The List: Shop the Best New Men’s Style and Lifestyle Gear, from Denim to Meal Prep Kits

A unique offering to add into your purchasing consideration set.

We’re kicking things off a little differently today on the blog — while we’ll still be telling you all about the men’s style essentials to buy, we’re talking about what you should be cooking instead. In this case, we’re going to tell you about Sun Basket Meal Plans, an easy, fresh way to upgrade what you’re putting on your table every day. Making a fresh, delicious meal really is easy with these meal plans, as I’ve found out — and I’m certainly no gourmand. That being said, putting a bit more attention into the preparation of your food isn’t all that different than paying attention to the brands you shop and wear. With all that being said, let’s start this post off right — happy cooking (and shopping)!

Sun Basket Meal Plans — Starting at $71.94 for 3 Recipes/Week

Just one of the many ways in which Sun Basket Meal Plans can deliver excellent, quality meals on the daily.

We’re kicking things off on a different note than our usual menswear missives. OK, now I’m no gourmand, but I’ve been trying my hand at cooking better meals for myself quite a bit more recently — Sun Basket Meal Plans have been a HUGE help in that endeavor. And even if you fancy yourself a pro in the kitchen, it’s always neat (and fun!) to look at meal prep in a different way. Sun Basket Meal Plans really do offer an excellent opportunity for you to do just that, with plans that allow you to pick from dozens of healthy, fresh nutritious meal options via their various plans — all of which offer something for every type of diet and lifestyle. It’s seriously a gamechanger for me personally, and I think you’ll find the same. Plus, if you’re short on time or have lots of hungry mouths to feed, these easy-to-follow recipes, delivered in simple, fresh kits, are an amazing option.
Zodiac Grandville Watch — $495

A dependable, durable watch for any occasion.

Let’s get right back into menswear, shall we? After all, as you meal-plan with Sun Basket, you’re going to want to stay on time, right? The Zodiac Grandville Watch is a handsome, classic timepiece to wear with everything from slim faded denim and a white tee to a navy cotton suit.

Everlane Cotton Crew in Goldenrod — $20

A classic tee made with sustainability and style in mind.

With spring weather starting to roll in now — finally — a classic cotton tee is an essential to wear on its own (with slim grey chinos) or layered underneath a light wash denim jacket. The fact that this Everlane cotton tee is made with transparency and sustainability is also a bonus — and hey, it’s only $20.
Helm Boots Pablo Boots — $399

Sleek spring boots you didn’t know you needed.

Your rotation of stylish spring footwear could use a shot in the arm (the foot?). While it’s tough to argue with the versatility of, say, classic chukka boots, the Helm Boots Pablo Boots are an entirely unique, seriously cool pair of spring boots.
Madewell Men’s Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers in Canvas — $68

A new favorite pair of spring sneakers, easily.

Clean, classic, made with tough canvas and done up in a white-gum rubber combo — that’s what you’re getting with the first-ever set of sneakers from Madewell Men’s (the full line launched last fall & was covered by yours truly on The Manual).
Deus Ex Machina Looper Cap — $28

The cool, laidback cap you’ll get plenty of wear out of on spring weekends.

Maybe it’s the return of spring weather, maybe it’s my inclination toward sitting on brewery patios, but the Deus Ex Machina Looper Cap could be just the perfect ballcap for spring and summer, what with its easygoing look and feel.
Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Long-Sleeve Polo — $68

Another stylish spring layer to add to your shoppping list now.

Spring layering is about more than just T-shirts and henleys (although we’ve got those for you, too). No sir, a stylish long-sleeve polo — like this one from Flint and Tinder — can prove to be a unique change of pace on a breezy day.
UNTUCKit Jamet Short-Sleeve Henley — $49

A performance-minded henley made for spring layering (or wearing on its own).

Super soft and cut with every bit the same quality and fit as UNTUCKit’s dress shirts (seriously, try one out sometime), the Jamet Short-Sleeve Henley is the rugged henley you need for every outdoor craft beer festival or concert this spring and summer.
Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka — $230

As essential a pair of chukka boots as you’re apt to find.

Rugged chukka boots — especially a pair from Red Wing Heritage — belong on your feet this spring, no doubt about it. This pair in particular has long been a favorite of the blog. And the Weekender Chukka wears especially well with light wash denim and a slim henley.
Everlane Chore Jacket in Pine — $88

A well-made chore jacket at an affordable price? Sign me up.

