See Now, Buy Now: Huckberry Is Now Stocking Your New Favorite Chukka Boots

A dependable pair of chukka boots, now available on an upgraded tread sole. Get ’em ASAP via Huckberry.

Some pairs of footwear just immediately call to mind the season ahead — right now, the new Astorflex Greenflex Rough Boots are that pair of footwear (at least, to yours truly at The Style Guide). And the great news? You can get your new favorite chukka boots right this very instant from our pals at Huckberry (Editor’s note: Huckberry is an advertising partner of this blog — but all opinions are my own!). What exactly is it that makes the Greenflex Rough an excellent addition to your fall footwear rotation? Take it from me — this new Astorflex style knocks it out of the park when it comes to a combination of classic looks and seasonal reliability. And if you haven’t started shopping for your fall style essentials yet, I’d urge you to start with the Greenflex Rough. I certainly love Astorflex for its mix of sustainability, style and versatility, as you might remember from our Style Guide Recommends series. The Astorflex Greenflex, absolutely a classic pair of chukka boots, is a particular favorite in that regard — and the Greenflex Rough amplifies those qualities even more. Crucially, Astorflex amps up this silhouette in casual, rugged fashion, starting with a treaded sole for added grip and traction on slippery surfaces this fall. Throw in metal eyelets for durability, and the Greenflex Rough is a winner. The good —  neigh, excellent — part about this approach is that the Greenflex Rough still retains all the style points you need this fall. So how should  you wear the Greenflex Rough? Bear with me.

Crucially, the Greenflex Rough comes in a rich Sand colorway, all the better for pairing with everything from slim black denim and a classic men’s T-shirt to slim olive chinos and a rugged henley. Don’t save them simply for rugged fall style situations, though. I’d break out the  Astorflex Greenflex Rough Boots with an unstructured navy blazer, a classic grey crewneck sweater and burgundy corduroys for a little late fall, business casual style when the time comes. Don’t worry if they can stand up to repeated wear, either — from the looks of it, the Astorflex Greenflex Rough Boots are built for the long haul this season.

How would you style the Astorflex Greenflex Rough Boots? Will you be picking up this new addition to the Astorflex line?

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Online Shopping Picks: Grab This New Gear for Early Fall

What exactly do we mean at The Style Guide when we say early fall gear? That’s the question, right? Well, we’re on the verge of September and if you haven’t put together your fall style wish list, perhaps it’s time to start thinking. We’ll be focused on my fall style favorites next week, but for now, let’s get a jump on shopping — shall we?  We’re digging into those nice-to-have essentials for when that first crisp breeze hits and you head out to a football tailgate or a day hike or a bonfire … or any other like-minded fall pursuits. When the time comes, you’ll, be ready. A handsome leather flask? You got it.  A rugged leather dopp kit for all your long weekends away?  It’s on this list below.  There a few other picks that straddle the line between apparel and handy everyday carry gear, and that’s a good thing — fall is perhaps the best season for #menswear, right? With that spirit in mind, let’s get to work. After all, fall’s on the way. If you want to see how I’m transitioning into the season, hit the “Follow” button on Instagram, or keep up with my of-the-moment musings on Twitter.

The Boots: Unmarked Roll-Top Desert Boots — $159.98

Classic, uniquely made and ready for fall adventures.

What would fall be without a unique, yet decidedly classic, pair of desert boots? Particularly early fall, ehh? Unmarked is making its Roll Top Desert Boots with both craftsmanship and flair — these feature a unique silhouette, handmade construction and a one-piece heel counter/ankle collar. Construction details aside, they’re the ideal pair of rugged (yet not over-the-top) classic desert boots to take you into early fall.

The Sweater: Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover in Navy — $89

Flint and Tinder
The type of hoodie you can wear over a classic Oxford — seriously.

Just as you need an easygoing pair of desert boots for all occasions — or nearly all occasions — so too do you need a stylish sweatshirt that’s truly a grab-and-go piece. The 10-Year Pocket Pullover from my pals at Flint and Tinder features better looks than your average hoodie, thanks to raglan stitching and no gaudy logo. Add in the soft fabric, the on-point fit and the array of color options, and the 10-Year Pocket Pullover is  a sweater that can go from the apple orchard to the bar, no sweat.

Gear Patrol American Craft Beer Field Guide — $9

Gear Patrol Field Guides
A trusty guide to take with you on a weekend trip.

While we’re out there talking rugged menswear like a classic hooded sweater and stylish desert boots, let’s talk about travel companions. Like, for instance, that trusty book you take with you wherever you go, and can pick up just about any time. The first of many Gear Patrol Field Guides fills that void if you happen to be a craft beer lover  (like me). And seeing as fall is a prime time for switching from light, crisp beers to richer brews, you best study up. Perfect for taking on a weekend away, preferably en route to a brewery.

