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Summer’s here, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to light the BBQ.

As guys, we’re not always the best cooks. But when the coals hit the grill, and the meat starts to sizzle, we know it’s go-time. Invite the guys around, grab a few beers and enjoy.

But you’re a stylish guy, and you’re known within your friendship group as the guy who knows how to dress. What will they think when you throw on the dad-sandals, oversized shorts, and greasy tank top?

Fear not – in today’s article, we’re covering summer dinner ideas, how to throw a killer BBQ, and how to dress to impress for the occasion.

You’ll discover:

  1. How Do You Throw A Classy BBQ?
  2. What Should You Wear To A Summer BBQ?
  3. How Can You Protect Your Clothes While Grilling?
  4. How Should You Entertain Your BBQ Guests?
  5. What Should You Serve At A BBQ?

#1 How Do You Throw A Classy BBQ?

When you think of a cookout or BBQ, it’s easy to picture a bunch of greasy guys standing around a fire pit in the middle of a trailer park.

So can you actually throw a classy BBQ that upholds the summer dinner ideas of the American Grill without it descending into unstylish chaos?

Absolutely – in fact, it’s really easy to do.

Send Out Invites

Let me start by saying this: I’m not suggesting you print off a load of invites like you would for a wedding. Your BBQ cookout will be great, but you really don’t need to go that far.

However, instead of relying on word of mouth or phoning up your pals individually, create a Facebook event or start up a ‘Big Summer BBQ Blowout’ WhatsApp chat that includes all the people you want to invite.

You’re making your BBQ cookout look like more of an event than just a few guys grilling some burgers. Invite your pals to bring the wife and kids and put effort into accommodating this – after all, everyone loves to spend the day with their family.

Transform Your Yard

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I want you to take a look at your yard right now. What do you see?

A bike with a broken handlebar? Trash cans? Overgrown weeds and long grass?

Chances are, your lawn doesn’t look as nice as it could. This isn’t great, because people will judge you for it when they visit your place!

Cleaning up the yard doesn’t take days – it’s just an afternoon’s job. I encourage you to spend a few hours making your yard look presentable for your big BBQ cookout. If the guys are bringing their kids, they’ll want to know there isn’t anything dangerous hiding in the long grass!

  • Trim the weeds
  • Cut the grass
  • Pack away the trash
  • Store the bike in the shed

It’s really that simple.

Finish off your clean-up by putting out a few chairs and a couple of tables, light up a fire pit, and make sure there’s enough light for when the sun goes down.

Use A Quality BBQ Grill

big gas grill

Nothing looks worse than using a disposable BBQ at a big cookout.

They look tiny, don’t cook meat properly, and are terrible for the environment.

Head to your local hardware store, and you’ll be able to grab a basic Kettle Grill for under $100. Are you strapped for cash at the minute? I get it – but I bet you know someone who you could lend you their BBQ grill.

My point is this: you want to impress your guests. A cruddy BBQ grill isn’t going to do that, so find a solution and make it happen! Either borrow one from a friend or buy your own!

Cook High-Quality Meat

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I’ll be covering the specifics of summer dinner ideas and what to serve at a BBQ cookout later on.

However, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention the importance of quality meat early in my article!

It’s simple – don’t go cheap. Cheap meat tastes cheap, so your guests will notice.

Am I saying you should spend your life savings on artisan meat joints? No.

Am I saying you should go to your local butcher and buy fresh cuts of locally sourced meat? Yes.

More on this later.

#2 What Should You Wear To A Summer BBQ?

man at grill with daughter - summer dinner ideas

Okay, gents, I get it.

It’s the summertime, and it’s hot – especially when you’re standing in front of blazing coals. A stylish Oxford shirt and jean combo probably isn’t the best idea for your BBQ cookout.

However, that doesn’t mean you can dress like a slob to stay cool! There are plenty of outfit options that will keep your temperature down while maintaining the level of style people have come to expect from you!

You’ve just got to be careful with your choices of colors, fabrics, and cuts:

  1. Wear breathable fabrics: Linen and light cotton are great for the summertime. Shirts and trousers made from these fabrics will keep you looking great but allow your skin to breathe in the blazing heat.
  2. Lighter colors are king: The darker the color, the more it absorbs the sun. Wearing pastel colors and white is a great way to keep the heat from overwhelming your body. Fun fact: it’s all about wavelengths! Black absorbs all wavelengths of light while white deflects them entirely!
  3. Get the right fit: The cut of your clothes – and thus the fit – is essential when trying to stay cool. Avoid anything described as ‘slim/skinny fit’ – these garments won’t let any air near your skin, which will make you sweat. Opt for tailored/regular-fit clothing that fits your body but doesn’t hug your skin.

To give you guys some inspiration, I’ve put together a few sample outfits that should suit any BBQ cookout situation.

The Host

linen shirt and navy shorts

You’re the guy who’s hosting the BBQ cookout, so you’ve got to be the best-dressed guy there.

