Style Pick of the Week: Howler Brothers Depot Jacket – The Most Rugged Jacket for Casual Winter Days

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If you’re on the lookout for one of the most rugged winter jackets, the kind you can wear casually while still staying warm through blustery winter weekends, have I got just the jacket for you. It’s fitting that it’s up for grabs with Black Friday and Cyber Monday rolling through this weekend, but seriously, any time this fall and winter would be an ideal time to buy the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket. Make that an upgraded version of the famed Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, too. It’s the sort of jacket that blends old-school cool (note the trucker jacket silhouette) with the kind of warmth that simply can’t be beat for casual style situations. Now, it might not keep you the most protected in an intense blizzard, but for days where it’s blustery and chilly rather than snowing at a steady clip, consider adding the perfectly crafted Howler Brothers Depot Jacket to your seasonal style rotation. It fits right in with the rest of the Austin-based brand’s gear, which is built for good times on land, on the trail and beyond.

The regular edition of the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, one of the brand’s most popular items, is already done up in corduroy for plenty of seasonally friendly, cozy style. Here though, they’ve upped the ante with a sherpa fleece lining. It’s the kind of jacket your grandpa might have thrown on to head to work on a crisp morning, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

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This year’s iteration of the sherpa trucker jacket has all the hallmarks of a new classic, too. The chest pocket and side hip pockets embody the iconic trucker jacket design while offering up a bit of space for some choice everyday carry essentials and Howler Brothers accessories (a bottle opener comes to mind, because this is one heck of a casual jacket for football tailgates aplenty). The Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is also the kind of casual jacket you can throw on at a moment’s notice without overthinking it, be it atop a rugged flannel shirt or your favorite henley (or both), and especially alongside a pair of broken-in blue or black jeans. Again, don’t overthink it when it comes to the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket.

It always pays off to have more technically minded outerwear options in your rotation when the time comes, but for blustery days and cool mornings, the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is a mighty fine option to have on hand. It’s also priced reasonably at $145, leaving you a bit of spare change left over to grab some Shiner Bock beer in a nod to the brand’s Texas roots. The Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is best worn alongside great friends with good whiskey and beer in front of a roaring fire. That’s how I’d rock it, at least. If you end up snagging the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, let me know over on Twitter. Cheers!

The Friday Read: The Best Menswear Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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It’s hard to believe, but the most wonderful time of the year or at least, the best weekend for menswear shopping — is here. I’m talking, of course, about Black Friday and then Cyber Monday, packed with tons of the best deals on the best gear around (including selections from one of the best menswear brands as shown above, Huckberry). I’ve rounded up more than 30 of the weekend’s top shopping deals here for your shopping pleasure, with plenty of work to be done (and gear to be had!) in the days to come. Without further ado, I’m going to get right into it and give you a full rundown.

If you like what you see, let me know in the comments or feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Cheers! Perhaps more importantly though, I’m very thankful for your readership and support! Here’s to a great end to 2021, menswear in hand (and leftover cash in your wallet).

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Alright, then. That’ll do it for my rundown of the best holiday shopping deals for men. What are you looking forward to the most right now? Here’s to a thankful weekend filled with great times, great spirits, food and beer, and great shopping. Cheers!

The Thursday Buy: This Classic Billy Reid Shirt is A Timeless Winter Style Move

It’s fitting that on today of all days (that’d be Thanksgiving!), we’re talking about one of the best men’s shirts, and a timeless style move, at that. It’s the time of year where classic, crisp and versatile is going to serve you well. Even if your go-to jeans or your post-Thanksgiving or holiday party pants have an extra bit of stretch, for instance, you can still look plenty put-together otherwise. That’s where one of the country’s best menswear designers enters the equation by way of the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt, a classic men’s shirt in a rich and seasonally friendly pattern, one that’s going to look as great years from now as it does this holiday season. You might be too late to wear this stylish plaid shirt to your Thanksgiving get-together, but it’s one of the best winter men’s style moves you can make for the weeks and months ahead.

Billy Reid already makes a full rotation of menswear classics, including the best men’s peacoat on the market, plus a stylish casual sweatshirt (both of which you can wear with the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt, as luck would have it). The Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt goes well above and beyond what you’d expect from your typical buttondown shirt, starting with that engaging, bold (and Billy Reid-exclusive) plaid pattern. That it’s done up in rich autumnal color is an added bonus, but it’s really made to be worn the rest of winter as a striking pop of color and pattern.

