#OOTD: This Is The Right Way to Wear Your Peacoat This Winter

When can a piece of outerwear come to define your whole outfit? Easy. When it’s a classic peacoat with a name that speaks for itself — the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat.  It’s a piece of outerwear that’s quickly become a coveted, new classic, and that makes it more than deserving of leading off today’s #OOTD. As to the rest of the ensemble, it’s packed full of the sort of pieces that are going to work at the office or at your holiday party — or perhaps on the road for holiday travel, if you’re feeling particularly dressy. That is to say, Taylor Stitch comes through with handsome trousers, Viberg enters the equation with some of the best men’s boots out there, WP Standard supplies your new favorite messenger bag, and brands like American Trench are here with stylish socks to keep you warm and on your toes this winter. The right coat really can make all the difference — it can elevate your outfit, impress your date or your partner, even charm your in-laws (OK, maybe not). Be sure to keep your skin in shape with men’s grooming essentials, then consider your holiday and office dressing all set. Again, when you start with a jacket that speaks for itself, most of your work is done. Read on to find out more, and head to my Instagram to see how I’m getting dressed this winter.

A beautifully made peacoat that’s going to elevate many a winter ensemble.

  • The Classic Peacoat:  Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, $695 — An absurdly amazing, classic peacoat made to heirloom-quality standards. Famously worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in “Skyfall”‘.
  • The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in White Everyday Oxford, $98 — You’re not surprised to see a stylish Taylor Stitch shirt in the mix, are you? The white Oxford is a stone-cold classic of which Bond would approve.
  • The Trousers: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Trousers, $178 — Would you expect anything less than tailored trousers in a winter-friendly fabric from Taylor Stitch?
  • The Boots: Viberg Hiker (Huckberry Exlusive), $426 — These rugged hiking boots from Viberg are absolutely something else. Get them now, wear ’em to the office and on the weekend.
  • The Socks: American Trench Edo Flower Merino & Cashmere Socks, $29.50 — It’s always fun to see how American Trench updates its designs and quality season after season — these socks are dressy yet casual.
  • The Watch: Jack Mason Aviator 3-Hand Watch, $165.98 — A subtly stylish watch from Texas-based Jack Mason Brand that blends function and rugged appeal perfectly.
  • The Grooming Essentials: Duke Cannon Handsome Man Grooming Can, $75 — Packed with one-of-a-kind men’s grooming gear to keep your skin in mint condition this winter.
  • The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Vintage Messenger, $295 — Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I love WP Standard and the brand’s stylish, heirloom-quality leather goods — like the WP Standard Vintage Messenger.

If you ask me, I think we’re looking at a heck of an #OOTD above. One that works for the office or a holiday party, one that offers crisp and dressy style as readily as it does functionality (thank those stylish hiking boots for that versatility). Things only get better when you start with the timeless Billy Reid Bond Peacoat and accent it with a stylish Taylor Stitch shirt (one that you can easily dress up even more with a layer like the Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater). Again, slim wool trousers should be a go-to with nearly any sharp outfit this winter, and it pays when you step into a pair of rugged winter boots to combat slippery surfaces out there. When it comes to accessories, your subtly stylish Jack Mason watch works in laidback or tailored situations, as do the American Trench socks pictured above. And especially if you find yourself headed to the office (or out on the road), the WP Standard Vintage Messenger is going to provide maximum style and the ability to keep your everyday carry essentials safe. The final ingredient in your recipe for success? Assuredly, it’s got to be men’s grooming gear from Duke Cannon. Now, how’s that for warm, stylish #OOTD that’s going to help you get the job done this winter? Feel free to connect with me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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The List: Stay Warm This Holiday Season with these Excellent New Men’s Style Picks

Taylor Stitch

An absurdly timeless and rugged shirt, here in time for a chilly December.

