Style Pick of the Week: Filson Swiftwater Rain Pullover

Filson men's rain jackets

A seemingly simple rain jacket that’s ultra-packable and durable all the same.

Thanks for joining us for another Style Pick of the Week, where today, we’ll step into a seriously stylish, durable rain jacket for spring. Not just any rain jacket, of course: One of the best men’s rain jackets is yours for the taking today, and courtesy of Pacific Northwest heritage outfitters Filson, at that. Filson is, naturally, quite the favorite of the blog (check out this piece on the best waxed chore coat, for starters), but you might normally associate ’em with hard-wearing fall and winter gear. If that’s the case, be prepared to learn something new today, because Filson also makes some of the best rain jackets for men. And it’s all the better that you can get the Filson Swiftwater Rain Pullover just in time for, well, spring rain.

Let’s not waste another second, shall we? For $225 at Filson — a steal considering how versatile and well-made this stylish rain jacket is — you’re getting a lightweight, packable pullover you can throw on at a moment’s notice on the trail or in town with ease (as you’d expect from Filson). The kicker here has got to be the nylon ripstop fabrication, complete with a printed membrane that acts as a raised layer to repel rain and provide breathability. It sounds technically advanced, because it is, but the result is one of the best rain jackets on the market, thanks to that innovation.

SHOP: The Filson Swiftwater Rain Pullover

Filson rain jacket

The attached hood and drawcord hem and cuffs will surely keep spring rain out, ehh?

The remarkable Filson Swiftwater Rain Pullover is built with YKK Aquaguard zippers for the kangaroo front pocket, meaning you can store your everyday carry essentials without fear during driving rainstorms. The half-zip front closure comes complete with a microfleece chin guard, which means the technical material of the coat’s interior won’t irritate, well, your chin. And the hood has a structured brim to keep out rain, plus a drawcord for a snug fit. When it’s time to take the jacket off, pack it into the front pocket — bingo!

As you might expect with one of the best rain jackets, every little detail has covered. This is the type of jacket you can throw on when you want to keep dry while wearing your favorite Oxford shirt or a rugged American-made henley. It’s certainly a more casual rain jacket, so waterproof Blundstone boots or other durable rain footwear should be your go-to move on your feet (along with, say, a pair of the best men’s technical pants as your go-to pants). It’s functional and yet overly technical, like a running jacket — the color is a muted Dark Olive, which pairs up with darn near anything you own. From A-to-Z, Filson has you covered with one of the best men’s rain jackets.

SHOP: The Filson Swiftwater Rain Pullover

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Win a Trio of Classic Everyday Carry Goods from Ezra Arthur

Enter to win three everyday carry picks from Ezra Arthur, folks.

Folks, we’re doing things a little differently on this fine Friday, as you might have guessed. Instead of our usual Friday Read (featuring menswear and gear news), we’re comin’ at ya with a very exciting reader giveaway opportunity: You’ve got the chance to win a trio of ridiculously well-made everyday carry goods from Ezra Arthur (keep reading to find out how to enter). Not familiar with the brand? Today’s your lucky day, because I got a chance to check out three essentials from the family-owned, Arizona-based, made-in-America brand.¬†Keep on scrolling for a chance to win three Ezra Arthur staples: The Ezra Arthur No. 6 Wallet, the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook and the Ezra Arthur Pocket Comb. Now, about the brand. Ezra Arthur is owned by four brothers, with a focus on “artifacts worthy of discovery,” the kind of pieces that, as the brand says, can be used every day and passed down — perhaps after being found tucked away in a workshop or your top drawer. Pretty cool, right? It’s that philosophy (timeless, dependable goods made with pride) that sets Ezra Arthur apart. There’s more where that came from, but for now, know that you simply need to¬†sign up for the brand’s newsletter on the home page to be entered into this giveaway — from now until March 12th at midnight EST. OK, back to the brand itself.