With the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt, both the big-ticket touches (like premium horn buttons and a modern fit), plus the small details (like signature Billy Reid detailing at the shirt hem) are taken care of in a way that you can trust. The Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt is also made from a lightweight 100 percent cotton, so you can wear it underneath a stretch wool blazer or your favorite Billy Reid cardigan as easily as you can wear it on its own if you’re in a warmer climate for the holiday season. The box-pleated back allows for more ease of movement if you happen to wear this shirt to the office, say, underneath an unstructured cotton blazer or with the famed Billy Reid Dover Sweatshirt. It’s so much more than just your average buttondown shirt, which is why it does indeed retail for a higher price point ($168, to be exact), but having tried out favorites like Billy Reid’s denim shirts over the years, I can certainly vouch for this one. If you want a shirt you can trust this winter through situations dressy and casual, the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt is your new go-to style move. So, with all that being said, I’m wishing a Happy Thanksgiving, and a healthy (and stylish!) weekend with family, friends, great food and great clothes. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: Filson’s Double Mackinaw Cruiser Is the Warmest Winter Jacket You Can Buy Now

When bone-chilling winter cold hits, where do you go? You go to your favorite brands, companies you can trust when it comes time to get out and about, in spite of inclement weather. Hopefully, you’re also turning to Filson, the century-plus-old heritage outfitter based in the Pacific Northwest and famous for outfitting explorers everywhere. While your own pursuits these days are likely a bit different than old-time prospectors, there’s no denying the next-level warmth and utility of the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser, one of the best men’s jackets and a remarkably solid update to the tried-and-true Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket. You’ll find the latest and greatest update to a classic in the never-not-well-stocked Filson New Arrivals section, a perfect place to go as you look to outfit yourself with the best winter menswear. The brand, helpfully, already makes one of the best men’s henleys, not to mention one of the best flannel shirts, so consider this icing on the cake.

That jacket is a personal favorite of mine, with style points aplenty and the kind of warmth and comfort you’ll only find from a brand that builds its gear for the most extreme conditions possible. What sets the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser apart from other winter jackets? Well, it helps that Filson has a ton of experience when it comes to crafting menswear and gear for inclement weather. In this instance, that means the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser uses 100 percent virgin wool in two layers, all the better to keep you toasty in the falling snow.

As you might expect, the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser is packed with the customary bells and whistles from a brand that just knows how to get the job done (they’re useful for when you need to get the job done, too). Military-grade melanine buttons ensure long-lasting durability and protection from the elements, while the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser has a whopping nine pockets (nine!), all the better to hold your everyday carry gear — naturally, Filson has you covered in that department, too. The brown wool of the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser is a seasonally appropriate style touch, one that makes this a rugged jacket to wear with Filson jeans and one of the best men’s henleys, too.

An added layer of wool at the shoulders also makes the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser a burly and extremely warm jacket, no matter how cold it gets out there. A word to the wise: You very well might want to size down if you seek a more snug fit, but the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser is also well-suited for layering (check out Filson men’s sweaters if you really want to go all-in on rugged, comfortable, dependable winter style). One last note on the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser — it’s a jacket meant to be invested in (it retails for $650, after all), but it’s going to last and last for seasons on end. If that sounds ideal to you — and it should! — then consider making the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser your new favorite winter jacket.

The Tuesday Steal: The Taylor Stitch Workshop is Packed with the Best Menswear On the Market for 20 Percent Off

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Do you have reliable brands you reach for over and over again, the kind of companies you can assuredly trust to design classic-yet-modern pieces in reliable fabrics and fits? Maybe pieces that strike the right balance between rugged and refined, consistently? I sure hope you do, especially if you read this blog on the regular — and if you do, you’re assuredly aware of San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch, the decade-plus-old brand first founded on making some of the best men’s shirts. Now, they deliver some of the best menswear of all sorts, and they do so year-round. It’s always worth a reminder that they’re a brand to keep an eye on though, and that’s no more true than when you check out the Taylor Stitch Workshop. If you haven’t taken a pass through the Workshop lately, consider this a refresher. It’s where the brand crowdfunds some of the coolest new gear you’ll find, from classic men’s sweaters to stylish leather boots and beautiful leather jackets.

The Taylor Stitch Workshop is constantly refreshed with new designs, new fabrics and more. All you need to do is pre-fund your pick of choice, then wait about 2-3 months for the frankly incredible results to arrive. Some of (perhaps) your favorite styles started in the Workshop before joining the rest of the brand’s rotation of ever-so-stylish gear, which isn’t such a bad thing at all. Most importantly, the Taylor Stitch Workshop gives you the chance to pre-fund the best men’s style essentials at 20 percent off — that makes a big difference when you’d normally drop close to a grand on one of the best leather jackets, for instance. It only gets more impressive from there, though.

