Style Pick of the Week: Tanner Goods Standard Belt

A handsome, stylish leather belt — yes, a leather belt can be both of those things.

Call me crazy — go right ahead — but we’re dedicating today’s Style Pick of the Week to the Tanner Goods Standard Belt … yes, just a leather belt. But when is a leather belt more than just a leather belt? When it’s made by Tanner Goods, naturally — in fact, the Tanner Goods Standard Belt is one of the best men’s belts your money can buy, and that’s the truth. It bears repeating that again, like we always say here at The Style Guide, the small accessories can make a big difference, pulling your outfit together … or causing it to fall apart. That might sound like a lot of hyperbole, but the Tanner Goods Standard Belt bucks the trend of your belt being just an afterthought. Whether you decide to wear this stylish leather belt with your favorite pair of denim, a set of classic slim chinos, or some durable work pants, you surely won’t be disappointed.

Available in five seriously cool types of leather, the Tanner Goods Standard Belt offers up something for everything — again, the rich leather and handsome hardware means you can wear the Tanner Goods Standard Belt with everything from inky indio denim, a slub henley and brown leather boots to a tailored four-season suit. Certainly, this rugged-yet-versatile belt makes the case that a leather belt can be … you guessed it, so much more than a leather belt.

The details make this leather belt all the better.

The even better news? The Tanner Goods Standard Belt is the perfect leather belt to buy if you happen to tend toward brown leather watches and brown or suede chukka boots — in that regard, it could become a go-to everyday belt. Heck, we haven’t even mentioned that it’s made in America using vegetable-tanned Meridian English Bridle leather (some of the best in the country, assuredly). Even the buckle is hand-cast — this certainly isn’t a cheap, faux leather belt from a fast-fashion retailer, and that’s a great thing given the $70-plus price tag. Considering the Tanner Goods Standard Belt using the “Marie Kondo Method,” I’d say this thing is going to give you serious joy as you wear it every single day — no doubt about it. Upgrade your belt, and the rest of your everyday carry essentials just might follow. The little things make all the difference, and the Tanner Goods Standard Belt can help set you on the right path to better accessories, better style & a better … life? Don’t knock it ’til you try it! Thanks for reading.

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The Friday Read: Dublin, The Best Old Fashioned to Drink Now & The Best Winter Jacket

Cheers to the weekend — and the best Old Fashioned on the market. Image courtesy of Esquire.

We’re here on the cusp of another weekend, my friends — have an Old Fashioned, you deserve it. It’s been a whirlwind month of February for me, seeing as I woke up on February 1st in Vancouver on a weekend jaunt to see one of my favorite bands, Canadian rock stars Arkells, and then spent the rest of my time checking out a neat coastal city (I strongly recommend you hit up Brassneck Brewery and the trendy-but-not-too-trendy beer & cocktail emporium Six Acres). In short, the show & the trip were extraordinary — but you know that if you follow me on Instagram. Vancouver was lovely & extremely walkable, with sunny, breezy weather, great beer, and some tasty Japanese curry fries. The Granville Island Public Market is another eclectic location worth a visit if ever you get out West, too.

What’s on tap next, then? Why, another trip, of course! Back in October, as I started planning out my 2019, I looked “across the pond” and found a neat 2-for-1 opportunity of sorts — the chance to visit iconic, historic Dublin, Ireland, and the chance to see a stellar show by another one of my favorite groups, Scottish synth pop heroes CHVRCHES! In fact, as you read this, I’m en route to Dublin (with a stop at the Guinness Storehouse planned later today). From the Guinness Storehouse, it’ll be off to explore the city and head to the Olympia Theatre to see CHVRCHES play a Friday night show sure to be packed with hits off three much-loved albums, including 2013 classics “The Mother We Share” and “Recover.” From there, I’m looking forward to exploring as much of the city on foot as possible (with my Huckberry Duck Boots in tow, naturally). What’s on your weekend to-do list? Wait, I know the answer: Kicking it off with today’s edition of The Friday Read, and listening to some CHVRCHES. Problem solved!

