See Now, Buy Now: The Proof Rover Pants Are My New Favorite Pants — Here’s Why

The perfect pants to carry you into fall — I nearly guarantee it.

So, the headline really says it all today: The Proof Rover Pants, as sold by the ever-stylish team at Huckberry, are my new favorite pants. And what’s more, they’re some of the best men’s pants on the market, period. As the weather starts to turn slightly chillier, you’re going to need some rugged, go-anywhere trousers — and again, the Proof Rover Pants are those pants. Get the picture? Good — now, let’s dive in. You’ve seen these before on the blog, particularly in my guide to dressing for early fall, but they’re back again today — for good reason. With the cut of chinos and the styling potential of slim denim, plus the rugged appeal & functionality of tough chore pants, the Proof Rover Pants just get the job done: At the office with an Oxford shirt and a classic navy blazer, on the weekend with a rugged long-sleeve henley, and as you travel on an upstate day trip with a tough field jacket in tow. How does that work exactly? It’s simple, and it starts with the exceptional fabric and comfort — two reasons I can’t seem to stop wearing my Proof Rover Pants.
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The tough styling potential and functionality you’ll need all fall.

They’ve got the classic five-pocket design of denim, and yet the tailored cut of chinos — and we haven’t even discussed the exceptional fabric used to craft the Proof Rover Pants. It’s a specially engineered fabric made with cotton, Sorbek and lycra for durability, a hint of stretch & ease of movement. Throw in the fact that these rugged work pants feature a gusseted crotch and darted knee seams, and you’ve got a pair of pants that you can actually wear to, y’know, tackle yard work … or simply tackle another IPA at your favorite brewery.

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The rivet points on the Proof Rover Pants are also sturdy and tough, while the fabric is custom pigment-dyed — that means these slim fall trousers are going to break in like your favorite pair of jeans, month after month … after month. And what’s more, they retail for under $100 at Huckberry, a heck of a deal when you consider how much you can wear ’em (every day of the week??). And one last point: I just might have to get a pair of Proof Rover Pants in every color, seeing as the rich options (from Midnight Navy to Khaki) are as versatile as can be. Hopefully, that captures why I love the Proof Rover Pants so much — and why you might feel the same way. Cheers!

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Style Pick of the Week: Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Step right into fall with these richly crafted, rugged leather boots.

Are you sick of hearing about Astorflex boots yet? Hopefully not: The brand is a longtime favorite of your humble menswear writer, and they simply make some of the best men’s boots for fall (and beyond, for that matter). With all of that being said, the above criteria makes the Astorflex Bootflex Boots the perfect leather boots for fall — and a natural fit for a late September Style Pick of the Week as we really get into the best season for menswear. What makes Astorflex boots so special? That’s a prime question indeed, my friends. As you’ve read in the past, it all starts with the right approach in terms of design and construction. In the case of the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, that means they’re made with premium European leather aged in oak barrels for 30 days — just the right amount of time to get that perfectly lived-in look and feel, right out of the box. All-natural ingredients soften the leather even further before it’s finished off with top-notch construction via a perfectly casual natural rubber sole. These are, again, some of the best men’s boots you can buy, with a difference that’s noticeable from the second you try them on.

SHOP: The Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Easily wearable with your favorite pair of dark denim — and plenty of other fall style suggestions.

Now, let’s say you feel you’ve already got enough leather boots in your arsenal … well, A) You can never have enough leather boots and B) You surely don’t have a pair akin to the Astorflex Bootflex Boots in terms of style and versatility. The crepe rubber sole means these aren’t cut out for all types of terrain, but for traversing a new city on a fall weekend getaway or heading out to your favorite brewery? Wear the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, accented with slim dark denim and a thermal henley, or try them with olive chinos and a classic chambray shirt. These tough leather boots will also age beautifully the more you wear them, and the unlined leather lining means they’ll provide all-day comfort with seriously minimal break-in time. Weekend tailgate? Early brunch? A day at the office (navy blazer in tow)? The Astorflex Bootflex Boots are here for you. And the price is ultimately what could be the kicker — finding stylish leather boots under $200 is a quest all its own, yet Astorflex delivers on that front handsomely. Happy fall, my friends.

