#OOTD: Here’s The New Bomber Jacket to Layer With this Season

If you’re seeking an #OOTD geared toward essential, casual layering — with just a hint of versatility and sharp style thrown in — today’s #menswear ensemble is the one to buy. The building blocks of the below #OOTD are pieces you should seriously consider adding to your wardrobe if you don’t have ’em already. Take, for example, a classic bomber jacket  — like the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket as seen below. It’s a surprisingly versatile layer, what with its functionality and military heritage. Without a doubt, the right bomber jacket can team with a rugged crewneck sweatshirt and an American-made tee as readily as it can layer over a classic Oxford shirt and a knit tie. We’re taking things in a more casual direction today (just check out the stylish slip-on sneakers in this ensemble), but regardless, the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket is a sharp layer to get you through the month of October and on into November. Plus, it’s on-trend without veering too far away from tried-and-true pieces. Just read on for more, and let me know how you’d style your new favorite bomber jacket over on Twitter.

A crisp bomber jacket in a versatile color, teamed with classic and easygoing basics. Wear it all for your next fall weekend adventure.

The Bomber Jacket: Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket, $199 –Here’s the stylish bomber jacket in question, done up in a stylish, neutral army green color. Light enough to layer for fall, easy to wear with a tee in the spring.

The Sweatshirt:  Levi’s Classic Crewneck Sweater, $50 — Thought Levi’s only made stylish denim? Think again — this cotton crewneck sweater features bold stripes in a fall-ready color combo that’s ideal for layering.

The Casual Tee: Flint and Tinder Slub Tee in Oxblood, $38 — Comfortable, well-fitting and done up in a rich Oxblood color, Flint and Tinder always gets it right when it comes to its line of classic T-shirts.

The Denim: Taylor Stitch Slim Jean in Cone Mills Standard, $98 Classic dark blue denim, particularly a crisp pair from Taylor Stitch, add a bit of sharp-yet-casual appeal to this outfit. Wear those jeans as much as you can — they’ll break in perfectly.
The Sneakers: SeaVees Cordies Varsity Hawthorne Slip-ons, $80 — Casual, classic sneakers from SeaVees help make this outfit weekend-ready, and the cool corduroy texture of the Hawthorne Slip-ons is certainly appropriate for fall. Oh, and don’t forget to add some stylish socks — perhaps from Anoymousism?

The Belt: Levi’s Woodland Belt, $29 (On Sale) — Rugged, durable accessories make all the difference — especially in fall. Levi’s comes through with the affordable, stylish Woodland Belt.

The Watch: Ventus Caspian C-01 Brass Watch, $299 — Fall’s colder temperatures and heavier textures call for accessories that stand out visually — the rugged Caspian C-01 Brass Watch from Ventus fits the bill nicely.
The Ballcap: Ebbets Field Flannels x Bespoke Post “B” Baseball Cap, $38 — This one comes at you from Bespoke Post — it’s a classically designed, hard-wearing vintage ballcap, plus a cool conversation starter.

A stylish bomber jacket is going to be a go-to layering piece this season — at least, I think a piece like the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket makes total sense to add to your fall style wish list. When you layer up with a classic crewneck sweatshirt from  Levi’s and a slim, American-made tee, it becomes that much easier to get dressed for casual style situations aplenty. Classic dark blue denim is a four-season staple, and that’s also true when wearing a bomber jacket from fall into winter — take note, folks. And if you want to inject a little fall-friendly style into your footwear, the Hawthorne Slip-ons are a wise pick, what with a neat navy corduroy upper and an easy-to-wear silhouette. Finish off your outfit with nothing but the best when it comes to accessories, like the Woodland Belt and a vintage ballcap from Bespoke Post — don’t forget a durable watch, too.  With all of that being said, my best advice would be to wear a stylish bomber jacket exactly as you see fit; that’s the beauty of a timeless menswear staple like the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket.

Any feedback on this #OOTD? How would you style the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket  for fall and beyond?

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

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The List: Get This Rugged Fall Style Gear for October and Beyond

Are you into the spirit of fall yet? I sure am. The weather is turning for the better in NYC — that means rugged fall layers, casual weekend style and of course, another edition of the best new men’s gear to buy for the season.  This edition of The List is going to prep you to take on fall travel, fall adventures and well … just about anything else you can think of, from a brewery visit to a stroll over autumn leaves in your neighborhood park. We’ve got picks ranging from a rugged Timex watch to a stylish flannel shirt to a durable growler to stylish men’s socks — and that’s just the start. Swing on by The Style Guide Facebook page if you so please, and follow along on Twitter for more menswear! Cheers.

