Style Pick of the Week: Mott and Bow Graham Denim Shirt

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A tailored denim shirt crafted with premium Italian cotton and an excellent price. That’s a winner in my book, folks.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t yet heard of Mott and Bow — or the brand’s recently launched stylish denim shirts — you’re in luck today. Quite lucky, in fact — we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know in our latest Style Pick of the Week.  The brand does quite a lot well when it comes to manufacturing affordable men’s denim with premium quality and construction in mind. With a range of washes — including the slim black Morton Denim and a set of handsome Italian-made denim — there’s little that Mott and Bow can’t do. They even make stylish twill denim — a pair of which took with me on a spring road trip to Washington, D.C. with great results.

And lest we forget, it really all starts with the classic Mott and Bow Mosco denim — an easily wearable pair of slim blue denim if ever there was one.  Given the brand’s history of affordability and quality, the launch of  a full line of slim denim shirts — available in both the buttondown collar Wythe option and the spread-collar Graham Shirt as seen here — was greeted with excitement by this #menswear writer earlier this spring. And that’s why right now, in the throes of summer, there just might not be a more versatile or easy-to-wear shirt than the Mott and Graham Denim Shirt — yes indeed, it’s true!  We’ve all been through the ringer when it comes to summer style essentials at this point — it’s been too hot for too long, and perhaps you’re looking for a way to switch things up from your slim polo shirts or the like (no matter how much you love ’em). And that’s where the Mott and Graham Denim Shirt  comes into play.

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With a pleasing wash and a crisp spread collar, the Graham Shirt can very easily pull double-duty in casual or dressy style situations.

It starts with yarn-dyed indigo fabric from Albiate 1830, which certainly has an excellent pedigree in terms of producing standout denim shirts. The Graham Denim Shirt, like the Wythe Shirt, comes in three crisp colorways, yet it’s the light blue option that your Style Guide author appreciates the most. Certainly, it’s one of the best men’s denim shirts out there — if not the best. Ehh? Who’s with me? The light blue option is a pleasing, summer-friendly shade — easy to pair up with light stone chinos, classic tan chinos or dark blue denim (preferably from Mott and Bow). And the style points don’t stop there. Want to switch up your summer suit? Pair this shirt with a silver knit tie and ideally, a khaki cotton or dark navy suit. Add stylish men’s dress shoes consider yourself set for your next meeting. However: If you — like me — feel most comfortable in casual style, the Graham Denim Shirt works admirably well. Despite the crisp spread collar,  the  Graham Denim Shirt should work just as reliably with even your most laidback off-duty pieces. So, don’t be afraid to team it with slim chino shorts and classic white sneakers for a long weekend brunch or a trip to your local farmer’s market. And it’ll even work with the most pared-down of style combos. Take the Graham Denim Shirt and pair it with minimal, slim black denim and leather high-top sneakers, to start. That’s an ensemble that’ll work in the summer, the fall, the winter, as you dress for a rock concert … it’s a winner all the way through.

Yet right now — in these trying, heated times — I’d wear it with tailored linen trousers and brown leather loafers, along with a stylish  leather watch. To where, you ask? To the office and to happy hour afterward, or to your next summer wedding underneath a classic navy blazer. Heck, take this shirt, team it with olive chinos and classic suede chukkas, amd consider yourself set for a decidedly stylish, slightly Italian Casual Friday. Again, as much as you might love your favorite summer polo, the  Graham Denim Shirt is a reliable way to switch up your style rotation in any situation  you can dream up. And the best part? You can snag the  Graham Denim Shirt at a discount through Huckberry for just under $76 (at the time of this writing, that is). Hurry while it’s around, though. Have questions on how to style the  Graham Denim Shirt? Ideas as to how you’ll wear it? Leave ’em in the comments below, or catch up with me on Twitter — I’m friendly, promise!

Thanks for reading — enjoy the rest of the weekend!

-Beau

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Style Pick of the Week: Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi Sneakers

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Handsome, well-made and easily wearable — even in the summer. That’s today’s Style Pick.
We’re going into somewhat uncharted territory today as we consider the stellar Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi Sneakers. That is, unlike your typical pair of classic summer sneakers — white canvas sneakers or leather slip-ons, for instance — we’re recommending high-top leather sneakers in summer today at The Style Guide. So, bear with me — we’re in this together, and you’re going to like the stellar quality and excellent style the Rambler Hi delivers. Trust me. You really get the best of both worlds — the rugged-refined, heritage-inspired menswear design of New York City’s Todd Snyder, plus the classic silhouette and terrific quality of the P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi.

