For today’s Winter Holiday Gift Guide we are going to build a bit of an outfit. As with all of these gift guides, the items represented here are all top of the tops, the standouts of 6 ½ months of product testing and reviewing. Today, from top to bottom; Chrome, Volcom, and Bombas.
Chrome Woven Work Shirt
Superficially speaking, the Woven Work Shirt is very handsome. Its Midnight Blue color is deep, rich, and almost shimmering. The trim fit adds versatility to a shirt that would normally be relegated to weekend chores or actual blue collar work, making it perfect for a casual night out.
The construction of the Chrome Woven Work Shirt is of the highest quality. Cut and sewn in the oldest standing workwear factory in San Francisco, this shirt features triple needle stitching throughout as well as bartack stitching in high stress areas. The chambray yoke liner and locker loop are nice touches and hint at the fact that Chrome has been doing its homework when it comes to modern shirt construction. On sale for $93.75 from http://www.chromeindustries.com/
Volcom Solver Jeans
With a regular rise and a 16” leg opening, these “modern straight fit” jeans fit much better than expected. To be honest, all the verbiage about the rise and fit and leg opening had me a little nervous. I thought they might be a bit too modern for a middle-aged man, but the Solver is a really good all-rounder. Young men are sure to sag them and everyone else will wear them around the waist because they ride there naturally and comfortably.
The denim of this particular pair of Solvers is of the middleweight raw variety (8 denim styles total). Instead of 100% cotton, Volcom has gone the smart route by blending 1% elastane in with the cotton to add just a smidge of stretch to the fabric. After wearing the Solver for a while it starts to become apparent that the reason they are so likeable is due to the perfect fit that doesn’t let you down whether crouched down in the soup isle of the local grocery store or while flailing through a kickflip body varial over the hip at the local park. Prices start as low as $39 over at http://www.volcom.com/
Though thicker than I am accustomed to, these days, Bombas socks are undeniably excellent in every way. According to the Bombas website their socks are “purpose built for athletic performance, engineered for comfort, and designed to stand out” and it shows. Whether calf or ankle sock, there is nothing but comfort, support, and good looks going on.
The elasticity of the upper part of the sock is just right. The Y-stitched heel and “InvisiToe” toe seam should be considered the standard to which all sock makers should aspire. The Honeycomb Support System around the arch and tarsal area of the foot keeps the fit smooth and tidy and feels good no matter how long the socks are worn. Lastly, the long staple Pima cotton used to make these socks is downright luxurious and a joy to wear. $11 at http://www.bombas.com/
**This just in: Energized by the Bombas mission of corporate philanthropy, GAP and Bombas have teamed up to fashion a limited edition line of GAP x Bomba socks. As part of this collaboration, GAP will give a pair of Bombas donation socks for every pair sold with the goal of giving away one million pairs!