See Now, Buy Now: The Relwen Flex Chinos are the Best Men’s Chinos for Summer

The slim, lightweight chinos you can wear, well, anywhere.

There are some key men’s style essentials you need in a well-adjusted and well-composed wardrobe — including lightweight chinos for summer. Yes indeed, even when the thermostat climbs, looking sharp is of the utmost importance, and that’s where the Relwen Flex Chinos come into play, my friends. Gone are the days of wearing heavy, pleated chinos on hot summer days — these are the best men’s chinos (or some of the best, at least) to add to your seasonal rotation. Heck, the Relwen Flex Chinos are also wearable in spring and fall, but that’s not why we’re here now, is it? In fact, you might recognize the Relwen Flex Chinos from this post on how to wear white sneakers — but they’re even more versatile than you thought. When you start out with some of the best fabric around, things are only going to get better; take the 97 percent cotton, 3 percent spandex blend found in the Relwen Flex Chinos. That makes them super easy to wear, and super breathable, to boot.
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SHOP: The Relwen Flex Chinos 

Available in two colors, these chinos feature all the right details.

And as you can see above, the Relwen Flex Chinos come in two versatile colors, including Lawn Green and Faded Black. That versatility and flexibility (literally) means you can wear them with everything from a merino T-shirt and classic chukka boots to a summer-friendly polo shirt, a denim jacket and white high-top sneakers.These are also a pair of chinos that’s more than suitable for travel, given the comfort and style you’re getting from the Relwen Flex Chinos (a side note: Check out my guide on how to dress for summer travel for more tips!). And not to be forgotten: You can absolutely wear these slim chinos to the office with brown leather brogues, a white Oxford shirt and a classic navy blazer — both colors will work for that ensemble, in fact. So, that’ll just about do it. If you’re not yet convinced you need a pair of the best men’s chinos as seen here, well, best get on board.

SHOP: The Relwen Flex Chinos 

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#OOTD: How to Wear a Classic Oxford Shirt for the Rest of Summer

If, for some reason, wearing a classic Oxford shirt — even a Flint and Tinder Oxford shirt — sounds a bit boring or stale to you, well, we’re here to change all of that today with a new #OOTD for your summer style pleasure. The basics of the classic Oxford shirt stay the same, and yet the wearing occasions and the way it’s being worn are different here. Namely, we’re mixing it up with lightweight slim chinos and classic chukka boots — that way, you’ve got the option to wear it out to the bar on the weekend or head to the office on a laidback day (or, both!). Again, it’s all about the way you’re wearing a classic Oxford shirt, and in this instance, it’s not stuffy in the slightest. Throw in a pair of the best men’s sunglasses, and this #OOTD is even cool enough (literally and figuratively) for a first date. Again, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Oxford shirt — it’s cut slim and tailored, and in a lighter, breezier fabric for summer (undoubtedly critical). The Oxford shirt has remained a style staple through the years for a reason, and it’s long past its preppy roots — heck, unbutton the buttondown collar if you’re feeling a bit adventurous (wink, wink). The way this outfit is put together, it’s ready for whatever you’ve got in mind this season. To see how I’m wearing my Oxford shirt, head to my Instagram.

A fresh-yet-classic way to wear your Oxford shirt.

Ideally, this look is shaking up the way you think about your Oxford shirt — I know it’s made me see it in a different light. In the case of this Flint and Tinder Oxford shirt, it’s the right way to start an outfit, featuring lightweight summer fabric and a breezy-yet-tailored fit. In short, it’s the perfect pairing with stylish slim chinos, which makes this combo again ready for the office or for your favorite craft beer bar. But what really takes it from good to great are your accessories, selected with eyecatching versatility in mind. Take a pair of the best men’s sunglasses and mix ’em in with the stunning, sharp new Lonegrade HDR140 Watch, and you’ve got pieces that reflect your personality while looking stylish as heck at the same time. That’s also where subtly stylish printed socks come back into play, even in the summer months. They will sit especially nicely atop classic chukka boots, too. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks on their own, but paired up together? Talk about a major win, right? And for when you need to take your favorite craft beer on the go in style, finish things off with an ever-crucial accessory — a stylish water bottle. It’s a thing, I’m serious! And lest we forget, a stylish leather belt is really going to go a long way toward tying this all together. How about it? Who’s ready for the rest of July? Good answer.

 

The List: Gear Up for the Rest of Summer Right Now with these Men’s Style Essentials

Just one of many essentials you’ll need to enjoy summer — right now.

