Style Pick of the Week: Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket

A remarkable coat from a standout style purveyor in Billy Reid.

Do you ever pick a jacket out of a lineup and think to yourself … “Whoa. That jacket is AMAZING.” Such was the case for yours truly with the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket, a truly stunning early winter coat that just might be one of the best men’s winter jackets — believe you me. It’s made with the kind of care and attention to detail that can only come from a designer who’s honed his chops getting all the small details right, from making the perfect American-made Oxford to developing a rugged pair of beautiful selvedge denim. Of course, the Bond Peacoat is a prime example of this approach, as is the new Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket, the kind of jacket you’re going to want to wear every single day of the week. True to form, it blends a rugged, old-school appeal with an edgy sort of style that wouldn’t look out of place at a cool speakeasy or a rock concert — seriously a piece like the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket can very nearly do it all. Heck, the outer shell is water and wind-resistant, so it can take on highland hikes as readily as it can take on a gourmet dinner-and-drinks date.

Lined with faux fur and featuring a stand-up collar.

That’s relatively unique among weather-ready winter outerwear, but again, no one said the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket  was trying to blend into the crowd. The stand-up collar adds a bit of an edge, similar to the classic Harrington jacket, while the rich Navy color is dressy and yet rugged all at once. To keep a long story short, the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket is going to wear easily with beat-up moc toe leather boots, indigo denim and a thermal henley … and then you can turn right around and wear it in place of a blazer atop a classic Oxford shirt-knit tie combo at the office. For maximum adventure potential, the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket even features water-resistant flap and button closures — make no mistake, this is a jacket for the modern man, done up in homage to classic field coat styles. What does that mean for you? It means it’s going to live up to the name, the billing and yes, the price tag (nearly $700). When you consider how far you can go when wearing the Billy Reid Dempsey Jacket though, I’ll think you’ll consider it a fine purchase. Who else is on board with that?

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The Friday Read: Your New Favorite Winter Boots, How to Host a Party and the Best Fleece Jackets

Simply gorgeous boots that pack a punch when it comes to winter functionality.

Lately as we kick off every Friday Read — our weekly recap of the things to know in men’s style — we’ve been spotlighting a standout series of winter style essentials. That continues today with the beautiful, investment-worthy Yuketen Maine Guide Boots, exclusive to our pals at Huckberry. There’s really not a pair of rugged leather boots quite like these ones, what with their handmade construction, an eight-layer midsole and the use of Horween leather. Again, the Yuketen Maine Guide Boots belong on your list of fall weekend essentials. As it were, that’s why we’re here today. I’m coming off a weekend to remember back in my home state of Michigan, deep in the woods near Big Rapids, celebrating my best friend Mr. Chris Spyke’s bachelor party! A rustic log cabin and plenty of beer & chicken wings proved the perfect way to acknowledge the occasion (and if you follow me on Instagram, maybe you saw I broke out my Huckberry Duck Boots)! At any rate, it was an amazing and refreshing weekend deep in the Michigan wilderness, complete with a light snowfall — what could be more perfect? For now, I’ve turned my attention back here to Brooklyn.  This weekend, I hope to visit one of my favorite menswear shops, the well-appointed Modern Anthology, and I’m also looking forward to venturing out to UpNorth, a Canadian-themed bar in Bushwick (this cold weather is really getting into me). What’s on your weekend agenda? Besides checking out the below Friday Read, shopping for some men’s style essentials & reading our Style Pick of the Week? Get it all started here. Thanks for reading!

  • It’s official — the fleece jacket is back, and better than ever. When it comes to cozy, essential  casual style — especially for the holiday season — you’d do worse than to read my roundup of the best fleece jackets over at GearMoose.
  • Our friends at Esquire, ever focused on refinement for the modern man, tell you how to host a party this winter. Not a pregame, a real party. I hope to try out that pre-batched Manhattan recipe soon!
  • Is there any season in which a pair of casual blue jeans won’t work? Nope, there’s truly not. That’s why I’m sharing once again my take on a new favorite pair of jeans from my pals at Huckberry. They’re laidback, they’re comfortable, and they’ll work as readily at Thanksgiving dinner as they will on a weekend coffee date. Cheers!
  • I talk often about the best men’s style essentials, especially for transitional weather. In that same vein, you won’t misstep if you read my guide to the best men’s winter boots, as compiled for The Manual.

OK, that’s going to give you the go-ahead to get started on your weekend. Looking for one last thing to read before you go? Check out this go-to fall and winter layer from Buffalo Jackson.  Better yet, get yourself a new field watch to wear it with. Alright, I’ll leave you to it — have a great weekend!

-Beau

The List: Warm Up This Season with the Best New Men’s Gear

The jacket on the left is one of the best new men’s style essentials you can snag now … trust me on that.