The Flask: Slightly Alabama Hand-Stitched Leather Flask — $109.98

Ever seen a flask this cool? I certainly haven’t.

Ahh, here it is: The handcrafted, rugged leather flask we mentioned earlier. It’s the small pleasures in life that really count, and if ever you’ve wanted to take your favorite spirit to a tailgate or bonfire in style, this Slightly Alabama leather flask is the way to do it. With plenty of attention to detail and an aesthetic that doesn’t look half-bad resting on your mantle, Slightly Alabama has outdone themselves here — an expensive piece, but well worth it.

The Bonfire Essential: Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry — $127

A heck of a way to haul your firewood — to say the least.

OK, maybe it’s not a full-on essential if you’re a city dweller like yours truly. And yet if you dwell outside the big city, why not grab something that’s rugged, durable and tough as nails to haul that firewood you’ll undoubtedly be chopping for bonfires aplenty? Again, do you need the Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry? Ehh … perhaps  not. But will the Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry work for seasons to come, through all types of weather? Absolutely.

The Travel Essential: Sturdy Brothers Horween Leather Dopp Kit — $138

Make this dopp kit the next addition to your weekender bag, yes?

OK, you’ve got your handy field guide, your rugged desert boots and your stylish weekender for an early fall getaway. What are you going to put your toiletries in for said getaway? Easy: The Sturdy Brothers Horween Leather Dopp Kit. Certainly, it’s a unique choice as far as dopp kits go, but the rugged leather and standout color of this stylish dopp kit will definitely help it fit in with the cooler climes of fall. It’s all about the details, yes?

We’re going to wrap this one up now — time to prep for fall, ehh? Transitioning from the heat of summer is all about reaching for pieces that are suited for all your fall adventures. Take rugged desert boots and a stylish casual sweater and wear ’em through plenty of weekends, for starts. And those everyday carry pieces that you can’t go on a trip without — like a uniquely stylish dopp kit — are going to serve you well, too. And then … because it’s fall … there are tough-as-nails pieces of gear that are just pleasing to have around. Take the Slightly Alabama leather flask as seen above, or the rough-and-ready Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry.  After diving into this post, I’m certainly ready for a little early fall fun. How about you? You can check back here next week for our full Fall Style Wish List. Up next: A new See Now, Buy Now  post! 

Stay stylish!

-Beau

#OOTD: An Updated Way to Wear Your New Oxford Shirt

If there’s one shirting style that tends to come up time after time here at The Style Guide, it might be the classic Oxford shirt. From a made-in-America Oxford shirt to the handsome Line of Trade navy Oxford shirt you’re going to read about today, there’s not a garment that more consistently works in so many style situations for today’s modern man (that’d be you!). Hopefully, you’ve already got one of the best Oxford shirts for men in your close. And although we talked about how to wear an Oxford shirt for summer, we’re shaking it up a little bit today. The below #OOTD is one that harnesses the best of end-of-summer style and yet uses rugged accessories like a heritage-quality leather belt and a tough stainless steel dive watch to nod toward the fact that fall is slowly but surely approaching.  Are you ready? I’m getting there.

Truly, I think you’ll find that the classic Oxford shirt seen below can work in all kinds of scenarios, from a casual weekend coffee run to a farmer’s market trip to a day at the office. That’s what we’re going for here, at least. And the great thing about your new favorite Oxford shirt is that it’ll work with plenty of pieces you’ve already got in your closet, from American-made denim to tailored sweatpants and crisp leather sneakers for a very laidback Sunday brunch. What do you say? Shall we get after it? Chime in on the below in the comments or on Twitter once you’ve checked out the #OOTD below. Shop on!

Line of Trade
Take that navy Oxford and pair it with slim chinos and classic kicks to step into September (and beyond).

The Oxford Shirt: Line of Trade Navy Oxford, $70 – Let’s kick it off with a modern-fitting, garment-washed Oxford shirt in a slightly different deep navy color. Ready to wear with anything — slim chinos included.

The Chinos: Banana Republic Aiden Slim Rapid Movement Chino, $98 — A recent addition to the BR line, these stretch chinos combine a tailored fit with a range of color options — although the shade seen here is perhaps most versatile.

The Sneakers:  Rancourt and Co. Carson Low in Natural Canvas, $175 — Made in America to exacting standards, these Rancourt and Co. sneakers are a more durable answer to classic white canvas sneakers — and all the better for it.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks, $30 (Three-pack) — Because it’s not quite fall yet, we’re still rolling up our chinos to show off those USA-made sneakers — and Arvin Goods no-show socks are critical in that regard.