Timex Waterbury Chronograph — $125

A durable, affordable and pleasingly rugged Timex watch.

In need of a stylish leather watch at an extremely affordable price? The handsome Timex Waterbury Chronograph is just what you need.

 

Billy Reid Michael Shirt Jacket — $325
Billy Reid
A rugged shirt jacket from a brand that also makes excellent tailored wear.
If you thought Billy Reid only made stylish tailored wear, think again — the rugged Michael Shirt Jacket is a perfect example of the brand’s versatility (and it’s been a hot seller, too!).
 
Portuguese Flannel Briteiro Shirt — $125
A slim flannel shirt with a tailored silhouette.
No better time than fall to break out a stylish flannel shirt — the Briteiro Shirt from Portuguese Flannel is even ready to wear with a tailored suit.
WP Standard Officer’s Belt in Natural — $78
A new leather belt for your rotation.
WP Standard knows A LOT about durable, investment-worthy leather goods — this Natural Leather Belt is a nice change of pace in terms of your accessories this season.
Levi’s Ribbed Crew Sweater — $89.50
A chunky sweater in the perfect shade for fall.
Known for classic men’s denim, the brand is much more. Levi’s excels at durable, rugged knitwear — the Ribbed Crew Sweater features a fall-ready color and  the ability to layer under your favorite denim jacket.
The Monocle Guide to Better Living — $42
A neat book to keep handy and reference as you please. Nice work, Monocle.
Is this a traditional menswear pick? Not quite. But is the Monocle Guide to Better Living a really cool hardcover book to keep on your coffee table and reference time and again? Certainly.

Shine Vessels 64oz. Double Wall Growler — $40.98

Bring this to a tailgate, a picnic or a house party for all your friends who love craft beer.
Whether you’re heading to a tailgate or a house party, a durable growler like this Shine Vessels growler should be a welcome sight for your hosts (and any assembled craft beer lovers).
OLIVERS Gate Jacket — $168
A practical, functional and stylish piece of fall outerwear.
OLIVERS is taking its expertise into outerwear with a versatile, easy-to-wear jacket that you can definitely incorporate into your transitional fall wardrobe — we dig the Cobalt color around these parts.
General Knot and Co. Buffalo Check Travel Kit — $50.98
A fitting way to carry around your toiletries this fall.
Add a bit of rugged fall style to your next weekend trip with this well-crafted Buffalo Check Travel Kit from premium accessories makers General Knot and Co. The Buffalo Check Travel Kit is way more stylish than a regular plastic bag, that much is true.
Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Rib Boot Socks — $24
Stylish socks in the ideal weight and color for fall. Wear these with high-top sneakers for sporty, retro vibes.
$24 is a steep price to pay for socks — but stylish socks are what you need to complement your favorite fall boots, and Etiquette Clothiers hits a home run in terms of design and comfort with its Sherpa Rib Boot Socks.
Billy Reid Speckled Henley — $155.98
An Italian-made henley for all your fall layering needs.
If you were searching for a henley to wear with a blazer, then you’ve found it. The premium, investment-worthy Billy Reid Speckled Henley is an excellent fall layering move with just about any combo you dream up.
Tretorn Jack Sneakers — $95
Casual sneakers for your next fall weekend trip.
These stylish Tretorn sneakers harness the brand’s sporty, streamlined DNA in a fall-friendly way — the use of cool navy corduroy in the upper. Team them with tan chinos, an American-made Oxford and a grey wool blazer for work.

So, my friends — how many of the above #menswear picks caught your eye? Perhaps some of the Sherpa Rib Boot Socks found their way into your shopping cart? Or the Shine Vessels growler for the beer lover in your life? Or better yet, maybe the undeniably great Timex Waterbury Chronograph for hopping from bar to bar this fall? Let’s connect on Twitter — always down for a chat!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: The Finisterre Westray Crew is Your New Favorite Sweater for Cold Weather

A classically rugged sweater made with modern fabric — can’t ask for much more than that.

