#OOTD: Wear This Sharp Outfit To Your Holiday Party

Alright, my friends — ready to commence the search for what to wear to a holiday party? Maybe you’ve already kicked off the season in earnest, but when it comes to holiday cocktails, office parties and more formal affairs … it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Right? Right. That means we’re focused on easily wearable, classic items that can go from the office to the bar with ease. You might already own some of these pieces, or they might be making their way onto your holiday wish list, but rest assured… you’re going to look great. We’re starting with a classic herringbone blazer, then adding pieces like a tailored white dress shirt and stylish wool trousers — building blocks of many a winter ensemble. And when the time comes to take on the snow and slush? Sharp, weather-ready Hudson Shoes Chelsea boots are your best bet. I won’t spoil the fun, though. You can find the full #OOTD below! Let me know what you think in the comments, and enjoy the season!

We’ve got the goods when it comes to sharp, tailored dressing for the season.

The Blazer: Ledbury Lochaven Herringbone Jacket, $444.98 — If you need a stylish herringbone blazer for winter, the splurge-worthy Lochaven Herringbone Jacket from Ledbury is the one to buy.

 Not Pictured: Abercrombie & Fitch Italian Wool Topcoat, $150 (When On-Sale) — The topcoat is ultimately optional in this look, particularly if there’s no snow on the ground yet (that’s where the American Trench scarf comes into play). But if you want a great-looking, affordable topcoat? Buy one from Abercrombie & Fitch.

The Dress Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Hyde in White Royal Oxford, $98 — As we’ve said before, Taylor Stitch really can do no wrong — that goes for a tailored men’s dress shirt like the Hyde in White Royal Oxford.

The Tie: Neck & Tie Co. Chambray Nutmeg Tie, $46 — Nod toward the season without going overboard with this finely crafted Neck & Tie Co. piece — the nutmeg color is smooth and winter-friendly (just like your favorite bourbon).
The Trousers: Taylor Stitch The Telegraph Trouser in Navy Donegal, $178 — We turn yet again to richly crafted menswear from Taylor Stitch — the Navy Donegal Telegraph Trousers are simply excellent.

The Boots: Hudson Shoes Wynford Chelsea Boots, $230 — When winter weather hits, you want to get around with functionality and fashion in mind — stylish Chelsea boots from Hudson Shoes are a huge help.

The Watch: About Vintage 1815 Chronograph, $349 — There are everyday watches, and then there’s the stylish dress watch you need for your holiday party. The About Vintage 815 Chronograph is that watch.

The Socks: American Trench Sawtooth Argyle Socks, $29.50  — We’ve talked on the blog in the past about how choosing the right pair of socks makes a big difference — the Sawtooth Argyle Socks from  American Trench toe the line (pun intended) between dressy and comfortable style.
 The Scarf: American Trench Navy Cashmere Scarf, $180 — We’re closing things out on a high note with classic accessories from American Trench — the brand’s Navy Cashmere Scarf is simply top-of-the-line.

While I can’t speak for the quality of the party or parties you might be attending, I can vouch for the fact that if you throw on something like the Lochaven Herringbone Jacket, you’re going to be off to a truly great start. Supplementing a classic herringbone blazer with other essentials — like what just might be the perfect white dress shirt — is always a smart move, while a handsome Neck & Tie Co. tie nods toward the season just enough. The Navy Donegal Telegraph Trousers are a job VERY well-done by our pals at Taylor Stitch, and they should sit just right when worn with the Hudson Shoes Wynford Chelsea Boots. On the accessories front, keeping your socks and scarf stylish and comfortable are critical, so the Navy Cashmere Scarf and Sawtooth Argyle Socks from American Trench  are absolutely ready for your holiday party. I’ll close here by saying that you should absolutely splurge on the About Vintage 815 Chronograph for this occasion (and plenty of other dressy situations). Bring along a favorite spirit for your host (or boss), and enjoy the evening in style. Cheers!

Thanks for reading,




Women’s Style Holiday Gift Guide 2017: What to Buy for Her This Christmas

Quick, get your credit card and your shopping list ready — it’s time to for this year’s Women’s Style Holiday Gift Guide, my friends! We’re going past style into lifestyle goods, too — fear not. If you find shopping for any of the women in your life to be a bit of a challenge, we’ve got you covered. That goes for whether you’re buying for your mom, your significant other, your sister, your sister-in-law … anyone on your list. I definitely hope these picks are as useful (and fun!) as our ongoing series covering the best men’s gear — after all, it’s useful (and recommended) to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while when it comes to shopping. Keep in mind that the best gifts truly do come from the heart — seriously! Again, whoever happens to be on your list … this gift guide is the way to go. Want to see different brands included or want to weigh in on what you’re buying this year? Hit me up on Twitter. Happy holidays!

