Notice that as the calendar creeps ever closer to Labor Day, we’re just as focused as ever on men’s style essentials that can take you from August on into September and October with ease. So, whether you wear today’s #OOTD for some upcoming Labor Day travel, a casual weekend coffee run or lunch date or your last summer BBQ, I’d say you’re going to be in great shape. For instance: That blend of casual, versatile gets all the easier when you start with the Taylor Sitch Everyday Chambray Shirt — definitely one of the best men’s chambray shirts out there — and then build your outfit around it. From cool, unique slim brown denim to versatile high-top sneakers to some seriously stylish men’s sunglasses from Sunski, this ensemble is packed with essentials that simply nail the best of the best when it comes to affordable men’s style. Yes indeed, there’s nothing too fancy about this outfit, and that’s a great thing. As we’ve said time and again at The Style Guide, that means you can wear pieces like the Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt to grab coffee or groceries, or a round of beers at your next rock concert. Who can argue with that? Good luck getting ready for the end of summer, and we’ll see you out there.
The Denim: Bulletprufe Tobacco Brown Denim, $98— Wearing dark indigo denim can get a little monotonous at times, as much as we all love it. The uniquely colored Tobacco Brown Denim from Bulletprufe changes all of that.
The Sneakers: TOMS TRVL LITE High Sneakers, $84.95 — Don’t think TOMS can pull off sneakers? Think again — the TRVL LITE Sneakers really are quite comfortable, now available in a fall-friendly High version.
The Socks: Anonymousim Anchor Jacquard Crew Socks, $20 — You know what can make all the difference when it comes to your ensemble? Comfortable, stylish socks like these ones from Anonymousism. Bingo.
The Belt & Money Clip: Bespoke Post Worn Box, $55 — Might as well get two handy menswear essentials in one well-priced package with the Bespoke Post Worn Box, right? A sleek money clip and a stylish leather belt both belong on your person this season.
The Sunglasses: Sunski Yubas Sunglasses, $55 — Blending affordability and a stylish, eye-catching frame shape (pun intended), the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses strike the right balance between casual & classic.
The Hat: WP Ebbets Field Cap, $45 — Go with a vintage-inspired ballcap from the stellar partnership between WP Standard and Ebbets Field Flannels to top this whole thing off — it’s just plain cool.
So, is your head simply spinning with all the possibilities this stylish, versatile #OOTD brings to the table? From a backyard BBQ to Labor Day travel to an outdoor festival, I can think of plenty of places where an essential like the Taylor Sitch Everyday Chambray Shirt could take you. When you pair a rugged chambray shirt with a simple, yet visually interesting, slub tee, you’ve got the makings of an outfit that’s going to look at home at a brewery or your favorite coffee shop, easily. Add in Tobacco Brown Denim from Bulletprufe in a nicely tailored fit, and this ensemble is just different enough from what you might wear on the daily (notice the lack of dark blue indigo denim!). High-top sneakers from TOMS in a neutral shade of grey nod nicely toward fall, while subtle accessories like stylish socks from Anonymousism add a bit of flair to your bottom half (just a bit, though!). The standout Hemel HFT20 Watch is an absurdly beautiful everyday timepiece, as ready for travel as it is for your next backyard party — the same can be said about the cool vibes you get from the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses and the neat WP Ebbets Field Cap. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, this #OOTD can really go just about anywhere when it comes to casual early fall adventures.
So, where are you going to take this #OOTD? What might you change about it? Oh, and thanks for reading!
There are menswear staples that are instantly recognizable and easily wearable — take it from a brand that modernized the blue jean as we know it today, Levi’s. And the pair of jeans that remain a cultural icon after decades? That’d be the Levi’s 501, a perfect pair of classic men’s denim that you can buy right now, and then wear for … heck, forever. In any season, in any weather … these are THE jeans (arguably). That is to say, in the way of men’s style essentials that can work in August, September or any other month of the year, there really aren’t many — the chambray shirt and suede chukka boots come to mind, as does a pair of stylish men’s denim like the Levi’s 501, naturally.
