"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
—Henry James, British/American author, 1843 – 1916
As the days get longer and temperatures start to soar, nothing sounds better than the following three words: Summer. Weekend. Escape. (That, and Out. Of. Office.) Whether you’re heading to the lush vineyards of California’s Napa Valley or a picturesque coastal sojourn on Nantucket, you’ll need some style essentials along the way. At Peter Manning New York, we’ve done the work for you by curating a surefire packing list. And thanks to our proprietary size system based on height, weight and body type, our entire collection is designed to fit the “not-so-tall” guy. Along with sunblock, sunglasses and your favorite beach towel, don’t leave home without these go-to looks.
Getting there: At the airport or on the road
Just because you’re in transit, that’s no excuse to look slovenly (i.e., slouchy sweatpants and a baggy sweatshirt. And pajamas in public? Perish the thought.). Regardless of the journey, travel calls for a pulled-together look. Our Weekend Oxford Standard Fit Shirt fits the bill: Tailored with a timeless button-up design, it falls just below the waist. Wear it untucked with our Travel Jeans, designed in lightweight cotton twill with slight stretch for comfort and ease of movement. Modeled after our Johnny Jeans, they’re cut in flattering slim and standard fits.
For running on the beach or intense cardio at a hotel gym:
Leveraging the latest in fabric innovation, these styles incorporate 4-way stretch for shape retention and ease of movement. Anti-odor and moisture-wicking properties set apart the shirt, while the shorts are equipped with built-in linings and quick-dry technology.
For daytime sightseeing:
Proportional plackets, sleeves and length define our versatile short-sleeve polo shirts, made in piqué and jersey knits. They’re a perfect match for our chino short, available in either 5- or 7-inch inseams; never too long, never too baggy. Designed in cotton twill with a hint of stretch, they are garment dyed and washed to feel extra soft and broken-in.
Crafted in 100% Peruvian Pima cotton, our crewneck T-shirts incorporate our proprietary Surf City wash for extra softness. Pair them with our quick-drying tech shorts: With 7-inch inseams that hit above the knee, they include extra stretch as well as UV protection.
For dinner al fresco:
Understated prints elevate our Weekend Printed Shirt, which is meant to be worn untucked. We recommend matching it with our summer-perfect Lightweight Stretch Chino, designed in airy cotton with a hint of stretch for comfort and movement—striking a balance between just dressed up enough, yet always comfortable.
Nothing says summer like a lightweight, airy seersucker shirt with short sleeves as a season-perfect finishing touch. Designed in myriad styles, our version has a very modest seersucker effect and is specially washed for extra softness. Ideal for summer, our Lightweight Stretch Chino/Slim Fit is made in breezy cotton. Narrower at the ankles, it is garment dyed and pre-washed to feel extra soft and already broken in.
Another must-have style for warm weather, our Madras Short Sleever sets the standard for a casual yet classic button-up shirt. Made in partnership with the Original Madras Trading Co in India, and available in an array of hues, our classic plaid styles are washed for superb softness. With extra room through the seat, thigh and leg, our PMNYC Standard Fit Jean features a dark indigo wash for a slightly dressier look.
Made with versatility and comfort in mind, our Cotton Pullover is crafted in double-faced cotton. Designed in classic colors, it looks sufficiently dressed up over an oxford shirt amid overzealously air-conditioned rooms or unexpectedly cool summer evenings. Otherwise, pair it with a T-shirt at any time of year as an indispensable layering piece.
An ideal travel companion for your next adventure: Crafted in durable cotton canvas, our signature tote bag features a bottom gusset and comfortable shoulder straps.