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These Are Your Pre-Summer Must-Haves

  • Kempt Staff

043014_Summer-Cocktails-Mint Summer is nigh.

Really, it’s closer than you might think. But we’re not there yet. (We’re still about a month out from white bucks and sundress season.) Though, with spring rains giving way to warmer sunnier days—we promise—it’s time to start easing into the summer spirit.

Which is why we’d like to direct your attention to our leftmost column—where we’ve refreshed our seasonal crop of must-haves for this warm-but-not-yet-hot time of year we’ve dubbed “pre-summer.”

Here’s everything you need right now... 043014_Cycling-Blazer-MenswearA Cycling Blazer: Your secret weapon for a dapper morning commute—there are a few good options out there these days, including this one from Rapha, this from Oliver Spencer x Vulpine and J.Crew’s new traveler jacket. And for some inspiration, here’s how the style icons ride bikes.

043014_Music-Festival-GirlsOutdoor Concert Tickets: It’s time to start thinking about your summer concert plans. For instance, Bonnaroo tickets have just gone on sale for the June concert series.

043014_Arpenteur-Pop-OverA Popover: Half polo. Half short-sleeve button-up. 100% the only thing you’ll want to wear from now till fall.

043014_To-Go-Grill-Eva-SoloA To-Go Grill: For all of your grilling needs this summer—on roof decks to boat decks to everywhere in between.

043014-Patagonia-Fly-Fishing-KitA Hobby Outdoors: It’s the surest way to get you enjoying the great outdoors as soon as possible—we’re thinking something turnkey like Patagonia’s simple fly-fishing kit.

043014_Son-of-Sailor-Pocket-KnifeA Handsome Pocketknife: Speaking of outdoorsy hobbies, this should come in handy. Especially if that hobby is whittling or making charcuterie boards at picnics.

043014_Sid-Mashburn-Tretorn-NyliteYour Weekend Kicks: Like these chambray Nylites from Sid Mashburn.

043014_Summer-Cocktails-MintA Sprig o’ Mint: For your juleps, mojitos, avant-garde shandies—it’s a cocktail garnish that will go a long way this season. Have a sprig within arm’s reach at all times.