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!


The List: Here’s All the Best Gear You Need for the Fourth of July (And Beyond)

From daybreak to sunset, these are the stylish shorts to wear all the time.

Quick, check your calendar — just as quickly as we were talking about the best men’s gear to wear for Memorial Day weekend (and beyond), well, now comes the time to talk about the top men’s style essentials for the Fourth of July (and of course, beyond that). Much like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July is all about casual versatility — maybe you’ve got a weekend at the cabin lined up, followed by some boating and some beers … here’s what to wear. Hitting the road for summer travel upstate? Again, check out my favorite gear picks for the season. And we’re going to start you off with a pair of the most stylish shorts to wear the entire weekend. Cheers!

Wellen Cruiser Shorts — $68

The go-anywhere shorts to reliably get the job done for July 4th.

For a weekend with as much that goes into it as the Fourth of July, you need a pair of the best men’s shorts, a pair with as much versatility as the Wellen Cruiser Shorts — from the beach to the boardwalk to the bar, these are your new favorite shorts.

Mott and Bow Wythe Buttondown Shirt — $79

A crisp buttondown shirt made to wear for your trip and for happy hour.

To go with your new favorite shorts, wear a classic casual shirt in a sharp navy — this shirt from Mott and Bow is subtly stylish, and as fit to wear on the road as it is out to dinner when you arrive for your vacation.

YORK Athletics Mfg. Henry Mid Sneakers — $125

Lightweight, versatile sneakers you can wear with jeans or tailored shorts.

Casual, versatile sneakers are the name of the game if your Fourth of July means an impromptu football game breaks out as you’re manning the grill — you can’t go wrong with YORK Athletics Mfg., folks.

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer — $328

A versatile jacket for summer travel or a classy dinner this weekend (and beyond).

What’s on your Fourth of July weekend agenda? Perhaps a nice evening out is in order? In that case, you need one of the best men’s blazers — hence, the Relwen Utility Trap Blazer, a jacket that’s perfect for travel and also evening cocktails.

KC Cattle Co. — Price Varies

This is the new way to order Wagyu beef — easy as that.

Let’s pivot away from menswear for a second — and pivot toward what you’re grilling out this Fourth of July weekend. Go with a choice cut of Wagyu beef, available via an easy ordering process from this standout, high-quality, veteran-owned company (Take it from me — this is delicious).

Filson Tin Cloth Excursion Bag — $425

The toughest, most beastly bag you can bring with you for summer travel.

If you want one of the best men’s weekender bags to elevate your Fourth of July travels — or really, any trip at all that you take — then you want the remarkable, made-to-carry-anything Filson Tin Cloth Excursion Bag.

Taylor Stitch Moto Boots in Weatherproof Chocolate Suede — $348

The tough, waterproof suede boots to lace up right now.

Perhaps your Fourth of July leans a little more rugged — in that case, a classic pair of men’s boots like the excellent Taylor Stitch Moto Boots ought to do the trick, ehh?

Flint and Tinder Overshirt — $118

A dependable outer layer for a fun summer weekend.

When it gets breezy during Fourth of July fireworks or that weekend bonfire, wear this tough overshirt from Flint and Tinder — tough, yet lightweight. One of the best men’s overshirts for summer, easily.

Wellen Short-Sleeve Cotton-Linen Shirt — $68

The easy-to-wear short-sleeve shirt that’s going to elevate every look this season.

Another item in today’s edition of The List, and another pick from Wellen — stylish, sustainable, and simply perfect for the Fourth of July (and any time you need a classic short-sleeve shirt, in essence). Pair this up with the Wellen Cruiser Shorts for maximum impact.

Autodromo Le Mans Blue Watch — $624.98¬†

A striking, stylish and patriotic watch for the Fourth of July (and summer).

The super sharp Autodromo Le Mans Blue isn’t a watch for everyone — but if you want to nod toward the holiday while still wearing a stylish sport watch, this is the way to go. You can even pair it with a white Oxford and slim tan chinos for a casual patio dinner.