It can certainly be tricky to get all the details right, but that’s what the Levi’s 501 have continually brought to the table. Among those details? The iconic button fly, a timeless fit and the Dark Stonewash finish that you’ll grow to love. Looking for some well-fitting men’s denim that can rack up some miles? Bingo.
On that note, let’s talk about the fit and versatility of the Levi’s 501, shall we? Unlike some pairs of stretch denim that tend to fit more like denim leggings (yikes!), the 501 from Levi’s are cut in a straight fit, with a regular leg opening. That means the Levi’s 501 are at their best when worn with equally classic footwear — think durable high-top Converse sneakers or rugged Red Wing Heritage leather boots. That timeless design also makes ’em an easy pair of denim to wear in different seasons. The Levi’s 501 are as at home with a heather grey pocket tee and those aforementioned high-tops as they are with a grey crewneck sweater and yes, Red Wing Heritage leather boots come fall and winter. Did we mention the part about the classic fit? The rich Dark Stonewash finish? And the excellent price (just $59.50 via the Levi’s site)? Ahh, OK. Got it. Happy shopping!
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Step on up and dive right in to this week’s Friday Read, packed with men’s style essentials aplenty to start your weekend off right. I’m looking forward to another early “Summer Friday,” (a perk of working in the NYC PR world!), and then, the highlight of my week: Hosting my incredible fiancée Laura as she visits Brooklyn again this weekend! We’re planning on visiting the iconic Grand Central Station, enjoying some local coffee and neighborhood strolls, and checking out the lauded Brooklyn Museum! It’ll be a relaxing and enjoyable summer weekend, to say the least. I truly can’t wait. The close of this week also means that we’re one week closer to Labor Day and the end of summer — how are you prepping for early fall? Might I suggest shopping some of my favorite menswear picks to make the transition? I hope that the below menswear reads are helpful to you as you shop, pack and plan. Without any further ado, here we go! Happy reading, happy shopping & wishing you a happy weekend.
Some guys are watch guys, and some guys just … aren’t. At least, not in the traditional sense. If you find yourself in the market for a new, tech-forward timepiece, just about the best thing you could do would be to check out my feature on the best smartwatches for 2018 over on GearMoose.
I’ll be sharing more thoughts on the best weekender bags in the season ahead, but for now, I’d say you’d do well to check out my latest piece for The Manual covering essential, stylish gear to pack up for your next trip out of town.
Let’s talk dependable, everyday style — with just a bit of edge thrown in, that is. The Flint and Tinder Bone Button Western Shirt keeps popping up on the site for good reason. It’s made with quality cotton in a rich indigo color, and it features a reliable fit for layering over everything from a grey slub tee to a long-sleeve thermal shirt (come early fall, that is). That’s why I’d recommend you catch up with our See Now, Buy Now series, and make the Bone Button Shirt work for you.
OK, switching tracks a bit here — I’m a huge fan of all things live music, from festivals to small Brooklyn club shows, so I found the big news out of the music industry this week both intriguing and alarming. That is to say, Paste Magazine and other outlets have reported that musicians received only 12 percent of the music industry’s $43 billion in revenue last year. YIKES. Give the article a read, and then buy a T-shirt the next time you see your favorite local indie artist, yes?
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The Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford also features the exacting fit you need in a casual-yet-versatile shirt like this. That is to say, you can wear this Oxford shirt untucked with dark denim and classic suede chukka boots as readily as you can tuck it in and layer up with a tan herringbone blazer and wingtip boots for early fall. The rest of the details that you need in a classic Oxford shirt are there, too — the laidback buttondown collar, a chest pocket, a clean front placket.
