Summer in the city means cleavage (cleavage, cleavage), short skirts and backless dresses. Girls float by on bikes and there’s nothing to do but thank the rays bestowed upon us all like a hazy, sweaty hug from above. But that gift can also act like the most oppressive curse, especially when it comes to withstanding the heat in style, as all gentlemen must. Just in time for the summer’s cruelest months, we’ve pulled together a definitive guide to keeping your cool as everything else heats up. Roll up your sleeves and read on.
U.K.’s Oiler & Boiler have a finger on the pulse when it comes to board shorts with prints. We love that they’re fun and colorful without being too in your face. There aren’t many designers out there that would make us consider (let alone buy) a pair of peach swim trunks with stars or a pair of blue wave-patterned board shorts, but Oiler & Boiler were the ones to crack us. The things we do for fashion.
It’s not that ties have ever gone out of fashion, it’s just that lately they’ve been thrust into the limelight again thanks to sites like the Tie Bar and mail rental subscription Tie Society. It seems as though everyone is a tie connoisseur now, and if you’re anything like us, you like to have at least a few on hand for impromptu dinner meetings, parties and dates. Leather designers Moore and Giles have come out with a gorgeous tie case designed in collaboration with Pierrepont Hicks which features “the celebrated tie company’s new signature silk fabric” lining and a lush tan leather exterior and holds up to four ties.
No other time of year presents so many opportunities to get lucky. And there’s a reason the anthem of the summer has little more on its mind than a bit of good fun. You should absolutely get hot and sweaty at every opportunity as temperatures (and heart rates) soar, but you won’t be forgiven if you don’t stay fresh for the buildup. Fret not; the answer is as clear as ice. With Axe Black Chill, you won’t need to make any excuses for any ungentlemanly odors.
One of our picks from the ultimate festival travel guide will be taking place this weekend, and we really think you should check it out. Our choice act to catch at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival is Icelandic singer Bjork, but that’s not to say you should pass on the rest of the lineup. We suggest you sweat it out at DJ Rashad’s set, thrash with some babes to METZ and try not to miss Angel Olsen before she blows up into the megastar we know she’ll become.
Toss around the old pigskin, but promise you’ll do it in style. We’ve got our eye on Leather Head’s “Handsome Dan” Football that’ll theoretically keep us fit until tailgating season. In fact, the football has been “deemed the official football of collegiate tailgating” and was named after the Yale University mascot. We’re told they age beautifully and are to be used, not to be hoarded in a glass case, and go for about $130.