Adam Mar Slub Chinos — $148¬†

For when you need to wear pants … wear these stylish chinos.

OK, so let’s say at some point during the Fourth of July weekend that you actually¬†do¬†need to smarten up beyond tailored shorts … in that case, slim chinos from Adam Marr are the way to go. You can even wear them with a classic short-sleeve shirt, just for good measure.

Sixpoint Brewery Citrus Jammer — Price Varies

The light, citrus-y, utterly refreshing beer to enjoy right now.

We’ve talked about what to wear and what to grill for the Fourth of July weekend — now, here’s what to drink. The Sixpoint Citrus Jammer is a classic session beer, with a lemon-lime twist for good measure — it’s immeninently crushable all weekend long.
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OK, folks. That’s going to just about do it for this week’s take on The List — of the above men’s style essentials, which ones did you dig the most? I’ll be sipping on a Sixpoint Citrus Jammer while I pack up my Filson Tin Cloth Excursion Bag and plan outfits around the Wellen Cruiser Shorts. Have a great Fourth of July weekend, everyone, and thanks for reading!




#OOTD: How to Dress for the Fourth of July This Year

Gentlemen (and ladies), let’s get ready for the Fourth of July — we’re letting the figurative menswear fireworks fly today, so to speak. If that strikes you as an odd proposition, what with the Fourth of July being so casual, bear with me for a moment. Just like dressing for a casual summer Friday or upgrading your weekend style, stepping out for a scenario like the Fourth of July calls for paying a bit more attention than usual to your outfit. That extra attention to detail definitely pays off, because it pays to look your best, always … even if your friends or family are taking it easy. Make no mistake, I’m not talking something way over-the-top — no, sir. Today’s #OOTD starts with a military-inspired jacket, features a mighty fine pair of slim grey chinos from Taylor Stitch,¬†and finishes with classic brown leather sneakers — see, there’s nothing overly fancy about that. Just good, clean, all-American style that’ll look great at a BBQ or bonfire, and especially stylish for fireworks later on. What say you? Let me know on Twitter whether or not you dig this look.

A tough jacket, a classic T-shirt and slim chinos are staples any day of the week — especially for the Fourth of July.

  • The Jacket: Relwen Sailcloth Tanker, $252 — There’s a chance that the Fourth of July could be slightly chilly or breezy, especially if you spend it near the water. The tough Relwen Sailcloth Tanker is a perfect travel jacket, and rugged enough to do it all.
  • The T-shirt:¬†Faherty Brand Indigo Pocket Tee, $51 — Nothing wrong with throwing on a classic T-shirt here. The Faherty Brand Indigo Pocket Tee features excellent fabric and a modern fit — ideal for layering.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Ash, $98 — While you could easily throw on slim shorts here, these Taylor Stitch chinos provide you with more versatility (not to mention protection from bug bites).
  • The Sneakers: Nisolo Diego Low Top Sneakers in Tobacco, $148 — Stylish leather sneakers, especially ones with slightly more rugged design details, offer mobility and comfort. Nisolo’s Diego Low Top Sneakers get the job done. Better than flip-flops, right?
  • The Socks: CHUP Volant Socks, $32 — Particularly if you’re visiting friends or relatives, you want look sharp even without shoes on — the CHUP Volant Socks are tasteful and quite stylish.
  • The Belt: Cause and Effect Leather Belt in Vintage, $130¬†— Thanks to the aged leather and high-quality construction, Cause and Effect has come up with what could be one of the best leather belts out there — ideal for standing apart from the crowd, in the best way, on the Fourth of July.
  • The Watch:¬†Timex Archive Navi Watch, $135 — Sporty, durable and ideal for wearing on or near the water, the Timex Archive Navi Watch harnesses all-American style for July 4th.
  • The Essential:¬†Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife, $68 — You never know when you might need the Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife¬†around your Fourth of July campfire or fireworks celebration. Right?
  • The Hat: Corridor NYC Cap in Indigo, $45 — Last but certainly not least … the Corridor NYC Cap in Indigo keeps the sun of your face while providing understated, made-in-America style. Not bad at all.

