Well, gentlemen, it's officially summer. And that means it's time to shed the layers and show some skin. Here are a few items under $30 that I've really been enjoying over the past few weeks.
Check 'em out, and upgrade your life without breaking the bank:
Docker's Braided Web Belt – $8.40
Marked down from $28, this is a great casual belt. It's on the slim side, and it's available down to size 34, so it's ideal for smaller guys (if you need a smaller waist size, go with the boys version).
This cloth belt is perfect for summer. It matches easily with lighter colors, especially chinos, and you can wear it with darker jeans to tone down a formal look. I love wearing it with my Bass bucks.
Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets – $11.88 (100)
It's summer, and it's beautiful outside. But the warm weather means sweat, and using lotion and/or sunscreen on your face (which you should be doing) only makes this worse.
By late afternoon, I'm always a bit too shiny for my liking. These Clean & Clear oil-absorbing sheets clean you up in no time, and they're dirt cheap. I keep a pack at work and one in my car at all times.
Calvin Klein Slim Boxers – $14.25 – $19.00
Best. Boxers. Ever. Being on the shorter side means struggling even with things like socks and underwear. For years, I've gone back and forth between boxers and boxer briefs. Boxers are often too wide or long or bunchy. Any form of brief is either too tight or not tight enough. They always ride up on me.
These CK slim boxers are the best of both worlds. Comfortable, slim, and snug-but-not-tight. Plus, they have a button fly (which most boxer briefs lack).
Forget the department store Jockey 5-packs, and treat yourself to some high quality boxers this summer.
Oh, and I don't keep it in my front pocket. I keep it in the back like any other wallet, and it's so minimal that I keep forgetting it's there. Unlike George.
20Jeans Torino Skinny-Slim Chino – $30
These super affordable chinos from the new 20Jeans.com are available (in most colors) down to a 28″ waist and 30″ inseam (don't worry, they look great rolled up with boat shoes or white canvas sneakers). I've been wearing them A LOT over the past couple of weeks.
If you need some more room in the thighs, check out the Slim-Straight collection. And if you'd prefer not to roll them up, spend $15 to get them hemmed at your local dry cleaner. Total cost = $45. Not too shabby, eh?
It's the little things that make each day comfortable and enjoyable. Knowing you look fresh even though you just walked a few blocks in the heat, a belt that sets you apart from every other guy in the office (cheap brown leather, anyone?), or a versatile and affordable new pair of chinos.
Get out there and treat yourself to something nice. Enjoy the weather!