The List: Get Ready for Summer with All the Best New Menswear

An essential white tee to head into Memorial Day weekend.

Right, then: We’re just a few days away from the first unofficial weekend of summer,  Memorial Day weekend. Things are surely going to look a little different this year than in years past — there’s no travel, no major BBQ’s, no huge outdoor concerts, for one. And yet, as has been the theme in past weeks on the blog, you still need to ensure you’re well-stocked with summer style essentials aplenty. Today’s edition of The List has you more than covered, with staple pieces like the best men’s T-shirt for summer, the coolest summer shorts, and of course, classic summer sneakers. Start with the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee below (perhaps the best white T-shirt for guys), then find the rest of your new favorite summer gear picks below. Heck, some of these summer style staples are so great, you might recognize them from other editions of The List — and that’s totally OK in my book. More importantly, have fun, stay safe, and perhaps crack a cold beer in the safety of your own home or backyard to celebrate.

Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee — $35

A crisp and classic white T-shirt — an all-American style staple.

Yes indeed, we’ve talked about this stylish summer T-shirt a great deal on the blog in the past few weeks, but with good reason. From the quality construction to the spot-on fit (in my experience), the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee is one of the best men’s tees to buy right now, possibly in more than one color for standout  Memorial Day weekend style at home. Heck, you can never go wrong with a classic white T-shirt.

GREATS Royale Ripstop — $159

Dependable, stylish, highly durable men’s sneakers from GREATS.

Hey, hanging at home still requires some of the best men’s sneakers — especially the downright useful, functional and stylish GREATS Royale Ripstop. Throw them on with your Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee  and some stylish casual shorts, then crack a cold beer and fire up the grill.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf ’68 — $1,395

An incredibly unstoppable dress watch.

Talk about a stylish, investment-worthy watch to wear this coming long weekend and then the rest of summer (and long, long after that). Ever so slightly dressy, sleek and yet rugged at the same time, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf ’68 is like a wearable work of art, 100 percent Swiss-made and featuring 1,000 meters of water resistance. You might not need that kind of functionality, but it’s still a seriously cool timepiece for your wrist.
Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts — $58

Super stylish, easy-to-wear shorts from Huckberry & Flint and Tinder.

Make no mistake, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill chino shorts. The Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts, as we’ve talked about on the blog in the past, are some of the best men’s shorts for summer, and ideal to wear with, say, your Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee  and the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf ’68 — but I’d wager you had that idea in mind already.
Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Western Shirt in Natural Herringbone — $98

A stylish short-sleeve shirt that’s plenty ready for Memorial Day weekend (and beyond).

My friends at Taylor Stitch have done it again. The legendary San Francisco menswear brand took its classic Western shirt and turned it into one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, complete with an iconic design and the perfect cut for summer. Wear it all weekend — and on your next conference call.
Billykirk Standard Issue No. 540 East West Tote — $145

An essential part of your everydary carry for the holiday weekend.

Maybe it feels silly to be adding to your everyday carry essentials right now — but trust me, it’s not. Gearing up for Memorial Day weekend, even a modified one, calls for loading up supplies in a rugged tote bag, then grilling, drinking, fire-starting, journal-ing … accordingly. The Billykirk Standard Issue Tote is one of the best ways to carry gear right this instant.
Garrett Leight Kinney 49 Sunglasses — $360 

Add these sunglasses to your list of Memorial Day essentials.

Bold-yet-classic, investment-worthy sunglasses made for plenty of (modified) summer weekends? Yes indeed, that’s what you’re getting with the Garrett Leight Kinney 49 Sunglasses, easily some of the coolest sunglasses for men this author has seen.
Grayers Japanese Selvedge Trucker Jacket — $195 

A classically cool denim jacket for summer from Grayers.

Grayers has summer style essentials aplenty (including, crucially for these times, face masks if needed), but it’s the classic menswear that I’ve got my eye on this season. There will come a time this Memorial Day weekend (and surely beyond that) where you’ll need a stylish summer jacket. And my friends: This Japanese selvedge trucker jacket is precisely the incredibly cool jacket for summer you need right now.
Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt — $89

The perfect summer shirt? You be the judge.

