The Friday Read: Your New Favorite Messenger Bag, New Menswear for a New Year & A New Hoodie

A rugged denim shirt to layer up with on a winter weekend.

We’re on the edge of another winter weekend — I hope you powered through your week with speed & style in mind! And I hope you’ve got your eye on that remarkable Buck Mason denim shirt shown above — it could be the perfect winter layer when paired with, say, your favorite henley, and it’s the right way to gear up for whatever’s on your plate this weekend. Notably, winter style essentials should be top of mind, and that’s what we’re going to dive into here for another edition of The Friday Read. Whether it’s a modern flannel shirt or the perfect way to wear your leather bomber jacket, I guarantee you we’ve got something for you — plus, a healthy dose of the best menswear news at the same time. So again, what’s on your plate this weekend? For me, I’ll be working away on the blog (be sure to follow The Style Guide on Facebook!), as well as heading to a double birthday party of sorts being thrown by my cousin — craft beer and BBQ are on the menu, make no mistake! I’ll also be enjoying some coffee at Brooklyn’s own Sweetwater Coffee and Tea,and likely swinging by one of my favorite menswear and home goods shops, the always-excellent Modern Anthology. Of course, given that it’s a long holiday weekend, I’ll be out and about in Prospect Park a fair amount, too — in short, I can’t ask for much more from a few days in Brooklyn than that. To follow along with what I’m wearing (and imbibing, and listening to), head to my Instagram. Oh, and before I forget — make sure you’re layering up with that Buck Mason denim shirt shown above. For now, enjoy the start of your weekend!

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OK, that’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read. Did you find what you were looking for? If not, take a look at my latest roundup of the best new men’s gear — we’re covering everything from rugged flannel shirts to the best new winter boots, so I think you’ll more than be able to gear up in style this season. OK, that’s really it for now — enjoy your weekend!

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The List: Dress for the Polar Vortex with the Best New Gear for Winter

A seriously warm, rugged layer for your next winter adventure.

Just when you thought it was going to get a bit tougher to stay warm in style this winter, well, we’re back with another seasonally friendly edition of The List. And we’re kicking it off in a big way with the very pick shown above — the Flint and Tinder Expedition Shirt Jacket, the latest and greatest from the American-made menswear pioneers at F & T (and Huckberry). This is but one essential you need as you plan for how to dress for the polar vortex. It’ll serve as a welcome complement to the rest of the winter style essentials on this list … which you’re going to find out about if you keep scrolling, from the best men’s jeans to your new favorite winter coat. We’ll start it right now with three winter layering picks you need now, and we’ll go from there. Happy shopping, folks.

Flint and Tinder Expedition Shirt Jacket — $178

A rugged, tough shirt jacket that’ll provide non-stop warmth and comfort.

Leave it to Flint and Tinder to come up with one of the best men’s shirt jackets — a unique combination of remarkably durable 15.8-oz. double-layer flannel and wool for maximum warmth. It’s perfect to wear with your favorite henley, and it’s certainly among the best gear to wear on a cold morning.

Mott and Bow French Terry Sweatshirt — $89

A classic crewneck to wear with your favorite men’s jeans.

Meet the second of three must-have winter layers we’re featuring to kick off this piece — believe me, there’s plenty more, but these three picks just stood out right away. Crucially, the makers of your favorite denim are now crafting a classic crewneck sweatshirt, one that works at the office and on the weekend.

Western Rise AirLoft Quilted Jacket — $228

Tough, versatile & easy to layer — all critical for winter layering.

Yes, it’s true — your winter outerwear rotation needs a tough quilted jacket as much as it needs one of the best men’s shirt jackets, and this rugged Western Rise jacket is the right purchase to make now — the 4-way stretch insulation makes it one of the warmest winter jackets you can slip on right now.

Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers — $148

Durable, stylish trousers for any day of the week.

