Surely, you’ve got a pair or two of classic men’s chinos. They’re an indisputable, four-season style staple that work with everything from a slub T-shirt and high-top sneakers to a blazer and a classic Oxford. But the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants — a favorite here on The Style Guide — take that tried-and-true equation and flip it on its head. The 365 Pants exist in that realm of dressy-yet-casual, easy enough to wear to the farmer’s market, brunch or the office this fall. That versatility alone makes ’em a wise addition to your list of fall style essentials.
Here’s why: It can be tough to find a pair of pants to carry you through multiple style scenarios, especially the ones that seem to pop up throughout fall, from a rock concert to a football tailgate to a round of Oktoberfest beers at your local brewery. And yet, the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are just always … there. They’re cut like a jean, with five pockets to hold your everyday carry essentials, yet they fit and feel like a chino, thanks to the blend of cotton and lycra. That kind of comfort shouldn’t be overlooked. Oh, and you’ve got plenty of color options when it comes to the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, too, from Earth (my personal favorite) to Light Khaki to Moss. When you’re wearing a classic pair of pants like this, neutral colors are going to take you a long way.
Similar to, let’s say, the versatile and rugged Flint and Tinder Western Shirt, the indispensable Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are well-made and well-tailored, geared to fit in with any situation. It’s that attention to detail and USA-made quality that should make them such a consistent favorite. They’re an easy stand-in for baggy athletic sweatpants when you wear ’em with a crisp white T-shirt and classic sneakers to travel this fall, and the 365 Pants will look equally great with a rugged denim jacket, a long-sleeve henley and suede chukka boots once you get to your destination. Once you’re back in the office? The 365 Pants pair up seamlessly with your favorite pair of brown leather dress shoes and a classic navy blazer. They really can work in all of those situations — trust me.
Are you trying out the 365 Pants this fall? How are you styling them, and what color’s your favorite?
If you’re anything like your Style Guide author, you’ve been anxiously watching the weather and counting the days until we’re well and truly into fall — and with that being said, I think it’s high time you broke outyour new favorite fall shirt. Coming at you courtesy of Taylor Stitch, you’re going to love the layering potential and rugged appeal of the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, this time paired up with a rugged shawl-collar cardigan, classic slim men’s denim and stylish leather moccasins from the folks at Rancourt & Co. All things considered, the fall style essentials in this #OOTD run deep. And that’s great news for you — that means you can take this ensemble through plenty of fall occasions, from a weekend coffee date to a fall travel day to an easygoing dinner out on the town — and if your office lets you get away with dressing down, well then … I’d wager you’ll be the best-dressed guy in the office, without looking like you broke a sweat (A side note: This business casual #OOTD can help if you need to dress up more). Plus, you’ve got functionality on your side in more ways than one — the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt is ready to layer up for inclement weather, the beautiful Shinola Runwell Watch can handle just about anything, and the Traveler Ranger Moc from Rancourt & Co. have the potential to be your new go-to, off-duty fall footwear. How’s that for a full ensemble packed with essential men’s gear? Looks pretty good to me. So, without further ado, let’s greet fall in stride — and in style.
The Cardigan: Old Navy Shawl Collar Cardigan, $22.50— Keep your eyes on Old Navy in particular this fall season — this affordable men’s style brand is churning out easy-to-wear basics that are anything but basic.
The Socks: CHUP Niyol Socks, $35— Comfortable & featuring a fall-friendly pattern, the CHUP Niyol Socks will look mighty stylish peeking out from underneath the rolled cuffs of your Flint and Tinder denim.
The Watch: Shinola Runwell Watch, $550— The casual durability and rugged-yet-refined style of Shinola men’s watches can really go anywhere — even on an upstate day trip or a weekend coffee run.
The Belt: Levi’s Aberdeen Belt,$38— Keep things understated yet rugged with your accessories — Levi’s does a fine job making a simple, durable belt to go along with its classic men’s denim.
