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Ah, summer. It’s a time to show some skin and spend time with good company out in the sun. Obviously, you’ll need some goods to help you look your best during these warm months, whether you’re barbecuing, participating in lawn games, partying under the moonlight or just snoozin’ on the dock of the bay. We’ve compiled 10 must-have products for this summer that’ll have everyone’s heads turned your way.
We love the tie-dye color gradient on the Crispin Shirt from German-based apparel brand Maloja. The mountain logo on the left chest also provides a subtle bit of style. The Crispin—made of a combo of cotton and modal, an ultra-soft fabric made from beech trees—is a great choice for those cool summer mornings spent sipping coffee on the front porch, anticipating the day’s activities or lounging around the campfire after a big day in the woods.
The Kain Short Sleeve is a head-turner. With its understated colorways (plum shadow is pictured, here) and twill woven fabric, it can be your go-to for the office or aprés work (a.k.a happy hour) from May through October. Dakine also implemented Polygiene odor control to keep this garment smelling fresh over the course of multiple wears. No need to beat up the washing machine with this shirt.
A versatile cap can be your best friend come summertime. It’ll provide some shade for your eyes, will cover your dome and give you a bit of style, too. Flylow’s Undercover Trucker is a no frills trucker, boasting a mountainous logo, that you can depend on for many summers to come.
A certified stunner from Oakley, the Latch Key is the newest member of the Latch collection of shades. The Latch name comes from a clip on the hinge of the glasses that conveniently clasps to your shirt for safe keeping when not on your face. The Latch Key also boasts this handy mechanism, but with a different look than its Latch brethren. Oakley implemented a stainless steel underwire under the lenses that gives the sunglasses a semi-rimless look, which will up your fashion game immensely. Of course, the Latch Key also comes with Oakley’s renowned color and contrast enhancing PRIZM lenses.
The Alvra Shortsleeve Shirt is sleek and sexy, but also packs some technical features that are ideal for the dog days of summer. The slim fit and light, checkered pattern provide subtle flair, and a blend of lyocell, polyester and Merino wool ensure stretch and breathability for when the mercury skyrockets. Mammut also utilized an antimicrobial treatment to stave off summer stank and the shirt comes with a UPF 50+ rating to protect you from turning red like a lobster under the summer sun.
Channel winter into your summer endeavors with Ski The East’s Road Trip Shirt. The collared button-up boasts artwork by Maine-based Cade Beaulieu of crossed skis, chairlifts and pow shots, which will surely cool you down (or at least whisk you away to a winter dreamland) amidst summer’s heat. The slim fit with a regular length will have you lookin’ paper thin, so go ahead, have that third IPA, you deserve it.
Board shorts are relied upon year round (can I get a hot tub?!), but come summertime they can be your everyday bottoms and no one will think the wiser. We’re especially smitten with the CannonBall from Saxx, first and foremost for its BallPark Pouch, a three-dimensional “hammock” built into the inner compression liner that cradles your boys oh-so-delicately. The CannonBall has a nine-panel construction that is ergonomically sound, allowing you to get after it during beach games with inhibited movement, and its moisture-wicking properties will ensure you don’t clam up when you’re out of the water. The confetti feather print (OK, it’s called Pop Flora Blue) is also an eye-catcher.
The Sils is a mountain-lover’s variation on the Hawaiian shirt, only instead of palm trees and vibrant flowers, it’s got oak leaves and acorns. The full cotton build isn’t great for exercise, but the loose fit is sure to keep you cool while lounging around in the outdoors.
At first glance you may think the Legend 2N1 Short is reserved for time spent in the gym, but don’t write this garment off as one-dimensional just yet. These shorts are just downright comfortable and can be worn when lounging outside in the hammock, tossing the frisbee around or dartying at the park with friends. The subtle camo print gives them enough style to be worn out in public but the real draw is in the specs. These babies come with a built in moisture wicking liner, which means you don’t have to rifle through the underwear drawer before wearing these. And the built-in “Ballpark Pouch” helps keep your eggs in the basket, if you know what I mean.
This new sunny from Smith harkens back to the brand’s styles from the 1990s with its oversized fit and flat top shape. Smith also utilizes its clarity-enhancing ChromaPop lenses which causes a near-sexual reaction from your eyeballs and its megol nose pads keep ’em from slippin’ off your nose.