Because it might not be quite warm enough to wear just, say, the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee, you’ll want a stylish long-sleeve shirt to throw on over it. Try out the excellent Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt if you’re not quite feeling up to picking up a  Japanese selvedge trucker jacket yet. Trust me: It’s one of the best long-sleeve shirts for the season.
Santa Rosa Tahoma Moccasins — $223.98

Rugged-yet-easygoing leather moc chukka boots for the holiday weekend.

You’ve surely seen these classic leather moccasins on the blog before, and they could just be the perfect casual shoes to wear for a holiday weekend. Laidback enough to tromp through the yard, durable enough to fix up a bonfire, stylish enough to wear while kicked back, ice-cold lager in hand. They’re easily some of the coolest leather boots for summer — yes, summer.
Mott and Bow Slim Wooster Jeans — $118

The best men’s blue jeans to wear for summer, guaranteed.

Hey, maybe you’re more of a stylish blue jeans-type guy (or maybe it’s a bit too breezy for shorts where you are), but either way, Mott and Bow has you covered. They make some of the best men’s jeans for darn near any season, Memorial Day weekend included, and you can rock them with everything from the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee (I sure do love that thing) to a stylish summer polo.
Huckberry Pullover — $88

The essential hooded sweatshirt you need for summer.

With casual style and standout good looks in mind, Huckberry has gone and made one of the best men’s hooded sweatshirts on the market — featuring their own branding and everything. The Huckberry Pullover is, quite simply, the perfect hooded sweatshirt to wear to a bonfire — or whatever late-night stargazing or beer drinking you’re planning on.
Solo Stove Bonfire Portable Firepit — $299.98 

A really neat backyard essential for any summer night (especially Memorial Day weekend).

Speaking of what to wear to a bonfire, well, if you need to get a little creative with how you’re setting up your bonfire, look no further than the Solo Stove Bonfire Portable Firepit, one of the Memorial Day weekend essentials you might have first overlooked.
Levi’s Made & Crafted Short-Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt — $128

A classic men’s shirt you’ll want to wear all weekend.

The camp collar shirt really is a retro menswear essential, a piece worn by easygoing dads and grandfathers on vacations dating back decades — and now, Levi’s Made & Crafted has come up with a modern, stylish camp collar shirt to wear when manning the grill or kicked back sipping on a Bloody Mary.
Billykirk x Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag — $250

Gear up and get to work on your next cocktail with Billykirk x Cooper & Thief.

All of this tme outdoors is going to call for the right drink to go along with it, yes? And the best way to mix up a cocktail for the long weekend? With essential bar tools from the Billykirk x Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag (wine sold separately). You’ll have everything you need to make your favorite cocktail — and a stylish leather bag in which to keep track of all the best gear for your home bar.

Add an instant kick to your morning with this easy-to-use ultra coffee.

Looking at all of this gear and all of the potential for adventures at home (or in a park, or out on the trails) is enough to make anyone crave coffee, right? What if you’ve got to get out the door in a hurry, though? That’s where Jot Ultra Coffee comes into play. Add just a “jot” (a tablespoon!) of this ultra coffee to varying amounts of water to get espresso, cappucino, an Americano … you name it, Jot can do it. The results are excellent — full-bodied and flavorful, just like you’d want, and the process is so easy (I should know — it’s helping fuel this blog post!).
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That’ll do it for today’s summer-centric roundup of the best men’s gear, and to be more specific, the best men’s gear for Memorial Day weekend (and beyond). So, what’ll it be? Will you go classic and pick up one of the best white T-shirts on the market to wear for supremely cool casual style? Buck Mason has you sorted. Will you go with the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts and pair them with either a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Taylor Stitch or something more casual, like the inimitable Huckberry Pullover? Maybe you’ve got your eye on some of the best men’s sneakers, naturally paired with some of the the best men’s jeans. Whatever your combo, I hope you find the above list helpful. To see what I’m wearing this weekend, head to my Instagram — and as always, feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

The List: Shop These Picks for the Best Men’s Gear for Memorial Day Weekend

The ready-for-anything shorts that are going to upgrade your summer style instantly.

