The Friday Read: Oliver Cabell Boots, What to Wear Camping & A Cool Whiskey Decanter

Luminox Atacama Field Automatic 1901

On time heading into the weekend with this Luminox field watch.

It’s *time* to start the weekend, is it not? Bad watch puns aside, that stylish field watch shown above could just be the best weekend watch — Luminox certainly has a history and heritage of making the best men’s watches for work and play. They’re perhaps best known for making NAVY Seal-approved watches, but the Luminox Atacama Field Automatic Watch ought to do just fine for your weekend pursuits (which hopefully aren’t too strenuous). My weekend, in fact, looks a bit different than normal. While I’ve largely been in Brooklyn on my own since this very day in March (aside from a summer trip to the Michigan countryside), I’ll be in Florida across the past week — and quarantining back in Brooklyn thereafter. It’s a great chance to visit with my parents and take some time to rest and relax (and yes, we’ll be going to a quiet beach or two!). I’m also planning to swing by the much-loved Point Ybel Brewing, a favorite of my trips to Florida, for some excellent craft beer.

You can follow along with my trip on Instagram, of course, but before we get into the rest of today’s post, I want to say, most importantly, THANK YOU for swinging by the blog and for reading & supporting my work. I’m not sure if, five months to the day, anyone foresaw what was in store ahead of us. I’m wishing you all safety and health, first and foremost. It’s also been quite the time for me to formally launch my own business, so if you’d like to sign up for my newsletter (it’s free!) or else swing by the new Shop By The Style Guide, any support is appreciated. For now, I’ll be focused on enjoying some time in Florida, relaxing with family and of course, continuing to write for this very blog, plus my ongoing work at Maxim, GearMoose and The Manual. With that being said, the rest of today’s Friday Read is below. Let’s roll on!

SB 1 | Natural

There’s never a bad time to start shopping the best men’s fall boots.

  • Make no mistake, we’re going to be talking a lot — I mean, A LOT — about the best men’s boots for fall in the weeks ahead. To get you in that early fall shopping mindset, head on over to Oliver Cabell to check out a full lineup of the best boots for men, including the exquisitely well-crafted SB 1 Natural Boots shown above. Originally founded with a focus on minimal sneakers, the brand now crafts a whole range of footwear, including stylish lace-up boots you can wear with everything from chinos to denim. So, best start thinking ahead, and you’ll be ready when the time comes.

Freemans Sporting Club Archive Sale

A seriously cool sale from a standout menswear brand.

Alright, my friends. Are you sick of me yet? I hope not, because I’ve got one more weekend read for you to check out (and shop, and just enjoy in general). As I’ve said throughout this post, the idea of weekend adventures sounds mighty appealing to me. From the best hiking boots for men to a dependable, stylish overshirt for outdoor excursions, you’d do well to check out my guide to what to wear on your next summer trip. Especially if that trip goes a ways off the beaten path, you’ll be more than well-equipped. OK, I mean it. I’m wrapping things up and heading out to enjoy Florida! Cheers, folks.

The Thursday Buy: This Buck Mason Shirt Is Your New Daily Essential

A classic, timeless twill shirt you’ll love wearing — from Buck Mason, of course.

We talked in last week’s edition of The Thursday Buy about a new favorite everyday shirt from Todd Snyder, and we’re back again with yet another one of the best men’s shirts, this one from an equally style-minded purveyor of classic gear for men. I’m talking, of course, about all-American brand Buck Mason and the Buck Mason Pacific Twill Shirt, as reliable and timeless as you can get when on the hunt for a stylish everyday shirt. What do I mean when I say “everyday shirt, specifically?