The crew here at The Style Guide — by that, I mean me — is all about keeping you informed in any and all matters #menswear-related. So, when the time comes to step out in cozy, rugged fall style, I’d wager you’re going to want to throw on the Finisterre Westray Crew. Rest assured, we’re getting there … slowly but surely. And it certainly pays to be prepared when you need to layer up on a chilly fall day — the Westray Crew is going to get the job done admirably when the time comes. For one, Finisterre as a brand is rooted in function, designing the sort of easy-to-wear rugged fall gear that blends elements of classic style and modern functionality. Take, for instance, today’s See Now, Buy Now pick. The Finisterre Westray Crew calls to mind the sort of warm, tough layers you’d find out on the high seas — the cable knitting and use of Donegal tweed wool ensure that connection. And the Finisterre Westray Crew doesn’t skimp on functionality, either. The brand’s knitting technique and use of a textured tweed yarn with lanolin results in water-repellent qualities — that makes the classically rugged Westray Crew just a bit more durable than your average sweater, to say the least.

And that durability provides wearing occasions aplenty. The Finisterre Westray Crew is made for layering with a rugged denim trucker jacket, plus olive chinos and classic suede lace-up boots.

In fact, that combo would work well for a weekend coffee run or a day at the office in equal measure — just add a chambray shirt in either instance.  If you feel inclined to wear the Finisterre Westray Crew on its own, it can still provide comfort and warmth while standing out handsomely atop a merino long-sleeve crew shirt, slim black denim and rugged leather boots. Complete with textured stitching and a chunky ribbed hem, the handsome Westray Crew has got all the timeless details a stylish fall and winter sweater needs — that’s worthy of an investment right now, don’t you think? Let me know in the comments if the Finisterre Westray Crew will be making its way into your closet in time for cold weather.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Snow Peak Military Jacket

Snow Peak
A streamlined silhouette and a durable exterior merge seamlessly with a classic military silhouette.

The Style Guide is all about classic, rugged menswear — if you read the blog at all, you know that. But what if you prefer your fall gear with a bit more of a technical focus? Yet just as much versatility? That tricky-to-find middle ground is where the Snow Peak Military Jacket comes into play, and this unquestionably stylish fall jacket has something for everyone. Snow Peak pulls out all the stops when crafting menswear that’s technical enough for the trail, yet sleek enough to move around the city in style — add the Snow Peak Military Jacket to your fall style wish list ASAP. Military-inspired style never loses its edge or classic appeal, and that’s what makes the Snow Peak Military Jacket  a fall style essential.

Made from nylon coated with a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish for, yep, durability, the Snow Peak Military Jacket plays off real-life military functionality. With both oversized chest and hip pockets, it’s got ample room for your everyday carry, minus the bulk. Even better? The packable hood adds needed protection from the elements should you encounter nasty fall weather — it’s as if Snow Peak thought of everything, and then some. Worried that this jacket doesn’t fit the bill in terms of standout style? Fear not: Snow Peak took care of that quite nicely.

Design details like a packable hood and chest & hip pockets are much-needed for all your fall adventures.

The great thing about a jacket that blends both fashion and function is the versatility it gives you in terms of fall style ensembles. For example: With a military-inspired silhouette, the Snow Peak Military Jacket is going to look right at home layered over a striped henley. Add a pair of trusty black denim and finish the look with tough black combat boots that can take you to a bar crawl, a bonfire or a rock concert — all without worry when it comes to battling the elements. The durable Snow Peak Military Jacket is also simple and sleek enough to pair with slim tan herringbone trousers, durable brown leather boots and, believe it or not, a classic Oxford shirt at the office. Roll up those sleeves and get to work, yes? And when it comes to matters of fall exploration, from a day hike to a camping trip, the Snow Peak Military Jacket should come through in the clutch, too. Layer it over a rugged overshirt and add classic hiking boots — that’s a combination built for toughness, outdoor exploration and a dash of style. What do you think of the Snow Peak Military Jacket? Will it be making its way into your closet this fall?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another See Now, Buy Now entry focused on standout fall style!

The Friday Read: How to Wear a Flannel Shirt, Everyday Carry Essentials and American Giant

TGIF and congrats are in order, right? We made it — no, powered through — another week of #menswear here at The Style Guide. Have you been keeping up? I’ve enjoyed ramping up a recent new series on the blog, our ongoing See Now, Buy Now entries, which cover all sorts of men’s style essentials to see now and … buy now.  Don’t forget to check out our fall style wish list, either — ’tis the season! Want to see something different on the blog in the way of content? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and I’ll get right on it! In the meantime, it’ll be an exciting and busy Brooklyn weekeend — I’m hosting my mom, dad and sister for a weekend of stylish Brooklyn exploration!

