The List: A New Watch and New Sneakers Are Some of The 20 Best Summer Style Essentials

An ideal short-sleeve shirt for summer adventures, guaranteed.

It’s a new week, and to get things started off in style, how about we chat about some summer style essentials via a new edition of The List, ehh? Alright, sounds like a plan. By now, perhaps you feel you’ve been dressing in style for summer for a while now — too long, in fact. That’s what today’s men’s gear picks are here to fix — in fact, I put together 20 of the best gear picks for summer to buy now, including stylish sneakers for summer and plenty more. Consider these pieces a mini-wardrobe refresh to help you power through these dog days ahead, starting with (you guessed it), the perfect short-sleeve shirt for summer. Adventure awaits — let’s get right to it.

Wellen Eddy Shirt — $88

This adventure-minded shirt is also available in a cool Plaid pattern.

The best men’s short-sleeve shirts have a few things in common, including an easygoing wearability. The Wellen Eddy Shirt, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, also features a water-resistant hidden rear welt pocket perfectly sized to hold, well … a can of beer. Talk about an adventure-ready shirt.

Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch — $179

Durable, classic and modern from Timex and Todd Snyder.

See, I told you we’d be talking about a new watch for summer. Heck, what else goes perfectly with your new favorite short-sleeve shirt? An iconic (and fast-selling) Timex x Todd Snyder watch is the answer here, specifically, the standout Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch. Talk about a watch that’s perfect for summer.

Taylor Stitch Adventure Shorts — $88

Rugged, go-anywhere shorts to wear the rest of summer.

In this ongoing spirit of adventure for today’s post about the best new men’s gear, why not get some suitably named, stylish summer shorts from Taylor Stitch? The DWR finish means these can go just about anywhere (especially when worn with a Taylor Stitch polo).

Frank And Oak Skipper Sneakers — $129

Stylish, sustainable sneakers from one of your favorite brands.

Here are those stylish new sneakers I mentioned. To say the very least, I go way back with the folks at Frank And Oak here on the blog (seriously, check out this throwback Frank And Oak review!). All that being said, we’ve both grown a lot in time, and now, Frank And Oak is making some of the most sustainable sneakers for men out there. They could just be your new favorite summer sneakers, too.

Buck Mason Slub Knit Bandana 2-Pack — $28

The coolest face covering out there? Quite possibly.

There’s no getting away from needing a stylish face covering for a long while ahead — might as well go with a seriously cool Buck Mason bandana in a slub knit fabric, like a “T-shirt for your face.” I’ve been testing these out from the brand recently, and I can report that they’re very, very cool.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses via GlassesUSA.com$154

Classic sunglasses for utterly classic style.

The benefits of buying stylish sunglasses from GlassesUSA.com? Nearly too many to count, starting with the 365-day warranty and 100 percent money back guarantee. Oh, and the fact that you can pick up classic sunglasses like the iconic Ray-Ban aviators alongside stylish prescription glasses? Things just keep getting better and better. Add in the fact that you can customize your sunglasses with prescription lenses … that’s just icing on the cake.
Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Khaki — $118

Slim jeans in a summer-ready fabric.

The good folks at Mott and Bow just know how to make some of the best men’s jeans — they’re a longtime favorite of the blog for that very reason. And the Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans, with a lightweight construction and a summer-friendly color, are ideal for the season.

Flint and Tinder Light Wash Denim Jacket — $178

The absolute coolest denim jacket to buy right now.

Is it any wonder that Flint and Tinder makes, quite simply, one of the best denim jackets out there? The light wash and easy-to-layer weight make this perfect to throw on atop, say, your Wellen Eddy Shirt.

YETI LoadOut Go Box 30 — $250

A rugged color made for all your summer excursions.

Hey, who can resist the call of the wild for a little outdoor adventure this season? Get off the beaten path with the best camping gear, and specifically, one of the toughest coolers on the market via YETI. It gets the job done.

Sonic Editions “Connery in Goldfinger” Print — $349

Add a piece of history to your wall, ASAP.

We’ve talked in the past about some of the coolest prints for your home, and as luck would have it, they’re being made by Sonic Editions and sold by my friends at Huckberry. Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” gets the iconic and truly excellent treatment in this gallery-quality print. Perfect for your den or office.

Billykirk No. 495 Camera Strap — $115

Quite possibly the coolest way to carry your camera this summer.

What better way to document your adventures this summer than on camera — and assisted by a seriously stylish camera strap from Billykirk, no less? The No. 495 Camera Strap is as well-made as it gets.

Nisolo Travel Derby in Brandy Leather — $130

The best shoes for summer? You be the judge of that.

You’ve assuredly read about these stylish summer shoes previously on the blog, but get a load of this — they’ve updated the Nisolo Travel Derby in stylish, handsome leather, making them some of the coolest shoes for summer (no doubt). Wear them with your Mott and Bow denim, for starters.

Peg & Awl Expedition Stool — $240

The rugged leather stool to upgrade your campire or den.

Hey now, let’s close out this post with an essential piece of stylish summer furniture. Namely, the Peg & Awl Expedition Stool is incredibly well-made — it features vegetable-tanned leather and sustainably sourced oak — and perfectly sized to fit in your den, your office or out around the bonfire.

Richer Poorer Pullover Hoodie — $78

An ideal casual hoodie for summer nights from Richer Poorer and Bespoke Post.