OK, so we just finished talking about gear like a tough quilted jacket,  a classic crewneck sweatshirt and one of the best men’s shirt jackets — but what are you going to wear with each of those pieces? Meet some of the best men’s trousers for your hard-earned dollars, the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers. Well-made, durable and versatile to wear to work or a whiskey distillery.

Duke Cannon Big Bourbon Beard Oil — $30

The best beard oil your money can buy — no doubt about it.

The folks at Duke Cannon won’t stop until they’ve crafted a full arsenal of the best beard products on the planet — including the highly functional Duke Cannon Big Bourbon Beard Oil, some of the best stuff to tame your mane & liven up your beard and skin this winter.

Bespoke Post Point Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

The sleek picks to round out your EDC this winter.

What do all of the above men’s style essentials have in common? Well, they all work particularly well as you dress for winter adventures — especially the Bespoke Post Point Box, packed with all the best everyday carry essentials you could want … and it’s only $45.

Flint and Tinder Full-Grain Leather Dopp Kit — $68

A rugged-yet-refined leather dopp kit from Flint and Tinder.

Speaking of everyday carry essentials, well, if you travel a lot, you surely need one of the best dopp kits for men — and luckily, the folks at Flint and Tinder are now making one of those, too. This stylish leather dopp kit is durable, refined and ready to handle your grooming essentials.

Todd Snyder Sherpa Overshirt (Huckberry Exclusive) — $248

Another overshirt in this week’s edition of The List, all the better to layer up this winter.

Now, you might notice that some of the gear picks on this list are a bit, well pricey. And the same can be said for this rugged sherpa overshirt from America’s foremost menswear designer, Todd Snyder. That being said, the Sherpa Overshirt is a one-of-a-kind item stocked by Huckberry, so you’d do well to pick it up.

Nicks Boots Americana Boots — $529 

Step out in style with the best leather boots — they’re tough to top.

Before you can get out on an adventure with your everyday carry essentials (and perhaps the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers), you’re going to need to be wearing the right pair of boots. In this instance, you won’t find a tougher pair of leather boots than the remarkable Nicks Boots Americana Boots. Too perfect for winter.

Fjallraven Lappland Merino Henley — $150

A durable, performance-minded henley from Fjallraven.

OK, you’ve got one of the best men’s shirt jackets for winter – what’s your base layer? Answer: It’s the rugged, layering-friendly Fjallraven Lappland Merino Henley, made with merino wool to wick away moisture while providing cozy comfort. It’s your new favorite henley, it’s from Fjallraven … you need it now.

Flint and Tinder Wayfarer Wool Blazer — $298

Say hello to your new favorite blazer.

Yes, folks … they did it. Flint and Tinder made a blazer. Not just any blazer … the Flint and Tinder Wayfarer Wool Blazer could easily be one of the best winter blazers you’ll throw on this year, what with its wool-blend construction and tailored fit.

Howler Brothers ATX Work Pants — $99

These tough work pants are a reliable winter snowpant substitute.

When the going gets tough, the tough (like yourself) step into some of the best men’s work pants — these Howler Brothers pants are uniquely suited to handle winter weather and weekend projects.
Astorflex Dukeflex Boots — $155

Lace up these handsome, versatile suede boots for any occasion.

Are these dress shoes? Are they stylish boots? Are they a bit of both? Yes, the Astorflex Dukeflex are all of the above, and you should wear them freely with a classic crewneck sweatshirt and the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers.
Armitron Brown Leather Watch — $45

Surprisingly stylish and effective for the price — well-done, Armitron.

To counteract some of the more investment-level pieces on this list, throw on the best casual watch at an affordable — very affordable — price. It’s the perfect complement to laidback gear like a tough quilted jacket and some of the best men’s trousers.
Whiskey Peaks Half-Dome Beer Glasses — $30

Cheers to the season — these are some of the best, coolest beer glasses for your favorite beverage.

What goes well with all of the winter style picks shown above? Why, an ice-cold beer — preferably served in some well-made beer glasses like the Whiskey Peaks Half-Dome Beer Glasses shown above. Cheers!
Corridor NYC Unity Plaid Shirt — $111.98

You won’t be able to stop wearing this rugged flannel shirt.

