The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Sunglasses, A Summer Windbreaker & The Best Polo Shirts

Let’s start things off simply today, shall we? As I look back on this past week, I’m both exhausted and also exceptionally grateful — Monday night, I returned from a relatively quick trip to Madrid over a long weekend to check out the Mad Cool Festival and see my favorite band & my heroes, The National. For this being a style blog, they sure do seem to come up quite often, right? But at any rate, I can’t say enough about Madrid (or about the powerful, propulsive, lifechanging music of The National!). Madrid is a city that I’d never dreamed of visiting until recently, but in my mind, following my passion for music is always one of the better reasons to get on a plane and explore (to say the least!). I won’t soon forget the sunlit, cobblestone streets of Madrid, plus prime craft beer spots like Fogg Bar, to go along with the rush of energy I felt arriving at Mad Cool Festival & enjoying a day of stellar live music from the likes of Sharon Van Etten and more. If you get the chance to go, it’s a must! Now, onto the rest of today’s Friday Read.


As it were, I’m excited to have some downtime in Brooklyn, which I’ll spend working on my Instagram (give me a follow!) and taking care of some writing for The Manual. I’ve also got my eye on writing up more content for this here blog, helped along my delicious coffee from Ditmas Park’s own Milk & Honey. With that being said, what are you up to this weekend? Let me know on Twitter, and let’s dig into the rest of the Friday Read. Cheers!

  • If you’re still searching for that perfect pair of summer sunglasses, allow me to direct you toward my own roundup over at The Manual (naturally!) of the best men’s sunglasses for summer. There’s something for everyone at every price point and style type, naturally. And you can also check out my post for this blog on the best sunglasses to buy now, if you happen to be in search of an additional option.
  • Let’s keep things rolling with the best gear for summer, shall we? In this case, I’m going to pass you off to GearMoose, where I wrote about the best polo shirts for men, with a focus on breezy fabric, easygoing style & plenty of functionality in the heat. These ones can’t be beat, in my mind.
  • On the style front, we’ve got even more great men’s gear headed your way — especially if you’re prepping to head out of town on a camping trip or gearing up for an evening bonfire. In that case, the Wellen Wind Shell (as covered in our Style Pick of the Week series) is absolutely the outer layer you need, designed to protect from the elements (be it a windy night or too many mosquitoes).

That’s going to do it for my menswear quick hits this week — if you’d like one last item to read as you close out your work week and head toward happy hour, be sure to check out my roundup of the best new men’s gear to buy for summer. That should sort things out nicely for the weekend. As always, thanks for reading!

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