We’ve got a Broadway show on tap, plus some stops at the New York Food and Wine Festival and likely a few pints at some of Brooklyn’s best craft beer spots (lookin’ at you, Other Half Brewing Company). Where will your weekend adventures take you? Be sure to dress in fall travel style, will ya? Have a great weekend!

Alright, my friends. We’re all done for this week — unless you count tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, or Sunday’s See Now, Buy Now entry. So, plenty more rugged menswear for fall is on the way!

Rock on,

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: Get Sporty Fall Style With the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boot

Perfectly rugged and versatile sneakers (boots?) for fall — wear them with slim black or blue denim and a shawl-collar cardigan. Photo courtesy of Huckberry.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t shelve your sneakers yet — the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots are a worthy addition to your closet as we roll through fall in rugged, yet sporty and versatile, style. Part boot and part sneaker, the Coronado Boots are an entirely unique offering that’s exclusive to our pals at Huckberry. Just as with last fall’s popular SeaVees x Huckberry Chukka, this limited-edition pair of kicks should certainly join any list of the best men’s footwear for fall. That’s just me, though. From season to season, the California cool of SeaVees shines through in new and innovative ways; from the brand’s classic plimsoll sneakers to more rugged and fall-friendly offerings like the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots, the brand continues to stick to its guns. And the results speak for themselves. The handsome and pleasingly rugged Coronado Boots chart some new territory for the brand, featuring a rich brown leather upper that’ll break in nicely and look positively stellar alongside your favorite pair of dark blue denim. Of course, the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots also channel a bit of sporty style more commonly found in retro-inspired high-top sneakers — a winner on both fronts.

And the Coronado Boots are lined with both leather and canvas for comfort and easy wearability. You should feel free to wear these guys just as you would a pair of classic leather high-top sneakers. The Chelsea silhouette is definitely an interesting design, but that shouldn’t stop you from pairing it with olive chinos and a rugged grey crewneck sweater. During your 9-to-5 grind, the Coronado Boots also work — try ’em on for size with slim black denim and an American-made Oxford for sporty, casual style. The SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots get better right down to the smallest possible details — the SeaVees herringbone pattern outsole offers grip and flexibility on slippery surfaces. The Coronado Boots are easy to slip on, and easy to style — from the office to your local pub to a farmer’s market on the weekend, you might have just found your new favorite pair of fall sneakers.

Are the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots something you’ll be buying this fall? How would you wear ’em? 

Online Shopping Picks: Shop The Best Men’s Fall Shirts Right Now

In terms of fall style essentials, there are some categories you need to take care of before it gets too late. And that’s why we’re diving into the best men’s fall shirts today on The Style Guide — and these picks aren’t the same ones that are going to get you through spring and summer, that much is true. We’re talking rugged, tough shirts with some heft — pieces like the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — and essential, everyday shirts like a classic Filson flannel shirt. But we’ll get to all of that in a second. Just as with the best men’s boots for fall, picking out a stylish and rugged fall shirt comes down to the details — the fit, the fabric and the mix of quality for the price. Look for comfortable, warm fabrics that are easy to layer over other seasonal pieces, like a striped henley or an American-made Oxford. And look for richer colors in darker, earthy tones, which should pair up nicely with everything from classic suede chukkas to broken-in leather boots. That’s just the start of today’s essential rundown, though. Check out my picks below, chime in on Twitter with your thoughts and leave any questions in the comments section below! Cheers.

#1. Portuguese Flannel Briteiro Shirt — $125

A well-made, tailored flannel shirt for the office and for the weekend.
Does anything scream fall quite like a classic flannel shirt? Portuguese Flannel has painstakingly crafted the Briteiro Shirt with premium quality and premium fabrication — no scratchy flannel here. And the Briteiro Shirt also has a pleasingly tailored look — that means you can wear it with slim tan chinos and stylish men’s dress shoes to the office just as easily as you can pair it with tan leather boots and black denim for a unique bar-going outfit.  Add a rugged dive watch, and you’re set for anywhere your weekend takes you.

#2. Relwen Tweed Snap CPO — $248
Is it a shirt that’s also a jacket, or a jacket that’s a shirt? Either way, Relwen has done a great job with this new fall essential.
Part of the beauty of fall revolves around throwing on rugged, versatile layers — like the Relwen Tweed Snap CPO. Part shirt, part jacket, the Tweed Snap CPO from Relwen is crafted with a strong silhouette and warm fabric. The Tweed Snap CPO can certainly pull double duty; throw it on over your favorite chambray shirt to take a weekend stroll through the park, or team the Tweed Snap CPO with a striped henley to head to a bonfire or a beer tasting. It’s a ready-made accessory to pieces like classic blue denim and tough leather boots, too.

