See Now, Buy Now: The Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell Is Tough and Weather-Ready

Your next fall outerwear purchase — rain-ready, functional & stylish.

Ever wake up and get caught off guard by nasty weather outside? Ever get caught in that weather without an umbrella? Same and same. That’s why I’m such a fan of the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell (yes, more Flint and Tinder on The Style Guide!), and that’s why I think you will be, too. The latest entry into our See Now, Buy Now series also happens to be the rare weather-ready jacket that also happens to be stylish — no gaudy logos or overly bright colors here, just the classic style and tough design you’d expect from our pals at Flint and Tinder.  Simply put, the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell really does drive home everything you know and love about the brand, from the USA-made construction to the rugged appeal and a unique sense of heritage and history. To wit: The Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell starts with water and tear-resistant Japanese nylon fabric done up in a silhouette that echoes timeless mountain parkas. The specs are tough, durable and ready for nearly anything, too. That goes for the custom metal snaps, the natural cotton drawstring and leather stoppers — all of which just so happen to be subtly stylish at the same time.

Crucially, the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell is more than just your average, lightweight, grab-and-go jacket (although it looks great with casual style staples aplenty). No sir, there’s just a little something extra to this jacket — I’m particularly a fan of the Dark Olive color, which wouldn’t look out of place when worn with the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans and perhaps a rugged waffle henley. The possibilities for a jacket like the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell go about as far as you’d like, from day hikes to that critical fall pumpkin patch visit to an afternoon wiled away at your local brewery. And to top it off, you won’t be caught off guard by the rain anymore.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell

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#OOTD: The Right Way to Layer Your Favorite Shirt Jacket This Season

We’re back at it today on The Style Guide with a new dose of men’s style essentials for you — I have a feeling you’re going to enjoy this #OOTD if you enjoy rugged layers. The centerpiece of this outfit comes, of course, from a Style Guide favorite — it’s the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket, and if you’re going to invest in a shirt jacket, now is the time to do it. The shirt jacket can be worn in plenty of style situations, including in inclement weather. It’s a reliable replacement for a bulky jacket, and it teams with other shirts already in your closet — as you’ll see below.  In my mind, this is an #OOTD to wear on a chilly fall weekend out and about, or during a cabin weekend retreat … you get the picture. Heck, you could even reach for the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket at a late-season football tailgate or bonfire. Of course, if you have, y’know, actual work to do? Well then, it’s serviceable in that regard, too. So, here;s the deal: We’re going to layer up with a stylish casual shirt, then we’re going to throw on some rugged chore pants and some stylish leather boots, and then … well, you’ll be able to see the rest shortly.  As I always stress here on the blog, if you start your outfit with one reliable centerpiece — a la the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket — the rest can easily fall into place. Lo and behold, here we are.

You’ve got your rugged shirt jacket, you’ve got your tough chore pants … you’ve got one heck of an #OOTD.

  • The Shirt Jacket: Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket, $188 — We’re starting off this #OOTD the exact way we should — with the absolutely incredible Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket.
  • The (Other) Shirt: Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown, $108 — Can you layer a shirt … under another shirt? When it’s the handsome, casual Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown, of course you can.
  • The Rugged Pants: Flint and Tinder Mill Pants, $108 — The great thing about layering a stylish casual shirt under something like the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket is that you can go a little more rugged or more classic with your pants — the Flint and Tinder Mill Pants are reasonably rugged.
  • The Stylish Leather Boots: Nisolo Mateo Moc Toe Boots, $288 — That same adage applies to your boots — the durable moc toe construction and versatile profile of the Nisolo Mateo Boots in particular.
  • The Socks: American Trench Merino Activity Socks with Silver, $19.50 — If you follow the blog, you surely know that American Trench makes some of the best men’s socks in the game. And that’s why they get the nod here.
  • The Belt: Dango Products CNC-Machined Belt, $79 — The theme of this #menswear ensemble seems to be durable, dependable gear, and this leather belt is surely one of the best leather belts  out there.
  • The Watch: Huckberry x Lum-Tec Combat B-42 Watch, $499 — Not yet acquainted with the dependability of the Huckberry x Lum-Tec series of watches? Change that right now, will ya?
  • The Everyday Carry: Bespoke Post Light Up EDC Kit, $89 — Whether the day calls for an upstate hike or a swing through your favorite brewery, this kit from Bespoke Post is handy and helpful in the way of everyday carry essentials.

