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Summer’s Guide to Shorts – Just Say No To Cargo

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Men’s shorts have been through a lot of judgment and abuse over the years. They still are not worn in an office setting, aren’t considered professional and sometimes, it feels like there’s no way to win with them.

Some have excessive pockets, some have terrible patterns — it’s like they’re testing you to see if you actually know how to dress yourself.

Thankfully, there is help. These quick tips will help keep your fashion sense in check if you begin to doubt yourself.

How Low Can You Go?

One of the first things people notice about shorts is their length. For men, there’s a fine line between gamer who never sees the sun and 70’s-era basketball player. Length that’s too long may make people wonder why you even bothered to wear shorts. Length that’s too short, and they’ll probably wonder the same thing.

The ideal length is a nine-inch inseam, with a couple of inches to fluctuate on the longer and shorter sides. If your shorts cut off a couple of inches above the knee, you’re in the safe zone.

Bagginess is something to also watch out for. Nothing is flattering about baggy shorts or any shorts that flare out at the bottom. Unless you’re jumping from a plane and forgot a parachute — or you want to make it look like you have junk in the trunk — baggy shorts will do you no good.

The same can be said about cargo shorts. Cargos are utility shorts, nothing more. So if you’re about to go on a hike, need to work on a project or want to win a Halloween costume contest, you have the cargo gods’ blessing. But if you’re about to walk outside for any other reason, reconsider, go back inside, and don’t come back out until you make better choices.

Thread Carefully: Materials

Cotton is an excellent choice for both casual and semi-formal events, such as yard parties and family gatherings. The material isn’t too prone to wrinkles, it usually offers a variety of colors and patterns, and it’s one of the most common types of shorts.

Linen shorts are made to be lightweight and keep you cool on hot, humid days. Depending on if you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not, use your best judgment on which type of material to use when going to social events or casual get-togethers.

Fleece and sweatshorts are great if you get a day to lounge around the apartment or go to the gym. Maybe even if you want to go for a walk on the beach. They’re comfy, but again — they have a time and a place.

Chinos are another great all-around material to wear. They’re best for casual-wear and can be paired with a variety of shirts, watches and accessories as well.

Wool shorts…it’s a trap. Don’t do it — they don’t even make sense.

Sock It to ‘Em

A lot of people have really strong feelings about sock length and appropriate times to wear them. You may wonder when it’s not okay to wear socks.

If you want to wear flip-flops, the answer to the sock question is no, and you may carry on. If you plan to wear boaters or slip-ons, there’s some room to wiggle.

No-show socks are both fashionable and useful. They’re impossible to see, so your swag is still on point, and they’re also lightweight so that you don’t sweat too much. They pair well with any low-cut shoe, but the answer to your sandal question is still no. Resist the urge.

Go Forth With Your Shorts

There you have it, the basic dos and don’ts of men’s shorts.

It may feel like there’s a lot to keep track of, but a great way of keeping yourself in line is to check yourself and see if it feels wrong. If you begin to feel like you made a bad choice — it probably is.

The safest pair of shorts is a nine-inch inseam pair of chinos in a basic color. When in doubt, walk it out.

If you don’t get hit with tomatoes or other rotten food, you’re doing just fine.

 

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Introducing G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel Watch

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Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

G-SHOCK recently added a new timepiece to their refined, tough and rugged G-STEEL collection, the Bluetooth® Connected (GSTB100XA-1A), which perfectly blends stylish details and brute strength, with a carbon fiber bezel, sapphire crystal and two-tone layered band.

As a car enthusiast, the carbon fiber accents immediately drew me to this watch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just for aesthetics. This is a G-SHOCK, after all. The lightweight, layered bezel is a mix of state-of-the-art TORAYCA® and NANOALLOY® materials that give the bezel outstanding shock resistant characteristics.

Highly scratch resistant clear sapphire glass is used for the crystal to enhance readability and appearance, while a sturdy urethane band produced using a bi-color molding process makes it possible to decorate the outer surface with a sporty pattern, and blue urethane for the inner surface. A metal band ring reduces the chance of band breakage due to abrasion.

As you can see from these photos, it all comes together in a sleek, fashionable design that embodies G-SHOCK’s Absolute Toughness. I especially like how the blue accent colors on the face compliment the blue of the inner band. It’s a subtle touch that really brings things full circle.