You see those stylish summer slip-ons from Nisolo pictured above? They’re one of just many keys to unlocking a laidback, easygoing summer (for the rest of the season, that is to say). And there are oftentimes some seriously straightforward ways to make it easier on yourself. That’s where today’s post comes in. You can find some of my favorite gear picks from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog (and plenty more places!) outlined below. Once you dive into these men’s style essentials for the rest of July and August, there’s no telling where you’ll want to go next. Have any thoughts on other must-have men’s gear picks? Let me know on Twitter.

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-ons — $178 

The perfect middle ground between dressy and casual when it comes to summer footwear.

Aren’t these just calling out to be worn on vacation? Now, there’s a major difference between the best pair of slip-ons and your standard, flimsy flip-flops. The Nisolo Alejandro Slip-ons are nothing to slouch at, as easy to wear with slim chinos and a stylish summer polo as they are with chino shorts and your favorite T-shirt.

Faherty Brand Beacon Trunks — $98

The eyecatching summer swim trunks you need in your life (and your wardrobe).

You know Faherty Brand for expertly cut flannel shirts and stylish cardigans, but what about must-have swim trunks for summer? Like the Beacon Trunks? Consider these vacation-ready.

Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Short-Sleeve Shirt — $70

Your new go-to summer shirt? It very well could be.

If ever there was a modern, stylish short-sleeve shirt that looked like it should be worn by James Bond, it might be the Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Shirt. A breezy fabric and a classic fit make this a winner from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog.

DuFrane Barton Springs 656 Diver Watch — $656

An astonishingly durable watch for summer adventures.

Aptly named according to the price, the DuFrane Barton Springs Diver is the must-have watch of summer, made so that it doesn’t miss a beat — it can go from the beach to the boardwalk to the bar with ease, so that means it’s one of the best men’s watches out there right now (seen previously in my guide to what to wear to happy hour).

SLVDR Keck Tee — $50

The perfect summer T-shirt? You be the judge of that, my friend.

The search for one of the best men’s T-shirts remains elusive and challenging — yet, if you want a retro-inspired change of pace, reach for the SLVDR Keck Tee, then wear it with stylish high-top sneakers and stylish slim jeans. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Olive — $118

A change of pace from the typical — in the best way possible.

If you’re the type who still loves wearing slim jeans in the summer, then just know that not every pair you wear has to go full-on light wash — these Mott and Bow jeans in a handsome shade of olive are simply perfect for all those other times.

Roark Revival Layover Shorts — $65

Functional zippers and comfortable fabric add another dimension to these stylish shorts.

Functional summer shorts are actually out there — if you know where to look. And the travel-ready Roark Revival Layover Shorts are as functional and dependable as it gets. Easily some of the best shorts for summer I’ve tested this year.

Pantropic Tucson Fedora — $134

A breezy summer hat that’s made the right way.

Don’t start by writing off the fedora just yet — the Pantropic Tuscon Fedora is a stylish summer hat that wouldn’t look out of place with a camp collar shirt and breezy linen pants on your next beach vacation.

Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask — $150

The potentially perfect sipper to bring to your next bonfire.

Is a heritage-quality flask a true must-have part of your everyday carry? Well, that’s debateable. But the Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask could be the perfect companion on a breezy summer evening stroll (beverage of choice not included).

Mott and Bow Classic V-Neck Tee in California Blue — $32

The right V-neck tee to wear on easygoing summer days.

OK, back to menswear. Summer is all about laidback style — and this stylish V-neck T-shirt, again from Mott and Bow, is a lot more well-made than V-neck T-shirts of years gone by (looking at you, American Apparel). Wear it with Mott and Bow jeans, if you feel so inclined.

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt — $125 

A Western shirt unlike any other on the market, and that’s a fact.

Another standout from Taylor Stitch? Assuredly. This classic Western shirt gets a modern upgrade in a lightweight, cotton-hemp blend. Wear it with a pair of the brand’s standout chinos for maximum effect.

Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie — $345

A tough suitcase that can fit absolutely everything you need (and then some).

So, you’ve got all the stylish summer gear you could ever want … but nothing in which to pack it for your next summer adventure. That changes with the Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie, one of the toughest, best rolling suitcases for all your essentials.

Shop contemporary and independent label men's and women's fashion at Need Supply Co. Click Here!That’ll turn the page on another edition of The List — are you feeling ready to take on the rest of summer? And which of the above gear picks will you be buying? I’m a big fan of a classic Western shirt from my friends at Taylor Stitch, but I also can’t get enough of the Roark Revival Layover Shorts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below — and thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

The perfect go-between when it comes to stylish summer shorts.