You might have noticed already, but summer is fully on its way, with Memorial Day weekend approaching — and quickly, at that. That’s why today’s new edition of The List is going to tackle all the best new men’s gear for situations both functional and fashion-forward, starting with Memorial Day weekend and rolling through the rest of summer. Our first highlighted pick? Some of the best men’s shorts for which you can shell out your hard-earned dough: The Free Fly Hybrid Shorts. Make no mistake, we’re just getting started. Have a great week, then power on through to Memorial Day weekend.

Free Fly Hybrid Shorts — $65 

Tough shorts made with functional fabric for Memorial Day weekend (and beyond).

If you want to pack light for Memorial Day weekend — or any other summer adventure for that matter — you’d do worse than to pack the durable, versatile Free Fly Hybrid Shorts. They’re made with remarkable four-way stretch fabric that resists odors and wicks away moisture. In short, they’re the type of stylish shorts you can wear all summer long.

Sabah Sabah Slip-ons — $195

Sleek, refined slip-ons to pack in your bag, then wear all trip.

While these leather slip-ons are a more unique summer footwear option than you might normally be used to wearing, they’ll pair just as easily with chino shorts and a white tee as they will with tan chinos and a printed short-sleeve shirt for a refined outdoor dinner.

UNTUCKit x Fair Harbor Recycled Swim Trunks — $68

The sustainable and stylish swim trunks to upgrade your next beach trip.

The perfect mix of sustainabilty and style can be found in these swim trunks, which turn 11 former plastic bottles into one sharp pair of easygoing printed swim trunks. For under $70, they’re a downright steal for the quality.
Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Reverse Jacquard — $98 

A close-up look at your new favorite shirt.

It’s tough to top a shirt as stylish and essential as the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, particularly when it’s done up in a handsome Reverse Jacquard weave. A perfect four-season shirt that wears particularly well this summer alongside tan chino shorts and vintage leather sneakers.
Tecovas Calfskin Card Case — $45

The handsome, rugged card case to carry with you on the daily.

Today’s focus on men’s style essentials really runs the gamut, right on down to the everyday wallet that’s going to serve you more than ably. In this case, Tecovas has taken the same craftsmanship that makes its cowboy boots so great, then translated it on down to a slim, refined-yet-tough daily companion.
Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch — $99 (When On Sale)

The sharp, dependable watch to wear all summer.

A watch from Mr. Todd Snyder will never steer you wrong — guaranteed.
O’Douds Matte Paste — $18 (Get $10 Off Your First Order HERE)

The grooming essential that’s going to sharpen up your ‘do this summer.

Made right here in Brooklyn — well, right here for ME at least — the O’Douds Matte Paste is the high-hold, no-fuss styling option to keep your hair sharp (not weighed down) during spring and summer. Plus, you can now get $10 off your first order when you click through that link. That’s a great deal on a great grooming essential.
Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford — $118

The easygoing Oxford shirt to wear to the office or out on the weekend.

The term “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might well apply to this classic Oxford shirt from Flint and Tinder — it’s the brand’s iconic, American-made Oxford shirt done up in a washed and dyed fabric. Perfect for summer.
American Giant Travel Pants — $98

Dependable stretch twill travel pants for your next trip.

If you follow the blog, you’re aware that American Giant takes great care to craft even the simplest of items — from T-shirts to its exceptional hoodies — with the utmost attention to detail. The same can be said for the durable stretch twill Travel Pants — they’ve served me very well getting around NYC and hopping crosscountry flights in equal measure.
Relwen Solid Pique Polo — $98

A unique take on the navy polo for all your summer style pursuits.

It shouldn’t surprise you that Relwen is making one of the best men’s polo shirts in the game — after all, they specialize in updating classic style staples for the modern man, and this timeless navy polo is no different.
Bluffworks Threshold T-Shirt — $45

The comfortable, performance-minded T-shirt to wear all weekend.

You likely know Bluffworks from the brand’s performance-minded, travel-friendly denim. Allow me to introduce you to the Threshold T-Shirt, a tee that combines all the moisture-wicking reliability of a performance tee, and yet does so in a simple, stylish package. Try out the Threshold Tee with a light wash denim jacket and slim tan chinos for a bit of go-anywhere style.
Sturdy Brothers Man Carry Briefcase — $195

This dependable bag is going to carry you through Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

Last but certainly not least, we’re closing out the week by taking a look at a tough everyday bag from Sturdy Brothers. Anything you need to carry or haul this weekend and beyond, the Sturdy Brothers Man Carry Briefcase gets the job done.
So, feeling ready for Memorial Day weekend and the rest of summer? What’s your favorite from the above picks? For me, it’s gotta be a classic Oxford shirt from Flint and Tinder, as ready for happy hour as it is for lounging around at home. Have a great weekend, folks.