Alright, my friends — welcome to the first of several bits and pieces of holiday content here on the blog. We’re talking men’s style essentials from the likes of Taylor Stitch and more today, but with a twist. Since we’re all on a budget — and all on a time crunch — it helps to knock two things out at once. That is to say, the gear picks below can serve as both Christmas style suggestions for you, along with handy gift-giving picks for the rest of the stylish folks in your life. We’ve got stocking stuffers like Darn Tough socks, we’ve got rugged Danner boots, and most importantly, we’ve got a beautiful shirt from Taylor StitchAll able to be gifted to someone, or worn by yourself with ease. Happy shopping!

Taylor Stitch Leeward Shirt in Oxblood — $188

Taylor Stitch

You don’t have another shirt like this in your closet, guaranteed.

We told you this shirt was something else, right? Taylor Stitch truly leaves no stone unturned when it comes to crafting modern staples to exacting standards — the Leeward Shirt, in a December-friendly shade of Oxblood, is outstanding. Wear it with tough leather boots, slim blue denim and a thermal shirt on the weekend. Buy it for someone, or give it to yourself.

Danner Light Boots — $380

Danner

Go big — but don’t go home — with these rugged Danner boots.

The winter calls for boots that can take a beating — as I found out when I visited the brand in Portland last year, Danner makes some of the best men’s boots out there. Snowstorms don’t stand a chance, and if you really feel like splurging on someone — or yourself — you can’t go wrong.

Raleigh Denim Alexander Jeans — $145.98

Raleigh Denim

Comfort stretch denim in a winter-ready color.

There are almost too many good things to count about the Raleigh Denim Alexander Jeans, from the comfort stretch denim to the Big Sur colorway. Perfectly wearable with your new Danner Light boots, yes? And a great way to help your brother upgrade his denim.

Outerknown Transitional Flannel — $88

Outerknown

A new classic, thanks to the great fit and the extra-soft fabric.

Made with ridiculously soft brushed organic cotton flannel, this number from Outerknown is surprisingly lightweight (yet warm) and also easy to layer. A laidback-yet-polished shirt you should wear with your favorite denim over the holidays.

Duke Cannon Handsome Man Grooming Can — $75

A handy kit packed full of grooming essentials for winter and beyond.

The guy who has everything surely doesn’t have anything like this. Featuring must-haves like refreshing face wash and solid cologne, the Handsome Man Grooming Can from Duke Cannon is truly a terrific value in terms of men’s grooming essentials.

Upstate Stock American Mohair Beanie — $32

A warm, cozy beanie from a tried-and-true American retailer.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love hitting up the cozy, stylish confines of terrific coffee shop/American-made retailer Upstate Stock. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m also recommending the American Mohair Beanie to keep you warm this season — it’s also a nice stocking stuffer.

Levi’s 502 Regular Taper Jeans — $59.50

Slim but not too slim, with a wash that’s different from inky indigo.

Ahh, Levi’s. That much-loved purveyor of some of the best men’s denim out there. The 502 Regular Taper in particular features a classic cut with just enough of a slim fit. In short, the perfect pair of jeans to wear with a badass winter jacket. They’ll also clean up nice when worn with a white Oxford and some leather moc toe boots for a holiday bar crawl.

Crafthouse Cocktail Mixing Set — $90

Who doesn’t appreciate a good cocktail? This kit has it all.

Particularly in these cold winter months — and as you get ready to head to or host a holiday  or Christmas Eve party — richly crafted cocktails are on the menu. This stylish cocktail kit is a great buy for yourself or the man or woman who likes to imbibe.

SeaVees Indoor/Outdoor Slipper Shoe — $72

The same sole as your favorite sneakers, with the cozy build of a house shoe.

Good news for all of us who plan to head home this holiday season — SeaVees has taken the same approach that makes its classic sneakers so great, and applied that to a pair of cozy slipper shoes. Pack these in your bag for Christmas at home, without a doubt.