What goes great with your favorite beer? Why, an utterly classic flannel shirt from Corridor NYC, that’s what. Wear this as often as you can, potentially layered up with that Fjallraven henley.
OK, that’s it. That’s this week’s entry. Do you have a favorite from the above picks? Maybe a classic flannel shirt from Corridor NYC? Perhaps the Flint and Tinder shirt jacket at the very top of the post? Or potentially, a Western Rise jacket or the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers are going to finalize your perfect winter ensemble. Can’t forget the EDC-packed Bespoke Post Point Box or Duke Cannon’s Big Bourbon Beard Oil — the point is, this post is packed with (nearly) everything you need for winter. That’s all there is to it.

 

#OOTD: The Best Way to Layer Up with a Shawl Cardigan This Season

So, another cold winter day dawns, and there you stand, looking at your closet inquisitively. It’d be nice to have a sweater that  mixes things up from the routine, something that stands out quitely and stylishly for its versatility and toughness … my friends, I’ve found that classic sweater for you. But what to wear it with? That’s why we’re here today to talk how to wear a shawl collar cardigan, and specifically, the excellent Faherty Brand sweater shown below — it’s refined enough for the office (more on that in a second), yet equally at home when out and about this winter. The best shawl collar cardigan on the market? Well, it’s certainly up there. The rugged shawl cardigan is a layering favorite of menswear luminaries like Daniel Craig (we’re big fans of his here), and we’re drawing a bit of inspiration from him as to how we style your new favorite sweater this winter. So, you’re going to find handy cold-weather essentials like a rugged waxed quilted parka, plus must-haves like the best men’s pants for winter weather (but they’re far from snow pants, rest assured). Other winter-friendly pieces, like the remarkably tough Nicks Boots Falcon Boots, are going to carry you through the season handily and in style. But as we’ve said before, you’ve got to kick it off the right way — with perhaps the best shawl collar cardigan around. From there, the possibilities are endless. OK, let’s dive in.

A cozy cardigan goes very well with other rugged, winter-ready menswear picks.

 

From the small accessories that make a big difference (like the best winter gloves for men) to the small details that actually come in quite handy (witness one of the more durable everyday bags out there), I’d say this #OOTD is primed to take on the season in style. From the office — thanks to the Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt — to the speakeasy and your favorite coffee shop, wearing one of the best shawl cardigans really can take you  just about anywhere. The key here is ensuring you’re looking sharp both in and out of the elements, so a tough winter jacket like the Flint and Tinder Quilted Waxed Field Jacket is going to be your best friend when it comes to winter layering. Naturally, winter-ready boots are going to keep you safe and dry, no matter how snowy it gets out there. Of course, the seemingly insignificant details shouldn’t be overlooked — that’s why you’re wearing one of the toughest casual watches, after all. And when you mix it all up with some of the best men’s pants for winter weather, your entire look is complete in a way that’s both office-friendly and yet rugged & adventure-ready. But going back to what we’ve said before, the right shawl cardigan makes it all go round. Check it out for yourself, then let me know how you feel on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Duke Cannon’s Bourbon Solid Cologne Is The Perfect Winter Scent

An elegant, masculine, rugged cologne from Duke Cannon.

When it comes to the best grooming essentials for winter, there are plenty of bases you’re to need to cover, from keeping  your skin hydrated to ensuring that yes, your scent game (scent game?) is on-point. Ladies and gentlemen, on that note, I’m pleased to point you toward Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne, inspired by the rich oak scents found at Buffalo Trace Distillery — it’s seriously cool, and that unique craftsmanship makes it one of the best solid colognes for men (if not the best). Let’s get right down to it: The way you smell, the type of cologne you wear on a daily basis, can elevate your ensemble and your mood from good to great … to really great. And if you haven’t yet tried out a solid cologne, you’re going to be mighty pleased with Duke Cannon Solid Cologne. This sharp solid cologne is a handy and easy-to-use cologne option with a pleasingly masculine smell that’s not overpowering in the slightest — that’s a huge benefit compared to other colognes you might have been using (and Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne is  a far cry from the AXE spray found in locker rooms of days gone by).