As with any #OOTD, the keys to getting it right often start with the basics — fabric, fit, quality … you know the drill. For dealing with breezy evenings and potentially some rain (not ideal for the Fourth!), the¬†Relwen Sailcloth Tanker¬†is a tough-as-heck, stylish-as-heck top layer. The¬†Faherty Brand Indigo Pocket Tee¬†perfectly accents the more rugged nature of your outerwear pick — it’s laidback, easygoing and cool enough to wear on its own at the beach or pool. They’re certainly a bit dressier than you might expect for the Fourth of July, but the¬†Taylor Stitch chinos¬†shown here pack a serious punch if you want one pair of pants to wear for holiday travel … and then post-travel happy hour. Plus, the seriously cool, rich leather on the Nisolo Diego Sneakers helps set ’em apart from other sneaker options out there — always ideal if you’re trying to pack light for a weekend trip. I’m also all about high-quality socks, like the¬†CHUP Volant Socks, a perfect example of getting the details right. That’s also why an eye-catching belt, like the one from¬†Cause and Effect¬†shown here, is such an essential piece for a casual holiday. And although the¬†Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife¬†might not be the first thing that comes to mind when dressing for the Fourth of July, you might be surprised at how versatile it can be if needed. Finish off this casual, rugged look with the¬†Corridor NYC Cap in Indigo¬†— a perfect “dad cap,” even if you don’t happen to be a dad. So, tell me:¬†How are you dressing for the Fourth of July? Weigh in over at The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!¬†


Style in the city: Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC

Editor’s note: Click here for another look at how to dress for summer in style.

Checking out Upstate Stock, one of my favorite NYC menswear shops, in style. Slim chambray shorts from the Canvas by Lands' End line. Moroccan Tee by Tommy John. Chariot Runners by Brooks Heritage. Waterbury Chrono from the Timex x Red Wing collab. Sunglasses by Spine Optics. Denim Tote by JackThreads.

Checking out Upstate Stock, one of my favorite NYC menswear shops, in style. Slim chambray shorts from the Canvas by Lands’ End line. Moroccan Tee by Tommy John. Chariot Runners by Brooks Heritage. Waterbury Chrono from the Timex x Red Wing collab. Sunglasses by Spine Optics. Denim Tote by JackThreads.

The Fourth of July presents a double-edged sword in terms of style and planning (at least for us #menswear fans). It involves travel, it involves hot weather, and it involves a few different style scenarios. Now, I’ve spent the holiday in recent years in both Michigan and in NYC, so this past (or current?) long weekend was a bit of change, as I explored Brooklyn and NYC in style with friends. It can feel strange to stick around town when lots of people hit the road, but hanging around the Big Apple proved to be relaxing, fun and yes, very #menswear-centric (as always).  Plus, it was a great way to test out some patriotic style fit for exploring the city, and the beautiful weather made it all the better — with more menswear activity on the way on this fine July 4th. I’m always up for traveling in style, but this time, that only involved the subway. However, you can put similar tips to use whether you’re hopping around town for coffee or lunch, or catching a flight coast-to-coast.

With the promise of Monday off, I set out to take on the weekend in style with a few warm weather-friendly combos. Saturday was an excellent day to explore Williamsburg, and for that endeavor, I tossed on a brand-new pair of slim chambray shorts from the fine Canvas by Lands’ End line. The terrific Canvas by Lands’ End collection updates several great menswear staples, from chino shorts to henleys, and these particular chambray shorts combine a tailored fit with a textured fabric that’s a nice change of pace from khaki shorts — give them a try if you get the chance. They worked perfectly with another updated style staple, a slim (and very soft) Moroccan Tee from basics maker Tommy John — the notched collar is visually interesting enough to work on its own, or layered under, say, a chambray shirt or even a navy blazer (not that this past weekend got that fancy). The combo was a visually interesting update on a casual T-shirt & shorts, and my colorful Brooks Heritage Chariot Runners offset it perfectly. On the watch front, I reached for a dependable style favorite, my Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono — it’s the perfect mix of rugged and refined style, and it won’t break the bank. Plus, it works for travel — it’s both a bit dressy and casual — and it’s comfortable to wear for hours on end. I supplemented that with a pair of flexible, durable aviators from Spine Optics; they’re great to grab and go, as the frames and hinges are built to flex and bend, not snap.

