See Now, Buy Now: Wear the Grayers Dylan Blazer to Your Next Summer Wedding

A classic, casual khaki blazer from an all-American brand.

Have you been through the ringer when it comes to summer weddings? Are you running out of things to wear, or heck …¬† even any ideas as to what to wear to a summer wedding? Well, fear not: The Grayers Dylan Blazer is the blazer to wear to a summer wedding (or any seasonally friendly shindig, for that matter). It’s one of the best men’s blazers on the market, all owing to a combination of lightweight fabric, classic style & an impeccable fit from Grayers. Would you expect anything less, really? It all starts with the summer-ready shade of khaki, wearable with everything from grey chinos and a white linen shirt (for a breezy outdoor wedding) or¬† slim navy chinos, brown suede loafers and a navy knit tie (for a slightly more formal affair). In short, the Grayers Dylan Blazer is your easy answer if ever you get stuck between wanting to look sharp and wanting to stay cool — never an easy task in the heat of summer (believe me, we’ve all been there).

SHOP: The Grayers Dylan Blazer

This stylish blazer also stands apart compared to dressier, potentially more heat-inducing style staples. As much as brands have innovated to make suits lighter, there’s still the chance you’re going to be sweating before the reception starts — not so with the Grayers Dylan Blazer, made with a cotton-spandex blend for ease of movement. Note that the sleeves are lined in Bemberg, so it’s best to go lighter in terms of weight with your shirt (think a garment-dyed Oxford shirt or perhaps, a stylish short-sleeve shirt as a style hack). The way you wear the Grayers Dylan Blazer is ultimately up to you, seeing as it’s also versatile enough to be worn to the office with dark blue denim, classic suede chukka boots and a blue Oxford shirt (for starters). Again, you should rest easy knowing that your warm-weather style needs are more than covered when it comes to this handsome blazer.

SHOP: The Grayers Dylan Blazer

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The Friday Read: Madrid, Mad Cool Festival & What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

The breezy, old-school-cool shirt to wear this weekend.

If I had to put money on it, I’d say the Katin Vinson Shirt is the perfect summer shirt for this coming weekend — and any weekend, for that matter. Is it on your list of must-buy men’s style essentials? No? Well, it should be. Speaking of summer style, we’ve got a healthy dose of tips and tricks (plus craft beer) in today’s Friday Read — promise. And on that note, I’ve got one of the bigger summer weekends ahead of me — in fact, as you read this, I’m in none other than … Madrid! Yes, as crazy as it is, it’s true. But this isn’t just any old weekend jaunt — I’m here to attend none other than Mad Cool Festival, an undeniably hip music festival in its second year … headlined by THE NATIONAL tonight, no less!

This festival was announced late last year, and without knowing they’d soon release one of my favorite albums (and a lengthy tour!), I¬† knew I had to jump on this lifetime opportunity. The shows I’ve seen so far on the “I Am Easy To Find Tour,” including in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and at Bonnnaroo in Tennesse, truly have been otherworldly, and I feel very, VERY grateful to be along for the ride in a small way. Other highlights of today’s festival include luminous NYC rocker Sharon Van Etten (opening directly for The National!) and Australia’s own Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (who were behind a sneaky good 2018 album, “Hope Downs”); talk about a heck of a lineup. I really can’t wait to check out the festival and the city — to say the LEAST.


It’s my first-ever trip to Spain, and for someone who only took two years of high school Spanish, that’s a bit intimidating! All the same, I plan to explore plenty on foot, including crucial stops at Fogg Bar (renowned for craft beer and cheese), plus Fabrica Maravillas, Madrid’s first microbrewery. It won’t be all craft beer, though — I plan to explore as much as possible, including stops at El Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor. To follow along with all of the fun, be sure to head to my Instagram. In the meantime, have a great weekend — we’ll see you back here for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week!

