback cool no matter where the weekend takes you — these are some of the best men’s sunglasses I’ve seen this season.

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All things considered, do you feel ready for summer now? The versatility of a classic Western shirt is going to set you apart from the pack, whether strolling through the park, grabbing a cup of coffee or enjoying your favorite craft beer — it’s a seriously cool shirt, simple as that. And when layered up over a classic white pocket tee, you’re channeling a bit of retro style inspiration — as perfect as it gets for summer. The Topo Designs Global Shorts, while a bit more functional than classic men’s shorts, are still a reliable option thanks to the tailored cut and neutral color (and if you happen to head out on a quick hike or a long beach walk, no need to change shorts).

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In terms of versatility, you really can’t top a tough stainless steel dive watch, no matter where you go this summer. Throwback-inspired sneakers are a unique update on the footwear front, more classic than espadrilles or sandals — and it helps out that you’re topping this outfit off with some Steve McQueen-esque shades.  Before you run out the door to that rooftop party, grab two essentials sure to make you the life of the party: A craft beer growler, along with a stylish Bluetooth portable speaker from Cavalier Audio. Your outfit is unstoppable, your accessories are one-of-a-kind … and your summer weekend just got a whole lot better. Have any summer style must-haves? Let me know on Twitter!

The List: Shop These Picks for the Best Men’s Gear for Memorial Day Weekend

The ready-for-anything shorts that are going to upgrade your summer style instantly.

You might have noticed already, but summer is fully on its way, with Memorial Day weekend approaching — and quickly, at that. That’s why today’s new edition of The List is going to tackle all the best new men’s gear for situations both functional and fashion-forward, starting with Memorial Day weekend and rolling through the rest of summer. Our first highlighted pick? Some of the best men’s shorts for which you can shell out your hard-earned dough: The Free Fly Hybrid Shorts. Make no mistake, we’re just getting started. Have a great week, then power on through to Memorial Day weekend.

Free Fly Hybrid Shorts — $65 

Tough shorts made with functional fabric for Memorial Day weekend (and beyond).

If you want to pack light for Memorial Day weekend — or any other summer adventure for that matter — you’d do worse than to pack the durable, versatile Free Fly Hybrid Shorts. They’re made with remarkable four-way stretch fabric that resists odors and wicks away moisture. In short, they’re the type of stylish shorts you can wear all summer long.

Sabah Sabah Slip-ons — $195

Sleek, refined slip-ons to pack in your bag, then wear all trip.

While these leather slip-ons are a more unique summer footwear option than you might normally be used to wearing, they’ll pair just as easily with chino shorts and a white tee as they will with tan chinos and a printed short-sleeve shirt for a refined outdoor dinner.

UNTUCKit x Fair Harbor Recycled Swim Trunks — $68

The sustainable and stylish swim trunks to upgrade your next beach trip.

The perfect mix of sustainabilty and style can be found in these swim trunks, which turn 11 former plastic bottles into one sharp pair of easygoing printed swim trunks. For under $70, they’re a downright steal for the quality.
Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Reverse Jacquard — $98 

A close-up look at your new favorite shirt.

It’s tough to top a shirt as stylish and essential as the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, particularly when it’s done up in a handsome Reverse Jacquard weave. A perfect four-season shirt that wears particularly well this summer alongside tan chino shorts and vintage leather sneakers.
Tecovas Calfskin Card Case — $45

The handsome, rugged card case to carry with you on the daily.

Today’s focus on men’s style essentials really runs the gamut, right on down to the everyday wallet that’s going to serve you more than ably. In this case, Tecovas has taken the same craftsmanship that makes its cowboy boots so great, then translated it on down to a slim, refined-yet-tough daily companion.
Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch — $99 (When On Sale)

The sharp, dependable watch to wear all summer.

A watch from Mr. Todd Snyder will never steer you wrong — guaranteed.
O’Douds Matte Paste — $18 (Get $10 Off Your First Order HERE)

The grooming essential that’s going to sharpen up your ‘do this summer.

Made right here in Brooklyn — well, right here for ME at least — the O’Douds Matte Paste is the high-hold, no-fuss styling option to keep your hair sharp (not weighed down) during spring and summer. Plus, you can now get $10 off your first order when you click through that link. That’s a great deal on a great grooming essential.
Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford — $118

The easygoing Oxford shirt to wear to the office or out on the weekend.

The term “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might well apply to this classic Oxford shirt from Flint and Tinder — it’s the brand’s iconic, American-made Oxford shirt done up in a washed and dyed fabric. Perfect for summer.
American Giant Travel Pants — $98

Dependable stretch twill travel pants for your next trip.