Now, before we get into today’s edition of The List — covering all the best new men’s style gear to shop now, naturally — you’re probably wondering … “Who makes that gorgeous  bomber jacket up top?” The answer, my friends, is none other than our friend, lauded American menswear hero Mr. Todd Snyder. And it’s just one of the favorites I’ve got on my shopping list this week. What about you? Let’s get into it in 3 … 2 … 1.

Golden Bear + Todd Snyder Shearling Collar Bomber — $895

One heck of a bomber jacket.

An instantly iconic jacket that’ll stand out in all the right ways this fall and winter.
Laco Paderborn Original Pilot Watch — $1,071

A stunning watch to wear for work or play this fall and winter.

Want a watch that’ll pair seamlessly with the aforementioned bomber jacket? Reach for this stylish pilot’s watch — it’s not often that we feature a truly investment-level watch on the blog, but Laco has outdone themselves.  Beautiful.
Rancourt  & Co. Wolf Boots — $395

Stunning fall boots (multiple colors available) for your next snowy trek.

Some of the best boots money can buy, and a favorite of the blog. Simply put, the Rancourt & Co. Wolf Boots deserve your hard-earned cash this fall. Absolutely on any list of the best men’s winter boots, right?
Howler Brothers Harker Flannel Shirt — $89

The cozy weekend flannel you didn’t know you needed, right?

Call this stylish flannel shirt what it is — a terrific option to have in your wardrobe in terms of color, cut and fit.
 
Billy Reid Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants — $165

Durable construction and excellent quality overall, yes?

Classic corduroy pants from a lauded American designer? Sign me up, yessir.
 
Taylor Stitch Democratic Jeans in 24-Month Wash — $128

Perfectly broken in jeans made from exceedingly rare denim.

These hard-to-find, very covetable Taylor Stitch jeans (as seen in this post here) can be scooped up for a limited time only. It’s nice to shake things up from dark denim in the fall, too.
Far Afield Wilson Long-Sleeve Shirt — $120

Another pleasingly casual flannel for cold weather.

This brushed cotton flannel shirt, a favorite at Bespoke Post, should be cozy, comfortable and exceptionally warm on fall and winter weekends.
Filson Ballistic Nylon Dryden Briefcase — $175

The dependable everyday bag that’s going to help you step easily into fall and winter.

Yet another rugged everyday bag from the good folks at Filson. The perfect bag for fall? And winter? Maybe, just maybe.
Chicago Comb Co. Leather Sheath — $19.98

A small-but-useful everyday carry essential.

It’s the underrated style essentials that can make the biggest difference in your life — seriously. This unique leather sheath is unexpected, but pretty darn cool.
Flag and Anthem Watson Western Shirt — $59.50

Going all in on stylish fall flannel shirts today.

Casual, washed for a lived-in feel, and cut in that cool way that only classic Western shirts can be — this Flag and Anthem shirt is a new personal favorite.
Aymara James Sweater — $150

The next addition to your shelf (or dresser drawer) of sweaters, folks.

The Aymara James Sweater, to me, evokes bitterly cold, snowy mornings at your cabin or lake retreat — or in the city. The point is, it’s rugged and handsome enough to wear anywhere. One of the best sweaters for winter? Maybe.
Topo Designs Classic Duffel — $99.98

This weekender bag is the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

A functional, understated bag can be an underappreciated part of your lineup of fall style essentials. Not so with the Topo Designs Classic Duffel.
Alright, we’ve wrapped up this week’s edition of The List — what are you adding to your own personal wish list? I’m personally a big fan of lacing up the Rancourt & Co. Wolf Boots and getting out there this fall and winter. Thanks for reading!

#OOTD: How To Dress for Thanksgiving This Year

Let’s get down to business — what’s your favorite holiday? Is it Thanksgiving? And if so, do you have any idea what to wear for Thanksgiving this year? This #OOTD answers at least one of those questions for you … you can figure out the rest. It’s a tricky holiday, in that it still calls for your best men’s style essentials, yet tailored to the situation. Perhaps you might need to add a stylish blazer to the below ensemble, or even *gasp* a tie. Conversely, maybe you need to ditch the handsome Aymar James Sweater (the centerpiece of our outfit) in favor of going solo with the Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford and some classic five-pocket pants from Faherty Brand. And there are other considerations at play — perhaps you’re heading to visit family, or you’re meeting your significant other’s parents (gulp), or you’re just spending leisurely downtime with friends. Regardless, the situation calls for truly classic fall style essentials that can spring into action when the rubber meets the road. Specifically, that’s where a pair of footwear like the Rhodes Dean Boots come into playin this ensemble (as you’ll see below). They work for holiday travel, they work for Thanksgiving itself, they work for Black Friday shopping, and they’re refined and stylish enough to leave a lasting impression on anyone you run into at the bar on Wednesday night. How are you tailoring this #OOTD to make it work for you? Let me know on Twitter— enjoy the holiday, my friends!