For Your Wife or Girlfriend: Christina Nicole Ayaria Earrings — $72
Simply refined earrings that are perfect for everyday wear or more special occasions.
Perhaps these stylish, unique Christina Nicole Ayaria Earrings are but one part of a larger gift to your significant other, which is fantastic! To this writer’s (somewhat) trained eye, they’re an elegant, lovely accessory that can be worn through the holiday season and the rest of the year with just about anything.

For the Broadway/Music Fan: Tickets to Your Wife, Girlfriend or Mom’s Favorite Musical — TBD

Dropping more than four figures on “Hamilton” might not be advisable … but go for it if you want to! Image courtesy of Hamilton.
OK, am I suggesting you open up a second mortage to buy those tickets to “Hamilton,” the famed rap musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton? Ehh, not quite. But splurging on tickets to an amazing musical (or a music act) that your mom, girlfriend or sister loves can be a very cool, very enjoyable gift — heck, it could even come with a trip  built right in! How about it?
For the Book Lover: “Sing, Unburied Sing” by Jesmyn Ward — From $11.27
An award-winning novel that anyone can appreciate.
Know someone who loves to read and devours the latest and greatest off shelves? If they haven’t read this number yet, I’d suggest it. Even if someone like your mother-in-law isn’t a devout reader, it’s tough to find someone who doesn’t appreciate a well-crafted novel — this acclaimed tome took home this year’s National Book Award for Fiction.

For the Style Lover: Red Wing Heritage Clara Boot — $359.99

Stylishly made, well-crafted leather boots from the brand that also makes your own favorite boots.
Did you know that Red Wing Heritage made women’s boots? Extremely stylish women ‘s boots at that? It’s a relatively recent addition to the brand’s lineup, and the Red Wing Heritage Clara Boot features every bit as much craftsmanship and outstanding quality as your own pair of rugged leather boots. These offer a bit of chic refinement, so the receipient can rock ’em on date night or on a winter stroll around town. The catch? You need a shoe size first … get to it!
For Your Wife or Girlfriend (Continued): Ethics Supply Co. Firefall Bath Salts — $32 AND Cultiver Marais Robe — $110
Two gifts for … well, not for the price of one. But a great combination nonetheless.
Two great gifts bundled into one idea here.  That is to say,  you’ll have to wrap it yourself. The Ethics Supply Co. Firefall Bath Salts are a refreshing and relaxing way to unwind, while you can’t beat a high-quality bathrobe like the Cultiver Marais Robe. See, isn’t this easy? I kid, I kid.
For the Jewelry Lover: J. Alexander Silver and Turquoise Jewelry Box — $72
A cool, classic way to store her jewelry from J. Alexander.
For the woman who’s got quite a lot — I mean, A LOT — of jewelry, this elegant J. Alexander Silver and Turquoise Jewelry Box is an excellent gift, perhaps in tandem with the Christina Nicole Ayaria Earrings we discussed earlier. It’s striking and well-designed, yet not too over-the-top, exactly what’s needed in a nice Christmas gift.
 For the Style Lover (Part 2): The Horse The Classic Time Teller Watch — $164.98
A sleek, simple watch that goes with anything — perfect for the woman who loves style.
Whether you’re buying for your mom, your sister or your mother-in-law, a crisp and refined timepiece is an excellent gift (one that keeps on giving, you might say). The Classic Time Teller Watch is elegant, refined and easily wearable during the holidays and well after — a terrific value for the money.
For the Coffee LoverFellow Stagg x Pour-Over Set — $69 AND Canyon Coffee Medium Roast — $17
Two great gifts that work very, VERY well alongside one another. Who doesn’t love a great cup of coffee?
Here’s another gift that works quite well as a set — the well-made Fellow Stagg x Pour-Over Set, paired up with an exceptionally tasty Canyon Coffee Medium Roast, is a great one to open on Christmas Day and enjoy right then and there. At least, that’s what I’d do. You can also give each gift individually — it’s all up to you. Who’s got my next cup of coffee?
For Your Sister or Sister-in-Law: Nisolo Clutch Wallet — $128
A sustainably crafted clutch that’ll come in very handy all year long.