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Well, I’m talking about the kind of cool men’s shirt you can throw on with just about anything in your wardrobe, on any day of the week, and then watch the compliments start to roll in. This Buck Mason shirt is exactly that piece. This classic Oxford shirt features a modern fit, it comes in a flattering shade of Navy (remember, darker colors are slimming!), it’s made from overdyed cotton for a lived-in look and feel, and you can wear it with your favorite chinos or with black denim easily. The style points don’t stop there: Wear this rugged men’s shirt with slim tan chino shorts and white leather sneakers right now, or keep it handy with olive chinos and suede chukka boots. Seriously, when it comes to Buck Mason, you can do no wrong. Make sure this shirt ends up in your shopping cart ASAP. And if you like what you see, let me know on Twitter

SHOP: The Buck Mason Pacific Twill Shirt 

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See Now, Buy Now: This Freemans Sporting Club Pocket T-Shirt is the Best USA-Made Tee

The best T-shirt for summer? The best made-in-America T-shirt? Both? You decide.

Perhaps you’re feeling pretty good about the summer style essentials you’ve assembled for yourself to this point — maybe you’ve even got the perfect summer jacket or the best men’s shorts in your rotation, ehh? But what if I told you that something was still missing? That would be one of the best men’s T-shirts, or to be more specific, the expertly made and crafted Freemans Sporting Club Pocket T-Shirt, made with a custom dye in a great fit and finish. Be it at a Saturday morning at the beach or a Friday evening run to get your favorite craft beer — or any time in between — there are situations where you simply need a great-looking T-shirt to throw on at a moment’s notice. My friends, this Freemans Sporting Club T-shirt is that shirt. It’s getting more difficult to find a USA-made T-shirt (or heck, USA-made menswear in general) that clocks in at an agreeable price for the quality, but that’s exactly what this stylish pocket T-shirt does. Now, the good folks at Freemans Sporting Club (located on a very stylish street in NYC) know a thing or two about crafting the best menswear, so you can rest assured they’re not cutting any corners here. But why a pocket T-shirt, and why now? I’m glad you asked.

SHOP: The Freemans Sporting Club Pocket T-Shirt

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One of a whopping nine colors options in which you can get this stylish pocket tee.

For starters, a classic pocket tee provides a bit more versatility and easygoing wearability than a plain crewneck T-shirt or a V-neck T-shirt (no deep “V” tees from American Apparel in sight!). And what’s more, this T-shirt just looks … cool. Whether you pick up the Cactus color at the top of the page — or any of the other nine color options in which this Freemans Sporting Club tee is available — you really can’t go wrong. It’s made in Los Angeles from 100 percent ringspun cotton (the good stuff, in short!) in an agreeable fit that’s not too tight or too loose — it’s just right.

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That “just right”‘ quality means this is one of the best T-shirts to wear with everything from stylish chino shorts to your favorite pair of denim and a classic pair of sneakers.  When things get a bit breezy, simply throw on a classic denim jacket or a lightweight trucker jacket atop what’s sure to become your new favorite T-shirt — it’s really that simple, my friends. How about it? Will you be buying one of the best T-shirts for men today (or soon, at least)? Let me know on Twitter.

SHOP: The Freemans Sporting Club Pocket T-Shirt

(Pssst … check out these stylish sneakers below from GREATS while you’re here). 

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#OOTD: This Is How to Wear a Chambray Shirt Right Now

There are times when a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do — be it picking up to-go beers or freshly ground coffee from your local shop, loading up the car for a day trip upstate or hanging out and grilling this summer … for all those times, you need the best men’s style essentials. Gear that’s not going to let you down, gear that’s going to look great … no matter what. Enter today’s #OOTD covering the best chambray shirt — and how to wear it. We’ll dive into what exactly makes one of the best chambray shirts for men (Hint: It’s gotta be from Buck Mason), plus the best accessories to go alongside it. Now, I know what you’re (maybe) thinking. “A chambray shirt?? In the middle of August? The horror!” … OK, I’m kidding. But if ever you were skeptical about trying out a chambray shirt, rest assured that the Buck Mason chambray shirt in question today is lightweight, easy to layer and plenty stylish all the way through (it helps that we’ll layer it over one of your favorite T-shirts for breezy seasonal style). And if you’re the type of guy who simply can’t put away his selvedge denim, I’ve got just the solution for you: A pair of lightweight stretch selvedge jeans from none other than Todd Snyder. Of course, it’ll get all the better thanks to the best chukka boots, too. But, I don’t want to spoil the look for you. Keep scrolling to check out the full #OOTD, then chime in on Twitter if you plan to pick up any of these rugged summer gear picks. Onward, folks!

