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Howler Bros. Mixes Work and Play in the H Bar B Shirt

Work-appropriate styling in a relaxed package

Casual but work-appropriate, this shirt works for almost any occassion. (Emily Reed)
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Work-appropriate styling in a relaxed package

I’m a born and raised New Yorker, and I was drawn out west from the Empire State to work at Outside. Before making the move, I was going to school and working in Manhattan every day, and my clothing choices reflected the city’s business-first style—I was very much a slacks, long-sleeved dress shirt, and polished shoes kind of guy.

Luckily, the outdoor industry is bit more laid back, and I’ve adopted a slightly more casual wardrobe since then. Now I’m a jeans, short sleeves, and hiking boots kind of guy. The Howler Brothers H Bar B shirt ($50) lets me get away with being more comfortable at the office without looking like a schlub who just rolled out of bed. But I could probably wear it to sleep and no one would notice, given that the breezy cotton-polyester blend is wrinkle resistant, not to mention it keeps me cool and is thin enough to fit nicely under a jacket or sweater. The pearl snaps add a touch of class. If my sunglasses smudge up, there’s a hidden microfiber patch on the inside hem that wipes away grime, and the long cut fits my six-foot-two-inch frame perfectly, so I don’t have to worry it’ll ride up. Tuck it in or leave it out, the H Bar B is the perfect work-travel-anything shirt.

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