#OOTD: How to Wear an Oxford Shirt for the Fall Season

In today’s #OOTD, we’re going to get right to the business of updating you on how to wear your Oxford shirt this season. Make no mistake, as I’ve talked about since the start of this blog (way back in 2013!), the Oxford shirt is assuredly a men’s style essential — and it’s one that can be worn in more ways than you think. Especially when it’s a stylish Oxford shirt like the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford,  Starting with the best building blocks — not just cheap building blocks — can be crucial to putting together the right outfit, and the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford is among the best out there. When you match it up with a more casual piece — like a French terry crewneck sweatshirt — and then mix that combo up with the Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos, you’re certainly setting yourself up for success. Throw in some casual-yet-refined leather boots, and you’ve got darn near the perfect fall #OOTD if you ask me. It’s all about thinking outside the box, and then picking out the right pieces for the occasion. If you ask me, the excellent Nisolo Andres Boots — as seen below — are worthy of their own ensemble to begin with. But, we’re sticking with the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford to start this one off. See for yourself how it all comes together below. Thanks for reading!

The right Oxford shirt for this fall #OOTD, I think. Get into it, folks.
  • The Classic Oxford: Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, $98 — Can’t go wrong with a crisp Oxford shirt, especially one in a soft-washed fabric. Utterly classic.
  • The Sweatshirt: Flint and Tinder Reversible French Terry Sweatshirt, $78 — The crewneck sweater is a men’s style essential for a reason — it’s rugged and sporty, yet easy to dress up just a bit.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in British Khaki, $98 — The key with this ensemble? Taking the classic pieces you know and love — like the Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos — and mixing them together. \
  • The Boots: Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots in Brandy, $288 — A handsome, low-profile pair of boots that perform in the weather and work at the office. Nisolo has outdone themselves here.
  • The Belt: Levi’s Aberdeen Belt, $38 — Pleasingly rugged, well-made and built to last — in short, a very nice complement to your Nisolo Andres Boots.
  • The Socks: Little River Sock Mill Textured Herringbone Socks, $22 — stylish socksAs I always, always say … never underestimate the power of .
  • The Watch: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph, $118.98 — The rare watch that toes the line between casual and dressed up — perfectly rugged and stylish.
  • The Briefs: Levi’s 200 Series Two-Pack Boxer Briefs, $34.50 — Did you know Levi’s made nice boxer briefs? I certainly didn’t.

And now, we’re putting the lid on this particular ensemble. As I’ve talked about time and again, menswear can be all the more fun if you decide to take your favorite men’s style essentials — like a classic Oxford shirt — and mix and match them just a little bit (like with a rugged crewneck sweatshirt, for instance), you’re going to get some great results. The same can surely be said with a piece like the timeless Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos, which work very well with, of course, the Nisolo Andres Boots. Those boots just so happen to be weather-ready, so they can take a bit of wear and tear. They add a bit of edge to the whole ensemble, too. The same can be said for the Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph, a dependable and highly affordable leather watch that works in laidback and business casual situations. Throw in the Levi’s Aberdeen Belt and accessories like unique Levi’s Boxer Briefs, and your #OOTD is nearly all set.  It’s just up to you to decide where to wear it, right? And this is surely an ensemble that works at the office as well as it does at happy hour. You’ve just got to make it work for you. Again, building blocks like a classic Oxford shirt  work more than well in plenty of style situations. Would you change anything about this look? Let me know on Twitter.


See Now, Buy Now: The Blundstone Super 550 Boots Are a Must-Buy For Fall

A new favorite for yours truly — rugged, dependable and very comfortable.

