My friends, don’t sleep on the humble vest. A style move that was at once very on-trend (looking at you, Back to the Future), and then too preppy … is now back in a way that’s just right for the modern man (that’s you!). Maybe you never stopped wearing a stylish vest like the Bridge & Burn Ritter Vest as pictured below. If so, today’s new #OOTD is going to be right up your alley. And if you hadn’t yet considered making a vest part of your fall men’s style essentials? I’d wager that the below suggestion is (hopefully) going to get your gears turning. We’re really easing into it, after all. The building blocks of this outfit are stellar, stylish pieces that any guy should be wearing for fall, from a slim chambray shirt to a rugged henley to classic men’s chinos. And the topper? A classic vest, of course. Go for a piece that’s less technical and less, well, puffy — something that fits slim and sharp is the way to go. Luckily, the Bridge & Burn Ritter Vest fits the bill quite well. With casual weekend style in mind, you’re going to like these picks … I hope. So, let’s get to the #OOTD — any questions or comments? Head over to The Style Guide Facebook page.
The Vest: Bridge & Burn Ritter Vest, $198— Upgrading your vest starts with the material and fit. The warm, slim-fitting Bridge & Burn Ritter Vest features wool-blend fabric and a neutral, wearable color.
The Henley: Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley, $62 — What’s more classic for fall than layering a tough henley with a chambray shirt and your new favorite vest? Not much, folks. Perfectly casual style, comin’ right up.
The Chinos: CIVIC The Frank Chino, $145 — The key to making the vest stylish and modern? Slim chinos from CIVIC — made with sustainability and mobility in mind, of course.
It’s time to rethink what you thought you knew about how to wear a leather jacket. More specifically, it’s time to get acquainted — or re-acquainted — with the stunning, stylish Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket. We’ve talked about the Moto Jacket as recently as this past spring, and it’s back again. Plus, it’s the perfect rugged-yet-edgy jacket to wear to your next bar crawl. Available for pre-funding via Taylor Stitch for a limited time only, it might just be the best leather jacket on the market today, what with an excellent fit, quality construction and old-school styling details. And all of those come together in one stylish package, resulting in a leather jacket that you can — and should — wear on a winter bar crawl (or really, whenever you feel like it). The keys here are much the same as with other men’s style essentials. We’re taking pieces that can quickly turn sloppy, and turning everything into an edgy, crisp and cool #menswear ensemble that’s going to outshine your drinking buddies (but only a bit!). It’s all about keeping it casual and versatile, and the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is the best place to start in that regard. Sound like a plan? Good stuff.
The Leather Jacket: Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket in Black Steerhide — $875
Ahh yes, the holy grail — the classic leather jacket we’ve been talking about. Truly, the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket, especially in an edgy black steerhide leather, is a thing of beauty. Certainly, it’s gotta be one of the best leather jackets for men, yes? Featuring durable hardware and understated-yet-stylish details like zig-zag collar stitching, this is the perfect jacket to throw on to head to your local watering hole. It looks great, it’s understated (but striking), and it’s easy to layer at the same. The Moto Jacket is, again, a home run.
The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Oxnard Shirt in Sun-Bleached Chambray — $98 (On-Sale)
Rather than resorting to an old college tee, layer up with a uniquely stylish chambray shirt — yet another menswear essential that Taylor Stitch does very well. The Oxnard Shirt in particular has a lot going for it, from the use of Japanese selvage chambray to the pleasantly lived-in wash. Think of it as a significant style upgrade that’ll provide warmth from the chill, while adding a bit of casual contrast to the edgy Moto Jacket.
The Henley: Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Natural — $62
The Denim: Taylor Stitch Slim Jean in Cone Mills Standard — $98
Slim, well-made and classic blue denim is a men’s style staple that guys have been wearing to the bar — and heck, everywhere — for years upon years. So, when it comes time to dress for your next bar crawl, there’s no need to reinvent the well. The Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans are perhaps some of the best men’s denim out there, made with quality Cone Mills denim and featuring the type of design that only gets better with time.
The Boots: Hudson Shoes Aldford Suede Boots in Olive — $220
A fall or winter bar crawl calls for footwear that’s more rugged and durable than your favorite pair of summer sneakers. That’s where the Hudson Shoes Aldford Suede Boots come into play. They’re a seriously stylish, well-made pair of durable men’s boots, and they feature a bit of sleek style. The Aldford Suede Boots are absolutely more hard-wearing than canvas sneakers, making ’em perfect for a cold-weather bar crawl. And you’re not dropping a grand on the Aldford Boots — they’ll probably look even better with a few battle scars.
When you’re wearing style staples like a badass leather jacket and a stylish chambray shirt, your watch doesn’t need to be an insanely ostentatious, eye-catching timepiece. In fact, the perfect casual men’s watch to buy (and wear) for your next bar crawl might be a crisp, classic and tough watch like the Techne Merlin Watch. The grey NATO strap on the Merlin Watch is durable and neutral, and the price allows you to beat this watch up without fear of it dying on you. Ya dig?
The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Black — $80
We always talk about the importance of stylish everyday accessories, right? And the Everyday Belt is, well, one of those stylish everyday accessories. Well-crafted, durable and built to age the more you wear it, the Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt is a surprisingly rugged piece that’s just better than the belt you might be wearing now. And you needn’t worry about it breaking or giving way during your hours-long bar crawl — that’s all you can ask for.
The Socks: Anonymousism Boucle Mix Socks in Olive — $18
Hours spent on your feet at fall and winter bar crawls call for stylish men’s socks that can take a beating while keeping your feet comfortable. That’s absolutely where Anonymousim helps you out — the brand’s Boucle Mix Socks combine an understated, seasonally appropriate color with quality fabric and a great fit. For $18, they’re an investment that’ll pay off time and again, bar after bar.
The Everyday Carry Essential: Taylor Stitch Keyhook in Raw Brass — $32
Seeing as you’ll be out and about for quite a few hours, you best prepare accordingly when it comes to everyday carry essentials, right? And for keeping your keys handy, something that’s TRULY critical when knocking back your favorite beer, the durable Taylor Stitch Keyhook is the piece you’ll be glad you bought. One thing though — don’t drink and drive. Heck, don’t drink and bike. Either way, the Taylor Stitch Keyhook is going to help you hang onto your house keys (and avoid that late-night locksmith call).
The Slim Wallet: Red Wing Heritage Card Holder Wallet — $74.99
For hours out on the town, you need a durable, slim and understated wallet that slides easily in and out of your jacket or jeans pocket with no hassle — right? The Red Wing Heritage Card Holder features authentic Red Wing shoe leather, a slim profile and the space to carry your essential cards (20 on each side, to be exact). That’s a ton of bang for your buck. And considering that a slim leather wallet is just as much of an everyday carry essential as a durable keyhook, I’d recommend you pick this one up before you start knocking ’em back.
The Beanie: Upstate Stock Melange Rag Wool Beanie — $32
Last but not least, don’t step out without properly protecting yourself from the chill. And no, a “beer jacket” won’t cut it this time. No sir, the understated — yet ultra-warm — Upstate Stock Melange Rag Wool Beanie is the one accessory you certainly need this fall and winter. Made in New York with a wool-nylon blend for functionality and comfort, the Melange Rag Wool Beanie is a warm way to top off this rugged style ensemble. Cheers!
Every week here at The Style Guide — heck, every day — it can be pretty tough to filter through so many different men’s style essentials to land on one, just one … Style Pick of the Week. And it was a tall order this week especially, but with the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket, I think we’ve hit the mark. If you’re still searching for a durable, transitional and stylish fall jacket, the handsome Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket is the one to buy — at least, that’s what I think. Relwen specializes in sleek, functional and military-inspired menswear with a modern edge, but don’t let that scare you. If you’re just dipping your toes into more edgy and rugged outerwear, rest assured that the Relwen brand is very, very wearable for your daily commute and late fall adventures. In fact, the Quilted Patrol Jacket seen at the top of the page is positively packed with functionality and hard-wearing style. The quilted exterior is water-resistant, while the box-quilted nylon lining provides excellent warmth and a neat contrast in terms of color. It’s exclusive to Huckberry, so you know that A) The quality is excellent and B) It’ll likely fly off the site’s (digital) shelves quite fast. The Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket also features a cool, easily wearable charcoal, also exclusive to Huckberry. So, we know this jacket is limited-edition and packed with excellent features. Let’s make it work with your wardrobe, shall we?
The truly excellent thing about a rugged fall jacket with classic military roots is that it can be paired up with plenty of other essentials in your closet already. Take a slim striped henley and your favorite pair of black jeans, then add some stylish leather boots — bingo, perfect weekend ensemble at the ready. Perhaps you can see this jacket working for you on a rainy commute or a road trip, which is all well and good: The Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket features that durable cotton-nylon exterior and a no-frills charcoal color. That straightforward design means it’ll keep you dry in inclement weather while pairing up with everything from a slim chambray shirt and grey chinos to a classic Oxford shirt and navy corduroys. Either of those combos would work well for grinding out your next 9-to-5 session, to say the least. And if it’s weekend adventure you seek, the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket checks all the boxes, too. Style it over a rugged overshirt and add stylish hiking boots to go off-road — or stroll down the street to your favorite brewery. I make no bones about it — wherever you want to go, the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket can take you there this fall and winter. And that’s more than good enough to call the Quilted Patrol Jacket today’s Style Pick of the Week.
The month of October seriously has flown by — can you believe it? We’ve talked a bunch about fall style essentials, from the rugged men’s gear to buy now to the best bomber jacket for fall to sporty, stylish sneakers for weekend adventures. Hopefully, it’s been helpful? You can — and should! — let me know your thoughts via The Style Guide Facebook page. In the midst of all this #menswear coverage, I’ve also been thankful to get out and about quite a bit this month, from a Northeast trip to Boston to see my favorite band (The National!), to explorations around some neat Brooklyn spots thanks to my Wildsam Field Guide. Among those stops, I can’t recommend craft beer haven The Well enough, and the super cool, eclectcic Silent Barn is a great DIY music and art gallery at which I spent an enjoyable evening recently. $8 for three bands? Not bad at all, my friends. Of course, I also had the chance to head back to Chicago this past weekend for a visit with my great friend and former State News journo Jesse O’Brien.
Now, if you follow me on Instagram, perhaps you knew all about my latest trip (wink, wink). On top of a summer weekend in Chicago and a trip to Lollapalooza 2017, it’s been great to explore such a cool city, complete with craft beer and #menswear galore. Are you heading on any fall trips soon? Be sure to dress in casual weekend style — for now, we’ll say goodbye as we head into a Brooklyn weekend. I’ve got another excellent Brooklyn Steel show on tap, this time featuring breezy Brooklyn indie rockers Beach Fossils! Follow along on Instagram for all the action, and thanks for reading!
Every guy needs an arsenal of stylish casual watches, right? And perhaps an investment-worthy timepiece, too. And in that regard, it’s a great time to be a watch aficionado in NYC — the worn&wound Watch Fair is back in NYC starting today! The event takes over a portion of NYC’s Chelsea Market through Sunday the 29th, turning it into a haven for innovative, classic and extremely well-made watches. It focuses on smaller, more unique and more carefully made watches from brands that you might not have heard of — yet. So, head to the subway and head to Chelsea Market just as quickly as you can. You just might end up with a few ideas as to your new favorite watch.
You’re surely already familiar with the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket — right? At least, I’d say you should be. And in that regard, I’d urge you to head over to GearMoose to check out my latest piece on this fantastic, stylish piece of fall outerwear. Oh, and in the meantime? You should certainly shop my very own list of the best men’s jackets for fall. Rock on!
As someone deeply entrenched in — and indebted to — social media, I found this piece in The Atlantic fascinating, well-written and quite disturbing. It’s a deep dive into the impact of smartphones and social media on today’s teenagers — give it a read when you get the chance today.
I’m clocking out for a relaxing NYC weekend now, and I hope you get to do the same soon.
Folks, the latest entry in our See Now, Buy Now series has me seriously excited for cold weather — believe it or not. We’re talking, of course, about the stellar, stylish and refined-yet-rugged Beckett Simonon Dowler Cap Toe Boot as seen at the top of the page. You should surely know Beckett Simonon from an earlier entry in our See Now, Buy Now series — the brand specializes in premium, stylish men’s footwear, from sharp wingtips to the rugged cap toe boots on display today. The Dowler Cap Toe Boots really do have a lot going for ’em, from the Blake construction that adds durability to the beautiful leather quality. They’re also carefully handmade — part of the reason you’ll have to pre-order the Dowler Cap Toe Boots now, then wait until January 2018 until they ship. That wait, though? It’s definitely worth it.
You certainly get a lot of variety for the price — the Dowler Cap Toe Boots also come in Black Calfskin Leather and Tan Calfskin Leather. I’m partial to the Brown Calfskin Leather option shown here — they’d be an excellent way to complement to everything from slim dark blue denim and a heather grey shawl-collar cardigan to an American-made Oxford and charcoal trousers. Heck, you can even wear the Dowler Cap Toe Boots with your favorite henley and grey denim for a bit of rugged edge. And sharp winter tailoring is going to look great alongside these sleek Dowler Cap Toe Boots — think a navy worsted wool suit or a grey flannel three-piece suit. I’m telling you, the Dowler Cap Toe Boots can really do it all — pre-order now and see for yourself, yes?
Step right into the hallowed halls of The Style Guide — OK, not really — for a look at the best gear of the season. I know we just did this last week, but there’s still plenty of stellar menswear to cover. And that’s no joke. Who’s had a great fall so far? It’s certainly taken a while to really feel like fall out there, but there’s a chill in the air and changing leaves to go along with it. With that being said, it’s time for another edition of The List, your favorite ongoing series when it comes to stylish, rugged #menswear and accessories. From an investment-worthy watch to your new favorite chinos, you’re going to dig these selections. I’ll leave the rest to you — feel free to get in touch on Twitter or via The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!
Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket in Tobacco Weatherproof Suede — $875 (Pre-Sale)
Want a pair of versatile, stylish chinos that can go anywhere? The Proof Nomad Pants are your best bet. Featuring four-way stretch, stain-repellent qualities and three sharp color options, you can wear the Nomad Pants to the office and on the weekends with ease.
Let’s step away from traditional menswear for a second, yes? Woolrich has a long history of crafting high-quality textiles into fall essentials like the Rough Rider Sherpa Blanket. Perfect for a camping trip, a bonfire or an evening at home.
Moving back into rugged fall gear, Filson can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to durable, stylish pieces crafted for getting out of town this fall season. The Ranger Backpack is relatively inexpensive considering the quality.
Frank and Oak Rugged Fleck Twill Elbow Patch Shirt — $79.50
The minimal design of Frank and Oak meets the rugged fall style you need in your closet — no doubt about it. Wear this one with grey tweed trousers and wingtip boots or stylish leather sneakers.
Let’s close this edition of The List on a casual note, OK? Although tough work pants are great, slim, stylish sweatpants are equally essential as you dress in casual weekend style. Bread and Boxers get it right with these.
