If you are getting ready to hit to beach or post up poolside this summer, swimwear is a current need. But indeed, swim shorts can be a fickle thing. Depending on how often you attend the gym and/or avoid the drive-thru, certain suits are off limits. The ubiquitous board shorts typically fit well around the waist, but make most men look 10 years old and 4 feet tall.
The other options are the elastic waist band trunks. Lengthwise, they foot the bill fine and the elastic waist may keep your shorts up when you’re being tossed around by the waves or jumping off the high dive but for the dadbod challenged, they hug pretty tight and make a man’s midsection bear a resemblance to a trussed pig.
It can be a tall task finding a well fitting, well made pair of trunks that combine the board short waist with a more suitable inseam. This season, I’m giving Bather’s Surf Trunks a go. Made in Canada with a double lined quick drying nylon and a spot on 6.5 inch inseam, they’ve found the golden ratio for swimwear.
If you’re interested, hit up Bather for price and purchase info.
This time of year, a man needs a washed pair of jeans. But if you haven’t put in the work of wearing and washing your raw denim from years past, you might still be in the beginning stages of your denim metamorphosis. In that case, getting your legs in light wash denim is a good option on a hot day when rigid and raw jeans should remain in the closet. And while I’m not a huge supporter of utterly destroyed denim,¹ there is nothing wrong with letting a brand age your denim before purchase² to give you a head start on the break in process that you’d have had to suffer through seasons of raw wear to obtain.
Take a look at the Assemblage below of 20 different pairs from some of the best in the denim business in every washed color of the denim spectrum to find a pair you can call your own. Click out on the titles for price and purchase info.
¹ Especially a pair you’ve not spent the time destroying yourself.
² As long as you stay away from the acid wash.
Warby Parker just launched their new Luminary Collection with each pair constructed from Japanese titanium. I don’t know
a good deal anything about Japanese titanium but I’m pretty sure it ranks just below adamantium and mithril on the all-time awesome metal list. Couple that with the five new styles which are both minimal and classic with the new colors (Heritage Bronze, Antique Gold, Brushed Navy in addition to the Jet Silver) along with WP’s affordable/ethical approach to eyewear and I think I just found my new pair of glasses.
More info at Warby Parker.
Just so you know, Sid’s got pretty much every color of knit tie you can possibly imagine and they’re the perfect width of “2.125 and they’re made in Italy and they’ll only set you back $75 and I know $75 is not necessarily a small amount of money and I shouldn’t just throw that around like it’s some amazing deal and the overuse of “and” is just my laziness and I’ve also not shaved in a week due to said laziness and spring really isn’t the traditional time to be growing back out a beard and I don’t really care because shaving is a pain in the ass and I just wanted you to know about these knit ties because I care that damn much about you and your neckwear being on point.
More colors and info at Sid Mashburn.
Rogue Territory just released their second batch of spring attire and leading the way is the 11oz sanforized ecru Japanese red-line selvedge denim from Nihon Menpu Mills. Personally, I think you should buy both the jacket and the trousers and wear them together like a denim loving Tom Wolfe.
From RT, “Ecru refers to the natural looking color you get from the unbleached unadulterated raw cotton fibers that are spun together to make the yarn. These fibers still maintain bits of the cotton husks that are usually sifted out before spinning. This denim is a 2×1 weave construction instead of the traditional 3×1 weave construction that you’ll find with most denim. There’s 2 great characteristics that you’ll find with this 2×1 denim. The first is the light weight which is perfect for warmer weather. A 2×1 weave uses 1 less yarn in the warp yarn, which lends to the lighter weight feel and shorter break-in. The second is the unique look of a less defined directional twill pattern due to the 2×1 construction. Additionally, this denim has a great vertical slub texture which will only become more apparent with wear. It’s these characteristics that make this denim so special.”
More images and info at Rogue Territory.
East Dane’s Friends and Family Sale is up and running with 25% off storewide between April 7th through the 12th with code, “SPRING25” at checkout. While you may not be a friend or family member to a damn soul from the ED crew, you can still take advantage of the site wide price drop. Now’s the time to stock up on spring staples that never go on sale individually or splurge on that big-ticket item you’ve talked yourself out of too many times. Take a look at a few of my favorite pieces in the Assemblage below and click out on the titles for further details and purchase info.
First off, I’m not going to go all into “these minimalist sneakers have the appearance of Common Projects” prattle that we’ve all heard and said and said and heard ad nauseum. There’s only so many ways you can make a minimal sneaker guys. At some point they’re all gonna have resemblances.
That being said, I don’t know about you, but when my sneakers are made in France, I like that to be as visible as possible, just like these #4’s from Zespà. Not a Francophile? I don’t know, buy something else or strike it out with a Sharpie. And my apologies for the moody post. When you write about French attire, you’ve gotta ratchet up the condescending tone to match the featured product.
More images and info at Need Supply.