If you’re a bit stumped on what to get your sister or sister-in-law — fear not, we’ve all been there — then a simple clutch (a sustainably made one, at that), is a safe bet on the gift-giving front. Nisolo makes its Clutch Wallet from quality materials built to last, so it’ll be durable and stylish long after the holidays.

For the Sneakerhead: Gola Classics Women’s Bullet Metallic Trainer  — $95

A cool pair of sneakers for the woman who appreciates cool style.

Know a woman who’s seriously into sneakers — or who simply loves a sporty, chic pair of footwear? The Gola Classics Bullet Metallic Trainer is an excellent pair to buy, filled with British sporting heritage and sleek, modern style. A unique gift under the tree that someone might not have thought of — that’s what we’re going for here.
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So, was this list a good start? I sure do hope so. Taking care of gift giving can be a bit of a difficult proposition, especially when buying for multiple people (and keeping track of your own holiday wish list, of course). Let me know on The Style Guide Facebook page what you’re buying this year, and stay tuned for more holiday gift guides for everyone from your father to your brother!

Thanks for reading,


Style Pick of the Week: United By Blue Holt Work Shirt

A work shirt perfect for layering, for doing yard work or for wearing around the house — nice work from United By Blue.

Ladies and gentleman, ’tis the season … to upgrade your rugged shirting game. That’s what the United By Blue Holt Work Shirt is going to do for you (or for the lucky fella who receives this stylish winter shirt under the tree in the weeks ahead). Yes indeed, it’s never too early to think about gifting for the outdoorsman in your life, and it’s certainly never too early to think about buying yourself a little extra Christmas present this season — what do ya say? For my money, the Holt Work Shirt is another standout addition to the United By Blue lineup, and a standout addition to our Style Pick of the Week series here on the blog.  United By Blue is definitely a brand we appreciate here at The Style Guide for committing to sustainability and style in equal parts (Editor’s note: Check out my United By Blue Q+A for more). That they manage to commit to the environment while running some cool retail shops — as I found in a Labor Day trip to Asbury Park — and consistently come through with cool product like the Holt Work Shirt is a treat in and of itself, too. Oh, and as to the specs and style points of the aforementioned Holt Work Shirt? It’s up there with the best men’s shirts to buy right now, I’d say.

A snapdown collar and Corozo buttons blend the functional and the refined in this work shirt.

For starters, the Holt Work Shirt features an organic cotton-recycled polyester blend, two eco-conscious fabrics that result in a tough, versatile flannel shirt. The  United By Blue Holt Work Shirt even features a touch of stretch — all the better to layer up over your favorite henley this winter season. The Holt Work Shirt has the look of an overshirt and the durability to go along with it. Plus, you’ll find space for your everyday carry thanks to two front button chest pockets on the Holt Work Shirt, complete with a useful side zip compartment at the left chest pocket. In addition to that helpful functionality, you get your pick between two versatile colorways — Rust and Olive ought to work with plenty of other winter style essentials in your rotation, from an oatmeal thermal crewneck and slim black denim to tan leather boots, dark blue denim and a classic chambray shirt (yes, I’m recommending you layer the United By Blue Holt Work Shirt  … atop another shirt). That’s the beauty of a dependable, well-made and weather-friendly work shirt — you an use it to do actual, rough-and-tumble work, or you can wear it as a statement piece underneath a classic shawl collar cardigan to grab a pint at your favorite brewpub. Where you wear the United By Blue Holt Work Shirt is up to you — choices abound. If I were you, I’d keep it simple and make that first choice — adding the Holt Work Shirt to your cart.

That’s all I’ve got today, folks — enjoy the weekend!


The Friday Read: The Nisolo Holiday Gift Bundle, Barking Irons and LusterWhite Premium Toothpaste

Alright, we made it to Friday — raise a glass! Or crack open a cold one and kick back. It’s the welcome end to a long week here in NYC, one that caps off a busy five days of work following my latest Style Guide trip to celebrate a Florida Thanksgiving with my family! It was a long weekend complete with an amazing Thanksgiving meal, plus many helpings of leftovers in the days following. I even got some shopping done for Black Friday — you can check out my Instagram in the coming days for more in that regard. And why should you follow along on Instagram, exactly? Well, I’m heading back down to Florida this weekend to visit my sister for the 97x Next Big Thing music festival in lovely Tampa Bay! I’m excited to hit the road tonight to take in a great, great weekend of live music featuring some seriously fun, seriously powerful bands (many of whom I’ve had the chance to see in and around NYC as of late!).