Surely, you’re not sick of hearing about the best men’s shorts for summer, are you? And surely, you’re definitely not sick of hearing about Taylor Stitch, everyone’s favorite, San Fra-based retailer … right? Well, that’s good, because we’re diving headfirst into both areas with today’s Style Pick of the Week, the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts. Again, there’s a difference between average shorts and between the best new shorts on the market — and these are up for your consideration in that category. The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts toe the line between casual and rugged, as fitting for a park stroll or a day hike as they are for grabbing a pint at your favorite brewery — and Taylor Stitch wouldn’t have it any other way. It starts with the old-school navy corduroy fabric, which is livened up for summer with 1 percent spandex — these aren’t stiff chino shorts, nor are they logo-heavy athletic shorts, and that means you can pair up the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts with classic white sneakers and your favorite T-shirt just as easily as you can wear them with a new hemp polo and leather moccasins.
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SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

Stylish shorts for whatever your summer holds — even skateboarding.

It’s tough to find shorts that again strike the balance between an active lifestyle and, y’know, actual style points, but the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts take care of that handsomely. The light rinse gives them the kind of comfortable, lived-in feel you love, right out of the box, while the front slash pockets and stitched-down front pocket bags bring the whole “field shorts” vibe home. Thnk of the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts like the old-school shorts your pops might have worn to go camping back in the day (again, ideally paired with classic leather mocs and a classic light beer). The point is, these are easy, breezy, super-stylish shorts, the kind you’d absolutely expect Taylor Stitch to produce — right? Right. And there’s still plenty of time to wear them for the rest of the summer, from bonfires to upstate camping trips and brewery visits. The 8-inch inseam should suit even the tall among us, too. What’s not to love about the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts? There’s a long list of positives — to say the very least.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

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The Friday Read: Madrid, Mad Cool Festival & What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

The breezy, old-school-cool shirt to wear this weekend.

If I had to put money on it, I’d say the Katin Vinson Shirt is the perfect summer shirt for this coming weekend — and any weekend, for that matter. Is it on your list of must-buy men’s style essentials? No? Well, it should be. Speaking of summer style, we’ve got a healthy dose of tips and tricks (plus craft beer) in today’s Friday Read — promise. And on that note, I’ve got one of the bigger summer weekends ahead of me — in fact, as you read this, I’m in none other than … Madrid! Yes, as crazy as it is, it’s true. But this isn’t just any old weekend jaunt — I’m here to attend none other than Mad Cool Festival, an undeniably hip music festival in its second year … headlined by THE NATIONAL tonight, no less!

This festival was announced late last year, and without knowing they’d soon release one of my favorite albums (and a lengthy tour!), I  knew I had to jump on this lifetime opportunity. The shows I’ve seen so far on the “I Am Easy To Find Tour,” including in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and at Bonnnaroo in Tennesse, truly have been otherworldly, and I feel very, VERY grateful to be along for the ride in a small way. Other highlights of today’s festival include luminous NYC rocker Sharon Van Etten (opening directly for The National!) and Australia’s own Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (who were behind a sneaky good 2018 album, “Hope Downs”); talk about a heck of a lineup. I really can’t wait to check out the festival and the city — to say the LEAST.


It’s my first-ever trip to Spain, and for someone who only took two years of high school Spanish, that’s a bit intimidating! All the same, I plan to explore plenty on foot, including crucial stops at Fogg Bar (renowned for craft beer and cheese), plus Fabrica Maravillas, Madrid’s first microbrewery. It won’t be all craft beer, though — I plan to explore as much as possible, including stops at El Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor. To follow along with all of the fun, be sure to head to my Instagram. In the meantime, have a great weekend — we’ll see you back here for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week!

  • Heading to a summer wedding this weekend? Looking for some summer wedding outfit inspiration? Look no further than my guide on what to wear to a summer wedding — it’ll (hopefully) keep you calm, cool & collected … oh, and ready for the reception later.
  • Over at The Manual, I try to stay pretty busy — on that front, I rounded up the best lightweight shirts for men (both of the casual and more dressy varieties, of course); you’d do well to check out my picks from brands like Bonobos, Rhone & plenty more.
  • OK, so the Fourth of July might have been last weekend, but it’s never too late to get some of the best new summer gear — regardless of whether it’s a holiday or not. Shop my favorite seasonal picks ASAP.
  • With all this talk of lightweight summer style, it might seem counterintuitive to crack into a tasty, rich double IPA — and yet, I rounded  up the best double IPAs over at GearMoose, including a new favorite from my home state (that’d be the Bell’s Double Two Hearted, of course). With that, I raise my glass to you!

