Pairs Well With: Autodromo Group B

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The Autodromo Group B watches are an ode to their name sake—the iconic Group B race cars that helped to define ‘80s motorsport. Technological ingenuity coupled with growing competitiveness in the field produced an opportunity to test the limits of rally cars and their drivers, resulting in some of the wildest years of the sport. The Group B series pulls inspiration from that era, drawing from the iconic design and engineering of the cars themselves. With its lightweight bi-metal case, vibrant dial with neon-accented indices and hands, and intriguing springbar-free concept built for swapping out your favorite nylon straps, the Group B is Autodromo’s boldest design to date and one that is perfectly geared to be enjoyed in the coming months.

Working the Group B into an outfit is easier than one might think. Below, we’ve paired some smart warm weather duds to go with the Group B to keep you cool, comfy, and looking good all summer long.

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Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Few sunglasses are more iconic of an era than the Ray-Ban Clubmaster. The unmistakable design was first introduced in the 1950s, and while it’s not a style unique to the brand, Ray-Ban’s take on this retro classic is arguably one of the most popular. For my money, I’d go with Tortoise frames with green lenses, as the classic pattern and color palette make for a versatile option that will complement many looks.

For more information on sunglasses and facial shape compatibility, check out the author’s Guide to Men’s Sunglasses.

Bonobos Short Sleeve Unbotton Down Shirt

Short sleeve button downs often get a bad rap, but they’re a great choice for those seeking a warm weather top that won’t appear too casual. Case in point: the Bonobos Short Sleeve Unbotton Down. This seemingly simple shirt features a few great upgrades from your run-of-the-mill shirt, among them a relaxed cutaway collar and a clean French placket. There are two fit options— slim and tailored, with the former more tapered than most conventional fits and the latter being the firm’s trimmest offering. If you’re still not sold on short sleeves, rolled up sleeves can work too if paired with summery fabrics.

A Basic Baseball Cap

There isn’t much to say about a basic ball cap. Aside from keeping the sun off your head and hiding a messy morning mop, a simple cap can often be a nice addition to a casual look. Ralph Lauren’s signature pony cap keeps things simple with limited branding, and the lighter color will help keep your noggin cool. Another option, and a personal favorite, is a sports-themed cap from Ebbets Field Flannels, a company that faithfully recreates vintage baseball gear right here in the States.

Outlier New Way Shorts

Those who aren’t familiar with Outlier may wonder how shorts can cost $120. Well, Outlier’s New Way shorts are something else entirely. The brand specializes in utilizing only superior quality performance fabrics and construction. Specifically, the New Way shorts are made of F.Cloth, a proprietary nylon blend with two-way stretch and excellent water and dirt repellency that doesn’t prohibit warm-weather breathability. The drawstrings are made of Mil-C-5040 Type III Para cord (the same stuff paratroopers are equipped with when dropping out of planes). And did I mention they double as swim trunks? If you’re going to wear a watch inspired by performance, why not have a pair of shorts to match?

Allen Edmonds Desoto Penny Loafer

Few shoemakers are as renowned and established as Allen Edmonds. Founded in 1922 with the intention of making well-priced quality dress and casual shoes with American styling, little has changed in the 80+ years that the company’s been in business. AE has quite a selection of penny loafers, with the Desotos offered as a more budget-friendly option. Do note that the price difference reflects the fact that they’re made in the Dominican Republic, unlike AE’s made-in-USA collection, but they’re not a low quality shoe by any means.

Frank was born, raised, and currently resides in Philadelphia. He has a passion for menswear, watches, and the great outdoors. Frank is an active member of Reddit’s r/watches and r/malefashionadvice communities and manages @stylesofman on Instagram as a means of providing inspiration to young men looking to better their fashion sense.
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