The Friday Read: The Killers in New York City and the Best Fall Menswear

Thanks for joining me here at The Style Guide for another long-awaited (ha!) edition of the Friday Read. I’m keeping things brief today — after all, I’ve had a busy week working on stories for sites like StyleCaster and Maxim — and I’m also busy on another front. Notably, I’ll once again be seeing one of my all-time favorite bands, legendary Las Vegas rockers The Killers! The very music-centric weekend kicks off for me this evening in New York City (and I just saw the band play in Orlando with my family!) — suffice to say, I positively can’t wait.

I’m also thinking, of course, of my family down in southwest Florida (if you follow me on Instagram, you’re very familiar with my travels down there). In my neck of the woods, all is safe and well, if harrowing and intense for a time there. Hopefully, this blog and my musings can perhaps bring you a bit of joy (who doesn’t love menswear, after all!) and a brief respite from the news out there — and on that note, I say thank you for reading!

Best men's henley to wear now.

I’ll leave you with one fall selection when it comes to the best fall menswear: On this very blog, I wrote about one of the best henleys for men yesterday from Billy Reid, an ideal seasonal style move. OK, that’s all I’ve got today. Stay stylish, stay safe, keep your loved ones close to you and in your thoughts. Onward!


The Thursday Buy: This Billy Reid Cotton Henley is One of the Best Casual Shirts for Fall

Best men's henley for fall

Now that we’re — very nearly — into October, hopefully, you’ve got a rotation of some of the best fall style essentials all sorted out. But there’s always room for more when shopping the right way, agreed? That’s where Alabama-based menswear designer Billy Reid enters the equation. The designer is a personal favorite of your Brooklyn style writer for his modern approach to the classics, blending rugged and refined the right way — as with the Billy Reid Cotton Lous Henley, easily one of the best henleys for men on the market this fall.

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The Billy Reid Sueded Cotton Louis Henley is a perfect example of what the award-winning designer does best. That approach? Using premium materials to take a tried-and-true classic like one of the best men’s henleys and ramping things up a notch in terms of quality. Billy Reid did the same thing with one of the best men’s Western shirts this season, to be sure, and the Billy Reid Louis Henley does that just as well.

Best fall henley for men.

Crucially, this stylish henley for men is made in Peru from 100 percent cotton, for the sort of layering potential that works underneath a classic Billy Reid shirt — or else a flannel shirt jacket or even one of the best men’s waxed jackets. The four-button placket on your new favorite henley is also a cool design touch that gives this shirt a bit more of a refined feel — you could certainly wear it with one of the best fall blazers, too.

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The rest of the time though, this rugged men’s henley is essential, well-designed, very well-made and certainly worth the higher price tag (it retails for $128 at Billy Reid). Better still is the fact that one of the best henleys for men comes in a wide variety of wear-with-anything colors. You’ve just found your new favorite casual shirt for fall and winter, my friends.

See Now, Buy Now: The Buck Mason Craftsman Field Jacket is The Most Rugged Fall Jacket Out There

Best fall field jacket for men.

Is there any brand that does a better job at getting you ready for fall than the rugged, all-American style masters at Buck Mason? Be it one of the best flannel shirts or one of the best bomber jackets — to name but two fall style essentials from the company — they always seem to strike the right note when it comes to seasonal dressing. That’s certainly the case (in my opinion) with the Buck Mason Craftsman Field Jacket, which just so happens to be one of the most rugged fall jackets to shop right now — yes, that’s correct.

Most rugged fall jacket for men

You see, with the Buck Mason Craftsman Field Jacket, you’re getting the best of the best all around, from the classic design inspiration to this jacket’s handsome, hard-wearing modern durability. The key with the Buck Mason Craftsman Field Jacket is the sueded 7.5oz. cotton canvas, which should prove a nice top layer on brisk fall days. Better still is the fact that you can wear it with ease atop layers like a Buck Mason henley or one of the best fall shirts for men.

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Other touches, like a classic corduroy collar, corduroy cuff detailing and large flap button pockets, drive home the timeless feel and utility of this standout piece of fall outerwear. There’s no time to waste: Add the Buck Mason Craftsman Field Jacket to your fall style wish list — it’s one of the best men’s jackets for fall, truly.

