Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt

The same cut and styling potential as the brand’s Jack Shirt, upgraded for summer.

Ladies and gentlemen, the makers of some of your favorite shirts are turning things up to 11 … and dialing back the length of the sleeves on your new favorite summer, essential, no less. We’re talking, of course, about the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt, a version of the brand’s Jack Shirt (as the name would imply) that certainly belongs on your list of summer style must-haves.  If you ask your humble Style Guide editor, the folks at Taylor Stitch really can do no wrong — they get all the details right across the board, and they’ve turned their collective attention toward a heck of a finished product with the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt. 

If you haven’t yet come around to the utility and style inherent in wearing a stylish short-sleeve shirt this summer, it’s about time you did. The right short-sleeve shirt emphasizes your chest and shoulders while getting rid of the bulk and extra fabric that even more casual long-sleeve shirts bring to the table. A slim short-sleeve shirt like the Jack Shirt can work in each and every way that a polo might, all the while offering a cooler look and feel than said polo. It’ also sits squarely in the casual  realm — more dressed up than a T-shirt, yet just as easy to pair with laidback style staples like slim summer shorts. The fact that the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt, does all this while also being priced under $100 is worthy of applause.

The details, done right. Another great product churned out by Taylor Stitch.

The unique fabric is another MAJOR (and I mean, MAJOR) selling point when it comes to the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt. The 100 percent organic cotton, waffle-woven fabric keeps you cool and breezy in the heat — plus, it stands out visually when layered under a rugged denim jacket on chilly summer nights. The unbreakable Japanese urea buttons are one of those small design touches that also set the Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt apart — you’re certainly getting your money’s worth here. The neutral grey color also makes the Jack Shirt quite easy to style with, well, everything in your summer wardrobe. Olive chinos and brown leather loafers? Reach for the Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt. Slim light wash denim and white canvas sneakers? The Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt. A denim jacket, khaki chinos and suede chukkas? Bingo: It’s the Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt. Heck, you can even layer the Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt under a navy blazer — it’s an easy way to beat the heat while still looking polished. The Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt is a summer style essential … don’t you agree?

Who else can get behind picking up the Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt this summer? How are you wearing your shirt this season? Let me know in the comments! 

 

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The Friday Read: Taylor Stitch Denim, Memorial Day Weekend and Pure Michigan

Folks, who else is amped for the official (or is it technically unofficial?) start of summer? And by a show of hands, who here is taking some styling inspiration from this week’s post on what to wear for Memorial Day weekend? I hope you found those tips and tricks handy — and I hope you checked out this week’s edition of The List, featuring a whole bunch of summer style essentials to shop for Memorial Day weekend. If all of that shopping hasn’t kept you busy enough, know that we’ve got a few choice #menswear reads below to help you kick off your weekend. I personally can’t wait for some much-needed time off. I capped off a PR event at my day job on Tuesday night, and I’m positively PUMPED to head back to my home state to see my  wonderful girlfriend, Laura! If you haven’t yet checked out Laura’s blog, I’d suggest you give it a read — her Playlist Friday posts are a particular favorite of mine! She also does a standout job covering women’s fashion on a budget — we all know I approve of style on a budget! As it were, I was in the Mitten last weekend for a trip with Laura’s family to Mackinaw City, and this coming weekend promises plenty of fun. On the agenda: A helping of Michigan craft beer, some easygoing backyard grilling and some exploration of Detroit — always a highlight! To keep up with all the fun, check out my Instagram, if you feel so inclined. For now, let’s get your weekend going with the below fun links. Cheers!

  • We’ll kick things off with a post that’s really of the essence here — Taylor Stitch is offering up a rare pair of slim light wash denim for your shopping pleasure. Namely, the brand’s Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash come from Cone Mills — the legendary denim mill shut down last year, and the material the brand used in these jeans is one-of-a-kind. I’d get on it ASAP!
  • In the spirit of summer style, I rounded up the best summer T-shirts for men over at The Manual. Seriously, don’t doubt the style potential of a classic T-shirt — these picks are fit for layering under a rugged denim jacket or a slim blazer, or wearing all on their own. Trust me.
  • I mentioned this earlier, but if you glazed over that part of the post (shame on you!), then you’d do well to shop the latest edition of The List, covering essential summer gear galore — you’ve got no excuse now.