  • Heading to a summer wedding this weekend? Looking for some summer wedding outfit inspiration? Look no further than my guide on what to wear to a summer wedding — it’ll (hopefully) keep you calm, cool & collected … oh, and ready for the reception later.
  • Over at The Manual, I try to stay pretty busy — on that front, I rounded up the best lightweight shirts for men (both of the casual and more dressy varieties, of course); you’d do well to check out my picks from brands like Bonobos, Rhone & plenty more.
  • OK, so the Fourth of July might have been last weekend, but it’s never too late to get some of the best new summer gear — regardless of whether it’s a holiday or not. Shop my favorite seasonal picks ASAP.
  • With all this talk of lightweight summer style, it might seem counterintuitive to crack into a tasty, rich double IPA — and yet, I rounded¬† up the best double IPAs over at GearMoose, including a new favorite from my home state (that’d be the Bell’s Double Two Hearted, of course). With that, I raise my glass to you!

Before I head out for the weekend, allow me to direct you toward my Instagram, where you can follow along with up-to-the-minute updates on my travels, my personal style & my beer inclinations (truly!). Oh, and if you fancy one more piece of reading before the weekend starts? Take a look at my full guide on how to wear classic chinos in a way that’s laidback, breezy & ready for anything. OK, that’s all from me! Cheers!

#OOTD: How to Dress for Your Next Summer Wedding

So, the date’s long been set, your travel plans are in order, the room is booked, the gift is bought … that being said, what are you going to wear to this summer wedding!? Fear not, folks — The Style Guide is here to help in a pinch.¬†How to dress for a summer wedding¬†is really a conundrum any way you slice it; it could be outdoors and it could be hot, you could be in a more casual location … the answer, my friends, can be found in the #OOTD below, featuring a classic navy blazer from the likes of Taylor Stitch, plus stylish leather loafers, classic tan chinos and plenty of other #menswear fun. We’re toeing the line between formal and too casual, as it seems most weddings do these days. Let’s not overthink it too much, and after all, you’ve got more important things to worry about (celebrating the wedding!). That being said, you’ve still got to look sharp – that’s where a classic leather watch comes into play, not to mention some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste — more on the specifics in a second. Again, we’re keeping it casual but crisp, and ready to take on the heat — wait until you see the summer style hack we deploy below. Check out the full #OOTD and feel free to let me know what you think over on Twitter. Cheers!

A solid mix of the best essentials for a summer wedding, don’t you agree?¬†

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, $298¬†— There’s no wrong way to wear stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, and the Telegraph Jacket is handsome, sharp & not over-the-top — plus, it’s lined in cotton chambray for breathability.
  • The Shirt: Wellen Double Cloth Short-Sleeve Shirt, $68¬†— Bear with me here. The wedding is outside. It’s hot. There are very few ties being worn. And to stay cool¬†before¬†you ditch your suit jacket for the dance floor? Wear this stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Chinos: Mollusk Surf Shop Chinos, $98¬†— Like I said, we’re keeping it casual — these slim chinos are breathable and polished enough for a more laidback wedding (not too laidback, though!). Plus, they’ll look mighty fine with your
  • stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Dress Shoes: Astorflex Patnoflex, $175¬†— Leave the lace-up dress shoes at home (or at least consider it), because these stylish leather slip-ons are all you need to nail a casual wedding look.
  • The Watch: Timex x Todd Snyder Welton Bi-Metal Watch, $158 — There’s something pleasingly sharp and refined about this throwback-inspired watch — the perfect dress watch for a summer wedding.
  • The Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical Buckler Sunglasses, $164.98 — Like we said, if the wedding or cocktail hour is outdoors, you’ll need the right gear — like stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical, ehh?
  • The Pomade: Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste, $26¬†— Showing up to a wedding isn’t about just rolling out of bed — it’s about looking your best. Hence, this Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste. Perfect for a fresh summer ‘do.
  • The Travel Bag: Filson Dryden 2-Wheel Carry-On, $295¬†— Hey, you’re going to need at least one bag to get to the wedding,and this tough two-wheel suitcase is the way to go (A tip: Wear the Telegraph Jacket onto your plane, paired with slim dark jeans and a light blue Oxford).