Editor’s note: The products shown here were provided by Ezra Arthur for review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support The Style Guide!¬†

Ezra Arthur Leather Goods

They source American materials and craft the stunning pieces shown here today in Phoenix, Arizona at their own facility using handmade craftsmanship — talk about quality and attention to detail. These everyday carry goods are useful, durable and dependable pieces that are going to develop a nice patina over time, although the brand has some useful tips on caring for your goods on its Web site. The products themselves are beautifully and durably made, including the No. 6 Wallet, made with Horween Chromexcel leather (out of Chicago). It also features an interlocking pocket design that keeps the wallet slim when folded — and able to fit easily into the front pocket of tailored shorts or jeans, as I’ve found out.

The brand’s pocket comb and holder — plus a stylish notebook and a durable leather wallet — are yours for the taking today.

I also appreciate the stainless steel pocket comb — with a combination of fine and course teeth — complete with a Horween Chromexcel leather sheath in one of six color options. Talk about old-school cool, ehh? And of course, as a writer on the go, I often carry a notebook in my bag around Brooklyn. These days, it’ll be mighty useful to have the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook close at hand, featuring high-quality details like revered Tomoe River paper and a Horween Chromexcel leather cover(also available in one of six cool and classic colors). It’s a handsome, refined and downright handy addition to your everyday carry. No idea will pass you by as long as you keep this notebook around.

Ezra Arthur

Your chance to add some Ezra Arthur goods to your own daily carry. Photo courtesy of Ezra Arthur.

But how to make these gear picks your own? Simple: Once again,¬†sign up for the Ezra Arthur newsletter from now until March 12th at midnight EST.¬† Hopefully, you’ll find these heirloom-quality pieces from Ezra Arthur are highly useful and remarkably stylish additions to your daily carry — I know that’s how I feel. Good luck out there!

Editor’s note: The brand will ship each of the above three products directly to the winner. Giveaway valid for U.S. residents only.¬†

The Thursday Buy: These Bruno Magli Sneakers are the Best Men’s Sneakers to Buy This Spring

Bruno Magli sneakers

A sleek, versatile pair of finely crafted suede sneakers for spring, my friends.

You see those Bruno Magli sneakers at the top of the page? Yes, those ones? My friends, those could be your new favorite sneakers for spring. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that once you try them out, you might come to the conclusion that they’re some of the best sneakers for men, made with all the quality of a pair of refined Bruno Magli dress shoes. You might recognize Bruno Magli from Shop By The Style Guide page or my guide to the best loafers to wear at home, but if not, let’s dive into how exactly this premium Italian footwear brand can make some of the best men’s sneakers for a new season without missing a beat.

The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers check all the right boxes as far as spring sneakers are concerned, from the low profile to the premium materials — and suede is a nice shot in the arm as far as seasonal texture and color is concerned, too. And hey, who out there doesn’t appreciate a great deal? Although these stylish suede sneakers retail for $298 at Bruno Magli, you can get a free pair of socks (made from premium materials in neat patterns)¬†with any purchase of more than $100.¬†So, that’s your new favorite sneakers for spring, plus your new favorite socks.

SHOP: The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers 

Bruno Magli review

You can also get these sporty suede sneakers in a cool colorway like this handsome light blue option.

But it begs the question, why invest nearly $300 in a pair of men’s sneakers? Again, it all comes down to how Bruno Magli makes them. They’re using Italian full-grain leather and suede for the upper, plus sport-inspired contrast stitching for a bit of retro throwback style. That sleek, dressy-yet-casual look means these are sneakers you can with everything from light grey chinos to light wash jeans to olive lounge pants without missing a beat. The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers are also built with flexibility in mind for ease of wearing all day long.

You’re getting an ideal blend of comfort and style via the Italian-made construction, and the end result is a pair of men’s sneakers you can wear to the office or to hang out a patio bar this spring. Heck, if you wanted to wear these premium men’s sneakers with, say, a light grey cotton suit and a white Oxford shirt for breezy, dressy spring style, you could certainly do that. When you want the best men’s sneakers for spring, this is the pair to buy.

SHOP: The Bruno Magli Bono Suede Lace-Up Sneakers 

See Now, Buy Now: The HELM Boots Ryder Boots are the Best Boots for Early Spring

HELM Boots Ryder Boots

Your new favorite pair of rugged leather boots.

