See Now, Buy Now: This Grayers Jacket is the Perfect Casual Jacket for Spring

Now, right off the bat, it might seem unconventional to recommend one of the best spring jackets when we’ve all been spending far more time off the road and inside than normal, but hear me out: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket is simply one of the coolest spring jackets your money can buy. It’s an essential you can throw atop your favorite T-shirt to take your family on a (socially distanced) walk, and you can even wear it on a day working from home. When the work day’s done and you want to try your new favorite lager posted up on the back porch (or your couch)? Throw on the Grayers Frank Track Jacket — in times like these, there’s nothing that one of the best men’s jackets for spring can’t do — are we on the same page? Great, let’s keep rocking. For starters, this classic spring jacket has the same casual feel as your favorite hoodie (it’s made with 100 percent slub French terry cotton, after all), yet has the polish a cool zip-up jacket brings to the table.


SHOP: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket

Perhaps the reason this casual spring jacket feels so cool and laidback comes from the fact that it’s part of the Grayers Athletic line, which updates heritage silhouettes (think classic crewneck sweatshirts and sweatpants) with quality fabric and modern fits. That means this jacket is rugged enough to wear atop your favorite henley with classic chore pants for some spring morning yard work, yet the Grayers Frank Track Jacket also works just fine when paired up with your favorite chambray shirt for a video conference call — or a relaxing post work-from-home beer. These are strange, trying times we live in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great, no matter what the day has in store. To clear that bar quite easily, reach for the Grayers Frank Track Jacket  — it won’t let you down.

Thanks, as always, for reading — stay safe!

-Beau

SHOP: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket

#OOTD: How to Wear a Henley for Spring Weather (Or Working from Home)

There’s no doubt that things have been a bit  — OK, a heck of a lot — different these past several weeks around The Style Guide, and I’m sure that’s the case in your neck of the woods, as well. The opportunity for those classic spring outings (lazy afternoons at your favorite brewery, backyard BBQ’s, park walks) has become, well, a lot harder to come by — unless you’re making a point to BBQ at home with the family or take hikes with your partner or the fam, that is. And yet, we’ll press on in terms of the best spring style essentials for this new situation — and beyond. Specifically, let’s talk about a casual menswear staple you can wear to work from home or explore a (secluded) park on the weekends: I’m talking, of course, about one of the best men’s henleys. To be even more specific, I’m talking about one of the best short-sleeve henleys, a reliable-as-can-be layer that you can wear on its own or underneath your new favorite denim jacket. The rugged Reigning Champ henley in question could just be the casual spring basic you’ve been searching for, what with a tailored fit and the ability to be worn with tough leather boots and slim black denim (in the case of this #OOTD, at least). We’ve gone ahead and included other versatile gear picks for the season, including a durable everyday carry bag for when you’ve got to get organized in your workshop or on your hike. It’s a shame that, for now, this outfit might not work a ton of places, but rest assured, the time will come for you to wear a classic henley to get a refreshing beer — and when that time rolls around, this is the #OOTD you’ll need to wear.

Alright, my friends … doesn’t this #OOTD make you want to get out there and explore? Even just a bit? Rest assured, it still works for plugging in at home, working a bit in the yard, taking that solitary walk or a stroll with your partner … the best style should adapt to new situations, and I’d wager there’s not a place at the moment where a classic rugged henley (especially of the short-sleeve variety) wouldn’t work out nicely. That’s definitely the case when layered up accordingly with a stylish denim jacket in a unique cut and construction from Buck Mason, and the entire look gets an even cooler (yet comfortable!) edge with some slim stretch selvedge jeans for the utmost in comfort and timeless appeal. Heck, you can break those jeans in around the house, and then keep wearing them, well, the rest of the year. I’d say that’s also the case when it comes to rugged leather boots from Taylor Stitch, and to be specific, ones that slip on and off for ease of use. When this whole ensemble is paired up with the rugged necessities — like one of the most functional watches — it seems to me like working from home could even be … stylish AND enjoyable? Keep organized all the while with a durable nylon pack from Filson. And lest we forget … again, stylish socks make all the difference at home, so American Trench is your best bet. Taken together, this outfit is classic, cool-yet-edgy, and ready for some (socially distanced) exploration. When the time comes to venture to your favorite brewery or bar, well, you know exactly what to wear. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

The List: Keep Spring Rolling with the Best New Men’s Style Gear to Shop Now

A rugged field jacket that your closet needs ASAP for spring.