OK, do you at least feel a little more prepared when it comes to what to wear to your next summer wedding? Undoubtedly, you’re going to want to stay cool and sharp — a¬†stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen could be the key to achieving that, and no one needs to know you’ve ditched your sleeves. Elsewhere, it all starts out up top with stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, the ideal way to meet any dressy occasion if you prefer to not be so stuffy. The choice of pants matters here, too — avoid pleats in favor of slim chinos in a classic material and color — they’ll sit nicely atop your stylish leather slip-ons, again a reliable choice in the warm weather for keeping cool. Leave your sport shades at home, too — a pair of stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical are going to look nice and refined as the topper on this #OOTD. Perhaps the real topper, though? Your fresh summer haircut, finished off with some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste.Naturally, your watch is every bit as crucial as the other components of this look, so aim for the perfect dress watch, here made perfectly by Timex and Todd Snyder. And to make sure all your gear (and your gift) gets to the wedding in one piece? Grab a tough two-wheel suitcase for the jaunt. If you follow these tips, I can’t guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed guy at the wedding, but you’ll be quite close. Again, cheers!

Style Suggestion: Here’s What to Wear to Your Next Summer Wedding

You got the invite months ago, and the time has come — wondering what to wear to your next summer wedding can be quite the daunting question to answer. Right? Right.¬† If you’re in the bridal party, that part of the equation is likely covered — just be sure to get your measurements right when it comes time to get fitted for your rental kit. What are the rest of us going to wear, though? That’s where today’s style suggestion is coming to the rescue. We’re talking tailored style for the heat, namely. A classic navy blazer, slim linen suit trousers and crisp leather loafers are the building blocks of this outfit — no doubt about it. I think you’ll find that the below picks are all about staying cool and sharp even as temperatures rise — that’s crucial if you happen to be attending an outdoor wedding (as I just did in my latest trip to Charleston). And I think you’ll also find that any of the below #menswear picks can be repurposed for travel, too — that’s what classic summer style is all about. The navy blazer seen here? Wear it on the plane atop a classic Oxford. Those stylish leather loafers? Wear ’em on the plane, too. If your interest has been captured, read on for the full ensemble below. To see how I’m wearing tailoring in the heat, check out my Instagram account, or hit the ‘Like’ button over¬†at The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!

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The Jacket: GANT Diamond G Stretch Blazer with American Pima Cotton — $277

GANT Diamond G

Sharp, slim and breathable — just what’s needed for a summer wedding.

Here’s the first step to nailing summer wedding style — start with a great jacket. What do I mean by a great jacket? I mean a classic navy blazer in a modern — yet not overly tight fit — made with American pima cotton. Unlike lined suit jackets, this lightweight blazer blends nylon and cotton for a final product that’s stretchy, breathable and easy to wear for summer travel or a summer wedding.¬† Pick it up in dark navy or — if you happen to be wearing dark trousers — the jacket’s¬†additional color option, a bright marine blue.

The Shirt: Outlier Freecotton Button-up in White —¬†$165

There’s a hefty price to pay for this crisp white shirt — but it’ll perform well in the heat.

Want to stay cool during an¬†outdoor summer wedding? It’s an extremely tough challenge — believe me,¬†I’ve been there, done that. But there’s help on the way — companies like Outlier are blending breathable, performance-ready fabrics with the familiar tailored fit and styling details of classic dress shirts. The Freecotton Button-up¬†should be your go-to shirt for the heat — that goes for a summer wedding or a high-pressure business meeting. Know that Mizzen+Main offers similarly well-made, breathable dress shirts, too.
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The Pocket Square: The Tie Bar Stamped Flowers Coral Pocket Square —¬†$10

A summer-friendly, highly affordable pocket square to complement that navy blazer.