That’s going to do it for this essential fall #OOTD — what’s your take on it? I think you’re going to love the rugged dependability you’re getting from the classic Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, a new favorite when it comes to your list of fall style essentials — no matter how you wear it. That shirt should pair easily with a casual shawl-collar cardigan from Old Navy (yes, Old Navy!), while the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans are nothing less than a dependable, go-anywhere pair of denim. That whole combo will stand out quite stylishly when paired with the incredible Traveler Ranger Moc from Rancourt & Co.— I guarantee you they’re an entirely unique footwear option. And whether you head to brunch or head to an outdoor bonfire, the Shinola Runwell Watch and the well-made Levi’s Aberdeen Belt are can’t-miss menswear accessories. Of course, if you feel like staying in, you’re going to need some coffee — it’s an investment, but the Ratio Eight Coffee Maker is going to be very, very well worth it. Lastly, your grooming routine deserves a shot in the arm — the O’Doud’s Custom Grooming Package is going to offer you plenty of potential to keep your skin in great shape. And, well, that’s that. Like what you see? Feel like picking up the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt? Just want to drop in and say hi? Head over to Twitter.
While we’re in the business of talking rugged fall layers, allow me to present the excellent Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen. Warm, easy to layer, easy to stay warm. It’s good stuff, right?
Blundstone Super 550 Boots in Antique Brown Leather — $199.95
For all those fall weekend adventures — be it a brewery visit or a football tailgate — you’re going to need durable boots that can take a beating. The rich Antique Brown leather on these Blundstone boots is a perfect match.
This might be the very best version of the much-loved Yosemite Shirt to date — at least, for yours truly. The Red Buffalo plaid fabric is beautiful, and should pair very nicely with dark indigo denim (like the pair above!).
Little River Sock Mill Textured Herringbone Crew Socks in Cocoa — $22
I can’t get enough of American Giant — simple-yet-stylish, essential basics made the right way. The well-fitting, soft and easy-to-layer American Giant Classic Crewneck is a surefire fall favorite for me (and perhaps you, too!).
What’s cooler than a classic Oxford shirt? What about one made with an innovative fabric, a la the CIVIC Merino Oxford. We’re talking tailored-yet-casual style, perfect for pairing with a heather grey shawl cardigan this fall.
It’s the little details that continue to make the difference in matters of men’s style — thus, I’d recommend you add the Rustico Sidekick Leather Cord Wrap to your list of everyday carry essentials for fall.
There’s no wrong way to slice it: Proof makes dependable, tough and versatile menswear for the guy on the go (that’d be you). Strong men’s style essentials, if you will. Case in point: The Proof Strong Shirt, a ready-made weekend style move that works and works. I’m also a fan of the versatility and mobility of the Proof Performance Oxford, and it looks to me like this dependable everyday shirt fits much the same mold. Fall calls for gear that moves with you and is ready for anything — reliable staples that work for morning coffee, afternoon brunch and an evening of brewery hopping. The Proof Strong Shirt does all of that and more.
As Proof puts it, the Strong Shirt blends the everyday style of a classic chambray shirt with durable cotton and nylon for flexibility and ease of movement. That’s unique among chambray shirts on the market. That’s not all, though — the chambray itself comes from the Proof arsenal of exceptional fabrics: We’re talking cordura chambray from a leading Japanese denim mill. In short, that means the Strong Shirt is surprisingly durable and abrasion-resistant, the perfect chambray shirt for layering this fall atop your favorite henley and classic dark denim.
It’s also got plenty going for it when it comes to plain old classic style, too. The look and feel of the Proof Strong Shirt is very similar to that of your favorite standby, a J. Crew chambray shirt. From the front button pockets to the pleasing indigo chambray color, it’s a winner all around. In short, it’s a new modern classic, a shirt that can be worn with everything from tan chinos and white high-top sneakers to a classic navy blazer, dark denim and rugged suede chukka boots for a casual fall Friday.
Plus, you’ve got that extra bit of versatility thrown in, thanks to the durable fabrication of the Proof Strong Shirt. Seriously, don’t hesitate to layer this thing atop a warm thermal shirt for your next day hike — it can handle it (On that note: You should learn how to dress for your next camping trip before it’s too late). Conversely, the remarkable Proof Strong Shirt is going to team just as readily with a coated waxed cotton jacket and your favorite pair of broken-in denim for a fall football tailgate or a bar crawl — that’s versatility at its finest. All of which is to say: Stop reading this story and go get the Proof Strong Shirt right now.