Just one way you should dress for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • The Sweater: Aymar James Sweater, $150 — If it’s too warm to layer up where you are, ditch this stylish sweater in favor of the shirt on its own. If not? The Aymar James Sweater could be a new favorite.
  • The Shirt: Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, $98 — Assuredly, a classic Oxford shirt is timeless all year around. But this Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford is especially fitting for a nice holiday outing.
  • The Pants: Faherty Brand Comfort Twill 5-Pocket Pants, $148 — Just as you can wear these stylish five-pocket pants in a fashion that’s a bit more rugged (see this #OOTD), you can also dress ’em up a bit for Turkey Day.
  • The Stylish Leather Boots: Rhodes Dean Boots, $220 — A handsome profile, beautiful leather and that cool cap toe detail make these dressy enough for Thanksgiving and laidback enough for a bar visit the night before.
  • The Socks: Anonymousism Zigzag Crew Links Socks, $24 — The little details go a long way, and stylish socks (sans holes!) are a must when padding around the house once you’ve taken off your Rhodes Dean Boots.
  • The Belt: Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Leather Belt, $89 — Trust me, considering the length of time you’ll have the Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Leather Belt, it’s worth buying in advance of Thanksgiving.
  • The Watch: Laco Aachen 42 Watch, $369 — A special holiday calls for a special watch — this  handsome leather watch from Laco checks all the right boxes.
  • The Gift for Your Host: Bespoke Post Over Easy Box, $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post) — Meeting your significant other’s parents? Staying with friends? Just heading home to family? This Bespoke Post box right here is a fun and welcome Thanksgiving host gift.

Now, who’s excited for Thanksgiving dinner yet? I know I am. And I hope you’re excited to dress in style for the day. If you see chilly weather in the forecast, there’s no better route to go than layering up with a rugged sweater like the Aymar James Sweater — it perfectly complements a classic Oxford shirt for easygoing-yet-polished style. And since you’re going to be relying on comfort for your lower half, the Faherty Brand Comfort Twill 5-Pocket Pants are sharper than sweatpants, but fit and feel like denim. And again, if you see inclement weather ahead — or if you simply love a stylish pair of leather boots — you can’t possibly misstep with the excellent Rhodes Dean Boots a wining style to wear for Thanksgiving and through the holidays. In the way of accessories, I’d say Thanksgiving is a holiday where you should swing for the fences — getting the chance to wear my dad’s Rolex (Hi, Dad!) one year drove home that point nicely. So, the beautiful Laco leather watch shown above gets it right. The same can be said for your newly upgraded leather belt: The Red Wing Heritage Pioneer Leather Belt. If you don’t eat too many extra helpings of Thanksgiving dinner, that is.  And to top things all off? Step into stylish socks, then show up with the Bespoke Post Over Easy Box.  Your perfect Thanksgiving weekend awaits with this #OOTD. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Fight the Chill This Fall and Winter with this Buffalo Jackson Shirt Jacket

The exceptional shirt jacket you can layer with just about anythign this season.

Not familiar with Buffalo Jackson yet? Or the very specific brand of men’s style essentials they produce? We’re about to change all of that today on your favorite neighborhood menswear blog. Yes indeed, the Shepherd Moleskin Shirt Jacket from Buffalo Jackson could just be your new go-to fall and winter weekend layer — it’s that great. For just $70, you get a shirt-jacket that blends comfort, style, rugged appeal and that distinctive blend of Southern style and Western charm that Buffalo Jackson does so well. It’s the same type of cotton that outdoorsmen have worn and  looked to for dependable performance for decades, so you can rest assured that you’re covered there. As known for its leather goods as for its equally well-crafted apparel, the Shepherd Moleskin Shirt Jacket gets the job done, doubling as a mid-layer (perhaps underneath a well-tailored topcoat?) or a top layer in its own right — the Shepherd Moleskin Shirt Jacket certainly would work swimmingly atop a classic chambray shirt, along with rugged dark blue denim, for a chilly early weekend morning.

And if you fancy using the Shepherd Moleskin Shirt Jacket in place of a blazer atop an Oxford shirt, you can absolutely style it in that regard, too. The Wheat color in particular is a personal favorite, just as suited for wearing with the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans as it is with olive chinos and rugged brown leather boots. Front flap chest pockets add visual interest and functionality — feel free to use ’em to store your everday carry with ease.  At the end of the day, there’s perhaps not a better, more rugged layer — atop a henley, underneath a camel topcoat, and so on — than this stylish shirt jacket. How will you be styling the Shepherd Moleskin Shirt Jacket this season? Let me know on Twitter

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket

Will you look as good as this dude, or Steve McQueen, or Daniel Craig, wearing a Harrington jacket? Maybe?

