The Obtainer - 6/17/24, Monday

The Obtainer

June 17th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

It’s too hot for regular pants. Pull on a lightweight pair with a stretchy waist and a drawstring. You’ll be glad you did. And if you’re not sure which ones to get, you’re in luck. We’ve got over a dozen of the best buys.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


Buying Guide

The Ultimate Summer Pant

This time of year, you want—no, require—your pants to be light and breezy. Otherwise, your thighs, calves or junk are trapped in a hell of their own making. Stifling hot or too stiff, maybe chafing around the waistband. The solution is easy. Literally. Easygoing and relaxed, a pair of drawstring pants are casual, airy and ready to take on the balmy conditions of summer.

Best of all? The coolest pairs in 2024 basically look like regular pants. You know, the kind with zip-up flys, pleats or a boxy, tapered leg that you can wear to work or on a date. Which means these stretchy-waist trousers offer all the comfort and non-constrictive ease of your kick-around-the-house pants, but look a whole lot more respectable. Pull them on with a simple T-shirt, a bold camp collar shirt or knit polo. Ground the look with some loafers, some minimalist canvas sneakers or your go-to summer slides. Put another way, there's no wrong way to wear them. The only mistake would be not including a pair or two in your summer wardrobe rotation.

Our Picks

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Cut from a rugged canvas, washed down for broken-in comfort and softness.

Sunwashed pant,
$69.95 by L.L.Bean


Available in six shades of airy linen, from Italy’s famed Sondrio Mill.

Italian linen beach pant,
$198 by Todd Snyder


Dipped six times in fermented natural indigo to achieve this beautiful blue color.

Ponya drawstring pant,
$145 by Industry of All Nations


Available in more than a dozen shades and cut from a smooth cotton poplin with a touch of stretch.

Slacker pant,
$110 by Standard Issue

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I want a boxy tee for summer. Something heavy enough that I can wear by itself but not be too hot. Any suggestions (under $50)?

- Eric

For your money, you won't find a better boxy tee than UNIQLO U's crew neck. They've got a really good hand feel, thanks to the 100% cotton jersey fabric. It's substantial and heavyweight without feeling too thick, you know? The sleeves are the perfect length, the ribbed-stitched collar is inspired by vintage military tees and the length is shorter than your average tee without feeling too short and cropped. It comes in a wide range of colors and you get all this for less than $20.

$19.90 by UNIQLO

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5 Stylish Items to Buy This Week

It's a match made in streetwear heaven. Supreme and Vans pair up again for their latest set of sick sneakers—this time with a touch of profanity for the summertime. The laidback low-profile skate shoe ($110) is crafted from premium suede in three colorways (and our favorite, in blue, still has plenty of sizes left for now). Each pair features a soft leather lining and tonal embroidery at the heel. But if you don't move fast, you'll miss out on them.

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Made from 100% ringspun cotton heavyweight jersey that’s been garment-washed for a soft hand feel, this set on sale makes each tee less than 20 bucks.

$125 / $95 by
Line of Trade


London-based label Stepney Workers Club reimagines its signature Dellow S-Strike sneaker with versatile cotton canvas and now they’re less than $50.

$125 / $95 by
Line of Trade


These adventure-ready shorts from Goldwin are built from lightweight and durable ripstop fabric, available in three colors—all currently marked down.

$180 / $135
by Goldwin


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