#3. Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt in Black and Cream — $145

A classic, work-ready offering from a company that’s made rugged gear for generations.
If ever there was a company that defined the classic flannel shirt, it might just be Filson. The brand’s Vintage Flannel Work Shirt gets all the details right, from the unique black-and-cream check combo to the sturdy, durable fabric. The Vintage Flannel Work Shirt is certainly an investment-worthy piece, the type of shirt your dad might have worn (or still wears) to do yard work on chilly fall days. The good news is, the Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt will serve you just as well for work or play (I like it best to wear to a tailgate atop a stylish team T-shirt).

#4. Mollusk Surf Shop One-Pocket Shirt in Tobacco Plaid — $110

A rich, well-crafted fall shirt from Mollusk Surf Shop.
Fall is all about welcoming richer colors into your wardrobe, from dusty, earthy hues to the classically fall vibes of the Mollusk Surf Shop One-Pocket Shirt. I know I’m a fan. The Tobacco Plaid color of this stylish fall shirt hits the nail on the head. The One-Pocket Shirt should team up nicely with casual, faded American-made denim and a garment-dyed crewneck tee, and you should also feel free to layer this Mollusk Surf Shop shirt with a classic crewneck sweater for a weekend brunch outing.

#5. Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — $148

Here’s your next fall shirt — made for rugged fall adventures, yard work, tailgates … you name it.
As first seen in this site’s See Now Buy Now series, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is exactly the type of shirt we’re talking about when we explore rugged fall shirting. Made in a cool Moss Merino Herringbone fabric, this rugged fall shirt is practically made for layering with a Taylor Stitch henley and inky blue selvedge denim. You can — and should — wear it for getting out and doing yard work, going on a day hike or heading to a fall bonfire. The Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is that versatile.

#6. Iron and Resin Ridge Shirt in Tan — $148

Iron and Resin
A distinctly cool, stylish shirt from a brand that normally makes gear for the open road.
Iron and Resin is perhaps best known for its moto-inspired gear, but the brand also makes stylish off-duty and off-road gear with the best of ‘em, like the Ridge Shirt. The Iron and Resin Ridge Shirt features a rich seasonal color scheme that works with charcoal trousers and a navy herringbone blazer for your 9-to-5. Make no mistake though, the Iron and Resin Ridge Shirt might team best with slim black denim and stylish leather Chelsea boots for grabbing a weekend brew  … or four.

#7. Abercrombie & Fitch Cotton Herringbone Shirt — $58

Abercrombie & Fitch
A vintage-inspired shirt with cool texture and cool design details.
Want an affordable option in terms of stylish fall shirting? Abercrombie & Fitch, a brand that’s constantly on the up-and-up in terms of modern takes on classic styles, can help with that. Just as with the Abercrombie & Fitch Chamois Shirt, the Cotton Herringbone Shirt is a rugged fall layering essential, finished in a neat fall fabric and set apart thanks to design details like a button chest pocket. Wear this shirt with olive chinos and tan suede chukkas to head to a fall beer festival.

#8. Life/After/Denim Academy Shirt in Heather Grey — $138

A crisp shirt that works for both casual and more tailored situations.
The Academy Shirt from Life/After/Denim, like other options on this list of the best men’s fall shirts, certainly isn’t all that cheap. But as you might have seen in our #OOTD on how to wear a denim jacket this fall, the Life/After/Denim Academy Shirt can team with outfits both casual and more tailored. Feel free to team it with a navy herringbone blazer and dark denim for classic business casual style, and keep this shirt handy to head to a weekend house party alongside grey selvedge denim.

That’ll wrap up our list of the best men’s fall shirts. It’s certainly not comprehensive of every single brand you could pick up, but for my money’s worth, there are some excellent picks on this list when it comes to rugged fall shirts. My personal favorite might be the durable, versatile Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt, fit for weekend strolls and rock concerts alike. Of course, the Life/After/Denim Academy Shirt packs a crisp punch in terms of business casual style, as does the Abercrombie & Fitch Cotton Herringbone Shirt. And if it’s laidback-yet-classic fall style you want? Reach for the Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt or the equally durable Iron and Resin Ridge Shirt. For wearing with your favorite pair of denim on the weekends, the Mollusk Surf Shop One-Pocket Shirt should get the job done nicely, too. Perhaps you prefer your fall shirting with a bit of tailored style? That’s where the Portuguese Flannel Briteiro Shirt comes into play — you could even rock that shirt with a tailored worsted wool suit and stylish dress shoes. But I’ll leave the styling up to you. Let me know in the comments if you’re adding to your wardrobe rotation this season!

