#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear The Best Men’s Chinos for Summer

If you thought you knew everything about how to wear chinos for summer, I’m here to tell you to think again. Namely, the best men’s chinos are, first and foremost, going to shake up exactly how you pull together the rest of the look — one great piece can’t help but elevate the rest of your game. Of course, when you kick off your #OOTD with Todd Snyder slim-fit chinos, things get a whole lot cooler (and better) from there. We’ve talked plenty on the blog about how to wear chinos, but now that we’re essentially entering July (gasp!), maybe you want to switch things up a bit. Today, I’ll give you a few pointers on how to do just that. While you could easily wear, say, one of the best Oxford shirts and a navy cotton blazer with this look, we’ll be taking it a more casual, rugged direction. For instance: A stylish lightweight short-sleeve shirt does the heavy lifting here, and a more traditional summer jacket is swapped out with a durable chore jacket for unique summer style. Naturally, we’ll dive into some stylish everyday carry essentials and other gear picks that are crucial to giving this look its seriously cool, modern appeal. But lest we forget: You’ve got to get the best chinos for men to make it all work, so let’s start there. Enjoy the full ensemble below, folks.

Classic chinos worn in fresh, modern way.

  • The Chinos: Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos, $118 — Trust me — any summer #OOTD should start with the best men’s chinos, and these Todd Snyder chinos fit that definition perfectly. Dressy-yet-laidback, highly versatile … some of the best pants for men this season, easily.
  • The Stylish Short-Sleeve Shirt: Buck Mason Draped Twill Shirt, $85 — Just as reliably as Buck Mason makes one of the best denim shirts, so to do they come through with one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer.
  • The Summer Jacket: Freemans Sporting Club Chore Jacket, $330 — To shake things up a bit, reach for a rugged chore jacket, one made from lightweight Japanese denim, to layer up on breezy summer days and nights.
  • The Perfect Summer Shoes: Nisolo Chamberlain Penny Loafers, $124 — This #OOTD mixes high and low, like a rugged chore jacket alongside slim chinos, so best keep mixing it up with these stylish leather loafers.
  • The Watch: VAER Watches C5 Heritage Leather Watch, $250 — You know what this ensemble needs? A stylish leather watch, one that’s going to add some rugged polish to this look (which itself is suited for date night at home or to-go cocktails).
  • The Belt: Billykirk No. 117 Mechanic’s Belt, $99 — We’re all about the accessories here on the blog, and the best leather belt is a must-have — especially when it’s made by Billykirk. Go ahead and mix your leather shades here — I won’t tell a soul.
  • The Sunglasses: Roav Lennox Foldable Sunglasses, $175 — Yes, that’s right — you can fold these stylish sunglasses up and take ’em with you on the go. Are they the coolest sunglasses I’ve seen in some time because of that? Yessir.
  • The Summer Sipper: Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, Price Varies — Let’s talk whiskey for one second. While I love a summer beer as much as the next guy, I’ve found Proper No. Twelve to be a surprisingly enjoyable summer sipper when enjoyed on the rocks or with some club soda. Perhaps you’ll feel the same about Connor McGregor’s whiskey brand, no?

Alright, so perhaps this #OOTD is now changing how you think about, well, how to wear chinos this summer, right? Critically, it all starts with some Todd Snyder chinos that balance dressy and casual style quite nicely (if I do say so myself). We’ll take it a step further with something that’s perhaps expected, but no less cool — one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, courtesy of our pals at Buck Mason. How do you shake things up even further beyond that? Go for a rugged chore jacket to give this look some extra edge, then slide right into stylish leather loafers for a nice change of pace (seriously, Nisolo makes some of the most sustainable men’s footwear out there, too). Naturally, this look calls for stylish accessories that stand out in the right way — enter the best leather belt from Billykirk, then accent it with a stylish leather watch from VAER Watches for all-day style and durability. And for functional day-to-night style on the go (socially distanced), I think you’ll certainly find some unique, foldable sunglasses are just the right move here. Pop ’em in the pocket of your denim chore jacket when the sun goes down. Of course, what’s this look missing? Why a fine summer sipper in the form of Proper No. Twelve whiskey — how’s that sound? Can’t get any better. If you’ve got thoughts on this look, head to Twitter to give me your take. Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

See Now, Buy Now: The Todd Snyder x Sebago Chukkas Are Summer’s Best Shoes

Todd Snyder x Sebago is as cool as it gets for stylish summer footwear.

