The Friday Read: The Best Men’s White Jeans, V76 by Vaughn & Portland, Maine

Happy Friday, folks! We made it through another week, but I’m not done with my work just quite yet. Namely, we’re kicking off today’s post by telling you about the one product — just one — that can give your fresh spring haircut a lift (as seen above!). That would be the excellent V76 by Vaughn Texture Clay, an American-made men’s grooming essential that provides a medium hold and nice separation while moisturizing your hair. Say adios to your old winter ‘do — I’ve loved trying out the Texture Clay this week (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I can’t recommend it enough. The Blue Cedar fragrance is mighty pleasing, and it’s also made without parabens. Simply perfect. Now, to other matters in menswear.


We’ll have another Style Pick of the Week coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the meantime, it’s pretty neat to be able to cross another city off my travel bucket list this fine spring weekend — for me, that’d be Portland, Maine, a City I’ve long wanted to explore for its reputed beer scene and small-town Northeast feel. I happen to be trekking there this weekend to enjoy the likes of great Northeast coffee & Allagash Brewing beer, to go along with a show (always a show!) by remarkable up-and-coming pop star Maggie Rogers! I’ve previously seen Maggie play two sold-out shows back in August 2017 at the wonderful Brooklyn Steel, and this Saturday night show at the State Theatre should be no less remarkable! I particularly love her debut album, “Heard It In A Past Life,” and am so excited for what should be a transcendent evening (truly!).

Have any suggestions as to what I should do in Portland? Hit me up on Twitter (find me via @BoKnowsClothes!). Make no mistake though, we’ll be busy on the blog all the meanwhile. To wit: we’ve got plenty of men’s style content for you to enjoy on this lovely weekend, from the best spring rain jacket to a full list of seasonal menswear essentials. Get your weekend going below — and maybe spin some tunes from Maggie Rogers while you’re at it! Cheers!

  • Do white jeans feel like a style risk? Well, that’s understandable — and that being said, spring and summer presents a prime opportunity to try out a pair (seriously!). So, without further ado, read about my favorite pairs of white jeans over at The Manual. Cheers!
  • It’s worth refreshing your style and your beer fridge in equal measure for spring. That being said, it’s awfully nice to crack open a beer that’s packed with flavor & hops, even as the weather warms up. On that note, there’s no better beer embodying this currently than the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale — check out my rundown of this excellent beer for GearMoose.
  • If you know me, you know I love — and frequently recommend — a stylish pair of men’s sneakers for spring. And for my money’s worth, it doesn’t get any better or more unique than the ZDA Handball Trainers, which I wrote about recently for GearMoose. Wear ’em with light was jeans and a white skin tee. Read and enjoy, folks!

That’s all from me for now — again, check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week covering spring style essentials. Thanks for reading!

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See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are The Best Boots to Buy for Spring — Here’s Why

Dependable, rugged & essential — that’s the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots for you.

We’re back in today’s See Now, Buy Now series with high praise for one of my favorite brands — that’d be Taylor Stitch — along with high praise in particular for what just might be the best boots for spring (and beyond). Ladies and gentlemen, those particular boots would be the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, a one-of-a-kind pair of rugged leather boots that are made for, well, just about anything in this new and exciting season.

Everything that the TS brand does — from the Taylor Stitch Indigo Waffle Shirt to the brand’s handsome, stylish leather brogues — is made with that indelible quality and attention to detail you really only get from a brand that’s focused on doing things right. And again, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are done the right way, through and through. In fact, they could just be your new favorite Chelsea boots — but more on that in a second.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

A sleek profile, mixed with a rugged lug sole, helps get the job done.