Everlane strikes again. What could be better than an affordable, durable chore jacket? Especially one from Everlane? For easygoing-yet-sharp spring layering, there’s not much that tops this radically transparent, seriously stylish spring jacket. Made with 100 percent cotton twill, this is the perfect weekend layer to wear with a rugged henley and slim indigo denim.
Relwen Micro-Thermo Popover — $168

A performance-minded popover that’s perfect for spring travel.

If you haven’t caught on by now, we’re all  about getting you layered up for spring the right way. Specifically, the Relwen Micro-Thermo Popover is casual, yet performance-ready, made for breezy spring mornings.
WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote — $289

The go-anywhere bag that’ll carry you through spring.

When winter finally starts to thaw out, I’d wager it’s time to gear up and hit the road — the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote is potentially the perfect spring travel bag.

Outerknown S.E.A. Shirt in Pacific Treeline Stripe — $88

A sustainably made shirt that’s perfect for easygoing spring style.

You know Outerknown for the brand’s versatile, modern-yet-easygoing design and a paramount focus on sustainability. Take the S.E.A. Shirt (that stands for “Social & Environmental Accountability”). That means this subtly stylish shirt is made with midweight organic cotton, plus a cool stripe pattern and mother-of-pearl buttons. Perfect for wearing with light wash denim this spring. Speaking of …
Everlane Slim Denim in Mid Blue Wash — $68

Utterly classic light wash denim for spring from Everlane.

Yes, let’s make it three-for-three with men’s style essentials from Everlane. This pair of essential slim jeans feature all the right attributes, from the agreeable fit to the rich Mid Blue Wash (perfect for spring & summer) to the terrific price. Should you wear your Everlane chore jacket, pocket tee & denim all at once? I don’t see why not!
OK, so that was likely a lot to digest today in terms of spring style essentials, ehh? From slim Everlane denim to the perfect spring travel bag (my personal favorite) and easygoing spring shirting, there’s something for every taste up above — including Sun Basket Meal Plans! What do you think of today’s picks? Drop me a note in the comments below!
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Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos

Breezy, versatile chinos in a modern cut — can’t ask for much more than that for spring.

What pair of essential men’s pants belongs on your legs and in your closet this spring? That’s quite easy — the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, naturally. After all, every guy needs a stylish pair of chinos in his wardrobe to kick off a breezy, warm new season, and the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos check all the right boxes. Classic style? Check. A slim-but-not-too-slim fit? Check. The dependability that comes with gear made and sold by Huckberry? Triple-check on that one. And luckily, Flint and Tinder has made the choice easy this spring when it comes time to decide on the best men’s chinos to buy this very instant. It all starts with the use of high-twist cotton, a weave that gives these slim chinos breathability and mobility — these aren’t the thick cotton twill chinos that, while classic, can prove quite hard to get around in. No sir, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos get the job done quite nicely, and they clock in at under $100, too. Throw in the fact that they’re made in America, and you’re looking at your new favorite pair of chinos. But what else makes ’em so great?

The Olive color of the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos is particularly sharp, right? Right.

As we said before, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos just check all the right boxes, right on down to the customary Flint and Tinder shotgun shell button and zip fly. Those design touches are in keeping in line with what Flint and Tinder does so well — modern classics, done in a way that menswear lovers (new and old) can appreciate. Again, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos live up to that promise admirably, with the type of style that works just as well with a blue chambray shirt and classic chukka boots as it does with crisp white tee and your favorite vintage sneakers (preferably from Huckberry, too). And it goes without saying that you’ve got your pick of versatile color options when it comes to the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, all designed to give you plenty of styling potential.  Try out the slim tan chinos with an indigo denim jacket and a white short-sleeve henley, or pair the classic olive chinos with a heather grey tee and stylish brown leather brogues. After that, you’re off to the races. Or at least, you’re off to wherever it is you need to go, dressed in sharp, classic style.