Never given a pair of rugged Blundstone boots a try? Folks, that all ends today, because the Blundstone Super 550 Boots are as comfortable a pair of rugged fall footwear you’re apt to find out there. If you can believe it, your editor himself was somewhat skeptical about getting into Blundstone boots — how would the silhouette work? How would the boots look? How would they feel? Well, folks — I’m mighty pleased to say they fit great, they look terrific and they’ve surpassed my expectations … and then some. I had the opportunity to put them to the test right off the  bat, wearing them with a few other men’s style essentials to head to the excellent Audiotree Music Festival in Kalamazoo, and they certainly delivered in terms of quintessential festival style and rugged good looks. That’s but one of the reasons you need a pair of the Blundstone Super 550 Boots in your life. They’re an easy pair of grab-and-go boots, able to slide on and off with ease while pairing with other fall style essentials like slim dark denim and a rugged henley.

SHOP: The Blundstone Super 550 Boots

What’s more, it’s the pleasing functionality that helps to set the Blundstone Super 550 Boots. These Australian boots are iconic for a reason, and in this case, they fit the bill — they’re water-resistant and super, super comfortable. Yes indeed, it’s got to be the PORON® XRD™ technology in the heel, plus a polyurethane midsole. Translation: The ultimate in comfort, for a legitimate spring in your step. Seriously, these boots are as comfortable as can be, and I’ve put them through a lot already. So, thinking about making the Blundstone Super 550 Boots your next fall boot purchase? Go for it — feel  free to immediately wear them with a classic waxed trucker jacket and tough chore pants. You can also readily team the Blundstone Super 550 Boots with combinations that are slightly more offbeat — take the typically business casual combo of slim dark denim and a classic Oxford shirt, for instance. There’s no doubt about it — Blundstone Super 550 Boots offer unbeatable fall style and rugged appeal.

SHOP: The Blundstone Super 550 Boots

Style Pick of the Week: Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants

Take a chance on these corduroy pants — you won’t regret it.

Getting great fall style from a classic brand like Billy Reid is sometimes, well, ridiculously easy. Take the subtly stylish, exceptionally well-crafted Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants, for starters. Cut like your favorite pair of jeans in a tailored silhouette, the  Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants are nearly perfect for fall and winter — these aren’t your father’s corduroy pants, that much is true. No sir, these are an all-American pair of pants that works at the office or at the bar with plenty of men’s style essentials (like a crisp white Oxford and classic suede chukka boots, to start). Skeptical about corduroy trousers? Don’t be. The key here with the Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants comes with the classic construction and quality fit. The small-wale corduroy has a fine texture and what the brand calls a soft feel — your average pair of scratchy, stiff corduory pants, these are not. The Rubber color is also entirely unique and quite pleasing for fall and winter. The Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants will team up nicely with similarly rich men’s style essentials for fall, thanks to that cool color — it’ll look just great with a shawl collar cardigan and perhaps a classic chambray shirt, too (don’t forget your stylish brown leather boots).

SHOP: The Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants

Durable construction and excellent quality overall, yes?

Small design touches separate these corduroy pants from the pack, too. We’re talking antique brass hardware and a neat embossed leather back patch, for starters. The bound waistband on the Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants provides some solid construction, too. In short: These are a pair of corduroy pants that won’t quit, and they won’t give out on you after a few wears. Pima cotton makes ’em special, too — you just don’t find many pairs of corduroy pants like that these days. And again, the fact that the Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants wear just like jeans makes them quite handy and useful when it comes to fall style. They’re even able to team up with a rugged henley and moc toe boots — throw on a rugged denim trucker jacket, and you’ve got a go-anywhere combo for just about anything you need to take on this fall. That’s all there is to it, in my mind. What say you? Will you be checking out the Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants? It’s hard not to love them, in my mind.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants

The Friday Read: Fall Style Essentials from Huckberry, The Best Men’s Sweatpants and Kurt Vile