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

A well-designed tin holds your new favorite cologne.

Now, if you’ve read the blog, you know that Duke Cannon is about more than just proper, extremely well-made men’s grooming essentials — they also give back to organizations that support military veterans, and the brand makes all of its must-have grooming picks right here in the United States. What’s not to love about that? But back to the exceptional Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne. The Oak Barrel scent is rich and quite pleasing to smell, and it’s the perfect cologne for winter because of that — there’s just something about this time of year that calls to mind rich whiskey, cold weather and warm fires.  Wearing this Duke Cannon cologne to the office or to your favorite brewery or distillery is a bit like capturing that vibe in a bottle (or in well-designed tin, if you catch my drift). The bottom line is this:  Duke Cannon makes some of the best men’s cologne on the market, and this is a brand worth trying if you’re looking to upgrade your grooming this year.

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

Style Pick of the Week: Nicks Boots Traveler Boots

The perfect boots to lace up the next time the weather turns dicey.

When the going gets tough, you need the best boots for men in your rotation. That’s especially true when winter weather keeps beating down your door, and that’s when you need a pair of the best winter boots. The type of uncompromising, rugged leather boots that’ll last for years — well beyond this winter, and well beyond the next winter storm, at that. That leads us to today’s Style Pick of the Week, the exceptional Nicks Boots Traveler Boots — they just so happen to be an investment-level pair of boots sold through Huckberry, and the good news only gets better (somehow) from there. Let’s start with the basics about Nicks Boots — perhaps you’re familiar with the brand (I profiled them here for The Manual back in 2019, after all), but it all starts with unwavering attention to detail, quality and craftsmanship. Based in Spokane, it’s fitting that Nicks Boots takes a truly ground-up approach to crafting the toughest men’s boots on the planet — conditions in the Pacific Northwest tend to demand it. With that being said, it makes sense that there’s a pair of leather boots from the brand out there for everyone, starting with the Nicks Boots Traveler Boots, of course. If ever you’ve ordered from the brand, you know they take meticulous custom orders for the brand’s full line of boots, but the beauty of today’s Style Pick of the Week is that you can snag a pair of the Traveler Boots right off Huckberry’s digital shelves without missing a beat. But why would you want to do that? Easy.

SHOP: The Nicks Boots Traveler Boots

The surprisingly versatile profile makes all the difference when it comes to these rugged leather boots.

The tough leather boots on display here start with USA-sourced and tanned leather that should age beautifully — the fact that said leather sits atop a Vibram Crepe 2021 sole is only an added bonus. These boots provide durability and performance in cold winter weather — there’s no denying that thick, rugged leather boots are just about the best antidote to snowstorms you’re apt to find these days. That kind of versatility and reliability means you should wear the Nicks Boots Traveler Boots anywhere and everywhere you can. Team them with your favorite corduroy pants and a shawl cardigan for a winter weekday, and be sure to keep these stylish leather boots on hand for teaming up with tough camp pants and your favorite henley as you make a dash for your favorite brewery. As with other handsome leather boots for the season, the more you wear ’em, the better they’ll get — and now you know this: There’s only one Nicks Boots.

SHOP: The Nicks Boots Traveler Boots

The Friday Read: The Best Oxford Shirts, Taylor Stitch x Stetson & UpWest Clothing

Durable, dependable, made to last — that’s what Faherty Brand offers here. The perfect way to start your weekend.