Let’s say you’re taking the Nisolo Travel Derby for a spin on a casual summer night (perhaps at a bonfire) … in that case, you need one of the best hooded sweatshirts for the season, and this easygoing option from Richer Poorer is as solid a bet as any.

Danner Trail 2650 Mid — $180

Perfect hiking boots for plenty of off-road summer excursions.

Let’s shift away from lightweight summer footwear for a second, shall we? Your adventures off-trail call for some of the best men’s hiking boots, yet it’s also handy if those hiking boots look darn good while they’re helping you through rugged terrain. The Danner Trail 2650 Mid checks all the right boxes there, folks.

Grayers Horizon Summer Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt — $88

The perfect short-sleeve shirt to wear on casual summer days.

Sometimes, you just need a straightforward, stylish short-sleeve shirt. Made from a lightweight cotton twill in a breezy summer color, this classic summer shirt from Grayers is perfect to wear with, for example, slim tan chinos and white sneakers. Simple as that (and available for a nice price).
Roka Halsey Sunglasses — $145

Cool-as-can-be sunglasses to wear all summer long.

Alright, so you’ve got your stylish short-sleeve shirt and you’ve stocked your YETI cooler (more on what it’s stocked with in just a second). You’d be remiss if you didn’t accessorize for the day with some of the most stylish men’s sunglasses from Roka, featuring a unique design and paramount functionality.
Cutwater Spirits Lime Vodka Soda — $12.99 via Drizly

Tasty, refreshing and perfect for summer.

Looking for a perfectly acceptable pairing with your Grayers short-sleeve shirt? Allow me to introduce the seriously refreshing, lo-cal Cutwater Spirits Lime Vodka Soda. Now, I love great beer as much as the next guy, but I’ve found that a palette cleanser is necessary throughout the week. As I’ve tested out out Cutwater Spirits, I’ve been mighty impressed at the flavor and crisp, refreshing drinking experience (it helps that it starts with the distillery’s Cutwater Vodka). Cheers to that, ehh?
Hawthorne Hand Care Kit — $28

Two steps to take care of your hands this summer.

Staying safe and hygienic should still be top of mind for everyone — why not get a stylish and effective kit of two hand care essentials that helps you meet this aim easily? You’ve also got the choice to customize your hand care kit after a brief survey, so it’s tailored to the needs of your skin. After testing the kit courtesy of the brand, I’m a big fan.
Bellroy Weekender Plus — $279

Pack up this roomy weekender bag with all your travel essentials — when the time comes, of course.

Why don’t we close things out the right away — with a bit of a look toward the future? After all, you’ll eventually need one of the best weekender bags to plan out your next trip, and you might as well go with the Bellroy Weekender Plus. Featuring a whopping 45 liters of carrying capacity and made from water-resistant woven fabric that’s also crafted from recycled materials,it’s one of the coolest weekender bags I’ve seen.

HELM Boots

That’s going to wrap up today’s edition of The List. How many of the above picks are now on your shopping wish list? And where to even begin??

HELM Boots

It’s tough to pass up planning for the future, as one of the coolest weekender bags might help you do, but I’m also all for getting out and about right now — that’s where picks like a Buck Mason bandana or the Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch can help. Of course, I’m also partial to the incredibly cool and well-designed Wellen Eddy Shirt or the summer-friendly style of the iconic Ray-Ban aviators or a classic summer shirt from Grayers. To give me your take on these picks, join me over on Twitter. Cheers!

 

The List: Power Through July (And Beyond) With the Best New Menswear

All smiles because you just bought one of the best shirts for summer … or you will have, at least.

The time has come to keep gearing up for summer, seeing as the Fourth of July is on the way. As a matter of fact, perhaps you’ll find some Fourth of July style essentials below — and essential men’s gear for beyond this (socially distanced) holiday, as well. We’ll talk about one of summer’s best shirts right off the bat, and we’ll keep things rolling with new menswear from Todd Snyder, some of the best men’s shoes and plenty more. To check out past editions of The List, head here. Thanks for reading!

Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Navy Plaid — $125

The perfect summer shirt in a cool fabric and pattern from Taylor Stitch.

The time has come to snap up one of the best shirts for summer — if you haven’t already, that is. Taylor Stitch excels at making shirting with a just-right fit (thanks to the chest sizing system they use), along with a breezy cotton-linen fabric blend in the case of this rugged-yet-versatile Taylor Stitch California Shirt.

Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos — $118

Slim chinos from one of the best men’s style brands around.

The ideal pairing with your Taylor Stitch California Shirt for perfect summer style? Why, it’s assuredly got to be some of the best men’s chinos for the season from top menswear designer Todd Snyder.

SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons in Pavement Suede — $98

Stylish, laidback summer slip-ons for everyday wear.

It’s summer, it’s hot out and you need some of the best men’s slip-ons to keep cool in style this season. Start with the well-made and affordably priced SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons, folks, then rock them with some of the best men’s chinos.

Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve One-Pocket Shirt — $85

A cool-as-can-be short-sleeve shirt from one of your favorite brands.

For long summer days and nights aplenty — even if you’re just working from home and then catching some rays on your patio — a stylish short-sleeve shirt like this rugged-yet-cool number from Buck Mason goes a long way.

Billykirk No. 404 Memo Holder — $115

A durable way to organize your EDC and take down good notes on the fly.