The changing of the seasons necessitates you upgrade your boots accordingly, so you best reach for a pair (like the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots) that can do more than one thing at a time. That is to say, these stylish Chelsea boots are made for the road — thanks to the Goodyear welt construction and the Vibram inset mini-lug sole — and equally at home at the bar or your favorite coffee shop. Truly, if you want a pair of boots that can do it all, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are for you. Saddle Tan leather and a sheepskin lining mean you’re getting a tough exterior (made to break in over time), plus a soft, comfortable fit — heavy-duty ankle elastic adds another durable touch to some of the best leather boots to buy right now. What’s more, Taylor Stitch has partnered with a Gold Rated Mexican tannery to make these incredible boots. Need to know more? Well, head to the Taylor Stitch Web site, then think about getting yourself a pair. But don’t think for too long — they might sell out.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

#OOTD: Your New Favorite Way to Dress for a Breezy Spring Day

You might have a picture-perfect idea of the type of day for which today’s #OOTD might fit. It’s a little bit brisk, but not too much so … it’s sunny … but it might rain later … and you’re looking forward to indulging in some early spring sunshine and perhaps, a classic spring beer. So, what are you wearing?  Well, let’s start things out with a stylish rain jacket that just so happens to be weather-ready, then let’s add a slim cashmere sweater, a classic Taylor Stitch shirt, and travel-friendly pants. How does that sound? Not bad, right? The key with dressing for a breezy spring day involves recognizing that you’ll need to be prepared for anything — brunch could lead to a farmer’s market trip, which could lead to patio beers. Or, heck, you might just be wondering what to wear to the office this spring. At any rate, I feel confident the below gear picks will suffice. That goes for the durable waterproof boots we’re recommending, along with the classic field watch on your wrist. I think you’ll be that much more ready for the season when you read all about the rest of today’s men’s style essentials below. Now, who’s ready for a Founders Solid Gold?

What do you get when you blend a lightweight, durable jacket with spring style essentials? This #OOTD, of course.

It’s not every day you get to put together an ensemble full of men’s style essentials to take you through plenty of different style situations — just like the picks shown above. It all comes together thanks to the functional rain jacket from Proof, perfect for taking on spring showers or simply serving as another layer when the temperature dips unexpectedly. From there, it only gets better: A slim cashmere crewneck is a lightweight, comfortable layer atop the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and if it gets too hot out? Simply ditch the sweater. The Proof Rover Pants are also a winning essential, made to move with you no matter where your day takes you. The same can certainly be said for the dependable, rugged leather boots from Tricker’s shown here — pair them up with a set of Topo Designs socks for all-day comfort. When it comes to your everyday carry, you can never go wrong with a tough field watch — ideal for the office or your favorite brewpub. And what to bring along to keep all your gear safe? That’s easy. Simply reach for what could be the the perfect spring travel bag from WP Standard. There we go! What’s your take on this early spring #menswear ensemble? Let me know via Twitter. Cheers!

The List: Gear Up for Spring with Your New Favorite Daily Style Essentials

The reliable spring jacket you can count on — all tough style that you need, and not a thing you don’t.

There are certainly more than a few ways to layer up for spring, and I hope to cover off on a few of them today with our latest round of men’s style essentials. Case in point: The affordable, durable, remarkably tough Roamers Utility Jacket, among the best jackets to buy for spring — owing, of course, to its classic workwear silhouette and tough construction. As to the rest of what you’ll be wearing this season? Check out the newest edition of The List (and find out more about the Roamers Utility Jacket) below.

Roamers Utility Jacket — $90.98

A no-fuss silhouette that’s ideal for spring layering.

Dressing in style for spring really doesn’t have to be expensive — the Roamers Utility Jacket proves that quite handily. It’s a tough workwear jacket made out of equally tough canvas, all the better to layer over your favorite henley or a classic chambray shirt on a chilly spring morning. The utilitarian style also wears nicely with everything from slim chinos to dark indigo denim — and again, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — $148

A classic, slightly rugged, slightly refined shirt from Taylor Stitch.

We’ve written at length in previous editions of The List about the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and we’ve done it when it wasn’t even spring — so it only feels fitting to bring back this versatile, all-season shirt to welcome a new season.

Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo — $44.98

A crisp navy polo never fails, guaranteed.