The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Chestnut, $80 — Tired of buying cheap accessories? This handsome, extremely well-made Sturdy Brothers belt is the upgrade you need for fall.

The Watch:  Timex Stainless Steel Waterbury Watch, $119 — Told you we’d be breaking out durable everyday accessories, right? This rugged stainless steel dive watch from Timex is a steal in terms of price and looks.

The Sunglasses: Classic Specs Lowerree Aviators, $88 — Perhaps you’re not familiar with Classic Specs  — I know I wasn’t — but pieces like these stylish Aviator sunglasses should change that in a hurry.

The Everyday Carry: Nisolo Lori Leather Tote, $134.98 — Wary of carrying a rugged leather tote when you normally haul around a stylish messenger bag? This handsome leather tote bag  is a new way to switch up your everyday carry.

Alright, then. Have a better idea of how to wear your new favorite Oxford shirt? When you start with a piece as classic and simply constructed as the Line of Trade navy Oxford shirt shown above, the possibilities are nearly endless. However, your Style Guide author thinks that keeping things straightforward is the best way to go. That is to say, slim chinos and natural canvas sneakers from Rancourt and Co. are standout building blocks for any outfit.  Add in fall-ready accessories like a rugged stainless steel dive watch from Timex  and a durable leather belt from Sturdy Brothers, and you’re set for this #OOTD — and plenty more outfits in the season ahead.  No outfit — especially one featuring a classic navy Oxford shirt — is complete without finishing touches like stylish Aviator sunglasses and a handsome leather tote bag, though. So, just as with many of your other favorite #menswear pieces, the little details matter, and starting things off with easily wearable essentials is the best way to say goodbye to one season and look toward the next.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post — and thanks for reading!

-Beau

Windy City Style: A Summer Weekend in Chicago

Checking out The Bean and Millenium Park on an outstanding summer day in the city. Wearing an American Giant tee and my Need Supply Co. denim jacket, with hair styling courtesy of AXE. Shot by Olivia Hayhoe on an iPhone 7 Plus.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wasn’t I just in Chicago? This month even? Yes indeed, Style Guide readers, my travels took me to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2017 just a few short weeks ago and yet … I’m back! Or at least, I was back this past weekend for a family weekend in the Windy City.  My last trip to the city involved a healthy dose of excellent music — including a terrific live show by The Killers — and I was just as excited to be back this time. Incredibly, I’ve even got a fall trip back to Chicago planned, whereby I’ll be sure to pack plenty of fall menswear essentials. Yet, these past few days were about reconnecting with family, exploring the city and catching up with friends right before the end of summer … all in style, of course!

The rest of my family made the trek to take in Chicago’s version of the famed American musical “Hamilton” … while I gave up my seat to my young nephew (Hi, Charlie!), leaving me more time to get out and about in Chicago. That entailed a post-dinner trek to famed indie venue Metro Chicago to see a great indie pop show by Ernest Greene (known by his stage moniker Washed Out).  I’ve gotten quite practiced at loading up my stylish weekender bag with gear to take on the season, from versatile outerwear to a slim chambray shirt and classic sneakers, and this weekend proved no different. Just remember: Going from city to city still calls for on-point travel style. So, let’s get to it.

Men's travel style
Breezy essentials for summer travel, starting with my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker and carrying through to stylish Frank and Oak leather sneakers and my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.

Heading straight to the airport in the morning on Friday called for versatile, easygoing style — just as with my last trip to Chicago. Starting with a solid base layer is always key (especially when dealing with airport A/C), so my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker, a classically designed jacket you might recognize from my Style Pick of the Week series, was the way to go. With its light weight and easy-to-style design, the Montreaux Windbreaker teamed nicely with my equally laidback-yet-polished Mott and Bow denim shirt. Perhaps you recognize the new line of Mott and Bow denim shirts from this site’s Style Pick of the Week series, and I’d say any of the brand’s denim shirts would be a versatile bet the next time you need to throw on a crisp, casual top for travel.  The soft fabric and nicely tailored-but-mobile fit of this slim denim shirt made it an ideal airport layering move, while a new pair of Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos offered just the right blend of comfort and stretch.

The whole combo was topped off with my trusty-as-ever Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, a pleasingly vintage-inspired ballcap I love to throw on any time I need to keep the sun off my face.  On the footwear front, a pair of Idyllwild Pull-Up Leather Sneakers from favorite menswear retailer Frank and Oak helped me move around the city with sharp looks and wearbility in mind. And to stay on time, I threw on my trusty Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono, a standout piece from the Timex Waterbury line that looks rugged and goes just about anywhere (particularly with a classic windbreaker and a stylish denim shirt). Want a winning formula for travel style? Pair mobile stretch chinos with leather sneakers and a comfortable shirt featuring textured fabric. 

