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Under the scorching summer sun, style means survival: A breathable shirt helps sweat evaporate off your body; sunglasses serve as a barrier between UV rays and your retinas; scented sunscreen offers your skin similar protection; a good watch will keep time, even if you're underwater. Our guide to the summer's best style products includes seasonal skin and hair essentials, but accessories, footwear, swimwear and so much more, too.
Le Specs is a vintage brand revived. Its Bandwagon frame references European ones popular in the late '70s and early '80s but with tweaks to the construction for improved comfort and durability.
Organic cotton makes you feel good when buying this tee, while a loose knit and relaxed silhouette makes you feel good when wearing it. The garment-dye process only adds to its colors and character.
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Cut from 100-percent corduroy fabric made in New York, American Trench's bucket hat boasts very little branding and a super-soft, velvet-like, fine whale feel. It's even nice enough to dress up.
No sneaker looks better beat up than the Chuck Taylor All Star. By upgrading to the Chuck 70, you’ll get even more wear out of them, because the modern rendition has sturdier canvas uppers, an enhanced rubber outsole and a cushioned insole.
These classic sandals have a foam-topped cork footbed that molds to your foot. On top, two adjustable straps guarantee a secure fit appropriate for all-day wear.
These iconic board shorts feature Birdwell's tough double-layered SurfNyl nylon fabric. They come with a button fly, adjustable nylon drawstring waist, snap back pocket with a key loop and top-notch triple-stitch construction throughout.
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This non-greasy sprayable sunscreen promises to be better for you and the environment. It’s packaged in a recyclable non-aerosol can, and free from chemicals harmful to coral reefs and those (at least somewhat) toxic to us humans.
Sustainably sourced, thoughtfully designed and, most importantly, super comfy, this towel is sure to be your new favorite at home or at the beach. It even features a handy little loop for hanging.
This prebiotic option addresses stench-causing bacterias by encouraging the growth of good ones. It smells fresh and complex despite coming from a can, and it won’t irritate your already sweaty skin.
This proprietary gel-cream hybrid soaks in quickly without leaving your skin’s surface sticky or slick. It works fast to not only treat your sunburn but other issues prolonged exposure to the sun might’ve exacerbated, too.
The iconic Turtle perfectly encapsulates why Seiko has so many ardent fans. It’s built to last a lifetime, uber-comfortable and packed with character. Best of all, the price is shockingly reasonable for an automatic dive watch.
NATO straps come in all manner of quality, styles and details. Crown & Buckle nails everything with a comfortable seat belt–like material, excellent hardware and obvious durability.
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