Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Stretch Summer Blend Shirt

I recently reviewed the Faherty Malibu Short, along with them, I also picked up a linen-blend shirt, the Short-Sleeve Stretch Summer Blend Shirt. I’ve given it a good test through the warm end of the summer and while not necessarily along the lines of what we normally test, it is a nice shirt.

Material

The fabric here is a 76% cotton, 21% linen, 3% spandex blend.

While stretch is in the name of the shirt, I didn’t find it apparent while wearing, but being a short sleeve shirt, that isn’t a huge deal. However, when examining the fabric by hand, their is definitely a little stretch in the horizontal direction.

The high linen content gives the fabric both the loved and hated properties of linen. The shirt is very light and airy. Of course, this also means the fabric wrinkles if you just look at it. To be noted here — wrinkles in linen look great in a casual situation if they are wrinkles from wearing it, but not so great if they are from it being packed in your bag. So this shirt is simply not for packing (unless you want to iron).

Fit & Style

Faherty is one of the brands of shirts that seems to always fit my body. Once you find one or two of those, you’ll be happy to continue being a customer. Not to mention, I also think the build quality is also above average.

Style-wise, this is a nice casual button-down for wearing untucked with shorts. I find the Mint Buffalo color I got pairs very well with my Navy Outlier New Way Longs (our review). Additionally, the texture of the fabric, a combination of texture from the linen and the weave of the fabric also lends to the casual look.

Performance

This shirt is built for the heat. The fabric is built to be light and airy and the linen only improves that. I wore this shirt on some warm summer days and it kept me cool, the only thing that might beat it is something made from Ramie by Outlier like the Ramienorth Pivot (our review) or Mojave Shortsleeve.

As far as odor resistance, I can get about two wears here. The shirt doesn’t dry too quickly though, so don’t plan on washing the shirt in the sink and wearing it again the next day.

Speaking of washing, I found the shirt to come out of the washer quite wrinkly and even after hanging to dry, it needs an iron.

Overall

Overall this is a nice casual summer shirt. It’s not going to ever be a travel shirt for me (unless I’m planning to wear it just once and on the first day), but it’s a nice one to have in my lineup for weekends at home.

At a full price of $128 I can’t recommend it due to the high cotton content — for not much more you can get a 100% linen shirt. However, if it hits the Faherty sale, it’s worth a look.

Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Stretch Summer Blend Shirt

Travel Clothing is a Ridiculous Trap

One of the reasons this site came to be, is because both Steve and I found ourselves traveling a lot for both work and leisure. And when you start traveling a lot, you start to look at how you can pack fewer items — this seems almost universal, as humans are generally uncomfortable out of their normal habitats and thus you really want to know you have the right clothing. Which means you inevitably google something like “best travel clothes for X”. And you get back a big mix of some really weird clothing.

The truth is, most travel clothing is some Frankenstein mix of stereotypical retiree clothing and hiking clothing. This type of clothing is marked by:

  • Zip-off anything
  • A lot of pockets, with some very dedicated pockets
  • Zippers, like a lot of zippers
  • Polyester or nylon

Some, but not all, of the above describes even some of the clothing we talk about here on this site, but if you look closely the clothing we really like is that which most people can’t even tell is anything out of the ordinary. But what’s really odd is that anyone who has spent time traveling knows exactly the clothing I am talking about.

There’s always a bunch of people wearing zip-off pants, button down shirts treated with bug repellant and with mesh venting. Pockets galore and more. People really seem to buy into these travel clothing traps, and I cannot understand why.

These clothes look terrible. And they also generally perform terribly too. In most cases you would be better off with blue jeans and a pair of swim trunks than you would with any zip off pants. There’s a few reasons why:

  1. You have to wash most of those travel pants more than blue jeans.
  2. You can’t swim in zip-off pants.
  3. You’ll never use all the pockets.
  4. Cotton will hold bug spray just as well as that bug treatment on your clothes.
  5. You look like a target because you are specifically wearing travel clothing when you are traveling. So it’s not hard to target you.

But more than anything else, if these clothes are so good and so versatile: then why don’t people wear them everyday? Why only relegate them to travel?

It’s because you don’t want people you know to see you wearing this stuff unless you have a specific reason to wear them. Because they look terrible.

That’s why you read both Steve and I praising Outlier’s Futureworks (our review). These are nylon pants with a gusset crotch, stretch, and are highly breathable while also resisting some light rain. And yet you can’t tell it’s a technical pant. They drape well, make no noise and only have a zipper on the fly. They are stealth and superior to all other business casual/chino like pants I have tried to date.

They also aren’t marketed for travel, and that makes them hard for a lot of people to find.

My goal when I started down the rabbit hole of finding better clothing was to merge the two aspects of my life. What I wear everyday should be what I wear when I travel. It should perform to really high standards, because that’s just convenient for me and comfortable as well.

I don’t wear this clothing because I travel a lot any more. I don’t wear it because I write here at this site. I wear it because it’s more comfortable than any other option, while looking just as good.

So don’t fall into the travel clothing trap, and avoid anything with zip-off extremities.

Travel Clothing is a Ridiculous Trap

What We’re Wearing: August 2019

The summer is coming to a close, and it’s time for the second edition of “What We’re Wearing” here at Everyday Wear. Here’s what we’ve been wearing and enjoying through the summer.