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Now, if you’re a devoted fan of Taylor Stitch, then why is it worth the reminder on the stylish and well-priced nature of the Taylor Stitch Workshop? One quick glance through its wares recently reveals warm shirt jackets, durable boots, cozy sweaters and more. It’s not a stretch to say you could outfit yourself using only gear from the Taylor Stitch Workshop, in fact. And again, the fact that pricing takes a 20 percent drop when you pre-fund is only a positive thing, right? Naturally, you can shop the full Taylor Stitch Web site at the same time as you please, but hey, who doesn’t love a standout deal? That’s what I thought.

The timing is also apt, because at this point, you’re bound to get some nice gear for a winter refresh when you invest in the very best from the Taylor Stitch Workshop, and that’s but another benefit of shopping early and often within the stylish digital confines of the revered brand. There’s not much else out there that’s quite like this model, at least not at such a large and impressive scale, so go forth and invest in some new favorites through the standout design of the much-loved Taylor Stitch Workshop. If you love what you end up with, let me know in the comments. Cheers and happy shopping!

See Now, Buy Now: This American Giant Waffle Crew is the Coziest Layer to Wear This Winter (And Beyond)

Casual essentials that aren’t so casual — and are actually, surprisingly stylish and well-made — are the name of the game this season, and that’s where American Giant comes into play. If you’ve been looking for upgrades to your laidback looks for cold-weather days and holiday-minded lounging, American Giant can help, and the American Giant Waffle Crew is one of the best men’s shirts to fit the bill quite perfectly. The brand has stepped up its game in recent months, expanding beyond its essential basics to now craft one of the best Oxford shirts for men, and they also do quite the job at crafting plenty of the very best American-made menswear beyond that, too. And if you want a long-sleeve shirt that’s much more than an average long-sleeve shirt, well, the American Giant Waffle Crew delivers on all fronts.

It’s made in Los Angeles, a burgeoning spot for some of the best men’s knitwear, plus denim and the best men’s long-sleeve shirts, to boot. The waffle cotton construction makes this both a distinctive base layer (underneath a rugged shawl cardigan, for example) or a shirt you can wear all on its own with some American Giant men’s pants or tailored joggers. It would also be a valuable piece layered under the American Giant Moto Zip Jacket, for starters. What’s not to love about that? There’s plenty more where that came from, too.

The color and texture of the American Giant Waffle Crew really sets itself apart, too. It’s got an ever-so-slightly lived-in look and feel that’ll only get better over time the more you wear it. And given the 100 percent cotton construction and comfort of the American Giant Waffle Crew, you’ll want to wear this shirt a heck of a lot. Use it as a base layer beneath your favorite waxed trucker jacket, or give yourself some added warmth by wearing it underneath a classic crewneck sweatshirt. You can also style it beneath a rugged flannel shirt for just the right amount of layering on a crisp winter morning. Just about any way you choose to style it, the American Giant Waffle Crew looks great and delivers functional comfort all the way through.

Color options like Evening Blue (shown here) and the deep, dusty red El Camino, deliver just the right amount of seasonal style, making either option practically perfect to pair with faded jeans, grey joggers or even tan chinos beneath an unstructured, garment-dyed navy blazer. It’s rare to find a long-sleeve shirt that can do all of that, but the American Giant Waffle Crew is that shirt, without a doubt. Try it on for size and see for yourself.

The Sunday Sale: Shop Huckberry’s Undercover Sale While It’s Still Around

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If you’ve been paying close attention to the goings-on at San Francisco retailer Huckberry (and if you read my Friday dispatch) then hopefully, you’re well aware of the short-running but no less essential Huckberry Undercover Sale. It’s a rare sale from the site, and it ends later today, so I won’t take up too much of your time. But that being said, this is one of the best places to get deals on the best men’s gear, especially given that the retailer doesn’t offer all too many sales throughout the year. What’s the deal with one of the best menswear sales this weekend? Allow me. It’s a chance to shop deals up to 30 percent off on the site’s best-selling picks, in an undercover-ready shade of black. Consider it a precursor to what should be an outstanding Huckberry Black Friday Sale, not to mention the Huckberry Cyber Monday Sale. But in the meantime, the Huckberry Undercover Sale only runs through tonight. I’ll leave you with some extra time to shop, so go forth, gear up, look great and save some cash. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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Style Pick of the Week: Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans – The Season’s Most Versatile Jeans for Every Occasion

