The fishing vest is the fashion catch of the season, so to speak. When worn over a light flannel shirt, a T-shirt or alone, it looks great and is functional, with plenty of pockets for all your stash. Two of our favorite styles, a nylon mesh/cotton vest ($195) and one made of washed canvas ($185), come from the DKNY men's collection by Donna Karan. Willis & Geiger offers a tan-colored cotton-poplin fly vest ($196). Columbia Sportswear's five fishing-vest variations (including the one shown here) are available in regular and super sizes ($40 to $100), while Woolrich Classics' 11 styles are made of all cotton or cotton and polyester in shades such as navy, brick, slate, dark green and tan. Polo by Ralph Lauren's bright red and blue vests are less traditional in color but equally practical, as they're made of a water-resistant coated microfiber. And Wathne, an upscale catalog company with clothing and gear for the great outdoors, offers three fishing vests--one in natural suede ($630), one in oilcloth ($350) and one made of canvas ($295). All are keepers.
If you think nothing could come between you and your five-pocket denim jeans, get this: The popular pant style is now available in other fabrics. If you're into Sixties chic, for example, the Island Trading Company has a great selection of lightweight cotton-sheeting jeans in bold ethnic prints ($120). For a refined alternative to khaki, the J.O.E. collection by Joseph Abboud includes washed-linen jeans in oatmeal, green and three shades of blue ($95). French Connection offers a more rugged take on linen with its washed five-pocket hopsack-linen jeans in indigo, sand and black ($85). Hopsack, while rough-looking, is actually soft to the touch and extremely comfortable. So is heather-knit fleece, the fabric that designer Michael Kors used in his new five-pocket pants ($125). Prefer something smooth and sleek? Men Go Silk's luxurious cotton-and-silk jeans ($165) come in indigo and antique black.
Hot Shopping: April in Paris
To the French, shopping is practically an art form. They've even opened an upscale shopping mall under the Louvre Museum. At street level, these great places are the ones to invest in. Jean Paul Gaultier (6 Rue Vivienne): Home base for fashion's bad boy, this place features clothing and crowds that are equally hot. • Loft (12 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré): Best place to get boxers and oxford-cloth shirts. • Charvet (28 Place Vendôme): The most prestigious place for custom-made shirts. • Bastille Optic (38 Rue de la Roquette): The site for trendy designer specs. • Angelina (226 Rue de Rivoli): Top models stop by this tearoom for a caffeine-and-sugar rush. • Paraboot (9 Rue de Grenelle): Boot supplier to the French army, with hip styles at affordable prices.
In the game of sexual attraction, it's not enough to look good. You have to smell good, too. That's why we went to those who are in the nose (namely, our female staff) to find out what men's fragrances they favor. Here's a whiff: Romeo Gigli per uomo, a subtle organic scent that comes in a sleek industrial bottle (3.4 ounces, $65).... Versus, a cool, citrusy spice cologne by Gianni Versace (3.4-ounce splash, $46).... Safari for Men, a masculine, woodsy scent from Ralph Lauren, which comes in a cut-glass decanter (4.2-ounce spray, $48.50).... Joop Homme, a sophisticated floral from Europe (4.2-ounce spray, $55).... New West (3.4-ounce skin scent, $38) and Cool Water (4.2- ounce spray, $55), two crisp, clean scents for out-door types from Aramis and Davidoff.
When Eric Karros joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a first baseman, he was ready to play ball--not step up to the fashion plate. But the 1992 National League Rokkie of the Year learned quickly. "When you travel with a team," he says, "you have to be dressed." Fortunately, veteran pitcher Roger McDowell came to Karros' rescue with a big-league shopping spree. "Roger bought me my first Armani suit, plus two ties and crocodile shoes by Fratelli Rossetti," Karros says. Since then, he has upped his fashion average by adding a Hugo Boss suit and a few more Armanis. "Now I get to help a new player," he says. "It's an unwritten code."