The Tuesday Steal: Save 20 Percent on Your New Favorite Shirt Jacket from Taylor Stitch

Best shirt jacket for men.

If you ask me, rugged fall style and warm layering is the name of the game right now, which is part of the reason why you need one of the best men’s shirt jackets in your seasonal style rotation. Of course, it’s all about shopping carefully and shopping the right way, though. Hence, today’s Tuesday Steal: Head to the much-loved Taylor Stitch Workshop, a terrific source to pre-fund some of the coolest menswear on the market, to shop the rugged, durable Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket. Even more crucial is the fact that right now, you can pre-fund and save 20 percent on your new favorite shirt jacket. Not a bad deal, right?

But why consider splurging ever so slightly on the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket? To this style writer, it’s simple, really. Sure, this durable “shacket” goes for $150 when you pre-fund it — a price reflective of its quality, and the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket absolutely lives up to the hype. Taylor Stitch fans always seem to love the burly, dependable, warm and rugged shirt jacket style, too, and that’s not a bad endorsement when it comes to the best online menswear shops.

Best fall shirt jacket for men.

Think of the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket like a change of pace from other fall layers, like a more refined Taylor Stitch shawl cardigan or a lightweight flannel shirt. Crucially, the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket is built from an incredibly soft yet hard-wearing wool-nylon blend for stretch and durability, and the wool material on one of the best shirt jackets for men is also double-faced for softness and comfort. The Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket also features other helpful touches, like oversized dark horn buttons and handy flap chest pockets for your everyday carry.

Throw in the fact that the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket gets an upgrade via a rich plaid color scheme this fall, and you’ve got a winning layer when teamed with a Taylor Stitch henley or even worn atop a Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt. And yes, you’d do well to remember the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket is on sale for 20 percent off right now. Go to it and layer up accordingly, friends.

See Now, Buy Now: The Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Jeans are Some of the Best Jeans to Buy Now

Best fall jeans for men.

There are certain foundational building blocks every guy’s wardrobe needs to cover, and you can certainly count the best men’s jeans as a building block of any well-curated set of menswear essentials. So, what’s a guy to do if he needs to upgrade his denim — all the while rolling through fall? To me, that’s easy: Head to Huckberry, routinely one of the best online shops for men and a reliable source for everything from on-sale men’s sneakers to the best workshirt for men.

It only seems to get better from there with each passing season, and that’s especially true if you shop the Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Jeans, some of the most versatile, comfortable men’s jeans out there. Hopefully, you recognize Flint and Tinder from this blog: The in-house brand at Huckberry makes the sort of rugged gear that looks great on every guy, particularly in casual style situation.

That’s true whether you’re considering the Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Jeans or something as classic as the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. Let’s keep it rolling, shall we?

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Notably, the Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Jeans check all the right boxes, including the use of one percent stretch in the fabric, plus a soft-washed finish in a variety of shades of pleasing, wear-with-anything blue. You’ve also got your pick between three fits and plenty of size options with the Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Jeans, and details like antique metal hardware and herringbone pocketing are nice touches that could make these your new favorite pair of jeans. Pick up a pair and see for yourself.

The Sunday Sale: Save 20 Percent on this Warm Fall and Winter Jacket from Free Fly Apparel

The time is nearly upon us: That is, the time to layer up properly with one of the best casual jackets for fall, the type of cozy, durable, stylish jacket you can wear just about anywhere you please. Where to go to find said jacket? At least when it comes to today’s Sunday Sale, the answer is easy: Shop Free Fly Apparel, makers of sustainable, soft, stylish outerwear, hoodies and outdoor gear, of course. Better still is the fact that something as reliable as the Free Fly Bamboo Sherpa-Lined Elements Jacket can now be found for more than 20 percent off in the Free Fly Sale section.

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

Hopefully, you’re familiar with the Free Fly Apparel Final Sale section but if not, consider this your lucky day. Specifically, the Free Fly Bamboo Sherpa-Lined Elements Jacket falls right in line with the brand’s entire approach: Make gear using eco-conscious materials like bamboo fibers, beef things up with sun-ready protection, and then offer discounts on Free Fly Sale products to help you save some cash while getting out into the great outdoors.