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The Friday Read: A Florida Vacation, the Best Lightweight Jackets and A New Pumpkin Ale

The perfect bag for a weekend getaway — like the one I’m about to enjoy, in fact.

We’ll kick off today’s Friday Read by talking about one of the best duffel bags for fall travel; that’d be the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote. Why is that so important on this fine fall Friday? Well, I’m packing up one of my favorite weekender bags as we speak — to hit the road to sunny Florida! I was originally supposed to take this trip across Labor Day weekend (as seen in this post here), but the potential for Hurricane Dorian thwarted those plans. So now, it’s time for a do-over, as it were! On tap this weekend? Quite literally, visits to a Fort Myers favorite (Point Ybel Brewing), plus the recently opened Coastal Dayz Brewery, to go along with some beach time, some BBQ (my dad’s famous homemade ribs!) and plenty of relaxation. As per usual, you can follow along on my Instagram! It’s my first time in Florida this year, wildly enough, and I always relish the chance to visit family and take in the beautiful weather. I’ll also be looking forward to getting some final wear out of my favorite gear for summer, seeing as we’re on the verge of *gasp* October. If you happen to be hitting the road for fall, again, get a load of the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote, one of the best weekender bags you can buy right now. And in the meantime? The below Friday Read should help you start the weekend off quite nicely.

  • Let’s stick with GearMoose for a second, shall we? And again, although my mind isn’t exactly on the best pumpkin beer for the season as I head to Florida, it’s tough to pass up the Montauk Pumpkin Ale, is it not? It’s the ideal beer to enjoy on a crisp fall afternoon (preferably at a tailgate).
  • Is there anything better than realizing the time is finally right to wear your favorite fall jacket? As in, one of the best waxed jackets on the market? From Filson to Taylor Stitch, I rounded up some of my favorites for The Manual. Enjoy the season, my friends!

We’ll keep it fairly brief for today’s Friday Read — but not before I direct you back toward my guide on how to wear black jeans this season. Class ’em up casually with a chambray shirt (in addition to the picks in this #OOTD) or keep it rugged and versatile with your favorite leather boots. Again, stylish black jeans are your secret fall style weapon. OK, that’s all as we close out this last September weekend. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are the Best Chukka Boots To Buy This Fall

The best men’s chukka boots for your hard-earned cash this season? They very well might be.

So, is it high praise to call a pair of rugged chukka boots the best pair of chukka boots out there? Indeed, it is — but the very good news for you, my friend, is that the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots really are the best men’s chukka boots for your time and money. Again, that’s high praise, but rest assured, these stylish leather chukka boots (as sold by Huckberry, naturally) are up to the task. Now that we’ve nearly reached the end of September, it would behoove you to really gear up for fall — and that starts with your footwear rotation. The right pair of chukka boots can take you to the office, to the beer bar, out on the road and everywhere in between — and believe me, I’ve worn the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots all of those places, and then some (you might have seen ’em on my Instagram, to wit). Available in rich calf leather options like Tan Nubuck and handsome iterations like Oak Suede, these classic leather chukka boots are as good as it gets, from the silhouette (sleek yet not too dressy), to the functionality (grippy and durable, thanks to the studded rubber outsole).

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Sleek, stylish, versatile chukka boots you won’t be able to get enough of — I guarantee it.

And as with all manner of stylish gear from Huckberry, the hits keep coming — in spades, at that. The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots deliver the goods through resoleable Blake stitching on the sole, which means you’ll have them for years. What’s more, the option to customize them with dressier flat waxed cotton laces means that these are even the kind of chukka boots you can wear with a suit this fall (and beyond, naturally). But lest you think these are only the kind of boots to wear through fall and then stow come winter time, think again. The handy, functional Texon insole delivers insulation when you need it — keep these classic chukka boots on hand to wear with everything from slim dark denim and a thermal henley to a rugged flannel shirt and classic tan chinos when snow starts to hit. Yes indeed, you’ve really never seen a pair of chukka boots like the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — that’s a fact.