If you follow the blog, you’re aware that American Giant takes great care to craft even the simplest of items — from T-shirts to its exceptional hoodies — with the utmost attention to detail. The same can be said for the durable stretch twill Travel Pants — they’ve served me very well getting around NYC and hopping crosscountry flights in equal measure.
Relwen Solid Pique Polo — $98

A unique take on the navy polo for all your summer style pursuits.

It shouldn’t surprise you that Relwen is making one of the best men’s polo shirts in the game — after all, they specialize in updating classic style staples for the modern man, and this timeless navy polo is no different.
Bluffworks Threshold T-Shirt — $45

The comfortable, performance-minded T-shirt to wear all weekend.

You likely know Bluffworks from the brand’s performance-minded, travel-friendly denim. Allow me to introduce you to the Threshold T-Shirt, a tee that combines all the moisture-wicking reliability of a performance tee, and yet does so in a simple, stylish package. Try out the Threshold Tee with a light wash denim jacket and slim tan chinos for a bit of go-anywhere style.
Sturdy Brothers Man Carry Briefcase — $195

This dependable bag is going to carry you through Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

Last but certainly not least, we’re closing out the week by taking a look at a tough everyday bag from Sturdy Brothers. Anything you need to carry or haul this weekend and beyond, the Sturdy Brothers Man Carry Briefcase gets the job done.
So, feeling ready for Memorial Day weekend and the rest of summer? What’s your favorite from the above picks? For me, it’s gotta be a classic Oxford shirt from Flint and Tinder, as ready for happy hour as it is for lounging around at home. Have a great weekend, folks.

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts

A classic pair of shorts from one of your author’s favorite brands.

Ahh, yes — what else to say about the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts other than the fact that they’re potentially the best men’s shorts for summer? Well, given that high praise to start this post … I actually have a lot more to say (and all good things, mind you). With Memorial Day bearing down on us and many summer adventures calling, you’re going to need a pair of shorts that work with every single off-duty look you can muster, the type of stylish shorts that you can wear to plenty of warm-weather happy hour outings, BBQs and beach trips.

In that regard, I’m quite pleased to report that the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts get the job done — and then some. Along with a pair of new sunglasses and perhaps a stylish tee or polo, the right pair of shorts are a make-or-break when it comes to building summer outfits. Cargo shorts are out of the question, as are overly baggy shorts (even if they don’t have an abundance of pockets). No sir, you want to be looking for a pair with a tailored fit and a length that hits above the knee — exactly like the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts. As sold by our friends at Huckberry, they’re also an excellent value for the quality; in fact, they’re not too different from a “shorts version” of the lauded Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, and that includes the fact that they’re sold in neutral colors like Earth and Moss (all the better to wear all the time).

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The Moss colorway is highly versatile and quite stylish, to boot.

Helpfully, the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts feature the sort of specs and wearability you expect from the F&T brand. That means they’re made from 97 percent cotton and 3 percent Lycra for stretch and all-day comfort, from the coffee shop to the park to the bar (preferably when worn with something like a classic henley and vintage-inspired sneakers). They’re also garment-dyed for extra comfort right out of the box, so they’ll feel like your favorite pair of shorts from the first wear.

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And although it’s a small attribute, the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts are preshrunk, so no need to worry about that happening when you wash ’em. We already covered off on the versatile color offerings, but to me, a pair of the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts  in the Earth (think khaki) shade is as good as it gets, imminently wearable with a navy polo and brown leather loafers or beat-up canvas sneakers and a short-sleeve henley. If you want shorts that are nearly as versatile as your favorite chinos, you should reach for tthe Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts. They’re so good, you might be tempted to wear them to the office … but save ’em for the weekends instead.

 

 

The Friday Read: Local Natives, Banana Republic & Portland

The slim denim you need for the weekend ahead.

Are you geared up and ready for the weekend? Surely not yet, right? Or at least, not without a pair of slim light wash denim from Mott and Bow, correct? This brand makes comfortable, premium jeans that are as fit for a casual Friday (like today!) as they are for your weekend escapades — in fact, I might just be wearing mine soon as I hit the road. That’s right, I’ve got another very, very exciting trip upcoming! I’ll be heading back to Portland, Oregon (I was last there in September 2017 to see Future Islands play!) this weekend, and the occasion is just as special this time around. I absolutely love this city for its mix of old and new, with a refreshing contemporary-yet-authentic vibe (don’t believe those who compare it to “Portlandia” … all the time, at least). I’ll be heading to this great Northwest city to see one of my favorite bands, lauded California indie rockers Local Natives,play what should be a wonderful live show behind their excellent recent album “Violet Street” — it’s assuredly one of my favorites this year so far, and they always put on an astounding show! Of course, you can follow along with me on Instagram as I hit up spots like Hopworks Brewery, Blue Star Donuts and Courier Coffee (not necessarily in that order). What’s on tap for your weekend? Any suggestions for Portland must-do’s? Let me know on Twitter, and get your weekend started the right way … now!