It’s among a series of items from classic brands that Mr. Snyder has revamped –including the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch — these are welcome #menswear collabs, indeed. And the recently released Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi Sneakers are the underrated summer shoes you didn’t know you needed — certainly, they’re among the best sneakers for men. Yes, that’s right — I’m a fan of these, and I think you should be, too.  And what better place to go to get them than a veritable one-stop shop for all your favorite men’s gear? That’d be Bespoke Post. If you’re not familiar, best acquaint yourself now, because it’s the place to go to get the Rambler Hi … and plenty more. Back to the task at hand, though. Why are we reaching for stylish high-top sneakers in summer? For starters, these are crisp, classic and easy to wear — no matter the season. They’re not heavy leather boots, that much is true. And the quality on the Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi Sneakers? Well, the kicks are certainly up to snuff.

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Subtle branding touches from both Todd Snyder and P.F. Flyers make this pair more than your average set of kicks.
It starts with the recognizable silhouette and tough P.F. Flyers construction — a brand trademark that’s going to make these comfortable to wear for hours, whether you’re dressing for a summer music festival or schlepping a cooler to your next weekend barbecue.  The exterior of the Rambler Hi is applause-worthy, too — made from premium Cheveux leather, these kicks aren’t a standard pair of athletic sneakers or canvas sneakers. That gives them a slightly dressy, refined edge — feel free to pair them with high-low style combos, like American-made light wash denim and an unstructured blazer, plus a chambray shirt. That versatility means you can also dress them down — as in, throwing on your favorite pair of slim chinos and a classic grey pocket tee.

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Subtle design touches make a difference when it comes to the Rambler Hi, too.  In this instance, flat waxed cotton laces lend a premium look and feel, at the same time providing some welcome contrast to the rich leather upper. Again, it’s the little details that make the difference in matters of style, and those details should certainly extend to your new favorite sneakers. Can you feel me? And even subtler co-branded details make these special. The Todd Snyder heel tab logo is a touch you won’t find on other P.F. Flyers sneakers — yet another factor that makes the Todd Snyder x P.F. Flyers Rambler Hi Sneakers a special pair of kicks. With all that being said … are you on-board with stylish high-top sneakers in the summer months? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to check in with me on Twitter. I’ll write back, I promise!

For now — enjoy the rest of the weekend!

-Beau

 

Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Weekender Box

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Available in a plethora of colors, the Weekender Box is likely the best value on the market when it comes to a durable, handsome and stylish weekender bag.

If you’re still searching for a stylish weekender bag, you’ve come to the right place today. Better yet, if you’re looking for a deal that’s affordable as heck, high-quality and very stylish, the Bespoke Post Weekender Box is the absolute next thing you should purchase … right this instant. What separates the Weekender Box from any regular old weekender bag? In short, it’s the combination of accessibility, affordability and style that you’re not going to find anywhere else on the market. As in — the  Weekender Box  costs at most, $55. Yes, that’s right. How so? If you’re not familiar with Bespoke Post, the company offers a monthly subscription plan that’ll ship boxes of stylish, unique and extremely useful goods to your door, time and again.  What exactly is in these boxes? It could be handsome and functional audio gear, like the Bespoke Post Vibes Box, or it could be something as summer-ready as the Bespoke Post Chill Box (a durable cooler and portable beer glasses). Ultimately, the choice is yours. I’ll tell you this, though: If you sign up for Bespoke Post, you can get boxes for just $45. In my years of menswear writing (and avidly shopping Bespoke Post), there’s not a better deal out there. And that’s particularly the case when it comes to the  Weekender Box. Seriously … a durable weekender bag for just $45? It’s true, and it’s got the quality specs to give you some great bang for your buck.

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Available in a plethora of colors — I personally like the handsome Olive option the most — the Weekender Box is the kind of bag it can take a while to find. After all, the Bespoke Post Weekender Box is functional, affordable and great-looking. It’s a custom design made by Bespoke Post, and it features a sturdy canvas exterior that’ll age  nicely the more you use it. If I were you, I’d certainly use this thing as much as I could — from a summer road trip to a stylish beach getaway, it’s certainly got plenty of room to handle everything on your menswear shopping list.