Now, we’re skipping the tie in this semi-casul¬†ensemble — if per chance you need to pick one up, reach for something classic, like a silver knit tie. We’re not, however, skipping over another crucial finishing touch: A stylish pocket square. And The Tie Bar makes options in a plethora of affordable colors and patterns. In particular, this coral-colored floral option should handsomely offset the dark navy blazer and sharp white shirt — ya dig?

The Trousers: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Trousers in Charcoal¬†OR Cobalt— $178

Taylor Stitch

Two color options from Taylor Stitch, each featuring comfortable fabric and a modern fit.

The trousers you go with here are all dependent on the color of your blazer — going light in color with your jacket? Reach for the cobalt blue, wool-linen blend Taylor Stitch Telegraph¬† Trousers. Going dark in color with your jacket, like the GANT Diamond G Blazer seen above? The light charcoal Taylor Stitch Telegraph¬† Trousers¬†are your best bet. Either option features a tailored fit, excellent fabric and easy wearability in the heat. And the rest of the summer? Team them with a slim-fit white polo and classic suede chukkas on casual Friday.

The Loafers: Nisolo Chamberlain Loafers, $188

Nisolo men's shoes

Unique nubuck leather and a classic profile help set these Nisolo loafers apart from the pack.

If the wedding location happens to be outdoors — be it the stifling South or the dry heat of the West — you’re going to want to use any means possible to stay cool. Ditching the stuffy dress socks for¬†a pair of stylish no-show socks and sharp leather loafers is as good a place to start as any. Luckily, the Nisolo Chamberlain Loafers balance a sleek silhouette with solid construction and great quality. Plus, they’re a nice style swerve from the sea of black shoes normally found at weddings — am I right, or am I right?

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks (Three-pack), $30

Arvin Goods

In a handy pack of three, these Arvin Goods no-show socks are a crucial summer wedding accessory.

As we just talked about,¬†comfortable no-show socks are¬†the way to make this whole outfit work. From the modern¬†Taylor Stitch Telegraph¬† Trousers¬†to those crisp Nisolo leather loafers, you’re not going to want any sock showing —¬†are we clear there? Good. Arvin Goods makes its no-show socks in packs of three,¬†so you have options to wear to and from the wedding — and¬†the rest of the weekend when paired up with stylish summer sneakers.

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The Belt: J. Crew Braided Leather Belt — $55

A reliable accessory pick-up from a reliable brand.

If you’ve got a trusty leather dress belt that you’ve had for years, this is the time to break it out. And if you’re looking to add some texture and visual interest to this summer wedding ensemble, J. Crew is the place to go. This belt should last exceptionally long for the price, and it’ll match up nicely with your Nisolo leather loafers¬†in terms¬†of color, too.
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The Watch: Linjer Classic Watch — $250

Linjer Leather Goods

A sharp, sleek watch that’ll play nicely off your navy blazer and leather loafers.

We’re nearing the end of this summer wedding style suggestion — but not before we recommend a stylish leather watch for the occasion. If you recall, the folks at Linjer Leather Goods started with a small run of¬†products like minimal wallets¬†before ramping things up considerably. The result of that expansion is¬†the mighty fine, mighty minimal and exceedingly sharp Linjer Classic Watch. Refined and sharp enough for a wedding, simple and sleek enough to pair with a stylish short-sleeve shirt through the rest of the summer.

The Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses —¬†$159

Pacifico Optical

Just the right balance of dressy and casual — just what you want at a summer wedding.

If you’re looking to check a few key boxes when it comes to stylish summer sunglasses, the team at Pacifico Optical might be able to sort you out. When it comes to wearing sunglasses to a summer wedding, leave the sports shades at home. Instead, think of a pair that’s simplistic, classic and versatile — yet slightly unique.¬†In this case, the Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses get the job done quite nicely. And the rest of the summer, you can easily wear them to the beach or as a laidback complement to your favorite summer shirt.

Sutro Shoes Inc.