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s White Jeans, V76 by Vaughn & Portland, Maine

Happy Friday, folks! We made it through another week, but I’m not done with my work just quite yet. Namely, we’re kicking off today’s post by telling you about the one product — just one — that can give your fresh spring haircut a lift (as seen above!). That would be the excellent V76 by Vaughn Texture Clay, an American-made men’s grooming essential that provides a medium hold and nice separation while moisturizing your hair. Say adios to your old winter ‘do — I’ve loved trying out the Texture Clay this week (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I can’t recommend it enough. The Blue Cedar fragrance is mighty pleasing, and it’s also made without parabens. Simply perfect. Now, to other matters in menswear.


We’ll have another Style Pick of the Week coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the meantime, it’s pretty neat to be able to cross another city off my travel bucket list this fine spring weekend — for me, that’d be Portland, Maine, a City I’ve long wanted to explore for its reputed beer scene and small-town Northeast feel. I happen to be trekking there this weekend to enjoy the likes of great Northeast coffee & Allagash Brewing beer, to go along with a show (always a show!) by remarkable up-and-coming pop star Maggie Rogers! I’ve previously seen Maggie play two sold-out shows back in August 2017 at the wonderful Brooklyn Steel, and this Saturday night show at the State Theatre should be no less remarkable! I particularly love her debut album, “Heard It In A Past Life,” and am so excited for what should be a transcendent evening (truly!).

Have any suggestions as to what I should do in Portland? Hit me up on Twitter (find me via @BoKnowsClothes!). Make no mistake though, we’ll be busy on the blog all the meanwhile. To wit: we’ve got plenty of men’s style content for you to enjoy on this lovely weekend, from the best spring rain jacket to a full list of seasonal menswear essentials. Get your weekend going below — and maybe spin some tunes from Maggie Rogers while you’re at it! Cheers!

  • Do white jeans feel like a style risk? Well, that’s understandable — and that being said, spring and summer presents a prime opportunity to try out a pair (seriously!). So, without further ado, read about my favorite pairs of white jeans over at The Manual. Cheers!
  • It’s worth refreshing your style and your beer fridge in equal measure for spring. That being said, it’s awfully nice to crack open a beer that’s packed with flavor & hops, even as the weather warms up. On that note, there’s no better beer embodying this currently than the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale — check out my rundown of this excellent beer for GearMoose.
  • If you know me, you know I love — and frequently recommend — a stylish pair of men’s sneakers for spring. And for my money’s worth, it doesn’t get any better or more unique than the ZDA Handball Trainers, which I wrote about recently for GearMoose. Wear ’em with light was jeans and a white skin tee. Read and enjoy, folks!

That’s all from me for now — again, check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week covering spring style essentials. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are The Best Boots to Buy for Spring — Here’s Why

Dependable, rugged & essential — that’s the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots for you.

We’re back in today’s See Now, Buy Now series with high praise for one of my favorite brands — that’d be Taylor Stitch — along with high praise in particular for what just might be the best boots for spring (and beyond). Ladies and gentlemen, those particular boots would be the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, a one-of-a-kind pair of rugged leather boots that are made for, well, just about anything in this new and exciting season.

Everything that the TS brand does — from the Taylor Stitch Indigo Waffle Shirt to the brand’s handsome, stylish leather brogues — is made with that indelible quality and attention to detail you really only get from a brand that’s focused on doing things right. And again, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are done the right way, through and through. In fact, they could just be your new favorite Chelsea boots — but more on that in a second.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

A sleek profile, mixed with a rugged lug sole, helps get the job done.

The changing of the seasons necessitates you upgrade your boots accordingly, so you best reach for a pair (like the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots) that can do more than one thing at a time. That is to say, these stylish Chelsea boots are made for the road — thanks to the Goodyear welt construction and the Vibram inset mini-lug sole — and equally at home at the bar or your favorite coffee shop. Truly, if you want a pair of boots that can do it all, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are for you. Saddle Tan leather and a sheepskin lining mean you’re getting a tough exterior (made to break in over time), plus a soft, comfortable fit — heavy-duty ankle elastic adds another durable touch to some of the best leather boots to buy right now. What’s more, Taylor Stitch has partnered with a Gold Rated Mexican tannery to make these incredible boots. Need to know more? Well, head to the Taylor Stitch Web site, then think about getting yourself a pair. But don’t think for too long — they might sell out.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