We’re going to close up shop just a bit early today, all in the spirit of enjoying some time off this weekend. Check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and we’ll catch ya later!

Shop These Memorial Day Sales All Weekend Long From Huckberry

Editor’s note: Purchasing from select links in this post will result in an affiliate commission. Thanks to Huckberry for partnering on this post, and thanks for supporting the brands that support The Style Guide! 

Your editor wearing a Flint and Tinder hoodie from Huckberry! You can get great deals on other standout gear from the site this weekend.  Also pictured: My WP Standard Officer’s Belt and slim Abercrombie & Fitch denim. Photo: Laura Henschke.

We’re coming in hot today with quite the list of stellar deals and steals on a range of summer style essentials from our friends at Huckberry for Memorial Day weekend. Perfect timing, ehh!? If you read The Style Guide frequently, you know that your humble editor simply loves the mix of rugged, casual and functional gear offered up by Huckberry. In fact, my amazing girlfriend Laura snapped me last weekend wearing a Flint and Tinder sweatshirt from ’em! At any rate, they can do no wrong. From the Proof Performance Oxford to the WP Standard Vintage Messenger, the site really can outfit you from head to toe. So, without further ado, check out the below Memorial Day weekend sales and shop ’em now!

The Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales to Shop Now from Huckberry:

That’s of course just a brief rundown to get things rolling for you. Enjoy the weekend, check back tomorrow for our Friday Read, and cheers!

 

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: Taylor Stitch’s New Light Wash Jeans Are a Summer Must-Buy

Rugged slim jeans made from extraordinary fabric — pre-fund your pair ASAP.

There’s no question about it, we sure do love Taylor Stitch here on The Style Guide. And as long as they keep making limited-edition, seriously stylish gear like the Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash, that certainly won’t change any time soon. This American-designed and American-crafted brand makes rugged style essentials with timeless touches that every guy can appreciate — again, the Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash check all those boxes. As the brand says, there won’t be another pair like ’em, and that’s why you should certainly do your best to pre-fund these slim light wash jeans like, now. Right now. Ya dig? What makes these slim jeans so special, and so worthy of adding to your list of summer style essentials? They’re truly one-of-a-kind, made with Cone Mills White Oak selvage denim — it’s arguably some of the best denim in the world, and it really won’t be around for long (RIP, Cone Mills). So, if that’s not enough to get you on board, how might your opinion change? Maybe the stellar fit and on-point design details? Maybe the versatility of the Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash?

Seriously, if these stylish light wash jeans are anything like the rest of the Taylor Stitch arsenal, you’re going to find plenty of use for ’em. The slim fit and medium rise makes the 24-Month Wash jeans more than agreeable in terms of styling with outfits that lean more casual (think a rugged henley and stylish suede chukkas), or more dressed-up. That is to say, the Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash can be worn with a lightweight navy blazer, a crisp white Oxford and stylish brown leather dress shoes once they make their way to you (you’ll have to wait until July, unfortunately!). But once the waiting is done, I’m sure you’re going to love the stellar craftsmanship and unique fabrication that comes with these jeans — they’re more than worth the  money, and more than worth counting down the days on your calendar.

Are you on board with picking up the Slim Jeans in 24-Month Wash? How would you style ’em? Let me know in the comments! 

#OOTD: Here’s What You Need to Wear This Memorial Day Weekend

If the impending long weekend — Memorial Day weekend, to be precise! — snuck up on you, fear not! We here at The Style Guide are coming in hot with a new #OOTD geared to help you take on the weekend (and the rest of the summer) in versatile style that works for just about any circumstance. Traveling up the coast to see friends and family? Hopping on a plane to squeeze in a quick vacation? Lounging around by your pool or patio (or an apartment rooftop)? Picks like a classic navy polo and slim grey chinos are going to work wonders no matter the situation — as are some classic-yet-casual leather Oxfords and a go-anywhere watch with a significant nautical bent. In fact, this #OOTD really embodies what Memorial Day is all about — kicking back with family and friends, recognizing all that we have to be thankful for … and looking classic while doing it. The same stylish navy polo we outline below can pull double-duty under a khaki blazer at the office — with the same slim grey chinos, mind you — and it can also work with a rugged denim jacket and tan chinos, plus leather sneakers, for a nice dash of high-low style. But first things first — let’s use it as the building block for this stylish Memorial Day outfit. Enjoy the long weekend, my friends!