A cool chambray shirt worn an even cooler way. Get into it. folks.

Hopefully, you’ve got a few more ideas on how to wear a chambray shirt this summer. The key here involves layering it up the right way, and accessorizing it with the best men’s gear for warm weather. Luckily, Buck Mason makes it easy to do that successfully — this is quite simply one of the best men’s chambray shirts I’ve seen, and I think you’ll feel the same way. You’ve got on-point summer style aplenty here thanks to the best white T-shirt for guys, to go along with stylish stretch selvedge jeans from one of your favorite menswear designers (or at least, one of my favorites!). The look gets all the better thanks to rugged chukka boots from Red Wing Heritage — which also happen to be surprisingly lightweight — and then it’s all finished off in fine form with a vintage-inspired watch from the good folks at Timex. How can it get better? That’s easy, folks. A stylish brown leather belt from Billykirk keeps your black selvedge jeans in place and looks great doing it, while a pair of the most affordable sunglasses for men belongs on your face for the rest of summer. Last but not least, one of the coolest growlers for beer helps you transport your favorite beer and keep it cold for hours of summer enjoyment. It’s all about casual, rugged style, and I don’t think it can get any better than, well, right now. But again, it all starts with one of the best men’s chambray shirts — choose wisely, shop accordingly, then get out there this summer.

The List: Buy All These New Men’s Style Picks for the Dog Days of Summer

Astorflex Sandflex | Huckberry

A perfectly easygoing pair of stylish slip-ons for the tail end of summer.

Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through August? It’s astonishing in its own way, and although you might be tired of the heat, it’s not done with us yet — that’s why it’s still prudent to get some of the best essentials for the summer heat via my latest edition of The List. We’ll throw in a  few rugged gear picks you can rock past Labor Day (steadily approaching!) and on into early fall — in total, you’ll find 20 of the best men’s style essentials for right now. To keep things light, breezy and stylish, we’ll start things off with some of the best slip-on shoes for men, a uniquely cool pair from Huckberry that you can start wearing this instant. Happy reading, my friends.

Astorflex Sandflex — $125

Astorflex Sandflex | Huckberry

The most stylish leather slip-ons (possibly) for a low, low price.

If you’ve never tried a pair of Astorflex shoes, now is a great time to start. This family-owned brand of Italian shoemakers delivers some of the coolest shoes for guys for any season, from suede chukka boots to the perfectly summer-ready Astorflex Sandflex slip-ons for lazy summer days (and for wearing with the best men’s chinos, of course).

Save Khaki Utility Anorak — $220

Save Khaki Utility Anorak | Huckberry

Your new favorite transitional jacket for chilly summer nights and breezy early fall days. One of the best men’s jackets, no doubt.

Maybe you know Save Khaki because of the fact that they make, well, some of the best men’s khaki pants on the planet. But what if I told you they now make one of the best transitional jackets out there, too? This rugged anorak — made in partnership with New Balance — is what you need for your next hike or camping trip.

Buck Mason Slub Classic Pocket Tee — $40

A classic pocket tee done the Buck Mason way.

As ever, if you peruse the pages of this blog, you might know that (IMHO) Buck Mason makes one of the very best men’s T-shirts in the game. They’re now turning their attention toward a cool pocket tee you can rock with just about anything — shop accordingly.
Taylor Stitch  Jack Shirt in Blue Everyday Oxford — $98 or 3 Shirts for $220

This is the best Oxford shirt to buy right now — period.