#OOTD: Your New Favorite Way to Dress for a Breezy Spring Day

You might have a picture-perfect idea of the type of day for which today’s #OOTD might fit. It’s a little bit brisk, but not too much so … it’s sunny … but it might rain later … and you’re looking forward to indulging in some early spring sunshine and perhaps, a classic spring beer. So, what are you wearing?  Well, let’s start things out with a stylish rain jacket that just so happens to be weather-ready, then let’s add a slim cashmere sweater, a classic Taylor Stitch shirt, and travel-friendly pants. How does that sound? Not bad, right? The key with dressing for a breezy spring day involves recognizing that you’ll need to be prepared for anything — brunch could lead to a farmer’s market trip, which could lead to patio beers. Or, heck, you might just be wondering what to wear to the office this spring. At any rate, I feel confident the below gear picks will suffice. That goes for the durable waterproof boots we’re recommending, along with the classic field watch on your wrist. I think you’ll be that much more ready for the season when you read all about the rest of today’s men’s style essentials below. Now, who’s ready for a Founders Solid Gold?

What do you get when you blend a lightweight, durable jacket with spring style essentials? This #OOTD, of course.

It’s not every day you get to put together an ensemble full of men’s style essentials to take you through plenty of different style situations — just like the picks shown above. It all comes together thanks to the functional rain jacket from Proof, perfect for taking on spring showers or simply serving as another layer when the temperature dips unexpectedly. From there, it only gets better: A slim cashmere crewneck is a lightweight, comfortable layer atop the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and if it gets too hot out? Simply ditch the sweater. The Proof Rover Pants are also a winning essential, made to move with you no matter where your day takes you. The same can certainly be said for the dependable, rugged leather boots from Tricker’s shown here — pair them up with a set of Topo Designs socks for all-day comfort. When it comes to your everyday carry, you can never go wrong with a tough field watch — ideal for the office or your favorite brewpub. And what to bring along to keep all your gear safe? That’s easy. Simply reach for what could be the the perfect spring travel bag from WP Standard. There we go! What’s your take on this early spring #menswear ensemble? Let me know via Twitter. Cheers!

The List: Gear Up for Spring with Your New Favorite Daily Style Essentials

The reliable spring jacket you can count on — all tough style that you need, and not a thing you don’t.

There are certainly more than a few ways to layer up for spring, and I hope to cover off on a few of them today with our latest round of men’s style essentials. Case in point: The affordable, durable, remarkably tough Roamers Utility Jacket, among the best jackets to buy for spring — owing, of course, to its classic workwear silhouette and tough construction. As to the rest of what you’ll be wearing this season? Check out the newest edition of The List (and find out more about the Roamers Utility Jacket) below.

Roamers Utility Jacket — $90.98

A no-fuss silhouette that’s ideal for spring layering.

Dressing in style for spring really doesn’t have to be expensive — the Roamers Utility Jacket proves that quite handily. It’s a tough workwear jacket made out of equally tough canvas, all the better to layer over your favorite henley or a classic chambray shirt on a chilly spring morning. The utilitarian style also wears nicely with everything from slim chinos to dark indigo denim — and again, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — $148

A classic, slightly rugged, slightly refined shirt from Taylor Stitch.

We’ve written at length in previous editions of The List about the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and we’ve done it when it wasn’t even spring — so it only feels fitting to bring back this versatile, all-season shirt to welcome a new season.

Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo — $44.98

A crisp navy polo never fails, guaranteed.

Let’s dive right into spring style with the best new polo to buy now, coming at you courtesty of Flint and Tinder. This slim navy polo is probably an all-time classic … but you decide.

Faherty Brand Stitch Henley — $72.98

A seriously cool short-sleeve henley, practically made to be layered under a denim jacket (or worn on its own).

We’ve long admired Faherty Brand for the way they use excellent fabrics and excellent finishes, like this stylish indigo henley. It’s a contrast to the Roamers Utility Jacket pictured above, but what’s to say you couldn’t wear them both at once, ehh?

Taylor Stitch French Terry Crewneck in Heather Olive — $98

Taylor Stitch

There’s no way around it — this is the spring sweater you need now.

A reliable, no-frills, subtly stylish crewneck sweater from Taylor Stitch? Sign me up. It’s the perfect spring sweater to layer under your favorite trucker jacket, no?

Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots — $525

The dependable waterproof lace-up boots to carry you through spring.