You see that handsome jacket — or rather, those jackets — at the top of the page? That would be the incredible, truly stunning Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket — the new iteration on the right, the classic style on the left — part of the brand’s excellent Moto Collection. This release is a consistent favorite from perhaps my favorite menswear brand, and I’d urge you to shop it right now from my good pals at Taylor Stitch. Seriously, right now. At any rate, that’s as great of a way to kick of the weekend as any, wouldn’t you agree? I’m personally excited to catch my breath a bit — between three days of events this week at my day job (handling menswear PR for Timberland!), plus a busy, music-filled weekend at Austin City Limits Festival, I could use a break! On that note, I can’t recommend Austin enough — the coffee was strong and delicious (hit up The Spokesman if you can!), the beer was terrific and stunning sets by legends like Sir Paul McCartney (and my heroes The National!) at ACL made it all worth it. Other weekend highlights? A powerful, dance-filled set from CHVRCHES to close out Saturday, a fun afternoon of rock with The Wombats and a ripping Sunday night set from English rockers Arctic Monkeys. We also both loved a powerful Friday afternoon set by Canadian rockers Arkells. Oh, and brunch with my amazing fiancee Laura at Austin’s Josephine House helped us power through the day, too. Of course, Austin is excellent in matters of menswear as well — STAG Provisions continues to lead the way there. Some other Austin highlights? The cozy, simply terrific Figure8 Coffee Purveyors — a neatly appointed shop in a quiet neighborhood serving delicious (and strong!) craft coffee.

What do you love in Austin? What should we have on our radar for the next trip? Feel free to check in with me on Twitter! And in the meantime, let’s start the weekend right with today’s Friday Read.

  • I truly can’t get enough of the stylish menswear being produced and sold over at Huckberry — don’t you agree? With that in mind, I rounded up my favorite fall style essentials from Huckberry for GearMoose. What’s on your list this season?
  • OK, so it’s nearly the weekend. In the way of staying cozy and comfortable for fall, you’d well to check out my picks for the best men’s sweatpants over at The Manual.
  • I’m resharing this post once again, because as we get into colder weather, the timing just seems right. The Proof Strong Shirt is assuredly one of the best men’s chambray shirts out there, blending functionality and rugged style with versatility. Wear it as much as you can this fall and winter.
  • Alright, so y’all know I love me some great guitar rock. Kurt Vile fits that mold quite nicely, which is why I appreciate this excellent Steve Hyden profile of Kurt Vile’s latest album, “Bottle It In” — read on and rock out.

That’s closing out today’s post — thanks for reading!

The List: Here Are the Top Men’s Style Essentials to Shop This Week

Just one of the remarkable menswear essentials we’re recommending you buy this week (or month!).

If the weather is anything like it is in my neck of the woods, perhaps you’ve really started to get that fall feeling — a crisp breeze, changing leaves and perhaps … the desire to stow away your early fall gear in favor of men’s style essentials that are a little heftier and more rugged? Take the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater, today’s featured pick and the lead entry in this edition of The List. There’s plenty more where that came from — read on below.

Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater in Natural Melange — $188

A handsome sweater from an authentic brand.

Your friends — heck, our friends — at Taylor Stitch have their hearts and minds set on making some of the best darn cold-weather gear out there. Exhibit A: The rugged, well-crafted Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater.

Triumph & Disaster On The Road Kit — $35.98

Handy essentials for a fall weekend away.

After all the rugged outdoor adventures you’ll have wearing the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater, your face is going to need some R-and-R. The Triumph & Disaster On The Road Kit should be a fall travel essential.

Billy Reid Garment-Dyed Slim Jeans — $225

These jeans are,. quite simply, beautiful.

Japanese selvage denim, garment-dyed & then crafted into slim blue jeans by a lauded American designer? These are only going to get better with age this fall.

Howler Brothers Merlin Jacket — $195

Technical detailing and vintage looks come together in one cool package.

Available in two cool colors, the Howler Brothers Merlin Jacket blends technical functionality with the kind of vintage style you might have seen on the trail decades ago. In short: It’s now the perfect fall jacket to wear with slim, faded jeans, suede chukka boots and a rugged henley.

Bespoke Post Swagger Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

Plenty of stylish socks to go around here, that much is true.

A heck of a lot of style swagger is what you’re getting in this excellent Bespoke Post Box, featuring up to six pairs of stylish men’s socks. Good stuff, especially for fall.

Huckberry x Lum-Tec Combat B-52 Watch — $499

A pleasingly rugged watch for fall and winter .. and every season beyond that.