We’ve talked a lot on the blog about the best jeans for men, and namely, about how the good folks at NYC-based Mott and Bow are making some of the best men’s jeans for fall. That trend isn’t likely to die down anytime soon, as the brand continues to offer up an array of fits (from Straight to Slim and Skinny) at agreeable prices for some of the best men’s jeans, and in an array of washes and fabrics. And there’s never been a better time to upgrade your rotation of versatile, go-anywhere men’s jeans. Whether you’re returning to the office in business casual style, where dark blue jeans wear nicely with a crisp Oxford shirt and a tan herringbone blazer, or whether you’re on the hunt for laidback holiday attire, Mott and Bow has you covered. Holiday attire, you say? Yes indeed, and that’s where the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans enter the fray.

There’s no denying the applying of a classic, crisp pair of blue jeans, especially in one of the brand’s agreeable fits (even the Straight-cut jeans at Mott and Bow are more tailored, not baggy). And the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans exemplify perhaps the dictionary definition of an ideal pair of jeans, seeing as they’re made with 98 percent cotton and 2 percent stretch, yet delivered in a deep, dark wash. This makes the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans uniquely dressy among other pairs of denim, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg as to what makes ’em so essential.

For starters, the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans are about as timeless as it gets in terms of the denim itself and the detailing. The fabric should break in nicely over time, yet it’ll feel comfortable right out of the box thanks to that hint of stretch. These aren’t a pair of stiff selvedge jeans, and while there’s a time and a place for those, it’s sometimes nice to step into comfortable stretch denim without missing a beat — the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans are the right way to go, folks. And the contrasting gold stitching, which also calls to mind timeless Levi’s jeans, is another small touch that makes these visually appealing when worn anywhere from the office (remember, business casual!) to a holiday party — ideally, paired up with a Mott and Bow merino wool sweater.

Because of the tailored, smart fit and easy-to-wear stretch, the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans are cut out for holiday gatherings (best paired with a cozy shawl cardigan and stylish leather dress boots) and even a day on the road, if you feel like stepping things up a notch. And naturally, the Mott and Bow Mosco Jeans have another thing going for ’em: They’re priced at $96, a downright steal if you’re searching for premium jeans without the premium price tag. Plus, Mott and Bow offers free home try-on and delivery, another bonus if you want to test out multiple pairs in multiple colors. The next time you get dressed for a winter occasion, consider jeans from Mott and Bow — you might be surprised at how much you enjoy them.

The Friday Read: The Huckberry Undercover Sale, The Best New Boots for Men & Fall’s Best Jeans

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Do yourself a favor and step into the weekend with some of the best boots for men on your feet, especially as we roll through late November, yes? And the boots in question you should be shopping come from one heck of a place: That’d be Tecovas, makers of the stylish leather Chelsea boots you see above, plus a whole bunch of both traditional and on-trend Western boots for men. I’ve gotten to know the brand over the past year-and-a-half or so, and consider this an early endorsement for your weekend: They’re absolutely a brand to know and shop, first launched by founder Paul Hedrick and focused on cowboy boots. These days, the Austin-based company goes just beyond cowboy boots and really does make some of the best boots for men (those Chelsea boots shown above in particular!). In short, you can expect to see a lot more of them on the blog going forward, but you’d do well to add to your rotation of stylish leather boots right now in the meantime.

It’s fitting that I’m kicking off today’s Friday Read talking about Tecovasas we speak, I’m actually in western Mexico (the famed city of Guadalajara, to be exact!) on a press trip with famed tequila brand Jose Cuervo! I’m visiting Guadalajara and Tequila to learn about the process behind making Jose Cuervo tequila, going out into the agave fields themselves and exploring the city and region in the meantime. There’s also an exciting Jose Cuervo announcement in the works, but I can’t quite share details on that yet. For now, how about you do yourself a favor and get some Jose Cuervo delivered for happy hour later via Drizly? I’ll be sure to report back on the trip, but for now, you can follow along on Instagram to get the full scoop. I’ll be enjoying my fair share of Jose Cuervo this weekend before trekking back to the States (negative COVID test in hand!), and with that being said, do yourself a favor and settle in to read about my top style, shopping and reading picks this weekend. Cheers!