The cotton webbing shoulder strap on this particular weekend bag should prove durable and sturdy, giving you more than enough room to pack it full of everything from your favorite summer sneakers to slim chinos and perhaps … a slim chambray shirt to round things out? And that’s another bonus when it comes to the Bespoke Post Weekender Box — it’ll look as great as the gear you pack inside, what with a versatile color and simple-yet-rich leather accents. With plenty of summer travel on the horizon, I wouldn’t wait one more second to order the Weekender Box — are you with me? Let me know if you plan to buy it over on Twitter. Happy shopping and safe travels out there!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Beckett Simonon Morgen Trainer

One brand that makes two ridiculously good-looking sneakers in a modern update of a vintage silhouette? Too good to be true, right? Not with Beckett Simonon.

Quick, look at your feet. Are you wearing stylish summer sneakers? Better yet, are you wearing anything from Beckett Simonon? If the answer to those two questions was “No,” you’re in luck today — and all you have to do is sit back, click a few buttons to cement a pre-order and consider yourself set. Yes indeed folks, we’re talking about the eye-catching, unique and well-made Beckett Simonon Morgen Trainer as part of our ongoing Style Pick of the Week series — and boy, is there a lot to talk about. Beckett Simonon crafts its footwear using exacting methods, and that’s why it pays to pre-order and then wait for the results. I was lucky enough to check out a pair of the brand’s beautiful leather chukkas during a fall weekend in New York last year, and I was mighty pleased.

The folks at Beckett Simonon know what they’re doing every step of the way. And in this case, you’re getting highly discounted deals on a range of product aside from the handsome, vintage-inspired Morgen Trainer, too. The brand offers up different collections every month, focused on everything from stylish Italian leather belts to functional and fashionable leather backpacks and a truly stunning array of simple yet handsome men’s dress shoes. What’s the upshot of all this? That is to say, you get either the full-grain, calfskin leather and water-resistant suede of the Beckett Simonon Morgen Trainer in Navy or the Beckett Simonon Morgen Trainer in White from the same brand that makes such intricately crafted dress shoes. In short, that means you’re getting one great-looking pair of sneakers at a heck of a price. Hey, maybe you’re getting more than one pair — that is, if you also pick up the Morgen Trainer in Black  in addition to the two stunning sneakers shown at the top of the page. Yes indeed, any of the three colorways should make any list of the best sneakers for men — without a doubt.
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A super-sleek, modern take on the utilitarian Germany Army Trainer. Nicely done, Beckett Simonon.

Why go for sneakers that cost as much — at full retail — as your favorite pair of dress shoes? That, my friends, is simple. Trust me — with the sort of step-by-step care  and construction normally reserved for suit-ready shoes, the Morgen Trainer is classic, crisp and eye-catching. It’s not every day you can say that about a pair of sneakers, and that’s a great thing for discerning shoppers like you and me when it comes to the Morgen Trainers (in each of this sneaker’s three highly wearable colors). Inspired by the original design of the German Army Trainer, the silhouette of these shoes is rooted in functionality — and yet nowadays, kicks like the Morgen Trainers look just as great with slim light wash denim and a patterned short-sleeve shirt as they do with more utilitarian gear.  You also get the construction that comes with a well-made and distinctive contrasting rubber sole — not too often found on today’s more minimal sneakers. With all of those bonuses, it’s going to be mighty tough to resist picking up any colorway of the Beckett Simonon Morgen Trainer — and waiting for them to arrive at your doorstep is going to be that much harder.

Will you be picking up these handsome, versatile sneakers? Let me know in the comments!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans

Available in either Slim or Straight fits, the Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans are a versatile summer style option.

Before we kick things off — yes, I’m definitely recommending denim in the summer. More specifically, I’m recommending the Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans, the latest addition to the brand’s stellar, ever-growing lineup of summer style essentials-. Flint and Tinder is the in-house, American-made brand from my pals at Huckberry, if you’re not familiar. However, if you read our Style Pick of the Week series at The Style Guide, you’re surely well-acquainted with the consistently stylish, rugged and versatile work being done by Flint and Tinder. Despite the summer heat, stylish light wash jeans definitely belong on your seasonal shopping list — they work on breezy summer nights or for summer travel style in equal measure, and Flint and Tinder certainly knows how to make ’em. The brand’s skill set encompasses comfortable favorites, like the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Sweatpants, as well as breezy transitional layering pieces like the Flint and Tinder Slub Henley. And crucially, if you’ve been in need of sharp, versatile denim to add to your closet, the Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans are the way to go. Truly, you shouldn’t count out denim in the summer months — with either Slim or Straight fit options available, the All-American Washed Jeans are crafted for just about any casual style situation you face. And they’ve got the durable, rugged specs for plenty of wear, including construction that’s encompasses made-in-the-USA quality.