So, all of the bases are certainly covered when it comes to the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford — heck, even the buttons are made in the U.S. Most importantly though, this is one shirt you can feel good about buying now, and then styling in plenty of ways through fall and winter. A grey crewneck sweater, tan chinos and brown leather chukka boots would pair well this fall with the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, and more classic end-of-summer style combos should be in play, too (layer the Garment-Dyed Oxford from Flint and Tinder atop a slub tee, then add in light wash denim and a grey slub tee). To make a long story short: You need the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford in your wardrobe and on your back now.
We’re going to get right down to the business of outfitting you with some of the best new menswear around today. Mid-August calls for some reflection and yes, some planning for early fall. That being said, you should focus on tough, timeless men’s style essentials to take you through the weeks ahead. Pieces like the perfect jacket for early fall, or a rugged men’s henley, or an everyday carry essential like a stylish leather wallet. Here we go.
Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket in Charcoal Herringbone — $228
If you’re not yet acquainted with the tremendous style and versatility of the Taylor Stitch Telegraph Suit, you best hop on this train now. The Telegraph Jacket in particular works with dark denim, a white Oxford and brown wingtip boots — for starters, that is. Heck, get the full Telegraph Suit if you so please.
Triumph & Disaster Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub — $29.98
We’re about more than just style essentials for the transition to fall — I’d wager men’s grooming essentials, especially from a well-done brand like Triumph & Disaster, will pack just the punch you need to upgrade your grooming game.
A pair of classic navy chinos — particularly a pair from Taylor Stitch partner brand CIVIC — are an essential you can wear starting now (thanks to the comfortable, stretch merino fabric) and then on into September & October.
We sure do love a great, versatile #OOTD for summer — who doesn’t, am I right? And today, we’re getting just a little specific as we look toward the end of summer and the start of fall. That being said, there’s still some time to indulge in the finer pleasures of life, like throwing on a stylish zip hoodie (they exist!), cracking open a cold beer & enjoying a summer bonfire. It’s an oddly specific situation, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach for men’s style essentials to help you dress your best. That being said, I think I’ve pulled together a look here that’ll help you take on that backyard BBQ with stylish ease, and keep you casual and comfortable during an evening bonfire thereafter. It’s one of those situations where you can go casual, and yet still look stylish as all get-out. From easygoing SeaVees slip-ons to slim chino shorts to a stylish leather watch and a throwback-inspired T-shirt from the folks at Flint and Tinder, this #OOTD has you covered from A-to-Z in terms of essential off-duty style. If you ask me, that’s the perfect way to savor these last few weeks of summer — dressed in a look that’s laidback, yet great-looking, all the while enjoying the company of family and friends … preferably with a cold brew in hand. Enjoy, and cheers!
The Hoodie: Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie in Gray, $98 — There’s a good chance that the thermostat might drop a little bit when the sun goes down, so when it does, reach for the legendary Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie.
The Watch: Hemel HFT20 Watch, $382.50— Why wear a rugged leather watch like the Hemel HFT20 to a bonfire? ‘Cuz it’s a darn-stylish accessory and the perfect complement to this rugged, laidback outfit.
The Hat: Corridor NYC Cap in Natural Vege Suede, $45— There’s really no way to go wrong if you’re shopping for gear from Corridor NYC — the Natural Vege Suede Cap is unique, subtly stylish and just plain cool to wear to an outdoor bonfire and BBQ.
The Essential: Taylor Stitch Camp Mug in Bear Print, $38 — What are you sipping around the bonfire? Perhaps a tasty homemade whiskey drink or the like — the Taylor Stitch Camp Mug is a durable, eco-friendly way to do it.
