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South Korea Goes Casual

South Korea, which prides itself on its green policies, has ordered all government buildings to go without air-conditioning this summer. But it’s hot in Seoul—like, Manhattan hot. To manage growing unrest, the president has applied “summer dress codes”—an unprecedented departure from the conservative dark suit/white shirt uniform that has come to define the country’s buttoned-up culture.

Seoul’s mayor, pictured here, has told his staff that they are free to wear shorts and sandals to work to combat the heat. Problem is, casual wear is strictly reserved for the home—many older South Korean gentlemen don’t even own shorts, let alone a shirt that isn’t white. As a result, legions of pasty-legged Korean politicians have been showing up to work looking as though they just mistakenly blew some dude’s head off in the backseat.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this thoroughly entertaining crisis as the summer months heat up...

The New Hawaiian Shirt

Clooney may have pulled it off, but for everyone else, the Aloha shirt is feeling a little too 1950s this summer. Luckily, the folks at Monitaly have come up with a sufficiently eye-popping alternative.

This shirt swaps out the earthy palm fronds for a more fluorescent ikat vibe, along the lines of what the Burkman chaps have been doing in recent years. But this is bigger, louder and brighter than anything else on shelves right now—making it the leading contender for any beach strolls you may have in your future.

Along with espadrilles and a daiquiri of some kind.

The Tucked T-Shirt


It’s a little warm out there.

So once the weekend rolls around, we understand if you choose to take to the streets in a weathered t-shirt that normally doesn’t see the light of day. It’s not ideal, but desperate times call for desperate measures—and sometimes, that means dressing like an unusually well-groomed mechanic.

We only ask one thing: think about tucking it in.

Allow us to elaborate…»

Caught in the Rain


It’s one of our favorite rules of summer style: If you can pull off shorts, you have permission to get loud. And if you’re tired of the eye-popping plaids of the Newport set, Rogue Territory has dug up a new kind of camouflage just for the occasion.

It’s called raindrop camo, inspired by an Eastern European pattern that hasn’t been seen since the 70s. The result is a vaguely military vibe you can’t find at a surplus store—unless it’s a surplus store in Leipzig. And since the fabric weighs in at 10 ounces, you don’t have to be squeamish about taking them to the beach.