  • Aside from a rich, flavorful IPA, I might put an Old Fashioned second on my list of go-to cocktails for a chilly winter night (the photo at the top really says it all, honestly). On that note, the ever-refined team at Esquire offers up a recipe for what just might be the best Old Fashioned to drink now. It’s super simple, it accentuates the whiskey (I like Michter’s at the moment), and it’s a nice way to unwind after a long day.
  • On the hunt for a unique collaboration that’s designed to work at the beach and on the streets? The Hurley x Carhartt collaboration, recently launched, is for you. It blends the spirit of workwear with the adventure-ready mindset of the beach through stylish hoodies, heavyweight tees & more.. And the even better news? I recently wrote about the partnership for The Manual! Check it out above.It’s quite high praise to call out one jacket (that’d be the Fint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa Jacket) as the best winter jacket, but I’m here to tell you that it’s seriously under consideration for that honor from yours truly. In fact, you should read more about this jacket before it’s snapped up off digital shelves.
  • The best style moves are sometimes the simplest — take the Proof Nova Series Jacket, a minimal jacket that offers up big-time performance. To get the full scoop, I’m going to send you to GearMoose to read my latest feature.

So, that’ll do it for today’s edition of The Friday Read. I’ve got some exploration of Dublin to get done now — if you have any suggestions for sights to see in the city, feel free to let me know on Twitter. And in the meantime, I’d urge you to keep your weekend going by shopping for some of the best menswear essentials. There we go! Thanks for reading.

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is a New Winter Essential

A new take on the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, essential fabric and all.

Have you been searching high and low for men’s style essentials from one go-to brand? A company that makes things easy and stocks a wide range of basics that … aren’t quite so basic? A brand like Taylor Stitch, naturally? You’re in luck, because everyone’s favorite San Francisco-based menswear purveyor is now stocking gear like the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt in a simple, aptly named collection called Taylor Stitch Essentials — consider your winter shopping sorted, to say the least. The Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is part of a well-curated collection of pieces that are going to work in any season and virtually any style situation, exactly what one would expect from the fine folks at Taylor Stitch. That means you can pair it with other like-minded pieces from the brand, like slim tan chinos or inky selvage denim — all the while, the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is going to break in handsomely thanks to that indigo texture.

A richly textured indigo shirt, made for winter layering.

Garment-washed cotton brings out the rich texture and stylish nature of this shirt, which should fit perfectly and wear nicely right out of the box. That’s because Taylor Stitch has its shirting dialed in to fit most (if not all) guys perfectly — the use of exact chest measurements (I.E. A size 40 chest equates to a medium) takes care of that. The Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt also features a pleasingly rounded button-down collar and a visually interesting front chest pocket. Those two touches put this shirt squarely in casual territory, yet it’s able to be worn easily with something like a charcoal herringbone blazer and burgundy corduroys at the office. The fit and fabric of the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt also lends itself to being worn as laidback as possible — think expertly faded denim and rugged leather chukka boots, sleeves rolled and stylish leather watch on your wrist. The refreshing thing about the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is that it’s going to work as hard as you do — it won’t fall apart like a cheaply made shirt from a fast fashion retailer. If you ask me, that’s all you need to consider when shopping for your new favorite winter shirt.

#OOTD: How to Dress Down a Blazer This Winter

We’ve talked in the past here on The Style Guide about how to dress for the office, but we’re now taking that a step further today — how to dress down your blazer the right way. The move here involves dressing it down for a nice blend of workwear-inspired, ruggedly casual office style. It’s a tricky balance to get right, but I think you’ll find the below #OOTD gets the job done just fine (pun intended). The trick comes in the blazer you pick, and the supporting cast with which you surround yourself. In this case, the blazer in question is the unstructured, laidback-yet-polished Outerknown Ambassador Blazer — but more on that in a second.

