Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Drake Stripe Luxe Polo – The Breeziest Polo for Spring & Summer

Best men's polo for spring and summer.

Where do you turn when you want the polish of wearing one of the best men’s polos, yet the easygoing style of rocking one of the best T-shirts for men? It’s a difficult balance to strike, but that’s what Texas-based Grayers has done with the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo, one of the best men’s polos out there — and one that’s so comfortable and breezy, it might even feel like wearing your favorite T-shirt. That’s pretty ideal to have on hand this spring and summer, yes?

First and foremost, it carries on the Grayers tradition of taking the classics and making them feel fresh and modern. You probably know Grayers for its rugged-yet-soft, essential winter menswear, but the brand has you covered across multiple seasons with picks like the luxe Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo, which also happens to be surprisingly affordable. In fact, you can snag it for under $70 right now, a terrific deal considering the soft-to-the-touch cotton-poly blend and versatile color options (more on those in a second).

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The Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo manages to feel streamlined and yet easygoing thanks to that fabric blend, and a range of dusty colors in shades of red, blue and orange add a suitably spring-like feel to your wardrobe. That’s the case whether you wear them with your favorite pair of chinos — something at which Grayers also excels — or with a pair of expertly faded slim blue jeans. It’s also worth calling out the fit of the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo — it should prove modern and flattering, especially with a dressy three-button placket.

The placket design should add some depth and a more substantial feel, while also making the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo the sort of polo you can wear with ease under your favorite summer blazer (or on its own, of course). Naturally though, this polo is relaxed enough in terms of style to team with chino shorts and canvas sneakers (cold beer and grilling essentials sold separately, of course). No matter the color you select, you can be sure the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo delivers quality, versatility and perfectly appropriate spring and summer style. That’s a guarantee, and a menswear essential worth buying, right? Yes indeed. Happy shopping, my friends!


The Thursday Buy: The Buck Mason Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt is Your New Go-Anywhere Shirt

Best short-sleeve shirt for men.

Quick, name at least one summer style essential you can’t live without. It very well might be one of the best short-sleeve shirts for men, right? The type of shirt you can wear with ease to the office on a casual day, not to mention for weekend days aplenty, from the brewery to the BBQ and beyond, right? And folks, can you ever have enough when it comes to a rotation of the best men’s short-sleeve shirts? I think not — that’s where the Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt is going to shake up your wardrobe in the best way.

Hopefully, you’re well-acquainted with what Buck Mason brings to your wardrobe, be it one of the best lightweight jackets for expert travel style or some of the best summer shorts — now, you can add another tried-and-true essential to your list just as the thermostat really starts to climb. The Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt seems simple and subtly stylish on the surface, and that’s not a bad thing to have close at hand in the months ahead. It all starts, of course, with the tightly woven yet lightweight cotton twill blend, the kind that’s going to feel substantial and yet breath easily (without wrinkling as much as a linen shirt might, for instance).

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The Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt checks plenty of other boxes, too, including a mid-length fit that looks great untucked or tucked in. Heck, the Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt is so surprisingly polished, you could even wear it under your favorite summer blazer to stay cool without missing a beat. The use of rayon within the cotton blend also makes it super-soft to the touch and comfortable against your skin, no undershirt required. Crucially, the Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt also fits slim through the body but offers room to move up top, thanks to the pleated back design.

The range of colors in which you can snag the Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt is also impressive: Five neutral colors make up the offering, each easily wearable with a pair of expertly faded Buck Mason jeans or chinos, for starters. Colors like Fog or Natural are perhaps easiest to mix and match, but any option you select when it comes to the Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt just works, well, quite well for spring and summer style. Priced fairly at $95, it’s the short-sleeve shirt you can work into many a summer ensemble. Go for it right now, then thank me later. Happy shopping!

See Now, Buy Now: Shop Smart Casual with Huckberry’s Latest 9-to-5 Offering

Best smart casual style for men
My friends, you don’t need me to tell you that the folks at Huckberry offer up some of the best menswear essentials day in and day out, season after season. From one of the best men’s chambray shirts to essential waxed jackets for men, the San Fran retailers have you covered from head to toe in every possible scenario. That’s also the case with Huckberry’s latest curated offering: Call it the Huckberry 9-to-5 Collection, a carefully selected assortment of the best smart casual style for men.