That includes the festival’s two main headliners, The Lumineers and Paramore, along with other highly enjoyable groups like Canadian pop-rockers Arkells, New Jersey’s own Bleachers, the always-fun MisterWives  out of NYC, groovy indie rockers Portugal. The Man and upbeat dance rockers Saint Motel! That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. It promises to be a sunny, fun weekend in Florida — I couldn’t be more excited to once again break out some warm weather style essentials, just as in past road trips to Florida, and it’s certainly a treat to embark on another Style Guide road trip centered around stellar music. Now, I know we can’t all be so fortunate as to head to warm weather every weekend … if you’ll be battling chilly temperatures, I’d recommend a stylish pair of boots like the Nisolo Andres Boots,our most recent Style Pick of the Week here on the blog.  And if holiday shopping is in the cards for you — as it should be — then you’d do well to check out this site’s picks as to the best gifts for men. But more on that very, very shortly. For now, you can join me on Instagram to follow along with all the fun this weekend, and you should stick around tomorrow to check out our next Style Pick of the Week. Alright, now it’s off to catch my flight!

  • OK, folks — have we got a heck of a deal for you. Launching today (that’s December 1st), the good folks at Nisolo — of Andres Boot fame — are offering a men’s holiday gift bundle and an equally stellar women’s holiday gift bundle that you’re not going to want to miss. Now through December 24th, customers (that’d be you!) can spend $35 to  get $250 worth of shopping credit at “bundle” brands — in short, we’re talking five brands and five gift cards good for $50 at each brand. What’s in store at each brand? Well, we’ve got rugged outdoor gear from United By Blue, beautiful bags from ONA, high-quality tailoring from Ledbury and stylish men’s boots from Nisolo, among other highlight in the men’s gift bundle. Seriously, what’s not to love about that? Again, you can get the men’s holiday gift bundle and the women’s holiday gift bundle (for yourself or someone else!) through December 24th.
  • Wearing a casual T-shirt this holiday season doesn’t have to be sloppy. Over my Thanksgiving trip to Florida, I found myself reaching for a Barking Irons tee time and again, featuring soft fabric and a retro fit. If that sounds good to you, you might want to pick up the “War Is Over” Tee from Barking Irons, or one of the brand’s other sharp graphic tees. They’d make a great gift for the guy who appreciates standout casual style, too.
  • Let’s talk a bit of grooming today on the blog, and specifically, how to keep your teeth in prime shape during the holiday season. Between red wine, chocolate, craft beer and more, keeping your teeth white can be a tall order. So, I’ve been testing out LusterPremiumWhite and the brand’s PowerWhite Deep Stain Eraser Flouride Toothpaste (courtesy of the brand) these past few weeks, and I truly can’t recommend the brand enough! It even helped me soar through my last dentist appointment with flying colors (well, sort of). Grab a tube now.

And with that, I say goodbye until … tomorrow!

Enjoy the weekend!


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See Now, Buy Now: Step into the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants for Your Next Adventure

One of several colors of the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants that are going to make your day — heck, your fall and winter — a whole lot better.

Do we love — I mean, really LOVE — Taylor Stitch here at The Style Guide? Assuredly. We’re back again today with the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants — some things are just too good to pass up.  The Chore Pants are assuredly a hot seller, so I hope for all of our sakes’ that they’ve got your size handy. Why are the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants so essential? If you’re the type of guy who gets out and about in the country, from doing yard work to exploring a small city to covering plenty of ground on a day hike, there’s one pair of pants that’s going to help you do it all … you guessed it, that would be the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants.  There’s not quite a pair of pants like them on the market, what with their blend of durability, function and that classic Taylor Stitch fit and styling potential. It starts with the rough-and-rugged Mt. Vernon duck canvas, a positively beastly fabric that still allows ease of movement, thanks in part to the double-knee reinforced construction. Make no mistake, the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants don’t mess around, no matter what color you pick ’em up in. And from the very agreeable price (just $78 when on sale, or $98 at full price), the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants are surely worthy of consideration.