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

If that’s not enough, this watch is also equipped with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, allowing you to pair to your smartphone via the G-SHOCK Connected App and make sure it keeps accurate time anywhere in the world, among other features.

The GSTB100XA-1A also incorporates solar-powered charging capabilities (no need for bulky charging cables) and employs a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility in the dimmest of situations.

Additional G-SHOCK technology features include:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Dual Dial World time
  • Daily alarm
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • 12/24 hour format
  • Battery level indicator
  • New layered guard structure

Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon GSTB100XA-1A

Overall, I can’t say enough great things about the G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel. This model is as sleek and sophisticated as it is tough and durable, an all-around perfect watch for the daily grind of work and play. And at $600, it won’t break the bank.

Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.

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Sponsored: MINI & The Woolmark Company Present “Field Notes” Travel Collection

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MINI FASHION Field Notes Capsule Collection

MINI may be well-known for their little cars, but did you know that the British brand also has a presence in the fashion world? MINI FASHION builds on their design expertise, and the results are bold and full of individuality, just like their cars.

Earlier this year, MINI and The Woolmark Company (two brands which both have a history of questioning and boldly reshaping existing structures) announced a partnership for 2018 for a limited-run “Field Notes” collection, a travel-inspired capsule collection made from the finest Merino wool, designed by a series of up-and-coming fashion designers that includes Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein.

All four of these designers sourced inspiration from their travels to foreign cities, and woven the encounters and stories they picked up along the way into unique garments that transcend borders for the collection.

MINI recently presented the MINI FASHION Field Notes Capsule Collection at Pitti Uomo 94, one of the leading international trade shows for men’s fashion and lifestyle, in Florence Italy, where they showed off the eye-catching 16-piece line that was designed for the urban traveler. The collection was met with very favorable reviews.

Following the launch at Pitti Uomo, the collection is going on a world tour organized by MINI and The Woolmark Company, where it will inspire new perspectives through a series of local events. Afterwards, the “Field Notes” collection will be made available for purchase online in limited numbers, later this fall.

For more info on the “Field Notes” capsule collection, be sure to check out the video above.

This post has been sponsored by MINI, but all thoughts are our own.

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Enter To Win A $100 Gift Card So You Can Upgrade Your Summer Wardrobe

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If you’re looking to update your Summer wardrobe, then you have come to the right place, as we’ve partnered with Nakturnal to give away two $100 gift cards to East Dane.

For those of you unfamiliar with East Dane, the popular men’s fashion e-tailer launched back in 2013 and delivers a thoughtful, straightforward approach to men’s fashion. They serve up heritage brands and new names for men who are more interested in style than trends — those guys who understand that dressing well comes from a combination of confidence and quality construction, and not just a trendy label.

East Dane is your one-stop shop for the best men’s fashion. with a brand roster that includes familiar names like Helmut Lang and Norse Projects, along with up-and-comers like Raen and Saturdays NYC. There are so many great pieces to choose from that it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole!

So how would I spend a $100 East Dane gift card?

Polo Ralph Lauren tiger tee

This Polo Ralph Lauren tiger logo tee is a nice alternative to the traditional polo player that we are all used to seeing, and the quality of their shirts are second to none. If you’re looking for a modern/slim fit, buy your normal size. If you want a regular fit, go one size larger.

Emporio Armani Renato Watch

Since I will be showing some skin, I might as well accessorize with some wrist bling. East Dane has a great selection of mens watches to choose from, like this Emporio Armani watch, which offers a clean yet sophisticated look, without breaking the bank.

Saturdays NYC swim trunks

Heading to the beach? Then you’ve got to make sure you look the part. Saturdays NYC has killer swim shorts that will help you stand out from the crowd (and get the attention of the ladies), like this unique tropical number.

Come to think of it, I might need to check out their selection of mens bags, as my current bag is looking pretty rough. They’ve got a sweet Filson small duffel bag that is calling my name.


So I’ve picked out a few of my favorite pieces, and now it is your turn to do the same! To enter the giveaway, simply visit East Dane and pick out your favorite item from the store. Then leave a comment below telling us what it is (even better, link to it!) and you could win one of two $100 gift cards!

We will pick two lucky winners at random on July 3rd at 5pm EST. Located outside of the US? International shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but any potential customs tariffs must be paid for by the winner. These vary greatly from country to country based on the items you purchase.

Good luck!

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