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GENTLEMEN, SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER!

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…

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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.

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