Before I head out for the weekend, allow me to direct you toward my Instagram, where you can follow along with up-to-the-minute updates on my travels, my personal style & my beer inclinations (truly!). Oh, and if you fancy one more piece of reading before the weekend starts? Take a look at my full guide on how to wear classic chinos in a way that’s laidback, breezy & ready for anything. OK, that’s all from me! Cheers!

The List: Here are the Best Gear Picks for A Mid-Summer Getaway — Guaranteed

The bold-yet-refined shirt you’ll be reaching for all summer long.

Do you ever spot something that just … screams summer? A piece that belongs on your list of summer style essentials, easily? Something like the Portuguese Flannel Vince Shirt as seen above, right? Exactly. That’s where we’ll kick things off today, in fact. We’re also highlighting the rest of the gear you’ll need for a summer getaway, be it a leisurely weekend at the lake, a beer-filled beach stay or an upstate camping trip (or all three in quick succession??). Think of something you’ll need for those trips, and it’s covered in today’s edition of The List. Hope y’all enjoy — now, get out there and explore this summer!

Portuguese Flannel Vince Shirt — $110

The easy, breezy summer shirt you’ll want to wear all season long.

The next time you want to switch things up from a polo shirt or a slub T-shirt, then a stylish camp collar shirt from Portuguese Flannel is absolutely the way to. This classic short-sleeve shirt is retro-inspired & refreshingly modern at the same time.

Taylor Stitch Camp Pants in Tuff Duck — $128

Dependable, rugged pants for summer adventures.

Be it pants to wear for your next breezy morning house project or pants to wear as you sip coffee beside a cool lake, you know Taylor Stitch has you covered. These Camp Pants in Tuff Duck are as good as it gets.

Rise Cold Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee — $34.99 (12-pack)

Your next weekend adventure just got a shot in the arm in the form of delicious coffee.

Let’s talk for a second about the crucial supplies to get you ready to hit the road — namely, some of the best coffee around. Rise Brewing Co. Nitro Cold Brew, available in a handy and absurdly delicious 12-pack that’ll hopefully last you a good while, makes nitro cold brew to rival the best around. You’ll have all the energy you need to pack up & hit the road.

Victory Sportswear Classic Runners — $220

Your new go-to sneakers, assuredly.

Let’s go from rugged chore pants to durable summer sneakers, shall we? These classic runner sneakers are primed to wear with everything from slim chino shorts to light wash jeans and a slub pocket tee — wear ’em for summer travel, too.

Mott and Bow Laight Jean in Medium Blue — $118

A classic pair of denim in a light weight.

There’s never a wrong time to wear slim dark blue denim from Mott and Bow — when you absolutely have to wear jeans in the summer (say, for a business casual meeting?), go with one of my favorite denim brands.

UNIMATIC U3-A Watch — $615

The durable watch you can wear nearly anywhere you please.

If you’re searching for the best everyday watch to pair with a whole slew of vacation-ready outfits, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a better do-it-all watch than the UNIMATIC U3-A Watch. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Stetson Langston Hat — $119

This hat will keep the sun off your face — and it’ll do it in style.

OK, let’s go back to gear for a more rugged outdoor adventure, shall we? The hat you need for your next outdoor trip comes from Stetson — the Langston Hat, to be more specific.

Unmarked Toro Boots — $280

These are the right boots for … whatever you end up needing ’em for.

Let’s stick with the theme of rugged gear for an outdoor adventure, shall we? And you surely don’t need to be rancher to wear these rugged leather boots. The Unmarked Toro Boots should do just fine at your local pub (or your new favorite bar at your vacation getaway), in fact.

Wellen Easy Chinos — $88

Breezy chinos fit for a summer weekend.

Summer adventures aren’t all about running yourself into the ground — take it easy, man! You’re on vacation, and you’re wearing the Wellen Easy Chinos, some of the best men’s chinos you can get your hands on. They’re decidedly laidback thanks to the drawstring waist, and perfect to wear with a stylish hemp polo.

Schatzii Bullet 2.0 Wireless Headphones — $223.98

These are the wireless headphones you didn’t know you needed.

There’s no time quite like a summer getaway to realize you need a new pair of wireless headphones — might as well go for some of the best wireless headphones on the market, ehh? Schatzii gets it right.

Rhythm Vacation Stripe Short-Sleeve Shirt — $68

Another seriously laidback, relaxed camp collar shirt.

Another classic camp collar shirt here to keep your mind squarely in “tropical vacation getaway” mode — it’s at an affordable price, and it’s selling quickly.

Barebones Pulaski Axe — $142

This axe is tough as nails & ready for anything.

