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?
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.
- While we’re here, I’d urge you to head to Buck Mason to check out what the brand is doing in the world of stylish face coverings. They’ve managed to produce an American-made face covering, bandana-style, out of the same slub knit fabric that makes the brand’s stylish T-shirts so essential. Pick up a two-pack of Buck Mason bandanas for $28 while they’re still around.
- Speaking of Buck Mason once more, the Buck Mason Tri-Blend Tee — one of the softest men’s T-shirts on the market, especially for summer — is now available at a low, low price of $25 after the good folks at the company reduced the price. That’s right, the Buck Mason Tri-Blend Tee is now just $25. Swing by the site and pick one (or three) up to go with your Buck Mason bandana. Can’t go wrong with an affordable summer T-shirt, right?
- I know what you might be thinking: “Beef jerky?? But Beau, this isn’t a culinary blog!” Indeed, it is not, although I do love a delicious craft beer — and y’know what tasty summer snack goes well with your favorite craft beer? Beef jerky, folks. Not just any beef jerky. I recently had the chance to test out Chomps Original Beef Jerky, and I wrote all about it for GearMoose. It could seriously be the perfect snack to pair with your next beer, and that’s just a fact! Try it and see for yourself.
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!