Perhaps you, like me, are looking for one of the best men’s winter jackets as we head into another winter weekend (and as we dress for the polar vortex, no less). That being said, perhaps the Faherty Brand Atmosphere Hooded Jacket at the top of the page can get your weekend started right — that’s why we’re here with another edition of the Friday Read, after all. And to help you work on your New Year’s resolutions and bolster your winter style offerings, I think you’ll find plenty of handy, helpful tips and tricks below (A hint: That includes new boots from Taylor Stitch x Stetson). Elsewhere, when you start out with one of the most important layers — a rugged winter parka — you’re guaranteed to make it a great weekend (or at least, a bearable one in the snow and slush). I don’t have any doubt that I could get a lot of use this coming weekend out of the Faherty Brand Atmosphere Hooded Jacket, seeing as I plan on getting out and about in the borough with my new Pub Pass, a standout “coupon book” of sorts (but with a much cooler design) that offers free beer at some of the best spots in Brooklyn — I’ve already visited soccer-themed pub Banter, and I think I’ll make it a point to visit another favorite haunt (Covenhonven) soon, too. In the meantime, I’ll be keeping up with the latest music festival drops as we look ahead to summer — Coachella announced its lineup last week, Bonnaroo dropped its lineup earlier this week, and more are on the way. Who else is pumped?

You can keep up with all the fun on my Instagram — and for now, let’s dive into the rest of what you need to know this weekend.

  • I mentioned above we’d dig into the new Taylor Stitch x Stetson Moto Boots as part of that standout collaboration, and well, here they are — I covered these outstanding, rugged leather boots for GearMoose, and they’re only available for pre-funding for a limited time. Best get right to it, folks.
  • The headline of this post says it all — to kick off your weekend and keep your winter rolling, I wrote about the best Oxford shirts for my friends at The Manual. When you want classic men’s style essentials, an Oxford shirt is one of the best places to start.
  • Maybe you want to ease into this year in casual, laidback style — the sort of style that can refresh your approach to wellness and provide you with new perspective and comfort. On that note, the folks at UpWest think they’ve got what you need, from cozy sweats to warm thermal shirts and more. Naturally then, I wrote about a clothing brand that can change your life — head to The Manual for more.
  • Lastly, on the music front, I mentioned the 2020 Coachella lineup above — have you ever been to the country’s biggest music festival? I haven’t, and unless the indie rock quotient is upped significantly in future years, I can’t say when I will! But, to each their own. Back to menswear for now, OK?

Last but not least, I’m going to direct you back toward a pretty straightforward piece — my take on the best new menswear essentials to start the year. We cover solid cologne, new winter flannel shirting, dependable boots and plenty more — all of which are going to serve you well come 2020. OK, that’s all from me — time to kick back with some coffee (first) and a rich beer later. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: This Faherty Brand Sherpa Jacket Is The Best New Winter Jacket to Buy

The perfect winter jacket to buy now? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

OK, you know the drill. We’re kicking 2020 (yes, 2020!) off with a bang as I put forth another entry in our ongoing See Now, Buy Now series, featuring one standout product to shop right now. In the case of today’s post, well, we’re telling you  all about one of the best winter jackets, a pleasingly rugged, cozy and versatile Faherty Brand sherpa jacket that also doubles as a shirt — and a stylish layer in its own right, at that. This Sherpa Lined Wool CPO from Faherty Brand takes its cues from all the right areas — namely, it’s inspired by and named after the warm, classic Chief Petty Officer coats (hence, CPO) worn in the field. It’s one of the most rugged jackets you can buy, yet it retains the classic Faherty Brand aesthetic — laidback, easygoing and yet functional and rugged. Of course, the specs are what really sets this thing apart — as one would expect.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Sherpa-Lined CPO Jacket 

You won’t have any trouble staying warm in this jacket.