Wrangler Born Ready One-Pocket Plaid Shirt — $64

A classic shirt with a bit of edge — unexpected from Wrangler, and highly wearable this winter.

A hint of retro style merged with modern cool — that’s the focus of the “Born Ready” campaign from Wrangler, and it results in this sharp plaid shirt that would look great with perfectly faded jeans and classic leather boots at a casual holiday get-together.

Timex Marlin Automatic in Brown Leather — $249

A clean and classic that looks great with a suit — or with the Outerknown flannel shirt shown above.

The good folks at Timex keep on delivering the hits — this new edition of the Timex Marlin in particular features brown leather, but the same crisp dial design. Great for your holiday party, and a great gift for the soon-to-be grad in your life (hey, get it out of the way early).

Taylor Stitch Après Hoodie in Navy Hemp Fleece — $118

The zip hooded sweatshirt you didn’t know you need. Practical, cozy & stylish.

When you gather around the fire at Christmas, should you wear a stylish zip hoodie? Oh, yes — the Taylor Stitch Après Hoodie in Navy Hemp Fleece proves that. Pair it with slim tan chinos and rugged leather lace-up boots atop your favorite henley — all you need is a fresh cup of coffee.

Darn Tough Brogue Crew Light Socks — $20

Darn Tough socks

American-made socks that pack a punch in terms of comfort and style.

You best get acquainted with Darn Tough and the brand’s uniquely American-made socks. The quality is second-to-none, and understated, stylish patterns make these socks a winner this holiday season — especially when you slip off your shoes at your host’s house. Plus, they’re a great stocking stuffer. (Of note: You can also get Darn Tough socks via Huckberry).

Deus Ex Machina Address Workwear Jacket — $98

Gift it to the lover of rugged style on your list, or keep it for yourself.

I appreciate the old-school vibe of a tough workwear jacket as much as anyone — and I guarantee there’s someone on your list who feels the same way. If not? Buy this rugged washed cotton canvas jacket from the custom motorcycle purveyors at Deus Ex Machina, then wear it on cold winter mornings.

 

Now, we’re wrapped up on this slightly longer edition of The List. Did you find a gift for anyone on your list? What piece or pieces would you snag for yourself? For me, it’s got to be a pair of rugged Danner boots — no questions asked. Be sure to check back on the site often in the weeks ahead as we offer up even more gift-giving suggestions — for both yourself and others. Thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket

 

Faherty Brand

Two seriously cool jackets for the price of one — all from a classic, dependable brand.

Take a good look at the Bondi Jacket from Faherty Brand — then envision yourself wearing it this winter. It’s not all that hard to do, right? After all, Faherty Brand consistently delivers the sort of casual, easygoing-yet-functional staples that every guy needs in his wardrobe, and they do it for nearly every season. Yes, even winter. That’s where the Bondi Jacket comes into play. It’s two jackets in one, with the type of design detailing that only the West Coast purveyors at Faherty Brand can provide — take one look at the cool reversible print, for starters.

It’s pretty plain to see that the Bondi Jacket is unlike any other winter style essential you’ve got in your wardrobe, and while I can’t advise that you wear this thing into the polar vortex, it’s certainly worthy keeping under consideration as another layer (to say the least). Brushed cotton blanket fabric makes up the printed interior, while a durable diamond-quilted chambray holds down the fort on the other side — again, two jackets that’ll layer with ease over everything from a classic white T-shirt to a rugged henley. The beauty of the Bondi Jacket? You can then layer it underneath a heavier winter parka for maximum protection on the streets — without sacrifing style once you head indoors. It’s that kind of versatility that Faherty Brand provides in spades — again, they’re not just a warm-weather brand.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket 

Faherty Brand

A closer look at the reverse side of this durable shirt jacket.

