The Friday Read: Fourth of July Weekend, The Converse Star Series & Outerknown Shirting

Just one way to hit the ride for the Fourth of July weekend.

OK, my friends — we’re rolling into the Fourth of July weekend, just like the Montague Bikes Navigator at the top of the page. Hopefully, you kicked off the weekend with men’s style essentials yesterday, helped along by some rest, some relaxation, a delicious craft beer and a hot dog or two. That’s how I spent it in Brooklyn at Coney Island and Nathan’s Famous, enjoying the sights and sounds of a classic American destination. But now, we’ve got a double-whammy of sorts: A proper holiday weekend on tap. And if you’re the kind of person who loves to stay active on vacation, the above Montague Bikes Navigator is just the way to go about doing that. Now, I don’t have a bike myself (hello, subway!), but if I did, and wanted to bike around to breweries in Queens and beyond, I’d get one of the best foldable bikes out there. I myself am going to be sure to take in a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend in my favorite city in the world, helped along by a visit to Brooklyn’s own The Adirondack, plus some of my favorite summer style essentials, naturally. To start your own weekend the right way, you know exactly where to go — the below Friday Read, of course!

  • Now admittedly, if you’re a sneakerhead, you’ve probably known about the Converse Star Series for some time now. It’s a hot-selling new release packed with some of the best men’s sneakers I’ve seen in terms of functionality and forward-thinking fashion, and I covered it a couple weeks back for The Manual — if you’re interested in snagging a pair, head to places like StockX for the full scoop!
  • I talk often about how to make classic men’s style essentials work for you — pieces like the best men’s chinos, at that. For a laidback Fourth of July weekend, throw on a stylish short-sleeve shirt, slim chinos & suede loafers, then belly up to the bar with this #OOTD. Cheers!
  • Speaking of what to wear for Fourth of July weekend, you could do worse than a sustainable, classic short-sleeve shirt from Outerknown — as covered by yours truly over at GearMoose, in fact. Best get to it while there’s still time!The Best Basics. Summer Ready.

Let’s close out this post before you get to the Fourth of July weekend with one more handy piece of advice — you should be wearing a short-sleeve henley this weekend. In fact, you should be checking out my guide on how to wear a short-sleeve henley before you do anything (craft beer not included). OK, that’s everything I’ve got for y’all today — have a great weekend!

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Style Pick of the Week: Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Huckberry Red Wing Chukka

Pair up lightweight chukka boots with a crisp pair of dark denim for a casual and patriotic weekend combo.

With it being the Fourth of July and all, we’re very much in a patriotic spirit here at The Style Guide. That carries right on over to footwear, and today’s made-in-America Style Pick, the Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka. Great footwear has been a focus as of late on the Style Pick series, including stylish leather sneakers fit for summer. But given that lots of us are hitting the road this weekend, there are certain things that should be in your bag and on your feet when it comes to what to wear for the Fourth of July. Crucially, a crisp, durable pair of chukka boots is a great way to upgrade your travel style. Seriously, a pair of chukka boots works with light wash denim casually, and fits right in alongside tan chinos for a more monochromatic, tailored look. The Heritage Weekender Chukka has just about everything you need for the weekend, too — note that sizes are somewhat limited (size 9-13), but as the boots run a half-size large, you might be all set to shop. Onto the specs — the Weekender Chukka is crafted from roughout leather that’s water, stain and perspiration-resistant, so it can tackle any hiking or walking across the weekend in style. Plus, the quality is self-evident, as it’s produced using S.B. Foot Tanning Company leather (just as the brand has done for decades on end). Still not sold on wearing boots in the summer? Bear with me — or walk with me?

Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka

A relatively trim silhouette, casual roughout leather and classic Red Wing styling touches make these worth the investment.

