Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.So this past week, it’s been hot and muggy out in NYC. Like, crazy hot. And staying cool yet stylish is a pretty tall order (one that was covered on this blog earlier this week!) during these times. While reaching for a T-shirt (especially a more luxe option like this one) is always a solid move, sometimes you need, or want, to wear something a little more crisp — yet still casual. The linen buttondown is your friend in this situation. Like its more tailored companion, the linen suit, a nice linen shirt keeps things breezy and airy, yet still offers the versatility that a more classic option (similar to the always-classic blue Oxford-cloth buttondown) might provide. Buying from a brand that supports made-in-America production and has family ties makes things that much better — hence this week’s Style Pick of the Week from Stock Mfg. Co. out of Chicago. I’ve previously written about the brand for VOUCH Mag, but if you’re not familiar, you should acquaint yourself — especially with this particular shirt. One of the brand’s co-founders, Jim Snedeker, was kind enough to send along the very shirt you see here for a feature, and it’s one standout item. The linen-rayon blend means it wrinkles less easily than traditional linen garb, and when worn with some slim grey jeans and navy sneakers, it held its shape nicely on a recent workday. The color is versatile and friendly for the weather, too. The buttondown collar definitely helps the upper part of the shirt maintain its shape, but the shirt draped well regardless and was the right length to be worn untucked. I did choose to size down, but even then the fit was comfortable and still tailored. It should pair nicely with a blazer and some light grey chinos (as well as shorts when the temps really get to be too much). It’s the type of shirt that would also work at a more laidback summer wedding. And right now, it’s the type of shirt you need in your closet — although if you can’t quite swing the price, any one of a few more affordable options from J. Crew might do the trick. If you can afford though, it’s one shirt that’ll keep you cool the rest of this summer.
Have you ever bought from Stock Mfg. before? What’s your go-to shirting move when it’s hot out?