You need a watch for fall that works as hard as you do — the beastly, yet subtly stylish, Huckberry x Lum-Tec Combat B-52 is one such watch, assuredly.

Kamik Yukon C Boots — $110

Like the original “Duck Boots” … but somehow cooler?

Hey, winter’s going to get here eventually. You might as well buy these rugged outdoor boots now — your feet will thank you later.

Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown — $108

An essenttial casual shirt inspired by vintage plaids.

It’s easy to forget just how essential a simple-yet-crisp navy plaid buttondown shirt can be. The Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown features Japanese cotton, a clean fit and a great price.

Iron & Resin Union Work Pants — $155

Hard to go wrong with tough work pants for rugged fall style.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going … and surely, they step into the Iron & Resin Union Work Pants, right?

SeaVees Mariners Boot in Pig Suede Desert — $158

These are nearly a fall must-have. Beautifully done.

SeaVees has done it again, this time updating the excellent Mariners Boot in beautiful, rich suede for fall. Wear them with the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans (nudge, nudge).


Now, that’s going to close out today’s edition of The List — although I certainly hope you’ll keep coming back to it. What’s your favorite of the above men’s style essentials (besides the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater, of course)? I seriously enjoy the excellent Howler Brothers Merlin Jacket. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on The Style Guide Facebook page — cheers!

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear Sneakers This Fall (And Beyond)

So, how do you build your outfits? Do you start from the ground up or the top down? If you’re the kind of guy who likes to work with men’s style essentials to build an outfit around, say, stylish retro sneakers, then today’s #OOTD is just the one you need. We’ve talked about how to wear high-top sneakers, and we’ve talked about how to dress for a casual fall weekend, and this ensemble merges those two themes quite nicely.  It all starts with the Reproduction of Found German Army Trainers, as authentic and cool a pair of sneakers as you’re apt to find out there.  They lend a distinguished, eye-catching vibe to this outfit, which features all the building blocks you need for weekend brunch, a day of shopping or a stroll through your favorite park — potentially blended into one heck of a day, right? We’re also going with the perfect pair of jeans, plus a rugged shirt jacket, to complement these distinctive sneakers. This outfit is full of seriously cool positives, one of ’em being that you can wear this look … just about anywhere this fall. It’s cool, it’s rugged, it’s laidback, and it gives you plenty of comfort and style, all at once. Again, even if you’re not a sneakerhead, it still pays off to have a stylish pair of sneakers in your fall and winter wardrobe, and the Reproduction of Found German Army Trainers fit the bill. So, what do ya say? I say we dive into this #OOTD, packed with fall style essentials. Thanks for reading!

Start with classic, cool sneakers, then go from there.

  • The Classic Sneakers: Reproduction of Found German Military Trainers, $230 — Based on an authentic silhoeutte, these cool, stylish retro sneakers are a change-up from more traditional fall footwear — and that’s a good thing.
  • The Shirt Jacket: Life/After/Denim Mount Royal Shirt Jacket in Black, $188 — Think of this rugged shirt jacket as the versatile outer layer you didn’t know you needed. Feel free to layer it up over a classic chambray shirt if you wish.
  • The Stylish Tee: Jungmaven Hemp Pocket Tee, $39.98 — This casual T-shirt is easy to layer and well-made, plus it’s got a rich, fall-friendly color.  A slight upgrade from your regular T-shirts, to  say the least.
  • The Denim: Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans, $128 — Hard to argue with a pair of perfectly faded, made-in-America jeans that vibe nicely with this casual ensemble, right?
  • The Belt: Levi’s Contrast Stitch Belt, $38 — You already know that Levi’s makes a great pair of jeans — but how about a stylish leather belt?
  • The Everyday Carry: Filson Ballistic Nylon Dryden Briefcase, $175 — Packing up to head to a coffee shop and get some work done? Cruising into the office? Grab the Filson Dryden Briefcase.
  • The Socks: Anonymousism Wigwam Jacquard Crew Socks in Brown, $20.50 — Never underestimate the power of having a stylish pair of socks to finish off your wardrobe. Just enough cool pattern and color here.
  • The Beanie Cap: Levi’s Turn Up Beanie, $29.50 — If the temperature dips — which it’s bound to do — throw on this stylis beanie cap from the makers of your favorite pair of classic denim.
  • The Watch: Hemel HFT20 Watch, $450 — Bold, rugged and durable, the Hemel HFT20 Watch is made for weekend adventures aplenty.
  • The Everyday Carry: Filson Ballistic Nylon Dryden Briefcase, $175 — Packing up to head to a coffee shop and get some work done? Cruising into the office? Grab the Filson Dryden Briefcase.