For jotting down notes and keeping your to-do list top of mind, you need the right everyday carry essentials, like this easy-to-carry and stylish leather memo holder from my good friends at Billykirk. You might be surprised at how often you use it.

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee — $32

A classic tee inspired by classic vinyl.

Forty Five is the latest in-house launch from the good folks at Huckberry, and as you might have read about, they’re focused on one thing — making the best men’s T-shirt. So named for 45RPM vinyl, which revolutionized music by featuring one hit single, this American-made T-shirt is as stylish as it gets. Maybe pick up one in every color?

Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts — $158

The coolest shorts to pick up for summer? Very likely indeed.

Here’s the deal: You’re looking for some of the best men’s shorts for summer. The kind you can wear with your American-made T-shirt and SeaVees slip-ons. The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts are the pair you need ASAP.

Marathon MSAR Watch — $850

Rugged, tough and ready to go — that’s what this watch brings to the table.

If you’ve visited the blog in recent weeks, you know we’re all about a rugged dive watch for summer (and beyond). Marathon specializes in rough-and-tumble watches that go the distance, and the Marathon MSAR Watch is certainly no exception.

GREATS Royale Nero Sneakers — $179

Surprisingly sleek black leather sneakers from Brooklyn’s GREATS.

The alternative to a pair of the best men’s slip-ons? Why, a set of sleek, stylish black leather sneakers to add a bit of attitude to your summer ensemble. We’ve previously talked about how to wear white leather sneakers, so consider these GREATS Royale sneakers a nice change of pace.

Relwen Finespun Stripe Polo — $98

An utterly classic, breezy polo for the summer months.

Make no mistake, this won’t be the last time we talk about Relwen on the blog today, so get used to it. Here, the rugged men’s gear brand has made one of the best men’s polos for summer, a pleasingly functional, lightweight polo shirt to wear with slim light wash denim. On that note …

Mott and Bow Warren Slim Denim — $128

Slim denim in an essential wash from Mott and Bow.

If you read the blog, you know that the best men’s light wash jeans for summer  are a consistent recommendation by yours truly — and these Mott and Bow jeans, done up in a pleasingly faded wash, are no different.

Danner Caprine Boots — $150

Dependable, lightweight hiking boots for a summer adventure.

We’ve talked before on the blog about the Danner Caprine Boots, and how they just so happen to be some of the best hiking boots for summer — that being said, they’re back on the blog in a big way today. They’re perhaps the best lightweight boots for your next hike, and that’s just a fact.

Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Heather Henley — $78

A rugged henley you’ll want to wear all summer.

If you don’t yet have one of the best short-sleeve henleys in your summer style rotation, consider this a chance to fix that. Faherty Brand uses high-quality fabric to deliver one of the best henleys for seasonal layering (try it with one of summer’s best shirts for an added bit of visual interest).

King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash — $12.99 

No better lineup of heritage-quality grooming products on the market right now.

If this brand name looks familiar to you, well, that’s because … it is. But not in the normal way — no sir, King C. Gillette is the recently launched heritage grooming offshot of the historic Gillette line, paying homage to the founder himself. Gillette has focused on innovations in shaving and men’s grooming since, oh, well, about 1904, so why this new launch? Easy. The entire line, which features a whole host of men’s grooming essentials, is meant for the guy who wants to care for his beard and his face with ease, style and heritage quality in mind. They don’t make ’em like they used to … except now, King C. Gillette does.

Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater — $145

Tough, hard-wearing swim trunks for summer excursions.

Leave it to Outerknown and surfing legend Kelly Slater to come up with the best men’s swim trunks for all your summer adventures — talk about a guy who knows a thing or two about crafting the best men’s swimwear, ehh??

Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid — $240

The right bag for rugged summer adventures.

In similar fashion to the functional swim trunks shown above, you assuredly need one of the best men’s shoulder bags to haul your everyday carry this summer and beyond. The Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid (an exclusive to Huckberry) is the right way to go here.

It’s always tough to pick out a favorite when it comes to the best men’s gear picks, right? What’s going to be on your shopping list now? Will Todd Snyder’s slim-fit chinos make the cut? Are you going to step out in style with an EDC essential like a stylish leather memo holder from Billykirk while rocking a pair of the SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons? Heck, maybe you want to go full-on rugged with the Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid? Either way, feel free to let me know on Twitter what you’re digging this season. Cheers and thanks for reading!

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear The Best Men’s Chinos for Summer

If you thought you knew everything about how to wear chinos for summer, I’m here to tell you to think again. Namely, the best men’s chinos are, first and foremost, going to shake up exactly how you pull together the rest of the look — one great piece can’t help but elevate the rest of your game. Of course, when you kick off your #OOTD with Todd Snyder slim-fit chinos, things get a whole lot cooler (and better) from there. We’ve talked plenty on the blog about how to wear chinos, but now that we’re essentially entering July (gasp!), maybe you want to switch things up a bit. Today, I’ll give you a few pointers on how to do just that. While you could easily wear, say, one of the best Oxford shirts and a navy cotton blazer with this look, we’ll be taking it a more casual, rugged direction. For instance: A stylish lightweight short-sleeve shirt does the heavy lifting here, and a more traditional summer jacket is swapped out with a durable chore jacket for unique summer style. Naturally, we’ll dive into some stylish everyday carry essentials and other gear picks that are crucial to giving this look its seriously cool, modern appeal. But lest we forget: You’ve got to get the best chinos for men to make it all work, so let’s start there. Enjoy the full ensemble below, folks.

