Men’s Travel Fashion: Tips + Top Picks

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Do you ever pity your suitcase? Poor thing. You jam it full and sit on it, ooching the zipper shut and weighing it 9 times before the scale reaches not one ounce less than 50lbs, all the while hoping it does not split at the seams en route. Needless to say, practical packing is a great skill to acquire. So lets explore some space saving, travel friendly, versatile vacation wear to bring on your next getaway.

We should adopt a travel appropriate principle: Less is more. Wearing things twice is no faux pas, though I am not necessarily suggesting wearing the exact same outfit twice. So be creative in pairing different tops with bottoms and creating various looks with the same elements. Roll up your sleeves and loosen a few buttons for lunch and then tighten up the same shirt and throw on a soft shouldered sportcoat for dinner the next night.

Our top travel picks for 2018:

1.Tommy Bahama Suncost Shores T-shirt – a perfect blend of style and comfort. Also available in big & tall.

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2. TravisMathew Beck Short – Prestige777 fabric will take you from the course, to the club, to the water.

3. Johnnie-O Hangin’ Out shirt – Designed to be worn hangin’ out, anytime, anywhere, for the ultimate in casual cool.

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4. Southern Tide Stripe Performance Polo Shirt – Get your game on in this ready-for-action performance polo.

5. Tasc Performance 1/4 zip pullover – Super comfortable bamboo/cotton fabric is breathable and UPF 50+, while providing moisture-wicking with anti-odor protection.

 

Fashion Accessories for the Traveling Man

1. Maui Jim Sunglasses- Premium sunglasses designed to enhance your view in every sunlight condition.

2. TravisMathew Trip L Hat – This will immediately become your go-to hat.

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3. Olukai Footwear – Designed to feel like you’re walking on sand.

 

Golfwear for the Course

1. Tommy Bahama Chip and Run pant – A great golf pant with stretch for comfort.

2. TravisMathew Cantina Jacket – Some say the green jacket is the most revered jacket in all of golf. We respectfully disagree.

3. Cutter & Buck Polos – Thinner than paper, your skin and suitcase will thank you. Also available in big & tall.

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Additional Packing Tips

  • Check the 7-day forecast before you pack
  • Roll your clothes, it limits wrinkles and saves space
  • Don’t pack for the worst scenario, pack for the best
  • Wear your thickest layer on the plane rather than packing it
  • Pack just enough toiletries to get you started and buy the rest when you get there
  • Don’t weigh yourself down with extra shoe options
  • Check your suitcase weight before you leave the house

Healthy Travel Snacks

  • Hard boiled eggs = compact protein
  • Dried fruit and nut mix = salty and sweet pick-me-up
  • Rice cakes = light weight and low calorie
  • Apple = keep the doctor away
  • Green tea bags = energy boost along the way

May your packing be light, your journey adventurous, and your vacation as free as the wind. Soak up the sun and Bon Voyage!

Shop these great fashions and more at The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel in Plymouth, MN

There’s a New Shirt in Town

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Now you can get the trim fit you’re looking for in a shirt that is moisture wicking, wrinkle resistant, machine washable, and has four way stretch. It’s almost to good to be true.

 

 

Mizzen + Main Performance

We are thrilled to offer Mizzen+Main, an innovative performance dress/sport shirt collection at The Foursome. Inspired by modern athletic wear and influenced by professional sensibilities, this is the epitome of Classics Evolved. These American-made shirts combine advanced performance fabrics with refined style and are changing the way men approach this staple of their wardrobe.

Founder Kevin Lavelle, while working in Washington, D.C., in the summer heat, watched a staffer run into a very important meeting—soaked in sweat. His shirt was two different colors, sticking to him, and he looked all-around terrible. It was unflattering to an up-and-coming statesman. An hour later, when his shirt was finally dry, it was wrinkled and disheveled. This was right around the time performance polo shirts started to become popular in golf and tennis—and the idea for a moisture-wicking dress shirt was born. Kevin launched Mizzen+Main in 2012 with the mission: To make the best shirts on the market and to make them here. Mizzen+Main is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We love the crisp patterns and classic colors in theses shirts as we head into the fall season. The fit is trim and these shirts look great on guys with an athletic build. Best of all, the stretch and comfort will change the way he looks at his shirts.