Folks, we sure do love San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch here on the blog. Hopefully, you’ve had positive experiences with them, but in my estimation, they nail the fit and the fabric when it comes to the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt. Pick up at least one of the best men’s shirts for any season ASAP. In fact, wear this classic Oxford shirt with your new linen pants. On that note…

Billy Reid Cotton-Linen Five-Pocket Pants — $100.98

Breezy, stylish men’s pants for summer. It’s that simple.

The best casual pants for men come from an iconic American designer that just knows how to make guys look good — that’d be Mr. Billy Reid. These stylish five-pocket pants feature a crucial cotton-linen blend for perfect summer style. Again, pair them with the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt. Plus, it’s rare to find gear from Billy Reid on sale, ehh?
Todd Snyder Made in L.A. Slub Jersey Montauk Polo — $88

One of the coolest polos for men, guaranteed.

Hey hey, let’s stick with another one of America’s best menswear designers here in Todd Snyder, shall we? The designer has perfected the art of the American-made polo, something that’s seriously tricky to do. Call this one of the best men’s polos — it’s 100 percent true.
HELM Boots Brass Buckle Wide Belt — $98

Get a belt to go with your rugged HELM boots — and get $50 off your first order in the process.

When it comes to the best men’s gear, only the best men’s accessories will do — right? This is no moreso the case than when it comes to the stylish leather belt you need to complement your rugged leather boots. As it were, HELM Boots has you covered here.
FRYE Astor Low Lace Sneakers — $198
The great thing about the best leather sneakers is how easily they work for right now (the doldrums of August), and yet how readily you can wear these stylish leather sneakers on into fall. FRYE does it right when it comes to the best men’s shoes, folks.
VAER Watches A5 Automatic Field Watch — $449
VAER Watches A5 Field Automatic | Huckberry

The coolest field watch of the moment? Possibly, possibly.

A rugged field watch is yet another essential you can put to great use now, and then keep on using come fall and winter. VAER Watches successfully delivers one of the best men’s field watches for the everyday and beyond, my friends.
Blackhouse Cowdell Coffee Table — $970

The rugged, efficient, effective coffee table of your dreams, with plenty of storage space.

A great coffee table really can change up the character of your den or your living room, at home or at your cabin. Luckily, Huckberry stocks and sells one of the coolest coffee tables I’ve seen in some time — I’m envious, given that my space in Brooklyn is limited!
Mott and Bow Driggs Classic Crew Tee — $32

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Mott and Bow T-shirts on the blog, and it won’t be the last. This is among the best crewneck T-shirts to pair up with your Mott and Bow jeans.

Proof Marled Travel Shirt — $108

A travel shirt you can actually wear anywhere you want for summer.

Travel is looking mighty different these days — but travel-ready men’s shirting still belongs in your wardrobe. Take this casual performance shirt, with its comfortable marled fabric blend and versatile fit. It’s one of the best men’s shirts for late summer weather — and early fall transitional style.

Ibex Journey Long-Sleeve Crew — $98

Journey Long Sleeve Crew

Speaking of the best men’s shirts for travel, how about this finely made merino wool long-sleeve shirt from Ibex? The aptly named Ibex Journey Long-Sleeve Crew should provide endless comfort at home and on the road.

Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase — $189

A rugged, durable and stylish everyday bag from Topo Designs.

The ways in which we “commute” (or not!) are quite different these days, but you still need the best gear for summer adventures. This stylish briefcase from Topo Designs checks all the right boxes, does it not?
Szanto Roland Sands Icon Signature Watch — $190.98

A cool watch collaboration and a vintage-inspired design.

These last few weeks of summer call for an adventure-ready watch you can start wearing right now, then keep wearing when the weather turns. This rugged watch, inspired by vintage racing designs, is your new favorite watch to wear with faded jeans and a henley. Speaking of …
Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Henley — $38

Easily the best short-sleeve henley for summer — or, the end of summer.

It’s almost a no-brainer to pick up one of the best men’s henleys — or heck, more than one! — from Huckberry. Flint and Tinder, of course, has managed to churn out an American-made henley that’s as rugged and versatile as it gets.
Freemans Sporting Club CS-1 Shirt — $155

A rugged men’s shirt you should wear as often as you can right now — and later this year.