Just part of the amazing Upstate Stock shop -- great natural light, a well-curated selection of home goods and even better menswear.

Just part of the amazing Upstate Stock shop — great natural light, a well-curated selection of home goods and even better menswear.

The beautiful Brooklyn weather was just an added bonus to the main focus of my trip to Williamsburg (other than a quick haircut at the Corner Barber). I was able to spend some time and catch up with the staff at the recently opened Upstate Stock shop (as seen above). The shop is a really excellent, well-curated home to tons of lifestyle essentials, and its Web shop is just as well-done. From handmade soaps to refined stationary and men’s grooming goods, everything in the store is sourced domestically or made in New York  state or the city itself (namely, fine leather goods from Slightly Alabama are produced nearby). In fact, picking up a few of the shop’s special-edition postcards (designed by the ridiculously talented Christian Watson of 1924us) is a personal favorite. The store is exceptionally well-appointed and laid-out — it’s a fine example of how to use space and natural light (and the reclaimed wood tables don’t hurt the aesthetic). They also stock pantry essentials  and serve excellent coffee and pastries within the shop. Stop in, shop around, peruse the well-edited selection of obscure craftsmanship & lifestyle magazines, and stay a while — it’s a welcoming, friendly and calming atmosphere. Plus, there’s nothing better than celebrating American-made style for the Fourth of July. Of course, to take some goodies from the shop, I grabbed my JackThreads Daily Tote — made from real denim, it’s an eye-catching and efficient way to lug around a few small items for a day out and about.
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A busy day of exploring led to a night out and about with some good friends in Manhattan — the great news is, I was able to transition my Moroccan Tee from day to night, and I traded in my chambray shorts for some slim light wash Mott & Bow denim. Made with a hint of stretch, the Mott & Bow Wooster is perhaps more comfortable than any denim I own — in either Skinny, Slim or Straight fits, I’d suggest you snag a pair and rock them as frequently as you can. For city-appropriate style, I stepped out in some leather chukka boots (that’s another versatile style move, as they work for travel & city exploration alike). And if you pack and wear versatile accessories — like a durable leather watch — you can also transition a timepiece from day to night … so, that’s what I did!

Can't go wrong with a printed tee and slim shorts in warm weather. Stringer Dune Shorts and Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Printed T-shirt by J. Crew. Sneakers by The Hill-Side. Brown leather watch by MVMT Watches. Field Guide by Wildsam. Brass bottle opener by Owen & Fred.

Can’t go wrong with a printed tee and slim shorts in warm weather. Stringer Dune Shorts and Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Printed T-shirt by J. Crew. Sneakers by The Hill-Side. Brown leather watch by MVMT Watches. Field Guide by Wildsam. Brass bottle opener by Owen & Fred. Sunglasses by Tom Ford.

Sunday presented another chance to step out in style, followed by today’s  much-needed holiday. The main Sunday directive? Head to the Festival of Independence at the South Street Seaport for an afternoon of tasty bites, cold beer and live music (capped off by indie rockers Wild Nothing, a personal favorite).  Checking out live music in style is a must, and although skies were cloudy on-and-off throughout the day, I always relish the chance to dress for warm weather (especially given how brutal winter can be — right??).  I grabbed some comfortable, slim-fitting Stringer Dune shorts from Bridge & Burn (they’re sold out in Khaki as seen here, but available in a just-as-versatile Gray). In keeping with the nautical theme of a day spent at the seaport, I tossed on my sailboat print T-shirt from J. Crew — it’s an older style, but I’d offer up a slim pocket T-shirt from the brand as a worthy alternative for concert-going or a casual day around town. Comfortable sneakers are a must-have when exploring or rocking out to live music, and my Pale Indigo Washed Denim Sneakers from The Hill-Side turned out to be a reliable and stylish choice, as always. Plus, they worked well in tandem with a simple-yet-refined brown leather timepiece from MVMT Watches (always a solid decision). And I kept the sun off my face with a Flat Wool Cap, also from Bridge & Burn — I’ve found it to be a sharp style upgrade from a plain athletic-logo ballcap (for a bit of a price, of course).        

