Summer Essentials featuring Lord & Taylor

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Summer Essentials from Lord & Taylor

Summer is here and the odds are that you’re about to get pulled in a million different directions.  What to do, where to go, how to do it, etc…with so many summertime options we prefer to keep things simple when we can.  So to make things easy we always stop at Lord & Taylor on Boylston Street to stock up on summer attire as they offer many of our favorite brands, at very affordable prices, all under one roof.

We reached out to lead Men’s stylist Amanda Fulton at L&T who gave us her top Summer Essentials from their showroom.

A Summer Chambray Shirt

image5Chambray has definitely not gone away (kindly reserve judgement on the rhyme). Summer chambray is light weight with a softer hand and textile that gravitate toward breathability. So when scouting the shops, be sure to look for pieces made of 100% cotton (organic fibers are best to keep away the summer heat). The featured chambray is a light wash cotton made by Theory. The shirt is a great addition to a casual/professional wardrobe. Perfect to wear with jeans or dress it up with a blazer for drinks and cigars.

A Quality Polo Shirt

image2A good polo is hard to find. Is that not how the saying goes…or is it a woman? Whatever it may be, the idea of finding the classic, perfect fit polo (a wardrobe staple) can often prove difficult. Cut, style and fabric are key when finding a brand that works. Knits and blends that contain Pima cotton are a great place to start. The tested durability is slightly pricey but well worth the extended life of your garment.  As far as fit goes, don’t do a dressing room remake of the Hulk or look as though you just threw on your dad’s oversized golf digs. Find a style that fits your frame whether tailored or classic.  I recommend Polo Ralph Lauren Pima Soft-Touch custom fit or for a little elevated style a printed polo from Theory in navy.

Lightweight Blazer

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A good rule I tell my clients when it comes to wearing blazers for each season is that “wool is not pleasant in the summer.” Retire the lined wool blazer that keeps you toasty in the winter months and invest in a lightweight piece that has mobility and breathability. A summer blazer is less about the functionality of warmth and more about enhancing your style. Break out with subtle patterns or cool linens to make a day outfit into a date outfit. Featured is a light check patterned blazer in navy from Theory.

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Ode to Shorts

Shorts were made for the Monday through Friday suit wearing guy who dreams of the weekend where he can kick back with a great beer and a good BBQ.  They are pretty much the closest you can get to not having to wear pants at all. Why not bring a little style into those weekends? A patterned or bold color short can jazz up a basic tee and a cool pair of shades. Whether an anchor print or a Boston favorite Nantucket red, bring a little variety into a sea of khaki. Shown is a classic short in vermilion from Polo Ralph Lauren.

Sneaker Season

image6Comfort is key especially when boat or bar hopping this summer. So why not don footwear that is both comfy and stylish. No one is saying your running shoes are not great but there is such a thing as a dressy sneaker. A kick that is specifically for non gym related activity. The upscale sneaker can be leather or canvas and look great with a casual Friday polo and jeans or a sleek summer suit. John Varvatos creates a shoe that does just that.

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You’ll want to take a Dunk in these Trunks

Just when you thought the cheesy rhyming was done. Swimwear is a summertime essential and important to update your suits at least every other season. The featured blue and white trunks by Michael Kors bring design and style with a shorter European cut (don’t be afraid of upper leg tan fellas).

 

Travel in Styleimage8

For all those trips to the Cape or the Vineyard a weekend essential is a chic travel bag. A great investment for year round jaunts, look to purchase a bag with high quality durable canvas or leather. Style and functionality are key, so search for a satchel that will accommodate your awesome new gear (a good option is a leather weekender in Black leather from Polo). Look into space savers as well to maximize packing potential, like ditty bags (a fun nautical option from Fossil).

 

image10A Summer Scent

With the start of a new season why not try a new scent. Musk up with a lighter more refreshing mist that steers away from the winter hefty scents (heat causes heavier scents to evaporate more quickly causing a more pungent smell). I recommend heading to a local retailer; ask question of the experts and test out a few (request samples to take home and try). My favorite is Dior Homme, the citrus and fresh cotton notes are subtle enough for those hot days.

image12 - EditedYour face shouldn’t look like you were up until 3am (even if you were.)

Summer is short and like most of us it can mean over doing the good life. But your face shouldn’t show the night before. Skin care (especially while in the sun) is vital to every summer wardrobe. Look into a good line that fits your life style. Moisturizers with broad spectrum SPF, cleansers that remove harsh toxins and serums that replenish and refresh the skin at a day at the beach. I recommend Anthony, a line geared toward dudes. Anthony carries an array of products from anti-aging to shave kits for the guy who understands the importance of a good skincare regime.