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#OOTD: How to Dress for a Casual Early Fall Weekend

Alright, folks. Can you feel it in the air? The start of fall? At least on the calendar now, we’re into the best season for menswear — and believe me, you’re going to need plenty of fall style essentials on tap. There’s really no better time to break out your favorite menswear picks — and given that it’s now prime layering season, we’ve got just what you need below. When it comes to fall weekends, these are the sort of days I cherish in Brooklyn, be it grabbing a rich coffee at my local shop or a choice IPA from my favorite bar. How about you? No matter where you might be, you’ll find a place for the picks below, including a rugged crewneck sweatshirt and a classic Oxford shirt. In my mind, this is the sort of outfit you’re going to want to wear to grab a weekend coffee, head out on a leisurely brunch, hit up your favorite bookstore … you get the picture, right? And particularly when you want to stroll through your favorite park or grab an Oktoberfest beer, you’re going to be glad you’re wearing classic light wash jeans and equally classic retro sneakers — this is all about casual comfort and elevated details. Isn’t fall wonderful? I can already feel it in the air. Want to see how I’m dressing for the season? Head to my Instagram — and put another Oktoberfest beer on my tab.

Gear up for an early fall weekend accordingly, folks.

  • The Sweatshirt: Wellen Hemp Crewneck, $46.98 — In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s all about casual vibes in today’s #OOTD — take this classic crewneck sweatshirt, made sustainably for cozy, comfortable layering when it gets chilly.
  • The Classic Oxford Shirt: Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, $118 — Invest in the best with this timeless Oxford shirt, perfect for amping up a casual outfit ever so slightly (and perfect to wear to grab a weekend coffee, at that).
  • The Denim: Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans, $128 — The best denim to wear on the weekend? It’s got to be these classic light wash jeans, easy to wear for anything you’ve got in mind.
  • The Sneakers: Victory Sportswear Classic Runners, $220 — While you could certainly break out rugged leather boots to complement these #menswear picks, classic retro sneakers are a solid (and comfortable) weekend footwear choice.
  • The Watch: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph, $114.98 — Let’s not overthink this laidback weekend look — throw on this rugged leather watch & call it a day, ehh?
  • The Socks: American Trench Edo Flower Socks, $19.98 — Hey, it pays to have some stylish socks on tap, right? Right. These American Trench socks are as good as it gets.
  • The Weekend Essential: Ratio Eight Coffee Maker w/ Thermal Carafe, $696 — Before you get on with your weekend, it pays off to use perhaps the best coffee maker on the market — Ratio Eight’s Coffee Maker is a new essential.
  • The Hat: Howler Brothers Howler Bar Snapback, $30 — It’s hard to go wrong with a stylish casual ballcap when you’re heading out the door for a crisp early fall Saturday, agreed?  Agreed.

So from the small details — such as a stylish casual ballcap— to the larger portions of this outfit (including classic light wash jeans), your gear picks are all set for the perfect fall weekend. Heading to a tailgate? Picking up cold beer? Hanging out over a leisurely coffee? This ensemble can work for all of those, particularly as you take on chilly fall weather with a classic crewneck sweatshirt and those classic light wash jeans — these are picks that are truly made to go just about anywhere. And when you step out wearing classic retro sneakers, you’re putting yourself firmly in the right mood — taking your time on a fall weekend. In the spirit of taking time, I’m also recommending you pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee from Ratio Eight’s Coffee Maker, all the while wearing stylish American Trench socks and a rugged Howler Brothers ballcap — the details matter, and so does having the right fuel for the day, ehh? But this outfit isn’t too casual, thanks to a timeless Oxford shirt that makes it a bit more suited if you’re splurging on a nice afternoon out and about. And of course, we’re staying on time through it all with a rugged leather watch for the season. Try this outfit on for size, enjoy your weekend and let me know how you dress for fall over on Twitter.