If you read the blog, you’re familiar with Tricker’s. Now, just because it’s spring doesn’t mean your rugged leather boots should collect dust. No sir, not when they’re the fully waterproof, highly stylish Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots.

MWC Watches British Army General Service Boots — $232.98 

MWC Watches

The best field watch to buy for spring? It could just be.

There are times when it comes to shopping for accessories — like a stylish field watch — when it’s best to not overdo it. For blending utilitarian style and a sense of history, it doesn’t get better than this vintage-inspired watch from MWC Watches.

Native North Bayden Corduroy Overshirt — $140 

A surprisingly bold spring layer from Native North.

This classic corduroy shirt is certainly a unique offering for spring — part corduroy shirt, part jacket, and done up in a bold spring color. Wear it with a crisp white tee, slim tan chinos and clean white sneakers.

Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit — $64 

A dependable dopp kit for travel from point A to point B.

Spring brings with it new beginnings, and of course, the chance to travel to new locales. For your grooming essentials (more on that in a minute), the Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit can get the job done.

Bellroy In-Flight Kit — $219

A sleek set of stylish travel essentials from Bellroy.

It’s tough to overstate the importance of organization when traveling — the Bellroy In-Flight Kit takes care of that for all of your everyday carry essentials, and looks great doing it.

Proof Rover Pants — $98

The stylish, lightweight, mobile pants you need for spring.

To be sure, we’ve talked a ton about the Proof Rover Pants here on the blog, but in this updated color for a new season, they could just be the best pair of pants for spring.

Raen Optics Aren 50 — $140

A sharp, subtly stylish pair of sunglasses available at a low price.

Finding stylish sunglasses that also happen to be affordable is one of the more challenging pursuits as we head into warm weather. Luckily, Raen Optics delivers on this seriously unique, well-made pair at a low price.

 

OK now, folks. We covered a bit of everything — or rather, a lot of everything — on the blog today. Can you get over the versatility, style AND affordability of the Roamers Utility Jacket? I sure can’t, and that’s why it sits at the top of today’s post. Alright, let’s get shopping!

 

 

Style Pick of the Week: Native North Technical Base Jacket

A clean, minimal rain jacket that just plain works for spring.

Welcome to another Style Pick of the Week, my friends (from a brand you might recognize from an earlier Style Pick entry this month!).  To be clear, we don’t often get too technical here on the blog. That is to say, I’d rather tell you about the best trucker jacket to buy now, versus digging into gear that’s made for, say, camping or hardcore hiking or whatnot. But what if I told you the Native North Technical Base Jacket (it even says “technical” in the title!) bridges the gap between both worlds, marrying form and function for early spring? Too good to be true, right? Not quite. In fact, this number here might be the best spring rain jacket. Yes indeed, Native North has pulled off a difficult feat with the Native North Technical Base Jacket, a minimal, stylish rain jacket that’s ideal for chilly, blustery weather. The kicker is this: Thanks to the brand’s Danish style inspiration, it doesn’t look half-bad, either.

You get just the right mix of utility and style with the Native North Technical Base Jacket, from the surface-treated, lightweight nylon-spandex exterior to the windproof coating — and the surprisingly sleek dark  Brown color. Throw in two chest button-snap pockets & two hand-warmer pockets, then consider the fact that the Native North Technical Base Jacket is also triple-layered … pretty impressive, right?

A trusty hood adds another utilitarian point to this jacket.

The point is this: The Native North Technical Base Jacket packs in everything you could want from a spring rain jacket, right down to the cinch-adjustable hood. That means you can wear this functional rain jacket with your favorite menswear essentials, pieces like a classic Oxford shirt or a thermal henley and slim light wash denim, without missing a beat. Isn’t that what spring outerwear is for, at any rate? The Native North Technical Base Jacket also happens to be versatile enough to dress up ever so slightly. You could layer it over a cashmere sweater and pair that look up with slim tan chinos, plus stylish leather brogues, to head to the office — breezy spring weather be damned. And lest you’re worried that this jacket has the potential to turn you into a sweltering mess (like other spring jackets), well, it’s made all the way through with lightweight, breathable material. Check, check and check. The point is, the Native North Technical Base Jacket has the potential to be a go-to jacket every time the weather takes a turn — and even on days when you just need a lightweight, casual spring layer.