The Friday Read: Taylor Stitch Denim, Memorial Day Weekend and Pure Michigan

Folks, who else is amped for the official (or is it technically unofficial?) start of summer? And by a show of hands, who here is taking some styling inspiration from this week’s post on what to wear for Memorial Day weekend? I hope you found those tips and tricks handy — and I hope you checked out this week’s edition of The List, featuring a whole bunch of summer style essentials to shop for Memorial Day weekend. If all of that shopping hasn’t kept you busy enough, know that we’ve got a few choice #menswear reads below to help you kick off your weekend. I personally can’t wait for some much-needed time off. I capped off a PR event at my day job on Tuesday night, and I’m positively PUMPED to head back to my home state to see my  wonderful girlfriend, Laura! If you haven’t yet checked out Laura’s blog, I’d suggest you give it a read — her Playlist Friday posts are a particular favorite of mine! She also does a standout job covering women’s fashion on a budget — we all know I approve of style on a budget! As it were, I was in the Mitten last weekend for a trip with Laura’s family to Mackinaw City, and this coming weekend promises plenty of fun. On the agenda: A helping of Michigan craft beer, some easygoing backyard grilling and some exploration of Detroit — always a highlight! To keep up with all the fun, check out my Instagram, if you feel so inclined. For now, let’s get your weekend going with the below fun links. Cheers!

  • We’ll kick things off with a post that’s really of the essence here — Taylor Stitch is offering up a rare pair of slim light wash denim for your shopping pleasure. Namely, the brand’s Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash come from Cone Mills — the legendary denim mill shut down last year, and the material the brand used in these jeans is one-of-a-kind. I’d get on it ASAP!
  • In the spirit of summer style, I rounded up the best summer T-shirts for men over at The Manual. Seriously, don’t doubt the style potential of a classic T-shirt — these picks are fit for layering under a rugged denim jacket or a slim blazer, or wearing all on their own. Trust me.
  • I mentioned this earlier, but if you glazed over that part of the post (shame on you!), then you’d do well to shop the latest edition of The List, covering essential summer gear galore — you’ve got no excuse now.

We’re going to close up shop just a bit early today, all in the spirit of enjoying some time off this weekend. Check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and we’ll catch ya later!

Shop These Memorial Day Sales All Weekend Long From Huckberry

Editor’s note: Purchasing from select links in this post will result in an affiliate commission. Thanks to Huckberry for partnering on this post, and thanks for supporting the brands that support The Style Guide! 

Your editor wearing a Flint and Tinder hoodie from Huckberry! You can get great deals on other standout gear from the site this weekend.  Also pictured: My WP Standard Officer’s Belt and slim Abercrombie & Fitch denim. Photo: Laura Henschke.

We’re coming in hot today with quite the list of stellar deals and steals on a range of summer style essentials from our friends at Huckberry for Memorial Day weekend. Perfect timing, ehh!? If you read The Style Guide frequently, you know that your humble editor simply loves the mix of rugged, casual and functional gear offered up by Huckberry. From the Proof Performance Oxford to the WP Standard Vintage Messenger, the site really can outfit you from head to toe. So, without further ado, check out the below Memorial Day weekend sales and shop ’em now!

The Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales to Shop Now from Huckberry:

That’s of course just a brief rundown to get things rolling for you. Enjoy the weekend, check back tomorrow for our Friday Read, and cheers!

 

-Beau

The List: Shop for Memorial Day Weekend (And Beyond) With these Summer Style Essentials

My friends — we’ve rolled right through May quite smoothly and stylishly, haven’t we? It’s now on to Memorial Day weekend, which brings with it two things: 1) The proper start of summer and 2) The need for a bag packed full of summer style essentials (if you’re hitting the road this upcoming weekend, that is). Our #OOTD series will cover what to wear for Memorial Day weekend, but this edition of The List is all business — simply shop away.