As one might expect, it can be a lot right off the bat to call a pair of stylish summer shoes … well, the best summer shoes. But for my money’s worth (and yours!), I think you just might find that to be the case with the Todd Snyder x Sebago line of stylish, durable summer footwear. The Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots ($175) in particular are everything you could ask for in a pair of classic summer shoes — and then some. Crucially, they’re also here just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and what could be better than that? Heck, is there anything more all-American than two brands like Todd Snyder and Sebago teaming up? Not quite. Snyder’s Iowa-born heritage and his love of classic Sebago shoes make this a natural pairing, to say the least. So, on to these must-have summer shoes. A crucial point, as well: You can get 15 percent off at Todd Snyder when you sign up for Todd Snyder E-mailsWhy would you want to do that, though? Read on, friends.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 

A classic pair of summer chukka boots, to be sure.

Note that the collection also features a pair of seriously cool Todd Snyder x Sebago boat shoes ($145), but for summer adventures that could involve socially distanced jaunts into town or evenings around the bonfire, the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka is my top pick. Consider these a lightweight pair of chukka boots to team up with breezy navy chinos and a white polo for crisp summer style, or else wear ’em alongside light wash denim and a grey slub tee. Feel like going a bit more adventurous? Yes, I’d say you could wear the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots with navy shorts (go for a pair with a 7-inch inseam to hit above the knee), plus a grey henley (I like henleys from Buck Mason!) for standout summer style. Again, these tips apply for Fourth of July weekend style as well as the rest of the summer.  What are you waiting for? The long weekend is calling, and Todd Snyder x Sebago should be what you’re wearing.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 
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Style Pick of the Week: SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons

Step into summer with the best slip-ons for men.

Right about now, with the Fourth of July on the horizon, perhaps you’re realizing you still haven’t found the best pair of summer footwear. If that’s the case, and if this just jolted you into hurriedly examining your seasonal footwear rotation, fear not: Relief is in sight via the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons, easily some of the best slip-ons for right now — and some of the most affordable, at that. If you’re not acquainted with SeaVees yet, now is the perfect time to take the plunge. This California-based brand has been making sneakers for decades, with old-school roots that are closely tied into coastal surf and skate culture — that’s what makes the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons so cool.

They’re retro and yet current, boardwalk-ready and yet able to be worn with slim tan chinos and your new favorite polo in your home office. Even better? They’re sold right now at a discount by the good folks at Bespoke Post, who reliably stock their digital shelves with the best gear for men — period. Heck, when it comes to seasonal style releases, Bespoke Post just does it right (seriously — check out this affordable overshirt, for starters). So, you know the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons check all the proper boxes. But …what if you feel like your rotation is all set? Not so fast, folks.

SHOP: The SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons

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A summer-ready color that pairs with just about anything you can dream up this season.

These stylish summer slip-ons are nearly everything you could ask for in a pair of footwear for warm weather, starting with the fact that, well, they’re easy as can be to wear. Slide them on for (socially distanced) errands or a brewery pick-up visit, rock ’em while hanging outside & then kick them off when you’re done for the day. That’s it, easy as that. You’re getting a lot of versatility from these classic summer slip-ons, too. These are the kind of shoes to wear with slim grey chinos and a classic polo for slightly dressier occasions (summer date night at home, anyone?), and yet, you’re going to find yourself wearing the SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons with chino shorts and a crisp white tee, too. The washed linen upper is ideal for casual style in the summer, while the memory foam footbed offers plenty of comfort — think of these as summer house shoes for day-to-night style. The molded herringbone outsole is also a timeless SeaVees touch that finishes these sneakers off quite nicely. Before you finalize your summer shopping, make sure these essential slip-ons are in the mix.

SHOP: The SeaVees Baja Slip-Ons


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The Friday Read: Buck Mason Bandanas, The Best Men’s Beard Kits & New Beef Jerky

Find all the right gear you need for summer — from Todd Snyder, of course.

Editor’s note: If you follow me on Twitter, perhaps you saw that I’ll be launching an E-mail newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, in the coming weeks. Read more & sign up here to stay in the loop! 

