You’ve already determined your stance on tank tops, bought a beach blanket and assessed what it takes to don a Hawaiian shirt. And that’s all a great start. But the true be-all and end-all of summer readiness is deciding exactly how much pre-knee skin you’re willing to show. It’s a choice that’s left many a man blushing and befuddled, and that’s where we come in.
Now, you’ve probably seen the articles on swimwear selection that lump suits into classes like “the European,” “the confident man” and “the grandfather.” But we don’t believe in that sort of unnecessary categorization. Instead, we’d like to put on display the whole host of diverse beachwear selection. And show you that with a little strut in your step, any length will do just fine.
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s hopefully just a matter of time before we’re all feeling a little sand between our toes. And when that day comes, the difference between you and the next schlub will be that you took the time to prepare for the occasion.
Right now, though, we’re not talking about packing sunscreen or deciding on your level of thigh exposure. (Though we’ll most certainly get there.) No, today we’d instead like to examine that essential component of any sunbather’s seaside HQ: the beach blanket. Whether it’s adorned with a bikinied lady friend or simply keeping sand out of the potato salad, no day at the shore is complete without one. And there are some handsome options in the menswear market that are more than worthy of your consideration, available as we speak.
We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend... and this one is shaping up to be a real doozy.
For the Billy Reid Effect:Mr. Reid is shaving 20% or more off a wide range of menswear—it’s heavy on the shirts, but there are some blazers and even sweaters in the mix. Discount: B Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+
For the Single-Needle Shirting:Steven Alan is knocking 50% off a good selection of menswear—you can find some steals if you get lucky with the sizes. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: C+ Selection: A-
For the Hard-to-Find Euro Brands: Take 30% off everything in the webshop at C’H’C’M’ with the code Memorial through Monday. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: A+
For the Americana-Heads:Left Field and sister brand Choctaw Ridge are taking 15% off their entire stock with the code Memorial15. Discount:B Sizes Available: A Selection: B+
Sure, an old retired pair of jeans will do in a pinch, but there comes a point in the life of any piece of clothing when it’s been run too ragged to be of service (but hey, now you’ve got something authentically broken-in to wear fashionably).
The answer: something tougher than the workwear-inspired stuff that’s been floating around the Internet for the past few years now. We’re talking about real workwear. Stuff you don’t have to worry about beating up, because it was made for it—and because the price didn’t have the overseas shipping from a small artisan workshop in Japan built into it. We’re not guaranteeing all of this stuff will fit the same way, but you’ll be happy to have that extra give in your pants’ rise when kneeling down to change the spool in your edger.
We’ve been noticing more and more suede bomber jackets on the menswear scene lately, but mostly they’ve been in the usual sandy shade of buckskin.
So when this navy number from Levi’s Vintage Clothing landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods this week, we were pleasantly surprised. Naturally, it’s got all the period-specific sturdiness you’ve come to expect from LVC, but here’s what else you need to know. The Story: LVC is dedicated to reproducing archival Levi’s pieces—even down to the “pine tree” green jacket label of this 1960s-era bomber jacket—and this one is based on a WWII-inspired bomber jacket in a luxurious navy sheepskin suede.
Who to Channel: You’ll want to land somewhere between Chuck Yeager and Tom Cruse in Top Gun. (So cool it on the “fist pumping while motorcycling alongside fighter jets” thing.)
When to Wear It: Right about now, as long as rain isn’t in the forecast.
Degree of Difficulty: Medium to high, actually. Even though it seems the suede bomber is making a comeback, the years of billowy excess and mob ties have given the jacket a bit of a bad rap. In other words: keep it classy.
Your cure for this epic case of the Mondays you’ve got right now: stocking up on some new threads at Cyber Monday prices.
Basically, the entire Internet is on sale today, so there’s a lot to wade through. Luckily, we did it for you—to find the best #menswear-friendly deals in cyberspace (then we can retire the word “cyber” until next year, or forever), including a few exclusives you won’t find elsewhere...(For a few more deals, check out our friends at Urban Daddy.)
If you’re expecting to find yourself anywhere as foggy as the UK in the near future, we’d like to direct you to this wool coat from the Brit minimalists at Folk that’s just landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods.
It’ll have you covered in just about any situation where you would have reached for your peacoat this time last year, but it sticks with a single-breast and ups the ante with a shawl collar—which should have you standing out in the soon-to-be-swelling sea of double-breasted Melton wool.
And high tide is coming sooner than you might think.
In the eyes of Americana-fied menswear, the Brothers Corsillo can do no wrong. (We’re speaking of the fellows behind the celebrated clothing/general store, Hickoree’s Hard Goods and the selvage tie revolution known as the Hill-Side).
Continuing their pitch-perfect run, they’ve unveiled a multifaceted collaborative effort of epic proportions, the Hill-Side & Co. They’ve teamed up with nearly every buzzworthy brand to create one-off pieces that range from floral-patterned shirts to this set of blanket-upholstered chairs you see here. It’s easy to get excited about all of the clothes—there’s plenty of handsomeness to go around—but the chairs really struck us as the standout collaboration (with the fine folks at Sit & Read). Nowadays it seems every menswear brand is printing an “x” on every label they sew into a shirt or pair of pants they chose the fabric for—so it’s nice to see folks think beyond the clothes.
Gentlemen, this is the chair from which you should be reading Kempt.
There’s a truly staggering number of possible ways to clasp a belt, so it’s a bit of a mystery how we ended up stuck with a simple metal buckle on the vast majority of waists. This hitch belt corrects the oversight with a chunk of brass modeled after a trailer hitch. Our favorite part is that inch of negative space in the middle of the buckle, showing through the color of your jeans.
In honor of the close of the World Series, we’ve dug up an exceedingly rare toy: a baseball circa 1805.
Newly arrived at Hickorees, this Lemon Peel-style baseball is the kind of ball they played with when the game was still settling down: a little smaller, a little lighter and a whole lot softer—which meant you didn’t have to feel bad about nailing a runner in the back for an easy out.
You won’t hit quite as many homers with it, but if you’re trying to teach your nephew the basics and keep your brother’s windows intact at the same time, that might not be such a bad thing.