It’s important to keep your closet stocked with a few pairs of stylish, proper-length shorts that show off a little leg, look respectable and keep you comfortable when it’s hot. These twelve pairs will look as great with a t-shirt as they will with a button-up Oxford.
Keep the revs high
One of the best ways to enjoy a summer weekend is a top-down road trip out of town. Pick up a fun roadster like an Alfa Romeo Spider (preferably in rosso corsa) for just these occasions.
Heighten your inseam and your confidence
That time of year when you can finally get some sun on your pale thighs is nigh. PSA: the ’90s are over, and beach style has gone full circle. Think Wilt the Stilt on the boards and Connery on the screen. Our favorite swim trunks have higher inseams and louder colors, because the beach is no place to be modest.
To and From, safely and in style
If you’re thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you’ll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We’ve got it all in this Kit, plus much more.
Schweddy's They'll Sweat
Fact: shorts make far more sense as workout gear than sweatpants. Those heavy cotton sheaths for your legs have a place, and that place is buried ass-deep in a poofy couch cushion, dusted lightly with Cheetos residue. But new materials, improved elastic, zipper, button and drawstring placement, deeper and more various pockets, modern cuts, and a general aesthetic that doesn’t beg the question “Dad, can you lend me some money?” are pushing some of our favorite sweatpants to the next level of style and utility. Here are our favorites.
Duds for fitness studs
There are a lot of great menswear companies making high quality clothes to fit most guys and most budgets. Perhaps unexpectedly, one guy who has been overlooked is the athlete. Most clothes off the rack are either made for the average American male (i.e., skinny shoulders and an expanding waistline) or the “in-shape” guy (essentially his waist is not larger than his chest). These ten brands make excellent clothing that flatters and athletic build, and we’ve picked out some staples for your wardrobe.
Hungry Like the Wolf
Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let’s do lunch!), there’s no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style.
In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese’s nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous “Wolfpack”. The 90s may have lacked style, but it’s hard to say we don’t miss it, just a bit. Fuckin’ a.
Light, fast, local
There are big-name brands in the outdoor clothing market that turn out lustworthy, cutting-edge shells, baselayers and insulation pieces season after season. But every once in a while, we stumble upon a small brand doing things a little bit differently yet equally well. One of those is NW Alpine, based in that outdoor playground, Portland, Oregon. We got to test out three pieces of NW Alpine gear in the mountains this fall: the Black Spider Hoodie, the Fast/Light Pant and the Simplicity Jacket.
36 gifts for the well-dressed gent
If you’re a stylish gent, you’re acutely aware of each seasonal shift. Spring affords chances to wear lighter, refreshed colors; summer is time for light material and sunglasses; autumn means breaking out a chunky cardigan. But it’s winter when a man can truly shine. He can layer. He can sport rich fabrics and hulking boots, overcoats and purposeful accessories. When there is such a wide, deep array of options in the winter wardrobe world, what exactly do you give the man who lives stylishly? We’re here to turn that dilemma into fruitful present curation. So brew up some nog, get out the wrapping paper (even if you’re giving to yourself) and check out our top picks in these important categories of winter style for the well dressed man.
Trust the Italians
The ultra-classic, timeless look of the Incotex Four Season Pants ($360) make them absolutely worth a wear. Made with perfectly weighted cotton to fit any clime at any time of year, the cut and fit of these straight leg trousers are excellent for dressing up, dressing down, or anywhere in between. Pop on a t-shirt and a bomber jacket; pair them with a sweater or button-down. Whatever you don, make sure you stick with Slowear’s philosophy: high-quality, heritage-inspired and iconic, timeless design.
Looks best through any test
Can denim constantly adapt to your lifestyle? That’s the question premiere denim lifestyle brand 7 For All Mankind set out to answer with their newly announced line of men’s Luxe Performance jeans. In the quest to create the “most compelling jeans for guys”, the brand teamed up with a premium Italian denim maker to create an exclusive fabric — one made from a unique blend of woven fibers that feels soft to the touch on the inside (like cashmere) while still exhibiting 95% recovery.
Make like Stirling Moss
It’s hard to believe how different a hot commute in hair-pulling traffic can be from a balmy mid-afternoon drive on an open road in the countryside — both in the same car. Nothing brings back the freedom of summer like a great drive, and unless you’re cursed with a 36-month lease of a kiddie-hauler that now smells like sour milk, it’s high time you planned just such a trip. Now it’s time to get you equipped.
Clandestine ops are about blending in; fashion is often about standing out. The Massif Collection ($145+) brings military-grade construction to fashion-forward designs, creating a wardrobe of jackets, pants and shirts that work in the Hindu Kush and the cushy lounge. While the names of the different “looks” are a bit silly, the pieces are all…
Your go-to denim is great, but as the wise man said, variety is the spice of life — plus it could use a wash at least once in a generation. The Woolrich Woolen Mills Hoover Pant is made in the U.S.A. from 100% wool and features an itch-thwarting polyester lining and two button-flap back pockets….
