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I won't lie: Like most people, I, too, long for hot summer days. I'm happiest by the pool, drinking late-morning bloody marys that inspire afternoon beers that transition smoothly into early-evening cocktails. I put on the summer songs, lust after sunglasses, and mourn my tan in late September.
But even more than that, and in particular as it relates to summer dressin', what really gets me going is a cool summer night. You know the kind: a gentle breeze wraps itself around your aloe-laden skin as you sip white wine at your favorite al fresco dining spot. (I've been drinking this summer, all right?) "Ooh, a little chilly," you whisper to your partner under the unlit heat lamps. I love this specific time of day, during this specific time of year, because it combines the obvious superlatives of summer with the biggest draw of the dressin' man's favorite season: fall layering.
Sometimes that comes in the form of the sun-faded crewneck sweatshirt you've been wearing for years. You know the one. You bought it one size too big, it's second homes are the inside of your washer and dryer. It might even have a hole in it. It's perfect for the coolest of cool August nights. But back here in July, you might need an easy-on, easy-off layer that delivers on style and cuts through the evening chill. I have found a great garment for this, and it's Outerknown's moleskin button-down. It's soft, but sturdy. Simple, but has character. You can throw it over any T-shirt you own while rushing out the door to your dinner reservations. You can throw it on over your bare skin when the sunburn chills hit around 7:43 p.m. ET. To the backyard barbecue? In. To the baseball game? Of course.
The best part, though, is that come fall, you'll still have many months of wear ahead of you, because moleskin is perfect for those it's-not-quite-coat-season-yet situations. When it is fall, wear it with jeans or chinos, boots or sneakers, undershirt or no undershirt. Pop the collar, roll the sleeves, beat it up a little. And soon enough, it'll be as worn and cherished as that sun-faded crewneck you've already forgotten about.
But don't forget about that, either. In fact, Outerknown's got one of those, too.
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