It’s a good thing I was prepped with versatile menswear, because Friday packed in a heck of a lot of exploration and great times around the Windy City. Our accomodations at TheWit Chicago were outstanding — right in the the heart of downtown Chicago, this modern hotel provided a sleek backdrop and stellar views from its roof bar (the ideal spot to knock back a few Bell’s beers — good to be back in the Midwest!). And Friday night’s dinner, featuring family-style pizza, cheese plates and plenty of bread and olive oil, was nothing less than excellent. The next time you get to Chicago, I’d recommend you stop by Quartino!

Mixing earthy tones and casual, versatile staples like an American Giant pima tee and Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement Chinos alongside the CLAE Bradley Mid.

And with Friday in the books, Saturday dawned with the promise of an exciting full day getting to know Chicago more. Seeing as Lollapalooza was packed wall-to-wall with music and I hadn’t visited since college, that left plenty to do — including lots of time spent strolling through MilleniuM Park. As per usual, I prepped with the best men’s gear that I could possibly muster, including a mix of high-low, casual style led by a crisp charcoal pair of my Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos. Seriously, if there’s a pair of chinos that combines better range of movement or a more crisp look — the tab closure waist helps with that — I’ve yet to find ’em.  My charcoal chinos matched up nicely with a well-made, breathable Amerian Giant Premium Crew Tee in Drab Olive — a nice contrast of earthy tones that worked well to go from Millenium Park to cool spots like Raised, an urban rooftop spot outfitted with industrial fixtures, premium cocktails and local craft beer.

Saturday’s full ensemble for exploring Millenium Park, highlighted by my CLAE Bradley Mid Sneakers, plus my trusty Need Supply Co. denim jacket and the TImex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

Like other American-made menswear that I favor, I think you’ll find a simple, stylish T-shirt works with anything on vacation.  The key to a versatile look came from my  Need Supply Co. Denim Jacket in 96, another piece that proved a favorite at Lollapalooza 2017   — it worked just as well this time around, especially as a shot of color to contrast my rich Cocoa Leather Bradley Mid Sneakers from CLAE. This style is comfortable and durable, and for this late August trip, that made them a prime footwear pick. That comfort definitely helped me get around in style — my MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators also helped shield my eyes from the hot Chicago sun, and we took the chance to keep the afternoon rolling. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, completely refurbished and recently reopened, harkens back to the city’s glamour and refinement of years gone by. It comes complete with a rotating pop-up bar on the ground floor, plus a game room and  a neat rooftop bar with great lakefront views.

A stylish weekender bag, American Giant shorts and a breezy chambray shirt made for easy travel style.

But as always seems to be the case, the weekend drew to a close too quickly. I had just enough time for a delicious Sunday brunch at the uniquely ’70s-inspied HopCat Chicago lounge before departing the Windy City yet again — and I dressed in casual, breezy travel style to take on the day. For a bit of tailored style mixed with supreme comfort, my all-new American Giant Weekend Shorts — made from hefty rugby jersey cotton — were perfect for a flight back to NYC. And to mix in some high-low style, I threw on my trusty United By Blue Wenlock Chambray Shirt. What with breathable fabric and a neat pattern, the Wenlock Chambray Shirt added some contrast to my laidback CLAE Hayward Sneakers, at once retro and yet crisply modern. And on the accessories front, a handy travel kit and men’s grooming essentials from Baxter of California paired up perfectly together, while my rugged-yet-accessible Timex Waterbury Chrono Diver helped me stay on time in casual style. In all, the laidback, breezy style ensemble helped me make it back to NYC in good time and in good style.

I hope you spent your weekend in the same way I did — with great friends and family, enjoying great times. You can  be sure I’m already looking forward to my next trip — to Chicago or elsewhere. To keep up with my travels and my style tips, check out my Instagram. And tomorrow, you can join us for another #OOTD. Until then, stay stylish!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Halios Laguna Watch

Halios Laguna Watch
The rugged leather watch to team up with all your favorite fall style essentials.

If there’s one thing I know for certain when it comes to #menswear, it’s that a stylish watch can be the perfect finishing touch to an outfit — and there are some watches, like the Halios Laguna Watch, that stand out above the rest in that regard. Now, we just talked about a tough stainless steel dive watch in our latest See Now, Buy Now entry, but I’m here to tell you that the Halios Laguna Watch is just as worthy of a spot in your watch collection. The best watch to buy now conveys that ideal mix of rugged and yet slightly refined style, wearable with everything from a slim graphic tee to an American-made Oxford. If that’s what you’re looking for, I think you’ll be mighty pleased with today’s Style Pick of the Week.