The List: These Are All the Crucial Men’s Gear Picks You Need for Fall — ASAP

A rugged Western shirt you simply won’t be able to stop wearing this fall.

So, feeling ready for fall yet? Did it sneak up on you? We’re here to help you get prepped today with the best new men’s fall gear, starting first and foremost with the rugged Western shirt from Outerknown x Levi’s as featured above. It’s become one of my favorite shirts to wear and test as of late, and it’s part of Outerknown’s ongoing efforts to deliver sustainable, stylish gear — gear made the right way, at that. You’ll find plenty of like-minded brands and options in today’s edition of The List. No more time to waste: Fall is upon us. Cheers!

Outerknown x Levi’s Wellthread Western Shirt — $128

The classic Western shirt gets a sustainable upgrade.

The Outerknown x Levi’s Collection continues to pay serious dividends for lovers of sustainable, rugged, classic style. Take this handsome Western shirt, the perfect shirt to take you into fall — casual enough to be worn on its own, versatile enough to layer up over your new favorite henley, and even a unique shirting option to be worn with a worsted wool suit, sans tie (seriously, try it on for size).

Martenero Ace Watch — $370.98

A top-notch accessory to throw on your wrist this fall.

Make no bones about it, we’ve featured this rugged leather watch from Martenero on the blog in the past, but it’s making a triumphant return today. With the rich brown leather strap and striking dial design, it could be the best watch to wear for fall.

Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots in Oak Suede — $198

Sleek-yet-casual suede chukka boots in a perfect shade for fall.

You’re going to be reading a heck of a lot about the best men’s chukka boots as shown above — the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots, as sold by Huckberry, are richly crafted, endlessly versatile, and done up in a rich shade of suede for the fall season.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Heather Ash Waffle — $125

The perfect fall shirt? Very nearly. Find out for yourself.

Let’s keep talking about stylish fall shirting, shall we? The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the stuff of legend when it comes to the perfect fit and in this case, fabric. The texture in the Heather Ash Waffle Jack Shirt is simply ideal for the season. Wear it with slim dark denim and the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots.

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket — $147.98

The tough fall jacket to wear on chilly weekend nights.

You very well might recognize the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket from this very site (in this Style Pick of the Week entry), or from my Instagram. Either way, it’s a rugged fall jacket that’s making a lauded return just in time for chilly weather. Don’t sleep on this one.

Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans in Drifter Tapered Fit — $148

A new pair of fall-centric denim to shake up your wardrobe.

Outerknown’s S.E.A. Jeans are yet another way to inject your fall wardrobe with some stylish sensibility and sustainability, made to reduce the amount of waste & water used in crafting a typical pair of fall denim. Oh, and the Fatigue color seen above would pair nicely with a rugged chambray shirt, no?

Faherty Brand Canyon Overshirt — $168

An overshirt with a unique pattern to really shake things up.

Can’t get enough of Faherty Brand? Neither can I — this classically cool brand makes retro-inspired men’s gear that’s just different enough to stand out. Take this rugged fall overshirt, which you should certainly wear over a natural henley on a fall weekend.

Whiskey Peaks American Mountains Glasses — $65 (Set of 4

Nothing better than a nice pour of your favorite whiskey after a long fall day, ehh?

What pairs better with a rugged fall overshirt than a rich glass of your favorite whiskey? Sipped out of some of the best whiskey glasses for your home bar, at that. A tremendous pairing.

Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans — $128

The classic denim you’re going to want to match up with everything this fall.

Some of the best jeans for fall are often some of the more unassuming — take these slim stonewashed jeans, long a personal favorite from Flint and Tinder. Ideal to wear with your favorite crewneck sweater on a very cozy fall weekend.

Grifter Company Crockett Denim Gloves — $72.98

These durable leather gloves are made to take care of business this fall.

You might not need them right this second, but these functional leather gloves are rugged and road-ready.