I’d say there’s a lot to love about the reliability and extraordinary style of this #OOTD, correct? Maybe it’s just me, but you really can’t go wrong with the remarkable Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket, and then the rest of your ensemble follows from there. Whether you make this work during a chilly fall morning or your first winter retreat, the other complementary pieces of this ensemble are every bit as excellent as you’d expect. The Flint and Tinder Check Buttondown gives you some visual interest — wear it on its own every chance you get, too. And for days where the job calls for real work — or a few rounds of your favorite beer — the Flint and Tinder Mill Pants are a solid choice, the ideal choice to sit atop the Nisolo Mateo Boots, which blend rugged style and refined durability in one package. They’ll be all the more comfortable and warm when you team them with cozy, surprisingly stylish socks from American Trench.Lastly, I’d urge you to never — nope, never — leave the house without a rugged, durable watch like the one shown here from Huckberry x Lum-Tec. And lastly, you don’t know the gear you need until you don’t know it — that’s where the Bespoke Post Light Up EDC Kit comes in handy.  With that, this #OOTD is in the books. How are you wearing it? Let me know on Twitter

The List: Shop The Very Best Menswear for November Right Now

Your next favorite fall shirt — I feel certain of that. Don’t you?

As tough as it can be to transition from summer into fall, the transition from fall into winter calls for some serious men’s style essentials — that’s what brings us here today, in fact. From durable, rugged leather boots to your new favorite fall shirt — as seen above — we’ve got every single base covered. It’s time to layer up, bundle up and take on the changing seasons with the best gear for fall and winter. Want to stay in touch with yours truly on the daily? Check out The Style Guide Facebook page. Now, let’s hit it!

Outerknown Blanket Shirt — $100.98

The cozy, casual shirt to wear with anything and everything this fall and winter. Especially your best pair of broken-in jeans.

You know that cozy, stylish casual shirt you consistently reach for every weekend? The kind you can layer over a rugged henley or a crisp white tee in equal measure? That’s the Outerknown Blanket Shirt. Wear it all the time this season, if you can.

Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots — $525

Absurdly beautiful boots that will age wonderfully with time.

The only thing I have to say about these stellar Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots is that they’re just … remarkable. My goodness. Surely some of the best men’s boots for fall and winter.  There’s more where that came from.

Hestra Deerskin PrimaLoft Gloves — $130

Very nearly the best gloves on the market.

OK, so you’ve got your Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots and perhaps a stylish flannel waxed trucker jacket — how are you keeping your hands warm? The Hestra Deerskin PrimaLoft Gloves, of course.

Naked & Famous Slim-Fit Black Selvedge Denim — $170

Slim black denim to add an edge instantly to any look.

Who doesn’t love a slick pair of slim black denim from Naked & Famous? These jeans work for your next rock concert or a casually cool holiday party in equal measure. Wear ’em with the  Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots to start.

Bespoke Post Ivy Box — $45

A new fall style staple — namely, this is a reinvented classic.

As you can see, we’re all about rugged, classic fall layers here today — take the handsome Bespoke Post Ivy Box. A heavyweight rugby shirt from Line of Trade is a seriously cool, underrated style move.

Nisolo Mateo Moc Toe Boots — $288

Your next fall and winter boot purchase? I should think so!

Blending a surprisingly refined profile with the rugged, quality construction you’ve come to expect from Nisolo, the Mateo Moc Toe Boots are handsome and easily wearable with charcoal Donegal trousers or dark denim.

U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Amp — $479

The next entry in your home goods collection, yes?

We’re all about great audio gear and great music in equal measure on the blog — this handsome piece is a great addition to your home audio collection.

Anonymousism Indigo Rib Crew Socks — $40

Comfortable socks for every season, but especially fall and winter.

No matter whether you go with the Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots or the Mateo Moc Toe Boots, you’re going to need stylish, dependable socks. Anonymousism makes beautiful — truly beautiful — socks for all seasons.

Grayers San Remo Cardigan — $155

Grayers

A casual cardigan that also happens to be very well-made.

As they say, the hits keep coming — and the Grayers San Remo Cardigan is a warm, cozy stylish fall and winter cardigan for your wardrobe.

Foster & Rye Acadia Wood Beer Caddy — $39.99

Never a bad time to add to your collection of craft beer goods.

There are regular ways to transport your favorite craft beer, and then there’s the Foster & Rye Acadia Beer Caddy, a highly stylish way to make sure your classic craft beers get to that fall tailgate or holiday party in style.

That’s going to close out today’s edition of The List. Any favorites? For me, I dig the exceptional Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots. Stay tuned this week for more exceptional menswear — trust me. 

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley

From the cool texture to the rugged styling potential, this Flint and Tinder henley is a winter go-to.

