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Island Tourist Is The Look

Because It’s Time To Upgrade Your Summer Beach Gear

Whether you’re cruising down the boardwalk or sittin pretty on the sand, start with these summer essentials to give your beach look a fresh update.

  • Bucket Hat - Giligian might’ve been onto something because the wide brim on this hat will keep both your face and neck from peeling after a long day in the sun.
  • Lightweight T-shirt - Invest in a t-shirt with a loose weave that makes it softer and more breathable. I chose one with a bright stripe for a bit of summery flair.
  • Colored Cotton Shorts - Not into the “jorts” (jean shorts) trend? Don’t worry, khaki shorts come in a variety of bright colors to suit anyone’s sartorial tastes.
  • Leather Sandals - Forget the cheap flip flops this summer and invest in a “man’s” sandal. They’ll last you a lot longer and can be worn off the beach as well.
  • Lightweight Jacket - Nights at the shore can get chilly with the ocean breeze so keep a light jacket handy.

Wearing:

Express Bucket Hat  //  Uniqlo Jacket  //  Vans T-shirt  //  American Eagle (Similar) Shorts  //  Birkenstock Sandals

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my collaboration with Zappos. Original photos were taken by Mac and edited by me.

In Living Color

Pop, Lock, & Colorblock It  

It’s summer and sometimes you just need to dress like a gay pimp on the way to to the country clurb. I mean I’m usually all about a slick all-black-everything look but on the other hand, color can be way too much fun so let’s switch it up for today’s look. For this outfit I color blocked in shades of blue and green. The trousers are from a suit that I wore here but look great paired separately with this “new” vintage button down I just picked up. The sandals are by Camper that I’m still obsessed with which you can see styled differently here, and here. And I went with a little sweater over the shoulder action to bring more green hues into the outfit. Thoughts on this bold and bright look?

Wearing:

Vintage Shirt  //  Uniqlo Sweater  //  ASOS Trousers  //  Camper Shoes  //  Gant Rugger Sunglasses 

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Aprons Are The New Black

Because We’re Serving Up The Fashunz 

If the man-skirt is too far out of your comfort zone, then perhaps the apron is a safe baby step in testing the waters of new silhouettes. In the past few seasons, we’ve kinda been seeing a lot of this “new” territory in menswear and it appears as though it’s hear to stay. I mean the idea of apron front shorts or pants shouldn’t seem entirely too unfamiliar. Think back to the 90s when you left the strap of your overalls undone or tied that flannel around your waist for that kind of apron effect. Better yet, think back to when you actually had to wear an apron for that waitering job you had back in college. Keeping that in mind might help offset any "reservations" about the whole apron trend - uhm was that a pun? Okay so like I “get it” now but like why the extra fabric though? Well, for me it’s all about layering. It gives you another opportunity to add extra detail and achieve that fashun-y layered look to your outfit. I mean just look no further than Duckie Brown’s Spring 14 show to see the perfect example of the man apron in action and then share your thoughts below!

Wearing:

Public School Snapback  //  OAK T-Shirt  //  Chapter Shan Shorts  //  Public School Shoes

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Stripes, Not Just For Sailors

Nautical Vibes Minus The Seasickness 

Summer stripes may have a very preppy, nautical vibe to them but you don’t necessarily have to own a boat (or be on one) to pull them off properly. Case in point, a few weeks ago I found out I’d be going to Nantucket for the weekend, so like basically the polo, sun-faded chino, boat shoe island capital of the US, and I got on just fine with a weekender full of stripes. I like to wear my stripes in navy, white, and gray because you can mix these colors with practically anything. My suggestion is to just pair them with colored chinos and then a lightweight canvas sneaker. Literally a no-brainer. So even if you’re spending more time at the bar than on the deck, you can still pull of that sailor-chic look without having to take any dramamine. 

Shot in the beautiful streets of Nantucket, MA.

Wearing:

LL Bean Signature Polo  //  Hudson Jeans Chinos  //  Florsheim Shoes  //  Gant Rugger Sunglasses  // TRIWA Watch

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The Perfect Match

A Singles’ Guide To Shopping  

Life for a single twenty-something can seem hopeless in the love department but that doesn’t mean you still can’t find a perfect match. And no, I’m not talking Tinder, OkCupid, or Match.com, I’m talking a little retail therapy, the next best thing to having a significant other besides Netflix or Ben & Jerry’s. The benefit to this is twofold - you’ll look and feel better in your new clothes, which will therefore help you land a date! So where do we begin? Let’s start with matching separates. I’ve previously mentioned that I’m basically in love with this idea. I mean it’s literally the easiest fashion trend to pull off because it doesn’t involve any tricky rules for coordinating colors or mixing patterns. All you have to do is find a top and bottom that match - a task most five-year-olds could handle. Stores and brands like ASOS, Opening Ceremony, and Topman among many, many others all offer a variety of options for the twin set trend so you’ll have no shortage of places to shop. For this outfit, I found my perfect match with this playful summery shorts set and wore it out in Amsterdam for our first date. I chose a smaller embroidered print for a more subtle approach but you can experiment with bold prints to really make a statement. You can even keep it monochromatic like this recent outfit I wore here in a solid color palette. As you can see, there’s a lot of ways to pull this off. So what are your thoughts on this trend? Are you swiping left, or swiping right?

Shot in beautiful Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Wearing:

Altru Shirt  //  Altru Shorts  //  Eytys Sneakers  //  Warby Parker Sunglasses

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