Barbecue season is here. Officially. We know that you’ve been wearing shorts for weeks already, but it’s still worth remembering a few other rules about BBQ style (no white!).
You will spill sauce. You will spill mustard. Your wife will spill both on you. Do not panic, you didn’t wear white! Jeans are a perfect option for winter BBQs in the Middle East. But wear strong jeans. A Celio denim pair from their aptly named collection Team BBQ should do. A barbecue’s as good an excuse for a breaking-in as you’re likely to get because a good pair of jeans can withstand napkin duty, or sitting in the grass.
It’s okay to wear an apron. But only when you’re cooking. And make it a shop apron, because no one wants to kiss the cook. And because they’re cheap, last forever, and include pockets. Try heavy cotton twill, canvas, or more denim. It’s all at the hardware store.
You must wear sunglasses. Even if it’s cloudy. A man can man a grill with ease when the breeze isn’t blowing smoke up his eye sockets. Also: that look of consternation over the charred chicken stays wear it should — behind the lenses.
An essential basic t-shirt is a must and wear it with those jeans! Jeans and a T-shirt is the most basic outfit known to man, the most comfortable to wear, and thus one of the hardest to pull off – even at a BBQ. Because when you’re only wearing two pieces of clothing and both of them are the most widely produced menswear items on the planet, finding the perfect versions of each – and wearing them together – requires the ability to know what fits your body best. It also requires you to know what tee goes with what jeans best, and which colours and washes just won’t jive. Luckily, there’s a crew of guys and brands who have gotten the mix just right. Brands such as Celio have a knack for making this simple-in-theory-but-hard-in-execution fit look the way it should: cozy, effortless, and somewhere between rugged and polished.