Thanks for joining us today on the Friday Read, my friends, where we’re rounding up the best men’s style reads and picks to send you onward this weekend. But first, I’d like to acknowledge, in some small way, the ongoing events of this week. It’s a scary and troubling time to be an American, so I wish everyone safety and dignity, most importantly. I’d also like to call out some excellent Black-owned businesses to support, as covered by GQ — I stand in solidarity with these businesses and with all Americans fighting injustice.
Now, back to business with a product recommendation: The Todd Snyder Pique Polo as shown above is one of the coolest polos I’ve seen in some time, available in a breathable fabric and crucial summer colorways — it’s nothing like the stuffy polos of years past. Plus, the added benefit of wearing one of the best men’s polos on the weekend? It’s a great way to upgrade from your standard T-shirt (even if you happen to be wearing one of your favorite T-shirts). And in times like these, I’m sure we could all use a bit of a change in routine. Although things are slowly but surely getting back to normal, it still feels like (wait for it) … The New Abnormal. However, the blog rolls on, so shop your favorite summer style essentials and check out a few choice reads below in the meantime (heck, I put together a guide to 20 of the best summer style picks, if you need some place to start).
We’ve got plenty more where that came from, too (just keep on scrolling). As for me, I’m going to enjoy some downtime this weekend. It’s a bittersweet Friday, seeing as this time of year normally brings about the joyous celebration of live music that is Governors Ball in New York — I’ve seen my favorite bands and icons alike play there, from Local Natives to Phoenix to Franz Ferdinand and The War On Drugs, to name but a few. This year, stalwart indie rockers Vampire Weekend were set to be a weekend highlight. But alas, time rolls on. I’ll content myself in the meantime with some vinyl on my record player — this weekend’s pick is “The Bones of What You Believe” by CHVRCHES — and plenty of coffee, to go along with a socially distanced walk through Marine Park (that’s as solid as it gets right there!). I’ll also supplement the weekend with cocktails on-the-go from the newly reopened Sycamore. It’s my favorite spot for brews and beverages in the borough, and I’m so happy they’re back up and running. To connect with me, let me know your weekend plans on Twitter — and as ever, stay safe and thanks for reading!
- Let’s get right to it in quick form, shall we? Father’s Day is coming up on June 21, and with that spirit in mind, I’m suggesting you head to the Huckberry Father’s Day Shop (as seen above) to get tons of gifts and gear for the stylish dad in your life. If you’re wondering what to buy for Father’s Day, well, Huckberry has what you need — guaranteed.
- The headline mentions above that we’d be getting into one of the best beers for summer — and thus, here we are. I dove into a fittingly crisp and retro-inspired summer beer, Birdsong Brewing’s Rewind Lager, for GearMoose. It’s got just enough flavor and just enough of a light finish to enliven many a summer day or evening — starting this very weekend, perhaps. In the meantime, head to Huckberry to read all about the best cheap beers for summer — did your favorite make the cut?
- The search for summer’s best pants might just be over — at least, I think it is for me. I’ve had the chance recently to test out the excellent Western Rise Evolution Pants, which you just might have read about on this very site last month. In case you missed it, though: They’re pants that you can wear to work from home as easily as you can rock on your next socially distanced adventure. It’s all because of the brand’s innovative fabric and a versatile cut. However, I’ll let you read the rest in my Western Rise review here on the blog. Happy shopping!
- It’s hard not to love what Huckberry consistently churns out. right? They continue to make some of the best gear for men, period, and they’ve extended that approach to a new in-house brand, Forty Five. Youll be hearing a lot about ’em in the coming weeks. The newly launched line just so happens to be making one of the best men’s T-shirts right now. And here’s the thing: They only focus on making the best T-shirt for men. That being said, you should head to GearMoose to read my take on the inspiration behind the perfect tee (A hint: it’s got to do with the history of vinyl records!).
OK, folks. We’re not quite done with today’s Friday Read. No sir, before I let you take off for the weekend, I’m going to point you toward some of the best shorts to buy for summer via this blog post. Naturally, they’re a durable pair of field shorts from my good friends at Grayers. They’re going to take you from the trail to the grill with ease — or from lunch on your back patio to … summer beers on your back patio. Your call, friends. Either way, I hope they serve you well, and I hope you swing back through for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Until then, stay safe and strong!
Thanks for reading,