Hot-weather cool requires better basics—a rockin' T-shirt, the right boat shoes, great beach-ready supplies. Bonus: We've also got sun-fighting grooming agents and the ultimate new power look for those dog days at the office.
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Sure, you could rock the same old surfer tee all summer long. Or you could blaze a bold new path on the beach with this V-neck from Armani Jeans that doubles as a sporty and cool ’70s-style ringer. It’s also built of soft, non-scratchy cotton, features slightly shortened sleeves for big guns, and is ready for any pickup volleyball game.
T-shirt: Armani Jeans, $115; Shorts: Michael Kors, $125; Watch: Michael Kors, $250
Rule No. 1: Never, ever, wear socks with boat shoes. (That is, unless they’re invisible. Or you are.)
In the category of brilliant inventions, boat shoes just don’t get enough credit. OK, they’re not exactly integrated circuits or the smartphone, but what other clothing can you wear literally everywhere? On the beach and at the office. With a suit and with swim trunks. This particular pair of flashy summer footwear from Aldo takes boat-shoe comfort to an all-new level: They’re as light and flexible as moccasins yet made from fine, handsome leather. Warning: If you don’t favor the clown look, be sure to pair them with summery whites or softer, more neutral colors.
We’ve all been there: You’re on the beach in the early morning or evening and the wind is just too overpowering, so you hightail it back indoors. Never again. This light hoodie from Buffalo David Bitton is extremely well-fitted, and elastic, and fashioned from cool, light materials. Bonus! The zippers and drawstrings are coated in rubber that can stand up to the elements.
Hoodie: Buffalo David Bitton, $79; Jeans: 7 For All Mankind, $228; Watch: Citizen, $315
There’s no horological brand as synonymous with the sun as Nixon, the California-based company that’s outfitted surfers, snowboarders, and skateboarders for going on 20 years. And for good reason: This 49-millimeter Super Unit comes bearing all of the requisite active amenities and then some: a supertough, surf-ready case; a band made of rubber with a stainless steel buckle; a “moonphase” component for wave-conscious beachgoers; and a smart lap counter for swimmers.
When it comes to summer sweaters, it’s all about the fabric: Does it breathe well? How comfortable is it? This yellow crewneck from Lands’ End is constructed of luxurious, ultrasoft, 100% cotton. So are you lounging on a beach this evening? Maybe hitting up an outdoor café for dinner? Wait, you’re not? Guess what: Now you are.
Allow us to introduce the handsome new weekender duffel from Ralph Lauren. It’s made from waterproof neoprene (yes, that’s wet-suit material) and features one seriously genius carryall upgrade: The zippers travel farther down the bag than on your average tote, which means you can fit even more gear in it (Frisbees? Jump rope? Beer?), and everything you do stuff inside is still within reach. Bonus: It looks f&%$ing awesome.
Bag: Ralph Lauren, $1,950: Watch: Tag Heuer, $5,450
Even if you don’t train by jumping out of helicopters, spend large chunks of your days twirling a whistle around your finger, or routinely save bikini-clad swimmers from rogue waves, that doesn’t mean you can’t still flash your inner Hasselhoff. With these signal-orange shorts from Emporio Armani, you’ll bare just the right amount of thigh, look brave running into the breaking waves, and-thanks to the extra-secure drawstring-never emerge from the surf buck-ass naked.