Folks, the Laguna Watch is a timepiece that signifies more than rugged, durable style. What with its handsome combination of a black dial and a tough brown leather strap (or a stainless steel set of links), the Laguna Watch nods toward the changing of the seasons — bear with me on this one.  Early fall, which is coming soon enough, means we’re switching out lightweight, breathable menswear, like classic men’s T-shirts, for heavier, more durable pieces. So, essential menswear picks like a rugged henley and tough brown leather boots are crucial. And in that case, you need accessories that follow suit in terms of visual interest and style. It’s your lucky day, because that’s where the Halios Laguna Watch comes into play.

Laguna Watch
Another way to wear the ridiculously rugged, tough Halios Laguna Watch.

Halios has raised eyebrows — in a good way — for the manner in which the brand crafts its rugged men’s watches. The Laguna Watch is a fine example; take the scratch-and-shatter resistant sapphire glass crystal, plus the insanely tough stainless steel case (made with the same steel used in jet engine parts!).  As if that wasn’t enough, know that you’re really getting two watches for the price of one with the Halios Laguna Watch — as you can see above, you also have the option to swap in a tough stainless steel set of links, the ultimate in versatility. And the 43mm case diameter on the Halios Laguna Watch, while substantial, should be more than wearable for most guys. The Japanese-made automatic movement should prove reliable and precise, and even the carrying case for the Halios Laguna Watch is guaranteed for life. Yep — LIFE.

That’s an uncommon promise for something as seemingly small as watch storage, yet it means that the Halios Laguna Watch can stand up to any early fall adventures — and well beyond. I’d wear this stylish timepiece with plenty of other rugged menswear essentials, from a striped henley and faded American-made denim to suede boots and a rugged shawl-collar cardigan. Given that the price tag is a bit of an investment, it’s safe to say the Halios Laguna Watch deserves as much wear as you can get out of it. So, what do you say? Can a watch help you transition into fall? Let me know in the comments below — and let me know if you’ll be buying the Halios Laguna Watch in the near future!

Stay stylish and thanks for reading,

-Beau

The Friday Read: Essential Everyday Carry Gear, Craft Beer and Nisolo Shoes

Can you believe another week is in the books? Heck, can you believe I’m in Chicago again for the second time this month? I certainly can’t — and yet, today’s edition of the Friday Read is coming to you live from the Windy City. I trekked to Chicago just a few short weeks ago for Lollapalooza 2017, and had a great weekend dressed in ideal music festival style. This time around, I’m meeting my family back in the Midwest for a weekend of city exploration and crucially, a family trip to see lauded American musical “Hamilton.” Having seen the show twice already, I gave up my ticket to my young nephew, a budding musical enthusiast and huge fan of the standout musical. So, that’ll free up some time for me to explore all that Chicago has to offer — anywhere that’s a must-see on your list? I’m looking forward to hitting up the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, a refined, old-school art-deco spot with (apparently) a neat speakeasy. That’s just one of many stops I’ll be making, though. Follow along with all the action on Instagram, and be sure to check back here for a full #menswear trip recap on Monday. Until then — stay stylish and enjoy the below weekend reading picks!

  • Fall is a great time to hit the road for day or weekend trips — heading to a winery, a brewery, an orchard … you name it, and it should definitely involve essential travel style. To that end, I rounded up the best everyday carry gear for your next drive. Head to GearMoose to check it out.
  • We enjoy talking craft beer around these parts — to say the least. With that in mind, I point you toward The Manual — my colleague Lee Heidel is taking you into a new initiative from the Brewers Association to properly label beer from breweries that fit the definition of “craft.” It’s a worthy cause that might just make you love your favorite beer even more — agreed?

  • Let’s stick with the latest happenings at The Manual — shall we? Namely, I rounded up my favorite picks from Nisolo, the ethically crafted footwear makers behind a whole host of stylish chukka boots, rugged sneakers and plenty more. Shop away!

OK, everyone — we’re keeping it short this week! Enjoy the weekend, and check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: Add to Your Watch Collection with the Timex Waterbury Stainless Steel Dive Watch

Timex Waterbury
One heck of a watch for the price — maybe one to buy right now, as it were?
One of the things that comes up a lot at The Style Guide (weekly? daily?) is the importance of buying quality, affordable and versatile #menswear pieces. From a classic Oxford shirt to a rugged henley to slim, American-made denim, that type of quality and wearability is out there — if only you know where to look. Such is the case with Timex, a brand that you might have glazed over in the past, one that now deserves a second, or third, look. And in the latest entry in our ongoing See Now, Buy Now series, we’re giving the rugged, essential Timex Waterbury Stainless Steel Dive Watch a close look — it’s among the best men’s casual watches to buy now, I can say that much.  The Waterbury Stainless Steel Diver plays off the brand’s vintage-leaning, stylish Waterbury line — surely, you’ll recognize the rugged Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono from the pages of this blog. The Waterbury Stainless Steel Diver is in a league of its own, starting with the standout price and carrying right on through to its handsome, subtly stylish and easily wearable aesthetic.

It’s a rugged men’s dive watch that gets the look right without a cluttered design. While it’s not exactly made for plunging into great depths in the ocean, it’s a daily watch that’s more than serviceable thanks to the classic durability for which Timex is known. For you and me both, that’s great news. And the better news? You can get it via Bespoke Post, purveyors of plenty more of your favorite #menswear.  If there’s one watch to wear to the office with a classic navy blazer during the week while also teaming it with a rugged short-sleeve henley on the weekend, it’s the Waterbury Stainless Steel Diver. Folks, that type of affordable style can’t be emphasized enough. And a rugged stainless steel dive watch is the perfect piece to add a bit of toughness and visual interest to cold-weather outfits, too — perfect given that we’ll be into fall before you know it. With all that being said … I can’t recommend the Waterbury Stainless Steel Diver enough. That’s as true right now as it’ll be when fall hits.

Shop away, and thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Suggestion: Here’s What to Wear for Labor Day Weekend

It’s summer’s last gasp, and it’s here already. Bring on Labor Day, and let’s start the never-ending quest as to what to wear for Labor Day weekend. Well, folks … that’s a bit dramatic, but your search ends today at The Style Guide. It’s a weekend that calls to mind any number of potentially tricky men’s style scenarios. After all, you’ve likely got to dress for a road trip … while also packing enough gear to wear to a weekend BBQ or head to the beach. We didn’t say it wasn’t a busy weekend, that’s for sure. It’s a great way to close out summer and look toward fall, and with that being said, it’s a weekend to approach with transitional style in mind. The gear you bring with you needs to toe the line between casual and laidback, yet appropriate for the situation. From manning the grill to stoking the bonfire, I think the below men’s style picks have something for everyone. That means we’re reaching for a ridiculously stylish Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket, plus an American-made T-shirt and classic khaki shorts — among other choice selections. I’ll let you be the judge of whether this outfit can work for you — if you agree, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. If not… keep it to yourself, ehh?

The Weekender Bag: Nisolo Leon Weekender — $397.98

Nisolo
A handsome, durable and super-stylish way to carry your favorite #menswear.

Is the Nisolo Leon Weekender expensive compared to lower-quality brands? Assuredly. But are you that much better off for ponying up the extra cash? Absolutely. A stylish weekender bag is yet another way to complement your stylish wardrobe — and with its burnished leather and quality construction, the Leon Weekender looks outstanding and is made to get better with age. That sounds to me like a pretty great way to pack up for Labor Day — and plenty of other road trips in the months ahead.

The Shirt-Jacket: Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket in Sun-Bleached Indigo — $148

Taylor Stitch
Part shirt, part jacket — the perfect piece to wear on the road and once you’ve arrived.

With any gear — I mean, literally anything — from Taylor Stitch, you know you’re in good hands. With the rugged, casual-yet-versatile Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket, that’s perhaps no more true. It’s an ideal piece to bridge the gap between summer and fall, crafted from 100 percent selvage Japanese indigo. That gives it a distinct look and a weight that’s just right for layering over a rugged henley or an American-made T-shirt at a bonfire — and that means you can wear it all on its own for weekend travel, too. In short, Taylor Stitch has outdone itself once again with the Maritime Shirt Jacket.
Frank And Oak

The T-shirt: Flint and Tinder Slub Tee in Dusty Field Grey — $38

Flint and Tinder
An American-made T-shirt that nods to a truly American holiday.

Labor Day is a holiday celebrating hard-working Americans in the labor force across the country — why not tip your cap to them with a stylish T-shirt that’s fittingly made in the States? From durable waxed trucker jackets to your new favorite Oxford — which should also be in your bag for the weekend — Flint and Tinder does it all. In fact, this Flint and Tinder slub tee  in a pleasingly faded dusty grey should fit right in with your rugged Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket for the weekend.
Timex
The Shorts: Taylor Stitch Maritime Shorts in British Khaki Linen Herringbone — $118 AND Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunk — $38.98

Casual men's shorts
A pair of shorts for night and a pair of swim trunks for the day. Nothing else to it.

Because we’re dealing with style scenarios aplenty across Labor Day weekend, you should prep and pack accordingly. If you spend the day at the beach or the pool, break out the affordably priced, well-made and durable Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunk in a go-anywhere shade of dark grey. The tailored fit helps the Breaker Trunks wear more like shorts for day trips to a lake or the beach. And for the rest of the time — backyard BBQ or bar trip alike — Taylor Stitch delivers on both versatile style and a unique fabric blend with the Maritime Shorts in a standout shade of British Khaki. It looks to me like these are the perfect shorts to close out summer, ehh?