Want the type of everyday summer shirt you can invest in now and then continue to rock into fall and winter? That’s exactly what Freemans Sporting Club has done here with this rugged utility shirt. Stylish enough to wear atop your favorite tee or underneath a classic denim jacket.
Basic Hard Seltzer — Price Varies

A fun and refreshing fridge addition. I love the Pamplemousse flavor the most.

Let’s close things out with a fun summer sipper. If you follow the blog, you know I love an ice-cold beer as much as the next guy. But what about when the occasion calls for something lighter? Something fresh, effervescent and flavorful? That’s where Basic Hard Seltzer comes into play. The brand (which I had the chance to test out recently) takes a “no-BS” approach to quality seltzer you can stock in your cooler for weekend trips aplenty.
Frye Bowery Chukka Boots — $328
Frye Bowery Chukka Boots

The coolest chukka boots your money can buy, very nearly.

Getting back into menswear to close things out here, it’s never too early to stock up on the best men’s chukka boots for fall. And my friends, that’s what the Frye Bowery Chukka Boots happen to be.
Filson Ultralight Vest — $145

A durable, dependable lightweight vest that’ll wear nicely heading into fall.

Consider this lightweight vest the perfect transitional layer atop your favorite henley (paired with the Frye Bowery Chukka Boots and slim denim). Ideal to pack on trips and throw on when it gets unexpectedly chilly.

From hard seltzer to the best everyday summer shirt to an American-made henley, what are we digging the most today, my friends? The right gear to carry us through the end of summer is going to come in mighty handy in the days ahead, that much is true. However, you can also rock plenty of these picks on the daily into fall and winter — witness a stylish leather belt from HELM Boots or the the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, for starters. As for me, my top pick today just might be the Astorflex Sandflex for end-of-summer relaxation. Heck, they’d wear extremely well with one of the best men’s polos from Todd Snyder, too. Last but not least, I wouldn’t say no to a casual performance shirt from Proof, either. Got favorites of your own? Be sure to let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading, as always!

-Beau

The Sunday Sale: Take Up to 50 Percent Off The Summer Sale at Frank And Oak

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Get some of the best menswear for summer and fall at Frank And Oak.

My friends, thank you for joining us again for another edition of The Sunday Sale, where I’m telling you weekly about a must-shop sale packed with men’s style essentials. From the ongoing Need Supply Co. Summer Sale to today’s Frank And Oak Summer Sale, there are plenty of great style picks to be had (if you act quickly, that is). Frank And Oak is a longtime favorite of mine here on the blog (seriously, you should check out my 2015 Frank And Oak review for more insight!), and it seems they continue to offer up more and more options for the stylish guy with each season and each year.

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In addition to the brand’s monthly Style Plan subscription service, they also offer up plenty of straightforward, classic-yet-modern men’s style essentials — of which you’ll find plenty below. Haven’t shopped Frank And Oak before? I don’t think there’s a better time to get up to 50 percent off on some of your new favorite menswear from this Canadian fashion powerhouse. Scroll on through below, then let me know on Twitter how it all works out.

Frank And Oak Laurier Slim White Poplin Shirt — $34.97

A sharp white shirt you can dress up or wear casually.

 Get a great deal on one of the best men’s shirts out there — a crisp, classic white shirt works underneath everything from an indigo denim jacket to a shawl cardigan this fall, and you can even wear this Frank And Oak shirt right now with chino shorts.

Frank And Oak Robson Field Jacket in Deep Green — $79.99

A rugged fall field jacket, available right now for a stellar deal.

 This won’t be the last outerwear pick you see today from the Frank And Oak Summer Sale. The summer is actually an excellent time to pick up your new favorite jacket for fall, and this classic field jacket checks all the right boxes.

Frank And Oak Dylan Slim Stretch Denim in Blue — $39.97

Slim men’s denim for under $40? Sign me up.