OK, so all the building blocks for prime casual fall style are in place, right? From a rugged shirt jacket to the laidback, easygoing and comfortable Jungmaven pocket tee, these pieces are simply going to look great, whether worn to your favorite sports bar or to a relaxed weekend coffee date … or somewhere in between. And where does it all start? With the excellent Reproduction of Found German Army Trainers, of course. These sneakers exude retro cool and slightly rugged fall style thanks to the contrasting sole, and they’ll sit quite nicely underneath the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans. Don’t be afraid to shelve your slim dark denim in favor of something more broken-in, particularly when it comes to wearing sneakers like the terrific Reproduction of Found German Army Trainers. On the accessories front, I’m always an advocate for putting on a stylish leather belt and a rugged leather watch — two small, oft-overlooked accessories that really do make a big difference when it comes to separating yourself from the pack. Should it get chilly, you’re also nicely covered with the Levi’s Turn Up Beanie, which plays nicely in terms of color with the handsome, subtly stylish Anonymousism socks. When it comes to your everyday carry, the Filson Dryden Briefcase is going to put in a ton of work, to say the least. To me, this all the gear you need for a great day around town — where would you wear it? Let me know on Twitter!

See Now, Buy Now: The Vetra Chore Coat is A Perfectly Rugged Fall Layer

Vetra Chore Coat
Just the right combination of looks, rugged functionality and seasonal style.

One look at the Vetra Chore Coat tells you all you need to know, in my mind. That is to say, it’s a rugged, tough jacket that’s made for fall and winter layering. And it’s certainly among a host of fall style essentials you need in your wardrobe (and on your person) this season. Is it the perfect fall jacket? Well, that’s high praise … but when it comes to casual, versatile, then … yep, the Vetra Chore Coat just might fit the bill. Available as ever via our pals at Huckberry, it’s the sort of rugged fall jacket that embodies what the site stands for, in every possible way. Again, that’s high praise, but the Vetra Chore Coat blends functionality with an easy-to-layer silhouette and timeless style. Crafted from a heavy-duty, plain-weave cotton canvas in a highly versatile shade of Navy (although the same design is available in two different fabrics and colors), the made-in-France Vetra Chore Coat is the type of grab-and-go jacket that should assuredly be the centerpiece of your next fall weekend #OOTD.

SHOP: The Vetra Chore Coat via Huckberry

Yes indeed, the Vetra Chore Coat is one-of-a-kind, done up in the type of classic workwear style that would sit very well with a rugged long-sleeve henley and tough chore pants. Two oversized front pockets and one chest pocket provide room for your everyday carry essentials, while the five front buttons certainly aren’t in any danger of falling off — this jacket is tough and sturdy as heck. That means it’ll layer up quite nicely with a classic crewneck sweater and tan chinos for a bit of high-low, essential weekend style. It’s also a neat way to switch things up from your typical blazer — yes, that’s right … I’m recommending you wear the Vetra Chore Coat over a slim Oxford shirt and a knit tie at the office. Is that entirely unique combo? Yessir. Is it going to look great? Absolutely. Try it out and see for yourself.

SHOP: The Vetra Chore Coat via Huckberry

Style Pick of the Week: Quoddy Bowhunter Boots

Durable, heritage-quality boots that hone the spirit of the outdoors & the spirit of fall.

