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Watch out Bay St! It’s official, every month with The Bay St Bull, Melissa (Founder of Gotstyle) will bring readers some of the best fashion expertise, advice and tips to make sure that the residents of Bay St look and feel their best. We can’t in good conscience allow you to walk into any meeting, negotiation or boardroom looking sloppy and unkept. Which is why you’ll want to keep a copy of The Bull handy at all times to ensure you’re that you’re always in the know. Check out some of the great features in the latest issue of The Bull, where we talk about this summers must-have accessories and what you should consider when attending your bosses summer bbq.

Melissa The Bay St Bull Magazine

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Sometimes in the midst of keeping up with all the latest fashion trends people can forget about the most basic of items in their wardrobe. It is for this reason we rounded up the troops to highlight some of their favourite summer basics/must haves. From swim trunks to footwear, here is a great collection of items you should have no matter your fashion prowess.

Gotstyle Stylist Mallory

Venroy – Iranian Tile Lined Aussie Swimming Shorts Paisley $145.00 Shop Now
The Venroy trunks have great colour and an interesting pattern but still look masculine. I think any guy would be confident to wear these on their own by the lake or with a t-shirt while by the campfire.

Parke & Ronen – Slim Board Short Blue $138.00
These shorts offer length for the guy who isn’t quite ready to bare his whole thigh in a European cut swim trunk. The pattern also reminds me of Turkish mosaic tiles which could be a great conversation starter pool side. ūüėČ

Ted Baker Boara Par Print Swim Short Cord Tie ASSRT $125.00
I went to summer camp growing up so the reason I enjoy these shorts is purely nostalgic. The pattern reminds me of paddles we used to paint, shellac and then go canoeing with. Ted Baker is a very playful brand and I think they have Hit the nail on the head with this design.

Gotstyle Stylist Joel

Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe (White): $60
I think everyone needs a white canvas tennis shoe, it’s as classic as it gets and can go with anything. I would wear this all summer with shorts, denim or even a nice cotton suit.
Rivieras Tour du Mond Mesh Slip-On: $85
Perfect for weekends in the city or at the cottage. Casual but slick enough to dress up. Again to be worn with shorts or denim (white jeans for summer!)
Tiger Of Sweden Vince Raffia Leather Shoe: $229 Shop Now
Classic with a twist. Classic shape and cool mix of navy and black makes them very versatile. Woven to make them stand out in the crowd.

Gotstyle Stylist Jenna

John Varvatos Coated Baseball Cap: $85
Whether you’re on the golf course or at the stadium everyone needs a ball cap in the summer and this John Varvatos interpretation blends the functionality of the garment with the rock-star edge that you’ve come to expect from the NY designer. It’s wax coated cotton outer shell helps to keep your noggin’ from frying in the summer and the leather embellished bottom of the brim helps you to keep your eye on the ball stylishly. The inner lining is the Varvatos pinstripe and the strap back makes it adjustable for all head sizes, so you’re girlfriend will look cute wearing it as well.
John Varvatos Ivy Flat Cap: $85
Nothing screams summer like cruising down the road in a convertible but if you’ve got some flow you need to keep it off your face so that you can keep your eyes safely on the road (and the pretty ladies on the sidewalk). This iteration of the classic driving cap sports a light weight and breathable denim top with a cool felt brim to keep the hat from looking stale and boring. Small details like the stars on the back and the Varvatos pinstripe on the inner lining gives this timeless classic a cool and relevant kick.
Goorin Hammond Square Crown Flip Up Fedora: $40
Whether it’s Long Beach or South Beach the straw woven fedora is a staple of warm weather destinations around the world. This black straw Goorin Bros. fedora is an edgier take on the hat that your grandfather wore when he vacationed south during the colder winter months. What makes the straw fedora such a key component of any guy’s summer headwear collection is that it goes great with a tank top, shorts and flip-flops or with a blazer and dressy shorts. Rock it tilted back with a pair of shades to keep your lid cool and your style cooler.