Who among us is really ready to start living their best summer life? Even in these times of quarantine, I think it can still be possible if you find the right adventures or the right (local) getaway, and of course, the best menswear for summer — take the Todd Snyder menswear seen above. Perfect for a hang at the beach house, a weekend at the lake … you name it, Todd Snyder‘s got you set for a summer weekend (to say the very least). During the rest of the week, it’s nice to have comfortabe gear you can depend on at home, too (just witness this gear roundup featuring a stylish Todd Snyder Traveler Suit). But back to the weekend: Who’s ready for it? And what’s on your to-do list? With hot weather aplenty sweeping the country, maybe you’re in search of a watering hole and a cold beer while wearing one of the best men’s swimsuits?


women's oxford shoe from Nisolo

I can only dream of that here in Brooklyn for the time being, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to getting out and about on my own in pursuit of new Brooklyn craft beer and the like. I had the recent chance to visit the newly opened Keg & Lantern Taproom, right near the waterfront in Red Hook, and can’t recommend it enough if you happen to live in the borough (or ever make it out that way!). Get the light and refreshing Pocho, a Mexican Lager ideal for hot summer days and nights — and if you do make it to the brewery’s original location in Greenpoint, be sure to get the excellent wings-and-pitcher deal. As often seems to be the case these days, I’ll also be spinning some new vinyl, with my pick of choice being the fantastic, brand-new “Punisher” by indie rock luminary Phoebe Bridgers. Have you given that album a listen? I plan on spinning it with my favorite coffee this weekend. For now though, we’ve got the rest of the Friday Read below — check out, then feel free to give me a follow on Twitter (if you’re not already following me!) or Instagram.

The coolest way to cover your face this summer? The two-pack also gives you even more utility from Buck Mason.

  • Keeping well-groomed in fine fashion is a necessity no matter the season — is it not? To that end, and for all my bearded brethren out there, I wrote about the best men’s beard grooming kits for GearMoose. If you’ve been searching high and low for grooming essentials, well, search no more. Remember, a well-groomed beard is but one of the summer style essentials should you have handy — in fact, it’s with you all the time! (Sorry, sorry — had to do it. Moving on!).
  • As you undoubtedly know, we’re all about the very best men’s gear on the blog. That’s why if you’re new (or new-ish) around these parts, I’d point you in the direction of my weekly  gear roundup known as The List. This recent entry is a good starting point, covering everything from the best new chinos to stylish leather dress shoes and a cool growler for cold brew (yes, that’s right!). Have fun stocking up, folks.

OK, my friends. We’re wrapping up today’s Friday Read in good time — still plenty of chances to get out there this weekend, after all. But before you go, I’ve got one last recommendation for you: A camp collar shirt needs to be on your summer shopping list ASAP, and you need to know how to rock it the right way. Hence, my guide on how to wear a camp collar shirt will have you sorted out in no time. That’s going to do it for me today. Have a great weekend, stay safe & thanks for reading, folks!

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: This Todd Snyder Jacket Is Possibly The Perfect Summer Jacket

Your new favorite summer jacket is here.

If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that the search for summer style essentials is never finished — even as the calendar works its way through June, you still need one of the best summer jackets for those chilly nights specifically. And in terms of the best summer jackets for men, you assuredly know there’s one place to go: Todd Snyder. The lauded NYC menswear designer — master of cool runway shows, retro style inspiration and some of the  most rugged, classic men’s style around — has done it once again with the Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket. Consider this cotton-linen jacket an even cooler take on the denim jacket, made with an Italian fabric blend for classic summer style and comfort — and we’re just getting started, folks. You very well might know the iconic designer (formerly honored as GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer) from his ongoing Todd Snyder x Champion partnership, or perhaps this is the first good look you’re getting at menswear essentials like this rugged summer jacket — either way, welcome aboard.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket 

Also available in a cool-as-can-be Olive colorway.