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A classic button fly and quality cotton denim — plus a unique wash — make the Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans very worthy of your dollars this summer.

The quality starts with a custom-designed 11oz. cotton denim from the lauded denim purveyors at North Carolina’s White Oak Cone Mills Denim — they make absolutely the finest-quality stuff in the United States. As part of the process, each pair of All-American Washed Jeans are unique thanks to a hand-washing and weaving process — no two pairs are alike. The vintage wash treatment also makes these jeans soft and comfortable, complete with a hint of helpful stretch. That means you should feel free to wear them with easygoing staples like a slim striped tee and classic suede chukkas at your next casual patio dinner or stylish summer barbecue. And because of the two polished fit options — again, Straight fit is available if you’re partial to that direction — you can even wear them to the office. Not sold? Try the All-American Washed Jeans with a slim white polo, leather tassel loafers and a lightweight khaki blazer to start.

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For more easygoing style, try them out with your favorite pair of summer sneakers and a slim short-sleeve henley — add in a rugged dive watch, and you’re particularly well-dressed for hitting up a summer baseball game or grabbing some brews with your buddies. And because they’re American-made, you’re getting quality that’s built to last well through this summer. The great thing about well-made denim in a vintage wash is that it can even pull double duty come fall — keep these handy to wear with a shawl-collar cardigan and tough leather boots to step through falling leaves (seriously!). Are you a fan of the  All-American Washed Jeans? If they’re on your shopping list, let me know over on Twitter. Remember: You can (and should!) make stylish light wash jeans part of your summer wardrobe.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got today! For now — thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Pagoda Stripe Tee

From the mind of surfer Kelly Slater comes a heck of a stylish T-shirt via Outerknown. Get this one on your person!

Is a T-shirt ever really just a T-shirt? Certainly not, especially if it’s the Outerknown Pagoda Stripe Tee — today’s choice #menswear pick for your reading (and purchasing?) pleasure. Why is it worth it to upgrade your T-shirt game — to the tune of a nearly $70 T-shirt from the fine folks at Outerknown and Huckberry? Well, riddle me this, folks: What’s an essential you can wear everyday, underneath everything from a slim light wash denim jacket to a breezy navy blazer and heck, all on its own? A well-made, modern-fitting and stylish T-shirt, that’s what.  The Outerknown brand — and by extension, the Pagoda Stripe Tee — sprang from the mind of legendary surfer-turned designer Kelly Slater, and who knew he could put together such an essential, functional and wearable collection of #menswear? Surely, not me.

You very well should recognize the brand’s tees from this site’s #OOTD on what to wear to a summer barbecue, and the Pagoda Stripe Tee would also make a fine addition to any casual summer wardrobe. Make no mistake, it certainly belongs on your list of summer style essentials. Why’s that, exactly? It starts with the eye-catching striped pattern and moreso with the neutral Whitewater color, incorporating easy-to-match white and tan stripes. The Pagoda Stripe Tee  is a perfect example of the dusty tones that are such a welcome change of pace from bright blues and reds in the summer months. You could even team this tee up with a similarly earth-toned pair of chukkas, like the Astorflex Greenflex Suede Chukkas. Add in some slim light wash denim, and you’re set for a weekend coffee run, a casual Sunday brunch or a few patio brews.

Subtle styling details and organic jersey cotton fabric make this tee a comfortable and environmentally friendly T-shirt option.

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As we said before though, a stylish T-shirt is never really just a stylish T-shirt. In the case of the Pagoda Stripe Tee , that’s only a positive. Outerknown joins the ranks of brands doing their part to make the industry more sustainable and stylish in the process — this tee is made with organic jersey cotton for breathability, comfort and an eco-friendly production process. And the jacquard stripe pattern is a step up from your average white tee in terms of texture, style points and easygoing versatility. If you’re wondering how to wear this T-shirt, fear not.
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Again, you could throw this tee on as is, or you could slip the Outerknown Evolution Shirt Jacket over it on a breezy summer evening. From city to country and campsite to your favorite bar back in town — busy, busy — it can take it all on in style (at least, your Style Guide author thinks so). Plus, its retro and slightly boxy fit is just a bit different than a plain white tee — feel free to roll up those shirt sleeves a bit, and you’ve got my full permission to perform the J. Crew tuck (T-shirt style, that is). Are you a fan, and will you be picking up the Pagoda Stripe Tee  this summer? Chime in over on Twitter — and as always, you can check out how I wear my stylish summer shirts over on Instagram.