Sizes are going quickly when it comes to this expertly faded pair of slim stretch denim, which just so happens to be an ideal late-summer pair of men’s jeans — act as soon as you can.

Frank And Oak Skyline Packable Puffer in Deep Green — $59.99

An easy-to-layer puffer jacket, available right now for a terrific deal.

Under $60 for an incredibly stylish puffer jacket you can wear when temperatures start to dip this fall? Sounds too good to be true, right? Available now in plenty of sizes, folks.

Frank And Oak Jasper Good Cotton Shirt — $34.97

A casually cool, laidback shirt made from organic cotton.

It’s hard to go wrong with a casual shirt from Frank And Oak, especially if that shirt is made with sustainable cotton in a cool, summer or fall-ready pattern.

Frank And Oak Gordon Athletic Stretch Denim in Black — $29.97

Sleek black denim in an athletic cut. 

If you need jeans with an athletic cut, then the Frank And Oak Gordon Denim could just be the way to go — especially in a sharp shade of black. Plus, you can’t beat the sub-$30 price.

Frank And Oak Drift Sneakers in White/Navy — $124.99

Stylish, minimal white sneakers on sale for a great deal now.

Pick up what could just be your new favorite pair of sneakers (while supplies last, that is), then get ready to wear ’em all through these last few weeks of summer.

Frank And Oak Striped Tie in Blue — $14.97

An affordable, slightly preppy tie that’ll add some sharp style to your top half.

Where else can you find stylish sneakers on sale alongside a cool, retro-inspired striped tie? Well, this sale, for one. If your Zoom #OOTD could use some sprucing up, this tie is the right purchase.

Frank And Oak Smart T-shirt in Dark Blue — $39.99

An easygoing T-shirt to wear on its own or use as a base layer any time.

Every guy needs a stylish navy T-shirt, one that can be thrown on at a moment’s notice. This jersey cotton crewneck T-shirt resists pilling and features a slim fit.

Frank And Oak Quilted Twill Overshirt in Perfect Indigo — $69.99

A rugged indigo overshirt with a quilted exterior for fall layering.

A classic indigo overshirt that you can wear right now on breezy summer nights, and then keep handy come fall and winter, layered atop your favorite henley.

If I were you, I wouldn’t waste another moment — I’d click right on over to shop the Frank And Oak Summer Sale, and I’d focus particularly on, say personal favorites like the Frank And Oak Jasper Shirt, a classic indigo overshirt or else reliable pieces like a stylish navy T-shirt. Seriously, there are so many great deals, it’s crucial that you start shopping now. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and happy shopping!

 

Style Pick of the Week: Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack Hybrid

Get out there and explore with this rugged everyday carry essential in tow.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up — one of the best everyday bags is yours for the taking, and it’s coming at you via Pacific Northwest heritage retailer Filson, makers of some of the best gear for guys (period). In fact, you can (and should) head on over to Huckberry to pick up your new favorite adventure bag — ’tis the season for socially distanced strolls and grueling (but not too grueling!) day hikes, right? Note that you can also get this rugged backpack via Filson itself — you can’t go wrong either way.  And if you’re more of a city commuter type versus one to get out and about in the backwoods, then the Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid is still the absolute perfect way to go if you’re in search of one of the best everyday bags around. It’s the kind of two-for-one bag that’s tough to find these days, and it’s even tougher to find one as well-made as this Filson option. If you thought of Filson mainly as a brand to wear outdoors when it’s cold out, think again — although they make rugged winter gear like flannel shirts, the Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid to me screams summer adventures. It all starts with the right construction and the right materials. For one, it helps that this tough backpack (or is it a duffel bag??) is made from tear and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon fabric, all the better to stand up to dust, dirt and the elements on the trail.

SHOP: The Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid 

One of three excellent color options for this tough hybrid bag.