Opt for a short sleeve linen shirt in white with navy, lightweight chino shorts, and classic boat shoes. Wear no-show socks and accessorize with a dive watch or chronograph.

You may want to have a seersucker sports jacket to hand in case the breeze brings the temperature down. Opt for a pastel color so that most of your outfit uses light, summer tones.

Thankfully, you’re in your own yard. You can switch things up by simply going inside and changing outfits if necessary.

The Guest

man chinos and summer shoes

Let’s say you’re the guy who’s attending a pal’s BBQ cookout rather than running one yourself. Depending on how far you’ve traveled, you’ll need to plan for different weather situations when choosing your outfit for the event.

As a base – opt for a long sleeve linen shirt with the arms rolled up 2-3 notches. A band collar may be a good option here, as it shows class and style without forcing too much fabric around your neck.

Straight/regular fit chinos are your best friend in this situation. Avoid any tapering in the leg so that you can roll up your pant legs an inch or two if the weather gets too hot. This will allow air to travel up your pant leg and keep you cool without needing to change out of your pants into a pair of shorts.

Boat shoes with no-show socks are an excellent option for most summer weather variations. Bring a light-colored cotton blazer or sports coat with you but leave it in the car if the sun’s shining brightly. When the sky clouds over, you’ve got the option to wear it if you feel it’s necessary.

Finally, accessorize your outfit with sunglasses that suit your face shape and a dive/chronograph timepiece.

#3 How Can You Protect Your Clothes While Grilling?

older man grilling - summer dinner ideas

Anyone that’s BBQ’d meat knows how much smoke and fat can affect the clothes you wear when cooking up your summer dinner ideas.

The high temperatures and fatty meats used on a grill mean that you could come away from cooking smelling of smoke and covered in grease stains from the sizzling meat. That’s not ideal if you’re wearing your favorite linen shirt!

However, there is a straightforward way to avoid this – something that men have been doing for over 100 years when grilling their meat… wear an apron!

Okay, okay, I hear what you’re saying! How can you look stylish while wearing the ‘world’s best dad’ apron your kids bought you for fathers day? Sure it’s a lovely gift, but it doesn’t exactly show off your sense of style.

stain on shirt

The trick is to invest in a great apron that looks the part.

Go ahead and google ‘chef’s apron.’ Browse the options available until you find one that you like the look of.

For a stylish apron, you should aim to purchase a dark-colored, textured apron without any large text or branding on the front. Consider this part of your BBQ wardrobe – the same rules apply for buying an apron as they do when buying a t-shirt.

Avoid big labels, choose muted colors and ensure that it fits well! You should also make sure it covers the whole of your torso – some aprons only cover from the waist down, which isn’t going to help you protect your upper body clothing.

#4 How Should You Entertain Your BBQ Guests?

family laughing with drinks and grill

Music. Music. Music.

There’s nothing worse than a BBQ cookout where everyone stands around in silence. You might have great summer dinner ideas and pro-level BBQ’ing skills, but poor entertainment could ruin everything within minutes.

Here’s the reality – you’ve invited all your pals round for a get-together. But their wives and kids probably don’t know one another, so things could be a bit awkward, to begin with.

Having some crowd-pleasing music playing is a great way to break the tension of a first meeting as it provides your guests with something to talk about! While you and the guys are grabbing a beer to catch up, your wives should be mingling and getting to know one another.

For the kids, throw a few balls in the yard and get the old slide out from the shed. Kids are far less likely to feel awkward; they’ll play with anyone! So go ahead and give them something to be getting on with while the drinks flow and the food gets cooked.

Personally, I’d avoid any team-building exercises and get-to-know-you games! These might work in corporate settings to help colleagues connect with one another, but no one wants to take a leap of faith at a BBQ cookout!

#5 What Should You Serve At A BBQ?

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One word: meat.

The very essence of a great BBQ cookout is the quantity and quality of the meat you serve.

As I said earlier, make sure you buy quality meat for your summer dinner ideas! No one wants to chew on a tough steak or stringy chicken breast.

However, it’s also vital to ensure you cater to the number of people coming to your BBQ cookout! Imagine the embarrassment of serving up the burgers only to find one of your guests has to go without.

sausages on bbq - summer dinner ideas

For the perfect BBQ assortment, I’d grill up:

  • Thin Grilling Steaks
  • Beef Burgers
  • Spare Ribs
  • Sausages
  • Chicken and Lamb Kebabs
  • Beef Hot Dogs
  • Pork Chops
  • Chicken Breast
bbq assortment - summer dinner ideas

And for the buffet table:

  • Green Leaf Salad
  • Grilled Veggie Mix
  • Chips
  • Dips
  • Smoked Cheese
  • Fried Rice
  • Grilled Corn On The Cob
  • Potatoe Salad

Now you’ve got your summer dinner ideas sorted and know how to throw a killer BBQ, check out my guide on how to plan a killer bachelor party.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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