  • The good folks at Banana Republic are keeping you cool this summer with a unique new partnership: The Banana Republic Core Collection, formed in partnership with star QB Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams, features a prime mix of classic silhouettes (think chinos and travel-friendly blazers) merged with performance fabric — and per usual, I wrote about it for The Manual! Stay cool out there.
  • If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love — LOVE — a stylish pair of leather boots. Especially a stylish pair of Taylor Stitch leather boots, right? On that note, I covered the newly launched Taylor Stitch Moto Boots for GearMoose; talk about a winning pair of investment-level footwear, yeah? No kidding.

OK, my friends. That’s all from me today, but I’ll leave you with one last guide as to what to wear this spring — hit that link for more. And for now, I’ve got a flight to catch! Cheers.

The List: Upgrade Your Summer Wardrobe Instantly with Today’s Top Gear Picks

We’re telling you all about the versatile blazer you need for spring and summer — and plenty of other top gear picks.

Capalbio Linen Blazer — $300

A surprisingly field-ready — and travel-ready — blazer.

Not unlike a cool hybrid between a field jacket and a blazer, the Capalbio Linen Blazer is the most versatile jacket you can wear this spring and summer. Pairing it with a classic slub tee and light wash denim? Go for it. Trying it on for speed with a blue Oxford shirt and tan chinos? Bingo. Flipping up the collar as you layer it over a denim shirt, then using it as a travel jacket? Yes, the Capalbio Linen Blazer can do it all.

Braun BN0024 Leather Watch — $210

A watch so sharp, you might want to wear it every single day.

We applaud this stylish leather watch from Braun, at once minimal and pleasingly subtle in terms of its design. Quite possibly your new favorite leather watch, no matter the season.
Astorflex Campflex — $175

Durable, sustainably made and perfect for a spring or summer weekend.

True to form, we love Astorflex for making stylish, sustainable footwear — very much like the casual-yet-versatile, part moc-part chukka Astorflex Campflex. Wear these all weekend with slim light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley.

Old Enfield Supply Co. 48-Hour Duffel Bag — $175

The rugged duffel bag to take you everywhere this season.

There’s the bag you used to take on trips in high school and college, and then there’s one of the best weekender bags for your next trip — this Old Enfield Supply Co. duffel earns that distinction handily.

Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt — $128

The durable overshirt that’s going to take any look from 0 to 100 quickly.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you read this, the remarkable Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt in a handsome Charcoal and Rust Plaid pattern might be sold out. But if not? You’d do well to pick up this rugged overshirt for some extra protection on breezy spring and summer nights.  Wear it with the equally rugged Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots.

Uuni Koda Portable Pizza Oven — $295

The handy, essential outdoor oven to upgrade your “pizza game.”‘

Is this portable pizza oven a traditional menswear pick, per se? Not quite — but for all your outdoor adventure, camping & grilling needs, the Koda Portable Pizza Oven should come in handy.

Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford — $118

The easygoing-yet-sharp shirt you’ll want to wear as often as possible.

So we talked already about your rugged overshirt — but what about a more casual, versatile everyday shirt? That’s this classic Oxford from Flint and Tinder; it’s the type of shirt to wear to the office or out to a weekend coffee date with ease.

Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Boxer Briefs — $28

Easily a new favorite pair of boxer briefs — right? Right.

Nearly $30 for a pair of boxer briefs? Yes indeed — these aren’t your standard boxer briefs. The Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Boxer Briefs blend technical savvy with a classic fit through a microfiber four-way stretch fabric and a moisture-wicking, anti-odor finish. The best boxer briefs you’ll ever own? Very nearly.

Howler Brothers Sunset Scout Shirt — $79

A laidback, easygoing shirt you can wear practically anywhere.

Your search for the perfect summer shirt ends right here — this classic, casual option from Howler Brothers features a timeless camp collar and breathable, textured cotton construction.

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

If you pick up the Bespoke Post Retreat Box, this could be you.

Another week, another essential Bespoke Post Box. As luck would have it, the Bespoke Post Retreat Box — equipped with an easy-to-carry hammock and blanket combo — is all you need for outdoor relaxation this summer.

Momentum Watches Torpedo Pro 44 — $129.98

The dependable watch to take you through plenty of summer adventures.

Finding a go-to casual watch at an affordable price is something that’s more difficult than you might expect. Not so with the Momentum Watches Torpedo Pro 44, potentially your new favorite field watch.

Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Crew Socks — $24

The comfortable, performance-ready socks you need in your wardrobe.