Watch this Mizzen+Main Video

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Save up to 25% during our Mizzen+Main Stock-up Sale, August 16 – 20, 2017.

Introducing TravisMatthew

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Despite the frozen tundra and negative temps in Minnesota, area residents are getting excited for a winter escape.

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We are thrilled to introduce a new lifestyle and golf collection for spring 2017 at The Foursome by TravisMatthew. The first deliveries have arrived for those heading South on a winter vacation. You’ll love our full presentation of polos, t-shirts, shorts, pants, pullovers/jackets, and hats. TravisMatthew draws its inspiration from all aspects of Southern California culture and lifestyle. Their focus is on making premier men’s apparel for work and play and is leading the way in quality and active-wear design.

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Performance & Fit

The patterns and fabrics in this line fit style trends in the men’s fashion world, while offering products with technical fabrications that will perform. TravisMatthew is a true fitting garment with a slight tailored feel. Their shirts and tops come with a little extra length in the body. The founders are all over 6’ 5” and make sure they can wear their own shirts! The pants also come with a graduated inseam that errors on the long side, so take advantage of The Foursome’s complimentary alterations if needed. Speaking of the pant, we love this true golf pant that customers have been asking us for!

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Take a look at our Travis Matthews collection. More styles available in-store.

Travel Series, Part 2: You Went There on Business

The hum drum of this Minneapolis bound plane sparked a few thoughts for you traveling business people out there. Nothing profound, mainly observations and a few packing tips.

As I waited in the NY airport, I took notice of what men were wearing. One look stood out: quality denim (think 34 Heritage or Tommy Bahama) with a solid (gray) t-shirt and (navy) sport coat with side vents. A versatile wardrobe item to consider for plane rides is a casual sport coat that can also dub as a jacket in spring and fall. Think soft shouldered, linen blend, or even knit (more to come on that for fall). Something less structured and formal. Wear it with your dress shoes or pack an extra pair of any flat casual shoes. In one form or another, I saw this look everywhere in NY. If a t-shirt and sport coat is outside of your business dress comfort zone, you could achieve the same look with a more polished knit, like Scott Barber or St. Croix mock neck shirts, or even a polo shirt of any kind. Stay neutral or choose from any color in the book, you’ve got options. This outfit is ideal for traveling because of comfort and wearability. I imagine you do a quick change after your meeting and throw on the jeans and t-shirt – but it saves the hassle of packing your sport coat. (If you do decide to to pack your suit or sport coat, it’s not as tricky as you might think, Watch: How to Pack a Suit.)

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This may seem obvious, but wrinkle-free clothing is your best friend on trips. At The Foursome, we sell wrinkle-free dress and sport shirts by Enro, Forsyth of Canada, and Overton. All of these are great options for a sharp business look. For pants, I suggest our Riviera “travel pants”. These flat front, wrinkle resistant, machine washable pants are made of a wool/polyester/lycra blend that wears and packs well. They are genuinely comfortable and even have a “Passport Pocket” for personal belongings. I recommend trying a pair of the Riviera five pocket pants in black, a more modern alternative to a regular dress slack. Talk about something that gets good mileage. Easily dress them up or down, wear to a meeting, out to dinner, or on the plane. Enro and Savane pants are also wrinkle resistant and a great basic option for traveling.

If you are an avid business traveler, I am sure you have more tricks up your sleeve than I am aware of. But one thing I realized on my recent trip is that the overhead cabins were too small to fit the average “small” suitcase. Instead of leaving your case in the jetway with a pink tag to pick up after the flight, it seems logical to invest in a smaller bag of sorts and pack light. For an extensive list of more helpful tips than I could ever think up, check out these business travel tips from Executive Travel Magazine.  From recovering lost items in your taxi with a GPS system to RIFD-blocking passport cases to Bedbug reports, it is worth skimming to prevent common mishaps and help make your travels a breeze.

