We know your secret. Every year around this time you surreptitiously log into your Facebook account, click on your college photos and reminisce about the days when the beer flowed like wine at the all-inclusive, exotic and far away lands of Mexico. You yearn for house music, wet T-shirt contests and sweaty, no-strings attached…clubbing.
When you wake up from your Internet hole, face down at your desk, you come to your senses. “I am an adult. Who wants to sleep 8 to a room and wallow in Olympic-size swimming pools elbow-to-elbow with the entire active North American Sigma Chi bro-hood? Those days are long gone. But damn, I need a vacation.” It happens to the best of us. But fret not, friends; we are here to tell you that you can still enjoy spring break. So here are our favorite spring break destinations for discerning men of taste.
Cape Town, South Africa – Want to chill out at one of the Leading Hotels of the World, consume some of the best food and drink imaginable and be pampered by one of the most elite spas on the planet? Then The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is where you should spend your spring break. And if you need to take a break from taking a break to re-live your glory days, hit up St. Yves Beach Club for possibly the best, most exclusive party scene south of the equator.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Sure, Rio will probably be an even hotter destination in June 2014 when the World Cup begins, but studies have shown that since FIFA announced that Brazil would host the event in 2004, Rio has become livelier and livelier in anticipation (we totally made that up, but we’d bet on the veracity of the above statement). We recommend you establish home base at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and walk into just about any bar or club if you’re looking to get turnt up—seeing that Rio is simply a year long party with hot women, food and weather, we’re confident that unless you roam a little too far away from your resort that you’ll fare just fine.
Las Vegas, United States – Finally, there’s always Sin City. Whether it’s a night out at one of the dozens (hundreds?) of clubs with lines longer than the outside of an Apple Store the day of a new product launch or hitting the tables with poker’s elite, a week here will probably be too much for your wallet (or liver) to handle, so we suggest a long weekend at the Bellagio to take a load off.
While Presidents Day is historically intended to celebrate the accomplishments of George Washington, we here at Carson Street thought it might be a good idea to give these other great Commanders-in-Chief some shine. We figure even though Washington may have been one of the founding fathers of this great nation, he sure as hell didn’t inspire a generation of menswear enthusiasts like the men on this list did. So without further ado, we present our list of menswear styles fathered by American presidents.
Abraham Lincoln and His Hats—Sure, Wooster made a splash with his epic picture wearing a bowler this past New York Fashion Week, but few hat wearers are as iconic as Abraham Lincoln. Let’s put it this way: if Tommy Ton and Tumblr existed in the mid-19th century, Honest Abe and his iconic stove pipe hat would be on your Dashboard with Justin Doss-level notes. While you’re busy trying to find the right hat to compliment your new double-breasted topcoat ask yourself, “Will this hat help me reunite a torn nation and simultaneously free hundreds of thousands of enslaved people?”
Calvin Coolidge’s Double Breasted Jackets—While Herman Cain may be the most recent political purveyor of double-breasted jackets, back in the day Calvin Coolidge was the man. Coolidge liked his DB’s the way he liked his government: trim. Soft shouldered with a nipped waist, Coolidge would have been able to go toe to toe with your favorite Pitti street style icons had Al Gore gotten his act together and created the internet sooner.
Teddy Roosevelt and Real Work Wear—To say that Teddy Roosevelt was “about that work wear life” is a drastic understatement: he lived it. While he may have kept things tailored in the Oval Office, outside of it Roosevelt lived a rough and tumble outdoorsman life and his wardrobe reflected that. Google Image search Teddy Roosevelt and you won’t know if you’re looking at a gallery of the 26th President or a RRL lookbook. A Continuous Lean may have taught you about Red Wing boots and Cone Mills denim, but tell us the last time you killed an elephant in your chambray workshirt. It’s OK… We’ll wait.
Barack Obama’s Dad Jeans—In 2008, Barack Obama promised us change, and we got just that—in our denim. While your favorite blogger’s favorite blogger was singing the praises of unwashed raw denim, Barack bucked the political and sartorial systems in his rinsed denim: now affectionately referred to as “dad jeans.” While you can preach your message of trickle down fade-onomics, we prefer the hope of soft, washed denim that dad jeans offer.
Thomas Jefferson and His Love of Fur Collars—We are seeing more and more fur accents in menswear, and more street style icons are promoting this trend. Unfortunately, they aren’t originators. Thomas Jefferson was rocking fur on his collar back when this nation was knee high to a grasshopper. While Bruce Pask may have done it well, Jefferson did it best. Still on the fence about the masculinity of rocking fur accented topcoats?