Firsst of all, there’s the high-pile fleece lining for extra comfort — that makes this a worthwhile layer to pair up with your favorite henley or a rugged thermal shirt in equal measure. Heck, you can even wear it atop another Faherty Brand shirt for an added layer (quite literally) of perfectly rugged style. The sleeves of this Sherpa Lined Wool CPO from Faherty Brand are also lined with nylon, an added touch that delivers even more comfort. Heck, from the sounds of it, the Sherpa Lined Wool CPO might be as comfortable as wearing, well, a blanket (as Faherty so wisely says). And as if you needed it, the Vintage Blue Plaid pattern is a fun way to shake things up through the doldrums of winter. So, there’s no more time to waste — snag your new favorite jacket right now.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Sherpa-Lined CPO Jacket 

#OOTD: How to Dress for a Business Casual Office This Winter

How are you dressing for the office this winter? Perhaps you’ve been layering up for some time and are starting to hit a bit of a rut? That’s where today’s #OOTD comes into play. We’re going to have some fun with this one by shaking up the rugged layers you’d normally wear on a fall or winter weekend (including a classic flannel shirt), and we’re going to translate them to your 9-to-5 grind (especially if you work in a business casual office). That seems to be the case with most office environments these days, so that’s why we’ll kick it off with an office-ready flannel shirt and go from there. To wit: The same Faherty Brand flannel shirt you love to wear on the weekend (seen below) works in perfect harmony at the office when paired up with other favorites (like a casual knit blazer for a bit of polish and laidback cool). Other essentials are also critical here, including a classic pair of men’s denim for the ultimate in business casual style. The great thing about these picks is that, yes, you can also wear them during off-duty hours, too. But when you need to pull it all together? Once again, today’s  #OOTD makes it all happen. It’s cozy, it’s casual, it’s cool … and it’ll still turn heads (the right way) at the water cooler. Let’s get to work.

Layer up with a cozy flannel shirt and a classic knit blazer for all your winter office style needs.

So, who’s ready to head back to the office? OK, perhaps you’re not mentally ready to dive into work after a long holiday … but ideally, this #OOTD  will get you in the right frame of mind. Again, it’s all about taking pieces you’ve got in your rotation and then updating them for the office — that means your go-to top layer is the casual knit blazer from Grayers for a bit of easygoing yet office-minded style. It’s a nice complement to an office-ready flannel shirt from a brand that makes each and every piece with comfort and yet modern refinement in mind. Crucially, that whole combo works quite nicely with some of the best men’s denim — it’s a surefire business-casual winner, no doubt about it. Of course, things only get better when you step out with some of the best men’s dress boots, a pair uniquely suited to the office and the commute. The same can certainly be said of the Zodiac Grandville Watch you’re wearing for your next day at work — it’s a perfectly versatile everyday watch, and you can keep it handy for the weekend, too. Lest we forget, the reason this whole ensemble works so well is that you really CAN wear it outside — that’s where one of the best men’s winter parkas comes into play. When you round it all out with a pair of CHUP socks and Duke Cannon’s Proper Cologne, you can be sure your accessories are sealing the deal in terms of this office-ready #OOTD. Like what you see? Let me know on Twitter — and good luck at your day on the job.

The List: Stay Warm in Style This Winter with All the Best New Menswear for 2020

Step out with a crucial layer this winter — one of the best men’s flannel shirts from Faherty Brand.

Getting dressed in style this winter needn’t be boring — at least, that’s what I’m here to try to convince you of as we kick off 2020 and another edition of The List. For those new to the blog, The List represents all the best new men’s style essentials to buy for each and every season — compiled weekly, at that. And I think you’re going to appreciate the blend of gear we’ve got going on today, from a classic flannel shirt to the perfect jeans from Mott and Bow. That’s really only the tip of the iceberg, though. After all, getting dressed for winter doesn’t have to mean throwing on endless layers and then calling it a day — you’ll see that below. Happy shopping!

Faherty Brand Stretch Seaview Flannel — $148

A classically rugged flannel from a timeless brand — perfect for winter.

To layer up for winter, you need to start out on the right foot — or in this case, with the right shirt. The Faherty Brand Stretch Seaview Flannel is a personal favorite for its blend of comfort, durability and rugged style. That makes it the perfect flannel shirt for winter, and indeed, one of the best men’s flannel shirts … period.

Jack Mason Aviator 3-Hand Watch — $195

This could be the perfect everyday watch from Jack Mason — rugged, casual and yet versatile.