A few extras you might invest in to keep your suitcase clean and organized:

  • Leather Tie Case – Keeps your silk attire flat and avoids unnecessary crumples
  • Leather Dopp kit + manicure set in a compact case to tidy your tips and keep your hands manly
  • A cloth drawstring bag for dirty clothes along the way
  • Extra plastic bags to pack your shoes in
  • A spare pair of Eyebob or Skoji reading glasses and a case to keep them in tact

Lastly, here’s a great song about a guy who went there on business…Watch: Sequestered in Memphis, The Hold Steady

– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome

Travel Series, Part 1: Vacation Fly Away

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Do you ever pity your suitcase? Poor thing. You jam it full and sit on it, ooching the zipper shut and weighing it 9 times before the scale reaches not one ounce less than 50lbs, all the while hoping it does not split at the seams en route. Needless to say, practical packing is a great skill to acquire. So lets explore some space saving, travel friendly, versatile vacation wear to bring on your next getaway.

We should adopt a travel appropriate principle: Less is more. Wearing things twice is no faux pas, though I am not necessarily suggesting wearing the exact same outfit twice. So be creative in pairing different tops with bottoms and creating various looks with the same elements. Roll up your sleeves and loosen a few buttons for lunch and then tighten up the same shirt and throw on a soft shouldered sportcoat for dinner the next night.

My top Tommy Bahama Picks:

1. Pocket T-shirt – Pick a color, any color. Wear them alone or layered

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2. Flipster 1/4 Zip– Perfect for traveling. Two tops for the space of one. A great item to wear on the plane.

3. Linen Suit – Buy the coat and pants separate or the whole shebang. Pair the coat with denim or colored chinos for a different look. You’ll fit in at any restaurant in this perfect cross between casual and formal.

4. Linen Plaid Shorts in Haze – Breathable, sophisticated, casual. Buy linen in every shape and form.

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5. Five pocket pants in Light Sand- Half linen and cotton, textural, versatile, casual. New this season!

6. Canvas Fold-out Dopp Kit – Keep your toiletries contained and organized in your suitcase

Fashion for the Travel Man

1. Eyebobs Reading Glasses- Current, funky, and come with a durable travel case. Freshen your look.

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2. Robert Graham Shirts – Your after 9 shirt, unbutton the top two and show off the details and fashion.

3. St. Croix Cotton Pullover – A classic sweater with a beautiful color palette to choose from.

4. 34 Heritage Denim – Stretch, comfort, and slimming effects, the best pants to wear on the plane.

5. Southern Tide – The Skipjack Polo is the best, most comfortable classic polo ever made. This fun, colorful brand is new at The Foursome this spring and flying off the shelves.

Golfwear for the Course

1. Bobby Jones Full Zip Plaid Nylon Jacket – So light weight it could fit in your pocket. Perfect for travel, course, and club.

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Available in-store only.

2. Bobby Jones Polo- Mini stripe with solid contrasting collar. Thin and lightweight.

3. Cutter & Buck Polos – Thinner than paper, your skin and suitcase will thank you.

Additional Packing Tips

  • Check the 7-day forecast before you pack
  • Roll your clothes, it limits wrinkles and saves space
  • Don’t pack for the worst scenario, pack for the best
  • Wear your thickest layer on the plane rather than packing it
  • Pack just enough toiletries to get you started and buy the rest when you get there
  • Don’t weigh yourself down with extra shoe options
  • Check your suitcase weight before you leave the house

Healthy Travel Snacks

  • Hard boiled eggs = compact protein
  • Dried fruit and nut mix = salty and sweet pick-me-up
  • Rice cakes = light weight and low calorie
  • Apple = keep the doctor away
  • Green tea bags = energy boost along the way

May your packing be light, your journey adventurous, and your vacation as free as the wind. Soak up the sun and Bon Voyage!

– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome