The List: Fight the Dog Days of Summer with these Essential Menswear Picks

The very embodiment of the type of versatility you need heading through August into September.

Did mid-August sneak up on you? Well, you’re not the only one — where did the summer go?? I’ll leave the answers to that question to people much smarter than me, because we’ve got plenty of new men’s gear picks to cover in today’s edition of The List. As we look toward the end of summer and the start of early fall, I think you’ll find that bridging the gap between seasons is easier than one might expect — especially if you pick up the Wellen Stretch Chore Coat as seen above (and below). More picks await, my friends — enjoy!

Wellen Stretch Chore Coat — $128

Made with hemp, this chore coat is both rugged and also ready to replace your favorite blazer.

Although this Wellen chore coat has proven a hot seller through summer, it’s worth considering adding it to your late summer/early fall outerwear rotation — it’s a classic chore coat that serves as a cool stand-in for your typical blazer.

Pro-Keds Royal Hi — $65

The classic high-tops to take you from August into early fall.

Summer might be close to winding down on the calendar, technically, and yet there’s no wrong time to buy classic high-top sneakers, especially a pair like the Pro-Keds Royal Hi, which you can wear with a classic Oxford shirt and dark denim come early fall.

Taylor Stitch Natural Camp Pants in Organic Selvage — $148

Surprisingly versatile camp pants from Taylor Stitch in classic fabric.

Make no mistake, we’re not done with Taylor Stitch yet in today’s edition of The List, but these rugged camp pants (a fast seller) are the perfect starting point. Wear them off the trail or to your favorite brewery, especially with classic suede chukka boots.

Lum-Tec M84 Automatic Watch — $1,095

A rugged-yet-refined watch that gets the job done on the daily.

If you’re the type of guy to look for an investment-level watch to wear every day, the kind that can seamlessly move from one season to the next, the absurdly well-crafted Lum-Tec M84 Automatic is one of the best men’s watches on the market (as previously seen on the blog, naturally).

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Ash Gingham — $125

A versatile, terrifically well-made Taylor Stitch shirt.

It might just be a fact that there’s no bad time to wear the nearly legendary Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, an excellent-fitting men’s shirt that you should wear with everything from olive chinos to navy shorts as summer winds down (eventually). The gingham pattern is a winner, too.

Housefish Pocket Desk — $764.98

A beautiful desk to upgrade your home office with ease.

Make no mistake, we’re not all about menswear here. There’s something about the impending start of fall that I find fits well with settling down at a classic wooden desk on a crisp day with a hot cup of coffee and a warm cardigan … that’s the dream, and the Housefish Pocket Desk could help you achieve your own. Right??

Rhodes Dean Boots — $220 

The perfect leather boots to step from August into September.

Now, you’ve surely seen iterations of the Rhodes Dean Boots in editions of The List more concerned with winter style essentials, but I think you’ll find these sleek leather boots are going to be nice to have on hand heading through August, too. Try them with slim light wash jeans and a rugged short-sleeve henley, to start.

Flint and Tinder Defender Denim — $138

The rough-and-tumble denim you can wear every single day.

You know the dark denim we mentioned earlier? This is the pair your author had in mind, a set of classic men’s dark blue denim made from rich Japanese selvedge and featuring aramid fibers woven in for a remarkably durable fit and feel.

Free Fly Cruiser Henley — $60

The classic henley you’ll find yourself using as a critical, transitional base layer.

For breezy summer nights and surprisingly cool days, you can’t go wrong with a rugged henley, especially one that’s surprisingly affordable from Free Fly. Perfect to wear with … you guessed it, classic men’s dark blue denim.

Stetson The Chapman Hat — $155

Yet another handsome, classic Stetson hat to add to your arsenal.

 Stetson hats are legendary for their tough construction and rugged quality, and the Stetson Chapman Hat is no different. Keep it handy this fall, trust me.

Peak Design Travel Duffel — $130

A travel bag that packs a heck of a lot into one design for an affordable price.

The upcoming start of a new season means you should evaluate your travel plans — and your durable travel gear — accordingly. With that in mind, the Peak Design Travel Duffel is highly functional and ready for anything.

LEMS Shoes Leather Boulder Boots — $150

The right pair of packable, tough leather boots from LEMS and Huckberry.

To close out this post, let’s focus on a rugged pair of leather boots that’ll transition with surprising ease from August on into fall — the LEMS Shoes Leather Boulder Boots are a new take on the style, made to be packed up and then worn for days on end for rugged exploration.


To be sure, it was mighty tough to narrow down this version of The List, what with rugged, versatile picks like a Wellen chore coat  and the LEMS Shoes Leather Boulder Boots on offer. If I had to pick just one, I might recommend snapping up the Peak Design Travel Duffel … or the Lum-Tec M84 Automatic. OK, so I guess those are actually my top two. What about you? Let me know how you’re closing out summer over on Twitter.




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