Is it hard to believe we’re now back in (gulp) March, a year on from pandemic life? It sure is, but that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here instead to talk about the best boots for men for early spring, a decidedly much more fun topic that’ll get you off your feet and looking towards the future (and new seasonal adventures, of course). The boots in question would be the HELM Boots Ryder Boots, a pair of rugged leather boots from the Austin-based HELM Boots team that’ll have you planning to go off-trail and off-road in a hurry this season. They certainly look like an updated take on the best hiking boots, but just know that you need ’em in your life either way. Of course, it’s a major benefit that you can get $50 off when you order your first pair from the brand. HELM Boots says that these are a pair of “contemporary boots for all adventures,” and based on what I know about the brand — I’ve published a HELM Boots review in the past, after all — it’s very hard to argue with that logic.

These are quite simply some of the best men’s leather boots, what with bountiful craftsmanship and attention to detail. HELM makes some of the best men’s Chelsea boots¬†and the best plain toe boots, too, but the HELM Ryder Boots are a different breed (in a great way, that is).

SHOP: The HELM Boots Ryder Boots

HELM Boots Review

These tough leather boots are ready to go just about anywhere this season.

The versatility and craftsmanship of the HELM Boots Ryder Boots starts from the ground up with HELM’s Stavos rubber sole for maximum traction and durability. The Blake Rapid Stitch construction sews the upper to the top of the sole for more flexibility and a smooth ride, and the D-ring lacing gives them that hiking boot feel. For even more comfort, they’re lined in smooth black leather.

These are rugged leather boots you can wear plenty of different places this spring, be it to an outdoor beer garden or for a park stroll (to name but a few favorite spring pursuits). The HELM Boots Ryder Boots, especially in the handsome Dark Natural Babbo leather, should pair well with everything from classic light wash denim to olive chinos and more. Up top, these dependable, classic leather boots are practically begging to be teamed with essentials like your favorite T-shirt or a timeless chambray shirt. Wear ’em casually or team the HELM Boots Ryder Boots with a white Oxford shirt and tan chinos, for starters. The end result is nothing less than your new favorite pair of boots for your spring wardrobe. Let me know on Twitter if you do lace ’em up.

SHOP: The HELM Boots Ryder Boots

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear a Field Jacket for Spring Weather

The right #OOTD for spring is all about how you style transitional gear picks into one cohesive look that’s ready for darn near anything. That’s why we’re here today, after all. It all starts off as you might expect when dealing with spring weather: With one of the best men’s jackets for spring. The Taylor Stitch Harris Jacket manages to be rugged yet modern, with a streamlined fit and some updates that take it above and beyond the ordinary field jacket of days gone by. Just look at the discreet chest zipper pockets, the strategically placed slanted hip pockets, the durable hardware and the organic cotton exterior, complete with a water-resistant finish.¬† Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Harris Jacket¬† can do it all. The look gets help along the way from some of the best new jeans from Mott and Bow, plus an Everlane Oxford shirt — two timeless picks that can work from day to night this spring. If you’re heading away on a weekend road trip or enjoying some outdoor beer garden brews or a¬† relaxing coffee — a few of the only pursuits we can take part in these days! — then this ensemble is going to do the hard work for you.

Some of the best spring rain boots also step up to the plate and provide functionality and style in equal measure. But if you really want to stand out subtly and stylishly this season, it’s one of the best men’s spring jackets you’re going to want to grab as you head out the door. Trust me on that one, folks. And to see how I’m dressing for spring, be sure to give me a follow on Instagram. Stay dry, stay stylish! Here’s the full #OOTD.

A sleek-yet-tough field jacket styled for on-the-go versatility this spring.

