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Eight Beach-Ready Chinos to Consider

0611Kempt-Tailored-Trunks-Brooks-Brothers-Oxford-Swim-TrunkWith summer Fridays, sojourns and sunshine abounding, we’re thinking up the best ways to get out of dodge and into a body of water, with minimal planning.

As such, we present the beach-ready chino. Those sharp, tailored iterations of the bathing costumes of yesteryear.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you’ll slink past coworkers under the guise of smartly fitted flat-fronts, ready to whip off your madras popover at the faintest whiff of ocean mist.

Go from zero to poolside, after the jump.»

Indigo Beyond the Denim

022514_Indigo_3 For years, indigo was a term relegated to the dark corners of the denim-obsessed, but nowadays it’s been popping up everywhere—and far beyond jeans.

Which is great, because indigo can be so many things. And menswear has begun embracing the centuries-old natural dye in all of its forms—from blazers knit with indigo-dyed yarns to garment-dyed indigo sweatpants—thanks in no small part to the gents at San Francisco’s Unionmade who were at the forefront of the beyond-denim indigo movement. Which brings us to this upcoming spring awash in a sea of saturated blues...

Behold: all of the new indigo, sans the denim.»

Sunspel Pops Up on American Shores

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The venerable British summerwear brand Sunspel—you’ll recognize their iconic Riviera polo as the one favored by James Bond—is launching their first-ever pop-up this weekend at slick NYC men’s shop C’H’C’M’.

And they’re bringing the rest of Britain with them...

Well, kind of. See, along with a curated selection of their own highly sought-after polo shirts, swim trunks and breezy cotton basics, they’ve chosen to feature a few more essentials from across the pond: hats, bench-made shoes and cashmere knits, just to name a few.

They’ve also teamed up with the typography gurus at House Industries to make some one-off merch for the monthlong gig, and those of you who can get to the city tomorrow will get first dibs during the opening event from noon to 4pm. As for everyone else, the shirts will be on the webshop come Sunday.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the stuff.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

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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 Every Stripe: The Brits at Sunspel—legendary for their buttery-soft polo shirts and tees—are knocking 20% off everything striped. Discount: B Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For the Tennessean: Nashville shop Imogene + Willie is slashing up to 50% off some flannels and work shirts. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: C

For the Traveler: Makr’s signature slimmed-down wallets, cordovan leather gadget sleeves and other travel gear are all 20% off through Sunday. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: N/A Selection: A+

For the Rugged: The purveyors of hard-to-find craftsmanship-driven menswear at Bench & Loom are knocking 20% off jackets, coats and sweaters with the code SPRING20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

The Missing Link of Layering

The polo shirt doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Especially during this odd uneven time of seasonal transition—when a cloudy morning could just as easily turn into a balmy afternoon.

If you look past the tennis court and summer power-brunching, the polo can be an essential layering piece. Throw it under a cotton sweatshirt and a blazer before heading out the door (ditch a layer or two depending on how the day unfolds). If you’re going to attempt bridging the polo-and-blazer gambit, we’d suggest a shirt with enough collar to lie flat under your jacket’s lapel without any inadvertent popping out (or up). The polo we’ve been reaching for most often in these situations is the Riviera polo from the Brits at Sunspel. The weight is enough to hold its own (and provide more than a T-shirt would) as the temps fluctuate, yet the warp knit will keep you cool should any unseasonable warmth creep up. But there are plenty of good ones out there (you’ve probably got a few in your closet already).

Though, as of yesterday, you’ll want to stay away from the pastels.

Three Polos to Get You Through Summer

It never fails: the sun comes out, the coats go into storage...and pretty soon, we’re thinking of polo shirts. They’re a warm-weather classic for most of the Western Hemisphere, and for 2012, we’ve rounded up the three most important models, from the preppy to the fashion-forward, to help you attack the summer in style.

The three kinds of polos you’ll want to know this summer»

Natalie Wood Has Kidnapped Your Dog

Natalie Woodvia LIFE

”Country Gentleman Copy” Doesn’t Exactly Roll Off The Tongue: Lauren Bans pulls down the definitive Hipster Cop interview. Apparently he’s a big Ralph Lauren fan. [GQ]

Behind The Undershirt: Simon Crompton’s humorously named “Underwear Project” proceeds with an in-depth look at Sunspel. [Permanent Style]

Reasons to Learn to Drive Stick: The 1967 Maserati Mistral Coupe is an extremely handsome car. That is all. [Driven]

Blades of Steel: A guide to the deadly art of knife-throwing. You should assume your enemies have already read it. [Art of Manliness]

Ken Jeong Is Still Ruining Everything

Ken Jeong via GQ

The Brains Behind the Bouffant: Hands down the smartest thing you’ll read about Amy Winehouse today. As a bonus, it won’t make you feel morally queasy. [Vulture]

The Footie, Laid Bare: In a sockless world, one brave man stands up to show the mini-sock lurking beneath his wingtips. Look well, for some day this may be you. [The Awl]

The Crimson Tide and/or Loafer: Musings on college football style. Fair warning: a blazer might be a little formal if you’re actually going to the game. [Dreams of Perfection]

Under the Shirt: A video tour of the Sunspel factory. Naturally, we’re a soft touch. [Selectism]