Which of the above stylish men’s shirts are you picking up? To see how I’m styling my favorite fall shirts, head to Instagram.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

#OOTD: Upgrade Your Casual Weekend Style for Fall

Alright, you know the drill. We’re back at it with another #OOTD for the weekend and beyond this fall. You know the situation — perhaps you had a late Friday or Saturday night, yet weekend brunch or coffee is calling your name. What are you going to wear? The answer, my friend: Casual weekend style that incorporates essential fall layers, a rugged overshirt, a stylish slim henley and …. wait for it … tailored sweatpants that actually look great. Truly! It’s all about taking pieces you already have in your closet, upgrading their fabrics, dialing in the fit and focusing on the details — those moves are going to set you apart from folks who’ve just rolled out of bed. And if you’ve been soft on wearing tailored sweatpants out of your apartment or house, know that the pair as seen in today’s #OOTD is a lot better than any you might have had in high school or college. So, it’s easier than you think to look great on the weekend … even when you might not feel that great. Have an iced coffee and a Bloody Mary for me,  while you’re at it. We’ll see you out there — chime in on Twitter or in the comments with your thoughts on this #menswear ensemble. Cheers!

Start with a rugged overshirt and add other casual, laidback pieces to get weekend style right.
The Overshirt: Finisterre Petrichor Overshirt, $76.98 — Start things out the right way — leave the old hoodie at home and throw on a versatile, rugged overshirt from Finisterre — all the better for weekend coffee or brunch.

The Henley: Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley, $98 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post— If you don’t yet have a rugged fall henley in your rotation, pick up this Taylor Stitch henley — far better than an old T-shirt.

The Sweatpants: Muttonhead Sweat Pants in Heather Navy , $112 —  Yes, that’s right. Here are the stylish sweatpants we talked about. A tailored silhouette and the pleasing heather navy color of these Muttonhead sweatpants makes ’em a great, easygoing weekend style move.

The Sneakers: SeaVees Legend Cordies Varsity Sneakers in Navy, $67.98 — Leave the logo sneakers at home – the Legend Cordies Varsity Sneakers are a seriously cool pair of stylish fall sneakers from SeaVees.

The Socks: Anonymousism 5-Color Mix Crew Sock in Black, $22 — As we always say here at The Style Guide, don’t overlook small details like stylish socks. These understated Anonymousism socks are a sharp weekend upgrade.

The Watch: Timex Waterbury Watch in Red Wing Leather, $139 — Stay on time for weekend brunch with a classic Timex watch — the definition of an affordable leather watch to add to your weekend wardrobe.

The Grooming Essential: The Rich + Clean New Standard Face Wash, $18 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post— Keeping your grooming game on point is all the more important if your bar crawl went a little long. The New Standard Face Wash will give you a bit of pep in your step.

The Ballcap: Ebbets Field Flannels x Bespoke Post “B” Baseball Cap, $38 — Available exclusively at Bespoke Post, this stylish ballcap is an understated, simple way to stick with casual weekend style — oh, and it saves you the trouble of styling your ‘do.

OK — ready for weekend brunch yet? Getting around in style even on a casual fall weekend starts with picking the right laidback pieces, like the rugged-yet-easily-wearable Finisterre Petrichor Overshirt  and a slim Taylor Stitch henley. And when you reach for surprisingly stylish sweatpants, your weekend is going to get started on the right foot — it’s as easy as dialing in the fit and fabric, folks. Plus, the Legend Cordies Varsity Sneakers from SeaVees are a heck of a cool pair of casual sneakers to step out wearing on the weekend — and the neat texture and design works well with a rugged Timex watch for a bit of fall-friendly visual interest.  When you cap off the whole ensemble — literally — with a stylish Ebbets Field Flannels ballcap and small details like stylish Anonymous-ism socks — you’re going to be set for a much-needed brunch. That’s all we’ve got today, my friends. Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page if you’re a fan of this look!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