The Footwear: SeaVeees Hermosa Plimsoll Regatta — $69.98

SeaVees
From the custom-dyed upper to small details like waxed cotton laces, SeaVees has crafted a pair of sneakers fit for the last bit of summer.

When you need style that’s simple and effective, you should reach for a sneaker like the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Regatta. The timeless silhouette of the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll channels the kind of laidback, go-anywhere vibe you need for Labor Day. The Hermosa Plimsoll also features a custom-dye herringbone textile upper and waxed cotton laces — two touches that upgrade it considerably over your average pair of sneakers. When it’s time to hit the beach or the pool, just kick ’em off — SeaVees sneakers are practically made for it.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks (Three-pack) — $30

Arvin Goods
Sustainably made no-show socks crafted with style in mind.

Never one to skip out on the details, stylish no-show socks are going to be an essential as you pack up this Labor Day weekend — particularly if you’re bringing easygoing sneakers. Available with simple color combos and blocked designs that won’t look half-bad after you’ve slipped off your sneakers, Arvin Goods makes the brand’s no-show socks with sustainability, style and fair pricing in mind. Another brand that’s tailor-made for Labor Day, ehh?

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The Watch: Ventus Caspian C-01 Brass Watch — $299

With a case that’ll patina over time and a black canvas strap, this is a durable weekend watch.

When a weekend calls for a little bit of everything — from beach time to pool time to grill time — you need a stylish casual watch that’s up to the task. The rugged, durable and uniquely crafted Ventus Caspian C-01 Brass Watch is your pick, fella. The brass case on the tough Caspian C-01 Watch is designed to patina over time — that’s a good thing, because this timepiece can stand up to adventures aplenty. The black canvas strap and 100-meter water resistance add another dimension of functionality, too. In summary: Definitely bring this watch with you for Labor Day.

The Sunglasses: Steven Alan Bristol Sunglasses in Brushed Gold — $148
Steven Alan
Throwback vibes make for a distinct and versatile pair of sunglasses.
Make no mistake, you don’t want to be caught away from home without a pair of stylish sunglasses. And with their retro-inspired design, versatile shape and unique gold finish, these Steven Alan Bristol Sunglasses are perfect for laidback beach days and day trips this coming Labor Day weekend. And the good news? The Bristol Sunglasses will look just as great for Labor Day trips in years to come as they do now.
Grooming Essentials: Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit — $49.98
Harry's Shaving
All the gear you need to get the perfect shave while on the road.
Another thing you don’t want to leave behind? Your toiletries. And if you’re a guy who likes to keep his scruff maintained — as you should be — the easy-to-use, travel-friendly Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit bundles everything into one package that’s, well, essential. Trust me: Don’t leave home without it.

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The Ballcap: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap — $38
Huckberry Explorer's Cap
Grab this ballcap, toss it on and hit the road — it’s perfect for travel and Labor Day weekend particularly.
Among #menswear picks you see pop up consistently on this site, the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap might top that list. Maybe it’s the fact that these vintage-inspired ballcaps are so well-made and subtly stylish, yet it’s the perfect spring and summer … and fall … and winter accessory to me. When you want to keep the sun off your face this Labor Day weekend, there’s not a better ballcap out there to grab.
The Essential: Orange Vessel Co. Stoneware Growler — $69.98
Stoneware Vessel Co.
Perhaps the best way to transport your favorite beer — and keep it fresh and flowing at your destination.
Now, is beer a “must-have” essential in the way that the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap or a Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket might be? Surely not. And if you’re hopping on a plane this Labor Day weekend, well, this Orange Vessel Co. growler will have to stay behind. But if you’re making the trek to a friend’s house and can spare some room in your ride? This durable growler can more than handily help you transport your favorite craft beer.
Gifts for the Host: Brooklyn Slate Company Slate Coasters — $27 AND Spiegelau IPA Glasses, Set of Four — $32
Spiegelau
Two gifts that pair nicely with one another — oh, and great beer.
Yet again, let’s keep in mind a golden rule of travel: Always bring a gift for the host. Or in this case, gifts. And hey, there’s some beer in the mix again! Brooklyn Slate Company makes a coaster that’s, dare I say it … stylish and rugged. And Spiegelau crafts some of the more unique glassware in the beer world — bring along the Orange Vessel Co. growler and fill it with your favorite IPA. Those IPA glasses will do the rest of the work.