Should dressing for a summer bonfire be a priority in terms of style? Absolutely. It’s the small situations in life that can be the most fun to dress for, anyways — who wouldn’t want to throw on a stylish hoodie (like the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie!), hang out around a bonfire and sip some beers with friends? That’s what this #OOTD allows you to do — from the Flint and Tinder City Slub Tee to the tailored-yet-casual 365 Shorts, this ensemble is all about keeping it laidback yet put-together. Crucial footwear like the SeaVees Huntington Middie drive home the casual-yet-functional vibe of this ensemble, as does a rugged leather watch like the Hemel HFT20. Don’t understate the value that stylish accessories, like the Natural Vege Suede Cap and the Cause and Effect Brindle Leather Belt, can bring to a casual style situation, either. I’m telling you, there’s nearly no way you can go wrong when you reach for men’s style essentials that are easy to wear, subtly stylish and very, very well-made. Are you ready for your next summer bonfire yet? Just make sure it’s not the last — there’s still plenty of time to get your friends together … and plenty of time to look great! Thanks for reading — cheers!
If it’s a rugged, casual watch that you seek to round out your ever-growing timepiece collection, then you’re in luck today here on the blog. There are slim dress watches made for wearing with your best suit, there are durable running watches made for getting off the trail … and then, there are watches like the Hemel HFT20 Watch, which you could feasibly wear for every other style scenario you come across. The Hemel HFT20 should undoubtedly rank high on any list of the best men’s watches you come across — why’s that now, Beau? Allow me. The Hemel HFT20 is a recent addition to the stellar casual watch collection found at Huckberry, and with good reason. Perhaps it’s the bold, military-inspired design of the HFT20, which takes its styling cues from the Type 20 Chronograph (that would be the watch worn in part by the French Air Force).
Perhaps it’s the mecha-quartz technology of the Hemel HFT20 , taking the no-frills approach of a quartz watch, merged with details like a sweeping second hand — found in mechanical movements. Or maybe, just maybe … it’s the simple fact that the Hemel HFT20 just looks darn good when worn with menswear essentials. This is the sort of watch you can throw on and … kind of forget about. It looks great, it gets the job done, and it’s highly, highly versatile.
So, based on the rugged good looks of the Hemel HFT20, let’s turn our attention toward said menswear essentials. A bold-yet-subtly stylish watch like the HFT20 , what with its rich, heavy-duty leather strap and 42mm diameter, calls for outfits that are equally tough and yet versatile. Think a classic chambray shirt, paired with dark indigo denim and your new favorite chukka boots. Add a grey crewneck sweater, and you’re set for fall. Or, wear the HFT20 with a rugged short-sleeve henley and tan chino shorts to hit up your favorite brewpub patio this summer. Heck, the Hemel HFT20 would work as an admirable business-travel watch, too. I’m thinking a lightweight navy cotton blazer, a classic Oxford shirt, tan chinos and stylish chukka boots. Bingo, bango … bongo? Yessir, the Hemel HFT20 is the underrated, endlessly versatile, tremendously well-designed watch you need on your wrist for August and well beyond.
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The leather is custom tanned, making for a meticulous and careful process that results in one heck of a jacket. The 3oz. Cognac leather used to make the Presidio Jacket results in a distinctive, classic piece of outerwear that’s going to age wonderfully. It’s also cut in a classic bomber jacket silhouette, all the better for wearing with everything from a classic white Oxford and olive chinos to a heather grey henley and black denim. Does that make it one of the best leather jackets for men? Heck, it just might. The lining — made of nylon and grey wool — will keep you toasty without stifling you on chilly fall days, while the welt handwarmer pockets are lined in cotton flannel for even more warmth. Yessir, the Presidio Jacket has a ton going for it, absolutely. It’s simply an absurdly beautiful and classic jacket — the Presidio Jacket is surely going on my fall wish list. And the great thing about it? You’re getting the Presidio Jacket for quite the deal ($200 off the regular price of $998). Again, it’s got classic versatility built right in, too. From an indigo denim shirt and dark blue jeans to a white Oxford, a knit tie and khaki chinos, the Presidio Jacket is destined — destined, I tell you — to become a new menswear essential for you. Easy as that.
Are you taking a chance on pre-funding the Presidio Jacket now? How would you style this thing?