Standard Deviation Beta Denim in Light Indigo — $98

A slim, light wash pair of jeans that are neither too slim nor too light in color.

A pleasingly light (but not too light!) wash, with a slim fit and an agreeable price — that’s a summer essential in my book.
Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots — $269

Tough boots that are still worth keeping around for the summer.

Don’t you dare think about stowing your stylish boots for summer — there’s still a time and a place for the rugged-yet-easy-to-wear Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots. Try ’em with light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley.
Mollusk Surf Shop Benetau Windbreaker — $180

A bit of retro styling and a whole lot of durability through spring and summer rain.

Rather than throwing on a flimsy, store-bought poncho when it gets rainy or chilly on the water this summer, reach for a stylish rain jacket — the retro-tinged, cool-as-heck Benetau Windbreaker from Mollusk Surf Shop. Mission accomplished.
Flint and Tinder 365 Pants in Slim Fit — $98

Done up in a tailored Slim fit, these are your new pair of everyday, go-to pants.

The fine folks at Flint and Tinder don’t skimp on quality or standout construction — take the recently upgraded Flint and Tinder 365 Pants. The versatile Earth color on these stylish pants for summer make ’em a big-time winner.

Taylor Stitch The California Shirt in Blue Everyday Chambray — $118

As classic as it gets. A worthy essential any time — but especially with summer approaching.

What are you wearing with your Flint and Tinder 365 Pants? The always-classic, never-not-in-style Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Blue Everyday Chambray. The best chambray shirt for men? Possibly? You decide.
Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo — $58

Crisp, classic and easy to wear — the perfect summer polo.

Yep, more gear from Flint and Tinder. To wit: Looking for a stylish summer polo that’s going to be affordable, durable and versatile no matter what? The Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo is your pick. Try it under a khaki blazer with rolled light wash denim and leather loafers.

WP Standard Vintage Messenger — $295

A leather bag that’s quite simply worthy of your hard-earned cash.

You can always, always count on WP Standard to make stellar style essentials — this Vintage Messenger is like a mobile work of art that’ll get better with age.
Levi’s Aberdeen Belt — $38

Just your average leather belt? Not quite. This one is made by the makers of your favorite denim.

Every guy needs a stylish leather belt he can reach for time and time again — the Levi’s Aberdeen Belt is the perfect complement to your favorite pair of light wash denim (Editor’s note: Click here for a pair of light wash jeans to buy now).
Redux Courg: Type A Watch — $319.98

A tough-as-nails timepiece that was practically made for summer.

Redux watches, simply stated, mean business. The Redux Courg: Type A Watch is a stylish casual timepiece fit for laidback patio beers or some serious off-road exploration in the warm months ahead.
 
Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in Ash — $98

Perfectly cut chinos to wear with your perfectly cut chambray shirt — for Memorial Day and beyond. Ya dig?

Stylish grey chinos are an underrated, secret style weapon. Wear ’em just like you might a navy or khaki pair, yet revel in the knowledge that you’ve added more versatility to your wardrobe with these Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos.

Have any feedback on the latest edition of The List? What’s your favorite pick? I’m all about stylish boots for summer, so I can’t get enough of the Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots. Feel free to chime in via The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!

 

-Beau

Style Suggestion: How to Dress for Memorial Day This Year

Check your calendars, hurry — it’s Memorial Day weekend comin’ at ya!  And if you’re wondering how to dress for Memorial Day, you’ll like today’s post. It’s the first real full summer weekend, and that’s much-welcomed around these parts. If you missed out on taking a spring road trip or hitting the road for spring break, it’s a chance to get away from town and hopefully enjoy some lovely weather and time with friends & the fam.  I’ll be trekking down to Florida for a  great long weekend with family, and I had the chance to travel to upstate New York for Memorial Day last year — both prime chances to break out some stellar #menswear. So, let’s assume you’ve got gear like a stylish leather weekend bag and a functional dopp kit at the ready — what are you going to wear at your destination? Be it exploring a boardwalk, strolling through a quaint downtown or catching some rays, today’s Style Guide suggestion has it all. Let me know what you think over on Twitter, and keep up with my fast-moving style on Instagram.

The Shirt: Criquet Shirts Club Shirt in Navy and Mint Stripe — $84

Criquet Shirts

A new take on the polo shirt, with a tailored fit and comfortable fabric.