Classic chinos worn in fresh, modern way.

  • The Chinos: Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos, $118 — Trust me — any summer #OOTD should start with the best men’s chinos, and these Todd Snyder chinos fit that definition perfectly. Dressy-yet-laidback, highly versatile … some of the best pants for men this season, easily.
  • The Stylish Short-Sleeve Shirt: Buck Mason Draped Twill Shirt, $85 — Just as reliably as Buck Mason makes one of the best denim shirts, so to do they come through with one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer.
  • The Summer Jacket: Freemans Sporting Club Chore Jacket, $330 — To shake things up a bit, reach for a rugged chore jacket, one made from lightweight Japanese denim, to layer up on breezy summer days and nights.
  • The Perfect Summer Shoes: Nisolo Chamberlain Penny Loafers, $124 — This #OOTD mixes high and low, like a rugged chore jacket alongside slim chinos, so best keep mixing it up with these stylish leather loafers.
  • The Watch: VAER Watches C5 Heritage Leather Watch, $250 — You know what this ensemble needs? A stylish leather watch, one that’s going to add some rugged polish to this look (which itself is suited for date night at home or to-go cocktails).
  • The Belt: Billykirk No. 117 Mechanic’s Belt, $99 — We’re all about the accessories here on the blog, and the best leather belt is a must-have — especially when it’s made by Billykirk. Go ahead and mix your leather shades here — I won’t tell a soul.
  • The Sunglasses: Roav Lennox Foldable Sunglasses, $175 — Yes, that’s right — you can fold these stylish sunglasses up and take ’em with you on the go. Are they the coolest sunglasses I’ve seen in some time because of that? Yessir.
  • The Summer Sipper: Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, Price Varies — Let’s talk whiskey for one second. While I love a summer beer as much as the next guy, I’ve found Proper No. Twelve to be a surprisingly enjoyable summer sipper when enjoyed on the rocks or with some club soda. Perhaps you’ll feel the same about Connor McGregor’s whiskey brand, no?

Alright, so perhaps this #OOTD is now changing how you think about, well, how to wear chinos this summer, right? Critically, it all starts with some Todd Snyder chinos that balance dressy and casual style quite nicely (if I do say so myself). We’ll take it a step further with something that’s perhaps expected, but no less cool — one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, courtesy of our pals at Buck Mason. How do you shake things up even further beyond that? Go for a rugged chore jacket to give this look some extra edge, then slide right into stylish leather loafers for a nice change of pace (seriously, Nisolo makes some of the most sustainable men’s footwear out there, too). Naturally, this look calls for stylish accessories that stand out in the right way — enter the best leather belt from Billykirk, then accent it with a stylish leather watch from VAER Watches for all-day style and durability. And for functional day-to-night style on the go (socially distanced), I think you’ll certainly find some unique, foldable sunglasses are just the right move here. Pop ’em in the pocket of your denim chore jacket when the sun goes down. Of course, what’s this look missing? Why a fine summer sipper in the form of Proper No. Twelve whiskey — how’s that sound? Can’t get any better. If you’ve got thoughts on this look, head to Twitter to give me your take. Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

See Now, Buy Now: The Todd Snyder x Sebago Chukkas Are Summer’s Best Shoes

Todd Snyder x Sebago is as cool as it gets for stylish summer footwear.

As one might expect, it can be a lot right off the bat to call a pair of stylish summer shoes … well, the best summer shoes. But for my money’s worth (and yours!), I think you just might find that to be the case with the Todd Snyder x Sebago line of stylish, durable summer footwear. The Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots ($175) in particular are everything you could ask for in a pair of classic summer shoes — and then some. Crucially, they’re also here just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and what could be better than that? Heck, is there anything more all-American than two brands like Todd Snyder and Sebago teaming up? Not quite. Snyder’s Iowa-born heritage and his love of classic Sebago shoes make this a natural pairing, to say the least. So, on to these must-have summer shoes. A crucial point, as well: You can get 15 percent off at Todd Snyder when you sign up for Todd Snyder E-mailsWhy would you want to do that, though? Read on, friends.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 

A classic pair of summer chukka boots, to be sure.

Note that the collection also features a pair of seriously cool Todd Snyder x Sebago boat shoes ($145), but for summer adventures that could involve socially distanced jaunts into town or evenings around the bonfire, the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka is my top pick. Consider these a lightweight pair of chukka boots to team up with breezy navy chinos and a white polo for crisp summer style, or else wear ’em alongside light wash denim and a grey slub tee. Feel like going a bit more adventurous? Yes, I’d say you could wear the Todd Snyder x Sebago Tatanka Chukka Boots with navy shorts (go for a pair with a 7-inch inseam to hit above the knee), plus a grey henley (I like henleys from Buck Mason!) for standout summer style. Again, these tips apply for Fourth of July weekend style as well as the rest of the summer.  What are you waiting for? The long weekend is calling, and Todd Snyder x Sebago should be what you’re wearing.

SHOP: Todd Snyder x Sebago 
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See Now, Buy Now: This Todd Snyder Jacket Is Possibly The Perfect Summer Jacket

Your new favorite summer jacket is here.