It really does get better, though — as the name would indicate, this rugged everyday bag can be carried at your side, across your shoulder or as a backpack. Name another rugged outdoor bag that just so happens to be versatile enough for the city? It’s also got enough room for your laptop via a padded interior sleeve, and a water-resistant lined section offers a place to store wet gear (maybe pack one of the best men’s swimsuits if you come across a watering hole out there?). The great thing is, this tough Filson bag doesn’t sacrifice style points, either. The Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid comes in colors like Whiskey (as shown at the top of the page), plus the equally cool-yet-rugged Otter Green shown above.

When you want to get out of town and onto the trail, lace up durable hiking boots and trail shorts, then load up this bag with your everyday carry essentials. When the situation calls for gear a little more refined (hauling extra provisions to a cookout when the time finally comes?). this Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid does the job quite nicely, too — put on your favorite henley and an expertly faded pair of slim blue denim for the occasion, then be prepared to field questions about your perfectly made bag. Sounds like a plan? Sounds like a plan.

SHOP: The Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Hybrid 

 

The Friday Read: The Best Mustache Wax, The Best New Products at Huckberry & Huron Grooming

Taylor Stitch: Summer Madras + This Week's #TSFromHome Playlist ...

Two lightweight men’s shirts for summer, as only Taylor Stitch can make ’em. Image courtesy of Taylor Stitch.

As we head into another summer weekend, thanks for starting yours off with another edition of The Friday Read. What’s on your to-do list today? Hopefully, you’re keeping things as casual and cool as those stylish shirts at the top of the page — that’d be the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Vintage Navy Madras (on the right) and the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Vintage Red Madras. Breezy summer shirting, anyone? They both so happen to be just two of the best men’s shirts for any season, period (yes, even in the sweltering heat). While you’re here, I’d also urge you to swing by a new launch that you might have already noticed — The Shop By The Style Guide, a curated list of men’s style essentials and classic picks, all on one handy, shoppable page. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter if you have suggestions for brands or products to add.

Speaking of summer style, I’m going to have to keep my season rolling the right way with gear from the likes of Myles Apparel and more. Ater this weekend, I’m heading to visit my parents in Florida, a much-welcomed trip that’ll be filled with all the right precautions (including plenty of stylish face masks all around). That’s next week, though. This weekend, I’ll be working on my newsletter (have you subscribed?) and planning out more blog content, as ever. In the meantime, the rest of today’s Friday Read is below — enjoy, thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week!

The Big 3, Skincare Set - Body & Face Wash, Face Lotion | Huron

One of the best new grooming brands to try right now.

Head over to Filson while you’ve still got time to shop the brand’s Summer Sale and my top sale picks.

  • It’s always worth keeping tabs on what the rugged gear purveyors at Filson are up to in the Pacific Northwest. Not too long ago, I wrote about the best gear for summer via the Filson Summer Sale, so you should either A) Read my post on one of the best sales for men in some time or B) Head to the brand’s Web site to shop the Filson Summer Sale right now.
  • Let’s head back over to The Manual really quickly here. There’s still some time to hit the water in style this summer, in my opinion. On that note, you should certainly check out my guide for the site covering what to wear on a boat this summer.

Alright, my friends. We’ve nearly wrapped up here. Before I let you go to kick off the weekend in earnest, two reminders: Again, you can (and should) subscribe to my newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, for a twice-weekly dose of style, gear, music, coffee and craft beer — in essence, all the best things for guys that I can’t get to here on the regular blog! It’ll be fun, I promise. And number two: If you want some of the best men’s pants, be sure to check out my post on Freenote Cloth. Lastly: The Filson Summer Sale I mentioned earlier? It’s totally worth shopping ASAP. OK, folks. That’s it. Have a great weekend!

The Thursday Buy: This Taylor Stitch Oxford Shirt is a Daily Wardrobe Essential

The Jack in Blue Everyday Oxford - Classic Men's Clothing…

One of the best Oxford shirts for guys, yourself included, any time of the year.