Listen up: If you’re looking for a warm-weather staple that can work just as stylishly at a Memorial Day barbecue as at a patio bar, pick up the Criquet Shirts Club Shirt in Navy and Mint Stripe. Like the much-loved Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt — as seen in this #OOTD —  the Club Shirt is a modern, refined and comfortable take on your favorite polo shirt. It features both retro details, like cool stripes plus contrasting sleeve cuffs and collar, and a streamlined fit. Yessir, the Club Shirt could be a new summer go-to. Be sure to layer up with transitional spring outerwear if gets chilly.

Sutro Footwear

The Bottoms: Birdwell Beach Britches for Todd Snyder 311 Board Shorts — $138 OR Alex Crane Bo Shorts — $59.98

Alex Crane

Two options, two scenarios. Grab the right pair of shorts for play, grab the left pair of shorts to swim.

So, we’re tackling two different scenarios here. Let’s say your Memorial Day involves some time at the pool, the beach or the lake — break out the retro-inspired, durable and stylish Birdwell Beach Britches for Todd Snyder 311 Board Shorts. They’re made by hand, the color scheme is neutral and sharp, and they’re more tailored than your average pair of swim trunks. If, on the other hand, you’re manning the grill, the Alex Crane Bo Shorts, in a neutral and unexpected Sand color, are a prime pick (and they’ll contrast nicely with the striped Club Shirt).

The Sneakers: SeaVees Huntington Middie — $108

SeaVees

Versatile kicks that are a favorite of this blog for several reasons — including the easygoing good looks.

Is it any surprise that we’re reaching for classic, easily wearable and versatile slip-on sneakers like the SeaVees Huntington Middie? They’re a favorite for a number of reasons, from the durable chukka-like cut to the clean white color and the ability to wear to the beach, to the pool or to the boardwalk. You could even wear these ones with slim light wash jeans as you travel to your Memorial Day getaway, and they’re perfect to wear to kick back over a cold brew.

The Watch: Deep Blue Daynight Scuba Watch — $449.98

Deep Blue Watches

A striking watch with tough specs and dependable style for the road, for the beach and beyond.

Here’s where we really drive home the idea of versatile, accessible style. Heading out for a four-day weekend? You just might be all set with one watch — that’s right, just one. The Deep Blue Daynight Scuba Watch  is that very timepiece, what with the durable specs to work on land or at sea, with great style to go along with it. Take it in the pool, take it in the ocean and wear it to grill burgers after — the Deep Blue Daynight Scuba Watch merges rugged good looks with dependable style.

The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Arlo Sunglasses — $109.98

Raen Optics

Sharp and modern-yet-retro style in a pair of sunglasses that barely top $100.

 

We here at The Style Guide champion the idea of style that looks great and goes wherever you go — that’s also the case when it comes to accessories. And when you consider the vintage look and sharp style of the Raen Optics Arlo Sunglasses, you get all of that and then some. Handcrafted in France, the Arlo Sunglasses, just like the SeaVees Huntington Middie, can go all manner of places beyond Memorial Day weekend. And when you break ’em out to head to the beach, you just might be the best-dressed guy there.
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The Essentials: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap in Charcoal — $39.98 AND Billykirk Simple Tote in Ash — $184.98

Billykirk

Two easy-to-wear and easy-to-pair summer style picks.

You’ll notice we’re sticking with a neutral, essential color palette of charcoal for these two fine and dandy everyday carry pieces. If you’re going to be spending time out in the sun — patio bar or beach — you’ll need some stylish protection from the sun. Enter the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap in Charcoal  — who doesn’t love a well-made, retro-inspired ballcap? And the Billykirk Simple Tote in Ash is a mighty fine way to lug around a six-pack, your sunscreen and perhaps stylish wireless headphones to wear at the beach.

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The Must-Have: Oars + Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit — $43.98

Oars + Alps

The handy, simple-to-use and effective grooming kit to bring with you.

Whether you’re taking a plane, a train or an automobile (get it?) to your Memorial Day getaway, you need quick and easy grooming solutions. With effective performance and an easily packable nature, the Oars + Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit could be just the solution you need. I covered it recently in my Style Pick of the Week series, and it’s a surefire winner in terms of keeping your skin looking fresh — no matter how many brews you have this weekend.