Most importantly — thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

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Classic, stylish and easy-to-wear chukka boots via Astorflex, shown at the top right with travel essentials from Owen and Fred, Abercrombie & Fitch, Huckberry, Nautica, Herschel Supply Co. and Electric Sunglasses.

Is it just me, or is it time for a seasonal footwear upgrade? Something that’s not a sneaker, but not a rugged leather boot — something that’ll work for nearly every style situation, from a casual weekend barbecue to a stylish road trip. Who’s with me? Perhaps the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots come to mind — no? I recently took my own pair on a spring road trip to Indiana, and can definitely vouch for them.  They’re an updated take on the classic desert boot, crafted with a crepe sole, high-quality suede and the type of easygoing silhouette that pairs just as well with your favorite chinos as it does with slim light wash denim on breezy summer days. In fact, I’d hope you recognize the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots as seen above from a few posts on The Style Guide.

Namely, the rich Dark Khaki colorway seen here will work as you dress for Sunday brunch or look for ways to upgrade your casual shirt — don’t think you should shelve all of your chukka boots entirely just because the thermostat starts to climb. And know that these Astorflex chukka boots also come in the equally versatile Stone and Grey colorways. Indeed, with a blend of comfort, style and accessibility, the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots — just like the brand’s Astorflex Chelsea Boots —  are a seasonal must-have in any color. Trust me: That goes for spring, summer and fall. Seriously, keep them on hand to wear with a rugged chambray shirt and dark selvedge denim to a fall tailgate — it’s a winning combo if you’re looking for insight into how to wear chukka boots. But, back to matters of summer style — what makes these a must-buy?

For starters, it’s tough to find a chukka boot that features eco-friendly, handmade Italian construction out there — let alone with a sub-$150 price tag. And to find one that goes with everything from slim stone chinos to dark denim to slim light wash jeans in the summer can be tricky, too. That easygoing versatility is what sets these Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots apart in so many situations. Rather than resorting to minimal athletic sneakers, jeans and a slim pocket tee, try out these chukka boots and perhaps a tough dive watch — instant style upgrade in the making, and certainly one of the best men’s style moves you can make. And because they’re sold via Huckberry, you can be sure that they’re up to snuff in terms of quality and great looks. It’s also worth noting that the desert boot is a stone-cold classic silhouette — as if you needed another reason to buy these. In addition to real-life functionality for British soldiers, they’ve gained an iconic status — up there with classic white sneakers — that’s tough to top on the footwear front. So, despite summer weather finally catching up to us … there’s no reason not to wear a classic pair of desert boots like the affordable, easy-to-wear and stylish Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots.

How would you style these boots? To pick up inspiration from yours truly, check out my Instagram. And send me a note on Twitter if ever you have #menswear questions.

Stay stylish!

-Beau

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Style Pick of the Week: Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses

The classically inspired and uniquely stylish sunglasses you need now.

We’ve reached that critical time of the early summer season – you’re heading to the beach or the pool, you reach into your desk drawer or glove compartment looking for your trusty sunglasses … and they’re gone. Forgotten in the scramble to dress for the polar vortex this past winter. What are you going to do? Well, the easy answer is to be prepared in the first place – that is to say, you’re going to want to upgrade your summer style with a pair of stylish men’s sunglasses, ASAP. And given that it’s Memorial Day weekend and all – with ample time to recognize the occasion and enjoy lovely weather – you should hop to it as soon as possible. Which brings us to today’s Style Pick of the Week:  The Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses. Yessir, mark my words – these are the stylish sunglasses to pair with all of your summer essentials. That goes for slim light wash jeans and a classic pocket tee to stylish swim trunks and a rugged short-sleeve henley – and we’re really just getting started.  Why is now the time to drop a bit of cash on sunglasses? For one, that versatility we always talk about is key – a classic pair of sunglasses can be worn with everything from a tailored suit at a summer wedding to your best beach gear; these aren’t your average athletic-minded sunglasses, and they certainly aren’t a cheap grocery store pair. Even if you’ve got a tendency to misplace sunglasses, I’d argue that buying a nicer pair means you’ll keep much, much better track of them.