Gotstyle Stylist Sam

Vito Scoop T-Shirt: $38
Everyone should a have a white t-shirt in their summer wardrobe and this Vito t-shirt is perfectly designed to fill that niche. It’s more sartorial than your plain t-shirt that comes in a pack of three that you can buy from any big box store and that’s why we love it. The wide crew collar and bing pocket take it from a basic to a stylish staple. It’s cut trim and the sleeves are slightly shorter to keep it proportional and the cotton that Vito used to produce it is very light-weight and super soft. It pairs great with a pair of jeans or shorts or under a fun summer button down making it a versatile and fundamental element of any casual summer outfit

Sol Angeles Zissou Tee: $60
Sol Angeles makes some of the softest cotton t-shirts on the market. This t-shirt is perfect for the guy who wants a fun graphic t-shirt without channeling his inner “Bobby Bottleservice”. The Zissou graphic is a plays on the nautical motif which is standard for summer apparel by referencing Bill Murray’s deep sea exploring character Dr. Steve Zissou from the film “Life Aquatic”. In addition to being extremely comfortable the Sol Angeles t-shirts sport a flattering, trim fit and a slightly higher v-neck collar so that you can rock a V without feeling too “on display” and vulnerable.

Alternative Apparel Camo Contrast Crew Neck Tee: $45
Who doesn’t love camo? Alternative Apparel has taken the camouflage shirt and made it more chic and less consignment. With a super soft, pre-washed cotton it feels and looks like your favourite summer t-shirt but doesn’t look or smell like you bought it in the back room of a Kensington market surplus shop. With the fluorescent orange crew neck no one will mistake you for a drill sergeant either. We recommend pairing with a cool khaki short or washed out denim.

Gotstyle Stylist Eli

Zanerobe Sureshot Relaxed Chino Cut Shorts: $95 Shop Now
These are fun, casual shorts in a jersey material and are cut off to look like you just cut off the legs from an old pair of sweat pants. Great for kicking around the house, doing groceries or walking the dog. They differentiate themselves from the average casual sweat pant because of the drop crotch that we’ve come to expect and love from Zanerobe’s pants. These shorts help to make the point that super casual and super stylish can indeed be synonymous.

Ted Baker Flamingo Embroidered Chino Shorts: $165
These flamingo embellished shorts from Ted Baker and cut trim through the leg and hit just above the knee and are an extremely versatile summer garment. The fit and deep navy colour make them very easy to dress up with a fun sport shirt and wear out to dinner with a slick pair of driving loafers or you can throw on a fun polo and a pair of boat shoes and go strolling through the Distillery on a sunny weekend afternoon. As with all Ted Baker the devil is in the detail so in addition to the flamingo embellishments the inside of the cuff of the short is lined with a cool chambray that adds a fun element without overwhelming the senses.

Moods of Norway Arild Sunde Pinstripe Linen Shorts: $165
How do get dressed up in the summer while still staying well ventilated? A dressy pair of shorts is the answer that any guy who schvitzes during the warm months. By cutting this short just above the knee and with a slim leg complete with a pinstripe Moods of Norway has made a short that should be worn with a blazer (preferably the corresponding one from MoN that we carry), a dress shirt and a pair of cognac coloured lace-ups, proving that you dress up your shorts without looking like a school-boy.

Why is it that fathers always get the short end of the stick with it comes to receiving gifts during fathers day? They always seem to get stuck with some silly gift that they’ll never use. So, to save our feelings they burry it in their sock drawer,¬†occasionally¬†bringing it out for various “family” function.

Let’s face it, todays fathers aren’t the boring¬†dreary¬†characters we see on tv. Instead they are more tech savvy, stylish and “generally” cooler…and if for some reason your dad is still caught in a time warp we proclaim that as his child it’s your solemn responsibility to guide him through his style evolution. So with that in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate father’s day gift guide so that we can help you, help him, look and feel his best!