  The day was an excellent one, and my style combo worked nicely to transition from the day into the evening. It’s always a treat to see an artist like Wild Nothing capture a crowd — particularly at a free show (as you can see above!).  Jack Tatum and co.’s shimmery, breezy rock played well off the waterfront atmosphere, and tunes from the group’s new album, “Life of Pause,” were definite crowd-pleasers, including the record’s lead single, “TV Queen,”  a wavy, low-key rock track characteristic of the band’s style. The group is jetsetting off to South America for a run of dates, but their new album is one of the better releases of the year to date, and they’re worth a listen in the meantime. Seeing them for free was a great way to cap off two of the weekend’s three days, but there’s more Brooklyn exploration — and fireworks — to come today. I’ll be taking on the day in my slim Mott & Bow denim, and accenting that with a pair of patriotic socks from DivvyUp, plus classic white Seavees sneakers and a reliable blue chambray shirt.

To get of-the-moment style tips and menswear musings in the meantime, check out your humble author on Twitter, and to see style in action, swing on through my Instagram. Any style questions? Shoot me an email anytime via the Contact page.  Lastly — I hope everyone has a great holiday, and takes some time to be thankful for our amazing freedoms here. To be able to write this blog is a privilege, and it’s among the many that I’m thankful to have.

And finally: Thanks, as always, for reading,


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!


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The Friday Read: Fourth of July 2016 Edition

Editor‚Äôs note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays ‚ÄĒ 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 jalape√Īo
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 jalape√Īo.
  • 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!

Frank & Oak

Style Suggestion: What to Wear on the 4th of July

Editor’s note: Check out the following link to catch last year’s Fourth of July style suggestion.

It seems as if just yesterday we were talking about what to wear on Memorial Day — and here we are, now talking about what to wear on the 4th of July. Time flies, right?? The 4th of July is often a sort of “style perfect storm” of sorts — it’s likely pretty hot out, there’s the potential to be moving from one activity to the next (swimming at the beach followed by patio drinks, anyone?) and¬† you very well might have to travel just to do all that. So, first things first — cover off on that stylish weekender bag to get you where you’re going. Maybe fill it with some nice men’s grooming products, too? Now that that’s taken care of, we’ll head onto the below outfit suggestion — it’s all about staying cool and stylish, versatile and ready for anything. If you have any other summer style questions or thoughts, let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page. Enjoy the day, and thanks for reading!

The Shirt: American Trench x Good Life Clothing Indigo Dyed Tee — $72

A collab between two brands that emphasize American manufacturing results in one heck of an indigo tee.

A collab between two brands that emphasize American manufacturing results in one heck of an indigo tee.

So, $72 isn’t exactly the cheapest T-shirt on the market. But when you’re going to be rocking a T-shirt in place of a slim polo, you’d better grab one that’s eye-catching, slim-fitting and very well-made. It’s definitely an aspirational sort of purchase, but if you’re able to get your hands one, your wardrobe would be all the better. The indigo dye (a nod to the U.S.A!)¬†is rich and very unique, for one. Plus,¬†it’s actually made in America — something that’s still to be applauded in the menswear manufacturing game. Toss on a lightweight jacket if it gets breezy, but know that this tee has you set in style in the meantime.

The Pants: JackThreads Slim Chino in Khaki — $49

A classic pair of chinos at a tremendous price.

A classic pair of chinos at a tremendous price.

We’re going with the ever-versatile JackThreads Slim Chino here, because it always pays to have a crisp pair of khaki chinos on hand, no matter the style situation. These chinos would work for travel style (whether it’s across the country or just across town), and with a little care, you could probably wear them again in the same weekend — again, watch out as you man the grill. The price is stellar, the fit should be flattering for lots of guys out there, and you can rock that color for months at a time.