Another day, another dollar … and another piece of stylish fall menswear from our pals at Flint and Tinder. They’re all about rugged, easy-to-wear essentials that channel classic style — like the timeless henley. Specifically, The Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley is quite the addition to your fall layering game, and it’s one you’re going to want to pick up as soon as possible. It’s fitting that it’s joining the roster of our Style Pick of the Week series, which — as luck would have it — is packed with plenty of fall style essentials that would readily pair up with the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley.  What is it about a henley that can help every guy update his look in a rugged, fall-ready way? It’s the layering potential — wearable under a chambray shirt or a black moto jacket — and it’s the sense of casual cool you get from wearing a henley. That’s nearly all there is to it. Well, maybe not all there is to it.  The Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley flips the script on the typical henley, with a slub thermal weave that easily lends itself to weekend layering — that’s just a start.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley

Innovative details help make this a seasonal staple — agreed?

More specifically, the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley is just a nicely made henley, from the unbreakable UREA metal fisheye buttons to the poplin placket (made to provide some visual and textural interest). The end result is a unique henley that’s worth the price ($62) and able to be paired up with slightly more refined pieces. Seriously, try it underneath a tan herringbone blazer with dark denim for some classic high-low style at the office. And if you couldn’t tell by now, I personally love the Birch color — although you can also snag the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley in colors like Charcoal and Olive. The great news? No matter the color you select, the wearability of the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley is top-notch. Take your favorite flannel shirt, add this rugged henley, throw on some slim black denim and call it good. Conversely, roll out of bed during the work week, pair the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley with a nay flannel suit and brown leather lace-up boots — it just works. And if you want a henley to wear this weekend with cozy sweats? Yessir, the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley  can do that, too.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley 

The Friday Read: Flint and Tinder Mill Pants, New Balance x Todd Snyder and Maggie Rogers

You see the Flint and Tinder Mill Pants pictured aobve? To me, they’re a fall style essential — and the ideal way to kick off today’s Friday Read. They’ll work for a brewery visit — or brewing your own beer. They’ll work for a day hike. They’ll work for an impromptu weekend coffee date. They’ll work anywhere you do, mostly. Who’s with me? And  wh’ else is ready for the weekend? We’ve kept busy as of late on the blog, telling you all about the best new field watch to pick up for the season, while also keeping you updated on all the men’s style picks your wardrobe deserves. And if you’re anything like me, you’re likely very excited that the weather is taking a turn toward fall. For me, that means plenty of time spent in Prospect Park and enjoying rich fall beers at places like the excellent Greenpoint Beer & Ale. How about you? It’s not all fun and games, though.

As a matter of fact, by the time you check back on Monday (after you read tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, of course), we’ll have a new look on the blog — new fonts, a new design and layout, the whole nine yards. Or at least, we’ll give it a shot. And here’s where you come in: However you feel about the new look (is it better or worse? Cool or lame!?), I’d urge you to please let me know on Twitter or via The Style Guide Facebook group.  It’s a change I haven’t taken lightly — after all, it’s my name on the blog! And you and I both (likely) love the current layout. But change is afoot. So, please let me know once we get those changes rolling! And in the meantime, you can peruse the below Friday Read … and then come back for the Style Pick of the Week. Cheers!

  • OK, so in the way of excellent live music, I’ve truly been floored by the passion and talent of Maggie Rogers, New York City’s own. She recently released a new music video, and you’d do well to check it out — and perhaps think about the state of pop music — via Consequence of Sound.
  • If you keep up with my work on The Manual, perhaps you saw this piece on Mott & Bow and the brand’s new cashmere sweaters — they’re crisp, minimal and easy to pair with stylish M&B denim. Just in time for fall, too.
  • And on to more menswear — I always try to do the best I can when it comes to rounding up fall style essentials, and if you’re still in search of a few picks to round out your wardrobe, I’d urge you to click on that hyperlink right there.
  • Speaking of menswear essentials, there’s still time to add some stylish fall sneakers to your wardrobe — you’d do well to make that move right now with the New Balance x Todd Snyder Pale Ale 990V3, which I covered for GearMoose. A word of wisdom:  These sneakers would wear well with the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans or the Flint and Tinder Mill Pants as seen above. Pair them up with a real pale ale on a chilly fall night for some seasonally friendly flavor … and style.

That’s going to wrap up this week’s edition of The Friday Read  — again, stay posted for the best new menswear of the week tomorrow, and then hold onto your horses for a whole new edition of The Style Guide very soon.  Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Huckberry’s New All-Weather Duck Boots Are A Crucial Pair of Fall Boots

Your next fall boots purchase? Assuredly.

Can you ever go wrong when it comes to picking up stylish gear from Huckberry? Certainly not. Especially if it’s the terrific E-commerce site’s all-new Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots, right? Right. Emphatically so.  This is the first time the rugged, refined and seriously versatile retailer — maker of some of your favorite men’s style essentials — has produced their own footwear, and the results are mighty impressive. From the top-notch specifications to the excellent style to the standout versatility, well, you can add these to your list of the best men’s boots. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for a great pair of men’s boots, but these take might take the cake.  The Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots are, crucially, 100 percent waterproof, guaranteed to function in the gnarliest of fall weather. From the waterproof leather to the waxed laces to what the brand calls a cushy insole and a shock-absoring midsole, every detail really has been considered. That makes the Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots a pair of boots to wear on your next hike or fall camping trip, or just a wise pick to wear on a rainy fall or winter weekend.

