Actual men understand certain things about summer. They understand that sunburn is for morons, that leather is a good material for wallets and shoes and not so much for one’s face. They understand that a man needs a good pair of sunglasses. They understand that three-quarter pants and techno-sandals are unrivalled as effective women-repellents and agents of instant aging. They understand that cooking alive in a winter suit is an unnecessary sadism. They understand that crusty scarecrow locks or humidity-greased hair does a man no favours.They understand that coming to work or to an event under-dressed and looking half-cooked is an immature man’s game. This summer, don’t be the man lacking direction.
Here is The Department Store’s Men’s Guide to Summer…
MUST HAVE BEACH WEAR.
Sunburn is bravery’s half-witted cousin. Don’t get caught red-faced and in the blind at the beach this summer. We know you’re better than that. Whether your style is a cap, a bucket or a panama hat, team your headwear with the right pair of high-spec, character eyewear and it’s bound to be a good looking summer. We encourage trying I Love Ugly’s retrofuture caps and bucket hats, which go beyond cover to become statements of character. It’s also time to update your beach essentials with a towel and some toggs that do you justice. Then step up your whole approach with slip-on shoes that can carry a man from the beach to the bar. Men, make the sun your plaything.
Topman Geo Print Tee $55 & Trek Jacket $160 with Pachacuti Panama Hat $175 & Karen Walker Deep Worship $349 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Saint James Breton $105 and Toggs $135 from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Vans Slip – On Checkerboard $109. Available at Black Box Boutique.
Topman Two Tone Floral Swim Shorts $60 from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Rolla’s Goodtime short RRP $89.90
Topman Floral Print S/S Shirt $85 and Karen Walker Deep Worship $349 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Rivieras $145 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Toggs $135 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
THE DAY SUIT.
Don’t slow-roast in an inappropriately weighted suit this summer. That’s a sucker move. You can be sharp without melting. Keep cucumber with a lightweight suit and a breathable cotton shirt, topped decidedly with a panama over shades. They’ll wonder how you do it. Cotton pants, light-shirts and summer-weight jackets give off relaxed class in spades. Gentlemen, don’t fear being a man this summer.
Topman Ultra skinny trouser $110, shirt $70 & Floral Tie $50 with Pachacuti Panama Hat $175 & Karen Walker Deep Worship $349 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.
Topman Lightweight Skinny Suit Jacket $195 and Trouser $90, and Dity Paint Print L/S Shirt $75 – from The Men’s Department (09) 489 9202.