If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that the search for summer style essentials is never finished — even as the calendar works its way through June, you still need one of the best summer jackets for those chilly nights specifically. And in terms of the best summer jackets for men, you assuredly know there’s one place to go: Todd Snyder. The lauded NYC menswear designer — master of cool runway shows, retro style inspiration and some of the  most rugged, classic men’s style around — has done it once again with the Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket. Consider this cotton-linen jacket an even cooler take on the denim jacket, made with an Italian fabric blend for classic summer style and comfort — and we’re just getting started, folks. You very well might know the iconic designer (formerly honored as GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer) from his ongoing Todd Snyder x Champion partnership, or perhaps this is the first good look you’re getting at menswear essentials like this rugged summer jacket — either way, welcome aboard.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket 

Also available in a cool-as-can-be Olive colorway.

Crucially, your new favorite summer jacket has plenty going for it. For one, the French Blue color shown at the top of the page is refreshing and seasonally friendly. And as to the specs: Made from that high-quality cotton-linen blend we mentioned earlier, this jacket is as premium as it gets. It’s garment-dyed for a great fit and classic style right out of the box — the Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket would look especially great layered atop your favorite white tee and some slim light wash denim, for starters. Throw it on for breezy summer nights around the bonfire, or wear it with your favorite henley … just because you feel like it. That’s the thing with one of the best jackets for summer — it’s so versatile and well-made as to enhance just about anything in your wardrobe (particularly in the Olive color shown above — wear it with white jeans and rugged leather chukka boots).  Details like shank buttons finish off this stylish men’s jacket in a durable and instantly iconic fashion, too. Seriously, when it comes to Todd Snyder, would you expect anything less? Do yourself a favor and pick up the best jacket for summer ASAP.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Italian Herringbone CPO Jacket 

 

 

#OOTD: Try Out This Cool Way to Wear Your Boat Shoes This Summer

As the summer months roll on in a socially distanced fashion, perhaps you realize you’re running out of ways to wear, let’s say, your favorite boat shoes. That’s what we’re here to fix today. From the right way to wear a henley to the best way to wear a polo for summer, rest assured that we’ve got plenty of style inspiration to pull from today — even if you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to summer boat shoes. The crucial first step? Finding the right pair, and that’s before you even think about putting together an ensemble. In that regard, I think you’re going to like today’s pick from Todd Snyder x Sebago — the update is a fittingly all-American take on classic boat shoes, one that feels fresh and modern without overdoing it. That means these boat shoes can stand up to time on the dock or the waterfront, and they’ll look great when you’re back on dry land, kicked up with a cold beer in hand. We’ll step away from the routine a bit though as far as the rest of your summer style essentials. In this instance, that means we’re layering up one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer atop a classic white tee — rather than going for a more standard polo. And once you’ve found the best dive watch, the right sunglasses and a cool cap, I’d say you’ve got the makings of a perfect summer look (even if everyone’s routines are different these days). But again, it all starts with the stylish boat shoes on your feet. Get ready accordingly, starting with the full look below. Thanks for reading!

Cool-as-heck boat shoes, worn in an equally cool manner.

Yet again, just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to boat shoes, I hope this #OOTD was able to change your mind a bit. It’s critical that you build from the ground up with nothing less than the best boat shoes, a truly unique pair from Todd Snyder and Sebago in a fresh white color. Those boat shoes are grounded by the rest of the outfit, which still manages to break free from the everyday — I’m referring, of course, to the rugged short-sleeve shirt from Taylor Stitch, worn breezy and open atop your new favorite T-shirt for all-day summer style (this look would work especially well if you’re wondering what to wear for the Fourth of July!). That combo really gets taken up a notch when you consider the fact that you’re wearing some of the most versatile shorts for summer — the sort of shorts you can wear to swim, grill or hike without missing a beat. Things get even better, though — your rugged dive watch provides similar versatility for day-to-night style, while a tough tote bag from Billykirk helps to haul absolutely every single thing you need for a socially distanced summer day. Naturally, the crucial Huckberry Explorer’s Cap helps top everything off in functional summer style, while the incredibly innovative Tens sunglasses shown here are also a fitting seasonal move. Have questions on what to wear this summer, or on any of the above items? Hit me up on Twitter. Thanks for reading! 

The List: Get Dressed for Summer in Style with the Best New Gear Right Now

The sort of style inspiration you need this summer via Todd Snyder.

It might seem hard to believe, but it’s time — yet again — to check out another edition of The List, my weekly roundup celebrating the best men’s gear (and more specifically, pieces like that classic summer sweatshirt seen above). In this case, we’ll continue to talk about all the seasonal men’s style essentials you need in your life, preferably as soon as possible. We’ll kick things off with a rugged style move from Todd Snyder, and we’ll also dive in to plenty more top picks, including everyday carry essentials and the best men’s chinos. Have any thoughts on what to buy or what to wear during these socially distant times? Let me know on Twitter

Todd Snyder + Champion Cursive Sweatshirt — $148

A seriously cool, rugged sweatshirt to wear all summer long.

You know that much-loved, well-worn, classic sweatshirt (kind of like the one at the top of the page) that sits tucked away in your closet, maybe even at your cabin or lakehouse? This rugged sweatshirt from Todd Snyder + Champion is the modern version of that timeless sweatshirt, made to be worn all summer long on breezy evenings.

Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos — $98

Easygoing chinos to rock all summer long.

Now, we’ve written before about the best lightweight chinos for summer here on the blog, but these are a different breed. First of all, the Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos are now updated in a variety of colors. Second of all, they’d look great with just about anything — your classic sweatshirt  in particular.
Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt in Washed Hemp Chambray — $125

A classically cool summer shirt from Taylor Stitch.

Speaking of rugged summer style picks, who does it better than the great folks at Taylor Stitch? As seen on my Instagram, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt is easy to layer and extremely well-made — assuredly one of the best shirts for summer you can snag now.
Nisolo Calano Oxfords — $150

Durable, classic leather dress shoes for summer.

Hey, you’ll have to  get back into the routine of wearing stylish leather dress shoes at some point, right? Might as well go with a sustainably made pair of dress shoes in a slim profile from Nashville-based Nisolo. A perfect pairing with, yes, the Taylor Stitch Cash Shirt.
Billykirk No. 211 Frame Bike Pouch — $115

A unique, cool way to haul your everyday carry.

Maybe, given the state of things, you’re finding yourself on your bike more — and perhaps, you need a better way to haul your everyday carry essentials. Enter this cool leather bike pouch from the good folks at Billykirk.
Mott and Bow Slim Laight Jeans — $108

Light wash jeans for summer? Talk about a go-to move any day of the week.

Slim or straight-fit light wash jeans, as you very well know, are a summer style move that can’t really be trifled with. Such is the case with the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans, which blend comfort and great looks into some of the best men’s denim for summer.
Marathon Navigator Watch — $300

An undeniably rugged summer watch.

Let’s get into some of the best outdoor gear for summer, shall we? Now, even in these socially distanced times, I’d wager you’re itching to  get out and explore — this Marathon Navigator Watch could be the toughest watch for summer in that regard.
North 89 No-1 Weatherproof Sneakers — $245

Perfectly functional summer sneakers, available via Huckberry.

In a similar vein to the Marathon Navigator Watch, the right pair of summer sneakers are going to blend seamless comfort and functionality. These weatherproof sneakers, while pricey, happen to check all the right boxes.
Billy Reid Selvedge Driver Shirt — $325

A durable, stylish selvedge shirt for summer.

We’re longtime fans of Alabama menswear designer Billy Reid here on the blog (just look at the incredible Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, for starters), and this pleasingly rugged summer shirt is a fine addition to the brand’s line of the best menswear essentials … is it not?
Grayers Moorea Garment-Dyed Swim Trunks — $68

Possibly your new favorite swim trunks for summer.

Your summer swimwear could use an upgrade, could it not? Luckily, Grayers is here to help with these retro-inspired swim trunks in a pleasing array of seasonal shades.
Clarks Wallabee Boots — $150

These are some of the best lightweight boots to get on your feet this summer.

We’ve talked in the past on the blog about Clarks Wallabee Boots — some of the most classic men’s shoes on the planet, assuredly — and the great thing is, these are boots you can wear during summer, too. The crepe sole and lightweight build help out with that. Pair them up with your Flint and Tinder Lightweight Stretch Chinos and a classic sweatshirt, to start.
Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Sound Bar — $2,500

The best way to upgrade your home listening experience, easily.

Let’s turn our attention toward the best audio gear for your home. To be more specific — your audio system might be in need of a major upgrade as we all spend more time at home, and the Sennheiser Amebo Sound Bar is perhaps the best sound bar on the market (with a price tag to match). High-end drivers and the ability to match with the acoustics of the room are simply without  parallel.
Buck Mason Sueded Cotton Baseball Tee — $65

A classic baseball tee for classic summer style.

No doubt about it, the classic men’s style inspiration from Buck Mason continues to run deep. This rugged baseball tee could just be your new favorite summer T-shirt, easily paired with slim chino shorts or light wash denim and your Clarks Wallabee Boots.
Fisher + Baker Bastille Shirt — $158

An easy-to-wear, lightweight summer shirt.

Finding a breathable shirt for summer can be an up-and-down search if you  don’t know wear to look — but now, you do. Fisher + Baker has made one of the best shirts for summer, and they’ve done it using hemp and organic cotton in a rugged design. Wear it atop that Buck Mason baseball tee if you so choose.
Techne Merlin Watch — $173.49

The best men’s watch for summer? Very nearly.

I’ve had the great fortune of testing out the classically designed, durable Techne Merlin Watch these past few weeks, and let me tell ya … it’s the real deal. A slim-but-tough profile, a summer-ready NATO strap, a stainless steel case and a crisp, retro-inspired dial design make this a surefire winner.
Beckett Simonon Reid Sneakers — $149

Sleek, stylish leather sneakers to wear all summer.

Let’s close things out by talking about some of the best men’s sneakers for summer yet again, shall we? Beckett Simonon specializes in making premium leather footwear in styles ranging from boots to wingtips, and these expertly made casual leather sneakers are as refined as your favorite dress shoes.
That’s going to do it for today’s edition of The List, my friends. So, what’ll it be? Will you pick up some of the best men’s sneakers for summer and wear ’em for days on end? Maybe the Clarks Wallabee Boots are more agreeable on the footwear front. We’d be remiss to forget about gear like the excellent Marathon Navigator Watch or the Sennheiser Amebo Sound Bar, as well — talk about two wish list-worthy purchases right there. As for me, I’ve got a few favorites here from Billy Reid’s rugged summer shirt  to retro-inspired swim trunks from Grayers and of course, that rugged sweatshirt from Todd Snyder + Champion as seen at the top of the page. To check out how I’m getting dressed for summer, head to my Instagram. Thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts, New Everyday Carry Gear & The Best Denim Jacket

Nothing less than the best summer T-shirt.

