Four Summer Pieces

Summer doesn’t mean only wearing t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Step up your summer fashion game with these four pieces that will keep your style fresh all season long.

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1. Denim Jacket

This is one of my favorite pieces to wear on a cool summer day or night. Layering makes your overall look so much richer, so if there is an opportunity to throw on a light denim jacket, I take full advantage. These jackets look great with shorts and add a rugged touch to your outfit. They should be fitted and accentuate the lines of your silhouette. You want to wear this piece like you would wear a button-down shirt: tapered at the waist and fitted in the shoulders. Don’t be afraid to stray away from the classic all denim jacket. I love playing with different colors, fabrics and styles like this Varsity-inspired one!

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2. Flat-Front Shorts

Ditch the cargo shorts and stock up on flat fronts. You hid your legs all winter long so it’s time to let them breath! Flat fronts are great because they’re relaxed yet slim, so you feel like you can move around in them. While cargo shorts look like you’re swimming in excessive amounts of fabric, flat fronts give you a neater appearance. They can look dressy when paired with a polo, button-down or even sports jacket, or look relaxed when paired with a tee or tank. My general rule for length? Your shorts should always hit above the knee. While I like them a little shorter (around mid-thigh), a seven or eight inch inseam should leave your shorts hitting at that above-knee sweet spot.

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3. Khaki Trench

A khaki trench is one of the most classic pieces of outwear that every man should own. It’s light enough to keep you cool during warm weather while also keeping you dry from the unpredictable rain that summer brings. A longer trench pairs beautifully with a suit, while a shorter one (that hits about mid-thigh) is great for a more business casual outfit. A khaki trench will never go out of style and will add a level of sophistication to your wardrobe.

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4. High-Top Sneakers

I recently began getting into high-top sneakers because they add dimension to an otherwise basic look. Sometimes I just want to throw on jeans and a tee, but adding high-tops to the outfit is an effortlessly cool way to switch up your shoe game. Make sure you choose a slim jean when wearing these sneakers so that you can create a clean, tailored cuff, and roll them two to three times to hit the perfect length on your shoes.

Summers Down The Shore

I’m about to let you in on a little secret that might surprise you: the television show, The Jersey Shore is not an accurate representation of what life is like in the beach towns of New Jersey. Sure, the particular area that the show was filmed in does lives up to some of the things that were portrayed there, but outside of the tiny town that people identify the show with is a hidden oasis of picturesque beach communities.

Lavallette is a tiny, quaint beach town I grew up spending my summers in. On one side of the island is the ocean and on the opposite side is the bay. Beach shops and boutiques line the streets and home made ice cream is available on every other block. There are staple restaurants like the Crabs Claw that you can roll into after a day on the beach wearing a tank top and swim trunks, snack on coconut shrimp, and dance to live cover bands belting out hits from Bon Jovi and Journey all night long. The boardwalk is ten minutes away where you can go on all types of rides, play games, sip cocktails and eat all sorts of food - it looks like a giant festival every night of the week.

Some of the best memories of my childhood are spending morning to sundown playing with my cousins on the beach. Now some of my favorite memories as an adult are spending quality time with my family on summer weekends. Everyday life is hectic for everyone, so I always look forward to coming together for a weekend of relaxation with family “down the shore” (as we say in Jersey).

While I grew up spending much of my time on the beach, I now spend many weekends on the bay which means lots of fun water sports! Kayaking is one of my favorite outdoor activities to do. Not only is it a phenomenal workout for your shoulders, back and core, but it allows you to be so close in proximity to the water and connect with nature - something I crave living in New York. It’s rare that one weekend goes by without hopping in kayaks and doing a loop around the island! It is also one of my favorite times to catch up with family and friends. 

Boating is also something that I have fallen in love with. My dad takes the family out for sunset cruises and it is one of the most peaceful things to witness. The bright orange sun setting on the water that looks like glass is a vision that never gets old. If we’re feeling really wild, we will attach a tube to the back of the boat and go on a speed adventure, surfing over the waves (while trying to hold on for dear life).

As Labor Day approaches and the end of summer nears, I’m very reflective on all the special memories made over the last few months with family and friends down the shore. To me that tiny beach town is a vault that special memories year after year keep getting put into. Lavallette is a beautiful island where you can just stop everything moving around you and breathe. And the simplicity of that is priceless.