An #OOTD that works for plenty beyond just Memorial Day — trust me.
  • The Polo: Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo, $58 — Here’s that timeless navy polo we talked about. Laidback enough for a holiday BBQ, cleaned up enough for dinner and drinks the rest of the summer. Job well done, Flint and Tinder.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in Ash, $98 — Classic grey chinos that are polished than jeans and not as casual as shorts — the Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos work well if it gets chilly out this coming weekend, too.
  • The Shoes: Sperry Gold Cup Crepe Leather Oxford, $199.95 — Leather Oxfords with the styling potential of a dress shoe and the comfort of a pair of sneakers — perfect for spending a lot of time on your feet traveling, cooking out or exploring a Memorial Day vacation hang.
  • The Belt: Levi’s Premium Icon Leather Belt, $48 — As I always say, don’t sleep on accessories when traveling or dressing for a holiday weekend. The Premium Icon Leather Belt adds rugged appeal to a classic ensemble.
  • The Watch: Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch, $895 — If you’re going to be spending time on the water this weekend, the durable Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch is ideal. And if not? It’s still going to look great for Memorial Day weekend.
  • The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Wiley Alchemy Sunglasses, $195 — The Wiley Alchemy Sunglasses from RAEN Optics blend retro flair with modern quality — the perfect pair of shades to wear all Memorial Day weekend.
  • The Grooming Essential: Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic, $26 — Keep your face in top shape to start summer with Ursa Major — handy no matter what your plans might be this weekend.
  • The Finishing Touch: CIVIC Merino Boxer in Heather Black, $55 — Always an essential no matter what else might be on your packing list or in the rest of your ensemble, these comfortable, functional and sustainably made CIVIC Merino Boxers are an underrated style essential.

Wherever your Memorial Day weekend takes you, I’m convinced that you can’t go wrong with picks like a timeless navy polo and a go-anywhere pair of pants like the ever-versatile, practically essential Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos. Casual leather Oxfords are a nice substitute for classic white sneakers, particularly if you happen to be traveling or if your activities take you somewhere a little more dressy. And on the accessories front, the small details surely matter — the Premium Icon Leather Belt is a solid choice for long weekend style, as is the nautically inspired Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch; yet again, if you happen to be heading to the water, you just can’t go wrong. I’d urge you to both pack and wear the well-made CIVIC Merino Boxers, and I’d also urge you to stock up on the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic from Ursa Major. Stylish shades shouldn’t be a Memorial Day weekend afterthought, either — the Wiley Alchemy Sunglasses from RAEN Optics take care of business in that regard. That’s about all you need for the weekend, right? Stylish shades, slim chinos, a classic navy polo and the right accessories. Let me know on Twitter where you plan to take this outfit for Memorial Day weekend, folks.

Thanks for reading!

 

-Beau

 

The List: Shop for Memorial Day Weekend (And Beyond) With these Summer Style Essentials

My friends — we’ve rolled right through May quite smoothly and stylishly, haven’t we? It’s now on to Memorial Day weekend, which brings with it two things: 1) The proper start of summer and 2) The need for a bag packed full of summer style essentials (if you’re hitting the road this upcoming weekend, that is). Our #OOTD series will cover what to wear for Memorial Day weekend, but this edition of The List is all business — simply shop away.


Standard Deviation Beta Denim in Light Indigo — $98

A slim, light wash pair of jeans that are neither too slim nor too light in color.
A pleasingly light (but not too light!) wash, with a slim fit and an agreeable price — that’s a summer essential in my book.
Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots — $269
Tough boots that are still worth keeping around for the summer.
Don’t you dare think about stowing your stylish boots for summer — there’s still a time and a place for the rugged-yet-easy-to-wear Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots. Try ’em with light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley.
Mollusk Surf Shop Benetau Windbreaker — $180
A bit of retro styling and a whole lot of durability through spring and summer rain.
Rather than throwing on a flimsy, store-bought poncho when it gets rainy or chilly on the water this summer, reach for a stylish rain jacket — the retro-tinged, cool-as-heck Benetau Windbreaker from Mollusk Surf Shop. Mission accomplished.
Flint and Tinder 365 Pants in Slim Fit — $98
Done up in a tailored Slim fit, these are your new pair of everyday, go-to pants.