And then, there’s the unique pattern on the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket (as seen above). The Redwood Bluff design is both subtly stylish and just a bit bold, made to layer over a classic chambray shirt while offering a nice bit of contrast — think ’70s surfer cool without going too far over the top. This is a shirt jacket you should feel comfortable wearing with rugged chore pants and tough leather boots, too. Feel like going a little more low-key? The reverse-side chambray is a little more understated, to the point where you could team up the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket with slim black jeans, a classic Oxford shirt and a warm beanie cap for winter’s nightcap at a (heated) outdoor rooftop. To be sure, that’s a specific style scenario … but hey, ’tis the season. If at first you’re wary of injecting that much color and pattern into your wardrobe, know that the tailored fit and easy-to-layer potential of the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket make it a solid winner, especially for the price. That’s all you need this winter.

How would you layer the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket? Are you on board with wearing a shirt jacket for winter?

The Friday Read: The National, Upstate New York and Upslope Brewing

It’s the end of a long week — treat yourself to some whiskey, and to a new whiskey glass in the process

OK, my friends. If you’re in the same boat as me, perhaps you might enjoy a nice, neat pour of a premium spirit in one of the best whiskey glasses on the market to end your Friday. How about it? The good news is, you can pick up many more of those unique Whiskey Peaks glasses as shown above at Huckberry. Now, to the rest of today’s Friday Read. We’ve kept plenty busy here to close out November — I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in warm, sunny and relaxing Florida, enjoying a Jai Alai IPA and watching lots of football (you might have picked up on that via my Instagram). At any rate, it was a much-needed, very refreshing break from writing a ton about, yes, winter style essentials aplenty. Like the outfit you need to wear to your favorite brewery this weekend. And the best flannel shirt to buy now. Again, the work never stops. However!

It’ll come to a brief respite this afternoon, as I head to the lovely town of Hudson, New York (you might remeber it from a previous upstate winter getaway) to support a great cause and see some amazing live music. Yes indeed, today is the start of the Rally in the Valley, a full weekend of education and activism supporting Planned Parenthood in upstate New York. Along with community workshops and panel discussions, it’s kicked off on Friday night with a concert by none other than indie rock luminaries The National — my heroes and my forever band! Guitarist Aaron Dessner lives not too far from Hudson, and I’ve been very lucky to see them play two album release shows last summer (at the incredible Basilica Hudson). This time around, I’m more excited than ever for an intimate show at Hudson Hall. It’s going to be an amazing night for an amazing cause — and the rest of the weekend shouldn’t disappoint! I plan to hit up MOTO Coffee for a cup or two (or more) of delicious coffee, and I’m also thrilled to stay at Rivertown Lodge, complete with idyllic accomodations aplenty (say that five times fasts). For now though, we’ve got more menswear and craft beer to discuss. Read on!

  • We start this portion of today’s Friday Read by talking about a gift for her — your partner, your spouse or your girlfriend. And this gift comes from one of my favorite online retailers, Bespoke Post. They make all kinds of menswear essentials (and I know we all love a great Bespoke Post Box), but the recently lauched Soothe Box (it’s just $55!) is one-of-a-kind, and an ideal way to put some care & thought into the holiday season. From a lovely candle to a clay face mask to body scrub, these are the essentials she deserves — get your shopping done early.
  • On the craft beer front, I was fortunate enough last week to try the excellent Spruce Tip IPA from Upslope Brewing. This Colorado-based, Certified B Corporation has put a little something extra into this beer — besides the hand-picked spruce tips, that is. They work with organizations like Leave No Trace to produce beer that’s environmentally friendly — and delicious, to boot. Heck, that’s not all: The Spruce Tip IPA is particularly great out of a can.
  •  Staying sharp while on the road has arguably never been more important than right now — that’s why I wrote about the best men’s winter travel essentials over at The Manual! It features some gear picks from brands you know and love, including the Proof Rover Pants, stylish Darn Tough socks and even a rugged Jack Mason watch. Can’t get any better than that.
  • Also in the way of holiday-centric upgrades, I wrote about all of the best men’s grooming gifts for GearMoose. You know, the gifts to give, well, any guy on your list who could use better skin care. So, your dad, your brother, your father-in-law … you catch my drift.