The “Gift” for the Party: GrowlerWerks 64oz. uKeg — $149

GrowlerWerks

With this uKeg, you’re instantly the hit of the party.

Now, the GrowlerWerks 64oz. uKeg is pretty hefty — to say the least. So, let’s assume it’s not necessarily coming with you on your trip. But if you’re hosting or merely heading across town, it’s a thoughtful gesture to bring along a spot of choice brew for that Memorial Day cookout. Best of all? It’s a functional piece geared to keep beer cold and fresh — yet the GrowlerWerks 64oz. uKeg has a nice dash of vintage style thrown in for good measure.

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Folks, that’ll about do it in the way of our Memorial Day style roundup. From handy accessories like the stylish Huckberry Explorer’s Cap in Charcoal  to the durable Billykirk Simple Tote in Ash, make sure you start with the right basics for your trip or barbecue. Accent those functional pieces with the right gear for the occasion — namely, the Criquet Shirts Club Shirt in Navy and Mint Stripe oughta get the job done. And for versatile style, be sure to pack (or wear) the easygoing Alex Crane Bo Shorts and the versatile SeaVees Huntington Middie. I can’t emphasize enough the need to bring along a rugged dive watch — the Deep Blue Daynight Scuba Watch is the way to. And for time kicking back in the sun, the Raen Optics Arlo Sunglasses are handsome and effective.  OK, I think that’s all the basics covered — right? Enjoy the weekend, folks — we’ll see you out there!

What are your thoughts on the above Memorial Day style picks? What you add or subtract?

Style Suggestion: What to Wear on Memorial Day

Editor’s note: To see another Style Suggestion for Memorial Day, click here.

Just as it’s, somewhat incredulously, nearly time to prep for dressing for a summer wedding so too, is it time to get ready for Memorial Day.  There’s often a lot on the table — maybe you’ve got to sort out what to wear when traveling, and more crucially, what accessories to pack for a stylish trip. Hopefully, you’ll be somewhere relaxing, enjoyable and near the water.  If that’s the case, we’ll be tackling the standard weekend-casual get-up below, and yet tweaking it for the #menswear fan more interested in looking good than taking it easy when it comes to style. In fact, it’s situations like these where you can set yourself apart (in a good way) by upping the ante just a bit. As it were, small style upgrades can even trickle down to your Memorial Day accessories (we’re talking things like leather coasters and a brass bottle opener from Owen & Fred, for example). But that’s another matter. The ensemble below is what you should keep in mind for a barbeque, an afternoon of patio beers, or just a relaxing day with family and friends around town — it’s got pieces you’ll recognize (the polo among them), but they’re all updated. Curious what I’ll be wearing for Memorial Day? Follow me on Instagram (no pressure, though!). And if you have other gear you’d like to see featured, let me know on The Style Guide’s Facebook page.

The Polo: SWIMS Getaria Polo in White — $90

Slim, stylish and made from comfortable, moisture-wicking fabric.

Slim, stylish and made from comfortable, moisture-wicking fabric.

Is that pricey for a polo? Heck yes, it is. But the SWIMS Getaria Polo is not your standard baggy golf polo, nor is it your spongy, heavy pique polo of days past. This right here is a crisp, slim-fitting, comfortable polo that looks sharp and wicks sweat thanks to the PrimaLoft fabric. Yet, it doesn’t look at all like a sport polo — for one, there’s no pesky logo. And for another, the fit is actually trim, with sleeves that hit about mid-bicep. If it does get chilly, you could always grab a stylish spring jacket, and if a less expensive polo is more your thing, you could always grab one from this site’s guide to the best spring polos.

The Hybrid Short: SWIMS Paloma Hybrid Chino Short — $130

The functionality of a swim trunk, and the look of a tailored short.

The functionality of a swim trunk, and the look of a tailored short.

Now, some slim chino shorts would work well here, too. And yes, we’re going with another pick from the same brand … why? Well, that’s easy. Memorial Day travel is sometimes all about packing light. And if you’re only taking a day trip or an overnight, you want to maximize space — and the Paloma Hybrid Chino is a ridiculously effective way to do that. They perform like a swim short and they’ve got an inner mesh lining, yet they’ve also got the peached surface of a chino short. And the front tab closure and tailored fit mean they wear like a regular pair of shorts. Take these into the water and onto the dockside patio with reckless abandon (or something like that). Oh, and if you need a belt when you hop out of the water, grab one with a nautical influence.