Does it feel strange to be barreling through September and looking toward (gulp) October? It seems to me like it was just yesterday we were talking about the best menswear to close out summer, doesn’t it? At any rate, we’re well and truly in full-on fall prep mode. I’ve got a couple exciting early fall men’s style features in the works for GearMoose and The Manual for which I’m really PUMPED about (yes, PUMPED). More on that soon. And in the meantime, I’m very much looking forward to taking an evening flight back to Pure Michigan to see my lovely fiancée Laura. We’ve got a relaxing weekend on tap, one no doubt fueled by iced coffee and perhaps a trip to the new Founders Brewing Detroit Taproom — what about you? If you need to shop for fall style essentials, this blog has you covered. If you simply want to find your new favorite pair of denim, again, your trusty friends at The Style Guide are here to help. And if you’re just looking for something to read or peruse? Again, check out the latest Friday Read. Thanks for being along for the ride!
Early fall is all about making your favorite pieces of menswear work for you — thus, this #OOTD covering how to layer for fall. We could all use a bit of a refresher every now and then going into a new season, but I know this — if you start from the ground up with rugged boots like the Red Wing Iron Ranger, you’ll be in good shape. Ya dig?
My buddies at The Manual always keep things sharp and in line when it comes to your everyday carry essentials — and their post on the best men’s wallets is no different. Keeping your cards handy no matter what will only help you this fall — trust me on that.
Last but not least, here’s a bit of music news for you — if you haven’t yet checked out the emotive, powerful indie rock being put out by Lindsey Jordan in Snail Mail, well, here’s my recommendation. Simply put, Snail Mail’s debut album, “Lush,” is just excellent. In fact, you can hear it coming to a venue near you soon — Snail Mail just extended their tour recently. Get on board, plug in and rock out.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, brings us to the conclusion of another Friday Read. You can be sure we’re gearing up for a great weekend — and a great Style Pick of the Week tomorrow, no less. Still in need of something to read? This #OOTD shows you how to wear a chambray shirt. Heading to a weekend rock concert? Dress like this. OK, folks — that’s all I’ve got. Cheers!
I’ll keep it straightforward to start today’s See Now, Buy Now post: As the headline implies, the HELM Muller Boots are some of the best men’s boots to start the season off right. If you’re not familiar with HELM Boots , it’s high time to get yourself acquainted. Based in Austin — a town that knows a thing or two about rugged, versatile gear and men’s style essentials — in that regard, HELM Boots has outlasted trends to just continue making top-quality boots. That’s an approach I appreciate, and when it comes to a nice blend of dependability and style, I think you’ll appreciate the Muller Boots, too. The care that goes into just one pair of boots is seriously next-level — we’re talking more than 150 steps and the work of 14 master bootmakers to craft the beautiful Muller Boots seen at the top of the page. How’s that for a new, timeless classic? Not bad at all.
It also helps that in addition to that top-quality craftsmanship, the rugged and tough HELM Muller Boots just so happen to blend workwear-ready style with a sleek, city-friendly silhouette. To your humble Style Guide editor, that means you can wear the Muller Boots with everything from slim black jeans, a classic white T-shirt (like this one) and a rugged denim jacket to a charcoal herringbone suit (as seen in this post!) and a blue chambray dress shirt for just the right blend of sharp fall style. Boots with a suit, boots with slim denim … either option works here. They’re at once sleek and yet also rugged, a relatively rare combo when it comes to your boot rotation. Small touches — like full-grain Horween leather and antique brass eyelets — also make the Muller Boots a surefire style move for September, October and well beyond. Invest now, then continue to reap the benefits for months to come.
You’re going to need a stylish fall sweater or two this season — preferably, a whole closet full. But where to start? Well, there’s a good case to be made for switching things up from a more typical sweater (like a rugged grey crewneck sweater) and layering up with something a bit more devil-may-care, if you will. Take the Armor-Lux Heavyweight Sweater, an under-the-radar classic that channels your favorite throwback style — as always, it’s sold by our good friends at Huckberry, and it should join your list of fall style essentials, assuredly. If that co-sign wasn’t enough to get you to take a chance on this classic men’s sweater from Armor-Lux, well, let me try to convince you further.
The Armor-Lux Heavyweight Sweater is entirely unique among sweaters on the market, beloved for its throwback vibes (a la the Breton stripe shirts favored by everyone from John Wayne to Picasso). The best part is, this current iteration nods to the past, but can be worn in ways that are decidedly modern (think classic high-top sneakers and rolled dark denim, to start). This beauty of a sweater from Armor-Lux is crafted from 100 percent cotton, in a trim fit that’ll wear well on its own easily or layer up with no issues under transitional style essentials (I’m talking a denim jacket or a stylish leather moto jacket, for starters). The Armor-Lux Heavyweight Sweater is a true fall weekend style essential, fitting for throwing on to grab your morning coffee and start your day — or do something unproductive like head to a laidback brunch. The fact of the matter is, the Armor-Lux Heavyweight Sweater can be worn however you want — it channels that sense of laidback, easygoing style (and fun!) that can be hard to find in menswear sometimes. That definitely counts for something, right?