Fit and Figured
GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST It’s the pants that make the man. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Regardless, when’s the last time someone complimented you on the pants you were wearing. Never, you say? It’s time to put a stop to that slack-jawed indifference and graduate to Bonobos. Take one part well-intended gentleman, one-part fashion…
New York menswear brand and retailer Odin has joined forces with Target — don’t let us catch you saying Tarjay — on an upcoming fall collection that will be sold at Target stores nationwide, Odin’s three stores in NYC, and online. The nearly 20 piece set features plenty of stylish but understated cool weather staples…
A different kind of wet work
We’ve already detailed how the guys at 3×1 are the Grand Masters of anything denim. Now you can also care for your jeans just like the folks at the 15 Mercer Street’s atelier with their 3×1 Denim Solution ($20), used in the brand’s famous “Wet x 1″ process. The 8 oz bottle of solution enables…
Swimwear grows up
Even if you spent all spring getting your physique Speedo-ready, it’s probably for the best that you wear something a bit more… local. But then again, the last thing your just-add-water outing needs is that pair of loud surfer shorts you’ve been modeling since college. Luckily, Paste Blue Navy Yellow Trunks ($94) strike a brilliant…
Workwear durability? Good. Summer heat? Bad. Enter the Wallace & Barnes collection for J.Crew, and particularly, the fishtail short. With its heavy cotton-linen blend and sawmill-meets-modern looks, the short dresses up handsomely without looking like you’ve walked right off the pages of Cliché Weekly. The fishtail detailing, originally designed for added comfort when wearing suspenders…
Bringing back memories of surfing’s explosion from fringe extreme sport to mainline hobby: Quiksilver for J. Crew has come ashore just in time for summer. Hit the surf in a dash of retro style harkening memories of time when long boards gave way to short fish and single fins evolved into twins, triples and quads….
It’s only fitting that the founder of Paper Denim & Cloth, Scott Morrison, is the mind behind 3×1. The jeans demigod created the SoHo-based store/workshop/gallery as a shrine to all things denim that includes over 130 bolts of selvage to choose from, and a glass-enclosed “atelier” where each hand-stitched individually numbered pair is made for…
Well Crafted Commuting
GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST The classic style of Levi’s products is undeniable. We’re even wearing a pair of 501′s as we type this. Since patenting the first jean for the Gold Rush miners over a hundred years ago, Levi’s denim has continued its reign as an American style icon with unmatched craftsmanship. Originally made for…
If you insist on keeping cargo pants in your wardrobe rotation, then at least buy a pair that doesn’t look like it was ripped straight off the set of Delta Force. The Arteo Perpuetual cargo pant from Theory packs slanted utility waist pockets, dual button flap pockets in the rear, and the additional thigh pockets…
As presidents go, JFK takes the prize as the greatest style icon (sorry Lincoln). These chinos serve as a tribute to that legacy and are modeled after Kennedy’s 1950′s bespoke slacks. Each pair is handmade in England from 100% Italian cotton twill and features a few modern tweaks to the original design, including a slight…
Fact: it’s always a pain to find a decent pair of trunks in the cold weather season, despite the fact that the beach is one of the places you’ve probably got on your list of desired destinations. Developed with a broader wearer (read: like us), the Onia Marko Trunk sticks to a more comfortable overall…
Epaulet’s new Rivet Chinos are made from soft 8oz canvas woven in the U.S.A. that captures the durability of the classic material, without the weight and coarse feel that usually comes with traditional work pants. Cut for an excellent slim-straight fit (not skinny), they’ll wear well right off the rack and look good in any…
Indochino has introduced six new pant designs made from premium Italian fabrics. Buyers can customize their made to measure pants with six exclusive cuff and pocketing lining options. $160 | Indochino.com
Made in San Francisco. 100% cotton blue line selvedge White Oak Cone denim. Slim fit, mid rise five pocket jeans with antiqued button fly and hardware, double-thick back pocket lining for durability. Leather label made by Tanner Goods from Portland, OR. $198 | tellason.com
Not Made from Snails
Who says cargo pants need to have 10 pockets that make you look like you just shoplifted a Walmart? You can still be practical enough to carry some of your can’t-live-without gear while looking sleek and stylish. Here’s where the Nau S-Cargo Pant ($125) plays an essential role in your urban wardrobe. We donned a…
Chairman of the Board
Why is finding a good pair of swim trunks so damn hard? Is it too much to ask for a balance of quality materials, simple design, and fit? After asking ourselves the same questions season after season, we decided to do something about it. So we partnered with the good men at Onia to create…