Did you pick out that wedding gift yet? Flight all booked? Done and done. And if you follow the above style tips, I’d wager you’ll be more than set to dress in style at your next summer wedding. If you keep the basics in line — starting with a¬†navy blazer and a breathable-yet-crisp white dress shirt — you’ll set yourself up for success. From there, it’s all about nailing the fit and details of supporting accessories,¬†including essential pieces like the¬†Taylor Stitch Telegraph¬† Trousers. Round things out with sharp leather loafers¬†— like the Nisolo Chamberlain Loafers¬†— and hone in on stylish details like¬†a Linjer Classic Watch or Arvin Goods No-show Socks.¬†Add in sharp sunglasses — I’d recommend the Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses¬†— and you’re ready to take on afternoon and early evening weddings in equal measure. What will you be wearing to your next summer wedding? Drop me a line in the comments below, and swing by Twitter for a lively discussion on all things men’s style.

Cheers and all the best — thanks for reading!

-Beau

Southern Style: Celebrating a Family Wedding Weekend in Charleston

Stylish summer wedding gear, no-show socks included. My classic navy blazer from GANT Diamond G teamed nicely with my Dockers khakis and sharp Johnston and Murphy Cartwright Cap Toe Shoes. Sunglasses by Component. Printed shirt by H&M. Classic Watch by Linjer.

It was with summer in the air that¬†I hit the road for my latest Style Guide trip, a family wedding weekend for my cousin Katherine¬†in lovely (and hot!) Charleston (that’s South Carolina, folks).¬†If you’re seeking tips for how to dress for a summer wedding, you might find today’s post of interest. Of course, the trip was about lots more than #menswear. Although I did my best to pack and travel in style, it’s always a really special time and a huge treat to catch up with family from across the country — those moments don’t happen too often, so it’s worth celebrating them when they come around! And who doesn’t love suiting up for a summer wedding — right? Luckily, the celebrations didn’t knock me down for the count — I was more than able to get around Charleston dressed to beat the heat in style. Maybe you caught some of my posts on Instagram — and if not, come along for the ride.

Hitting the road with my Owen and Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender. I focused on versatile, comfortable and easygoing travel gear, starting with my Nautica Colorblock T-Shirt and SYD Leather Date Watch, accented with my Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chinos and Component gunmetal sunglasses.

The trip really started in earnest with an early Friday morning flight to Charleston — I plugged into my Bespoke Post¬†Vibes Box headphones and hit the road. In anticipation of the hot weather — and looking forward to a refreshingly cold¬†craft beer in South Carolilna — I threw on my Nautica Colorblock T-Shirt in a versatile white-and-grey combo, finished off with my Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chinos¬†(and my sharp-yet-rugged Nautica SYD Leather Date Watch). For catching up on some of my favorite tracks on the plane¬†—¬†including those from¬†last weekend’s show by The Killers — I plugged in with my Bespoke Post Vibes Box headphones, always a crucial travel accessory. The overall¬†combo was breezy and easy to wear, complemented by one of my new favorite pairs of sneakers — the vintage-inspired, crisp Abercrombie and Fitch x Tretorn Nylite Sneakers in a head-turning shade of deep green. On the accessories front, I slipped on a slick pair of Component gunmetal sunglasses nearly the moment I hopped off the plane in Charleston. For¬†an afternoon catching up with family, getting lunch at The Glass Onion (a fantastic spot) and sipping brews at the fantastic Lagunitas Charleston TapRoom,¬†my picks proved¬†critical. What did I use to carry all of my gear?¬†A stylish weekender bag¬†was just the ticket. In this case, my Owen and Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender continued to perform well (just as it did for a Memorial Day weekend trip to Florida). And the key takeaway? For style that can go from the plane to a beer hall, reach for slim-fitting basics, crisp chinos and classic sneakers.

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Sharp-yet-laidback style courtesy of Mizzen+Main and Life/After/Denim, complemented by Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-ups and the reliable-as-ever Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

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Casual style fit for exploring the lovely streets of Charleston. My Zipline Shirt from Life/After/Denim and Rockaway Chambray Shorts from Mizzen+Main teamed up perfectly with my Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-ups!