Rest assured, it’s still a very difficult and challenging time out there, so thank you for stopping by the blog. Here we are on yet another Friday — first off, have you picked up your new favorite T-shirt (as seen above), or a last-minute Father’s Day gift? If not, it’s time to get on that — and there’s no better place to go than Huckberry, which recently launched the Forty Five Tee. You’ve read about these stylish T-shirts on the blog, but if you’re just getting up to speed, know that Huckberry focused on crafting the best men’s T-shirt … and only that. It’s similar to how the 45RPM record featured just one perfect single (and changed how people collected vinyl records forever). In addition to those tees, we’ll also have plenty of cool ways to kick off the rest of your weekend in today’s Friday Read. Although all of our plans look a bit different this year for Father’s Day, I’d urge you to celebrate with the fathers and father figures in your life however best you can — and maybe stop by the Huckberry Father’s Day Shop or the Todd Snyder Father’s Day Shop to get a last-second gift??

As for me, things are slowly reopening around NYC, a positive given that I can now more directly support some of my favorite businesses, from coffee shop Qathra to whiskey bar Sycamore. I’m also still missing live music more than ever, but doing what I can to support by viewing livestreams and benefit shows by the likes of Audiotree. It’s all about doing your part — I hope that’s the case in your region as well. These businesses need our support more than ever (and that goes for a great deal many menswear brands, too!). With that in mind, let’s dig into a few brands that could use our support at the moment — some you’ll recognize, certainly. Enjoy your weekend, thanks for reading & stay safe!

Great soaps from a great brand — for a great cause.

Alright, so before I let you go for the weekend, I’m going to direct you toward yet another must-buy for the season. Namely, you’re going to need a stylish polo or three for the hot summer months. On that note, the exceptional Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo could just be the perfect purchase to sort out your summer wardrobe. Read more here via the Style Pick of the Week series. OK, my friends. That’s going to wrap things up. Stay safe out there.

 

 

The List: Stock Up for Summer and Father’s Day with all the Best New Men’s Gear

Walking into summer in style — and with Father’s Day on the way.

Once again my friends, join me for another edition of The List. Today, as always this season, we’re looking at the best new gear to buy for summer (and to be more specific, some of the best gifts to buy for Father’s Day — there’s still time!). The thermostat continues to climb, and strange times continue to swirl around us — so stay healthy and safe, first of all. And consider ways to improve your at-home style in the meantime, too. That’s why we’re here, after all. We’ll get things going with a pick from Todd Snyder as seen above, and we’ll keep it rolling with new men’s style essentials from there. Oh, and another thing — if you’re searching for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, you just might find what you need below, as great gifts for your dad abound.  Note that to get gear picks from the Huckberry Father’s Day Shop, you need to order by the 11th — but that shouldn’t stop you from browsing after that time, either. To let me know what you think of this week’s picks, feel free to reach out on Twitter. Cheers!

Todd Snyder Short-Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt — $158

One heck of a breezy and laidback summer shirt from Todd Snyder.

As promised, here’s that Todd Snyder pick mentioned above. This is one of the coolest shirts for summer, and a reliable way to switch things up from your traditional polo or your favorite T-shirt. If you haven’t yet tried out a camp collar shirt, hot summer days are the prime opportunity to give the style a shot — or encourage your father to do the same.

Astorflex Wakeflex Leather Slip-on Shoes — $165

The coolest shoes to wear for many a summer occasion.

To complete the true summer style pairing, find the right pair of shoes to go along with your Todd Snyder camp collar shirt. To be more specific, pick up a pair of the rugged, casual-yet-versatile Astorflex Wakeflex, a casual update of the brand’s stylish leather loafers. Pick up a pair for your pops, as well??

Buck Mason Broken Twill Shorts — $85

Classic men’s shorts from an all-American retailer.

Finding the best pair of shorts for summer is an oft-elusive search — after all, the best men’s shorts need the right fit, the right fabric and the right design (sorry guys, no cargo shorts here). Thankfully, the Buck Mason Broken Twill Shorts check all the right boxes in that regard.

Shinola Daily Wear Watch — $395

Is this your dad’s new favorite watch? Yes indeed, very likely.

Speaking of Father’s Day gifts, well, Bespoke Post is here with an excellent, well-curated selection of gifts for the stylish dad. High up on that list? The Shinola Daily Wear Watch, easily one of the best everyday watches for guys (maybe grab one for yourself if you’re feeling envious??).

Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt — $98

A seriously cool summer shirt you or your dad can wear all season.

Speaking of gifts for dad, well, this stylish summer shirt could just become … your dad’s new favorite shirt. It’s lightweight, it’s breezy, it’s easy to wear tucked in or untucked with slim light wash denim … what could be better than that?

Billykirk No. 398 Bifold Wallet in Brown — $115

One of the best leather wallets to buy for your dad right now.

That old leather wallet your dad’s had for years deserves a serious upgrade. Get your dad one of the best leather wallets on the market via Billykirk, and maybe consider upgrading your leather wallet, too.