I’m partial to the excellent Chore Pant in Washed Camel, a pleasingly rich color that’s not too far off from your favorite pair of chinos. Of course, the Washed Olive Chore Pants are similarly crafted and equally versatile, especially with rugged tan leather boots and perhaps a striped henley. Oh, and we’d be remiss to not mention the excellent Chore Pants in Washed Navy — the point is, there’s not a wrong color to buy when it comes to the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants. Either way, you’re getting standout construction and toughness, plus a tailored fit that’s polished enough for post-hike drinks and mobile enough to help you get around on fall adventures with ease. Did we mention other handy and thoughtful design details, like the front slash pockets, angled for easy entry? The Taylor Stitch Chore Pants are simply packed with touches like those. Seriously, there’s not a pair of adventure-ready pants out there that provide as much versatility and style as the very excellent Chore Pants from Taylor Stitch.  Let me know in the comments or via The Style Guide Facebook if you plan on picking up a pair for cold-weather adventures.

Thanks for reading!


2017 Men’s Style Holiday Wish List

My friends, the above title says it all — it’s time, once again, to dive into the men’s style holiday wish list of your, well OK … my dreams). This wish list of the best men’s gear has become a yearly ritual dating way back to when The Style Guide first launched (as Siblings with Style, no less), and it’s always one of my favorites (Editor’s note: Check out my first-ever holiday wish list from  back in the day while we’re on the topic). Why? Well, if you read our regular list of the best seasonal menswear — entitled *ahem* The List … you know that it can be fun to dream a little about what’s going to end up in your closet. And that’s no more true than when it comes to what Santa might be leaving for you under the tree. After all, it’s December and the clock is ticking. Rest assured that we’ll also be publishing gift guides on what to buy for the women (and fellas) in your life in the coming weeks. It’s all covered! Let me know on Twitter what’s on your holiday wish list, and thanks for reading! 

Shinola Runwell Chronograph — $750
An unbeatable watch from a brand that nails the perfect balance between rugged, casul and yet refined style.
Another year, another stylish Shinola watch on my holiday wish list. Can you blame me? Shinola makes well-crafted timepieces with sensible design and just a bit of rugged edge. It must be my Michigan roots, but I truly appreciate this brand and how they’re focusing on bringing industry and a bit of an economic uplift to Detroit. So yes, the Shinola Runwell Chronograph is a stunner in my book.
Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket in Navy Donegal — $278
Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket
A well-tailored, well-made jacket from Taylor Stitch that would be a heck of a Christmas gift.
Truly, it seems like Taylor Stitch can do no wrong — that’s even the case when it comes to handsome, winter-ready tailoring like the Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket in Navy Donegal. It’s on this wish list precisely because it’s a change of pace from tan herringbone or grey flannel when it comes to cold-weather tailoring, and it features that classic Taylor Stitch fit and quality. Santa, any thoughts?
GrowlerWerks Copper uKeg — $169
A seriously cool way to keep your beer fresh and in good condition.
It’s definitely the craft beer fan in me — and the abundance of excellent brewpubs and breweries in Brooklyn and beyond — but the stylishly and effectively designed GrowlerWerks Copper uKeg is certainly a handsome addition to one’s apartment (including mine, potentially!). Perfect for keeping a rich stout or porter fresh through winter, ehh?
Audio Pro T3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker — $249
A unique way to upgrade your listening experience in terms of design and style.
Here’s yet another device that plays right into my interests (and perhaps yours, too!). The crisply designed Audio Pro T3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker adds just enough sleek style to any apartment or home, and this cool home speaker is able to move where you move, from your home office to your back deck to your workshop. As for me, I’d use the Audio Pro Bluetooth Speaker to crank some tunes by my favorite band, The National. Who else is with me??
Taylor Stitch Link Stitch Sweater in Oatmeal Alpaca — $145
A new sweater offering from a revered brand — absolutely perfect to add to a holiday style wish list.
Looking forward to a chilly winter season, like me? Then I’d wager that you and I both could use the rugged Taylor Stitch Link Sweater, a new offering from a brand that specializes in the kind of stylish layering essentials any guy would be happy to receive this winter. Seriously, I could see the Taylor Stitch Link Sweater working perfectly when layered with a stylish field coat or a classic denim jacket in equal measure … taking notes, Santa?
Flint and Tinder Crossback Work Shirt — $138
A fitting winter shirt that’s rugged, durable and worthy of a Christmas list for you … and maybe someone else?
The Flint and Tinder Crossback Work Shirt is certainly a more accessible piece in terms of rugged winter style for this wish list when compared to, say the Shinola Runwell Chronograph at the top of the list. It’s no less essential and well-crafted, though — it would do very well when worn atop the Taylor Stitch Link Sweater with burgundy corduroys, for starters. Yes indeed, the Flint and Tinder Crossback Work Shirt is a winner when it comes to prime layering. Sounds like a top holiday wish list pick to me.
Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots in Tan Harvest — $300
Finely made leather boots … that I sure hope Santa leaves for me under the tree, ehh?
Stylish leather boots — especially the much-hyped, long-coveted Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots — nearly always end up on my style wish list. That’s certainly true this year, as demanding NYC winters call for rugged, classic men’s boots … like the Red Wing Iron Ranger. Will this year be the year? We shall see, we shall see …
John Woodbridge & Sons Vintage-Style Football — $125
A cool home decor addition? Assuredly. A bit silly? Maybe. But still cool nonetheless? Oh, yes.
Now, is it essential that I receive this stylish John Woodbrige & Sons Vintage-Style Football? No, not really. That’s why it’s on the holiday wish list, though! This vintage leather football is a bit silly, to be sure … but it looks cool and adds a touch of rugged appeal to any space — I can see it resting nicely on my windowsill or in a bookshelf for a stylish home decor touch. Does the John Woodbrige & Sons Vintage-Style Football make your wish list?

