Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Sol Box

The key to summer relaxation? Quite possibly the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

The perfect way to unwind on a summer weekend? Well, I can’t tell you what exactly is required there (cold beer and sunshine?), but I can indeed tell you that the Bespoke Post Sol Box is going to make your weekend a whole lot more relaxed — and a whole lot more stylish. That’s because the Bespoke Post Sol Box features some of the best espadrilles you can slide your feet into, made with handcrafted care and available for a very, VERY agreeable price. If you follow the blog, you absolutely know we love what you can find at Bespoke Post. Think of it as the thinking man’s monthly subscription service, delivering everything from everyday carry essentials to everything you need for a summer grillout — and of course, the Bespoke Post Sol Box falls within that same realm, and same low price ($45 when you sign up for the site). In short, what you’re getting with the Bespoke Post Sol Box appears simple at first, but can offer a whole lot more than that. Consider your alternatives to your sturdy leather boots and even your stylish suede chukka boots — you’ve got classic leather moccasins, of course, but how about we shake things up?

SHOP:The Bespoke Post Sol Box 

One of two versatile colorways when it comes to the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

I’m talking, of course, about some of the best slip-ons for men, an option not considered often enough — but then again, not every pair of espadrilles is as stylish as the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles as found in this Bespoke Post Box, right? Exactly right.

This pair is handcrafted by artisans in Spain, and it reflects the laidback style of the Mediterranean. Wear these with your favorite pair of linen trousers and a camp collar shirt to head to a lovely evening of dinner and drinks, or just throw on the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tailored shorts and a classic slub tee every single time you please. The cotton canvas upper is breathable and comfortable, while the use of natural jute is sustainable and again, highly stylish. Plus, you can throw the espadrilles from the Bespoke Post Sol Box into your weekender bag with ease as you hit the road — talk about packing light. And while you can’t exactly pair these with your classic business casual suit, you should feel free to wear the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tan chinos and a tailored white Oxford to dinner on your next vacation. The key to summer relaxation? It’s gotta be the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

SHOP:The Bespoke Post Sol Box 

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Grooming Essentials, New Belgium Craft Beer, and the Best Men’s Shorts for Summer

The best T-shirt for a summer weekend? Sure is!

Just one look at the above Friday Read tells you all you need to know — we’ve got a packed rundown today, starting off with the best new T-shirt to buy for summer. We’re talking, of course, about the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Triblend Tee as seen above. It’s geared to  be worn with everything from chino shorts to slim light wash denim — but you’re not here for that, right? No, sir. Let’s close out the week in style (or at least, we’ll close up shop until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week).

After a couple very busy weekends in a row seeing my favorite band, The National — including a trip down South to the amazing Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival & a jaunt to Montreal — I’ll be spending this weekend in Brooklyn. As to Montreal, I can’t recommend the city’s mix of culinary delights (a la amazing meats at Maison Publique) and surprisingly delicious craft beer (the mix of French and Belgian influences at places like Isle De Garde was very neat to experience) enough. Throw in a killer show by The National playing old and new classics at Place des Arts, and you’ve got the recipe for a banner weekend. Oh, and for poutine and classic “greasy spoon” dishes, head to the Montreal Pool Room. Coffee and bagels? Fairmount Bagels has you covered. Can you tell I’m a big fan??

How about your plans for this weekend? I’m looking forward to catching up on the coffee scene at my favorite Brooklyn coffee shop, Milk & Honey, and I’m also looking forward to catching up on the craft beer scene at another favorite Brooklyn haunt, the always excellent Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop. As ever, you can check out how I’m dressing for a stylish summer weekend over at my Instagram. In the meantime, let’s get on with today’s Friday Read. Thanks for spending some of your weekend here! 

  • There’s one essential men’s grooming brand — among many, naturally — that should be on your radar this season. That brand is the aptly named Beau Brummel for Men, purveyors of everything from an effective charcoal face mask to an excellent daily moisturizer. Give my latest for The Manual a quick read to get up to speed!
  • We’re going to pivot here briefly back to one of my other passions — that’d be craft beer, and specifically, some of the best beer for summer. Namely, I’ll point you toward GearMoose to read all about New Belgium’s Passion Fruit Kolsch, one heck of a light, essential beer for the warmer months.
  • And in the spirit of summer style — and summer style essentials — I’m going to close things up here by pointing you back toward some of the best shorts for summer. Make no mistake, this is ever more critical with the Fourth of July quickly approaching. Best start shopping now.

Still searching for one last critical purchase in advance of the weekend? Check out my guide to the best gear for summer — if you’re not already enamored with many of those gear picks, that is. OK, it’s time for me to sign off and head out to enjoy a summer weekend. To follow along with what I’m up to, check out my profile on Instagram. That’s all for now — cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: The Alvin Sneakers from Unmarked are the Perfect Sneakers to Wear to the Office

The sleek leather sneakers to wear to the office this summer.

There’s a right way to dress for the office, and there’s a wrong way — increasingly, dressing for the office can mean putting on something like a new pair of the best men’s sneakers (seriously). And in the case of today’s See Now, Buy Now entry, that means the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers are the way to go, a pleasingly minimal pair of sneakers to wear with a classic cotton blazer and slim light wash denim for a casual Friday. But why these stylish leather sneakers and not a standard canvas pair? Why this brand, too? I’ve got (at least) some of the answers, my friend. Namely, the richly crafted Unmarked Alvin Sneakers get all the details right, from the handmade construction (done in Mexico, home of some of the best footwear production around) to the slim profile. In fact, the design of the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers comes to us courtesy of vintage Italian military trainers — a perfect design cue for today’s menswear world.
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SHOP: The Unmarked Alvin Sneakers

An office-ready pair of sneakers, no doubt about it.

And that vintage-inspired design is actually what makes the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers a pair of sneakers you can wear to the office — they’re classic and not ostentatious, perfect for wearing with a navy polo and slim tan chinos. In fact, that same versatility means you can utilize the sneakers on the weekend with olive chinos and your favorite T-shirt — that’s all you need to head out and grab a few brews with your buddies, really. The handsome Maple leather upper is durable and should age nicely over time, while the 360-degre stitched rubber outsole also provides comfort and durability. What’s not to love about the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers? Give ’em a spin and see for yourself.

SHOP: The Unmarked Alvin Sneakers

#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!

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.