The Weekender Chukka takes a more casual, nuanced and lightweight approach to the silhouette, so it won’t weigh you down as much as a heavier pair of rugged winter boots. The Hill outsole is flexible yet dependable and durable, and the eye-catching striped yellow laces are a nod to classic Red Wing style. The brand’s ComfortForce footbed should also add to their wearability — an extra bit of reinforcement is critical when standing around waiting for fireworks or grilling out. Plus, the contrast stitching provides another point of visual interest, making them an even more casual pair of chukka boots. These are definitely chukkas you can rock with slim navy or olive chinos and a heather grey pocket T-shirt this weekend and beyond. And they’ll do just as well when worn with a slim short-sleeve henley and light chinos in a high-low style combo during other summer excursions. As to the rest of your style picks this weekend? Grab a durable weekender bag and maybe some other essential Fourth of July gear, and you’ll be set.

Get your pair of the Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka now (hurry!).

Enjoy the weekend, and go forth in style!

-Beau

Buck Mason - Timeless Design. Made in America.

The Friday Read: Fourth of July 2016 Edition

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.  

We’ve reached another great summer long weekend — the Fourth of July! It’s about being thankful for our freedoms above all else, but it’s also a welcome vacation and a chance to get together with family and friends — hopefully in style. So, in true Style Guide fashion, today’s Friday Read is all about the holiday. It was a busy week in preparation for some much-needed time off — I even covered the best gear to wear for the holiday over at The Manual. Perhaps you had a busy week and are also looking forward to hitting the road, or at least enjoying some much-needed downtime. To mark a special occasion like the Fourth of July, it can be nice to kick back with a special cocktail — even if you’re a big craft beer fan, like myself. It’s a treat to enjoy a beverage that’s well-made and nuanced, like a lot of the finer things in life (especially #menswear). So it’s with that in mind that we’re giving you a holiday-centric drink option from the team at Johnnie-O — they sure do know how to make ’em, and if you caught my Masters 2016 cocktail post, you know that quite well. Check out the recipe below, plus a wearing suggestion from the brand, and read on for a few more Fourth of July weekend style tips.

The brand's 9OH2O Swim Shorts are a classic pairing alongside a tasty beverage.

The brand’s 9OH2O Swim Shorts are a classic pairing alongside a tasty beverage.

 The Red Hot American Summer Drink

The Ingredients:

  •  1.5 shots of rum — the folks at Johnnie-O prefer Ballast Point Three Sheets California Small Batch White Rum
  •  1 sliced lime
  • 1/4 ginger beer
  • Cayenne pepper
  •  1 sliced jalapeño
The Process:
  • Place 2 lime wedges in a sturdy glass, using a muddler to crush the lime.
  • Fill the glass almost to the top with ice.
  • Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with ginger beer.
  • Sprinkle cayenne to taste, and garnish with jalapeño.
  • Enjoy!

While it requires some ingredient-wrangling, the process of making and enjoying a great drink can be a lot like the pursuit of finding style essentials: Worth the wait. Right? Right. Now, if you’re looking for more menswear to complement your weekend, grab a pair of swim trunks from Johnnie-O, like the 90H20 Surf Shorts pictured above. But wait, there’s more! On the apparel front, the folks at lifestyle brand Kinfolk teamed up with La Paz on a 9-item capsule of light, airy and breezy continental style staples that could work this weekend and the rest of summer, including this excellent printed shirt and other pieces, among them some easygoing linen trousers (they’re a bit out of the ordinary, but if you find yourself hanging out near the water or on the coast this weekend, they could definitely work). Oh, and because we all love a few cold beverages while lounging in the warm weather, snag an item or two from the Herschel Supply x Coca-Cola collab — yes, you read that right. They’ve got an assortment of everyday carry essentials, from a tote to a backpack, all with insulated liners built in to keep drinks cool (and the fact that they’re made from recycled PET materials is another positive).

As to the rest of your Fourth of July style essentials, grabbing one of the best weekender bags out there is definitely in order, and some slim swim trunks or classic men’s sunglasses can’t go wrong, either. And if you need more warm-weather essentials or tips on how to style them, head over to my Instagram. Look out for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and a look at great dive watches coming on Monday.  Whatever you might do this weekend, enjoy the holiday, the time off and celebrating our great freedoms in style.

Enjoy the weekend, and stay stylish!

-Beau
Frank & Oak