What exactly does that mean? Well, there’s something for everyone in the offering — you could also call it the Huckberry Smart Casual Collection. From super-soft tees to crisp-yet-easygoing polo shirts, the best men’s Chelsea boots, expertly faded denim and the best men’s chinos, the hand-picked assortment offers up something for everyone.

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Huckberry has everything you need

Whether your style leans more rugged or more refined, more business casual or more of a hybrid look (think a T-shirt layered underneath a soft-shouldered blazer, for instance), this expertly designed array of your new favorite style essentials is — to put it one way — quite perfect. There’s lots to shop there right now, so I’ll wrap this post up and let you get on with adding the best new menswear to your cart.

The Tuesday Steal: Upgrade Your Home Goods with Deals on Decor from Oxford Pennant

If you’ve been searching for a cool, rather quick way to upgrade your home goods, I’ve got just what you need — a small selection of the coolest home decor pieces from Buffalo’s own Oxford Pennant are on sale right now at Bespoke Post. All it takes is one quick spin through the Bespoke Post Sale section to find a few deals up for grabs in a quick and easy way to ramp up the decor in your home office, your den or your living room. Or really, anywhere you feel could use a touch more color and style in a hurry.

If you’re not familiar with Oxford Pennant, know that the western New York retailer does an outstanding job at blending throwback-inspired designs with handcrafted production, making some of the most eye-catching, coolest pennants and banners I’ve seen in some time. It doesn’t hurt that they’re sold by Bespoke Post, always a marker of quality goods for your home and your wardrobe.

Right now, you can get Oxford Pennant’s seriously cool championship banners — like the “Glory Days” banner shown above — for under $100, a nice steal when you consider the USA-made quality and distinctive style you’re getting. It’s style that can be appreciated by anybody, be it your family or your roommates. So, what are you waiting for? Ramp up your home decor with just a few clicks at Bespoke Post.

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch x Huckberry Long Haul Jacket Is Your New Spring Go-To

Best men's denim jacket for spring.

There are some menswear partnerships that just make so much sense, you almost don’t have to think about ’em. Like the way that Todd Snyder teams up with Champion to update rugged style staples, or the way that Huckberry and Taylor Stitch have partnered on your new favorite denim jacket for spring and summer. It could be one of the coolest men’s jackets of the moment, in fact, and it perfectly merges everything you love about the two San Francisco brands, including an old-school, rugged appeal that’s still fresh and modern.

The jacket in question is an update of the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket, a longtime favorite of mine here on the blog, and it plays off all the hallmarks you expect from that silhouette. The fit is clean and hits above the waist, with relatively slim sleeves and high armholes for a surprisingly tailored denim jacket. Of course, those are but a few of the touches that make it one of the best jackets for men at the moment.

The incredibly cool Huckberry x Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket is made from soft organic cotton denim, all the better for a soft fit that only gets better with time the more you wear it. This rugged denim jacket has also been washed for a vintage look and feel, but again, it’s only going to get better with age. It already looks like you’ve had it for years, which makes this one a nice change of pace against more polished Taylor Stitch chinos, for instance. The Huckberry x Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket also boasts eye-catching, nicely detailed antique copper YKK donut buttons and rivets, plus zig-zag stitching under the collar and along the front placket for added durability.

Taken altogether, both the details big and small make the Huckberry x Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket one worth owning and wearing as often as possible this spring and summer. It gets all the better when you team your new favorite denim jacket with, say, a Taylor Stitch merino tee for go-anywhere, laidback-yet-cool style. Regardless of how many lightweight jackets you’ve got close at hand, the Huckberry x Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket is one of the coolest to buy right now — guaranteed.

The Sunday Sale: The Best Casual Shorts for Summer Are On Sale for Under $50 Right Now

Best men's shorts for summer.

When you find something that works in terms of the best spring and summer style essentials, you stick with it — that’s what I think, at least, and that’s where today’s Sunday Sale comes into play. As luck would have it, this deal is coming to you from the Todd Snyder Sale section, and more specifically, the ongoing Todd Snyder + Champion partnership. What works so well about that partnership? Well, it takes classic sportswear staples and updates them with modern fabric and fits — which brings us to the standout offering shown above, some of the best casual men’s shorts for summer. In fact, they’re on sale right now for under $50 and available in an entire range of sizes, something that’s a bit too good to pass up.