Let’s dive right into spring style with the best new polo to buy now, coming at you courtesty of Flint and Tinder. This slim navy polo is probably an all-time classic … but you decide.

Faherty Brand Stitch Henley — $72.98

A seriously cool short-sleeve henley, practically made to be layered under a denim jacket (or worn on its own).

We’ve long admired Faherty Brand for the way they use excellent fabrics and excellent finishes, like this stylish indigo henley. It’s a contrast to the Roamers Utility Jacket pictured above, but what’s to say you couldn’t wear them both at once, ehh?

Taylor Stitch French Terry Crewneck in Heather Olive — $98

Taylor Stitch

There’s no way around it — this is the spring sweater you need now.

A reliable, no-frills, subtly stylish crewneck sweater from Taylor Stitch? Sign me up. It’s the perfect spring sweater to layer under your favorite trucker jacket, no?

Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots — $525

The dependable waterproof lace-up boots to carry you through spring.

If you read the blog, you’re familiar with Tricker’s. Now, just because it’s spring doesn’t mean your rugged leather boots should collect dust. No sir, not when they’re the fully waterproof, highly stylish Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots.

MWC Watches British Army General Service Boots — $232.98 

MWC Watches

The best field watch to buy for spring? It could just be.

There are times when it comes to shopping for accessories — like a stylish field watch — when it’s best to not overdo it. For blending utilitarian style and a sense of history, it doesn’t get better than this vintage-inspired watch from MWC Watches.

Native North Bayden Corduroy Overshirt — $140 

A surprisingly bold spring layer from Native North.

This classic corduroy shirt is certainly a unique offering for spring — part corduroy shirt, part jacket, and done up in a bold spring color. Wear it with a crisp white tee, slim tan chinos and clean white sneakers.

Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit — $64 

A dependable dopp kit for travel from point A to point B.

Spring brings with it new beginnings, and of course, the chance to travel to new locales. For your grooming essentials (more on that in a minute), the Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit can get the job done.

Bellroy In-Flight Kit — $219

A sleek set of stylish travel essentials from Bellroy.

It’s tough to overstate the importance of organization when traveling — the Bellroy In-Flight Kit takes care of that for all of your everyday carry essentials, and looks great doing it.

Proof Rover Pants — $98

The stylish, lightweight, mobile pants you need for spring.

To be sure, we’ve talked a ton about the Proof Rover Pants here on the blog, but in this updated color for a new season, they could just be the best pair of pants for spring.

Raen Optics Aren 50 — $140

A sharp, subtly stylish pair of sunglasses available at a low price.

Finding stylish sunglasses that also happen to be affordable is one of the more challenging pursuits as we head into warm weather. Luckily, Raen Optics delivers on this seriously unique, well-made pair at a low price.

 

OK now, folks. We covered a bit of everything — or rather, a lot of everything — on the blog today. Can you get over the versatility, style AND affordability of the Roamers Utility Jacket? I sure can’t, and that’s why it sits at the top of today’s post. Alright, let’s get shopping!

 

 

Style Pick of the Week: Native North Technical Base Jacket

A clean, minimal rain jacket that just plain works for spring.

Welcome to another Style Pick of the Week, my friends (from a brand you might recognize from an earlier Style Pick entry this month!).  To be clear, we don’t often get too technical here on the blog. That is to say, I’d rather tell you about the best trucker jacket to buy now, versus digging into gear that’s made for, say, camping or hardcore hiking or whatnot. But what if I told you the Native North Technical Base Jacket (it even says “technical” in the title!) bridges the gap between both worlds, marrying form and function for early spring? Too good to be true, right? Not quite. In fact, this number here might be the best spring rain jacket. Yes indeed, Native North has pulled off a difficult feat with the Native North Technical Base Jacket, a minimal, stylish rain jacket that’s ideal for chilly, blustery weather. The kicker is this: Thanks to the brand’s Danish style inspiration, it doesn’t look half-bad, either.

