16 Cool Things to Buy This Summer, According to GQ Staffers

Here at GQ Recommends, we spend countless hours toiling in the e-comm trenches to curate cool things to buy so you can shop like one of us, whether you’re looking for a new suit or a fresh three-pack of boxer briefs. Our unrivaled window shopping brings you everything from the best new menswear to the hottest menswear deals. But do those selects always align with our own personal order histories? They do not. So we thought we’d give you a tantalizing peek into our very own actual non-imaginary shopping carts. Here are 16 things our editors copped last month—much of which you can cop for yourself, too!—including big ol’ sneakers, an actually good-looking TV, a skin-smoothing pumice stone, and more.

Tyler Chin, Associate Commerce Editor

Wythe Tencel Gabardine pearl snap shirt

I’d been looking for a breezy long-sleeve button-up shirt for a hot minute, and I had specifically been eyeing one from New York-based brand Wythe. The brand recently did a collab with Mr Porter for its capsule collection with Throwing Fits, and it included Wythe’s popular Tencel shirt, which I planned to buy—had it not sold out. I ended up getting the shirt from Wythe’s general release spring/summer collection instead and I love the Western-inspired design and how damn breathable it is during these hotter months.

Le Labo Basil hand pomade

Whenever I use this hand pomade, I get compliments on how good it smells. Besides getting me gassed up on how good I smell all the time, Le Labo’s hand pomade is so, so hydrating with even the tiniest pea-sized amount. I actually lost a nearly full tube, so whoever found it, you’re welcome.

Earlier this year, Dockers released a collection with Transnomadica, which included a pair of khakis that were an exact replica of a pair from 1985. They were a little too pricey for me. Luckily, Dockers has these Heritage chinos, which took some similar design cues—like pleats and a tailored-yet-loose fit—for much less. They’re also decked out in Tencel, which is an ideal summer fabric because of its natural cooling ability and sustainable production.

Alex Wedel, Audience Development Manager

Lu’u Dan’s 80’s trouser is what I call a “scroll stopper”—a clothing item so stunning it jolts me out of the hypnotic daze of endless online shopping. Teeming with Miami Vice energy from the pleats and wide-legged silhouette, these pants were in my cart faster than you could say “Don Johnson”. The breezy cotton fabric and versatile neutrality mean they’ve easily attained wardrobe staple status, living up to the hype IRL.

Eytys canvas Odessa sneakers

I’ve got big feelings for these big sneakers. They’re my first foray into the perennial chunky shoe trend and I fell in love with them for their quirked out silhouette and durable canvas exterior. It’s a freaky, neutral shoe that has taken both my fits and—thanks to the two-inch platform insole—me to new heights.

Andersson Bell sweater vest

Andersson Bell satiated my longing for layered fall fits with this airy, semi-sheer sweater vest. It’s super lightweight so I’ve rocked it over a t-shirt with no incremental sweating. I’ve also worn it on its own when I’m feeling more daring. I never thought I’d use the words “sexy” and “sweater vest” in a sentence but wearing this sans undershirt makes for some seriously naughty knitwear.

Eileen Cartter, Style Writer

Coqui Coqui Perfumes Coco Coco eau de parfum

I first smelled this perfume at a boutique several years ago, and I finally bought a bottle after thinking about it ever since. The brand is based in the Yucatán Peninsula, and this scent is coconutty like sunscreen (or last year’s scent of the summer, ERL’s Sunscreen) but also green and floral, which I think makes it very sultry!

Sherwin Williams Dickies painter’s pants

I recently came across a pair of Sherwin Williams-branded Dickies painter’s pants at a vintage store by Rockaway Beach that had already been taken in at the waist—tried ’em on after a day on the sand and they fit perfectly. I’ve had a similar pair in the past and they’re perfect for summer, but my recent vintage-store kismet reminded me that tailoring can be miraculous.

Gilden Tree terracotta pumice stone

If you have also put your sandal-shod feet to task while shuttling back and forth from the beach this summer, the skin on your soles could probably use a little love. This ceramic terracotta tool is easier to use than the classic stone, and it sloughs off the rough edges nicely.

Gerald Ortiz, Style Commerce Writer

Book Works x Intramural tee

I try to avoid buying graphic tees that have little to no personal meaning to me, the wearer and part-time human billboard. So a graphic has to connect with me on some significant level if it’s gonna, like, get it. As an avid jazz fan and a lover of niche cultural ephemera, this collaborative T-shirt between Book Works and Intramural was an instant purchase for me.

After binge-watching apartment tour videos on Youtube, a common theme emerged throughout these stylish abodes: the Samsung Frame TV. No matter how well-designed, I find TVs to be major vibe-disruptors. But the Frame bills itself not just as a minimalist television, but as a totally inconspicuous piece of tech that looks like any other piece of art on your wall.

Vornado 633DC air circulator fan

Vornado doesn’t want you to call its product a “fan”. Instead, it’s an air circulator. While that level of nitpicky snobbery would normally induce a massive eye roll from me, the proof is in the breezy pudding. It’s small, mighty, decently quiet and actually gets the air in my room moving rather than merely blowing it at a fixed point. You can truly feel the breeze anywhere in the room regardless of whether you’re situated in front of the fan, uh, air circulator or not. Literally the coolest thing I’ve bought in a while.

Gaetano Pesci resin coasters

These resin coasters, conceived by pioneering furniture designer Gaetano Pesci, are a great way to add some character to the home without investing a ton of money. They come in a set of two and give any coffee table a sense of playfulness and texture while also making sure your drinks don’t cause any rings.

Brandon Tan, Fashion Editor

Eckhaus Latta mid-rise straight-leg jeans

Humbly, these pants hold the record for the most compliments received in a single wear amongst anything else in my closet. I’ve keenly sought after a pair of Eckhaus-treated denim since one of their first Shibori-dyed renditions in 2018 (the finale look from their Fall/Winter 2018 show to be exact). Why it took me so long to bite the bullet, I can’t quite answer…but what I do confidently know is that this pair won’t be my last.

Acne Studios Brown Leather boots

Every year, I maniacally hunt for the perfect summer boot. The criteria? 1) A minimum, but subtle, two inches of height 2) Supple brown leather or suede 3) A stacked block heel. These tick all the boxes and work as perfectly with narrow-legged pants as they do wide—a mighty plus. In the few weeks I’ve owned these puppies, I’ve worn them across many different occasions, day-to-night and on-and-off duty, without a hitch.

West Elm Organic Washed Cotton Percale Duvet Cover & Shams

After years of sateen, these perfect sheets have paved the way for percale superiority. Transforming my comforter into a faultless cloudy vehicle for rest, the duvet cover is crisp but soft, and has made getting out of bed in the morning an almost-impossible task. Consider that a warning.