SHOP: The Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots
And as always with Huckberry, every design detail is thought through carefully and fully — to say the least. They’ve really put the Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots to the test here, using sealed seams and a breathable waterproof membrane, plus brass hardware, to lock in top-notch durability. The site says these have the comfort to rival your favorite sneakers, and I’d agree after having given them a test ride these past few weeks. They’ve got neither the clunky silhouette of typical “duck” boots, nor the loss in style points — the Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots would team nicely with everything from slim faded denim and a rugged henley to a waxed chore coat and work pants (particularly that last combination). For your next football tailgate, or heck, your next rock concert, the  Huckberry All-Weather Duck Boots are assuredly a go-to. That’s all there is to it, folks. Let me know what you think on Twitter, if you do pick up a pair. Cheers!

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Henley for Fall and Winter

Don’t yet have a rugged henley in your closet? Or perhaps you do, and you’re in need of a new way to wear it? Dare I say, the BEST way to wear it? Allow me to introduce you to the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, the lead pick in today’s #OOTD.  When it comes to both comfort and warmth, the henley is a must-have for fall — particularly when done up in a cozy slub waffle cotton like this rugged henley here. And I think the #OOTD in question brings something a little bit different to the table. For starters, we’re layering it up with the ever-versatile Proof Strong Shirt, which gives this look a more polished feel. We’re also throwing in a dash of mobile, versatile with a pair of CIVIC chinos. What I’m trying to say is that you can take a staple layering piece like the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley and turn it into a look that’s as ready for the office as it is for Sunday brunch — truly. Add in stylish chukka boots and a go-anywhere watch, and you’re good to go … well, basically anywhere you want.  How do you wear your henley for fall and winter? On a related note, you can (and should!) shop the best men’s henleys as soon as possible. Cheers, my friends!

 

 

The right basics … that aren’t actually so basic. See more on how to wear this henley below.

  • The Rugged Henley: Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, $62 — From the domestic sourcing and materials to the netraul, easy-to-wear color and rugged waffle construction, this henley is a winner.
  • The Chambray Shirt: Proof Strong Shirt, $128 — A classic chambray shirt atop a henley is a fall and winter style move that simply works all the time, no doubt about it.
  • The Pants: CIVIC Frank Chinos in British Khaki, $128 — We’re all about blending the basics with the classics — in this case, these CIVIC chinos have a bit of both.
  • The Boots: Astorflex Greenflex Chukkas in Nubuck, $155 — A new addition to the Astorflex roster of stylish men’s boots, I love the Nubuck leather and durable look of these things.
  • The Belt: Dango Products CNC-Machined Belt, $79 — Is there such a thing as a beastly belt? Yes, there is. The Dango Products CNC-Machined Belt is one-of-a-kind.
  • The Socks: American Trench Merino Activity Socks with Silver, $19.50 — A classic, retro-inspired pair of socks? Check. Made with fabric designed to prevent odor? Check. The perfect pair of fall socks.
  • The Watch: Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch, $195 — Every so often, you just need a dependable, rugged casual watch — the Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch gets the job done.
  • The Essential Bag: Mystery Ranch 3-Way Briefcase, $150 — Although this Mystery Ranch bag is a little more rugged and casual than others on the market, that makes it a wise pick-up when it comes time to plan out fall adventures.

Now, does that sort out another #OOTD idea for fall and winter for you? On paper, this outfit might seem quite simple — the building blocks are just a henley and a chambray shirt, after all. But as we always strive to do here at The Style Guide, we want to amplify those pieces and go above and beyond — that’s why starting out with a classic, rugged henley like the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley is a better move than throwing on an average long-sleeve T-shirt.  It follows, then, that the Proof Strong Shirt is a similar style upgrade, paired up quite nicely with the casual-yet-mobile CIVIC Frank Chinos for style that fits in at the brewpub or brunch … or on a casual fall Friday at the office. That same versatility applies to the truly excellent classic nubuck chukkas that comprise the footwear portion of this outfit.  Throw in perhaps one of the best leather belts you’re ever going to buy, and your accessories are in great shape. That’s also the case with the Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch, a durable, laidback watch that takes care of business. Throw your everyday carry essentials into the Mystery Ranch 3-Way Briefcase, and you’ve got a recipe for success, whether you happen to be running errands, running to grab a coffee or heading out on a weekend trip.  Where is this #OOTD going to take you? Let me know on Twitter, my friends.