Meet the newest member of the Style Blogger team, our new intern Townsend Smith.
Townsend, born and raised in Connectiut, lives an authentic, non-apologetic “Wasp Prep” lifestyle. He is a true New England outdoorsman with an impressive knowledge of menswear and an even more impressive closet filled with stylish gear appropriate for just about any occasion. (To clarify, as some readers might take this the wrong way, I do not mean the term “wasp” in a derogatory way by any means. I say it whimsically, simply meaning “White Anglo-Saxan Protestant” subtly hinting at the term’s ties to a history of wealth and social power).
It’s safe to say that Townsend and I had very different upbringings – which only adds another dynamic to our team. The thing that struck me first about him was not his outfits, but rather his poise. He understands that he has had a fortunate upbringing, and carries himself with a refreshing combination of confidence and humility. For men of means, in my opinion, this is very important. It’s not about lavish “throw-it-in-your face” style, it’s about humble “this is just how I live” style.
Townsend recently invited us for a refreshing out-of-the-city visit to his beautiful home in Connecticut.
Here, he shows us how a New Englander enjoys luxury outdoor activities in style.
1. Beach Club
“I love going down to the beach in late winter/early spring. It’s usually empty, and on a nice day it’s the perfect place to take a break. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than taking a stroll in a comfortably worn-in chunky sweater, listening to the waves and smelling the salty breeze come off the water. It’s very calming and a great place to sit and think”.
If you’re not keen on winter whites (like Ryan here), early Spring is the perfect time to break out a pair of white cotton trousers. Pair them with a neutral chunky knit, like Townsend’s navy shawl, and you got an outfit that’s perfect for just about any weekend daytime activity.
Bonus Tip: No socks at the beach. Go with sandals or boat shoes.
Bonus Tip II: White pants work better in the sun, regardless of the season.
- Blue shawl collar sweater by Rugby Ralph Lauren
- White chino pants by JCrew
- Blue oxford by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Light blue boat shoes by Sperry Topsider
- Wayfarer sunglasses by Ray-Ban