The challenge is simple: Find seven stunning, summer must-haves for men. No problem. Right?
Not really. There's a hitch. The total ensemble has to cost less than $250.
Holy economic downturn, Fashion Man, I need help and inspiration.
This leads me to rendezvous with local designer Genevieve Graham, who recently finished fourth on this season's Project Runway Canada.
Graham's advice is to keep it simple. "I love the look of a man in summer with a nice, really good pair of jeans and a white T-shirt," she says. "And a nice pair of flip-flops. I love jeans and flip-flops on men."
Then she flashes a bit of leg and dangles a Havaianas thong (ahem, it's a sandal) from her right foot.
"They're the best flip-flops out there," says Graham. "And they never give you blisters, which is nice."
In the past, men's Havaianas have been hard to find, but this season Club Monaco is selling them for an affordable $18.
While you're there, pick up a white T-shirt for $22. They come in a standard V-neck and a deep V-neck.
For jeans, why not stick with the classic Levi's 501? Choose the deep-indigo of the Rigid 501 for $80 at the Original Levi's Store. It is a stiff pair that gives you an excuse to wear it to the beach, swim in it, rub sand all over it and then dry it on your body in the sun all summer long. The result will be the best-fitting pants you will ever own. (continue reading at the Vancouver Sun)