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With the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy out now, we thought we’d let you know how to shop the Beach Boys’ look from the late 1960s.

This is how the band dressed early in its life–when all the musicians were still pretending to know how to surf*–before they grew out their hair and started wearing robes. Back then it was stripes, chinos and slip-ons. Classic California style.

The sunglasses are our addition. We swore we remembered Wayfarers as part of this ensemble. Google image search does not agree.

*Only drummer Dennis Wilson ever really surfed.

For more about Love & Mercy, check actor Paul Dano on NPR’s Bullseye below:

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After salivating over the sun, fun and fried dough infiltrating our Instagram feed during a colleague’s recent trip to Los Angeles, we had to ask him for some insights on traveling to Southern Cali in style. “I hadn’t been to L.A. before as an adult,” says Donovan Nguyen, a web designer at Nordstrom HQ. “There’s a huge difference between seeing a city with your parents at age 8 and seeing it now as a grown-up. It’s so much better.”

Keep reading for highlights from Donovan’s visually arresting L.A. photo journal, complete with tips on where to go and what to pack.

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We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. backpacks here at Men’s Shop Daily. (Some of us even carry our laptops to work in one every day.) So when we heard about the brand’s new beach-ready collaboration with artist Kevin Butler—especially as we sat in our rainy Seattle office—we were all ears.

The creator of a well-loved series of illustrations matter-of-factly titled Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them, Butler teamed up with the good people at Herschel Supply to produce a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle. Keep reading for quite a rad (if we do say so ourselves) Q&A with Butler, in which he offers rare insights on cars, surfing, art, burritos, and of course, his new collab with Herschel Supply Co.

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Now that we’ve got your attention: There’s plenty of summer left. (In fact, it’s only just begun here at our Seattle HQ.) If you haven’t already, it’s high time you plan an epic, romantic, once-in-a-lifetime getaway for you and your significant other. Forget bringing home flowers and wine once in a while; a tropical trip (especially a *surprise* one—ladies love that stuff) will put you in the safe-zone of her (or his) good graces for an entire month or two—bare minimum.


Once the tickets are booked and you’re firmly ensconced in paradise, you can be sure she’ll bring her A-game to the beach (see above). Make sure you do the same (see also above). Before we dive into what to wear, though, here are a few thoughts on destinations she’ll love—courtesy of Nordstrom PR pro, and resident travel junkie, Brie Cross. To illustrate Brie’s suggestions, we crowd-sourced photos from our favorite all-encompassing, ever-growing treasure trove of excellence: Instagram.

[A note on the photography up top: Gratuitous Kate Upton shots are a dime a dozen these days…and for that, we are thankful. However, we felt our highly refined readership would prefer to draw vacation inspiration from these artful swimwear images of model Monika Jac Jagaciak, shot by Greg Kadel for German Vogue.]



1. Big Sur, California. “If you want to stay domestic, visit one of Cali’s most beautiful beaches. For the ultimate in West-Coast luxury, stay at the Post Ranch Inn. [Note the infinity pool, top right.]”

[Photos by Instagram users: @gaelcl | @deemoran6 | @postranchinn
@heavyyymaiden | @random_slaps | @r1chmiro]



2. Bocas del Toro, Panama. “Central America’s latest it destination. One look at the bungalows on the water, and you’ll be ready to book your tickets. You’ll also be close to the Costa Rican border for a mid-trip getaway to Puerto Viejo.”

[Photos by Instagram users: @amiluk | @misspatacon | @kristinpanke
@lacyjayde | @renatass | @breedle_]

  
 
3. Tulum, Mexico. “A beach oasis on the Yucatán Peninsula, with perfect white sand and turquoise water. Stay at Coqui Coqui or Posada Margherita for posh beachside accommodations, or Coco Tulum for minimalist cabanas on the sand. Tulum Strip is packed with excellent restaurants (Casa Jaguar is a favorite for ambiance, food and the occasional celeb sighting) but head to town for nightlife, too. Make time to visit the local Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba, and Chichen Itza for a day trip. Swimming in some of the approximately 3,000 nearby cenotes is a MUST.”

[Photos by Instagram users: @raphreponty | @ashleekerford | @d_taylor77
@griselleme | @ashleekerford | @zoranaj]

 
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Unless you really want to get ‘international,’ you’ll likely need something to wear at most of these beaches. Start with our Editor’s Picks for two styles of swimwear essentials: Swim Trunks and Board Shorts:


Swim Trunks: The Classic. They can run a variety of lengths (we highly recommend above the knee, for the best looking proportion)—but the defining characteristic of all swim trunks is their elastic waist. It’s the most flattering on a variety of physiques—and the most forgiving, if you finish of your date’s taco platter at lunch.
L-R: Boss Hugo Boss | Volcom | Marc by Marc Jacobs | Brooks Brothers
Shop All: Swim Trunks 


Board Shorts: Ready for Action. Developed in the 1970s for surfers, board shorts are still a smart choice if your idea of a day at the beach includes action sports more rigorous than snoozing, reading, and applying tanning oil to your partner in crime. (Their lace-up waist keeps them from staying in the water after you get out.)
L-R: Brixton | Patagonia | Sundek | Lightning Bolt
Shop All: Board Shorts 

 

SHOP ALL: MEN’S SWIMWEAR

 
 

[Intro photos by Greg Kadel for German Vogue. Instagram images by the individual users as noted; if you see your photo and would like it removed, please contact us via the ‘Email the Editor’ link to the right.]

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Our new video campaign, ‘YOUphoria,’ is about clothes that help you do amazing things—like score a promotion, have the night of your life…and, you know, wield the occasional chainsaw.

Take a look behind the scenes below, and find some YOUphoria of your own at The Rail.


We filmed in the woods of picturesque Petaluma, California.


Measure twice, cut once.


Cue power tool in 5, 4, 3…


Don’t you hate it when sawdust gets caught in your pant cuff?

 

SHOP: THE RAIL

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Take a natural talent for capturing quiet moments amid chaos. Mix with a pure love of the game (revealed by the camera-geek Q&As on his Tumblr). Add muses who channel retro Hollywood starlets as effortlessly as they knock back beers with the boys, and voilà—you have Boston photographer Evan Tetreault’s picturesque vision of LA. Filled with awe, dappled in late-summer sun, and wistfully nostalgic, it’s California how the world longs to see it: Perfect.

 

Tetreault made two pilgrimages out west this summer. Check out a few photos above, and his LA travel notes below.

Best Coffee Shop: Intelligentsia in Pasadena. They even have a craft beer and wine bar. Crazy.

Best Food: A Mexican spot in Santa Monica, can’t remember the name. Then there’s In-N-Out

Best Record Shop: Amoeba—they have a huge vinyl, VHS, and punk/hardcore poster section.

Best Spot to Shoot: I traveled to the Mojave Desert, out to this canyon where they shot a couple scenes of Star Trek, which was truly breathtaking. Between that and the beaches and canyons in Malibu, it’s really hard to choose.

Best People-Watching: Hollywood. Between the crazies and the superheroes, it’s inevitably entertaining.

Weirdest Moment in LA: Probably when this drunk girl I had never met before gave me the keys to her tricked-out Mercedes SUV for the night with a full tank of gas, just asking for me to pick her up “later.”

 

Photos ©Evan Tetreault. View his Portfolio and follow him on Tumblr.

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