Best casual fall jacket for men.

Crucially, the Free Fly Bamboo Sherpa-Lined Elements Jacket goes big on the sort of winning details any guy can appreciate, from the sherpa-lined hood (and jacket lining) to the full-zip design. That full-zip design on the Free Fly Bamboo Sherpa-Lined Elements Jacket makes it easy to customize your fit — zip it up for more coverage, or leave it unzipped with a couple other layers (like a Free Fly long-sleeve tee) on underneath.

Details like upper panels — finished off with DWR coating — drive home the durability of this jacket, and it’s also worth noting that you’ve got access to plenty of sizes and versatile color options with the on-sale Free Fly Bamboo Sherpa-Lined Elements Jacket. Be sure to shop right now, save 20 percent and then layer up for cool fall mornings, brisk day hikes and plenty more this fall. Cheers, my friends.

Style Pick of the Week: Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt – Best Fall Flannel Shirt for Guys

Best flannel shirt for men this fall

What’s sitting at the top of your list right now as you shop for the best men’s fall essentials? I’ve got plenty of the best fall style gear picks on my mind at the moment as well, but I’d say that for right now, as we move into the season, it’s best to start with a tried-and-true selection: One of the best flannel shirts for men. As with any good seasonal style selection, there’s also a tried-and-true resource you can visit to stock up accordingly, and that resource just so happens to be NYC-based Bespoke Post.

You recognize the brand (I should hope!) for selling everything from affordable Timex watches to the best winter sweaters, and the seriously cool, rugged and affordable Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt is but the latest and greatest must-have from them. Seriously, snag this one before it sells out.

Flannel is, naturally, a classic fall fabric, providing warmth, comfort and plenty of throwback appeal on many a casual day this season, and the Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt hits all the right notes as you shop for your new favorite shirt (starting with price — it clocks in at just $65 at Bespoke Post).

Best men's flannel shirt

It’s tough to know where to begin with the Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt, because it does so many things well — and it does ’em all at a low, sub-$70 price, no less. The Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt is crafted from a brushed flannel fabric that just so happens to be a nice, midweight cotton material.

That means the go-anywhere Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt is warm enough to layer atop your favorite henley and easy enough to wear on its own (perhaps beneath the best fall blazer, for good measure).

In addition to that easy-to-layer weight, the Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt hits the right notes when it comes to fall style (note the four utterly classic plaid color combos) and sizing (it’s available in sizes up to 3XL). And again, it’s certainly worth repeating that the Line of Trade Summit Flannel Shirt is a downright steal at just $65. With fall rolling in quickly, you might want to go ahead and pick up more than one of this trusty fall flannel shirt. Good luck out there, my friends.

The Friday Read: Bowmore and Aston Martin, The Best Oktoberfest Beers & New Mott and Bow Jeans

My friends, we’re closing out another momentous week here at The Style Guide and rolling into the weekend the right way. We’ll get to my first style recommendation in just one second, but for now, I’m reflecting on a lifetime day trip I took the other day — a cruise up to the iconic Glass House museum in Connecticut for a tasting of an exclusive, rare Bowmore Scotch, crafted in collaboration with British automaker Aston Martin. The setting, as you can see above, was exceptionally beautiful and tranquil — a perfect locale for such a great Scotch tasting and gourmet luch! And the ride itself from NYC northward? An incredibly stylish, well-designed Aston Martin DBX. It was a thrilling, instantly memorable journey in one of the coolest cars on the planet (for my money’s worth!).

Yes, you’re reading this all correctly: The luxury automaker and the famed Scotch brand teamed up on a striking new Scotch whisky, one I had the privilege of covering for none other than Maxim as part of my freelance writing pursuits. We tasted both that exceptional Scotch — and were treated to an incredible meal and a selection of tastings from the entire Bowmore portfolio, which isn’t something you get to do every single day!

Hopefully, you’ve kept up with all the festivities on my Instagram, but for now, just know that the Scotch in question is definitely worth the price tag (and the illustrious hype!). Now, onward to business and menswear, starting with a true Friday highlight: My pick for some of the best jeans for men from Mott and Bow. Let’s get right to it!