Crucially, your new favorite summer jacket has plenty going for it. For one, the French Blue color shown at the top of the page is refreshing and seasonally friendly. And as to the specs: Made from that high-quality cotton-linen blend we mentioned earlier, this jacket is as premium as it gets. It’s garment-dyed for a great fit and classic style right out of the box — the Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket would look especially great layered atop your favorite white tee and some slim light wash denim, for starters. Throw it on for breezy summer nights around the bonfire, or wear it with your favorite henley … just because you feel like it. That’s the thing with one of the best jackets for summer — it’s so versatile and well-made as to enhance just about anything in your wardrobe (particularly in the Olive color shown above — wear it with white jeans and rugged leather chukka boots).  Details like shank buttons finish off this stylish men’s jacket in a durable and instantly iconic fashion, too. Seriously, when it comes to Todd Snyder, would you expect anything less? Do yourself a favor and pick up the best jacket for summer ASAP.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket 

 

 

#OOTD: Try Out This Cool Way to Wear Your Boat Shoes This Summer

As the summer months roll on in a socially distanced fashion, perhaps you realize you’re running out of ways to wear, let’s say, your favorite boat shoes. That’s what we’re here to fix today. From the right way to wear a henley to the best way to wear a polo for summer, rest assured that we’ve got plenty of style inspiration to pull from today — even if you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to summer boat shoes. The crucial first step? Finding the right pair, and that’s before you even think about putting together an ensemble. In that regard, I think you’re going to like today’s pick from Todd Snyder x Sebago — the update is a fittingly all-American take on classic boat shoes, one that feels fresh and modern without overdoing it. That means these boat shoes can stand up to time on the dock or the waterfront, and they’ll look great when you’re back on dry land, kicked up with a cold beer in hand. We’ll step away from the routine a bit though as far as the rest of your summer style essentials. In this instance, that means we’re layering up one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer atop a classic white tee — rather than going for a more standard polo. And once you’ve found the best dive watch, the right sunglasses and a cool cap, I’d say you’ve got the makings of a perfect summer look (even if everyone’s routines are different these days). But again, it all starts with the stylish boat shoes on your feet. Get ready accordingly, starting with the full look below. Thanks for reading!

Cool-as-heck boat shoes, worn in an equally cool manner.

Yet again, just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to boat shoes, I hope this #OOTD was able to change your mind a bit. It’s critical that you build from the ground up with nothing less than the best boat shoes, a truly unique pair from Todd Snyder and Sebago in a fresh white color. Those boat shoes are grounded by the rest of the outfit, which still manages to break free from the everyday — I’m referring, of course, to the rugged short-sleeve shirt from Taylor Stitch, worn breezy and open atop your new favorite T-shirt for all-day summer style (this look would work especially well if you’re wondering what to wear for the Fourth of July!). That combo really gets taken up a notch when you consider the fact that you’re wearing some of the most versatile shorts for summer — the sort of shorts you can wear to swim, grill or hike without missing a beat. Things get even better, though — your rugged dive watch provides similar versatility for day-to-night style, while a tough tote bag from Billykirk helps to haul absolutely every single thing you need for a socially distanced summer day. Naturally, the crucial Huckberry Explorer’s Cap helps top everything off in functional summer style, while the incredibly innovative Tens sunglasses shown here are also a fitting seasonal move. Have questions on what to wear this summer, or on any of the above items? Hit me up on Twitter. Thanks for reading! 

The List: Get Dressed for Summer in Style with the Best New Gear Right Now

The sort of style inspiration you need this summer via Todd Snyder.

It might seem hard to believe, but it’s time — yet again — to check out another edition of The List, my weekly roundup celebrating the best men’s gear (and more specifically, pieces like that classic summer sweatshirt seen above). In this case, we’ll continue to talk about all the seasonal men’s style essentials you need in your life, preferably as soon as possible. We’ll kick things off with a rugged style move from Todd Snyder, and we’ll also dive in to plenty more top picks, including everyday carry essentials and the best men’s chinos. Have any thoughts on what to buy or what to wear during these socially distant times? Let me know on Twitter

Todd Snyder + Champion Cursive Sweatshirt — $148

A seriously cool, rugged sweatshirt to wear all summer long.

You know that much-loved, well-worn, classic sweatshirt (kind of like the one at the top of the page) that sits tucked away in your closet, maybe even at your cabin or lakehouse? This rugged sweatshirt from Todd Snyder + Champion is the modern version of that timeless sweatshirt, made to be worn all summer long on breezy evenings.

Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos — $98

Easygoing chinos to rock all summer long.