The Sneakers: Brooks Heritage Chariot Sneakers — $79.99

Timeless sneakers that work well in terms of color and styling potential.

Timeless sneakers that work well in terms of color and styling potential.

What’s more American than khaki chinos and an indigo tee? A great pair of lifestyle sneakers from an American original, that’s what. Pairing multiple shades of blue might seem like a risky style move at first, but it’s one that pays off when you consider the rich navy’s contrast against the lighter indigo dye. The blue-and-white color is a nice, subtle style nod to the holiday, and having checked out a pair of Brooks Heritage Chariot Sneakers myself, I can tell you they’re every bit as comfortable as the brand’s first-class running shoes — with more style points, too. They work well with the casual chinos, yet you could still class up this combo with a crisp chambray shirt if need be.
The Socks: Pair of Thieves No-show Spelurking Socks — $10

Red-and-blue socks make for a touch of patriotism paired with functionality.

Red-and-blue socks make for a touch of patriotism paired with functionality.

Although these no-show socks are designed to, well, not show, it’s still wise to grab a pair that incorporates seasonal colors and a good deal of comfort. You can read more about these guys in my post on classic no-show socks for summer, but rest assured that Pair of Thieves makes socks that are comfortable, well-fitting and stylish with a bit of an attitude. Even if not many people see your socks, that’s definitely something they’ve got going for them; and at that price, you can pick up a few pairs without straining your bank account too much.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Double-Striped Webbing Belt — $14.50

Just the right weight, color and texture for spring and summer.

Just the right weight, color and texture for spring and summer.

When packing for travel (or dressing everyday), it can be a bit of a practice to take care of things right down to the last detail. In this instance, that means not forgoing a¬† belt. But we’re not just using any ole’ number to hold up those slim khaki chinos — this J. Crew Factory belt combines some nautical vibes (the D-ring loop and double-striping) with a textured white cotton that looks all kinds of right up against the lighter blue shirt and navy sneakers. It’s simple style touches that make a big difference, and if you’re into that, here’s a spring and summer belt for you.
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The Watch: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Timex Chronograph — $129

Premium Horween leather meets a tough, dependable watch.

Premium Horween leather meets a tough, dependable watch.

This superb and stylish watch-and-leather strap combo, sold via the great folks at Huckberry, definitely gets a lot of things right on the dual style-and-functionality front. For one, the watch plays off the classic Timex Weekender by adding in a few more bells and whistles (not a ton, though). For another, the combination of a black dial with a rich brown leather Horween strap is a handsome combination that stands out stylishly with a plain pocket tee and dark blue denim during the rest of the summer. That means in this outfit, it’s a downright stunning accessory.

The Sunglasses: Knockaround Fort Knox Polarized Sunglasses — $29.98

Downright cheap, simple and stylish -- not bad for under $30.

Downright cheap, simple and stylish — not bad for under $30.

If you couldn’t just by looking at ’em, the¬†Knockaround Fort Knox Polarized Sunglasses¬†pack a heck of a lot of style into one exceptionally well-priced package. It’s perhaps one of the accessories for which Huckberry is so well-known; they’re definitely not your average pair of shades, that’s for sure. The lenses are polarized, and the frames are injection-molded for extra durability — that’s exactly why they’re worth quite a lot more than roughly $30. While they didn’t make this site’s list of the best men’s sunglasses to buy for summer, they’re a very worthy honorable mention, and quite the pair to bring with you for the 4th of July.

Meeting such a patriotic holiday in style is a lot like dressing for any other holiday, be it St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. That means nodding to the time of year — in this instance, mixing some red and blue —¬†while working in both some more forward moves (like rolled chinos) and timeless classics (like a stylish leather watch). Crisp sneakers and durable shades work to finish it all off, too. Of course, this time of year is about more than what you wear — it’s also about taking time with family and friends and being thankful for this great country we live in. However you do that, I salute you and wish you the best in style.

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