Barebones All-In-One Cast Iron Grill — $140

The best grill for summer, and for those who love the outdoors.

Let’s keep it rolling with the best gifts for dad, shall we? If your dad is an outdoorsman, or simply enjoys firing up the grill every now and again (or every night), this all-in-one cast iron grill could come in mighty handy.

Grayers Bayswater CPO Shirt Jacket — $125

A classic shirt jacket is the perfect summer layer (and a great Father’s Day gift).

For chilly evenings manning the grill and hanging out by the fire, your dad needs a stylish shirt jacket (as do you). This durable shirt jacket from Grayers fits the  bill quite nicely, don’t you think?

Todd Snyder Knit Traveler Suit — $596

A stylish, comfortable, supremely cooll suit from one of America’s best menswear designers.

Hear me out: Perhaps your dad is a fan of classic-yet-modern tailoring, and heck, perhaps he has to wear suits a ton. If you know his measurements and want to go all-out, pick up one of the best summer suits right now from Todd Snyder. This is even a suit you can wear for travel — or even more crucially, at home when required. There’ll come a time when tailoring returns, and this is the right way to prepare. And if you yourself just need a stylish new suit? There you go.

Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts in Rust Cord — $88

Rugged, dependable, cool-as-heck shorts from Taylor Stitch.

We’ll go from talking about one of the best suits for men to something decidedly more casual — the best new shorts for summer. As to be expected, Taylor Stitch has made these retro trail shorts the right way, in a seriously cool Rust Cord fabric. Perfect to pair with your favorite summer sneakers.

Timex Q Timex Watch — $180

Dad’s new favorite watch? Very probable.

If you don’t quite have Shinola-levels of cash to drop on your father this year, go instead for this affordable watch for Father’s Day — a stone-cold classic from Timex, fresh from the brand’s extensive archives. We’ve recommended it before here on the blog, but it’s worth calling out again. He’ll want to wear it all the time (preferably with his Flint and Tinder Poplin Shirt, yes?).

GREATS Court High Sneakers — $209

Iconic high-top sneakers for you or dad this season.

Can you wear high-top sneakers for summer, even when it’s hot out? I think so, yes — just pair them with lightweight chinos and a breezy slub tee, for starters. Oh, and encourage your dad to do the same when you buy these stylish sneakers for him (wink, wink).

GORUCK x Huckberry GR1 “Slick” 21-Liter Bag — $295

The rugged backpack your outdoor excursions need.

The good folks at Huckberry and GORUCK have teamed up one of the toughest backpacks you’re apt to find. If you or your dad values time spent outdoors, might as well gear up with one of the best backpacks for this season (and the next … and the next … and the next!).

Fisher + Baker Radium Shirt — $138

A sharp short-sleeve shirt that just so happens to be a stylish Father’s Day gift.

Let’s talk about a classic summer shirt you can wear with, say, some retro trail shorts. Now that you’ve got that scenario in mind, imagine all the ways in which you can rock this stylish short-sleeve shirt (made from breathable hemp and organic cotton) from Fisher + Baker. It could be one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer … but you’ll have to try it to find out.

Mott and Bow Oliver Slim Jeans — $118

The coolest jeans to pick up for yourself and your dad this season.

Perhaps you (or your dad) could use some of the best new denim out there. For upgrading your jeans in a hurry in terms of fit and fabric, go with Mott and Bow, longtime favorites on the blog. The best jeans to buy for your dad? Well, I certainly think so.

Billy Reid Snap Front Workshirt — $191.28

Get this tough-yet-stylish workshirt from Billy Reid.

For the dad who values rugged style, there’s hardly a better gift than something masterful from Billy Reid. In this case, a tough workshirt with some serious styling potential is just the ticket. It’s the perfect workshirt to wear atop a classic white tee — just add your favorite denim.

JACHS NY Rust Plaid Shirt — $99

A breezy and cool shirt for summer.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that this casual and breezy shirt from JACHS NY was made for summer. It’s the perfect gift for the laidback, stylish dad.

Whiskey: A Tasting Course Book — $25

A great gift for the dad who enjoys a nice pour of whiskey every now and again.

The  best gift for the dad who loves whiskey? Well, in addition to the best whiskey accessories or a bottle of the good stuff, it might work out nicely to snag this whiskey tasting book from the ever-so-cool Bespoke Post Father’s Day Shop.

Now, that’s going to do it for today’s guide to the best new men’s gear. Did you find what you were looking for? More importantly, are you leaving here today with one of the best gifts for Father’s Day? I sure hope so. I  know we covered a lot of ground, from the best gift for the dad who loves whiskey to stylish picks like retro trail shorts from Taylor Stitch, a standout all-in-one cast iron grill, a seriously cool camp collar shirt from Todd Snyder … it can be tough to narrow it all down! My favorite, though? I’m biased, but I’ve got my eyes on the Shinola Daily Wear Watch myself. To let me know how your shopping is going, or to connect on the daily, follow me on Twitter. Thanks for reading, stay safe & enjoy the rest of your week!

The Friday Read: The Perfect Summer Beer, A New Huckberry T-Shirt & The Best Summer Pants

A new polo that’s anything but stuffy — courtesy of Todd Snyder — for your summer weekend.

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!

Get all the gifts you need for Father’s Day via Huckberry.

OLIVERS

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,

-Beau