Summertime Business Casual

It’s hot.  Really hot.  The kind of hot whose warm, humid air takes your breath away at 7AM when you step outside to go to work.  Hot is tough, but I’ll take it over cold weather every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Since most of us live in a business casual world, the monotony of khakis gets old.  I don’t care how great the lifestyle representation of *insert khaki brand*’s Instagram seems, wearing them five days a week can start to mess with your head.  Add in the summer heat, and expect rage.

What’s good?  Well, a lot of companies are starting to get this, and are beginning to produce clothing that fits the new business casual rules.  Not only will these new cuts and fits meet your company’s HR policies, but they will keep you cool during the Summer months:

From top left:

1. Finamore Napoli White Dress Shirt:  This might be the most important part of a summer wardrobe.  A good white shirt goes with everything, reflects heat, and fits well.  Think of this as the workhorse of your summer wardrobe.
2. Sid Mashburn Garment-Dyed Patch Pocket Sport Jacket:  Wool is pretty tough in the summertime; it’s hot.  Opt instead for a linen/cotton blend in a dark color for a professional look.  It’ll break in well.
3. Ledbury Hadley Check Dress Shirt:  Everyone loves a linen shirt, but most of them look like a huge Tommy Bahama-off-the-sale-rack option that only gets worn around the pool.  Companies like Ledbury have heard the call, and started producing linen and linen blend shirts in their signature cuts, still including higher arm holes, more formal collars, and plaids, which don’t show wrinkles like solids do…
4. Brooklyn Tailors Indigo Denim Dress Shirt:  When most people think about a denim shirt, they think about something ill-fitting, thick, bulletproof.  Think again, readers.  Today’s denim shirts are thin denim, which hold their shape better than chambray, but will break in and become as soft in no time.
5. Patrick Ervell Twill Jeans:  Jeans that aren’t jeans.  This is one of the best tricks in today’s business casual.  5-pocket style is GREAT in the summertime.  They aren’t as stiff as khakis, but still meet the dress code.  The key is to give them a quick iron before wearing them – NO CREASE (iron them flat).
6. Anderson’s Woven Belt:  A belt with a little flare…not too much; you get it.
7. J.Brand Kane Slim Straight Garment Dyed Jeans:  “Garment Dyed” is a great giveaway that the pants are not denim.
8. Southern Proper Linen & Wool Gentleman’s Jacket:  Some meetings need a jacket.  100% wool isn’t ideal, so blend it with linen and you are in business.  The Southern Proper girls know what’s up.
9. Naked & Famous Weird Guy Selvedge Chinos:  Pair these Naked & Famous chinos with #11 below, the Ledbury shirt and the Southern Proper jacket, and you will be dressed better than 90% of the khaki army.
10. Allen Edmonds Concord Bit Loafers:  No suede in summer?  Whatever.  I don’t like that rule, and you shouldn’t either.
11. Grenson Scott Tassel Loafers:  More suede, but in a darker shade.  Bring the big guns…

I’d love to hear your thoughts…how do you cheat in the Summer?

The Newest in New: The Smathers & Branson Red Clay Soul Fox Belt

So this happened.  Smathers & Branson was nice enough to create the official Red Clay Soul fox logo…and put one on a needlepoint belt.  I feel like I’ve made it…  How timely with the custom belts we’ve been talking about…  I’m super excited to get some miles on this bad boy.

Want one?  Contact the S&B custom orders folks and they’ll do it up for you.

In addition, a couple other custom Smathers & Branson belts have been trickling in:

From the top:

  • Chechessee Creek Club (thanks TJ!).  I love this belt…I can’t wait to get over and play with my Onward buddies.
  • Locksicker Papa Legba Belt.  I couldn’t resist…the burnt orange is awesome, and the design is spot on.  I have a couple pairs of their jeans at the tailors now, and can’t wait to bust this out with them.
  • RCS.

What do you think?  You like?

We’re All Losers : The RCS 2015 US Open Recap

“He three putted from 12 feet?  You’re sh!%ing me…”

“I’m in shock,” said Jordan Spieth in a post-round interview with Fox’s Holly Saunders, dressed like she works in the golf department of Edwin Watts. Dustin Johnson, who had just hit a five iron 247 yards to 12 feet on the par-5 18th hole, then three putted, giving the tournament to Spieth.

The ending was indicative to the entire 2015 US Open: a complete let down. As a serious golf fan and spectator, the experience was hollow, and it didn’t feel like anything like a major golf tournament.

Yes, those are train tracks and Star Wars props on the course.

Chambers Bay was built with a ton of fanfare, opening in 2007, and was immediately awarded the 2015 US Open. Who knows why…a new regional demographic? Nike? Were they looking for a different feel, conflicting with that a recipe that has worked for 100 years? Who cares. The course looked like an un-watered North Florida muni. The setup was strange, and it was hard to watch. There wasn’t a crowd of any significance. The cherry on top: there was a giant dumpster fire nearby on Saturday. The irony should not be lost.

The greens were awful. Billy Horschel, Gary Player, and Ian Poulter have been the most vocal about the conditions of the greens, and they won’t be the last. It was so sad to watch all the USGA representatives, as well as the Fox crew, try to make excuse after excuse for the course’s condition, and how ‘it’s part of the game’ or ‘suck it up’.

“Watch me hammer this putter into the green.  It’s going to be sweet.”

All of this attention ensures that the greens’ conditions and the USGA’s obvious whiff will continue to be a major story. In the post-round interview with baseball announcer Joe Buck, Spieth was asked what he thought of the course conditions, since he survived it, and won on it. His response (sic): “I know why the Cowboys hate playing up there, Seattle fans are awesome”. Check mate.