We told you that you needed to be prepared for your next outdoor adventure or cabin trip — the Barebones Pulaski Axe could be just what you need, however unexpected.

Mollusk Corduroy Shorts — $70

Just the right shorts for easygoing summer style.

There’s something refreshingly old-school and just plain cool about the Mollusk Corduroy Shorts — in fact, they could be the best shorts to wear on your next vacation (especially when paired up with a  classic camp collar shirt).

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Backpack — $185

Get geared up for your next off-trail excursion.

Just like that, we’re back to rugged outdoor gear picks — the Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Backpack fits the bill nicely, don’t you agree? Consider it among the best gear for an outdoor adventure.

 

Alright, are you starting to feel that itch to just … get out and go? Upstate, down South, out of the country … you can’t go wrong with any of these summer style essentials in my book. Do you have any opinion on which of these are your favorite? From classic runner sneakers to the Mollusk Corduroy Shorts, I’d say it’s a tough call. Feel free to let me know via Twitter. Thanks for reading, and happy summer!

 

 

 

 

#OOTD: A New and Improved Way to Wear Shorts This Summer

Do you ever find yourself struggling with how to wear shorts? As in, how to find the right cut, color & fabric, and then wear ’em in a way that’s unique to you … yet still friendly and fashionable (but not too fashionable) for a summer weekend? That’s what we’re here today to discuss, and we’ll start by digging into the stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder that are going to set you apart from the pack. Looking for slim, tailored shorts that hit above the knee is the first critical step, and then finding the right summer men’s style essentials — like a classic navy polo and a pair of the best men’s sneakers on the market right now. It’s not just about grabbing a great pair of shorts, then throwing on whatever is in reach. In fact, each of these picks are just a little more stylish and visually interesting than the gear you might be used to wearing with shorts, and that means you can take this #OOTD a heck of a lot of places. Which is to say: For a relaxing summer day at home or on the road, the Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts are only the start of a stylish, fun day. BBQs, breweries, summer celebrations aplenty … this is how to wear shorts for all of those occasions.

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The very best way to wear shorts? Well, it’s certainly one way!

  • The Shorts: Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts, $78 — These stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder live up to their name, easily. They’re laidback and ready for … the weekend.
  • The Polo: Relwen Stripe Slot Pique Polo, $98 — How can you not love Relwen’s take on the classic navy polo? This is a visually interesting change of pace as far as the best men’s polos go, and it pairs perfectly with new & improved shorts.
  • The Classic Sneakers: SeaVees Legend Chambray Sneakers, $88 — When the weather gets nice and breezy, you should turn toward some of the best men’s sneakers on the market, this time in a summer-friendly chambray.
  • The No-Show Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino No-Show Socks, $29 — Let’s account for all the small details with these stylish no-show socks from Proof, shall we?
  • The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses, $135 — These are no run-of-the-mill sunglasses here, no sir. These are some of the best sunglasses you can reach for this season, blending modern style and old-school cool.
  • The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Canvas Travel Bag, $289 — Be it a trip to the store or a trip to the park, this dependable everyday bag from WP Standard can hold all the gear you need — and then some.
  • The Wallet: Filson Bi-Fold Wallet, $135 — Whether you hit up your favorite BBQ joint or grab a scoop (or four) of ice cream, this Filson wallet is going to carry your cards and cash in style.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, $14 — Hey, summer is no time to let your grooming slip — use Duke Cannon essentials, like this great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, to take care of business.

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Before you head to your next BBQ or casual weekend brunch, are you feeling more acquainted with how to wear shorts? Namely, new & improved shorts from a favorite brand like Flint and Tinder? Starting with a foundational item as great as those shorts, what with their weekend-ready vibe (literally!) only sets you off on precisely the right foot. The right supporting cast also makes all the difference, which is why we’re recommending you wear a classic navy polo with just a bit of a twist — the same can be said for those SeaVees sneakers, assuredly some of the best men’s sneakers you can pick up at the moment. Of course, it’s critical that you pair up those sneakers with stylish no-show socks to keep your feet & your sneakers in great shape. And no matter where you go (the beach? a road trip?), a dependable everyday bag from WP Standard is one way to carry your everyday essentials while standing out from the pack. The little details, as ever, also matter — you won’t be leaving behind your Filson wallet anywhere, I can guarantee that. And if you choose to outfit yourself with some of the best sunglasses your money can buy, then your #OOTD gets all the more stylish and summer-ready. But really, things get off on an even better foot when you use a great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, then dress accordingly with stylish shorts. How do you plan to wear this #OOTD? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading!