The start of a new week calls for the best gear of the season, especially now that we’ve nearly closed out 2018 (can you believe it!?) and have our eyes on the prize: 2019. With that, I want to wish y’all loyal Style Guide readers a very Merry Christmas (and a warm, stylish Christmas Eve). I think you’ll find this week’s men’s style essentials run the gamut, from rugged leather gloves to handsome leather boots, all designed to carry you through the end of the year and into New Year’s Eve in style. We’re even recommending a whiskey for your New Year’s Eve party. Without further ado, here we go.
Give’r 4-Season Gloves with Wax Coating — $140
These no-nonsense, tough leather work gloves are ready for your toughest winter chores, from hauling brush to chopping firewood. The rest of the time? Wear ’em with the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker to head to the bar.
Faherty Brand Atmosphere Shirt Jacket — $198
The good folks at Faherty Brand continue to up the ante when it comes to gear you can wear … just about anywhere. Made with water-resistant nylon, the Atmosphere Shirt Jacket is perfect to wear if you live in a climate where winter isn’t so harsh (say, on the California coast?)
If there’s one thing I know to be true — and I don’t know much — it’s that these rugged boots from Viberg are stellar, dependable & ready for the office and a casual weekend alike.
Ratio Eight Coffee Maker w/ Thermal Carafe & Coffee Cups — $696
Especially here in Brooklyn, I’m always on the hunt for a caffeine fix, but if I didn’t want to leave my apartment, I’d pick up the incredibly well-designed, simply beautiful Ratio Eight coffee maker. It could maybe help you make the best cup of coffee you’ll ever have.
Ace Rivington Athletic Taper Denim — $200
If you prefer denim that’s tailored but not skin-tight, a pair of classic men’s blue jeans that fit nicely and work anywhere, go with this pair. They’re an investment, but the rich indigo color and quality Italian cotton pay off.
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Waffle Henley in Heather Grey — $78
Made from upcycled cotton in a thick waffle knit, this rugged men’s henley from Taylor Stitch is warm & cozy, plus it’s easy to layer with flannel shirting or a warm winter parka.
Keeping your mane in check through the winter months is critical, no matter how gnarly it gets out there. The Bespoke Post Tamed Box features both men’s grooming essentials and small, considered details (like a straight razor) for a perfect shave.
Thursday Boots Wingtip Boots in Caramel — $220
I’ve previously tested out the Wingtip Boots in Waterproof Suede from Thursday Boots, but these handsom leather boots in a rich shade of Caramel are absolutely too good to pass up. Wear them as often as you can this winter — they can handle it.
WP Standard Military Duffel — $339
You really can turn to timeless military silhouettes for rugged gear that works for today’s modern man — like this absurdly beautiful, surprisingly affordable rugged leather duffel from WP Standard (one of my favorite brands).
Zodiac Grandville Watch — $495
You surely know Zodiac for the brand’s exceptional Super Sea Wolf Watch, but how about the Zodiac Grandville Watch? It’s a classic leather dress watch with all the functionality you need for winter travel and the office.
Bridge & Burn Fielding Denim Cotton Overshirt — $188
When you find a brand that makes rugged gear that resists changing trends, you stick with ’em. I’ve certainly found that to be the case with my friends at Portland’s own Bridge & Burn. The Fielding Denim Cotton Overshirt is the perfect mid-layer atop a classic henley.
Planning a New Year’s Eve party (responsibly)? Hosting a second (or third) Christmas? Want to impress your guests with a rich, warming bourbon that harkens back to the first whiskey produced by this lauded brand? Track down some Michter’s — I’ve been taste-testing (ahem) over these past few weeks, and can’t say enough about the rich caramel and vanilla notes.
Faherty Brand Fair Isle Crew in Mixed Indigo — $248
We’re back at it with more stylish gear from Faherty Brand, this time featuring a simply unbeatable classic indigo crewneck in a neat Fair Isle print. Perfect for winter weekends upstate … or anywhere, really.
PILLBOX Bat Co. “Join or Die” Bat — $245
Is this vintage baseball bat from PILLBOX Bat Co. — featuring some seriously cool artwork — completely necessary for your home, apartment or office? Not entirely. Is it a neat last-minute gift? Assuredly.
Today’s post on the best men’s style essentials to end this month really did have it all, didn’t it? At least, I hope that’s what you thought. What was your favorite gear pick? I can never resist the chance to feature some tough Viberg leather boots. With all that being said, have a great rest of your holiday and thanks for reading!