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Harris Jacket in Forest Dry Wax, $238¬†— The durable water-resistant exterior and the sleek fit (plus the zippered hood) make this a jacket that readily blends form and function. One of the best field jackets around, easily.
  • The Shirt: Everlane Standard Fit Oxford, $62¬†— Is there any shirt more wearable for spring than a classic Oxford shirt from a radically transparent brand like Everlane? No sir, there’s not. And it pairs up perfectly with the Taylor Stitch Harris Jacket. Plus, you can get¬†10 percent off your first order now.¬†
  • The Spring Denim: Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Clay, $118¬†— While a pair of classic blue jeans won’t let you down, it’s sometimes nice to switch things up a bit. These slim jeans from Mott and Bow are a nice change of pace.
  • The Rugged Boots: Rhodes Footwear Dolomite Boots, $248¬†— These tough hiking boots just so happen to have a slim profile to go along with city or adventure-ready performance touches, making ’em some of the best leather boots for men now.
  • The Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino Crew Socks, $32 (Two-Pack)¬†— That’s right: For long days on the, you need some of the best merino wool socks for men, and this two-pack delivers.
  • The Watch: Timex Marlin Automatic Leather Watch, $249¬†— Timex men’s watches are renowned for their durability and affordability — it doesn’t hurt that the Timex Marlin Leather Watch is retro-inspired, sharp and stylish, too (plus, Timex is offering free ground shipping on all orders).
  • The Grooming Essentials: Huron Big Three Kit, $38¬†— Get a trio of the best men’s grooming essentials out there, including face wash and face lotion. Talk about a spring refresh.
  • The Everyday Cary: DISCOMMON Watch Wallet 2, $210¬†— Although this everyday carry essential is listed as a watch wallet, it’s actually versatile enough to haul your journal and cash plus cards, in addition to safely storing a timepiece as needed. That makes it one of the best EDC gear picks you can have on your person this spring, I’d wager.

For as much as the devil is in the details, you might say, it’s just as important to get the big-ticket items properly secured to get around in style this season. That’s where one of the best field jackets enters your life and your wardrobe — the Taylor Stitch Harris Jacket is sleek and well-fitting, yet easy to layer. And even more crucially, it’s designed to stand up to spring rain and wind.

That makes it the best men’s spring jacket to wear atop your other versatile seasonal style picks here, including a classic Oxford shirt from the good folks at Everlane (just add a rugged crewneck sweatshirt if you get chilly). A pair of slim jeans from Mott and Bow in an eye-catching shade of blue switch things up from your typical blue jeans, and the entire combination sits stylishly atop the dependable Rhodes Footwear Dolomite Boots. Your ensemble can only go as far as your accessories, so some of the best merino wool socks for men are a wise bet for comfort and performance. Meanwhile, your Timex Marlin Leather Watch can take a bit of a pounding and look great in the process.¬† A trio of the best men’s grooming essentials helps keep your mug in fine form this season, and the innovative DISCOMMON Watch Wallet 2 protects your everyday carry without missing a beat. Feeling great about this ensemble? I know I am — see you out there this season.

The List: A New Month Calls for the Best Early Spring Gear at Huckberry

Huckberry review

The best spring boots and more are yours for the taking at Huckberry today.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. The best new gear at Huckberry is certainly worth keeping an eye on, month after month and year after year, so step on up to the plate and get shopping. Be it the best Huckberry menswear for winter or the best daily style essentials at Huckberry, the San Francisco retailer (which recently opened an Austin HQ!) simply delivers. And because we’re now into March, it’s time to talk about new spring style essentials at Huckberry, naturally. Let’s slowly but surely shed those ultra-heavy layers in favor of lighter, more mobile and more flexible gear. In short, let’s start by picking up your new favorite menswear right now, including the 14 best new gear picks at Huckberry. Here we go. Oh, and a word to the wise: Give me a follow on Instagram to see how I style my Huckberry picks.

The Best Menswear for Spring from Huckberry

Proof Rover Highlander Jacket — $198

Proof Rover Highlander Jacket

This rough-and-tumble field jacket will take you far this spring.

Lighten up your outerwear with this rugged, ready-for-anything field jacket made from a durable stretch fabric that’s been pigment-dyed for a lived-in look and feel.

Flint and Tinder Henley Sweatshirt — $98

Best men's henleys

Part sweatshirt, part henley and all rugged style this spring.