You get just the right mix of utility and style with the Native North Technical Base Jacket, from the surface-treated, lightweight nylon-spandex exterior to the windproof coating — and the surprisingly sleek dark  Brown color. Throw in two chest button-snap pockets & two hand-warmer pockets, then consider the fact that the Native North Technical Base Jacket is also triple-layered … pretty impressive, right?

A trusty hood adds another utilitarian point to this jacket.

The point is this: The Native North Technical Base Jacket packs in everything you could want from a spring rain jacket, right down to the cinch-adjustable hood. That means you can wear this functional rain jacket with your favorite menswear essentials, pieces like a classic Oxford shirt or a thermal henley and slim light wash denim, without missing a beat. Isn’t that what spring outerwear is for, at any rate? The Native North Technical Base Jacket also happens to be versatile enough to dress up ever so slightly. You could layer it over a cashmere sweater and pair that look up with slim tan chinos, plus stylish leather brogues, to head to the office — breezy spring weather be damned. And lest you’re worried that this jacket has the potential to turn you into a sweltering mess (like other spring jackets), well, it’s made all the way through with lightweight, breathable material. Check, check and check. The point is, the Native North Technical Base Jacket has the potential to be a go-to jacket every time the weather takes a turn — and even on days when you just need a lightweight, casual spring layer.

 

The Friday Read: New Spring Chelsea Boots, Investment-Level Menswear & How to Wear an Oxford Shirt

A rugged, refined pair of iconic Chelsea boots — perfect for Friday and beyond.

So, we’ve reached Friday. How are you stepping out in style? Potentially with the Tricker’s Stephen Chelsea Boots on, I should hope. There’s nothing like a stylish pair of Chelsea boots for spring, particularly ones made with wax-impregnated leather to fight off breezy, stormy weather — I can’t recommend these ones from Tricker’s enough. And with that being said, they’re going to set you up the right way in time for the weekend.What’s on your weekend agenda? In my neck of the woods, well, I won’t exactly be needing the Tricker’s Stephen Chelsea Boots any time soon, as it were — I’m capping off the last weekend of my family’s Turks and Caicos trip (as seen on my Instagram!) to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday! It’s been a sun-filled, relaxing week on the beautiful beaches and in the lovely, bright blue water of this seriously great island. I’ll be returning to NYC on Sunday, but in the meantime, I’ll be focused on soaking up as much of the sun as possible. Again, you need two things to get your own weekend going the right way: The Tricker’s Stephen Chelsea Boots, and the below menswear news items from this week’s Friday Read. Let’s go to it!

  • Want a jacket that blends heritage-quality style with spring-ready layering potential and unlimited wearability? That’d be the Todd Snyder x Golden Bear Bomber, as covered by yours truly at GearMoose! Cheers.
  • There’s the right way to wear your Oxford shirt, then there’s perhaps the best way to wear your Oxford shirt. As it were, I covered a new way to wear this men’s style essential earlier this season on the blog — get the #OOTD right now.
  • As we move into spring, there are going to be certain pieces you’re going to want to invest in to step up your game — the men’s style essentials that stand the test of time & trends. That being said, I wrote for Effortless Gent about seven of my favorite, must-have menswear picks, from beautiful, investment-level sneakers to a pair of the best men’s chinos to buy now. Put it this way: If you only had to buy one of these classic items in each critical category, well, my picks are the ones to buy.

Still on the hunt for one final, last thing to read (for now)? We’ve got you covered here on the blog. In fact, we’ve really got you covered — read on to find out about the best men’s style essentials for early spring. OK, that should do it. Cheers!

The List: Step into Early Spring with the Best New Menswear to Buy Right Now

A durable, rugged military shirt-jacket from Faherty Brand — are you ready for early spring yet?

I can guarantee you this, my friends — the spring season is approaching ever more quickly, and you’re going to need versatile men’s style essentials like the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket to take it on. From functional rain jackets to a durable watch to a pair of the best men’s rain boots and one of the best men’s leather bags on the market, you can be sure we’ve got you ready for what lies ahead. Check out this week’s best menswear below, then let me know your thoughts via The Style Guide on Facebook. Cheers!

Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket — $188

A rich indigo jacket that plays off military heritage and modern style.

When looking for spring style essentials, you’d do well to turn toward Faherty Brand — these West Coast style purveyors nail that hard-to-find blend of functionality, rugged style & easygoing appeal in equal measure. Case in point: The Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket, perhaps one of the best spring jackets you can buy. This military-inspired indigo jacket is one of a kind, and would seriously elevate something as simple as a timeless white tee.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket

Bespoke Post Jet Set Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

The right travel gear for the guy on the go — that’s you!

If you’re a bit of a traveling man — I love me a good weekend trip — the Bespoke Post Jet Set Box is for you. From a handsome leather passport wallet to a portable charger and stylish socks, these are all the travel essentials you need now.

Lane Eight Trainer AD 1 — $140

Athletic-inspired sneakers you can wear with denim or chinos.

It wouldn’t be spring without a recommendation for some of the best men’s sneakers on the market, right? Sleek, streamlined, comfortable-yet-sporty, the Lane Eight Trainer AD 1 is a seriously unique, functional pair of sneakers to buy now — trust me.

Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell — $188

A durable, tough rain jacket from the folks at Flint and Tinder.

Now, we’ve talked about the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell before on the blog (head here to read more), but it’s worth recommending again — it’s a stylish spring rain jacket that’s going to keep you dry … no matter how bad it gets out there.

Faherty Brand Slub Cotton Henley — $98

A suitable spring henley — to say the least.

Why yes, we’re recommending that you pick up this stylish henley from a brand that already appeared in this edition of The List. When it comes to quality fabric and construction, you can’t top this rugged henley.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle — $84.99

A sharp, functional duffle bag for spring travel and daily use.

The start of a new season is all about getting around in functional style — specifically, functional travel style. And luckily for all of us, Herschel Supply Co. comes through with a durable duffle bag that just so happens to look pretty sharp.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — $99.98

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt

A handsome, versatile shirt from a favorite brand.

Oftentimes, a new season often means simply refining your spring style essentials, and choosing to go with pieces you can wear anytime, anywhere. Kind of like the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, no? The silhouette is classic and the Charcoal color is on-point.

Yield Design Co. Amber Double-Wall Glasses — $50

Surprisingly stylish cocktail glasses to add to your home bar.

Hey, there’s never a wrong time to upgrade your home bar with the best bar essentials, including handsome glasses from Yield Design Co. Grab a glass, pour your favorite cocktail, and kick back.

MWC Watches A-17 Korean War Issue Watch — $287.10

A remarkably classic, functional spring watch.

Given that spring can be demanding in terms of weather (and style), you need a stylish watch you can trust in terms of dependability. This Korean War Issue Watch from MWC Watches fits the bill.

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos — $98

Slim, stylish chinos that’ll help you step into spring.

The time is almost upon us to break out your new favorite chinos — if you haven’t yet tried the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, well, you’re in luck. They’re one heck of a pair of slim chinos, made with breathabilty and mobililty in mind. Wear them with the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket and perhaps a rugged henley for spring style that can’t be topped.

Huckberry Duck Boots — $180

Durable duck boots that offer style and functionality in spades.

To be fair, we’ve previously discussed the stylish durability and versatility of the Huckberry Duck Boots here on the blog, but it’s worth revisiting them as we head into the rainy season. These are some of the best men’s rain boots, and they’ll go anywhere you go, with ease.

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel — $400

A rough-and-tumble leather bag that’ll only get better with age.

Last but certainly not least when it comes to today’s list of the best men’s style essentials, I give you the WP Standard Boxcar Duffel — it’s a stylish leather bag that’s more than deserving of daily use, and it’s one of the best men’s leather bags on the market … I know from my experience with the brand (as you might have seen on my Instagram!).

 

OK, so do you feel more ready for the start of spring now? Have a favorite of the above spring style essentials? I can’t recommend the durability and versatility of the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket. Feel free to keep the conversation rolling on Twitter!