The fine folks at Flint and Tinder don’t skimp on quality or standout construction — take the recently upgraded Flint and Tinder 365 Pants. The versatile Earth color on these stylish pants for summer make ’em a big-time winner.

Taylor Stitch The California Shirt in Blue Everyday Chambray — $118
As classic as it gets. A worthy essential any time — but especially with summer approaching.
What are you wearing with your Flint and Tinder 365 Pants? The always-classic, never-not-in-style Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Blue Everyday Chambray. The best chambray shirt for men? Possibly? You decide.
Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo — $58
Crisp, classic and easy to wear — the perfect summer polo.

Yep, more gear from Flint and Tinder. To wit: Looking for a stylish summer polo that’s going to be affordable, durable and versatile no matter what? The Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Polo is your pick. Try it under a khaki blazer with rolled light wash denim and leather loafers.

WP Standard Vintage Messenger — $295
A leather bag that’s quite simply worthy of your hard-earned cash.
You can always, always count on WP Standard to make stellar style essentials — this Vintage Messenger is like a mobile work of art that’ll get better with age.
Levi’s Aberdeen Belt — $38
Just your average leather belt? Not quite. This one is made by the makers of your favorite denim.
Every guy needs a stylish leather belt he can reach for time and time again — the Levi’s Aberdeen Belt is the perfect complement to your favorite pair of light wash denim (Editor’s note: Click here for a pair of light wash jeans to buy now).
Redux Courg: Type A Watch — $319.98
A tough-as-nails timepiece that was practically made for summer.
Redux watches, simply stated, mean business. The Redux Courg: Type A Watch is a stylish casual timepiece fit for laidback patio beers or some serious off-road exploration in the warm months ahead.
 
Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in Ash — $98
Perfectly cut chinos to wear with your perfectly cut chambray shirt — for Memorial Day and beyond. Ya dig?

Stylish grey chinos are an underrated, secret style weapon. Wear ’em just like you might a navy or khaki pair, yet revel in the knowledge that you’ve added more versatility to your wardrobe with these Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos.

Have any feedback on the latest edition of The List? What’s your favorite pick? I’m all about stylish boots for summer, so I can’t get enough of the Red Wing Heritage Rover Boots. Feel free to chime in via The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!

 

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: WP Standard Vintage Messenger

A ridiculously high-quality bag that’s going to break in very nicely over time.

Looking for a new everyday bag? One made with serious heritage quality and timeless style in mind? One that’s going to seriously amp up your everyday carry essentials? My friends, the WP Standard Vintage Messenger is that very bag, on all fronts. It’s, simply put,a beautiful leather bag that’ll age well and show character — it’s a fine complement to the rest of the WP Standard line, which features my favorite chambray shirt and my favorite rugged denim jacket (as seen on my Instagram), plus my favorite leather belt. Seriously, folks … WP Standard gear like the Vintage Messenger is absolutely no joke when it comes to style and substance. It’s a tricky balance in the ever-shifting world of fashion, which emphasizes disposable goods and the latest trends now more than ever. Yet, the WP Standard Vintage Messenger eschews all those entirely in favor of, well, just plain standout construction and superb quality. The Vintage Messenger is inspired by antique postal bags, so it’s certainly well-suited for everything from a weekend trip upstate to a cross-country trip to Portland to your daily grind. The handsome, durably crafted WP Standard Vintage Messenger really can do it all in matters of style and functionality, and the vegetable-tanned leather is going to take on a life of its own over time — that’s a very good thing indeed. 

It’s always impressive when a brand can build out a full set of products that truly complement each other — in this instance, the remarkable WP Standard Vintage Messenger fits right in with the brand’s handsomely crafted T-shirts, chambray shirting and outerwear. It’s also a surefire fit with your other summer style essentials, which means that you should take every opportunity to take it with you on summer adventures aplenty. External pockets and an interior laptop pocket give you plenty of space for everything you might need to bring with you, whether you head into the office or get dressed to work remotely. Again, the style and substance of the WP Standard Vintage Messenger tells a story all its own, especially when you bring this bag with you to a business casual day at the office or a weekend afternoon coffee run. That’s really what the best men’s accessories should do, right? Tell stories and speak for themselves in terms of style. In short, that’s why you need the WP Standard Vintage Messenger in your life, my friends.