Alex Mill NY Cord Baseball Cap — $40

The surprisingly fall-ready ballcap to throw on with any of these gear picks.

Looking for the right ballcap for fall? One that combines rugged texture with laidback style? Meet the Alex Mill NY Cord Baseball Cap.

Huckberry x Adler Custom Hatchet — $109

Bury the … hatchet? Handy to have around!

We told you we’d be all about the best fall gear picks today on the blog, didn’t we? And while you might not have match daily use for a rugged hatchet, it’s a handy accessory to keep around the campsite, the pole barn or your cabin.

Madewell Men’s Denim Chore Jacket — $145

Yet another enviable jacket to amp up your fall in style.

Fall is well and truly in the air right now — and on that note, this classic denim chore jacket from the excellent Madewell Men’s fall line is the perfect jacket to wear in place of  a blazer or as you head out to a leisurely seasonal brunch.

Mori Mori LED Lantern Speaker — $110 

For camping trips and tailgates, bring along this stylish LED speaker.

The next time you set up camp, host a bonfire or head to a tailgate, bring along this rugged, stylish LED speaker from Mori Mori — you’ve never seen anything like this.

Alex Mill NY Buffalo Plaid Chore Shirt — $115

We’re all about the layers today — and so is Alex Mill.

Are you sensing a theme here when it comes to rugged fall layers? The new fall collection from Alex Mill NY takes rugged style staples and shakes them up with some city-inspired sensibility —  you can wear this tough plaid chore shirt from the city out to an upstate day trip, no questions asked.

Vulcanizer Work Oxford Low — $92.98

The perfect pair of fall sneakers to finish off a cozy, casual ensemble.

It wouldn’t be a roundup of men’s fall style essentials if we didn’t include a pair of rugged leather sneakers from Vulcanizer, correct? These are the perfect leather sneakers to wear with any number of these gear picks, including the best jeans for fall.

 

Alright, so did anyone else have a tough time sorting through these stylish gear picks? What was your favorite? I personally can’t get enough of the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots, as sold by Huckberry — maybe you feel the same way? Happy shopping out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket

A truly tough shirt jacket, even when you want to keep it more easygoing.

If you’ve been reading The Style Guide lately, then you know that fall is well and truly in the air — and of course, you’re probably feeling a bit antsy when it comes to picking up plenty of rugged fall gear, ehh? Meet the next addition to your fall style wish list: The Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket, part of the lauded Huckberry x Howler Brothers North Coast Collection. It’s a truly rugged piece of outerwear that also happens to rank high on any list of the best men’s shirt jackets. This essential fall layer can back it up, though — and then some. When it comes down to it, the Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket represents the best of the best — it’s an exclusive to Huckberry, as mentioned above, so that means it’s got the chops in terms of rugged, dependable gear. Case in point: This tough shirt jacket features a water and abrasion-resistant ripstop shell, all the better to layer up for a park stroll or an early morning out on the road. PrimaLoft filling also offers excellent warmth without being too bulky — that’s a positive, right? Right. In short, it’s exactly what you’d expect (in a great way) from two brands who make their homes on the West Coast.

SHOP: The Huckberry x Howler Brothers North Coast Collection

The details make all the difference, as one would expect when it comes to versatile Huckberry gear.

There’s no question that the Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket is going to come in mighty handy as we move toward fall, especially given that it’s uniquely easy to layer. And how exactly should you layer it? Well, any which way you want — but especially with a thermal henley and tough chore pants, or perhaps atop a chambray shirt and chinos for style that’s a bit more city-ready. The point is, the Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket channels the best of both brands, with a look that’s sleek enough to wear to your favorite brewery, and yet durable enough to wear on a fall camping trip. Touches like a printed interior lining set this apart, as do dual side hand pockets for plenty of everyday carry potential. When fall weather starts to cool off (and it will), reach for the Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket — it’s really the only way to go about gearing up for the season.

SHOP: The Howler Brothers Lightning Quilted Shirt Jacket