If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, you can find those things easily enough. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.
Luckily for you, shorts are a passion of mine! My father wears them year-round, so I believe it is actually in my DNA. Fair warning: I like them on the shorter side :).
The Effo short in navy blue from New York–based brand Adsum covers all the bases. They are made of a comfortable crinkle-finish nylon and mesh-lined and have a cheeky tonal herringbone band around the leg openings.
These ghurka shorts from Engineered Garments are a little long, but the wild black-watch pattern makes them a must. A little British, a little Japanese — perfect.
Another great option are these garment-dyed metallic shorts in a color called rose quartz from my fave, Stone. These will work for stunting, lounging, and … swimming: the trifecta!
You seem to care a lot about (and know a lot of people who care about) producing Quality Content. Wondering if you know of any lights or other gear I can use to look better/more professional on video calls from my phone or computer?
QUALITY CONTENT is my passion; you are correct. The kind I produce is mostly through text, but the human face is necessary right now. As an amateur shutterbug, I would tell you to use natural light, but it sounds like you need some equipment to look hot on IG Live at anytime of the day.
Your best bet is a ring light. They are easy to use and can run the gamut price-wise, but given that this model is the one that TikTok star Loren Gray uses to film videos for her 41 million-plus followers, it seems like a solid choice. Impress your work crush on Zoom or get that makeup-tutorial YouTube channel started! I know you have time.
A less elaborate option is the Kardashian-approved LuMee case. I tried one a few years ago (shut up), and this shit works. It has front- and back-facing lights, and you can adjust the levels — pro-gear, pro-attitude. You will look flawless talking about the continually shifting 2020 budget projections on a departmentwide Google Hangout. This one will fit an iPhone 11 or XS Max, but there are lots of other sizes available.
What are good lightweight men’s jackets for warmer weather?
I LOVE a light jacket. Perfect for layering and maybe even giving your outfit some attitude. Since many of you are still venturing out for a (properly distanced) stroll or dog walk, you have a reason to stunt. Let them admire your new seasonal outerwear from six feet away!
A simple coaches jacket never goes out of style. This one in navy from the Gap is made from recycled nylon and comes in at under $100.
I have my eye on this made-in-Japan, fast-drying shell in leopard from Gramicci. Make a statement! It’s not too expensive, either.
GREEN is big right now. Eden Power Corp is a new brand from Montreal that is doing great stuff. The brand’s long-sleeved organic cotton-blend jacket in khaki with a cool purple contrast stitch has interesting details without being super-loud. It’s an investment, but one that’ll separate you from everyone else in Patagonia shells.
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