In case you weren’t aware, South by Southwest kicks off its week of indie revelry this weekend.
So, in the event that you’re heading down to Austin for the festivities, we thought we’d guide you the best way we know how...
There will be the usual doses of Horween leather, artisanal grooming products and American-made gear, plus a few Austinian twists from hometown hosts: the sausage and menswear kings of Austin, respectively, Frank (who we’ve gushed about before) and Central Texas’s bastion of rugged dapperness, Stag. They’ll be taking over a row of galvanized-steel Quonset huts known as Fair Market—pictured above—so you can’t miss it. Just follow the scent of grilled bison, smoked black pepper chèvre, basil and sweet kolache bread. (Then ask for the Northern Grade Dog.)
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.
The trick to spring-summer dressing is pretty much the opposite of fall-winter: the less layers, the better.
And one way to remove a layer while still pulling off a tailored look is to opt for an unlined blazer—preferably in the airiest weave you can find.
The giveaway of a good unlined blazer is the taped seams (our bearded friend here is doing a good job of demonstrating this, by showing the neon-taped interior of his blazer). Most blazers don’t have finished seams because they’ll never see the light of day once the lining has been sewn in. It’s a neat trick—the taped seams—but mostly a good sign of what you should be looking for in a lightweight blazer.