Sleep Well Beast: A Northeast Weekend Seeing The National

Enjoying a relaxing brew at Brooklyn’s Sycamore and preparing to see The National in New York last Friday. Dressed in a classic Mott and Bow Oxford, a sharp Timex watch and my Levi’s 505C denim for rock-ready style!
Folks, I’d say the headline says it all when it comes to my latest Style Guide trip. This past weekend — a long weekend that’s still going, in fact — I hit the road to do one of my favorite things: Take in not one, but TWO stellar shows by my absolute favorite  banded, lauded American indie rockers The National. A favorite of mine from my days back attending Michigan State University, this sharply dressed band just released “Sleep Well Beast,” one of the year’s best albums, back in September. And the six albums prior to that release? All packed with extraordinary gems. They’re in the midst of a tour that started overseas and is swinging through the States as we speak, so it was essential that I catch two Northeast shows. It was even more essential that I dress in my favorite #menswear! If you want a dash of travel style tips, a few Boston travel tips and of course, some great music, come along. Plug in, turn up the band’s latest album, and let’s dress for a rock concert in style … refined style, that is.

Style that’s refined enough for the office, ready for travel and still able to work at a concert by a band known for tailored style!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of following The National, it’s that this is a band that — in addition to writing my favorite tracks — can wear the heck out of a suit (especially lead singer Matt Berninger). His years spent working at an ad agency likely carried over to his classic on-stage style, so to go from my office to a Boston-bound train to a show at the handsomely appointed Wang Theatre, I had to dress the part. That started on my top half with the comfortable-yet-sharp Old Navy Garment-Dyed Built-in Flex Canvas Blazer in a fitting charcoal color. With casual patch pockets, it helped me haul around my everyday carry essentials, as did my Whipping Post Large Leather Messenger Bag.


I completed the day-to-night combo with sharp navy Oxford from Mott and Bow, a brand that’s as wearable at a concert as at the office. For style that was at once crisp and yet rock concert-friendly on my bottom half, my dark blue Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans in the brand’s Slim Tapered fit offered up versatility and mobility.  And as has become custom when heading to a rock concert, I had to throw on durable, stylish leather boots — specifically, my Viberg Service Boots, which proved as hard-wearing and rugged as ever.

Contemplating an emotional, meaningful and hard-rocking show from The National in Boston. Dressed in refined rock style with an Old Navy blazer and a Mott and Bow Oxford!
With stylish gear in tow and my trek up to Boston complete, pre-show refreshments were crucial. If ever you find yourself near Boston’s South End and want a gourmet meal paired with an excellent local craft brew, be sure to hit up the Tip Tap Room. With more than 40 taps, this upscale pub delivers when it comes to rich IPAs and flavorful farmhouse ales in equal measure. It was, in short, a great place to kick off an excellent evening with  my favorite band. The Wang Theatre is a unique venue, with the beauty of a space that’s a national historic landmark and the capacity (3,500) to host a major rock show.

It was certainly a show I’d been looking forward to for a long time. I’d heard the band debut some new tracks during a spirited performance at Panorama 2016, and I’d also had the pleasure of hearing them debut their new album in full (twice!) during an upstate trip earlier this summer, but this tour presents a new, well, beast. With a discography spanning seven albums and plenty of fan favorites, The National are a truly masterful band that keeps you guessing — in the best way possible. From the spare, beautiful opening track “Nobody Else Will Be There” to the hard-charging “Day I Die,” material off “Sleep Well Beast” was met with as much joy as deep cuts like “Son” (one of the first tracks they ever wrote), plus hard-charging numbers like “Don’t Swallow the Cap” and fan favorites like “Mr. November.”

The stellar set list was filled out by 10 — yes, 10 — incredible tracks off “Sleep Well Beast,” plus amazing renditions of “Terrible Love,”Fake Empire” and classic mid-aughts numbers “Secret Meeting” and “Apartment Story.” It’s tough to put into words how much of an impact this band has had on me, from Michigan all the way to Brooklyn, but their emotional, meaningful and nuanced rock music is a consistent force in my daily life. Their consistency and work ethic are also admirable — you don’t go from playing shows across the Midwest to five people to writing an exceptional album like “Sleep Well Beast” overnight. And with that being said, it was very fitting that the next stop on a country-spanning tour took them to their original home of New York and the elegant Forest Hills Stadium in Queens! And so, I hopped on a southbound train to head back to the Big Apple — dressed in style, of course.