 

Mr. Benson happens to be that guy that loves to live life. He likes great clothes but nothing too fussy, and would rather focus on the adventures of the day vs. what outfit he’s going to be wearing. He’s active and needs clothes that fit this lifestyle which is why he created his own brand. Benson, offers a modern yet comfortable fit which makes it ideal for those athletic guys, who have that hockey or soccer butt. You can get all the fun of modern day fashions without the “skinny”¬†silhouette. Welcome to the world of Mr. Benson!

Benson Montauk Pattern Shorts: $115 Shop Now
Benson Cotton Dip Dyed Polo: $60 Shop Now
Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60

Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60
Benson Marvin Cotton Shirt: $125 Shop Now
Benson Regular Fit Chino: $125 Shop Now
Anderson’s Belt: $125 Shop Now

Benson Cotton Dip Dyed Polo: $60 Shop Now
Benson Montauk Pattern Shorts: $115 Shop Now
Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60

Benson Duff Solid Linen Shirt: $110
Benson Montauk Pattern Short: $115 Shop Now
Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60

Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60
Benson Regular Fit Chino: $125 Shop Now
Benson Stripe Jersey Polo: $80 Shop Now

Benson Dougal SIngle Pocket Plaid Shirt: $120
Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Shoe: $60
Benson Regular Fit Chino: $125 Shop Now

Shop the brand:
Benson

Colour is the name of the game this summer and we’ve got just the styles for you.¬†We’ve never understood why men have been afraid of colour which is why we’ve put together these great combination to prove by example that real men can wear colour and wear it well.

One of the biggest trends that we’re focusing on this summer are the colourful shorts. These options by VITO are made from a great cotton twill and are ideal for the warm weather. The vast options in colour also allows the wearer to truly diversify his wardrobe to meet his needs. Wear them brogues or sneakers, collared shirts or polos the choices for mixing and matching are truly endless.

Vito Cotton Twill Shorts: $68
Franco Negretti Print Shirt: $168
Strellson Skinny Leather Belt: $148
Walk-Over Derby 100 Oxford Shoe: $320 Shop Now

Ted Baker Floral Print Shirt: $188
Vito Cotton Twill Shorts: $68
Strellson Skinny Suede Belt: $108
New Balance Retro Sneaker: $90

Vito Anchor Embroidery Short: $78 Shop Now
Strellson Skinny Leather Belt: $148 Shop Now
Ted Baker Oxford Shirt: $178
Blue Industry Half Lined Jersey Sport Coat: $295 Shop Now
New Balance Retro Sneaker: $90

Vito Cotton Twill Shorts: $68
Ted Baker Flamingo Embroidered Polo: $135
No Brand Wilson Brogue Shoe: $248
Monte & Coe Savile Duffle Bag: $429

Vito Anchor Embroidered Shorts: $78
Strellson Skinny Leather Belt: $148
Franco Negretti Bold Print Shirt: $168
Walk-Over Chase Suede Shoe: $345 Shop Now
Monte & Coe Duffle Bag: $429

Vito Cotton Twill Shorts: $68
Ted Baker Amalafi Coast Print Shirt: $155
Luigi Sardo Classic Canvas Low Cut Shoe: $60
Luigi Sardo Urban Gentlemen’s Leather Bag: $500

Shop the brands:
Blue Industry, Ted Baker, Walk Over, Strellson, Vito

 
Riviera Club shirt $155, linen shorts $170.

You can’t mistake the West Coast coolness that inspires the¬†Riviera Club designers. Every guy wants to look clean and refined, while feeling comfortable, especially in the Summer. There’s no reason to look frumpy or messy when you have fitted cotton t-shirts, light linen shorts, and collared cotton shirts. Step up your Summer style and get in on the casual luxury look.

I can’t help but love any brand that describes their clothes as “quality handcrafted goods for the light-hearted.”

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