Ready for some fun in the sun — and a few choice brews — this Labor Day? I know I am. And I hope you’ll be packing and wearing the best men’s summer gear for the occasion. I can’t recommend easily wearable pieces like an American-made T-shirt and a rugged Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket enough — from the beach to the bonfire, both layers absolutely work. Accessories like the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap are definitely critical, as is a rugged casual watch and the right weekender bag. It’s also critical to remember stylish shorts, and luckily for the both of us, the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shorts fit the bill nicely. Packing up men’s grooming essentials is pretty critical when it comes to staying fresh — let the Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit do the work for ya. I’d definitely be remiss if I didn’t remind you to bring along stylish sunglasses (preferably something retro-inspired like the Steven Alan Bristol Sunglasses). Lastly, don’t leave home without your favorite brew — the Orange Vessel Co. growler helps check that box. How will you be dressing for Labor Day? And what do you think of the above picks?  Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page!

#OOTD: Wear This Outfit on Your Next Weekend Trip

Come along for the ride today on The Style Guide as we dive into an #OOTD that should come in pretty darn handy over these next few weeks and months. Folks, we’re talking today about a stylish, mobile and versatile #menswear look to wear on your next weekend trip. And we’re building it from the ground up, focused on wearable classics like stylish leather chukka boots and a durable, great-looking weekender bag. Whether this outfit takes you to a quaint country town, a friend’s house or an upstate trip — or, dare I say it, a “staycation” — I think you’ll be ready for the road, followed by a stop at a new favorite watering hole. Truly all the goods are here. I’m telling ya, you’re gonna love this Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket and the casual staple pieces we’re pairing it with,  It’s an outfit that’s just a bit rugged, just a bit refined and very ready for nearly anything. We’ve got a few choice layers to combat late summer and early fall breezes, plus a stylish leather watch to wear as you travel, too. All sounds pretty great, right? Dive in, leave any feedback below and hop on over to my Instagram or The Style Guide Facebook page if you can’t get enough of what we’re serving up.

Layer right on up with a stylish shirt-jacket, a classic Oxford and other staples ready for travel or play.

The Top Layer: Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket, $148 — Seeing as chillier temperatures are approaching, it’s a wise bet to outfit yourself with a rugged shirt-jacket that slips on and off with ease — Taylor Stitch makes one of the best out there.

The Oxford: Flint and Tinder Texas-Made Oxford, $89 — If there’s one workhorse you need in your bag for a weekend trip, it’s  a classic Oxford shirt. Try this charcoal Oxford from Flint and Tinder — it’ll play nicely off the Taylor Stitch shirt-jacket, and it’s made in America.

The Chinos: Banana Republic Aiden Slim Rapid Movement Chino, $98 — A relatively recent offering from a brand that specializes in versatile gear for the modern man, these stretch chinos are perfect for a day of travel.

The Chukka Boots: Nisolo Luca Chukka Boot, $174.98 — Packing light on the footwear front is easy when you wear classic chukka boots like the Nisolo Luca Chukka Boot — agreed? Agreed.

The Socks: (Not Pictured) Anonymousism Cotton Stripe Sock in Khaki, $8 — You’d do well to stock up for your trip on at least a few sets of affordable, stylish and unique Anonymousism patterned socks.

The Briefs: Bread and Boxers Boxer Briefs in Black, $18 — Comfort and simple looks are two qualities you should always keep top of mind when packing (and wearing) briefs — Bread and Boxers will sort you out nicely.

The Watch: Timex Waterbury in Red Wing Leather, $139 — Just as with your classic Oxford, there’s one other essential you’re going to want to keep handy, and that’s the ever-stylish Timex Red Wing Waterbury. Durable, tough and sharp.

The Weekender: Bradley Mountain Utility Bag in Brush Brown, $159 — Sized just right for a few nights away, this handsome, rugged and stylish weekender bag from Bradley Mountain should be your next luggage purchase.

The Wallet: Herschel Supply Co. Raynor Passport Wallet in Nubuck, $49.99 — Even if you’re not heading overseas, having a useful, utilitarian-yet-stylish passport wallet like this one from Herschel Supply is a solid way to round out your everyday carry.

Well, do you think we packed enough essentials for your trip? Starting with a durable pair of leather chukka boots and a stylish weekender bag only sets you up for success — and layering accordingly keeps you traveling in style, too. I can’t say enough about the rugged versatility of the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket — it’s seriously perfect for chilly evenings and day trips alike. And we’d be remiss if we left out a classic Oxford like the one seen above from Flint and Tinder, another remarkably wearable addition to your travel gear. Well-considered details like Anonymousism patterned socks are also the name of the game, and the Red Wing Waterbury from Timex is a watch that could feasibly never leave your wrist throughout the trip. Have any questions on how to pack for your trip or what to wear on the road? Shoot me a note on Twitter — let’s talk menswear!

Thanks so much for reading,

-Beau