Taylor Stitch Oxnard Shirt in Sun-Bleached Chambray — $125

Another shirt from Taylor Stitch? Certainly — all of the brand’s gear is worthy of a wish list!
To be sure, do I have enough rugged Taylor Stitch menswear in my wardrobe to last me quite a while? Why, yes … yes, I certainly do. Will that stop me from adding the Taylor Stitch Oxnard Shirt to my holiday wish list? Assuredly not. The Oxnard Shirt is a well-crafted, versatile shirt, ready for layering now with a rugged henley and wearing with rolled chinos and stylish leather sneakers come spring and summer. So, it ends up on this list!
Alright, folks — what’s ending up on your holiday wish list? Which of these picks couldn’t you live without? The Shinola Runwell Chronograph is a true stunner in my eyes, as is the Taylor Stitch Link Sweater, an excellent men’s layering essential. Of course, I can’t pass up the GrowlerWerks Copper uKeg for the season, either. Let me know in the comments what you’re asking for (and hoping for) this Christmas.
Happy shopping and thanks for reading!

#OOTD: This Is the Right Way to Wear a Blazer This Winter

Finding the right blazer for winter presents some challenges. You want to nail the fit and the quality, for one. But you don’t want to shell out high triple-digits for a stylish winter blazer (as you might find at a retailer like Bonobos or J. Crew nowadays). So, what’s a guy to do? That’s what today’s #OOTD is diving into — and our featured blazer, the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat — is a heck of a perfect blazer for cold weather, and it’s certainly one of the best men’s blazers you can snag now. That it checks that critical box while also providing quality and a great fit (plus an agreeable price) is simply too good.  And the great thing about a tailored-yet-casual jacket like the Hutton Sportcoat is the ease with which it pairs with your other favorite men’s style essentials, from a Taylor Stitch Everyday Oxford to classic khaki chinos and stylish leather chukka boots. You  know what’s even more critical when it comes to the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat? That all-important winter fabric and texture, geared for warmth and seasonally apprpriate style.  So, ready to change the way you think about your winter blazer? That’s great, ‘cuz I’m ready to get after it. Good luck out there!


The Blazer: Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat (Huckberry Exclusive), $195  — Ahh, yes — the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat that we previously discussed. As classic a winter blazer as it gets, Grayers has nailed the perfect balance between classic and casual tailoring.

