While the Masters and Coachella are drawing two very different crowds, those crowds have got one thing in common: they’ll be spending most of the weekend outdoors, under the unrelenting sun.
And your most reliable form of portable shade is a good straw hat.
The straw hat comes in many forms—from the venerable panama hat to the stubby-brimmed situations you see crowning a lot of heads in LA—but there happens to be some darn good-looking options out there these days, and not just in the typical wheat-chaff color. So we took the liberty of finding you the five best woven hats on the market today. (We presumed you wouldn’t mind.)
One of our favorite sartorial holiday traditions is the New Year’s Eve tuxedo.
And the most important part of the look is your bow tie—sitting there, dead center, staring back at everyone, inviting them to drink in your tuxedoed-ness in full splendor. Done right, a well-chosen bow tie can make up for some overzealous peak lapels or lightly scuffed tux loafers, but the wrong one could ruin an otherwise splendid black-tie affair. The trick is to choose wisely and make it a notch different than anyone else who dare rival your penguin suit. (And by different, we mean better.)
The haircuts of Paris Fashion Week are always a bit outlandish, but we noticed a heartening trend this time around: the return of the mop-top.
Granted, it never really went away, but this year saw a proliferation of mops unlike anything in recent memory. Scanning models, we spotted the McCartney cut on gentlemen at Lanvin, Paul Smith and every last model at Kenzo. (Balmain is close, but that’s really more of a Bieber.)
Lanvin’s latest collection just hit stores with what the designer calls “a mix of couture and jogging,” which in this case means a hat and gloves to match your suit and an artfully bunched one-button version…which we suppose boosts your wind resistance. We’ll stick with this classic two-button, which keeps the curveballs limited to a bit of contrast fabric on the collar.
And if you feel like picking up the matching gloves, you’ll know where to find them.
Kanye West is one of the pricklier style icons out there, so it’s good to have a guide to exactly what he’s after. (Other than, you know, the blog.) And if his latest Ten Essentials are to be believed, a lot of it boils down to this seersucker dinner jacket.
In Mr. West’s words: “I could wear it in Hawaii with a t-shirt, I could wear it in New York with a dress shirt. It embodies everything I like to be and do in fashion, riding the line between luxury and casual. It speaks volumes.” We hate to say it…but he’s right.
Wearing a t-shirt under a suit jacket is hardly a sartorial feat, but when it’s this jacket, things get a lot more interesting. And there’s something to be said for taking an amazing item and wearing it in every context imaginable. If we’d just dropped a couple grand at Lanvin, we’d be excited too.
We finally got pictures of the Acne and Lanvin collaboration—inexplicably titled “Love”—and so far we’re pretty impressed. Granted, these are the only three men’s looks they saw fit to bless us with, but it’s still got us excited to wear dark blue again.