The Shoes: Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes — $125

A decidedly stylish boat shoe that's not what your father wore to the beach.

A decidedly stylish boat shoe that’s not what your father wore to the beach.

Just when you thought you’d sworn off boat shoes for good, the style comes roaring back — in a very, very good way. Jack Erwin’s new boat shoes are crisp and uniquely stylish, built on a loafer last for an elongated profile that’s far different from more classic styles. They’re available in Navy Leather, Slate Nubuck and the Caramel Nubuck you see here, and they feature a white rubber outsole for sleek styling (again, different than other boat shoes). The great thing is, these would also work just as well with navy chinos and a white Oxford at the office, and in this case, they’ll set you apart from other flip-flop wearing fellas.

The Socks: Pair of Thieves Cool Hand Luke No-Show Socks — $10

Socks that don't slide up -- critical given the type of footwear you'll be rocking.

Socks that don’t slide up — critical given the type of footwear you’ll be rocking.

So, while you very well might be in and out of the water this Memorial Day weekend, there’ll come a time when you need to slip on stylish shoes (like the Jack Erwin boat shoes above). And in keeping with those sleek shorts and sharp polo, you’re going to want a pair of socks that blends in seamlessly. Pair of Thieves uses designs that don’t look half-bad when worn on their own, and lucky for you and me both, this pair of socks slides nicely into shoes that are fit for the water or the walkway. Plus, the price is very agreeable. So agreeable, you just might be able to use the money you save for another beer.

The Watch: Timex Waterbury Dive Watch — $110

Nothing too fancy or expensive, yet every bit as solid.

Nothing too fancy or expensive, yet every bit as solid.

It’s not often you’ll find a pair of swim shorts that cost more than a watch, but that’s the case here — yet, you still get quality and durability for which Timex is known. This stainless steel Waterbury is part of the heritage line introduced by the brand to commemorate 160 years in business (yes, 160), and it should reliably do the job as far as dive watches go (although in that sense, it’s only water-resistant to 50 meters). Even still, it’s tough to beat the combo of price, looks and simple style that should fit right in alongside a refined-yet-casual ensemble.

The Hat: Bridge & Burn “B” Flat Wool Cap — $48

No need to go with a Nike cap here, ehh?

No need to go with a Nike cap here, ehh?

Although it’d be easy to throw on a simple athletic logo cap, we’re going for something a bit more stylish today. Bridge & Burn produces essentials that are timeless yet incorporate a rugged, somewhat outdoors-y flair. That’s the case with this neat wool cap, which features classic six-panel design and a simple, smart logo (and if your name happens to start with the letter B…). Like worsted wool found in four-season suits, the wool in this hat should be breathable and crucially, offer protection from the sun.

The Sunglasses: J. Crew The Jack Sunglasses in Silver Navy — $98

A new (yet already-classic) option from a brand that nails all kinds of style staples.

A new (yet already-classic) option from a brand that nails all kinds of style staples.

Did you think we forgot these guys? Not quite. If the solid good looks and very agreeable price are any indication, you’ll likely be seeing a lot of J. Crew’s new sunglasses around The Style Guide in the coming weeks and months (including in this site’s recent summer sunglasses guide). The Jack from J. Crew is simple, straightforward and classic in nature, with some brighter blue lenses to amp things up a bit. The frame shape should definitely work with lots of face types, and the color goes nicely with grey chino shorts, white polo and caramel nubuck boat shoes. Not a bad way to finish things off, ehh?

The above outfit certainly doesn’t incorporate a lot of bold prints, crazy styles or even unexpected swerves — yet it’s the colors and textures, from the unexpected boat shoes to the hybrid shorts and deceptively performance-ready polo, that make all the difference. Essentials like a stainless steel watch and aviator sunglasses are going to effectively get the job done no matter where you go. And if you pair these pieces with other must-haves — say, a cool denim tote bag or a nice leather lanyard — you’re going to be set in matters of style for this trip and several to come.

What do you think of the above get-up? What will you be rocking this Memorial Day?

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