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Black Everyday Oxford, $98 — Think mixing black and blue is a no-no? The handsome, stylish Oxford shirt that is the Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch should dispel that notion — it’s a crisp, classic men’s Oxford.
The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Travel Chinos in British Khaki, $128 — In keeping with the classic nature of this #menswear ensemble, reach for, fittingly enough, a classic pair of men’s chinos made with versatile, travel-ready touches. Taylor Stitch does it again.
The Boots: Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots, $198 — Because we’re tackling how to wear a blazer for winter, durable leather chukka boots are going to be an absolute must — the Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots manage to be sleek and functional at the same time.
The Socks: American Trench Breton Stripe Socks, $14.50 — Why are there two pairs of American Trench socks in the above grid? Well, you get two for $14.50 — a stylish pair of socks to complete this outfit sounds pretty good, right?
The Belt: Levi’s Indigo Roller Belt, $48 —  Didn’t know that Levi’s made stylish men’s belts? The Indigo Roller Belt is unique in terms of color and texture, just what you should be looking for when it comes time to step out in style.
The Watch: Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch, $879 — Looking for an investment-level watch? The sharp, durable Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch is ready for anything — including being paired with a stylish winter blazer.
The Pomade: Rudy’s Shine Pomade, $22  — Because this look is ready for a holiday party or a day at the office in equal measure, a slick-looking haircut is a must — style it with Rudy’s Shine Pomade.

Are we now more acquainted with the best blazer to wear this winter? I think I’m ready for the season. The cold weather-ready nature of the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat makes it a perfect winter tailoring choice, and it’s reliably complemented by the classic Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — don’t be afraid to mix black and blue, folks.  The Taylor Stitch Travel Chinos are also a winning part of this look, giving you the style and flexibility to navigate slippery terrain with the durability of the Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots. The Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch is also a perfect winter watch pick, mixing a tough design with sleek, dressy-yet-casual style. Accessories like the Indigo Roller Belt and the American Trench Breton Stripe Socks help tie things together, too. Ready to step out in style for winter? You’ve got this, I know it. Just rock the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat, and you’re in business.

Thanks for reading!


Turkey Time: Heading to Florida for Thanksgiving

Seeing nothing but great vibes over a sunny Florida weekend spent cheering on MSU and hanging with family!

My friends, as you very well know … this past weekend was Thanksgiving! And that brought with it another chance to venture down to my adopted home of Fort Myers for an excellent long weekend with family (and another classic Style Guide road trip, of course). I was last in Florida for a Memorial Day weekend visit — and my folks also made their way north this October — but Thanksgiving in Florida is always a special treat, combining the traditions of family and home with beautiful weather (as I’ve found out these past few years). With my parents moved into a new house and the promise of a lovely weekend, I hit the road on Tuesday in prime fall travel style — of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw how I dressed for Thanksgiving in style. And if not, today’s the prime chance to dive in! Save me a second helping of turkey, will ya?
Holiday 2017

Versatile gear for a road trip to Florida.
My trip began in earnest on Tuesday afternoon, as I jetted out of work early hauling my favorite men’s style essentials, starting with the handsome, durable WP Standard Large Messenger Bag. From trip after trip — down to Nashville and out to Portland — it’s proven a durable, effective way to haul my everyday carry, and that was certainly the case here (including the latest issue of Gear Patrol for some in-flight reading). For a day at work and a quick cab ride to the airport, my Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans were reliable and comfortable, yet work-appropriate — as was my Flint and Tinder Texas-Made Oxford, a well-fitting shirt that perfectly nailed business casual style. The next time you’ve got to get to a flight from the office, I’d also suggest you throw on a pair of classic Astorflex suede chukkas — as I’ve written about before on the blog, they combine comfort, sustainability and effective style in spades. The combination was versatile and casual, perfect for an evening arrival in Florida and a few brews with a delicious home-cooked meal. With that, it was onto the rest of a long and very enjoyable weekend!

Holiday 2017

Laidback gear for a laidback start to a Florida trip.

After a surprisingly quick and relaxing flight, this Thanksgiving weekend was off and running. Any trip to Florida is always an excellent excuse to break out standout casual style – for a relaxing Wednesday around Fort Myers, that meant reaching for a Grayers striped polo and versatile cotton-blend shorts from Reef, plus my trusty-as-ever Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes (always a warm-weather favorite). Reef’s shorts do a more-than-serviceable job when it comes to offering mobility and comfort, perfect for getting around Fort Myers. I complemented the look with classic aviator sunglasses from James Dean Eyewear – is there a better icon to emulate when it comes to ultra-stylish sunglasses? I’d say not, especially when it comes to battling the Florida sun.

I also threw on my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap and the sharp Electric California Carroway Leather Watch, a consistent favorite for travel and everyday style. The next time you find yourself needing to dress in casual style for warm weather, step into versatile shorts, a striped polo and leather boat shoes that are more city-ready than dock-friendly. It’ll pay off! With that combination, I was more than ready to keep my vacation going.

Holiday 2017

Dressed in tailored-yet-casual style from Todd Snyder and Banana Republic.