That’s going to close out today’s Friday Read. Did you find what you were looking for? Maybe stay on the site if not — we’ll tell you all about the best menswear to buy on sale this weekend. We’ll also get you outfitted with the perfect oufit to wear for a night in, because even laidback nights deserve proper style. Again, hopefully, you find what you need. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and have a great weekend!

See Now, Buy Now: Bundle Up with this Classic Cardigan from Faherty Brand for Winter

This rugged cardigan is cozy, classic and ready to layer.

Faherty Brand seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to crafting beloved styles made from premium fabric — all with easygoing wearability & versatility in mind. In short, Faherty Brand makes the gear you need for your next holiday party or casual winter weekend. That sounds like high praise, and it is, but this is one brand that talks the talk and walks the walk. What’s the key here? To me, it really comes down to pieces like the   part of the brand’s Holiday Collection and among a host of stylish new arrivals worth your time. Now if you read the ol’ blog fairly regularly, you might recognize warm-weather staples like the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley, but again, Faherty Brand is a brand that goes beyond its West Coast roots to craft some seriously rugged, hard-wearing gear — again, including the cozy Marled Cotton Cardigan shown above.

SHOP: The Holiday Collection from Faherty Brand

Neat texture and a neutral color allow holiday-centric shirts to pop with ease.

You need a cardigan like this one in your winter layering arsenal for more than just a couple reasons. A rugged shawl cardigan, like a classic henley, adds visual interest and warmth to even the most simple of outfits, and it also gives you a bit of masculine style — there’s a reason style luminaries like Steve McQueen and Daniel Craig champion the classic shawl cardigan. It’s also the perfect season to add an extra layer of cozy comfort — this cardigan from Faherty Brand is made from marled cotton, making it easy to layer over a chambray shirt or a classic flannel shirt. Touches like horn buttons upgrade the  Marled Cotton Cardigan from good to great, as well. It’s the type of timeless style you’re going to want to wear to your next holiday gathering or simply a  casual evening at home (ideally, with a glass of whiskey in hand and some cozy slippers on — like thIs #OOTD).  But the one thing to remember? Just because a brand is known for warm weather-friendly staples doesn’t mean they can’t make a heck of a rugged shawl cardigan for winter — believe it.

SHOP: The Holiday Collection from Faherty Brand

See Now, Buy Now: Keep Warm with a Pair of Stylish Leather Gloves from Hestra

Exceptionally well-made leather gloves that’ll serve you well this winter.

Let’s get one thing straight — a pair of Hestra leather gloves are one of the many things you shouldn’t be leaving the house without this winter. I’d wager you should say goodbye to the days of flimsy, thin gloves you picked up near the checkout aisle at your local sporting goods store (been there, done that!), and instead turn toward a purchase you won’t regret: A pair of stylish leather gloves from a brand that knows a thing or two (or three!) about making ’em. It’s refreshing and exciting to see a brand continue to hone in on the thing they do best, and in the case of Hestra (as seen in this post on the best men’s winter accessories), that thing happens to be crafting the best gloves on the market, no questions asked. The Hestra Utsjo in Elk/Fleece is pictured above, and with good reason. Made from Nordic elk leather, the brand crafts its gloves in largely the same way they have since the company’s founding in 1936 — that’s applause-worthy, right?


A fleece lining and Primaloft polyester insulation ensures top-of-the-line warmth and breathablity when it comes to Hestra leather gloves, while a two-position cuff button offers stability and a nice fit. The overall effect is an especially refined pair of gloves that keep you warm and look a heck of a lot better than a technical winter pair. Why is it worth it to splurge on a pair of stylish leather gloves when you could easily just pick up a random pair from a bargain bin? It’s worth it in the same way it pays off to upgrade your everyday chambray shirt or step into classic slim denim — if you look good, you feel good. And in this instance, you look good, you feel good … and your hands won’t get frostbite! Truly, that’s important. It’s a win-win all the way around when it comes to Hestra leather gloves and in particular, the Hestra Utsjo in Elk/Fleece.