The Todd Snyder + Champion Midweight Warm-Up Shorts are perfect for weekend trips, laidback lounging and even more casual weekend outings (park strolls and iced coffees come to mind). These stylish, durable Todd Snyder + Champion shorts also get the little details right, be it the garment-dyed, French Terry fabric (perfect for breezy days) or the eye-catching Club Blue color. The result, as Snyder says, is an elevated take on the gym short that you can wear as often as you please this summer. Lest we forget, you can snag these Todd Snyder + Champion for under $50 right now. That’s a deal worth taking right now. Cheers to Sunday, my friends!

Style Pick of the Week: Filson Feather Washed Short-Sleeve Cloth Shirt – The Best Short-Sleeve Summer Shirt

When it comes to gearing up for a new season — be it spring right now or the impending warmer months of summer, I say stick with what you know. That’s where Filson, the legendary Pacific Northwest gear outfitter, enters the equation (and your wardrobe). You know the brand makes highly durable gear for the colder months, from the best winter workshirt to a multi-season chambray shirt, but the brand’s warm-weather style staples are worth a look, too. Let the Filson Washed Short-Sleeve Feather Cloth Shirt take center stage, available in a plethora of colors and made from the brand’s lightweight Feather Cloth fabric.

It’s got all the hallmarks of a truly timeless shirt you can wear just about anywhere adventure calls this season, be it the trail, a BBQ, a camping trip or even a more laidback day in the office (perhaps with tailored chinos and brown leather moc shoes for a bit of carefree summer style). Yes indeed, the Filson Washed Short-Sleeve Feather Cloth Shirt checks all the right boxes if you want a laidback-yet-polished, rugged and adventure-ready shirt made to keep you cool in style.

Best short-sleeve shirt for men.

The Filson Washed Short-Sleeve Feather Cloth Shirt comes in a wide array of seasonally friendly colors to suit every palette, including the engaging plaid combo up for grabs right now — so it doesn’t skimp on style points either. That 3oz. cotton fabric has also been heavily pre-washed, so it feels soft and doesn’t require any break-in time right out of the box. Filson also calls out this shirt as especially useful to wear on camping trips or any time you’re going to be in the sun and moving around — it’s clear the Filson Washed Short-Sleeve Feather Cloth Shirt belongs in your summer style rotation, yes?

The brand also calls out “a durability that belies its light weight,” never a bad go-to for a day when the thermostat climbs. This is one you need in your closet now.

The Friday Read: Shiner Beer, New Howler Brothers Gear & Austin, Texas

Classic Shiner beer

Although plenty of people out there might be focused on, say, the second weekend of the Coachella festival, I’ve got my sights set in a different direction — namely, in search of cold Shiner Bock beer like you see above. How exactly does that work out, and what does it have to do with this blog? Well, if you’ve read the rest of my writing work at sites like SPY, you know I’m a HUGE fan of American beer — and that’s what’s bringing me South to Austin (Texas!) for the first time since 2018.

I’ll be staying in Austin with fellow media members, exploring the city, imbibing Shiner beer and of course, visiting the famed Shiner Brewery in Spoetzl! Along the way, we’re taking in the best of what Texas has to offer, from local BBQ to horseback riding and more. I’m so thrilled to be invited along, and I can’t wait to keep diving into a true Texas weekend! For now, you can follow along on my Instagram with all the fun. In the meantime, I’ve got some more Shiner Bock to sip on — cheers, and here’s to the rest of the Friday Read!

  • Alright, my friends: If you’ve kept up with the blog, then you know the brand above. It’s another Texas-based brand, this time the good folks at Austin’s Howler Brothers — I previously shouted out the Howler Brothers Spring 2022 Collection here in this blog post, and it’s high time you gave them another look, in my humble opinion. They make rugged, lightweight adventure shirts, shorts and more — the sort of gear you can wear on the water and then back into town to grab, well, a cold Shiner Bock beer. Cheers, folks.
  • For all of you not dealing with the Texas heat this weekend, I’ve got quite the style pick for you: Layer up for blustery spring days with a personal favorite jacket I’ve shouted out more than a few times — that’d be the Buck Mason Storm Stopper Ghia Driver’s Jacket, which I covered as last week’s Style Pick of the Week. It could just be the perfect jacket for spring, my friends.
  • Last but certainly not least, here’s another spring-centric style move to get you in the spirit of the season, so to speak. My favorite American menswear designer, Todd Snyder, just launched his first-ever shoe collection: It’s an offering of four classic colorways in a timeless chukka boot design, and I wrote all about it over at Lace ’em right on up, my friends.