In other matters, the rest of these men’s style essentials might look more like pieces you wear on the weekend: Consider a rugged Taylor Stitch henley and the durable-as-heck Flint and Tinder Mill Pants to now be stylish and essential enough to wear to the office. The key, again, comes with blending it all together in a way that’s polished and cool — not stuffy. So, you’ll also find a stylish leather watch and grooming essentials from Duke Cannon in the mix. It can be a bit uncomfortable at first to mix and match pieces that you normally feel might not work together, but when you put your mind to it … it all falls into place. See for yourself below, then check out my #OOTD rotation over on Instagram.

Can you dress down a blazer? Yes, with this #OOTD … you sure can.

  • The Blazer: Outerknown Ambassador Blazer, $325 — When wearing a blazer more casually (like with a stylish henley), reach for one that’s unstructured and easygoing — Outerknown has just the ticket. (While we’re at it, head here to get a discount on Outerknown).
  • The Henley: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Natural, $68 — If ever there was a henley to wear with a blazer, it’d be this rugged Taylor Stitch henley. Right?
  • The Pants: Flint and Tinder Mill Pants, $98 — Mixing workwear with more dressy style staples can be a bit of a daring move, but the rugged Flint and Tinder Mill Pants balance out the two nicely.
  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka, $238.98 — You’re still going to need one of the best men’s winter jackets for a little while longer — Taylor Stitch strikes again here, helping you get to the office and stay dry while doing it.
  • The Boots: Allen Edmonds Normandy Captoe Boots, $295 — Rugged leather lace-up boots are the go-to move here, particularly as you fight the elements in business casual style.
  • The Stylish Leather Watch: Martenero Ace Watch, $595 — This handsome leather watch is bold enough for the weekend & subtly stylish enough for the office.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne, $25 — Try something new on for size — this refined cologne from Duke Cannon is truly like no other, and that’s why I love it.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: This Is Ground Mod 5 Organizer, $385 — The right way to organize your daily work must-haves? This Is Ground, of course. Stylish AND sleek.

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So, we’re calling this meeting to a close today in terms of how to dress down your blazer — did this #OOTD get you thinking outside of the box a little bit? Again, it all comes down to making sure your blazer (in this case, the Outerknown Ambassador Blazer) is laidback and stylish enough to wear with pieces like a rugged Taylor Stitch henley and of course, the workwear-inspired Flint and Tinder Mill Pants. You get more assistance at bridging the gap between the rugged and the office-ready with the suitably tough-yet-classic Allen Edmonds Normandy Captoe Boots (a personal favorite as seen on GearMoose!). The other accessories do the heavy lifting here, too. That includes the exceptional Martenero Ace Watch (possibly the best leather watch to buy now), plus the essential Duke Cannon Solid Cologne. Both of those bring this ensemble right to the office. And for when the weather gets to be too rough? The durable Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka helps you stay dry in style. Every single base is covered, from what to wear on your commute to what to wear at the office — casually, of course.  Again, check out my Instagram to see how I’m dressing for the office on the daily. Thanks for reading!


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The List: Bundle Up in Style with this Week’s Top Men’s Gear Picks

The casual. well-made zip hoodie you need for a winter weekend — beer not included.

By now, maybe you’ve grown sick of dealing with winter weather and dressing for the polar vortex — I know I have. That being said, you still need winter style essentials that take care of business, pieces that blend the casual with a new sense of refinement. Pieces not unlike the Flint and Tinder Zip Hoodie, a ridiculously well-made hoodie that’s surprisingly stylish. It’s perhaps the best hoodie to buy now, and we’re going to tell you just why you need it (plus other critical men’s gear picks) in today’s edition of The List. Feel free to let me know what you think on Twitter!

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie — $98

Flint and Tinder

Very nearly the best hooded sweatshirt on the market, with the chops to back it up.

If you follow the blog, you assuredly know that Flint and Tinder is no ordinary brand — and the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie is no ordinary hoodie, with a reputation for durability and quality that precedes it. Wear the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie underneath a rugged denim jacket and slim tan chinos, or keep it around to layer up with a versatile jacket like the Flint and Tinder Rain Shell. Again, it’s a hoodie that’s actually styish — color us surprised there, but it could be just the layering piece you need to reinvigorate your winter wardrobe.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie 

Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots — $175

The rugged, warm boots you need for the rest of winter.

Look, it’s horribly, terribly cold and snowy outside. You need some of the best men’s winter boots, even if we’re nearing the end of February. And these rugged waterproof boots fit the bill quite nicely.

Portuguese Flannel Teca Flannel Shirt — $115

A versatile flannel shirt that’s cozy and comfortable.

Looking for a relatively affordable flannel shirt made with style and durability in mind? This stylish flannel shirt is just what the doctor ordered.

Bespoke Post Frontier Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

Bespoke Post

The right gear for whatever winter throws your way.

OK, here’s the deal: When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you get access every single month to curated men’s style essentials — kind of like the Bespoke Post Frontier Box, perfect for winter adventures.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Tobacco Waxed Canvas — $188

The details make all the difference when it comes to this exceptional Taylor Stitch jacket.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you’re reading this, the exceptionally stylish Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch (in a new, rich Tobacco Waxed Canvas) might be sold out. If you do have the chance to buy one still? Go for it — ASAP.

Upstate Eco Heather Flannel Sheet Set — $156

The right flannel sheets to upgrade your bedroom for winter.

It’s hard shopping for bedding for most of us guys — but luckily, Upstate is here with the best flannel sheets to buy now. They’re masculine, rugged & stylish, yet versatile — the perfect complement to the rest of your bedroom or apartment, most likely.

Levi’s 501 Jeans in STF Dark Rinse — $69.50

Classic men’s jeans from a classic brand, done in a clean dark rinse.

As to what you’re going to wear to complement something like the Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch, well … might as well make it a pair of the best men’s denim, right?

Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket — $138

A tough, warm shirt jacket to make the last few weeks of winter bearable.

Speaking of gear for winter adventures, well … this durable shirt jacket (available in other colors besides the blue seen above) gives you the versatility of two stylish shirt jackets in one handy, easily packable silhouette.

Fellow Stagg EKG+ Electric Kettle — $199

The best way to get the best cup of coffee, no doubt about it.

Use this kettle to bring your water to absolutely the precise temperature for the perfect cup of coffee or tea — a must-have on chilly winter weekend mornings.

1767 Designs Donoho Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging — $290

A seriously unique way to amp up your wall art.

OK, so we’ve talked about the perfect cup of coffee and also the best flannel sheets, so why not keep the home-centric goods rolling with this investment-level piece of reclaimed wood art from Donoho?

That’s going to close out this winter-friendly edition of The List. What’s on your shopping list now? I’m a big fan of the functionality and rugged style of the best men’s winter boots we featured in today’s post — those would be the Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots, of course. Stay warm and stay stylish out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Here’s your new favorite jacket — there, I said it.

Put it this way: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket could be the last jacket you need to buy for the rest of winter (and heck, next fall). Perhaps you thought your seasonal outerwear situation was all set? Not so fast. The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket is the right way to refresh your winter jacket collection as the season rolls along, what with its classic blend of workwear style and durability. It’s a step down in terms of dressy style from, say, the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear the  Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket every other time you need a tough, dependable jacket. It’s made in the U.S.A, a signifier of that extra attention to detail and quality for which Flint and Tinder is known across the board.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

The quality behind the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket starts with its construction and fabrication — for instance, it’s made with tough cotton canvas from North Carolina, a haven for excellent textiles. It’s there that the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket really starts to take shape, from the cotton corduroy flip-up collar (a classic workwear touch) to the quilted interior lining.