Fox Sports’ crew was like a bunch of deer in headlights. Joe Buck had no idea what he was talking about, and it was entertaining listening to him correct and overcorrect. Faxon and Weiskopf were fish out of water. Greg Norman, who is known for speaking his mind, was obviously following restraint instructions from the Fox brass. All in all, The Shark did a good job, but what they needed was a Johnny Miller-esque pontificator. Swing and a miss.

“Yawn”

From a formula perspective, the US Open has been one of the most anticipated events of the year. This year, the USGA tried something new, and it failed. It failed badly. It’s the US Open, not the British Open. They play that event next month, where we’ll get to enjoy a treeless course and the huge greens. US golf is different. On this side of the pond we think of lush, long, tree-lined fairways, white sand bunkers, high rough and postage-stamp greens. That’s US golf. That formula isn’t broken, so don’t try and fix it.

Fox has the US Open for 11 more years, and next year’s Open is at Oakmont. Let’s all assume that Fox Sports will learn from this year’s disaster.

Images: Google Image search.

The Aviate / Jack Donnelly / Criquet Shirts Summertime Giveaway

Summertime is here.  It’s hot.  We want to make it hotter.  We’ve teamed up with three of our favorite brands to get you outfitted in some essential summer gear.  Aviate is going to get you a hat of your choice.  Jack Donnelly is hooking you up with a pair of their featherweight cord shorts.  Criquet Shirts is getting you a polo of your choice, as well as a t-shirt:

I’m sure some koozies may get thrown in as well.  It’s all good.

Leave a comment to this post to enter.  Get busy following these guys on Social Media for some extra juice:

We’ll run the contest through midnight on Sunday, and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, June 29th around lunchtime.  So get to entering…and tell your friends we’re coming in hot…

Thanks to Aviate, Jack Donnelly, and Criquet Shirts for providing the goods for the giveaway.

Swim Action

I can’t believe we’ve gotten this far into Summer and not talked about swimsuits.  We’re suffering through a mid-to-high 90’s stint here in Atlanta, so we’re spending quite a bit of time at the pool.  The beach and lake are coming, but the pool does give some sweet relief.  I’m pretty picky about swimsuits, and I look at fit and inseam as the most important, followed by design.

For men, a swimsuit should NEVER be too small.  It should fit well, or actually a little loose, otherwise, you look like an overstuffed sausage.  A swimsuit’s inseam should NEVER be longer than 7″.  There is no such thing as ‘cargo’ swim suits.  Don’t be afraid be a little bold with the designs, but not too bold.  Lilly is for girls; rarely for guys.  Here’s how I like to do it:

 

From top left:

1. Vilebrequin Moorea Octopus Swim Trunks:  Vilebrequin makes some of the best prints out there.  If you are going to be bold, do it right.
2. Strong Boalt Hybrid Shorts:  These are some of my favorite out there.  They fit like a pair of shorts, but are swimsuit ‘material’ that Strong Boalt is known for.  The colors are perfect as well.
3. Saturdays Surf NYC Safari Print Board Shorts:  Stylish.  For the pool party.  Must be worn with good sunglasses.
4. Trunks SAN-Os:  Trunks are great, affordable swimsuits.  Their designs are just right, and the inseam is good.  These are good on the lake.
5. Sid Mashburn Sid-Length Swim Shorts:  For the Italian look…he added some elastic to the sides for a bit better fit.  Simple design; perfect inseam.
6. Little Flowers Swim Trunks by Hartford:  These are very Atlantic Coast.  Not too bright, but workable enough for the deep beaches.  Fishing approved and will transition to grilling dinner.
7. J. Crew 6.5″ Tab Swim Shorts in Seersucker:  A seersucker swimsuit is a nod to a Southern summer, and J. Crew does a great job with their tab swimsuit line.  A great, comfortable fit.
8. Strong Boalt Classic Board Shorts:  Palm Beach.  Appropriate with boat drinks.
9. Italian Print Calder Trunks by Onia:  Bold.  A good suit for the guys that do 1000 sit ups a day.
10. Onward Reserve Atlantic Swimsuit:  The all-purpose swimsuit.  Great color, great fit, and a great price point.  These are the “we’re heading to the lake” suit.
11. Pupukea Dip-dye Board Shorts by Quality Peoples:  For an exotic beach…avoid wearing these at the Mullet Toss.
12. Patagonia 5″ Baggies:  The swimsuit you always forget about…these are not only great swimsuits, but excellent shorts as is.  You can’t have enough colors…

Extra Credit: Birdwell.  They have to be mentioned here.  Classic California style.  The fit is a bit tricky; order an inch bigger than you think.

What are your go-to trunks?

Friday Jam: “Looking For Clues” by Robert Palmer

I have a strange love for 80’s music.  It is incredible.  It’s like riding on a spaceship that was designed in 1983 before the digital revolution.  I love it.  I dedicate this song to Tiger Woods, who decided to shoot an 80 (+10) in his opening round at the US Open.  Keep on keeping on, Tiger:

Live a Rich Life

I hate posts like this.  John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn passed away unexpectedly yesterday.  He was a great man and a dear friend.  The community has really responded.  This morning, my friend Micah of The Old Try called with an idea…he wanted to put together a print that would not only be a great representation of John and his life, but also be able to help out the family.  This is what he came up with:

These are available for pre-order right now…Micah is going to print as many as are purchased (plus a few more), and is donating all the profits to the Rich family.

Three more things:

First: Head over to Oakleaf & Acorn and buy something.

Second: Share this with your friends.  Every little bit helps.

Lastly: hug those you love tonight.  Our time here is short, so don’t wast another minute.  Live a Rich life.