Are you still looking for ways to shake up your #OOTD through the fall season? Same here — and that’s why we’re continually working at The Style Guide to offer up a nice blend of rugged menswear and versatile style for all your fall excursions. From a fall hike to casual Sunday coffee run, there’s one jacket that’s going to provide technical function and sleek style — the ever-durable, stylish field jacket that we’re focused on today. As luck would have it, the Relwen Quilted Field Jacket is a Huckberry exclusive, and a heck of a jacket at that. Featuring a weather-ready quilted exterior and a few neat updates to the classic field jacket design, Relwen has done quite the job with this number. How to wear it? Well, we’ll get to that in a second. But I would suggest you take this look anywhere that calls for tough, weather-ready style. That being said, stylish leather boots and durable field pants are in the mix — you can be sure of that. Need to get style tips in real time? Hopefully, my Instagram account can help you there. In the meantime, stay stylish!
The Field Jacket: Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket in Olive (Exclusively at Huckberry), $298— Made from a water-resistant nylon-cotton blend, the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket is modern, stylish and tough. Nicely done.
The Pants: Proof Nomad Pant, $98 — Want stylish chinos built for anything? Then you want the durable, sleek Proof Nomad Pants, featuring an athletic cut, four-way stretch and water, beer AND coffee-repellent qualities.
The Boots: Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots in Roughout, $365 — Make no mistake, you need a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots in your closet. The handsome roughout leather used here is truly exceptional.
The Watch: Shinola Runwell Chronograph, $750 — Add a dash of refined-yet-durable style to this rugged #OOTD with the drool-worthy Shinola Runwell Chronograph. Stylish enough for the office, ready for the field.
Who else out there needs the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket in their closet ASAP? There are certainly plenty of ways to wear it through fall and on into winter — a tip of the cap to Huckberry coming through with a classic, stylish and dependable field jacket. With a modern fit, it’s perfect to layer over a versatile shirt like the Utility Buttondown Shirt from Goldwin , and a rugged men’s henley from Flint and Tinder is also going to provide plenty of warmth & dependable style, whether you’re camping out in the country or strolling to your favorite menswear shop in town. For either of those pursuits (and plenty more), grab the Proof Nomad Pants. Complete with a versatile color and remarkably durable fabric, the Nomad Pants could be a new favorite in your closet. In terms of footwear, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots haven’t let anybody down — have they? The same can probably be said for stylish men’s socks made by Anonymousism — well-crafted, durable, and perfect for fall. And I’m certainly going to recommend you pick up the Large Grab n’ Go Tote to handle carrying your everyday haul. What’s your take on this #OOTD? And have you added the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket to your fall style wish list? Let me know in the comments!
The brand worked with the master outerwear purveyors at Golden Bear to turn a decades-old silhouette into a seriously stylish modern iteration. Put it simply: The Moto Jacket is absolutely drool-worthy (and actually quite the steal at the pre-funding price of $875). Made from Italian suede finished with a DWR treatment, it’s the rare suede jacket that’s waterproof. That’s a positive, because the Moto Jacket should become a go-to for all of your favorite menswear essentials, from a slim Taylor Stitch henley to a chambray shirt to a classic Oxford and a wool tie. In short, the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is going to make each and every ensemble you throw on even better (short of dressing for a black tie gala, that is). And the details, from the zig-zag stitched reinforced collar to the cotton flannel-lined pockets to the antique brass zipper, are as good as you’re going to find. So, let’s salute Taylor Stitch for the Moto Jacket … and then let’s get that pre-order taken care of, right?
What do you get when Taylor Stitch launches a partner brand geared toward sleek, modern and sustainable style? You get CIVIC, a new brand for the modern man that’s offering up stylish, effective products like the Jack Shirt — quite possibly your new go-to chambray shirt. Here’s the real kicker: CIVIC is more than just your average menswear company. More to the point, the team at CIVIC focuses on classic pieces made with an eye toward the environment; think fabrics that are durable and mobile, yet eco-conscious. Did we mention CIVIC does this all with an emphasis on using high-quality merino, beloved for everything from odor resistance to a natural breathability? All of that means a shirt as classic and essential as the Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray is made to be worn time and again for rugged fall style, comfortable winter style, and every situation in between.