There’s a reason classic sunglasses like the Clubmaster-inspired Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses have such staying power. Like the very best pieces in menswear – a tough chambray shirt, dark blue denim or an essential henley – they offer a shot of classic style, timeless appeal and the rugged good looks that instantly amp up your style credibility. Even if you’re not built like James Bond, the Norton Point Charlie 014 Sunglasses look extremely sharp, no matter the situation or pairing. And when you team them up with the aforementioned summer style essentials? That’s a winning combo. These Norton Point sunglasses eschew the neon colors of, say, spring break sunglasses, and they avoid the tendencies of some high-fashion sunglasses, which can sometimes look … a bit off. It’s with those keys in mind that your humble Style Guide author can confidently recommend these Norton Point sunglasses  for summer weekends and beyond. They’re exactly the type of sunglasses you should have handy when you plan out what to pack for your next road trip, and they’re a reliably ready everyday pair, too. Who know sunglasses could be so essential? Or so easy to keep track of? Let me know what you think of the Norton Point sunglasses  via Twitter, or leave a note in the comments below.

Good luck out there, enjoy the weekend and stay stylish!

-Beau

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Style Pick of the Week: Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt

What’s better to wear on a breezy spring day than a slim, stylish polo? Truly, there’s not much. And that’s even moreso the case with the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt, a piece that could quickly become your new favorite spring and summer polo.  It’s this week’s Style Pick of the Week for great reason — plenty of #menswear-centric design details set it apart from your average polo, and that means it’s to be applauded, praised …. and purchased. In fact, you might recognize the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt from a recent #OOTD entry, and it’s back today thanks to its versatility and sharp style.  It’s available in a wide plethora of colors, including the crisp Heavy Metal colorway seen in these photos.  Other options include the Midnight Cowboy Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt and the Mr. White Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt, so you certainly can’t go wrong in that regard.

It’s a newer take on the brand’s classic Player’s Shirt, and it’s a welcome addition to the brand’s line. Now, just why is it so tough to misstep when picking up a slim polo (or other stylish gear) from Criquet Shirts? Let me tell you, my good man.  Criquet Shirts started with the simple idea that today’s polo shirts featured sloppy collars and poor construction — using the idea of their favorite prep-school shirts as well as classic polos worn by the guys in their family, Criquet Shirts set out to upgrade the polo. And after checking out the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt (in multiple colorways) these past few weeks, I can definitely concur that it’s a style upgrade worth picking up for your closet this season. It’s comfortable enough to wear on a spring road trip, it’s stylish enough to layer under a lightweight navy blazer, and it’s well-made enough to work as hard as you do all day long — trust me.

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A classic polo paired with crisp chinos and white sneakers — definitely the way to go. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Standard Issue Utility Chinos by Brooks Heritage. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Notebook by Field Notes Brand. 810 Wallet by Brothers Leather Supply.

It features the sort of welcome design touches that other polo shirts lack — for starters, the sturdy collar sits nicely throughout the day, and doesn’t curl over (collar stays similar to your favorite dress shirt help out with that). And the 100 percent organic cotton jersey fabric is soft, comfortable and breathable — you’ll be comfortable in the heat with any color option of the  Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt. I’ve found mine to be handy and versatile enough to wear with everything from slim Apolis chinos and classic SeaVees sneakers to stylish light wash denim and a classic bomber jacket. And although some are firmly in the anti-logo camp, the small Criquet logo stitched on the left chest pocket is understated enough that the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt works well on its own sans jacket. That’s great news if you’re in need of a polo — or several — to wear to work and then out to happy hour (without any of the bad connotations that bright polo shirts seem to conjure up). Feel free to wear it with tailored swim shorts and slip-on sneakers to the beach or boardwalk, too. And another thing — if you’ve found yourself wearing fewer and fewer polos over the years, it’s definitely time to start again. Make no mistake — the comfortable fabric, refined colors and tailored fit of the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt are all features that could be enough to make you a believer in the power of the polo once again.

So, are you back on-board with a polo for spring and summer? What about the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt?

Let me know in the comments — and we’ll see you out there!

-Beau