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  • The right pair of jeans certainly ranks high among any list of the most versatile, best menswear essentials you own, able to be worn in business casual settings or during laidback weekend days. What if I told you Mott and Bow was keeping that same approach, yet making its stylish men’s jeans all the more eco-friendly? Yes indeed, NYC-based Mott and Bow just launched an eco-friendly denim collection made with sustainable recycled fibers and far less water production than other pairs of jeans. Check out these new Mott and Bow jeans here, my friends.
  • My friends: Prost! It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or the most wonderful time for a beer, more likely, as famed beer celebration Oktoberfest is back and going on as we speak in Munich. If you can’t make it across the pond, you’re in luck: You can still sip on some of the best Oktoberfest beers if you shop beer for delivery at Drizly. And to get you started? Head to my SPY guide to the best beers for Oktoberfest, folks. Cheers to that!
  • We talked just shortly ago about some of the best jeans for men, but what’s every bit as crucial as finding the right pair of jeans? Finding one of the best belts for men, which is precisely what I focused on in my latest style roundup for Men’s Journal. Stay stylish out there!
Let’s close the book on this week’s Friday Read — again, to keep up with all the goings-on in my neck of the woods, be sure to catch up on my Instagram. Oh, and be sure to swing by the blog tomorrow for my weekly Style Pick. Thanks, as always, for reading!

The Thursday Buy: The Filson Mackinaw Wool Work Jacket is the Warmest Jacket You Can Buy This Fall

When the going gets tough this fall — or at least, when temperatures start to finally drop in earnest — the tough, and the stylish, shop Filson’s New Arrivals for one of the best fall jackets for men. Sometimes, it’s just that simple, and that’s why I’m keeping today’s Thursday Buy (relatively) short and (relatively) sweet. Hopefully, you’re well-acquainted with Filson and the company’s penchant for producing tough-as-nails gear for more than a century, including iconic picks like the Filson Lined Tin Cloth Cruiser.

Now, you can add the seriously durable, stylish-yet-warm Filson Mackinaw Wool Work Jacket to that list (and to your wardrobe). Brisk fall weather doesn’t stand a chance with this burly, effective work jacket, done up in an eye-catching multi-color plaid (perfect for wearing with Filson blue jeans, for instance). The hefty Mackinaw wool is the stuff of legend, meaning you can wear this jacket on into winter, too.

Best fall jacket for men.

Front button snap pockets offer room for your everyday carry, while the hip-length fit allows you to move around easily when wearing this jacket — during work or during a happy hour beer-sipping session. For my money’s worth, it doesn’t get more rugged or essential than a Filson work jacket for fall. Go forth accordingly, my friends.

See Now, Buy Now: This Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt is One of the Best Men’s Shirts for Fall

Best fall shirts for men.

If you’ve been keeping up with the happenings here at your Brooklyn style blog, you know that fall menswear essentials are the name of the game through and through right now, and you certainly (hopefully?) know that Bonobos is one of the best places to shop for fall menswear. In fact, we just talked on Monday about how the famed menswear E-commerce brand is making some of the best men’s jeans, so let’s take another deep dive into something they do so well.

I’m talking, of course, about the fact that Bonobos makes one of the best men’s shirts for fall, that pleasingly rugged and durable denim shirt you see at the top of the page. Yes indeed, the Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt is an unexpected pick from a company best known for making some of the best chinos for men, but it’s going to serve you very well as the thermostat drops (I guarantee it).

With the well-made Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt, it all comes down to fit and fabric, as you’d expect from a company that was founded on those very principles. Here, the versatile Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt in a pleasingly faded shade of blue is made from a blend of 98 percent cotton and 2 percent elastane. That stretch makes the aptly named Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt comfortable to wear, easy to move around in and easy to layer, of course.

The contrast stitching adds some nice visual appeal, while the buttondown collar gives it a bit of casual polish. Ifyou ask me, you could wear the Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt with your favorite fall blazer as readily as you could style it atop one of the best henleys for men for more rugged style. Of course, the sub-$100 Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt also wears exceptionally well with a pair of the best chinos for men from the famed brand, so make sure you shop accordingly this season, my friends.