Now, we’ve written before about the best lightweight chinos for summer here on the blog, but these are a different breed. First of all, the Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos are now updated in a variety of colors. Second of all, they’d look great with just about anything — your classic sweatshirt  in particular.
Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt in Washed Hemp Chambray — $125

A classically cool summer shirt from Taylor Stitch.

Speaking of rugged summer style picks, who does it better than the great folks at Taylor Stitch? As seen on my Instagram, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt is easy to layer and extremely well-made — assuredly one of the best shirts for summer you can snag now.
Nisolo Calano Oxfords — $150

Durable, classic leather dress shoes for summer.

Hey, you’ll have to  get back into the routine of wearing stylish leather dress shoes at some point, right? Might as well go with a sustainably made pair of dress shoes in a slim profile from Nashville-based Nisolo. A perfect pairing with, yes, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt.
Billykirk No. 211 Frame Bike Pouch — $115

A unique, cool way to haul your everyday carry.

Maybe, given the state of things, you’re finding yourself on your bike more — and perhaps, you need a better way to haul your everyday carry essentials. Enter this cool leather bike pouch from the good folks at Billykirk.
Mott and Bow Slim Laight Jeans — $108

Light wash jeans for summer? Talk about a go-to move any day of the week.

Slim or straight-fit light wash jeans, as you very well know, are a summer style move that can’t really be trifled with. Such is the case with the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans, which blend comfort and great looks into some of the best men’s denim for summer.
Marathon Navigator Watch — $300

An undeniably rugged summer watch.

Let’s get into some of the best outdoor gear for summer, shall we? Now, even in these socially distanced times, I’d wager you’re itching to  get out and explore — this Marathon Navigator Watch could be the toughest watch for summer in that regard.
North 89 No-1 Weatherproof Sneakers — $245

Perfectly functional summer sneakers, available via Huckberry.

In a similar vein to the Marathon Navigator Watch, the right pair of summer sneakers are going to blend seamless comfort and functionality. These weatherproof sneakers, while pricey, happen to check all the right boxes.
Billy Reid Selvedge Driver Shirt — $325

A durable, stylish selvedge shirt for summer.

We’re longtime fans of Alabama menswear designer Billy Reid here on the blog (just look at the incredible Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, for starters), and this pleasingly rugged summer shirt is a fine addition to the brand’s line of the best menswear essentials … is it not?
Grayers Moorea Garment-Dyed Swim Trunks — $68

Possibly your new favorite swim trunks for summer.

Your summer swimwear could use an upgrade, could it not? Luckily, Grayers is here to help with these retro-inspired swim trunks in a pleasing array of seasonal shades.
Clarks Wallabee Boots — $150

These are some of the best lightweight boots to get on your feet this summer.

We’ve talked in the past on the blog about Clarks Wallabee Boots — some of the most classic men’s shoes on the planet, assuredly — and the great thing is, these are boots you can wear during summer, too. The crepe sole and lightweight build help out with that. Pair them up with your Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos and a classic sweatshirt, to start.
Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Sound Bar — $2,500

The best way to upgrade your home listening experience, easily.

Let’s turn our attention toward the best audio gear for your home. To be more specific — your audio system might be in need of a major upgrade as we all spend more time at home, and the Sennheiser Amebo Sound Bar is perhaps the best sound bar on the market (with a price tag to match). High-end drivers and the ability to match with the acoustics of the room are simply without  parallel.
Buck Mason Sueded Cotton Baseball Tee — $65

A classic baseball tee for classic summer style.

No doubt about it, the classic men’s style inspiration from Buck Mason continues to run deep. This rugged baseball tee could just be your new favorite summer T-shirt, easily paired with slim chino shorts or light wash denim and your Clarks Wallabee Boots.
Fisher + Baker Bastille Shirt — $158

An easy-to-wear, lightweight summer shirt.

Finding a breathable shirt for summer can be an up-and-down search if you  don’t know wear to look — but now, you do. Fisher + Baker has made one of the best shirts for summer, and they’ve done it using hemp and organic cotton in a rugged design. Wear it atop that Buck Mason baseball tee if you so choose.
Techne Merlin Watch — $173.49

The best men’s watch for summer? Very nearly.

