The Obtainer - 7/10/24, Wednesday

The Obtainer

July 10th Edition

Presented by


Presented by

Cory Ohlendorf

One easy way to beat the heat? Pull on some airy shorts, cut from one of menswear's most revered summer fabrics. Let's raise a toast to seersucker.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf



Seersucker Shorts

Seersucker has long since earned its spot on the Mount Rushmore of summer fabrics. Traditionally made from cotton, it's woven in such a way that the threads bunch together, giving the fabric a crinkly, puckered appearance. The benefit of this intentional crumpling? It allows air to flow more freely and prevents it from sticking to your skin. The name derives from the Persian phrase “shir-o-shakhar”, meaning “milk and sugar” for the alternating textures.

They might not be your first thought when you think of easygoing shorts. That's okay. But man can't survive solely on nylon Baggies and chino shorts, right? As prep returns to mainstream menswear, it's got a slight dirtbag edge this time. And these shorts, cut from a traditional fabric—but in a more easygoing silhouette with an elasticized waistband—are seersucker shorts that just feel right. But who makes the best pair for your money? We tried on a handful to bring three sweet styles to fit any budget.

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The Relaxed Pair

+ 8-inch inseam

+ Cotton drawcord ties at the elasticized waist, finished with a faux fly and split-seam openings at the hem

+ Angled front pockets and oversized back patch pockets

+ The longer inseam and boxier fit give it a more relaxed feel

$44.99 / $22.49 by Gap Factory


The Preppy Pair

+ 6-inch inseam

+ Collegiate Polo “P” and crossed oars embroidered at the hem

+ Elastic waist with a buttoned closure, zip fly and buttoned back pockets

+ The tailored silhouette has a more dressy fit and feel

$115 / $84.99 by Polo Ralph Lauren


The Vintage-Inspired Pair

+ 7-inch inseam

+ The fabric, a lightweight cotton with 2% Spandex, has a soft feel, but is incredibly durable

+ Two front slash pockets and two back welt pockets

+ These have an old-school fit and feel, finished with a stretchy drawstring waist—not too casual, but not too dressy

$88 by Flint and Tinder

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Turn Up the Sophistication
on Your Summer Style

Pleated cotton-linen twill short, $170 by Mr P.

You often hear that summer is the hardest season to dress for—and there's definitely some truth to that statement. But just because it's hot and humid outside, doesn't mean you can't look sharp and put together when you leave the comforts of air conditioning. Yes, you're wearing less clothing overall, but if you choose wisely you can breeze through the dog days with cool confidence. The key is upgrading your summer wardrobe with seasonal staples built for ultimate breathability and lightweight accessories that add intriguing details while also helping you sweat less. We've worked with the styling team at MR PORTER to put together some suggestions to maximize breathability and comfort without sacrificing elegance.


Flowy and built to blow in the breeze, a boxy camp collar shirt can be worn buttoned-up or open over a tank.

Camp collar Tencel shirt, $400 by Cherry Los Angeles


Suede is an ideal sandal material for summertime. It’s softer and more casual than standard leather.

Tarik suede sandal, $1,100 by Bottega Veneta


They’re not built to handle a lot of cargo. Don’t weigh down your pants or shorts. Stash your EDC essentials in a simple sling bag.

Cotton-canvas pouch bag, $690 by Loewe + Paula's Ibiza

They’re not built to handle a lot of cargo. Don’t weigh down your pants or shorts. Stash your EDC essentials in a simple sling bag.

Cotton-canvas pouch bag, $690 by Loewe + Paula's Ibiza


Shop summer at MR PORTER »

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Stuff We Swear by

This Shape-Shifting Vacuum
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Call it a designer Dustbuster. Sure, the Dyson V8 is a sexy-looking machine. But the reason why we swear by this cordless vacuum is because it’s powerful, adaptable and easy to use. Invest in it once and you’re practically guaranteed a long, happy life with a clean home. With a run time of 40 minutes—longer than most other handhelds—it retains a good amount of suction and allows you to get through all your cleaning with one charge. Food crumbs, pet (and people) hair, spilled soil from a plant and even broken glass—I’ve seen this tackle it all with no trouble. In fact, it’s so versatile, that it’s the only vacuum I have, since I have a relatively small apartment here in Tokyo.


Most handhelds have a few attachments for crevices and upholstery, but the V8 has four that allow you to navigate various surfaces and reach hard-to-clean spots. The machine is incredibly lightweight and ergonomically designed to make it comfortable to carry around. Two cleaning modes allow you to find the right balance of power and run time while the powerful filtration system traps 99.99% of particles and allergens. What’s more, an easy trap-door ejection mechanism quickly and hygienically propels debris from the machine into your garbage can (no touching, no mess) and a wall-mount caddy makes charging and storing simple and organized.


$469.99 by Dyson

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*** Smart Buys ***
Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.


Nike's Air Max 1 blends timeless design with cushioned comfort, and now you can get several colorways marked way down with this code.

$140 / $66.23
(w/code EXTRA25)
by Nike


This ruggedly handsome bag can store tech gear or toiletries inside. It's made in the U.S.A. from tear-resistant and waterproof Cordura fabric.

$55 / $39 by
The Brown Buffalo


If you've been waiting to pick up a pair of Apple's AirPods Max, now's the time as this is the lowest price we've ever seen them at, with a nearly 30% discount.

$549 / $399
by Apple


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