As much as I love women being on top of their game when the heat turns up, I just can’t stand by and leave the dudes in the dust. Here are a few of my summer essentials:
This Mexican cocktail has a very interesting, yet unbelievably refreshing, list of ingredients known to man: beer, Worchestershire sauce, lime, salt, ice (yes, ice), and hot sauce (did I stutter?). Fear not, because there is no doubt that once you take that first sip, you will be hard pressed to find any alternatives.
- A pint glass
- 3 ice cubes, chunked
- The juice of one lime
- Hot sauce (Tabasco, Texas Pete, etc.)
- Worchestershire sauce
- Mexican beer, preferably Modelo Negro or equivalent
- Place ice in a pint glass.
- Squeeze lime juice over ice with a dash of salt.
- Add a few dashes of hot sauce and Worchestershire.
- Slowly pour beer over ice (salt makes beer foam up more).
- Mix and enjoy.
Gold Bond Body Powder
Let’s face it: guys sweat, a lot. Moreover, it doesn’t help that Charleston has some of the most humid summers on record (second only to that of the Amazon). Throw a little on the key spots (back, chest, feet, unmentionables, etc.) and your good to go. Just remember: a little goes a very long way, no doubt.
The Polo Shirt
I can’t stress this enough, guys: You. Need. A. Polo. Period. There is probably nothing more versatile in your wardrobe than a fitted polo shirt. You can pair it with your favorite pair of board shorts and sandals or a relaxed blazer and jeans for a night out on the town. Either way, you need one, maybe even two.
Facial Moisturizer w/SPF 15
With prolonged sun exposure comes the increased risk of both skin cancer and premature aging. Needless to say, these are two things that all of us can comfortably live without. SPF protection is quite essential to having a successful summer and the good folks at Anthony offer a topical cream that moisturizes and protects. Bonus!
Nothing pains me more than to see young men walking about the streets with wrap-around sunglasses like they’re on the way to spring training. For the summer, there are but a few things you need to remember about proper eyewear:
- Make sure the lenses are charcoal-tinted.
- Wire-rimmed frames are your friend.
- UV protection is a must.
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
By far one of my all-time favorite scents of the summer, Acqua Di Gio has an astoundingly light and fresh scent that makes a bold statement but is not too overpowering. This means that you can go straight from the job to happy hour and beyond without having to worry about being too ‘aromatic’ for the occasion.
A Good, Frequent Shave
It’s freaking hot, no doubt about that. So, there is absolutely no reason for you to brave the Charleston weather looking like Doug Marsch from Built to Spill. Instead, opt for a more clean-shaven look this summer. It will save you from suffering in the heat and possible ridicule from some of your more baby-faced compadres.