It could be easy to dismiss something as simple as the classic high-top sneaker, but we here at The Style Guide think that would be … well, a mistake. Classic high-top sneakers — like the Chuck Taylor high-tops featured today — can work with just about anything in your wardrobe, especially for fall. A navy blazer, tan chinos and a white Oxford? Yes, that’s a winner. Something as laidback as tailored sweatpants and a stylish white T-shirt? Go for it. What about other men’s style essentials, fall-ready pieces like a rugged henley and classic dark denim? Rest assured, a pair like the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star can work with ease. These shoes have history and style to burn, and they’re the perfect pair of kicks to reach for when you want to shake up an outfit filled with mostly easygoing pieces (such as the classic crewneck sweatshirt & Oxford shirt combo as featured below). Throw in a stylish casual watch and you’re ready for casual style scenarios aplenty. Heck, the sneakers on their own have enough style and street cred to carry most outfits, and they’ll put you over the top in most instances (no one else at your tailgate has these, right). Now, without further ado, let’s get you acquainted with this full ensemble — fall fashion can’t wait, after all.
The Wallet: Taylor Stitch Minimalist Billfold Wallet in Brown, $98— Yep, Taylor Stitch makes wallets, too. The Minimalist Billfold is handsome, rugged and surely essential.
The Backpack: Fjallraven Greenland Top, $120 — Like we said earlier, this outfit can go anywhere from a day hike to a brewery visit, and the durable, affordable Fjallraven Greenland Top can go with you.
The Grooming Essential: Maapilim Hair Cream, $32–Go for a slightly more laidback ‘do with Maapilim’s Hair Cream, geared toward a light hold and subtle shine. Fall weekend-ready, anyone?
That’ll wrap up this #OOTD quite nicely, don’t you think? Like other fall style essentials, if you start with something as classic and recognizable as stylish high-top sneakers, you’re in good shape — heck, you can do almost anything. The Myles Apparel Elements Crew is a prime casual layer, fit for throwing on over a unique Oxford shirt or a thermal long-sleeve tee in equal measure. The Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans are the perfect antidote to overly stiff stretch selvage, and they’ll look sharp when rolled up atop your Converse. On to your accessories: Never underestimate the versatility of a stylish casual watch, especially one that’s made for a bit of adventure (or tailgating). From there, we really get rolling — you’re going to want to bring the Blue Hour Growler to your next fall weekend get-together, along with the tough (and beer-friendly!) Fjallraven Greenland Top. Of course, a stylish leather wallet is always something you should have handy, and keeping that ‘do fresh with Maapilim Hair Cream is a wise, wise bet. Alright, my friends. What do you have to say about this #OOTD? How are you accessorizing your high-top sneakers?
Can you feel the weather starting to turn ever so slightly? If only by a few degrees? That’s where today’s fall style essentials are going to come in mighty handy, my friends. It’s perhaps the best season for menswear, as I always say, for a distinct reason. Think rich colors and textures, plus plenty of layering potential. Hence, the Jungmaven Baja Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee you see at the top of the page. It’s but one of the many transitional style essentials you’ll love wearing. Read on for more in this week’s edition of The List, and stop by The Style Guide Facebook page for plenty more.
Speaking of black high-tops … stick with the best from a legendary brand. Wearable with everything from dark denim and a classic Oxford shirt to an easygoing white slub tee and skinny black jeans at your next rock concert.
The Upton Trousers from Finisterre strike the right balance between rugged and versatile, perfect for plenty of fall adventures (think a farmer’s market trip followed by a park hike followed by beers — sounds good, right?).
It seems I recommend classic chukka boots from Astorflex on the regular — and I find myself wearing my own pair plenty — but there’s a darn good reason for that. They’re stylish, they’re low-key, they go with everything … the list goes on! See for yourself (wink, wink).
That’s going to bring the curtain down on this week’s edition of The List — which of the above picks are going in your shopping cart? I’m all about the North and Mark Bryant Jacket, a perfectly versatile, casual fall jacket. Thanks for reading!