Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
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…
For the Luxe Steals: Mr Porter has just made their final markdowns of up to 80% off whatever is left of their semiannual sale.
Sizes Available: B-
For the Continental Handsomeness: Zara’s dapper older brother, Massimo Dutti, has just launched their summer sale.
Sizes Available: B+
For the Menswear Essentials: Todd Snyder’s annual summer sale has just kicked off, with 60% off his eponymous line.
Sizes Available: A
When it comes to shorts, we’ve always been of the mind that if you’re going for it, you have permission to get loud. (With the caveat: not at the office.)
And until recently, your only options were of the plaid or embroidered-critter variety meant for rebellious trads. But this season has seen more new patterned shorts on the market than perhaps ever. Stripes, ikat, paisley, liberty and batik prints. There are a lot more ways to get tastefully loud these days (which means you’ll want to outfit the rest of your body in a solid-color oxford cloth button-down, pocket tee or polo shirt—for the sake of everyone’s retinas, keep it to one pattern). So we rounded up our favorites of the bunch, to get you ready for the season.
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.)
What you wear to bed can often feel like an afterthought…
But not today.
Because today we’re giving sleepwear, in all of its glorious forms (including Marilyn Monroe’s lack thereof), its proper due. And after a painstakingly thorough search—no movie set, red carpet or private boudoir went unturned—we managed to assemble a definitive list of the 64 greatest moments in pajama-dom. That’s right, we found every last one of them.
Let’s not mince words here: it’s cold out. And it’s coldest on the ground—which means you should be paying careful attention to keeping your feet as warm as bipedally possible.
So we went ahead and rounded up the warmest socks on the market—many of which won’t look out of place on your regular rotation of pastels and patterns.
By all accounts and weather forecasts, it’s glove season just about everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere—even California has been seeing temps drop perilously close to “brisk.”
And your last line of defense against that bone-chilling frigidness: a good pair of finger-sweaters.
So we went ahead and surveyed all of the hand-sheltering options out there to help you find the right ones—and in our long tradition of telling you what your sartorial choices are saying about you, we’ve put together a handy guide.
The flight jacket has taken on many forms over the years, but more often than not, it’s a leather or wool that doesn’t fare too well in wet conditions.
Which is why we were pleased to see this water-repellent waxed cotton version from Private White V.C. pop up just in time to ward off any wintry mixes. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: Following his decorated service in WWI, Private Jack White founded a clothing factory in Manchester, where this outerwear is still made to this day. (Needless to say, the line has got a strong heritage/military vibe.)
Who to Channel: Chuck Yeager if he were a character in Doctor Zhivago.
When to Wear It: It’s got a light quilted liner, so you’ll have to layer this with a chunky sweater and some flannel if you’re heading into the deep winter, but that also means you can get away with this in fall or spring without all the layers.
Degree of Difficulty: Low. It’s like flying a helicopter—just don’t press too many buttons.
This list has been making the rounds of late, via Mr. Porter’s take on the working wardrobe. It’s a familiar roll call—well-proportioned, not too adventurous—but we have to confess a certain sinking feeling every time we contemplate opening up our closet and finding this inside.
Open up the closet of a certain class of professional—a corporate lawyer, say—and this is about what you’ll find. Open the right closet, and it might even look good. And yet… this still feels like the sort of thing that makes people give up on dressing themselves entirely.
It’s not that it’s wrong. It’s just that it’s depressing.
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