Saturday presented a two-fold challenge — that of both dressing for a summer wedding and dressing for a casual weekend day prior to the wedding. As seen above, I think I took on the first challenge quite admirably — but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Crucially, I grabbed my Component sunglasses and the performance-ready Mizzen+Main Rockaway Chambray Shorts. The shorts were mobile enough to go from the famed Billy Reid Charleston shop to lunch in a pinch. They¬†featured four-way stretch and a tailored fit — the ideal set of bottoms to team up with my easygoing Life/After/Denim Zipline Short-Sleeve Shirt¬†(a gift from the brand — thanks, guys!). The key finishing touch in terms of comfort and style were my Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-ups — as crisp and stylish a pair of white leather sneakers as you’ll find on the market. And for casual style mixed with durability and a classic edge, I always enjoy bringing my Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch on trips both long and short. With a busy day exploring Charleston in the books (including a stop for lunch at Gentry downtown), it was time to transition to summer wedding style — let’s see how I did!

It was an exceptionally hot day for a wedding in Charleston, and with a casual¬†evening on the horizon, I tried to take it on accordingly. Crucially, I paired up my GANT Diamond G Stretch Blazer¬†— crafted with American pima cotton — with a lightweight, floral short-sleeve shirt, easy for breathable style that fit in with the evening’s dress code. The jacket merged a tailored silhouette with helpful moisture-wicking properties thanks to the cotton-nylon blend, too.

The combination paired up sharply with my dress shoe of choice — that would be the classic Johnston and Murphy Cartwright Cap Toe. Crucially, the handsome brown leather of the¬†Cartwright Cap Toe¬†straddled that tricky area between dressy and casual, and it played nicely off my Linjer leather watch — a minimal and stylish leather watch pick.¬†The next time you’re faced with a hot summer wedding, reach for a breathable-yet-classic navy blazer and sharp brown leather dress shoes.¬† In sticking with the casual theme of the wedding, my Dockers Alpha Stretch Khakis, made with¬†elastane for comfort and a sharp Tobacco color, fit the bill quite well. It really couldn’t have been a more enjoyable evening or a more enjoyable wedding (congrats again, Katherine and Cole!).

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A moisture-wicking polo, stretchy shorts and a tough dive watch from CHAPS — all essential for a hot summer Sunday, right alongside my Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.

With a banner wedding in the books, it was all too soon time to say goodbye to the quaint, history-rich and thoroughly enjoyable city of Charleston. I’ve had the great fortune of attending two weddings in the past three years in the city, and I hope to be back again soon.¬†With that being said, I still had to dress to beat the heat for my last few hours in the city — with protection from the sun in mind, I threw on my trusty Huckberry Explorer’s Cap and a pair of stylish Nautica sunglasses. To blend both prep style and warm-weather functionality, my Nautica Slim-Fit Wicking Polo Shirt proved unbelievably ready to take on the heat of the day — it was much-needed, trust me.

The shirt fit right in with my Ministry of Supply Going Places Shorts, themselves an apparel piece¬†designed to wick moisture and keep the wearer (in this case, yours truly), cool in the sweltering sun. My feet were more than comfortable, too — my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes made sure of that, and I’d highly recommend you pick up Arvin Goods no-show socks the next time you need to slip into stylish summer footwear.

To finish off this mobile, stylish look, the rugged-yet-refined CHAPS Bransen Diver¬†was the perfect watch, what with its sporty hits of red and blue. In all, I found I was more than able to navigate Charleston¬†in style¬†before heading back to NYC. Weekend trips like this — particularly weekend weddings spent with my amazing family — always remind me how grateful I am to have them in my life. Although chances to reconnect with them from across the country can be few and far between, I’m always left appreciative of those opportunities¬† — even if¬†my trip includes an occasional flight delay. Any time I can hit the road to celebrate and reflect — with some stylish gear in tow — is a great weekend by me. It’s about much¬†more than menswear, that much is true.

For now, we’re wrapping this one up — join me tomorrow¬†to check out an all-new summer style ensemble,¬†and thanks for reading!

-Beau