What do Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, and Stephen Colbert have in common? If you guessed, “They all wore Brooks Brothers,” congratulations: you nailed it. The iconic American clothier has been dressing iconic American men since 1818; from button-down collars to shetland sweaters to argyle socks, Brooks Brothers has had a say in every closet staple for the past two centuries. But style must move forward. And now, on the eve of the company’s bicentennial, Brooks Brothers is looking more stylish than ever. Look no further than the brand’s latest collection, Red Fleece, for proof.
Red Fleece is steeped in tradition—this is still Brooks Brothers, after all—but the clothes are cut slimmer and boast a more modern, laissez faire attitude than the company’s original line. Think more along the line of styles you’d see in a “co-working space” rather than a boardroom in the financial district: floral-printed shorts and cotton gingham scarfs, as opposed to wool suits and power ties. Welcome to 2017, the strangest year ever, where Star Wars is cool, Bob Dylan plagiarizes Sparknotes, and the most storied clothing line in America is at the forefront of a fashion revolution.
Pique Knit Blazer
$198; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
It’s the Arnold Palmer of top layers: Is it a sweater or a blazer? This knit jacket boasts all the cozy comfort of a sweater with all the elegance of a perfectly cut blazer.
Stripe Cotton Seersucker Suit Jacket
$269; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
This seersucker jacket is as crisp as it gets. And as we all know, seersucker is the best way to beat the heat in style.
Garment-Dyed Stretch Sport Coat
$298; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
The designers at Brooks Brothers gave this garment-dyed sport coat a worn-in look for the essential Summer Friday item.
Water-Repellant Utility Jacket
$99; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Heavy enough to keep you dry in the rain yet light enough to keep you cool in balmy temperatures, this versatile jacket is just what you need for summer adventures. But for downright torrential days, you may want to stock up on the rain gear that every smart man has in his closet.
Floral Print Twill Shorts
$41; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
When it comes to shorts, even the most sartorially conservative guy has carte blanche to step out of his comfort zone—and floral patterns in a trim cut are the easiest, most fun way to do that.
Nylon Duffle Bag
$248; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
This indestructible nylon duffle, lined with chambray, will safely and stylishly carry your stuff, even in the most secret vacation escapes in the world.
Camo-Print Canvas Slip-On Sneakers
$78; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Cotton canvas, a smartly designed microfiber lining, and sumptuous cushioning—in addition to being quite the head-turners, these beauties are insanely comfortable.
Navy Face Watch with Nylon Band
$295; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Blue watch faces are all the rage right now. This deep navy option, with its nylon band, is a balance between sporty and polished. Wear this to the gym. Wear this to the office. Wear it anywhere and everywhere.
Gingham Cotton Scarf
$44; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Made from incredibly soft Italian cotton, this scarf is the ultimate finishing touch for cool, breezy summer nights. And when the season ends, worry not: You can wear this all year round.
Stripe Color-Block Cotton Cardigan
$52; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Some cardigans have a reputation for being staid, standard, something your Philosophy 101 professor would wear. This snappy, color-blocked option is not “some cardigans.”
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