For some the boater hat is known as basher, skimmer, cady, katie, somer, sennit hat, or in Japan, can-can hat. Whatever you call it, this stiff flat crown with a striped grosgrain and brim is all you'll need this summer. In the late 19th and early 20th century this headgear was used for boating or sailing, hence the name. Nowadays, not so much, but still a great way to get an old school look.
There was a time when all men wore hats outdoors. "Straw Hat Day", was when gents switched from wearing winter to summer hats. This day, pretty much marked the unofficial beginning of summer. Naturally, the boater made an appearance and now that I think of it wouldn't mind if that concept made a comeback.
I like the idea of dressing down the Boater because its typically known for being a formal hat. In my
post I wore it with causal overalls and chucks and the gent in the last photo pairs the hat with a white tee and striped shorts. Clearly, dressing down the boater is cool because you'll add an unexpected twist to a menswear classic. Boater Up!
Common Projects are known for their clean and classic look that never goes out if style. But this Spring/Summer 13 collection is very special because of the unique vintage wash. I particularly like the contrast of the tan rubble sole, grey suede, crisp white leather patch detail and of course signature numerical branding outside of the heel. These kicks give you the look of formal shoe yet comfort of a sneaker. Styling wise, you can pair these with a navy suit and plain white tee or maroon jeans and a grey button down. I even suggest going with a monochromatic look because dressing for spring doesn't always have to be bright, bold, and print heavy. Honestly, the options are endless since grey is such a strong menswear color. Without a doubt, this shoe makes a statement without making a statement.
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Today is the first of March which means Spring is right around the corner. So the folks at Fab asked me to put together a collage of some of their coolest products. I picked out a range of stuff like shoes, boots and of course an umbrella fro those rainy days. I could only fit about 11 items on this page but trust me they have an endless selection to choose from. My mission for this project was to keep the price point below $150 because looking good doesn't always have to be expensive. Plus, I know some of you guys asked me about affordable product and this is one of my solutions.
P.S Ladies those make great gifts for him.
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I'm sure you remember that post I did on the Cole Haan concept store. Well, they already have a whole new collection of shoes. I fell in love with the mix match "Jay Hawker" (images above) and I know you'll love them as well.