The ideal casual watch for everyday wear this winter could be this stylish Jack Mason timepiece — inspired by aviation and the art of flight, this sleek leather watch is perfect for both business casual and weekend style settings. Trust me, I’ve tested it out (as you might have seen on my Instagram).

Duke Cannon Beer and Bourbon Box — $25

Richly crafted soaps in cool, beer and bourbon-infused scents.

The best men’s grooming essentials sometimes come in small packages — or at least in the case of Duke Cannon, they come in a set featuring the brand’s famed and highly functional Big Ass Bar of Soap. The Duke Cannon Beer and Bourbon Box uses some standout scents to upgrade your winter grooming.
Flint and Tinder Shaggy Scottish Sweater — $168

A cozy, comfortable and yet rugged sweater from Flint and Tinder up for sale.

Yes indeed, the folks at Flint and Tinder have done it again — the Flint and Tinder Scottish Sweater is made in Scotland, as luck would have it, from soft brushed wool. It’s the best sweater for cold winter mornings (and evenings, for that matter).
Mott and Bow Harrison Shirt — $145

A classic cotton flannel shirt in a tailored fit, done up in a cool plaid pattern.

So, what shirt are you going to layer under the Flint and Tinder Scottish Sweater? That’d be the Mott and Bow Harrison Shirt — an exceptionally stylish flannel shirt for winter from the makers of your favorite jeans.That’s a perfect winter style combo, if you ask me.
Nick’s Boots Falcon Boots — $495

These are surely some of the best men’s boots you can buy for winter.

If there’s one thing you need for winter, it’s a great pair of winter boots. And not just any old pair will do — lace up some investment-level boots you can wear for days on end this winter. Specifically, step into the rugged, absurdly beautiful Nicks Boots Falcon Boots. Together with one of the best men’s flannel shirts, you’ve got the makings of a top-notch winter ensemble.
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Heather Grey — $68

Cozy, warm and rugged — everything you need in a henley, and then some.

OK, so you’ve got one of the best men’s flannel shirts, you’re lacing up your investment-level boots … what’s missing? Easy, a rugged henley from Taylor Stitch. The Heavy Bag Henley is made with upcycled fabric and features a comfortable-yet-flattering fit — one of the best men’s henleys I’ve tested.
Harpoon Brewery Winter Warmer — Price Varies

A rich winter beer to warm dark, cold nights.

The aptly named Harpoon Brewery Winter Warmer is one of the best beers for winter, all owing to its classically inspired recipe (cinnamon and nutmeg feature heavily), along with its long lineage — it’s been brewed since 1988, after all. I’m a big fan after testing it out courtesy of the brewery (thanks, guys!), and I think you’ll appreciate it, too.

Mott and Bow Connor Heavy Cable Crew — $225 

Another rugged sweater to wear with your favorite Mott and Bow jeans.

Yes, you read that right — Mott and Bow continues to move beyond denim (although it’s assuredly some of the best men’s denim) with pieces like this classic cable crew sweater. It’s, naturally, the ideal piece to pair with Mott and Bow jeans.

Filson Medium Submersible Dry Duffel Bag — $200

The rare duffel bag that’ll keep your gear dry no matter where you go.

If you want an everyday duffel bag that’s every bit as rugged as your favorite men’s gear from Filson, then the Filson Medium Submersible Dry Duffel Bag is the one you need by your side for all your winter adventures.
Faherty Brand Sun & Waves Shawl Cardigan — $398

The perfect winter cardigan? Maybe so. Try it from Faherty Brand to find out.

Yes indeed, we’re going with another entry from Faherty Brand in this edition of The List. The uniquely designed Faherty Brand Sun & Waves Cardigan jumps right out at you in the best way possible — that eyecatching pattern makes it one of the best shawl cardigans to buy this season. Who said winter style wasn’t fun?

Danner Full Bore Boots — $150

Tough boots featuring water-resistant suede and a Vibram outsole.

The best hiking boots can come in quite handy when it comes time to navigate snowy streets and trails, and the Danner Full Bore Boots fit the mold quite stylishly.

