It’s kind of funny sad how god awful one can look come January. “Did you go out last night??” is another way of your boss saying you look like shit. Which is especially galling if you were a good boy and tucked into bed at a reasonable hour. The main problem? Harsh winter weather takes it’s toll mostly on your skin, replacing that healthy summer glow with dark circles under your eyes, and an overall tint landing somewhere between eggshell white and drab military green.
To avoid that injustice, take a cue from the grooming experts (all women), and add a self-tanning lotion to your cold weather grooming arsenal. Yes, it is OK. Our top pick is Sublime Bronze from L’oreal – a self tanning lotion in medium, natural tan. The key is subtlety and restraint, so dab a very small amount onto your finger and rub in, hitting your nose, forehead and cheeks. Maybe a touch on the back of your hands every now and then, but that’s really all you need. Also drink a lot of water – keeping your skin hydrated and flush is most important.
And if your buddy at work accuses you of hitting a tanning bed, just lie and say you were skiing in the alps over the weekend and the sun was blazing. Or be a good friend and let him in on the secret. $11, available at L’oreal.
Pretty much the perfect segue from stale holiday classics, a la Jingle Bell Rock.”My New Joint” by Discotron – for that crucial moment when your place gets loud, the bottom of the punch bowl appears, and that beauty you’ve been eyeing across the room yawns once or twice. Music is indeed the answer. “Ghetto Funk” is also playlist worthy.
As Team USA gear goes, this All-American sweatshirt from Ebbets Field for J. Crew is just about perfect. The timeless, throw-back styling plays just as well today as it did back in 1936 in Berlin, when the best track and field athlete of all time, Jesse Owens, crushed four gold medals at the Olympics and broke racial barriers along the way.
Subtlety and patriotism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, so if you come across an item you like, snap it up quick. You can proudly wear it from July 4th through the rest of your life. Extra-soft french terry cotton in navy black. $85, available at J.Crew
The GrandPro from Cole Haan is one kick-ass summer shoe. The type of sneaker you can island hop in the Aegean without missing a thumping beat. It’s so incredibly light, yet so chic and luxe, you can literally take it anywhere. Guys dig versatility and this shoe has it all – super high tech at just 8.8 ounces, smooth leather & suede detailing, and classic silhouette that pairs with anything stashed away in your favorite worn leather weekender.
Our styling tip? Go sock-less, with lightweight slim khakis rolled up at the bottom, paired with white v-neck tee up top. Add a baller watch, a nautical inspired bracelet, and order up that next bottle of ice cold cava.
$130, available at Cole Haan.
This is a beautiful and daring film, “Afterglow” by Sweetgrass Productions. Filmed entirely at night in the Alaskan backcountry using massive lights, custom made LED suits and two incredibly graceful skiers. “One of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made.” We agree. The terrific song is “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit.
The Fahlgren Downhill and Nordic ski sweaters, field tested in the Maine woods, made of 100% Australian lambswool. $225, available at Fahlgren.
We love a good success story here at Style Ledger, especially when it involves a storied New England brand like Timberland. Best known for their highly functional footwear and iconic boots, their line-up of first rate outdoor inspired clothing is what’s now turning heads.
After just a few minutes on their website, you’ll notice that the outerwear is incredibly well designed. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the Mt. Hayes jacket shown above in charcoal is sharp, versatile and well priced. The shearling lining adds a ranch jacket ruggedness, while the fitted silhouette keeps it city appropriate. The Mt. Hayes jacket, $185, available at Timberland.
This is pretty cool, Adidas’ “Touch” featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier flying about in beautiful locations.
It’s not very often that you come across a digital watch that looks, dare we say, sophisticated. It’s either a novelty old-school Timex for hipsters, or a super-sporty bomb resistant mass of plastic. The “Duncan” from Jack Spade is neither. The oversized numerals, clean round face and simple black nylon strap keep it streamlined and chic, in a casual, modern way. And the price won’t hurt either, $106. Available at Jack Spade.
Here is the official trailer for “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film was directed by rising star Alejandro González Iñárritu, who just won the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture for Birdman. This is his 6th film, set to hit theaters December 25, 2015.
Can’t say enough about these cutoff knit shorts, a look you can attempt to get by cutting up a pair of sweats, or just keep things easy and check out your nearest Urban Outfitters. You’ll get the added benefit of stitch details, correctly proportioned pockets and really good length. The best color option is light gray, not shown. $39, follow the link to buy, available at Urban Outfitters.
As luggage goes, the “International” line from Tumi is about as chic as you can get. Made of beautiful tan leather imported from South America, it has the technical convenience Tumi is known for, combined with a design that is second to none. The price is pretty steep at $1,895, but for a private-jet-worthy carry on, price will probably never be an issue. Available at Tumi.
Here is the official trailer for “Everest” directed by Baltasar Kormákur, featuring an all star line-up of actors including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is based on the 1996 disaster, as described in the book “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. Despite the inevitable liberties taken by the director, it’s refreshing to see CGI applied to something more contemporary and realistic. The film hits theaters September 18, 2015.
The CFDA named Tom Ford Menswear Designer of the Year at last night’s star-studded awards ceremony at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. It’s the top award in the industry, and a very well deserved honor for the multi-talented Ford. His luxury label, launched in 2005, is firmly geared towards the world’s elite; men who can spend $5K plus for a suit without blinking. The fact that he has been so successful is a testament to his incredibly sharp attention to detail and the amount of work that goes into each garment. A refreshing counter balance to the more popular trend of cost cutting through flimsy craftsmanship. Our favorite item from his online boutique, the Russel Velvet High Top in clean white. $990, available at Tom Ford.
The other top award, Womenswear Designer of the Year, went to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of the Row, while the Swarovksi Award for Menswear went to emerging designer Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air.
It’s rare when you’re taken aback by something as basic as a bar of soap. Fragrance, quite possibly, but never a soap. My new favorite grooming product was spotted on a recent visit to the historic Racquet & Tennis club on Park Avenue in New York. The invigorating scent trumps pretty much everything out there, but it’s the extra large 5.8 heft that really grabs you. A soap made for men, or in the case of the club, gentlemen. All natural and moisturizing, it leaves your skin feeling soft, and is hard milled, meaning it won’t dissolve easily in the tray. Give it a try, an admirable summer scent from one of Rhode Island’s oldest mills. $50 for a case of 40 bars, available at Lightfoot.