More gear from Mack Weldon? Yessir. That same excellent, durable, moisture-wicking, anti-odor AIRKNITx technology gets applied to a seriously premium, comfortable, breathable pair of socks.  Are you sold on these yet? You should be. I’d feel comfortable wearing these stylish socks for a long day of travel with your favorite pair of chukka boots — they’re that good.

Those are all of our new summer gear picks today. Did you have a favorite? For my money’s worth, I seriously love the rugged, versatille Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt for all kinds of summer layering potential. Let me know your take on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

#OOTD: How to Build a Casual Outfit Around Your New Favorite Watch

Do you normally think about what watch you’re wearing as you start to put together an outfit? Sure, a great watch is up there on your list of men’s style essentials … but what about building an outfit around one watch? One truly unique, innovative watch, that is? It’s a different take on dressing for spring and summer, but I think it’s one you’ll grow to appreciate and enjoy. Accessories can often make all the difference in an outfit, from stylish sunglasses to the remarkable Grovemade Black Watch 01 we’re featuring today — if you read the blog regularly, you know the small details are surprisingly vital.

Shop Andrew Marc Today!But why build an outfit around a watch? Well, it’s easy — the right watch can instantly elevate more casual or more subtle ensembles, and that’s especially true when it comes to the classic Oxford shirt and slim chinos shown below. The idea is that, whether you wear this #OOTD to the office on casual Friday or to a laidback weekend brunch, you’re going to stand out in the right way — not because you threw on a watch and called it a day, but because these picks are made to go just about anywhere in style. The even better thing about the Grovemade Black Watch 01 is that, like the brand’s other essential gear picks, it goes with just about anything — it’s truly timeless, so you can mix and match as you please with, say, a rugged denim shirt or a crisp white tee and classic light wash denim. For now, let’s show you this full look, shall we?

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The watch makes this outfit, but the rest of it is subtly stylish and sharp, too.

Take 30% OFF your order.The Watch: Grovemade Black Watch 01, $230 — If you’re building an #OOTD around your new favorite watch, you might as well ensure that watch is unique as heck and seriously high-quality, to boot. This Grovemade watch is all of that.

  • The Classic Oxford: Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, $118 — Every guy needs an essential Oxford shirt, and this American-made version is subtly stylish — it won’t distract from your standout timepiece.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic Olive, $98 — Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple — a la classic olive chinos from Taylor Stitch. A perfect fit with this #OOTD.
  • The Classic Chukka Boots: Esquivel Hand-Stained Leather Boots, $725 — Is it worth it to drop more than $700 on boots? Well, when they could be the last chukka boots you’ll ever buy — perfectly made, incredibly comfortable, highly versatile — then yes, that’s worth it.
  • The Socks: Civic Merino Socks, $22.50 — Lightweight, comfortable, anti-microbial socks that offer plenty of all-day support? An essential in any outfit, but especially this one. They could be the best men’s socks you wear all spring and summer.
  • The Daily Bag: Bleu De Chauffe Musette Gaston Bag, $229.98 — While the name might at first be a mouthful, you won’t regret picking up this handsome, tough everyday bag. Take it every possible place you can — it’ll serve you well.
  • The Grooming Must-Have: Duke Cannon Emergency Heat + Light Soap, $34 Duke Cannon assuredly makes all of the grooming essentials you didn’t know you needed, including this fresh, pine-scented brick of soap.
  • The EDC Essential: Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool, $100 — You might not need this handy Leatherman multi-tool every day, but if you work in a studio or design shop — or find yourself with a tricky-to-fix task on the go — keep this one on your person.

MenloNR 320x50It can sound a bit off-the-wall at first to start thinking about a watch before you add in other pieces to an #OOTD, right? Ideally though, that approach is going to start making more sense after viewing the above picks — particularly the handsome, entirely unique Grovemade Black Watch 01, a timepiece unlike anything you’ve ever seen (before now, that is). How do the rest of these #menswear picks complement it? Pretty nicely, I’d say. Your best bet is going to be focusing on premium-yet-accessible versions of your favorite menswear staples — take an essential Oxford shirt, for instance, in a spring-friendly garment-dyed wash. It’s perfect to wear as you roll up your sleeves and get to work, and it pairs more than nicely with classic olive chinos from Taylor Stitch — not to mention a pair of simply astonishing Esquivel leather chukka boots.

MenloNR 320x50Those three building blocks right there make this an office-ready outfit in my mind. When you incorporate a tough everyday bag, you’ve got your EDC essentials sorted, including a downright useful Leatherman multi-tool. But before you go anywhere, you need to smell great, simply put. Grooming essentials courtesy of Duke Cannon will sort you out there. And with all that being said, I think you’ve found a way to accessorize and build a highly stylish outfit around your favorite watch — to say the very least.

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