I’ve had the great fortune of testing out the classically designed, durable Techne Merlin Watch these past few weeks, and let me tell ya … it’s the real deal. A slim-but-tough profile, a summer-ready NATO strap, a stainless steel case and a crisp, retro-inspired dial design make this a surefire winner.
Beckett Simonon Reid Sneakers — $149

Sleek, stylish leather sneakers to wear all summer.

Let’s close things out by talking about some of the best men’s sneakers for summer yet again, shall we? Beckett Simonon specializes in making premium leather footwear in styles ranging from boots to wingtips, and these expertly made casual leather sneakers are as refined as your favorite dress shoes.
That’s going to do it for today’s edition of The List, my friends. So, what’ll it be? Will you pick up some of the best men’s sneakers for summer and wear ’em for days on end? Maybe the Clarks Wallabee Boots are more agreeable on the footwear front. We’d be remiss to forget about gear like the excellent Marathon Navigator Watch or the Sennheiser Amebo Sound Bar, as well — talk about two wish list-worthy purchases right there. As for me, I’ve got a few favorites here from Billy Reid’s rugged summer shirt  to retro-inspired swim trunks from Grayers and of course, that rugged sweatshirt from Todd Snyder + Champion as seen at the top of the page. To check out how I’m getting dressed for summer, head to my Instagram. Thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

The best tote bag to haul your summer gear? Quite possibly.

The days, in these strange and trying times, keep on rolling by, and *checks notes* it’s Saturday, so it’s time for yet another Style Pick of the Week covering the very best men’s gear. Well, one of the best men’s gear picks — in this case, it’s an everyday carry essential from the fine folks at New Jersey-based Billykirk. For a bit more than 20 years now, Billykirk‘s Chris and Kirk Bray have been making some of the most rugged goods on the planet, and doing it all in America — that’s where the new Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag enters the equation. The No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is a staple of the brand, but it gets a seriously cool and summer-centric update via the bright, fun River Yellow color as seen above (and it also now comes in Teal). Your summer travel plans might look a heck of a lot different — schlepping your gear a few yards to your firepit versus driving cross-coutry, for instance, but one of the best men’s tote bags can still add some excellent utility to your arsenal of everyday carry essentials.

Picture this: You’re gearing up for a summer weekend bonfire at home. You’re wearing your favorite summer sneakers and maybe some light wash jeans. You’ve got your cooler but you need to haul the rest of your gear out to said firepit. And you’re using this rugged tote bag. That’s but one use case, though — this tough and stylish tote bag is going to come in plenty handy elsewhere, too.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

A dependable tote bag could become a new summer style essentials.

A great tote bag like this one from Billykirk is assuredly worth adding to your list of summer gear, especially when it’s made from 10 oz. waxed cotton canvas — perfect for breezy, dewy summer mornings and chilly nights. And you needn’t worry about the durability of this thing, given that the Billykirk Standard Issue Tote Bag also features mil-spec nylon webbing and a full-grain leather bottom. It’s a seriously well-designed tote bag and includes an open main compartment and three interior organization compartments, too (to go along with two exterior pockets). Those are all critical when it comes to storing your everyday carry essentials or hauling around your favorite growler.  Heck, the No. 540 Standard Issue Tote is even sized to fit up to a 15″ laptop, so you can get some work done at your local cafe (when it reopens, that is). So, it’s clear that this new, rugged tote bag belongs on your list of summer style essentials — right? That’s a surefire “Yes” from me. Check it out at Billykirk, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter for more of my thoughts on the brand.

SHOP: The Billykirk Standard Issue East-West Tote Bag

The Friday Read: Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts, New Everyday Carry Gear & The Best Denim Jacket

Nothing less than the best summer T-shirt.

Rest assured, it’s still a very difficult and challenging time out there, so thank you for stopping by the blog. Here we are on yet another Friday — first off, have you picked up your new favorite T-shirt (as seen above), or a last-minute Father’s Day gift? If not, it’s time to get on that — and there’s no better place to go than Huckberry, which recently launched the Forty Five Tee. You’ve read about these stylish T-shirts on the blog, but if you’re just getting up to speed, know that Huckberry focused on crafting the best men’s T-shirt … and only that. It’s similar to how the 45RPM record featured just one perfect single (and changed how people collected vinyl records forever). In addition to those tees, we’ll also have plenty of cool ways to kick off the rest of your weekend in today’s Friday Read. Although all of our plans look a bit different this year for Father’s Day, I’d urge you to celebrate with the fathers and father figures in your life however best you can — and maybe stop by the Huckberry Father’s Day Shop or the Todd Snyder Father’s Day Shop to get a last-second gift??