No rundown of the best gear to buy at Huckberry is complete without at least one pick from Flint and Tinder. It helps that this is one of the most rugged, versatile men’s henleys (or is it a sweatshirt?) you can rock this season.

Flint and Tinder All-American Stretch Denim — $128

Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans

A perfect pair of spring jeans in an laidback wash.

The time is never wrong to shop some of the best men’s light wash denim for spring, and the Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans blend expertly washed fabric with comfortable stretch and serious style points. Wear ’em with a classic T-shirt for easygoing style. On that note…

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee — $72

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee

This performance T-shirt is definitely worth the price — pick up multiple colorways for maximum versatility.

With a whopping 11 color options and the versatility and performance of merino wool, this is one of the best T-shirts for men that you can snap up. It’s also one of the best T-shirts to wear with jeans for weekend travel or relaxed days in the backyard, beer in hand.

Seiko 5 Sports Watch — $335¬†

Seiko 5 Sports Watch

A go-anywhere sports watch ideal for wearing as you go off-trail or knock back some spring beers.

Let your Seiko sports watch do the talking as you dress in subtle style with one of the best T-shirts for men, because this fairly priced watch is both dependable and visually striking, all at once. A nicely sized 42.5mm case diameter and 100 meters of water resistance ought to do the trick.

Danner Bull Run Moc Toe Boots — $190

Danner Bull Run Moc Toe Boots

These have the potential to be your new favorite spring boots.

You’ve read about these boots on this site before, but go right ahead and pick up your own pair of rugged brown leather moc toe boots to take on plenty of spring adventures.

Faherty Brand Stretch Terry 5-Pocket Pants — $148

Faherty Stretch Five-Pocket Pants

Stretch five-pocket pants that offer comfort and performance all spring long.

You assuredly know and love Faherty Brand from this very blog, so do your spring wardrobe a favor and get these comfortable, tailored five-pocket pants to wear with your favorite henley and plenty more.

Neighbor The Loveseat — $1,500

Neighbor Furniture Review

A seriously cool home furniture upgrade in the spirit of spring cleaning.

Huckberry is about so much more than the best men’s style essentials. They also sell some of the best home goods for anyone and everyone, including this epic Neighbor Loveseat.

Seager Co. Whippersnapper Long-Sleeve Shirt — $90

Huckberry x Seager Co.

A tough Western shirt from Huckberry and Seager Co.

Part of the exclusive Huckberry x Seager Co. Capsule Collection, this dependable Western shirt is made from flaxseed linen for breathability and layering potential. Speaking of…

Schott Funnel Neck Military Sweater —¬† $140

Schott Funnel Neck Sweater

One of the toughest transitional sweaters for men, up for grabs at Huckberry.

We’re not out of the woods yet as far as cold and blustery weather, so pick up this rugged men’s sweater from Schott, featuring cool military-inspired detailing to throw on over your Seager Co. Western shirt.

Ginew Wax Canvas Rider Jacket —¬†$365¬†

Best men's waxed canvas jackets

The tough-as-nails waxed trucker jacket your spring wardrobe needs.

Speaking of remarkably tough transitional layers, how about this rugged waxed jacket, made from Army Duck waxed canvas and ready for the open road? It could be your new favorite spring jacket, my friends.

Outerknown Blanket Shirt — $148

Outerknown Blanket Shirt

A highly wearable, easy-to-layer spring shirt.

Available in a plethora of different patterns and color combinations, the Outerknown Blanket Shirt is one of the best men’s casual shirts for spring. Wear it atop a rugged thermal shirt or your favorite T-shirt alongside light wash denim for expert weekend (or weekday) style.

Garrett Leight Brooks 47 Sunglasses — $262

Start to welcome the return of consistent sunlight with some of the most stylish sunglasses your money can buy. You can also read more about Garrett Leight sunglasses on the blog.

VANS Classic Slip-Ons 98 DX – Anaheim Factory — $75

VANS Classic Slip-ons

A new pair of go-to spring sneakers from VANS.

What could be more essential for relaxed spring style than a pair of classic slip-on sneakers from a revered brand, right? These VANS slip-ons work with everything from joggers to chinos to your new favorite jeans.