Flint and Tinder Raglan Waffle Henley — $62

A tough henley that pulls no punches in terms of standout style.

Of course, it really wouldn’t be an edition of The List if we didn’t recommend one of the best men’s henleys — the pleasingly rugged Flint and Tinder Raglan Waffle Henley is the perfect henley to wear under a flannel shirt (and that’s just one styling option).

Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey — Price Varies

A “proper” whiskey that pays homage to Conor McGregor’s hometown.

From MMA champion Conor McGregor comes a triple-distilled Irish whiskey (featuring golden grains and vanilla, honey and toasted wood notes) — this whiskey in particular pays homage to MacGregor’s hometown of Dublin & the Crumlin, Dublin 12 neighborhood specifically. It’s the perfect whiskey to try on a cold winter weekend — preferably surrounded by friends. I’ve tried it, and I can vouch for it. Cheers!

Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket in Waxed Wool — $228 

A rugged jacket that only Taylor Stitch can dream up.

Part field jacket and part blazer substitute, the Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket (made from a handsome waxed wool in a deep olive color) is one of the best men’s winter jackets, and a worthy piece to wear alongside your Heavy Bag Henley.

Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots — $199 

Rugged-yet-dressy boots — the perfect encapsulation of all things Wolverine.

If you typically think of more rugged leather boots when you think of Wolverine (like the ones found in this winter style ensemble), then get ready to shift your thinking a bit. The Wolverine BLVD Collection focuses on affordable style and yet high-quality performance & design, including rich leather that’ll age very nicely. More specifically, the dressy-yet-versatile Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots are a shining example of day-to-night style from this lauded brand.

OK, so whenever I get to the end of one of these posts, I always have a tough time picking my favorite — do you feel the same way? From the perfect flannel shirt for winter, right on through to those rugged Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots, I’d say there’s probably something for every taste and budget.  Maybe the Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket is your go-to pick? Or perhaps it’s the rich Faherty Brand Sun & Waves Cardigan? Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the excellent versatility of a stylish flannel shirt for winter from a top denim brand. Let me know your thoughts on these picks over on Twitter. Let’s get out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Explorer Shirt

A rough-and-tumble shirt that packs a serious punch in terms of style and functionality.

Looking for one of the most rugged shirts you can buy for winter? If you read this site regularly — or if you’re new around these parts as we kick off a new year with winter style essentials — you’ll recognize quickly that we’re talking about one brand in particular that can deliver the goods: Folks, that would be Taylor Stitch. More specifically, check out the excellent Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt as pictured above, one of the best winter shirts you can buy now (and a hot-seling option, at that). The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt  is both a shirt and a jacket, the kind of hard-wearing piece that seems to come in handy this time of year, what with blustery weather and snow drifts aplenty out there. It’s the sort of versatile piece you can feel good about wearing on the weekend (atop your favorite henley, preferably also from Taylor Stitch) or as an added layer over a classic fisherman’s sweater. This rugged overshirt features all sorts of design touches one would expect from Taylor Stitch, from the layering-friendly wool-poly blend to the handsome and stylish Burgundy color — what’s not to love about that?

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt

Design details that really make a difference.

This classic overshirt is truly geared to go the distance, what with its brass donut hole buttons that signify that, yes, you can wear this just like a jacket atop a classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt. And there’s just something about the Burgundy color that gives it some versatility, from pairing with slim chinos to your favorite pair of dark blue denim — that’s what a great overshirt should do, after all. One interior pocket and two front patch flap pockets provide space for your everyday carry essentials (which Taylor Stitch also sells in spades), while the California collar (another classic TS design touch) gives this thing the feel of an office-ready shirt as opposed to one that’s strictly meant for outdoor adventures. Get you a classic overshirt that can do both, as they say. Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt  offers up all the versatility and craftsmanship you need this winter, and beyond that. As with any product from Taylor Stitch, you’re going to have it in your rotation for a long, long time. Explore away, my friends.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Explorer’s Shirt