It’s been, to say the very least, a different spring than usual. Backyard BBQs and rooftop parties have been replaced by solitary hikes and back porch beers … and yet, that means shopping for spring style essentials is more crucial than ever. The best new men’s style gear can just as easily be worn at home hanging with the family as it can when we finally get the chance to get back out there — kind of like the excellent Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket shown above (more on that in a second). So, the best new menswear for spring? Get it all below, and then look forward to getting out there.

Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket — $198

The best jacket for spring to buy now? It’s certainly one of them.

Simply put, there’s no better time to get one of the best spring jackets than now — right now. This rugged field jacket plays off old-school safari inspiration to deliver one of the coolest spring jackets — it’s a seriously neat new offering from Flint and Tinder.

Buck Mason Standard Light Wash Jeans — $145

Slim light wash jeans that pack a serious punch in terms of style.

Yes, the time is right to buy some of the best light wash jeans for spring — and if you know Buck Mason, you know they’re the brand to shop now. Wear these slim light wash jeans as often as you can (yes, even to work from home).

Grayers Chambray Double Cloth Shirt — $98

A breezy, stylish spring shirt from Grayers.

Grayers Double Cloth Shirts are the stuff of (near) legend — they’re some of the best men’s shirts for spring, what with their breezy fabric and breezy fits. This is one of the best spring shirts you can buy for expert casual style.

Corridor NYC Summer Acid Plaid Shirt — $148

A seriously cool Western shirt to wear as often as you can this spring.

Let’s keep it focused on the best men’s shirts for spring for just one second, shall we? Corridor NYC has coe up with one of the best Western shirts your author has seen in some time. Wear this with your slim light wash jeans.

HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots — $325

Classically rugged leather boots to wear all spring (yes, all spring).

Yes, you can absolutely wear your favorite leather boots this spring. In fact, the HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots are some of the most rugged leather boots for the season … yet they’re surprisingly lightweight, too. Pair them up, again, with your slim light wash jeans.

Buck Mason Lightweight Double Slub Sweatshirt — $72

A lightweight sweatshirt to pair with Buck Mason denim.

Breezy spring weather still abounds out there, so at times like these, it’s ideal to have one of the best men’s lightweight sweatshirts on deck. If it’s this Buck Mason crewneck sweatshirt in a spring-friendly color? Even better.

Momentum Watches Smokejumper Watch — $215

A tough everyday watch that’s going to get the job done, easily.

We haven’t talked a ton about the best men’s adventure watches — like the Momentum Watches Smokejumper Watch — seeing as most of us haven’t been going on a ton of adventures. But if you want a rugged everyday watch, then this timepiece is but one of the most stylish all-black watches you can shop.

GREATS Court High Sneakers — $209

Remarkably stylish, cool high-top sneakers.

Brooklyn-based GREATS has been consistently making some of the best men’s sneakers for years now — and these stylish high-top sneakers are no different. If you’ve been wanting to add some retro-inspired high-top sneakers to your rotation, best go with the GREATS Court High.

Mulo Espadrilles — $190

The coolest slip-on shoes for spring? You be the judge.

Speaking of essential footwear for spring, what about adding some surprisingly stylish espadrilles to your spring footwear rotation? Wear these with everything from the best light wash jeans for spring to the the best men’s off-white pants. On that note …

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants in Salt — $98

Pants that are stylish and cool-as-can-be for spring.

Now is the time to try something new — like, say, the best men’s off-white pants. Not quite full-on white, not quite too faded-out, these Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are some of the best men’s pants for spring to begin with, and the Salt color is pretty critical to switching up your spring style, too.

Wellen Hemp Stripe Polo — $62

Made the right way — and with versatility in mind.