As I survey the best new gear at Huckberry, it’s really tough to come up with just one standout pick from the lauded retailer. Everything from easygoing essentials, like a pair of classic slip-on sneakers, to picks like a rugged waxed jacket for hard-wearing adventures, is contained within the site’s very impressive digital shelves. Even if you want some of the best home goods (like the seriously nice Neighbor Loveseat shown above), you’re in luck. In that case, I’ll leave you today with my two current favorites: A rugged cotton field jacket from Proof and a pair of the Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans for versatile spring style at its finest. Happy shopping, stay safe and we’ll see you out there — thanks for reading!

 

 

The Sunday Sale: It’s Your Last Chance to Get 40 Percent off these Durable TAFT Leather Boots

TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust

These classic leather boots are a standout deal right now from TAFT.

Here’s the thing about shopping for the best men’s boots for winter (and beyond) — if you don’t act quickly enough at times, you’re liable to miss out on what could be your new favorite boots. Don’t believe me? Witness the TAFT Last Chance sale section, your final opportunity to get standout deals — in this case, a remarkable 40 percent off — on the best boots for men, made to last season after season. And today’s Sunday Sale pick is a real winner: The TAFT Dragon Boots blend rugged appeal and timeless style, plus excellent functionality, and you really can’t beat the fact that these boots are 40 percent off right now. I’ve got a pair of TAFT Dragon Boots myself, and have been more than pleased with the blend of the tread outsole, the sleek profile and the rugged leather. These are boots to wear with jeans or with tailored wool trousers in equal measure (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg — keep scrolling for the full specs). And if you’ve been wanting to pull the trigger on a pair of hyped TAFT men’s boots, or if you’ve simply been curious about the brand, you’re in luck today.

SHOP: The TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust

TAFT men's boots

A sleek design and textured leather make these boots casual, rugged and yet sharp as can be.

The brand uses European leathers and hand-cutting & painting to get the sort of detailing other shoe brands can only dream about (just check out the best-selling TAFT Jack Boots, for instance). And since TAFT launched in 2013, it seems the brand has built a cult following that sometimes makes its stylish men’s boots tough to come by. All of this is to say, when you can get a pair of the best boots for men on sale for 40 percent off, and in plenty of sizes, you should hop right on it. Of course, the TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust are a terrific deal at full price, too: They’re made with Stead Waxed Commander leather for unique texture and durability — they’re fully waterproof. How’s that for some bang for your buck? Waxed laces and a full leather lining are touches that ensure a comfortable fit and premium quality.

That rich brown leather also makes the TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust a fine candidate to wear with herringbone wool trousers and a classic Oxford shirt when you have to get back into the office. And when you clock out, wear them with your favorite pair of dark blue denim and a classic pocket T-shirt during warmer weather. Yes indeed, the TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust are simply that good — and simply that much more affordable via the TAFT Last Chance sale section. Can’t get better than that, can you? No, sir.

SHOP: The TAFT Dragon Boots in Rust

Style Pick of the Week: Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Jacket

Overland men's jackets

Your new favorite winter jacket might just be … this one.

Let me jump right into today’s Style Pick of the Week with some words of wisdom, so to speak: If you’re not familiar with Overland men’s jackets (and more), then your entire winter wardrobe might just be about to change. That’s because Overland is taking things to the next level as far as crafting the best men’s winter jackets is concerned, and that echoes through its entire product line — including the refined-yet-rugged Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Coat shown above. As we cruise through the end of February, perhaps you’re still shrugging off the impacts of a long-running winter, or battling through yet another snowstorm. And if you want to shake up your outerwear game with both style and function in mind, you can hardly go wrong with one of the best shearling jackets for men. Overland really is one-of-a-kind in that regard, a family-owned company launched in the 1970s in New Mexico that now makes some of the finest men’s jackets (and women’s jackets, and more!) on the planet. Heck, Overland has grown into a company with 16 stores and of course, one heck of a rotation of the best jackets for men, period. But back to the Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Coat, of course. It’s an updated take on the trucker jacket, fashioned with a super-warm shearling sheepskin interior.