We’re going to wrap up today’s Friday Read this very instant, folks, as I’ve got some “work duties” to attend to — again, get yourself a cold Shiner Bock beer delivered to your door if you want a classic taste of Texas! Cheers and thanks, as always, for reading!

The Thursday Buy: Proof’s Rover Shorts are the Best Outdoor Shorts to Shop Right Now

Best spring and summer men's shorts.

Sometimes, it’s the most seemingly simple spring and summer style essentials that actually make the biggest difference in your wardrobe. Whether it’s your go-to pair of classic canvas sneakers or a breezy-yet-effective merino T-shirt, every guy’s wardrobe needs workhorse pieces that perform even better than they look — like the Proof Rover Shorts, part of some of the best new menswear arrivals on tap right now from the good folks at San Fran’s own Huckberry. If the Proof Rover Shorts sound familiar on the surface, that’s because, well, they are. At least, partially.

The Proof Rover Shorts are in fact a shorter version of the Proof brand’s famed Proof Rover Pants — those pants happen to be some of my favorite pants, and if you’ve tried them, perhaps you feel the same way. The aptly named Proof Rover Shorts share a lot of the same DNA, with a true work short build that’s built on a proprietary blend of Sorbek, cotton and lycra for stretch, durability and abrasion resistance. As the headline mentions, too, the Proof Rover Shorts are also the ideal outdoor shorts: For yard work, day hikes, grilling or patio beers, even. They really shine when it’s time to tackle tough projects, though.

The even better thing about the Proof Rover Shorts is that, much like the Proof Rover Pants, these stylish men’s shorts will only get better with time — Huckberry calls out the specially engineered pigment dye process that fades over time the more you wear them. And of course, you’ll certainly want to wear the Proof Rover Shorts as often as possible, especially in highly versatile colors like Dark Bronze Grey (shown above) and Light Olive. With black metal hardware and highly durable construction, plus a gusseted insert for ease of movement, the Proof Rover Shorts do a standout job at checking off all the little details you might not have considered in a pair of shorts.

Best of all might be the price. Sure, the Proof Rover Shorts clock in at just under $80, which is more expensive than picking up, say, a classic pair of chino shorts, but these shorts in particular are made to be worn into the great outdoors and beyond. It’s the same kind of versatility you’re getting with the Proof Rover Pants, of course, only that much more adept for spring and summer. Do yourself a favor and snag the Proof Rover Shorts — your new go-to spring and summer shorts.

See Now, Buy Now: Throw On the Faherty Short-Sleeve Knit Seasons Shirt for Effortless Style

Best short-sleeve shirt for spring and summer

When it comes to developing the perfect spring and summer wardrobe, there are brands you need to be able to rely on beyond just the current season at hand — still with me on that? Take NYC-founded Faherty Brand, which already makes one of the best winter shirts and is now here for you to lean on when the thermostat starts to climb, too. How exactly does that work out? Easily enough, when you consider the appeal of the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt. It’s a short-sleeve version of one of the brand’s best-selling long-sleeve shirts, and believe you me when I say your wardrobe is all the better for it.

The key with the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt? It carries on the same level of craftsmanship you’d expect from the brand in the colder months, too — again, brands you can trust are never a bad thing to have in your corner. It’s truly billed by the brand as the short-sleeve version of one of its best-sellers, with soft stretch fabric and a relaxed, breezy fit that mimics the look of classic Hawaiian shirts (yet in an array of subdued colors). The organic cotton fabric is also a sustainable, comfortable touch, always nice to have in your array of spring style essentials.

Best floral short-sleeve shirt for summer.

In fact, speaking of classic Hawaiian shirts, you can also find the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt in a suitably cool, breezy and subdued floral pattern, the kind that’s more toned down than other Hawaiian shirts for an effortlessly sharp style. The array of dusty color options gives the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt a timeless look you can team with everything from light-wash jeans to your favorite lightweight stretch chinos and of course, some of the best men’s shorts for spring and summer. It’s worth noting that this stylish short-sleeve shirt is pricier than an option from a fast-fashion brand — it’ll run you $118, although plenty of Faherty menswear essentials can be found on-sale, too.

The great news is, if you’re already a fan of Faherty Brand, then you know exactly what you’re getting with the short-sleeve edition of this shirt. If not, now is a great time to pick up your new favorite short-sleeve shirt for spring and summer days aplenty: The Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt is yours for the taking in whatever color you please.