Welcome back to The Buy Line, where we analyze how the new market forces of menswear—driven by the Internet and the rise of a more savvy consumer—have redefined where the intersection of well-made and well-priced lands.
You’ve probably already switched out your leather watch strap for a ribbon one on your wrist—and the same logic applies to your waist.
Which means ditching the thick leather belt for something breezier. There are plenty of options out there—from the surcingle to the Southern Hemisphere favorite faja—so we took the liberty of rounding up the best on the market this season.
News flash: we’re two days away from the official start to summer.
And since we’re here to help guide you through the warmer months as handsomely as possible, we’ve put together a little sartorial inspiration board for the occasions ahead of you—borrowed from this season’s best lookbook snaps.
Sure, you’ve probably walked into your local revivalist cocktail den to find a mustachioed gent chipping away at a large block of ice for someone’s julep or Old Fashioned recently—but there was a time when every home in America had a block of ice in its cold box this time of year.
And that’s something worthy of dusting off.
While there are plenty of times when just a few cloudy cubes from a tray will suffice, we say this: you can do better. Especially because the virtue of many a summer cocktail depends on its ice. Luckily, ice blocks aren’t that tough to make at home, or break down to cubes, spheres, cones and more as long as you know what you’re doing.
If you can’t quite put your finger on why things are suddenly feeling more summery on Kempt today, we’d like to direct your attention to our left column (you might want to scroll down a bit).
We’ve got a fresh crop of seasonal must-haves at the ready for your impending summer adventures. Some can be ordered, while others will require a little creativity and stylishness, but most of all, they’re here to serve as inspiration for the warmer months to come.
Naturally, you’re going to want to properly shelter your skin from the damaging effects of its rays—and, if possible, you’d like to do it without having to smell like you’re headed to the public pool for your first swim lesson. So, should you feel the need to go beyond the regular old drugstore-variety tubes, we’ve gone and rounded up the five finest fancy sunscreens on the market.
Ah, we can feel the love in the air. And the heat. ’Tis the season.
Summer wedding season, that is. Which means you’ve probably got a few RSVPs to attend to, stat. Next order of business: what to wear. It’s a tricky situation, balancing the unrelenting summer heat with the level of decorum required of a wedding. But that’s why we’re here to help, with:
And for good reason: it’s the nearest thing to a perfect specimen of warm-weather dapperness man may ever create. Which is why, every year around this time, we come back around to the trusty topper. And if you’re contemplating a new one, you’d do well to start here:
The latest from Beach Week, our effort to send you to the shore in style this summer.
We’ve put together a reading list that’s more than just a few good books to stuff in your beach bag—although, there are those, too. But these reads are really about cultivating a properly beachy state of mind, from the printed word on actual flammable pages to the screen.
It’s not unlikely that you’re going to find yourself in or very near a body of water in the next few months.
And should that body of water happen to be on the Iberian peninsula, in the French Riviera, on a lake with an Italian name or at that very European pool party your neighbors throw every Bastille Day... you’ll want the appropriate pair of trunks: ones straight from Europe. There’s just something different about the way they make swimsuits over there—maybe it’s the power-tie-esque patterns, their progressive stance on upper-thigh visibility or those six weeks during summer when the entire continent shuts down while everyone heads to the nearest beach.
Which is not entirely a bad thing. Now that the sun has returned, you’ll want something with a brim within arm’s reach—and your least fussy option is a ball cap. And luckily, these days there are plenty of menswear-leaning options out there—beyond the old team logo—fashioned from seersucker, Italian cotton and more summer-friendly materials.
And since then, it would seem that menswear has begun to really embrace the tropical-friendly shirt usually relegated to cruise ships and Nick Nolte mug shots. In fact, a few of our favorite labels have been turning out some pretty handsome stuff recently.