As for me, things are slowly reopening around NYC, a positive given that I can now more directly support some of my favorite businesses, from coffee shop Qathra to whiskey bar Sycamore. I’m also still missing live music more than ever, but doing what I can to support by viewing livestreams and benefit shows by the likes of Audiotree. It’s all about doing your part — I hope that’s the case in your region as well. These businesses need our support more than ever (and that goes for a great deal many menswear brands, too!). With that in mind, let’s dig into a few brands that could use our support at the moment — some you’ll recognize, certainly. Enjoy your weekend, thanks for reading & stay safe!

Great soaps from a great brand — for a great cause.

Alright, so before I let you go for the weekend, I’m going to direct you toward yet another must-buy for the season. Namely, you’re going to need a stylish polo or three for the hot summer months. On that note, the exceptional Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo could just be the perfect purchase to sort out your summer wardrobe. Read more here via the Style Pick of the Week series. OK, my friends. That’s going to wrap things up. Stay safe out there.

 

 

The List: This is All the Best New Menswear To Shop For Summer Right Now

Kick back in style with the best summer gear — including these pants.

We’re back at it again with another edition of The List, my weekly roundup of the best men’s gear and menswear on the market. As one would expect, we’re focused today on plentiful summer style essentials, the kind of pieces that can help you navigate the strange times we live in — and do so in style, of course. We’ll dive into picks that  could work as last-minute Father’s Day gifts, and we’ll also talk about some of the best men’s pants for summer (because you’ve got to wear something to work from home). Also on my list? Essentials like the very best men’s sunglasses and one of the best men’s henleys. OK, can’t wait to get started? Neither can I. (And to see what I’m rocking this summer, head on over to my Instagram).

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants — $98

Slim, well-made and very essential from Huckberry.

Yes, that’s right. We’re back again with the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, a true Huckberry classic that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. Already have a pair? Heck, get two or three pairs of these stylish five-pocket pants in fresh, summer-ready shades to round out your wardrobe. These are going to be your new favorite pants.

Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Hoodie — $99

A casual and cool zip hoodie from the makers of your favorite denim.

We’ve recommended Mott and Bow sweatshirts before on the blog (in addition to the NYC brand’s stylish denim), and we’re back again today with this classic zip hoodie for breezy summer nights. Wear it as often as you want these casual days.

GrowlerWerks uKeg Nitro Cold Brew Maker — $199

The best cold brew maker on the market? Certainly one of the coolest.

What goes very well with a classic zip hoodie and the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants for a casual day at home? Why, plenty of the best cold brew coffee — and luckily, GrowlerWerks is offering up a cool, high-quality cold brew maker to power all your days at home. Get it via Bespoke Post.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Green Cast Selvage — $228

The best denim jacket for summer could be this one.

Quick, think of the best jackets for summer. What comes to mind? A rugged denim jacket, hopefully? One that you can layer with ease atop tees and henleys? That’s what the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket brings to your wardrobe, and it’s only going to get better the more you wear it.

Billykirk No. 527 Leather Portfolio — $125 

A classic, sleek way to store your modern technology.

Maybe spending more time at home has made you emphasize your everyday carry essentials that much more? Well, that’s where Billykirk enters the equation. This stylish leather portfolio is well-designed, rugged-yet-refined and ready to store an iPad Pro or a MacBook Air.

Portuguese Flannel Dogtown Shirt — $110

A seriously cool summer shirt to buy ASAP.

Let’s ramp things back up when it comes to your summer shirts, shall we? This stylish short-sleeve shirt from Portuguese Flannel features  a cool name and even cooler styling potential. You should absolutely pair it with the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants.

HELM Boots Nils Burgundy Dress Shoes — $285

Leather dress shoes that’ll amp up your summer style.

Now, listen. Maybe you feel like you don’t quite have the time or the energy to step into some of the best men’s dress shoes when your comfortable house shoes are right there. But upgrading your summer footwear can upgrade your outlook even just a bit, so go with these stylish leather dress shoes from HELM Boots.