SHOP: The Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Coat

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Classic trucker jacket design meets luxurious shearling sheepskin.

As one might expect, crafting a jacket like the Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Coat, using that sort of incredibly premium material comes with a price tag ($795 at Overland). However, it’s the sort of investment that’ll pay off in spades. Think of this like a winter upgrade over your traditional jean jacket, with the same serious style points available to you. In my mind, you can wear this rugged trucker jacket just like an indigo denim jacket, starting with slim black jeans and a thermal henley for added winter warmth. You can also layer it over a classic fisherman’s sweater for even more comfort in the cold, while everything from burgundy corduroys to slim blue jeans are up for grabs here. If you want to go ultra-refined, considering pairing it with wool suit trousers and classic moc toe boots for eye-catching winter style. Details like flap chest pockets and slanted hip pockets complete the classic trucker jacket design. This is the sort of jacket you can wear on wintry park strolls or market visits, or to battle the elements as you enjoy an outdoor beer garden brew. When you find one of the best jackets for men, period, you should wear it as often as you can.

SHOP: The Overland Gabriel Shearling Sheepskin Coat

The Friday Read: The Best Early Spring Menswear, A New T-Shirt and Grand Seiko Watches

PAIGE men's denim

PAIGE makes stylish casual gear and denim for the modern man, no questions asked.

Is it ever too early to start talking about spring style? It might feel like it at present, as the country thaws out from some seriously nasty winter weather, but it always pays off to be prepared as far as matters of style are concerned. That’s why the new PAIGE Denim Spring 2021 Collection caught my eye earlier this week. The L.A.-based denim brand (previously featured on the blog) specializes in toeing the line between cool and casual with ease. They’ve perfected the art of the best denim for men in expert washes and colors, plus breezy shirt jackets, easygoing button-downs, buttery soft T-shirts and some of the best outerwear for spring. You really could get dressed head-to-toe in PAIGE men’s denim, so consider this an endorsement as we head into the weekend.

My own weekend will include even more time in the Florida sun, as has been the case the past few weeks, with beer from Point Ybel Brewing stocked plentifully in the fridge here in Fort Myers. A tip: I love the Little Sanibel Table Beer, made with French Saison yeast and Mosaic hops for bright, citrus-y flavor and aroma, plus¬† a crisp and refreshing finish. Can you tell I’m looking forward to a happy hour brew later?? In the meantime, I’m going to stay busy working on my Saturday newsletter for The Style Guide In Brief. If you don’t yet subscribe, now’s the perfect time to get acquainted with my twice-weekly newsletter on menswear, music (usually of the indie rock variety) and craft beer, or coffee, or whiskey. On Tuesday in fact, I wrote about Scottish synth pop stars CHVRCHES. Best of all, it’s free! Head here to subscribe and kick off your weekend the right way. In the meantime, feast your eyes on a few more shopping and reading picks below. Thanks for being here!

Tomorrow's Laundry

A monthly subscription designed to bring you basics that aren’t so basic.

  • We talked above about the best men’s denim and other pieces to wear for spring, but what if you just want to upgrade your basics rotation for casual spring days at home (or on the road)? Better yet, what if you want to upgrade to luxury basics for men that’ll change the way you think about the humble T-shirt? Enter Tomorrow’s Laundry, one of my favorite recommended picks for today. For $68 a month, you get basics like two super-premium T-shirts or a stylish French Terry hoodie in modern or classic fits, with access to a team of stylists to curate your Tomorrow’s Laundry Essentials Club. Laidback lounging or on-the-go adventures just got a whole lot more comfortable and stylish.
Mad Rabbit Tattoo - Mad Rabbit Tattoo Butter

No matter how many tattoos you’ve got, Mad Rabbit’s essentials are going to come in handy.