A stylish striped polo is a spring style must-have, even if you’re wearing it for outdoor dinners at home with the family versus large backyard BBQs. Good news is, the Wellen Hemp Stripe Polo is a both a stylish and sustainable polo you can wear with anything.
Celia & Perah Wireless Wood Speaker — $161.98

One of the coolest wireless speakers you’re apt to find.

Perhaps you, like me, have been spending a lot of time at home listening to your favorite music (on that note, to see what I’m listening to at the moment, you can usually head to my Instagram or Instagram Stories). Well, to upgrade your home audio even further, might I suggest this stylish wireless speaker from Celia & Perah?
Gola Classics Mark Cox Selvedge Trainer — $70

Sleek trainers that feature cool denim details.

These are classic spring sneakers if ever I’ve seen a pair, and they’re a play on the style worn by tennis legend Mark Cox. This pair in particular features vintage denim trim highlights, and crucially updates the original 1975 silhouette.
Hill City High Pile Pullover — $138

A cool, easy-to-layer pullover you’ll want to wear all weekend.

For casual, cool spring style, you need one of the best men’s pullovers. What’s more, you need one of the most versatile men’s pullovers, one that doesn’t look out of place on either a solitary hike or a jaunt to pick up your favorite to-go coffee. The Hill City High Pile Pullover just works.
Mott and Bow Classic Cashmere Crew — $149

A classic spring crewneck that looks great — no matter what you wear it with.

If you haven’t caught on by now, occasionally chilly spring evenings call for a stylish spring sweater that can serve as your top layer in a pinch — Mott and Bow now makes one of the best men’s sweaters for such an occasion, one that you can easily wear with Mott and Bow denim, too.
Lojel Urbo 2 Tote — $90

Remarkably durable and made for your next trip (hopefully, soon!).

The next time you need to commute or hit the road on a trip (hopefully, sooner rather than later!), grab this sleek tote bag from Lojel, made with tough 1000-denier fabric in a sharp black colorway for the ultimate in on-the-go travel style.

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OK,  my friends. So we bring another edition of The List, covering the best new men’s style gear, to a close. Do you have a favorite when it comes to the selections above? I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan right off the bat of the Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket — and of course, I think it would wear extremely well with the HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots and some of the best light wash jeans for spring. There’s also something to be said for the casual versatility of pieces like the Hill City High Pile Pullover and the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, though. What say you? Feel free to catch up with me on Twitter. Happy shopping, stay safe!

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Style Pick of the Week: GREATS Royale Knit Sneakers

Sleek, stylish and highly affordable sneakers shown here.

Despite being cooped up inside more than usual these past few weeks, perhaps your mind has inevitably started drifting toward what you’d  be doing if you weren’t self-isolating or working from home through this ongoing pandemic. It’s a scary situation, to  be sure, and it might seem frivolous to talk about the best men’s sneakers, but I assure you … there might not actually be a better time to kick back, relax and read all about the new sneakers you need now. That’s assuredly the case whether you’re spending time in your backyard, taking a solitary stroll or looking to step into something other than slippers as you dress to work from home. So, here we are: The GREATS Royale Knit Sneakers could quite possibly be the perfect casual sneakers for spring, and I’m going to tell you exactly why in just a matter of moments. *Moments pass* OK folks, we’re back. If you read the blog regularly(dating back to its early days, certainly!), you know that Brooklyn-based GREATS has done things a little differently since launching back in the early 2010s. That little something different? Premium materials, effortlessly cool silhouettes (like the GREATS Royale Knit!) and quality construction that won’t break the bank — far from it, in fact.
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SHOP: The GREATS Royale Knit

GREATS does things the right way — even the little things.