Buck Mason Vintage Tri-Blend Curved Hem Henley — $48

A timeless henley to wear as often as possible on chilly summer nights.

Just as you need your rugged denim jacket or classic zip hoodie for cold summer nights, so too do you need one of your favorite henleys. In fact, this stylish long-sleeve henley from the Americana-minded folks at Buck Mason gets the job done perfectly.

VANS Ultrarange 3D Chelsea Mid MTE — $110

Dependable sneakers (or are they boots?) to wear on summer adventures.

The great team at VANS has long been making some of the best men’s sneakers — for decades, in fact. So these stylish sneakerboots are a pretty cool change-up. They’re the perfect sneakerboots to wear on a (socially distanced) summer hike.

Todd Snyder Two-Pocket Utility Shirt — $188

An iconic short-sleeve shirt from an iconic designer.

Invest in the very best — and I mean, the  absolute best menswear your money can buy — with this Todd Snyder utility shirt. The NYC designer has done it again, this time churning out one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer — you  never knew you needed a cotton workwear shirt until now.

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital Speaker — $300

Upgrade your home listening ASAP.

OK, let’s stay inside for a second and talk  about the best audio gear for your home. Specifically, Tivoli Audio has done a masterful job at crafing this stylish digital speaker for Bluetooth tunes and radio listening.

Raen Optics Rollo Sunglasses — $175

Unstoppable sunglasses for bright summer days.

We mentioned earlier that we’d be covering the best men’s sunglasses, and well, folks, here we are. Raen Optics makes fairly priced, high-quality sunglasses in unique silhouettes — like this pair. Wear ’em with some of the best men’s sneakers, slim chinos and a classic henley.

GREATS Court Cuio Sneakers — $179

The coolest sneakers to power your summer, easily.

If you read the blog, you know that Brooklyn-based GREATS consistently churns out some of the best men’s sneakers — the GREATS Court is no exception, and what’s more, $15 from every purchase will go toward New York’s City Harvest food rescue. Shopping for stylish sneakers AND giving to a good cause? Sign me up.

Grayers Rookley Double Cloth Shirt — $98

A laidback, comfortable summer shirt.

Grayers shirts are the stuff of legend: Made with incredibly soft fabric — in this case, a double-cloth herringbone blend — stylish long-sleeve shirts such as this one are ideal for wearing on their own or rocking atop your favorite T-shirt this summer.

Sonic Editions Paul Newman Print — $349

A way to give your space some instant cool.

With all this time spent at home, maybe you want to upgrade the art in your den or your office. Turn to Sonic Editions for limited-editon prints — like this cool-as-heck Paul Newman print.

Faherty Brand Surf Stripe Packable Jacket — $198

Possibly the coolest jacket for summer, guaranteed.

Look to the great minds at Faherty Brand to make an essential summer jacket. In fact, this retro-inspired rain jacket is ideal for when the weather sneaks up on you — pack it in your backpack for the day’s adventures so it’s close at hand when you need it.

Olivers Apparel All Over Shorts — $68

Functional men’s shorts for summer — the best of the best.

The best men’s shorts for summer are versatile and made to be worn on the go or on your back porch. Helpfully, Olivers Apparel has knocked it out of the park with the All Over Shorts, made from all-weather, four-way stretch fabric.

L’Estrange London 24 Trousers — $157 

Slim, stylish and stretchy trousers to wear as you work from home.

These are strange and trying times we live in, so for spending plenty of time at home, you might as well dress in comfort and style in equal measure. That’s where the 24 Trousers come into play.  I’ve been reviewing them recently (thanks to the brand for sending!), and I’m fully onboard. Available in a wide range of colors, made from stretch cotton and featuring a stretch waistband, these are the perfect pants to wear to work from home (or go out on a socially distanced walk).
Yet again, it seems as if we’ve covered a ton of ground when it comes to the best summer gear for guys. Right? Right. What’s your favorite of the above? Is it the classic-yet-fresh take on sneakers known as the GREATS Court? Or maybe you want to shake things up and pick up stylish leather dress shoes from HELM Boots? As for me, I simply can’t get enough of the iconic Flint and Tinder 365 Pants. To let me know your favorite picks, be sure to give a follow on Twitter. Alright, my friends — thanks for reading, and happy shopping!