  • Let’s go beyond just luxury men’s basics, shall we? Or perhaps, let’s talk about something that’s ever-so-slightly related. If you’re a tattoo aficionado or have been thinking about getting (safely) inked up, maybe you want to show off those tattoos while wearing, say, a T-shirt from Tomorrow’s Laundry. How to best ensure your tattoos look their best, no matter how large they are or where they are on your body? That’s easy. Mad Rabbit Tattoo has a trio of tattoo essentials designed to enhance your tattoos and repair your skin in the process. From a tattoo balm to tattoo gel, consider giving Mad Rabbit Tattoo a look — they definitely helped my last tattoo heal up nicely! Cheers.
Grand Seiko SLGH005

A heritage watch that’s perfectly suited to be worn every single day.

  • Alright, I’ve got a reading pick for your enjoyment this fine Friday. For Maxim.com, I wrote about a seriously cool new Grand Seiko watch, a timepiece inspired by lovely Japanese Birch trees. How does that translate into an heirloom-worthy watch? You’re going to have to read on to find out. Of course, if you’re feeling splurge-worthy, you can also shop Grand Seiko watches in the meantime.
  • Let’s close things out with one more reading and shopping pick, shall we? You know Taylor Stitch from over the years on the blog here. Perhaps you even know the Northeast retro athletic gear purveyors at Tracksmith. So, you should assuredly head to GearMoose to read all about the Taylor Stitch x Tracksmith Park Bomber Jacket, one of the best men’s jackets for spring — I’ve got the full scoop for you.

Perhaps you’re feeling a little more hopeful now about all things spring now that you’ve checked out some PAIGE men’s denim or considered a (truly) splurge-worthy Grand Seiko watch, ehh? I know that’s how I’m feeling. That being said, I’ve got one last recommended style read for you: My piece on how to wear a chore coat can be easily customized for late season chills and breezy early spring days in the weeks ahead, so go on and make it your own today. Cheers to the weekend, stay safe and thanks for reading!

 

The Thursday Buy: This Todd Snyder Fisherman’s Sweater is the Winter Sweater You Need Now

Todd Snyder Fisherman's Sweater

A seriously unique and seriously cool winter sweater, to say the very least.

If I know one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you really can’t go wrong with Todd Snyder menswear, from the NYC designer’s take on a classic bomber jacket to one of the most affordable crewneck sweatshirts on the market and of course, a winter-ready flannel shirt. That’s just the tip of the menswear iceberg, as it were, because today’s Thursday Buy takes you inside yet another Todd Snyder winter style pick: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, one of the best men’s sweaters for winter, easily. This classic winter sweater is a rugged and yet ever-so-slightly “fashion forward” take on the traditional fisherman sweater, and your seasonal wardrobe will be all the better for it (note that you can also get this rugged winter sweater in a seasonally friendly Kelly Green, sans colorblocking).

It breaks up the silhouette into a colorblocked take on the classic style, and it’s going to shake up your cold-weather layering game in the best way possible. That’s because it’s just different enough from the everyday — and right now, you can¬†purchase it for nearly 20 percent off¬†(at the time of this writing, that is!). When you want¬† a unique way to layer up and fight the cold, you want this Todd Snyder fisherman’s sweater, because it won’t let you down when as far as winter warmth is concerned. It’s an investment at more than $230, but again, it won’t let you down.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater

Todd Snyder menswear

Another iteration of the Todd Snyder Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, and in a vibrant color for cold winter days.

So, I know what you’re thinking: Why invest more than $200 in a winter sweater? Well, as you might know with Todd Snyder, you’re getting plenty of quality and bang for your buck. In the case of the Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, it’s made from 100 percent lambswool, the sort of warming and winter-ready fabric of choice for blustery winter days and chilly coastal mornings. As the brand so sagely notes, the cable knit design is even inspired by fisherman’s ropes, hence the name (and the rugged appeal, of course). The diamond knit design also represents the small fields of Ireland’s Aran Islands. How cool is that?

A classic winter sweater with history and heritage, to boot? Sign me up. Your new favorite winter sweater is one you can wear as simply or as stylishly as you please, whether you prefer to throw it on over an indigo thermal shirt with canvas work pants or layer it atop a favorite flannel shirt. When you invest in the Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater, you’re assuredly investing in the best.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Colorblock Cable Fisherman’s Sweater