But in all seriousness, what sets the GREATS Royale Knit apart from the pack, truly? Is it the sleek and easy-to-wear silhouette — one that you can almost certainly pair with slim light wash denim or your favorite chinos in equal measure? Is it the use of a lightweight knit upper — one crafted from recycled ocean and single-use plastics? Or is it the fact that these stylish sneakers provide so much bang for your buck? Perhaps it’s a combination of all three of those key qualities, and then a little bit extra GREATS magic thrown in. As we mentioned, this is one pair of affordable spring sneakers — just $118 at GREATS, in fact. Incredibly, they’re machine-washable and able to air-dry — that means you can wear them absolutely all day long without worrying about what you’re getting into; it’ll all wash off at the end of the day. When’s the last time you had a pair of stylish spring sneakers that could do that? We’d wager it’s been quite some time. So, there’s no more time to waste right now — you need to upgrade your sneaker rotation immediately, and you need to do it with the GREATS Royale Knit. Let me know what think of these on Twitter.

SHOP: The GREATS Royale Knit

 

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The Friday Read: A New Everyday Carry, The Best Loungewear Sets & Dickies Gives Back

The coolest shirt for a much different spring weekend than usual.

My friends, thanks for joining us yet again for another Friday Read. Consider this a starting point for your weekend and a bit of a look at the menswear industry at large, from deals and steals to ways to give back to COVID-19 relief efforts (like my friends at HELM Boots continue to run, for one). These relief efforts should be of particular interest during these trying and challenging times, so any way in which brands can offer support is very welcome indeed from my perspective. And as always, if you’re a medical professional or a frontline first-responder, THANK YOU for your service and your work ethic — it really is incredible and much-appreciated. With that being said, in times like these, it can sometimes seem odd to talk about menswear — like that rugged spring shirt seen above (it’s the Flint and Tinder Stretch Utility Shirt). But I’m of the opinion that style and routine can provide a helpful guiding light these days. So, we’ll continue to shine a light on the best spring style essentials on the blog, and hopefully, you’ll like what you see and what you read. Heck, if that classic shirt at the top of the page piqued your interest right off the bat, head over to Huckberry to shop the Flint and Tinder High Desert Collection — while also checking out the very well-curated Huckberry Journal. It’s another great source of quarantine reads — I hope you find today’s roundup helpful, too.

This weekend, I’ll be following much the same routine, socially distanced here in Brooklyn. That includes spinning plenty of vinyl (my latest purchase is the excellent “The New Abnormal” by NYC rock legends The Strokes!), and of course, enjoying some terrific coffee (namely, from the FourTillFour x Taylor Stitch partnership). As for your own weekend, I wish you safety, health & all the best! Read on below for more crucial content.

  • As the headline mentioned, I’m here to tell you all about one of the best essentials for your everyday carry, as I covered at GearMoose — that would be the new The James Brand x Huckberry Elko Knife, a sleek and well-designed pocket knife to act as an accessory to your favorite chore pants. Gear up accordingly.
  • Let’s dig into some menswear you can wear to work from home, shall we? In this era of ultra-casual leisure (even when on a Zoom call), you might want to check out one of the best loungewear sets for men — I rounded them up for The Manual. Stay safe, comfy and cozy, my friends.
  • Who doesn’t appreciate some rugged workwear when the going gets tough? I know I do — and you’ve now got another reason to love iconic workwear brand Dickies. The brand is converting its plants in Mexico and Honduras to produce FDA-compliant isolation gowns for hospitals and healthcare workers in response to the ongoing pandemic. And get this — Dickies and its parent company, VF Corporation are looking to produce and deliver 50,000 gowns in May,  with a goal of making as many as 675,000 by June, and then on up to 3.4 million (yes, million) by September.  Great work.

And with that, we’re going to wrap up today’s Friday Read. Have suggestions for what you might like to see on the blog, or in these posts (perhaps a weekly playlist? Spirits or beer recommendations? Specific clothing categories?)? Be sure to reach out to me on Twitter. I’ll leave you with one last guide for the weekend, covering how to wear a chore coat for spring. To tide you over until Monday, don’t forget about tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Once again — stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you for reading.

And a final, secret word if you scrolled this far — maybe check out this Taylor Stitch moto jacket below??

See Now, Buy Now: This Flint and Tinder Shirt is the Season’s Perfect Shirt

Pick a pattern, any pattern — Flint and Tinder has you covered.