What’s your take on investing in these stylish leather gloves?  Let me know via Twitter! 

#OOTD: A New Way to Dress for the Office This Winter

Believe me, I love getting out of the office at the end of the day — and on the weekends especially — as much as the next guy. But there comes a time when you’ve got to put your nose to the grindstone, get to work and knock out that presentation or report. For all those days, this #OOTD — starting with none other than a classic navy blazer— is here to help. Better yet, it’s geared to help you dress for the office this winter (and we’re in for a long one, I feel). As you’ll see, we’re even throwing on a stylish wool tie today, offset by a classic casual shirt from our friends at Flint and Tinder. The real kicker comes with the fact that, since this is winter and all, we’ll be taking on the elements with a pair of rugged leather boots, along with some slim wool trousers. At the end of the day, this ensemble is going to look great, provide some warmth in winter weather (wear it with this Billy Reid coat), and give you your best chance at looking great. The best part? There’s no overly gaudy Christmas sweater in sight – — just the winter style essentials you know and love. You could very well be the best-dressed guy in the office, and it’s only going to get better this season. To keep up with more from the blog, head to The Style Guide Facebook page.

Between the buttondown shirt, the rugged boots and the crisp wool trousers … this is your new office #OOTD.

    • The Blazer: Grayers Hutton Wool Sport Coat, $195 — A simple and subtly stylish, classic navy blazer never failed — right?
    • The Shirt: Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown, $108 — Let’s nod toward fall and winter with this perfectly cut, American-made shirt from Flint and Tinder — shall we?
    • The Tie: Pocket Square Clothing Simon Wool Tie, $56 — The curveball here comes from wearing a stylish tie that’s just slightly different in color from your jacket (a la James Bond in Morocco).
    • The Trousers: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Trousers, $178 — The Telegraph Trousers are a well-tailored favorite back for another year. Your winter business go-to.
    • The Boots: Allen Edmonds Normandy Cap Toe Boots, $295 — Yes, Allen Edmonds knows how to make a rugged-yet-dressy pair of boots, too.
    • The Socks: CHUP Fika Socks, $35 — A pair of eyecatching socks like the CHUP Fika Socks are just enough to stand out — in the right way — at the water cooler.
    • The Belt: Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Belt, $89 — Hey, you’re going to need a belt to hold up those Telegraph Trousers — might as well make it the Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Belt.
    • The Watch: Jack Mason Aviator Watch, $195 — We’re all about subtle style essentials that stand out quietly — like this durable and office-ready Jack Mason watch.

Alright, that’s wrapping up this #OOTD today. What’s your favorite part? Does it mirror how you normally dress for the office? I’m all for mixing things up a  bit with a patterned American-made shirt in a seasonally friendly color — plus, it handsomely accents the classic navy blazer. Better yet, a stylish wool tie gives you the chance to sharpen up just a bit. And you can’t really go wrong with the timeless Telegraph Trousers, an ideal complement to the rugged Allen Edmonds captoe boots. It’s an office-ready combo that also won’t buckle when you step outside on your commute or a lunchtime walk. It’s as ready for a Christmas party as it is for your next big presentation — stylish accessories like the Jack Mason Aviator Watch help ensure that, and your stylish CHUP socks are also a prime way to inject a little color and pattern in this #OOTD. Of course, I’m also all about the little details that can go the distance — take the investment-level Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Belt, for instance. Taken in full, this look is sharp, tailored and business casual — you’re not going to be overly dressed up, yet you won’t be dressed down, either. Again, it could just be the perfect look for the office this winter. That’s my opinion, at least. Let me know what you think of it on Twitter. Thanks for reading!