The Friday Read: A New York Fashion Week Giveaway, The Best Thermal Shirts, and Sapporo Beer

Cozy slippers made with elements of your favorite sneakers. Perfect for the weekend.

First of all — cross Friday off your calendar. It’s here. Second of all, grab a new pair of the first-ever slippers from SeaVees for the weekend. And next? Enter a great New York Fashion Week giveaway. Yes, that’s right. We’re coming at you today with an exclusive, super-fun offer: You could win a trip to New York this February. What for, you ask? Easy answer: Fashion week. But Beau, how’s that work? Again, easy answer. Story time: Although I love my glasses, I used to wear contacts all the time. Sadly, I never got to try Alcon Air Optix Colors, but if I did, I’d be pumped — ‘cuz they’re the brand giving you the chance to vist NYC. They’re hosting a NY Fashion Week sweepstakes now through December 11th. Simply go upload an IG photo of yourself wearing your Air Optix Colors lenses — or, go online and virtually try on one of their 12 new lens colors, then upload a photo of your look (tagging @AIROPTIXCOLORS and using the hashtags #Readytoplay and #Sweepstakes). Oh, this is important: You can find the official rules HEREThe winner will get a trip for two and a VIP experience (none other than backstage passes) at New York Fashion Week: The Shows in February 2019.  That’s all there is to it! Nice.

Again, all you need to do is that virtual try-on, then upload a photo … then you’ve got your chance. I find fashion week to be a fun whirlwind — you’re in the thick of it in NYC, seeing the latest and greatest from boundary-pushing fashion brands. I look forward to it every season, and I think you will, too! Again, you can (and should!) enter with Alcon Air Optix Colors. After you’ve done that, be sure to come back here and enjoy plenty of talk related to choice winter style essentials. Maybe crack open an Anchor Christmas Ale and turn on The National while you’re at it. Happy Friday!

  • In my mind, this post is worth sharing again, especially if you still find yourself searching for that go-anywhere winter jacket. I’m talking, of course, about the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket, as seen in a post in our Style Pick of the Week series earlier this month.
  • The thermal shirt is the underrated winter layering essential you might not have known you needed. I wrote about the best men’s thermal shirts for The Manual, just in time to help you fight the chill. (Related: Grayers makes a stylish thermal henley you’d do well to buy as we head into winter).
  • My good friend Pat Evans — an accomplished beer writer and a pal from my days at The State News at Michigan State University — has written up a fascinating piece (also at The Manual!) on the German origins of Sapporo beer. A neat read as we get ready to raise a glass this weekend.

That’s bringing us to the end of today’s Friday Read.  Can’t get enough menswear? Read more about the best cold-weather gear to buy now. Or, check out this handy guide on how to wear a henley this year.  Lastly, just because … find a new and improved way to wear your denim shirt for the season.

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