When it comes to finding one of the best shirts for spring — the sort of shirt that fits your lifestyle, your work and your seasonal plans perfectly — I’m going to throw one stylish shirt in the ring right now. My friends, allow me to introduce you to the Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt, an easygoing and laidback shirt you can wear in just about any situation you dream up. As you can tell by the photo up top, you’ve got your pick of the litter in terms of stylish colors and patterns when it comes to the Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt — and at its current price ($98 via Huckberry), perhaps it’s wise to consider picking up more than one option? I’ll leave that up to you, though. Let’s get into why this number is one of the best men’s shirts at the moment, shall we? The organic cotton twill fabric is breathable and easygoing, yet not so breezy that it’ll get overly wrinkled (that’s a job for a linen shirt — which could come in handy this summer). The Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt also has a double-body design — think of this as the equivalent of an inner lining for some extra pattern and punch, most easily seen at the cuffs (flip ’em up for some cool contrast).
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SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt

My personal pick for one of the best shirts to buy this spring.

This classic spring shirt has the sort of quality construction and design you’d expect from Flint and Tinder, whether you pick it up in the breezy shade of Grey shown above (pair it with olive chinos) or in the bright Multi-Check (best paired with slim tan chinos and brown leather chukka boots). The overall effect of this shirt is one that’s as soft and comfortable as a flannel, yet in a lighter weight for those blustery spring days. Feel free to wear it unbuttoned over your favorite T-shirt or a rugged short-sleeve henley with faded denim, or else button it up and throw it on underneath a lightweight spring blazer. I’d say one thing is pretty clear no matter how you choose to wear it — the Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt is one of the best shirts for men, and it’s one you need on your back ASAP.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Organic Double Gauze Shirt

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#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear White Sneakers This Spring

Let’s start things off on the right foot (pun intended) — if you don’t have a pair of the best white leather sneakers for spring, you’re not doing it right. Well, at least you’re not doing it right … yet. The great news is, the  best white sneakers can in fact be found in the below ensemble, and they’re from a brand you know and love: Brooklyn’s own GREATS Brand, makers of fine sneakers that feature Italian leathers and plenty more bells and whistles. GREATS Brand has been a style staple on the blog going way, way back — case in point, this 2015 post on the GREATS Royale Court Sneakers, for starters! And the sneakers you’ll see on display today — the GREATS Royale Blanco — are both dressy and casual, every bit as versatile as you make them. Because breezy spring days are upon us (and because you’re hopefully able to get out of the house a little bit), the right accessories for casual and weekend-oriented style are coming along for the ride. A stylish spring windbreaker gives you protection from the elements and of course, one of the best denim shirts makes an appearance, too. See? These are pieces you know and love, and they all work in harmony together. Think of these sneakers like a nice go-between from dressy loafers to more casual unlined chukka boots — they bridge the gap, and the look great doing it. Wear this to grill at home, wear this on a solo weekend walk — just make sure you’re clear that white sneakers are a new spring style staple. Let’s get to the full look, shall we?

Slick white leather sneakers meet some other spring style essentials.

Now that we’re fully in step with one another — right? — it would seem that you’ve simply got to snag a pair of the best white leather sneakers for supreme spring versatility and great looks. The pairings are even more key, and geared toward laidback-yet-polished style (as always here on the blog). Layers make the difference from the outset when dealing with spring breezes, so the Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker is your new go-to spring jacket, layered up with ease atop the Wellen Hemp Tee and naturally, a rugged Buck Mason denim shirt. That combo works for situations where you’ve got to put some effort into it, but still want to feel comfortable. The same goes for the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants, which deliver stretch, mobility and yet tailored style in equal measure. For accessorizing down to a T, why not throw on one of the coolest men’s casual watches… and then check the seconds as you wait for the compliments to roll in? But the versatility and style of this look doesn’t stop there — keep either your stylish sunglasses or the essential pocket knife close at hand for little odds and ends that might come up. All along the way, of course, haul your gear in a rugged, American-made tote for that crucial finishing touch. Can you keep up? With the best white leather sneakers in tow, now you can. Cheers, my friends!