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Also available in Grey, this jacket is complete with a functional quilted lining.

And as you can see above, it comes in both Grey and my personal favorite, a rich shade of Brown that wears well with all of your other favorite menswear essentials (think indigo denim and brown leather boots, for starters). The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket also wears nicely with slightly dressier pieces, like slim olive chinos and a white Oxford (topped off with classic leather chukka boots, of course). And that versatility means this tough workwear jacket is much more versatile than you might think — try it with a denim shirt and grey chinos to head to a weekend happy hour or a casual coffee date.

What’s more, the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket is pretty darn affordable considering what you’re getting — a dependable, warm winter jacket that you can wear for both work and play. The cotton canvas exterior is going to take on chilly weather and snow with ease, while even the YKK coil zippers get the job done in terms of durability. There really isn’t any downside to picking up the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket, that much is clear.  What’s your take on this soon-to-be winter style staple? Feel free to chime in on Twitter!

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

The Friday Read: Interpol, The Best Men’s Denim Shirts & Red Wing Chukka Boots

Bespoke Post

The right picks you need to enjoy your next craft beer … over and over and over.

My friends, did you survive Valentine’s Day alright? Hopefully, with some men’s style essentials handy — and perhaps something like the Bespoke Post Cheers Box, as pictured above? It’s one of the best ways to get into craft beer, in my estimation: It’s giving you everything you need, from stylish beer glasses to a nice growler. I’m certainly a fan. So, that’s out of the way, and we’re off to the races when it comes to this week’s best men’s style reads. I’ve got quite the exciting weekend lined up — shortly here on this fine Friday, I’ll be hitting the road to Washington, D.C. for a truly lifetime rock show!

Legendary NYC indie rockers Interpol, stalwarts of the early ’00s rock scene and makers of one of last year’s finest albums, “Marauder,” are set to play D.C.’s The Anthem! The venue itself has drawn widespread praise since it opened in October 2017 — and as for Interpol, well, the band’s history stretches back 20 years before that. These lauded NYC rockers (who met at NYU in 1997) are icons to me and plenty of others, namely for the revered 2002 album “Turn on the Bright Lights.” It’s one of the best debut rock records in the past few decades — there, I said it! Needless to say, I’m VERY excited for Friday night’s show — as well as a return to NYC on Saturday, followed by a second Interpol show at none other than Madison Square Garden that night! Talk about a whirlwind weekend of amazing live music, right? What’s on your weekend agenda? Hopefully, lots of relaxation, a bit of craft beer (courtesy of the Bespoke Post Cheers Box!?) and some excellent music (maybe Interpol?). Kick it all off with the below #menswear news items. Thanks for reading!

  • It’s no secret that I love a delicious craft beer — and of course, the process and nuance that goes into it. With that being said, you’d do very well to read up on (and hopefully sample!) the Summit Brewing Dakota Soul, a Czech-style pilsner I covered for GearMoose recently. Bottoms up!
  • Here just in time to shake up your winter layering, I  worked with my buddy John Jones at The Manual to cover the best men’s denim shirts (featuring picks from Flint and Tinder among others!) — the rugged denim shirt can be worn with everything from a tan herringbone blazer and slim black jeans to a thermal henley and classic Levi’s denim, and that’s a fact.
  • Versatille winter layering, as we just discussed, is vitally important to staying comfortable, warm & stylish this season. In fact, it’s crucial that you pick up a piece like the Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket ASAP — helpfully, I covered it for GearMoose!
  • Let’s close up shop today (well, nearly) by talking about the best leather chukka boots to buy now — they’re coming to you courtesy of Red Wing Heritage, and I’d urge you to hit that hyperlink to read about them — and shop them — ASAP.

OK folks, that’s going to do it for me today. I’ll leave you with one last item of necessary reading (and shopping), taking a look at the warmest winter jacket to buy right now. How could you not love that!? Cheers to the weekend.