When it comes to menswear essentials, there are certain critical pieces that really never go out of style. The classic Oxford shirt. Slim blue jeans. The perfect white T-shirt. And now — especially for fall and winter — the iconic Harrington jacket. And if you think you know everything there is to know about this essential piece, think again: The  Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket, exclusive to our friends at Huckberry, is here to shake up what you thought you knew about this style. Favored by menswear luminaries and rugged gentlemen like Mr. Steve McQueen and Mr. Daniel Craig as James Bond, the iconic Harrington jacket — and more specifically in the case of today’s post, the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is a tried-and-true style that works well in inclement weather, layers up with ease, and goes with just about anything in your wardrobe — more than worthy of today’s entry as the coveted Style Pick of the Week, right? Certainly.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket via Huckberry

A handsome, rugged and stylish jacket. Perfect, right?

In the case of the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket, it starts with the cotton-nylon shell, made to ward off weather and layer up over a rugged crewneck sweater or a classic chambray shirt. The beauty of the classic Harrington jacket is in its versatility — the style is laidback enough to wear with something like a rugged henley, and yet it looks equally sharp atop a slim dress shirt or an essential Oxford shirt. And of course, the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is among the finest options you’ve got on the market for a classic style that works any day of the week. The custom Taylor Stitch print on the interior lining — 100 percent cotton, mind you — offers extra warmth in the fall chill, while the corduroy-lined collar calls back to classic field jackets. The stand-up collar is also another signifier of a classic Harrington jacket, which makes it an easy and polished option to wear for all manner of style situations — including fall and winter travel, or a laidback weekend coffee run. The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is every bit as stylish and versatile as the rest of the brand’s gear — it even features handwarmer pockets, making it more hard-wearing than other, more lightweight Harrington jackets. What could be better than that? Well, if you’ve made it this far, then it’s worth pointing out that the handsome Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket will set you back just $149.98. Yep. Under $150 for a stylish fall jacket that wears easily with your favorite men’s style essentials, from dark denim to flannel shirting to rugged leather boots. The point is this: The classic Harrington jacket is a seasonal style must-have. And the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is the one to buy. Bingo!

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket via Huckberry

The Friday Read: Movember, The Best Men’s Parkas and the Leather Boots to Buy Now

A comfortable, soft flannel that’s brushed for comfort & ready to take on fall and winter.

Ahh, yes. Another Friday, another edition of The Friday Read … and another recommendation for the best fall menswear to buy now. Specifically, the handsome, versatile Proof Heatseeker Flannel— made from brushed polyester flannel for comfort and movement — is leading us off to start the weekend.  In short, the Heatseeker Flannel will go anywhere you go, from the office to happy hour, and it’ll look great doing it. Now, onto the rest of today’s entry. Have you made sure to keep up with the blog as we get you fully prepped for this season? We’re looking at Thanksgiving just a few weeks away — dressing in style for the occasion is crucial, and we’ll have more content in that regard next week on the blog via our #OOTD series. In other matters: We debuted a new look on The Style Guide this week! What do you think of it? Feel free to let me know on TwitterAnd elsewhere: I’m very, VERY excited to be heading back to my home state of Michigan this weekend for my kindergarten (yep!) best friend’s bachelor party! What’s on tap? Plenty of amazing Michigan craft beer, plus college football (Go Green!) and of course, the chance to break out some of my rugged fall gear as we spend the weekend at a log cabin retreat. To keep up with all the action, you know where to go — follow me on Instagram, and then be sure to join us again tomorrow for another edition of the Style Pick of the Week. OK, I’ve got a flight to catch — thanks for reading!

  • We’ve been rolling through  November for a while now, which means it’s time to turn our attention toward men’s health. Believe you me, it’s not too late to get into the spirit of Movember — my friend John Jones at The Manual dives into why, exactly, it’s worthwhile for us fellas.
  • The chill of winter is going to be bearing down on us in short order, which is why I rounded up the best men’s parkas for GearMoose! There’s something for every price point and every style, without a doubt.
  • In the way of other other men’s style essentials you need for fall, you can add stylish leather boots to your list — such as the Rhodes Dean Boots, a handsome and low-profile pair of sleek leather boots that I again covered for GearMoose. Lace up, then hit the road.

Still want something else to read? Check out thebest henley to buy for fall. Or, busy yourself reading about the all-weather boots you need in your closet (and on your feet). Still not ready to go back to work? Check out a recent edition of the Friday Read, covering the best leather boots and the best live music venues out there. They go hand-in-hand, right? OK, that’s all for now.