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Summer Knits for Summer Nights

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Ah, August after dark: perfect for romance, bonfires and waxing nostalgic about your pre-desk-job days as a lifeguard.

Why would you ever waste the time indoors?

But the thing is, once the sun sets, it has a way of getting pretty darned chilly out. And since nothing can ruin a beautiful beach day’s epilogue like a set of chattering teeth, we’d like to advise you to take the necessary precautions and invest in a bit of lightweight knit protection. That way, you’ll be able to focus more on achieving the perfect s’more-char and less on maintaining your body temperature.

Or your date’s, for that matter.

So take some time to check out our cotton, linen and cashmere selections, and prepare to fend off that evening chill, after the jump...»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton

It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to dressing for the equally Mediterranean and glamorous climate of Cannes.

Yesterday, to kick off the cinematic festivities, Joel Edgerton showed up to the inaugural photo call as Cannes personified: an airy off-white suit with peak lapels, a crisp white shirt with collar open, an interesting pocket square and a pair of Wayfarers (he ditched them once the flashbulbs started popping).

Last time we checked in on the Gatsby crew, we were less than thrilled with the turnout, but we’re taking it all back with regards to Edgerton (the charcoal grays from Leo and Tobey still felt a bit out of place) and giving him top MOTH honors.

It’s worth the whole damn bunch of Palme d’Ors put together.

The Pocket Squares of Spring

Spring Menswear One of our favorite things about watching spring head toward summer is seeing all of the bright colors blooming—not from the local flora, but from well-appointed breast pockets.

Which means your own pocket squares should be getting brighter, airier and more spring-like. (If they haven’t already.) Luckily, we’ve scoured the market for all of the brightest and boldest new cotton, linen and cotton-linen pocket squares out there for your spring transition.

Herewith, all of the handsome pocket squares your spring requires.»

Slipping into Summer

The summer is no excuse to go barefoot. (But it is an excuse to get as close to it as possible with your footwear.)

This new line of linen, cotton and silk slippers from SVZ is exactly what you need to keep it light on your toes. They’re handmade to order in Italy and have a soft grippy bottom—we would recommend these for puttering around on a Sunday afternoon, not hitting the town. They’ll especially come in handy tucked into your weekender—ready to sub in for those flimsy hotel slippers or flip-flops if you find yourself outside of a few hundred feet radius of water.

The Summer Pocket Square Goes to Camp

Herewith, the latest entry in our ongoing coverage and advocacy of summer pocket squares (unlike your typical square, these are bright, patterned, gauzy and not too fussy). This duo of tie-dyed Irish linen pocket squares from the perpetually spot-on Sid Mashburn are perfect for adding a little summer-camp nostalgia to your breast pocket—especially if you plan on participating in any semiformal color wars this season.

Sporting Linen

The linen blazer has been treading the same flax-speckled waters for centuries. Usually in a beige-ish or tan (likely an homage to the desert-like heat that’s forced you into wearing it), sometimes in blue (and equally lacking adventurousness).

Enter: the swashbuckling Spaniards at Man 1924 and their reinventions of the linen blazer in windowpane plaid and checks that you’ll often see on classic, woollier sport coats—and it’s the sort of clever stuff that’ll have you standing out in that flax-speckled sea we mentioned earlier. The rest of their stock is similarly dapper and well-suited for an Iberian beach weekend.

Don’t forget to pack your summer hat.

The State of Linen

S.E.H. Kelly

Linen’s been our summer go-to for a while, but this year it’s taken a sophisticated turn. We’re seeing navy hues instead of the standard hazy taupe, along with a heartening number of summery DBs. The bottom line: it’s not just camp shirts anymore.

And to prove it’s not just talk, we’ve rounded up a few specimens after the jump...

See the best linen of 2012, in eight easy pieces»

Off the Cuff

Outlier

Outlier’s mostly known for bike-friendly pants, but they’ve finally turned out a shirt we’d be interested in wearing without any wheeled accompaniment.

The shirt is a handsome deep blue linen blend, but the real feature is the clever design. Look closely and you’ll notice something missing: specifically no collar and no cuffs. It’s as if they’ve been ripped straight off the shirt. (Possibly by a bike chain…but we won’t speculate.)

It’s an elegant, minimalist touch, and one that would look pretty sharp underneath a khaki blazer. Gentlemen, go forth.