Right off the bat, you’ve got to hand it to Taylor Stitch — this lauded brand, a longtime favorite of the blog, continues to one-up itself. In addition to the excellent Taylor Stitch Workshop, where stylish guys (such as yourself) get the chance to pre-fund rugged outerwear, next-level shirting, durable leather boots and the best chinos on the market, the brand is also now making it even easier to shop them right away. That’s because the Taylor Stitch Essentials Collection rounds up everything you could need from the brand — including the best Oxford shirt — in one handy, easy-to-shop offering. If you were unsure of shopping  Taylor Stitch, the Essentials Collection might be as great place to start as any, given that you can get selvedge denim, classic tees & of course, the Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt seen here. It’s an iconic piece you need in your wardrobe — keep scrolling to find out why.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt

The Jack in White Everyday Oxford - Classic Men's Clothing…

Through the Essentials Collection by Taylor Stitch, you can also get this shirt in crisp white.

It’s got all the hallmarks of a classic men’s shirt, from an agreeable tailored fit (Taylor Stitch shirts come in chest sizing), plus the right build and design. That means the collar on this classic Oxford shirt has a pleasant roll and shape, and it looks great tucked in or worn on its own with selvedge denim or Taylor Stitch chinos (naturally). You can also roll those sleeves up, or pair up the Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt with a navy cotton blazer when the occasion calls for you to go slightly dressier (say, for a Zoom call).

A stylish Oxford shirt is kind of like the amped-up equivalent of your go-to T-shirt — when you want to look great without going over-the-top, you can readily turn toward the Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt (yes, even with chino shorts and classic canvas sneakers, as I’ve been wearing mine). Heck, pair it up with nearly any other piece in the Taylor Stitch Essentials Collection, and you’ve got yourself a go-anywhere outfit for these socially distanced times. Try it out & let me know what you think.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt

See Now, Buy Now: These Stylish Leather Dress Shoes from HELM Are a New Must-Buy

Cool, classic dress shoes in handsome leather.

There are some things that shouldn’t be overlooked as we roll through summer — namely, you’re still going to need some of the best leather dress shoes on your feet, particularly as we all return (very slowly but surely) to dressier environments. That’s why it’s time for our second, easy-to-buy entry this week in our See Now, Buy Now series. Luckily for you and me, HELM Boots is here to amp your style after quarantine with some of the best men’s dress shoes: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes are one-of-a-kind, checking all the right boxes when it comes to dependable, dressy-yet-versatile style. As it were, HELM Boots already makes, well, your favorite rugged leather boots (see this post for more background), yet these stylish leather dress shoes carry that same DNA in a lower-profile offering.

As with any offering from HELM, it starts with quality construction for long-lasting style. In this case, that means Blake rapid-stitch construction (which stitches through the outsole, insole and exterior of the shoe) and handsome Castello leather in a cool Wheat colorway, to go along with a tough mini-lug rubber sole. That means these are some of the best dress shoes — for the guy who has a tough time putting away his leather boots (guilty as charged). Oh, and if you’re new to HELM Boots? Remember that you can get $50 off your first pair, plus free shipping, if you pick these up. 

SHOP: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes

A sharp, rugged-yet-dressy silhouette for summer wearing occasions.

When it really comes down to it, tough-yet-versatile leather dress shoes are tough to come by — so when you find a pair like these, you really should act  quickly. You can wear the HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes with casual classics — think dark indigo denim, rolled at the ankle, alongside your favorite Oxford shirt. You can also rock these durable dress shoes as they were intended to be worn: With sharp-as-can-be picks like tailored chinos (I love Todd Snyder chinos, FYI!) and a timeless polo. When you really want to step up your game, of course, the HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes can be worn alongside a tailored khaki cotton suit (again, Todd Snyder‘s your go-to for one of the best men’s suits, while we’re on the topic). And because that Wheat leather is rich but dependable, you can rest assured that these are dress shoes you can wear in the fall, too — just team them with your favorite denim shirt and a classic cardigan, plus that same pair of dark indigo denim. Now then: Dress shoes that can do it all? That’s what you’re getting here, folks. Happy shopping.

SHOP: The HELM Boots Nils Wheat Dress Shoes