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  • It’s never too early to start shopping for the best holiday gifts, is it? Of course, there’s one place I recommend above all others, and that’d be Huckberry. The Huckberry 2021 Gift Guide should be of particular interest this weekend, because now through November 21st, you can shop the Huckberry Undercover Sale to get the best deals on the site’s best-selling items (especially ones done up in all-black to fit with that undercover theme). Beyond that, it’s also an ideal time to shop early and often to get the best gifts for the rugged outdoorsman, the style lover and more in your life. What’s not to love about Huckberry’s Gift Guide and the Huckberry Undercover Sale, ehh?
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  • I’ve talked on the blog in recent weeks about the best men’s sweatpants to buy for cozy holiday lounging – those would be from Mott and Bow, of course — but what about if you need something with some more polish? In case you needed a reminder (and especially ahead of the holiday season, where you need jeans you can wear with anything), Mott and Bow is giving first-time customers 10 percent off with the code beau10. If you’ve already tried out the brand’s classic blue jeans, then I can’t recommend enough that you return to the well again, so to speak, and shop more Mott and Bow.
  • I wear a lot of hats in terms of my menswear writing, including writing plenty of guides to the best menswear for The Manual. That being said, I think it pays off to have style resources at your disposal, and that’s why I love personal styling service Stitch Fix. You can also shop the brand’s Stitch Fix Freestyle program, which allows you to shop entire outfits at once. All that being said, my latest dispatch for The Manual covers the best outfits to buy now at Stitch Fix, and there’s something for everyone. Complete your profile, answer your style quiz and get started on finding the best men’s style essentials for you.

That’ll nearly wrap things up in my latest Friday dispatch, but I’ll leave you with one more style pick as I head into a weekend of tequila tasting (beyond recommending that you shop some of the best boots for men at Tecovas). Yes indeed, in addition to that, consider shopping one of the most affordable men’s shirt jackets right now at another Austin-based brand, Howler Brothers. Now, while that shirt jacket has sold quite fast, it’s always worth shopping the Texas purveyors of rugged gear made for adventures and good times. With that, I’ve got some tequila to drink. Enjoy the weekend and happy shopping!

The Thursday Buy: The Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck is the Coziest Sweater for Casual Holiday Style

From point A to point B (or rather, from the top of your wardrobe to the bottom), Mack Weldon has a knack for making some of the best men’s style essentials for a wide variety of situations (any style situation you can dream up, in fact). And for the next few weeks, I’d imagine your style scenarios will certainly involve quite the mix of holiday gatherings, laidback days at home and perhaps some time spent hustling at the office. So, what are you going to wear for each of those vastly different scenarios? At least on your top half, the answer should prove relatively simple: The Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck delivers the efficient, effective, subtle but reliable style (and winter warmth!) that you need right now. It’s both one of the best sweatshirts for men and yet so much more than an average crewneck sweatshirt in terms of fit, fabric and feel. If that sounds like it checks all the proper boxes for you, you’re in luck: Keep reading, my friends.

Mack Weldon, of course, already makes some of the most comfortable pants to wear back to the office, and they’ve gone a step further in recent months with one of the best men’s travel jackets. Tie it all together, then, with a sweatshirt you can wear just about anywhere, and then be thankful you’ve got it handy on chilly days, for welcoming winter evenings and a bit of everything in between. Here’s where the Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck really sets itself apart from the pack. It’s got all of the very same trappings (and then some) as the rest of the Mack Weldon Ace Collection, yet with even more cleaned-up, classic and go-anywhere style points.

The sweatshirt itself uses soft micro-brushed French terry for an incredibly smooth feel and finish — the Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck, to put it lightly, doesn’t pull any punches in terms of high-quality fabrication. It retails for the highly agreeable price of $78, a downright bargain when you consider that you can wear this surprisingly stylish crew neck sweatshirt with everything from tailored Mack Weldon sweatpants to your favorite pair of jeans or even tan chinos (especially the Total Eclipse color shown above). The Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck goes well layered up atop a white Oxford shirt at the office or over a chambray shirt — at the office or picking up a growler of your favorite beer pre-party.

And if you simply feel like throwing on the Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck to wear with sweatshorts on a laidback day at home, then you’ve got a sweatshirt that rise to the (comparatively laidback) occasion. When you want to class things up just a bit, the Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck wears nicely underneath, say, a tan herringbone or unstructured charcoal wool blazer with dark jeans for a high-low style mash-up. With three versatile color options up for grabs, the versatility of the Mack Weldon Ace Crew Neck can go as far as you want it to go right now. Scoop one up now as the holiday season picks up in earnest.