Dressed in style for day two of a Northeast tour by The National. Utility Blazer by Abercrombie & Fitch. Oxford by Mott and Bow.
Make no mistake, The National still brought plenty of unexpected surprises to the stage on Friday night — that’s the beauty of a band with a bevy of standout tracks (including a surprise cover of Queens rock heroes The Ramones!). And for travel, a rock concert and a day of exploration in Brooklyn — including a stop at neighborhood watering hole Sycamore — I knew had to dress with function and comfort and top of mind.  With casual patch pockets, a comfortable unstructured build and  a sharp navy color, my Abercrombie & Fitch Utility Blazer was a versatile top layer over another classic Oxford shirt from Mott and Bow. To finish off my ensemble with rugged and rock-ready style, my  Viberg Service Boots again came in handy — and my Levi’s 505C denim, with roots in rock heritage, were also a perfect concert style move.  The next time you need to dress for travel and a rock concert, pick some rock n’roll denimstylish leather boots, and a classic utility blazer to take you from point A to point B.  Oh, and if you get the chance to see The National on this upcoming tour, I’d strongly urge you to take it. On the best nights, you might be fortunate enough to hear lovely deep cut “About Today,” or a rousing acoustic rendition of the soaring “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,” which they closed the show with in Queens. A show beyond words!

The next time you head to a tailgate of your own, grab durable sneakers, a stylish team sweater and slim denim in a casual wash.
With two excellent, life-affirming and joyous rock shows in the rearview mirror, the weekend wasn’t over yet. In fact, it was just getting started, as my beloved Michigan State Spartans took on the hated Michigan Wolverines  in a college football duel for the ages (sorry, U-M fans). It’s a rivalry with roots going back long before my time at Michigan State — from 2001’s “Clockgate” scandal in East Lansing to 2015’s incredible, last-second Spartan victory in Ann Arbor, it’s given me my fair share of fond (and at times agonizing) memories over the years. It was with similar excitement and hope that I dressed to cheer on the Spartans to a 14-10 win! Even when heading to a tailgate of your own, there are definitely ways you can still look great. I layered up with a retro-inspired, casual Michigan State Hillflint Sweater, crafted in breathable cotton and featuring a neat design. It teamed nicely with a pair of DSTLD Slim Light Wash Jeans and my fall-ready Danner x New Balance miUSA 585 Sneakers, made with rich leather accents and featuring a comfortable, hiking boot-inspired fit. And to stay on time while heading to watch the game with fellow Spartan fans, my Electric California Carroway Leather Watch provided function and casual, crisp style. It’s not every weekend that you get to see your favorite team play a competitive rivalry game after seeing your favorite band play twice, but I was glad to have that opportunity this weekend.

Casual, essential menswear for exploring Brooklyn with my Wildsam Field Guide — led by my Original Penguin Brushed Cotton 5-Pocket Pants and a classic Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, plus my durable Timex Waterbury Watch featuring Red Wing leather.
If you know me, you know I like to pack as much as possible into my weekends — it was with the spirit of adventure in mind that I took on Sunday with help from some goods in the Bespoke Post Scout Box (like the cool Wildsam Field Guide as seen above).  For a bit of transitional fall style, I threw on a reliably durable and well-fitting Abercombie & Fitch Garment-Dye Oxford Shirt and my tailored Original Penguin Brushed Cotton 5-Pocket Pants. If ever you’re looking for a change from your favorite pair of dark denim, crisply cut brushed cotton pants provide visual interest and fabric that’s ready for fall weather. With other casual fall style essentials in tow in my Whipping Post Large Leather Messenger Bag, I finished off my look with a vintage-inspired Huckberry Explorer’s Cap and stylish leather sneakers from Frank and Oak. On the accessories front, my durable and rugged Timex Waterbury Watch in Red Wing Leather was more than up to the task of a casual Sunday. One of my destinations? The cool Bushwick outpost Montana’s Trail House. With a rugged & aesthetically pleasing design and plenty of gourmet burgers to go around, it was a neat place to relax on a long weekend.  Another destination? The seriously cool DIY venue Silent Barn for a Sunday evening of refreshments and live music.

As with other weekends spent exploring Brooklyn and traveling to see live music — from Portland to Nashville and Boston — I’m reflecting today on how grateful I am to be able to pursue my passion for great tunes, great menswear and yes, the occasional craft brew or two. And to be able to see my favorite band twice in two days? That’s a banner weekend. Being able to travel in style is something that takes work from situation to situation and city to city, as I’ve learned, so I hope you find these travel style tips helpful. If ever you’re headed out on the road and want to travel in style, let’s connect on Twitter or Instagram. For now, I’ve got to revisit a terrific set by The National. Check back tomorrow for a new #OOTD post — we’ll see you then!