As we always talk about here at The Style Guide, there are certain fall style essentials you gotta have, and there are certain fall style essentials that are well worth the investment, ones that have that “Wow” factor. The Quoddy Bowhunter Boots absolutely fit into that category, to say the very least.  And for our Style Pick of the Week series, they’ll fit the bill just fine — particularly now that we’re cruising through October. If you’ve been slacking when it comes to picking up a pair of the best men’s boots, now is the time to snap ’em up. After all, everything from apple orchard exploration to craft beer festivals to football tailgates still awaits, and the exceptional Quoddy Bowhunter Boots are the one pair of boots to wear to all of those pursuits  (and to the office, if you can get away with it). Rugged leather boots are an essential for taking on fall and winter weather, and if you’re going to splurge, you might as well splurge on a pair that’s going to give you plenty in matters of both style and functionality — the Quoddy Bowhunter Boots shape up quite nicely.

Handmade in Maine with a seriously cool and rugged Grizzly Peanut leather, the Quoddy Bowhunter Boots are made with antique brass eyelets for durability — lace ’em up as often as you please. That handsome leather is going to break in very nicely, giving you a pair of stylish men’s boots that’ll team up easily alongside perfectly faded jeans and a classic henley. They’ve also got that throwback, heritage-inspired look that lends itself to actually being worn in  the field, be it on a weekend camping trip or a long weekend upstate. And you’re simply not going to find many other boots that feature a hand-stained leather midsole or a deerskin bellows tongue (designed to keep out water and debris). Yes indeed, the Quoddy Bowhunter Boots are the height of craftsmanship, quality and classic style. They’re going to work particularly well with chore pants and a waxed trucker jacket on a chilly fall or winter morning — no need to worry about durability or longevity when it comes to the Quoddy Bowhunter Boots, my friends. And if you fancy taking them for a spin at your office? They’ll wear handsomely with olive chinos and a classic garment-dyed Oxford.  A pair of stylish men’s boots that can do it all sounds like a must-have to me this season.

SHOP: The Quoddy Bowhunter Boots and more of the Best Men’s Boots for Fall

The Friday Read: Austin City Limits, the Best Men’s Work Boots and the Velvet Underground

Today marks the start of another very special weekend, particularly as we take The Style Guide on the road — namely, I’ll be at the incredible Austin City Limits Festival today through Sunday with my lovely fiancee Laura! Granted, things kicked off with the first weekend of this two-weekend festival, but we’ll be seeing it all for the first time. We’ve made a habit of hitting up some incredible music festivals this year, from the excellent Mo Pop Festival (featuring Bon Iver) to the small-time feel of Audiotree Music Festival and of course, The National’s Homecoming Festival.  On tap this weekend? Well, first things first: Sir Paul McCartney. And immediately prior to his Friday headlining set? Well, of course, The National. Elsewhere on the bill, we’re looking forward to sets from the likes of Arkells, CHVRCHES, up-and-coming California rockers Wallows & dance pop favorites Sylvan Esso — that’s just a small, small start! We also hope to check out some other sights in Austin, including Austin Eastciders and STAG Provisions, one of my absolute favorites when it comes to menswear across the board. Do you have any must-see spots in Austin that you’d recommend? Let me know on Twitter! Thanks for reading, my friends. 

  • If you happen to be a fan of the Velvet Underground, chances are, you’ll like the news that several music luminaries (including personal favorites like The National and Mr. Julian Casablancas) have curated their own playlists celebrating the legendary group, all as part of a special New York exhibition running through December. Check it out for yourself if you happen to be in the city this fall and winter!
  • On the menswear front more specifically, I can’t stop circling back around to the Danner Mountain 600 Boots, as an essential and comfortable pair of fall boots. Without a doubt. Agreed?
  • Speaking of fall boots: I’m re-upping this post right here and right now as we get into the spirit of fall — check out my picks for the best men’s work boots over at GearMoose.

That’s going to close out this edition of the Friday Read — in the words of the immortal movie “School of Rock” … “Let’s rock today.” That’ll be all!