Will the WP Standard Vintage Messenger be part of your next summer trip or your work commute? Tell me why at The Style Guide Facebook page. 

The Friday Read: A Rugged Men’s Henley, Favorites from Shinola and A Michigan Weekend

 

Snapped by my amazing girlfriend Laura — a heck of a talented photographer — exploring Detroit recently. I layered up with my Grayers Edgeware Cotton Moto Jacket!

We made it to Friday, and another Friday Read— cheers! For me as of late, the week’s end has been especially fun and meaningful — Friday has often meant a trip back to the Midwest (to The National Homecoming festival, for instance), or back to my home state of Michigan (like Detroit, shown above!) to see my lovely girlfriend, Laura! And that’s the case this Friday as well — we’re heading north to Mackinaw City to experience a bit of early summer fun “up North,” as we Michigan natives like to say. What does the weekend have in store for you? Whatever the case might be, I hope it’s packed with some #menswear shopping, some craft brews (or your beverage of choice), and great times with family and friends. As for me? Well, I’ve got a flight to catch. But you should feel more than free to stick around and make yourself at home. You’ll enjoy this week’s style reads, and you’ll certainly get a kick out of tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Thanks for reading!

  • In need of a new, rugged henley for spring and summer? This classic henley from Faherty Brand ought to do the trick — it’s our most recent Style Pick here on the site.
  • The fine folks at Shinola excel — and I mean, simply EXCEL — at producing all manner of beautiful lifestyle goods that anyone can appreciate. With that in mind, I picked out my five favorites from Shinola for The Manual! Shop now, will ya?
  • The fine art of crafting stylish men’s shoes is something I’ve always found fascinating — the folks at Gear Patrol tend to agree on that front. I found their recent interview with John Lofgren (maker of everything from high-top sneakers to durable boots) to be seriously cool.
  • Now that we’re ticking toward Memorial Day, you’re probably wondering … what should I wear? Rest assured that we’ll have a full ensemble coming next week, but in the meantime, you should certainly check out this #OOTD (from the blog!) on how to wear stylish shorts this summer. Cheers!

Ready for the weekend? I know I sure as heck am. Can’t wait! Thanks for sticking around, and be sure to check out my Instagram for the scoop on all of this weekend’s Michigan adventures.

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: The Victory Sportswear Classic Runner Is Your New Must-Have Sneaker

A retro-inspired pair of runners that manage to look decidedly modern nonetheless.

If you don’t have a pair of the best sneakers for men in your closet — or on your feet — by now, what are you thinking? That’s a blunt question, of course, but the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are thankfully here to solve any sneaker shopping woes you might be experiencing this spring and summer. There’s a wave of retro sneaker inspiration sweeping the menswear world at the moment, mainly focused on chunky sneakers made by designer brands, sneakers that are meant to look, well … ugly. Thankfully, the Classic Runners aren’t a designer set of sneakers, nor are they ugly. They’re just an affordable pair of spring and summer sneakers that can be worn darn near any way you please in the months ahead. They’ve got handmade, New England pedigree — similar to sneakers from fellow Style Guide favorite Rancourt & Co. — and they’ve got comfort, good looks and style to burn. All positives if you’re looking to round out your list of spring style essentials with a pair of classic men’s sneakers.

Quite simply, the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are a must-have set of sneakers for the spring and summer, and all the fun you’re going to have out there. They’re a bit more visually interesting — actually, a lot more visually interesting — than classic white sneakers, so they’re a neat alternative if you want to switch up your sneaker game. And the specs are on point, too. The Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature top-shelf pigskin suede, plus sporty mesh panels, for construction that’s refined and yet still laidback. Heck, even the outsole is made with carbon rubber — all the better for added durability as you wear the heck out of these sneakers. Oh, and that’s another positive — the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature styling potential that’s unlike any other set of kicks in your closet. Wear these with slim light wash jeans, a white henley and a military pilot watch for easygoing off-duty style. Then, turn right around and pair up the Classic Runners with a navy cotton blazer, dark denim and a grey pocket tee for classic, casual office style. Sneakers that work at the bar and in your cubicle? Sounds like exactly what you need for spring and summer.

Will the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners be joining your rotation anytime soon?