Steve

We had a crazy start to the summer with some really wet stretches, but the second half has been quite hot. I’ve spent a lot of time outside enjoying the weather — here’s what I’ve been wearing.

Business Casual

The Outlier Futureworks (our review) are still my favorite pants for business casual dress. For the hottest (and on the causal side of business casual), the Western Rise The Evolution Pant (our review) still can’t be beaten with their extremely lightweight fabric.

After finishing my review of the Wool & Prince Slim Chino (provided for review by Wool & Prince), they ended up staying in my closet because I find them to be too warm for the summer. I am looking forward to bringing them back out in the Fall, however.

As far as shirting, I’ve been mostly been wearing the polos I discussed in my Polo Guide, and my Bluffworks Meridian 2.0 Dress Shirt (our review).

Shoe wise, my Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill boots are holding up well and still are my go to, always with Darn Tough socks.

Casual

I’ve stepped up my summer casual game some with some great linen blend short sleeve button-ups — Taylor Stitch The Short Sleeve Bandit (our review), Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Stretch Summer Blend Shirt (look for a review soon). I also found nylon/Tencel/spandex shirt at REI that I’ve been enjoying. To continue on the linen theme, I also picked up the Faherty Brand Malibu Short (our review).

I’ve recently also tried my first piece with hemp fiber, the Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt.

Obviously, natural fibers were a theme this summer for me and I quite enjoyed everything I purchased. Of course, linen wrinkles quite a bit but looks great for casual wear. Some of the linen/cotton blends kept wrinkles away better than others, and hemp blends seem to be a little better than linen. Overall, to me, the hemp blends I’ve seen tend to feel a little stiffer/coarser than linen.

I’ve continued to wear my Western Rise pants for casual wear as well, and my Outlier New Way Longs (our review) continue to be my favorite shorts.

I did also finally find a pair of casual sneakers that I like to wear with shorts — a pair of Seavees with a linen upper.

Finally, while not really summer shoes, I found a great deal on a pair of Red Wing Merchant boots in a light brown suede that look great with a pair of causal pants. These are defiantly going to get a lot of wear as the weather cools down.

Exercise

Nothing new exercise clothing wise, but I did discuss my long term opinion on the athletic t-shirts I’ve been wearing for over a year now.

My go to shorts continue to be the Myles Apparel Momentum Short 2.0 (our review). I’ve also recently purchased the Coalatree Trailhead Shorts (look for a review soon).

Shoe wise, I’m still wearing my Trail Gloves (gym) or Altra Lone Peak 4 (rucking/hiking).

Outerwear

Of course not much outerwear is needed for the summer, but I’ve still been wearing my Outdoor Research Helium II (our review) for rain. I also just picked up a Patagonia Houdini Snap-T Pullover Windbreaker in their current sale. I haven’t received it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

Travel

I’ve continued to wear and pack the above when traveling. Of course, still carrying my trusty GORUCK GR1 26L backpack. The Trail Gloves pack down nicely if I want to bring a pair of exercise shoes.

Ben

Since moving to Houston I’ve had to change quite a few things wardrobe these past few months: working in an office, and living in a very hot and humid place will do that to you.

Business Casual

My go to outfit for work was pretty easy to sort out, despite all the pants and shirts I have been testing, I have settled on wearing Futureworks for the vast majority of the work week (Dark Navy and Space Grey being my go to colors) and a mix of Ministry of Supply Aero Dress Shirts (our review), as well as Bluffworks Meridian shirts. I still mix in a few other options I have, but these are what I would pare back to if forced to do so.

On the shoe side of things I have settled on rotating between my Thursday Boots (our review), and a pair of Cole Haans. Both work well, and are comfortable all day with the boots running a little warmer come the very end of the day.

Casual

I’ve been ruined on the casual side of clothing. It’s been to hot out to wear my Outlier Slim Dungarees (our review), so I have been forced to spend most of the summer in my Outlier New Way shorts. I only have one pair in charcoal, and surprisingly that’s been more than enough for me. I love these shorts, and they are basically all I wear. Occasionally for a nice dinner I will toss on some Sandstorm Futureworks, or if I want pants my Olivers Passage Pants (our review).

On the shirt side I typically wear the Western Rise AirLight Short Sleeve (our review) if it is clean, or my Wool & Prince 100% Merino Polo (our review). I’ve found myself rarely wearing t-shirts, but I do wear the Outlier Ramienorth Pivot (our review) quite a bit for going out to dinner, though it’s a wear once and wash shirt.

My shoes for casual wear consist of flip flops, or a pair of Nike Flyknit running shoes.

Exercise

This setup hasn’t changed at all despite the weather. I wear my GORUCK Simple Pants, Y Athletics SilverAir Merino (our review), and GORUCK MACV-1 boots. I tried wearing shorts, but there are still enough mosquitoes that get my legs if I do that, and the pants don’t overheat me much so that’s an easy fix there.

Travel

I have not been traveling at all this summer, only one weekend road trip. So my clothing for this is the same as my casual clothing. I did pack in my trusty GR1 as it is clearly the best backpack out there.

What We’re Wearing: August 2019