Although the weather sure is different in Fort Myers than my home state of Michigan when it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s just as enjoyable and fun-filled to celebrate Thanksgiving there – so I had to dress for the occasion accordingly. And the traditions stay the same, from watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to enjoying plate after plate … after plate of family recipes. I opted for style that was crisp and polished, yet breezy. Enter a tailored Todd Snyder dress shirt – a Christmas gift from my parents last year! – plus a comfortable, mobile pair of Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement Chinos. Believe me, that extra stretch came in handy after a few helpings of Hayhoe family Thanksgiving.

In the footwear department, I stepped into a pair of classic Sebago Legacy Penny Loafers, a Florida-ready option that offered dressy style and a bit of comfort in the heat. To cap off this tailored-yet-laidback ensemble, a stylish leather watch from MVMT Watches proved dressy, sharp and yet appropriate for the occasion. On the eyewear front, the new Esquire Oliver Sunglasses from Liingo Eyewear have been a favorite these past few days – courtesy of the brand, I’ve been testing out a new pair with excellent results! These glasses are simply designed, well-made and just a bit refined – ideal to wear on Thanksgiving, don’t you think? My #menswear look gave me just enough versatility and comfort to enjoy a relaxing day filled with delicious food and great times with family – that’s what it’s all about, I’d say.

A classic Abercrombie & Fitch tee, plus Mack Weldon boardshorts and more essential gear.

I still had quite a bit of time to savor a relaxing vacation in Florida, too. So, on Black Friday, I took not to the mall or the Internet – alright, I definitely did do some shopping – but to the water! Enjoying the Florida sun is something that, well … you simply can’t do in New York City too often, so I relish the chance to hang out by the pool as much as possible. For the occasion, I packed a pair of Mack Weldon Board Shorts, my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap and some pool-ready Reef Rover Low sneakers (not to mention my trusty James Dean Eyewear aviators). Does anything top relaxing by the water with a refreshing brew? Over Thanksgiving weekend, no less? There’s not much better, man.

Saturday brought with it the start of a beautiful Florida weekend – definitely warmer than NYC, to say the least. A highlight of the day? Watching a winning effort from my beloved alma mater, Michigan State University, as they beat Rutgers to close out their college football season. With a family full of Spartans, from my grandfather all the way down to me, it’s a welcome treat to take in a great game – and I did so in style with my Tailgate Clothing team shirt (which I’d also recommend you wear to your next football tailgate).

Holiday 2017

My breezy Bridge & Burn Stringer Dune Shorts helped keep me cool, while my Johnston & Murphy Allister Sneakers were a team-friendly pair of footwear (Go White!). And to suitably cap off my ensemble, I positively had to put on my Jack Mason team watch – they’ve got a plethora of options, likely including your favorite team. What better way to cheer on your alma mater? Yet again, it was another banner Saturday in Florida – yet, the weekend still wasn’t done!

Dressed to travel back to NYC, once again featuring Abercrombie & Fitch and slim DSTLD denim.

Luckily, I had a final day of relaxation in the Florida sun! My take on casual Florida style started with a pair of DSTLD Slim Jeans in Light Wash, which have served me quite well week after week this fall season. I also threw on a casual, easygoing Abercrombie & Fitch Garment-Dye Oxford Shirt, as reliable a stylish travel shirt as it gets.  I complemented the look with a stylish leather watch from MVMT Watches, plus my comfortable and travel-friendly Astorflex Greenflex Chukkas, once again. And for dependable travel style hauling my everyday carry essentials, I had to reach for a stylish weekender bag in addition to my WP Standard Large Messenger Bag .Of note: My pick of choice this time around was my dependable Voyager Waxed Weekender from the revamped Boarding Pass NYC — formerly Owen & Fred! As expected, the entire combination helped me get around with style and durability in mind (but not before some excellent Florida brews and bites).

It was — once again  — a trip that was over too soon, but no matter how many or how few days I spend with my family, it’s always refreshing and energizing to get away from NYC and enjoy a lovely holiday. I already feel like Christmas in Florida will be here sooner than expected. And as it were, I’m actually headed back to Florida this coming weekend for the 97X Next Big Thing music festival! I positively can’t wait to take in some great tunes and see my sister once again. In the meantime, we’ll have you covered when it comes to all things #menswear this week, including a new #OOTD and plenty more.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!


Style Pick of the Week: Nisolo Andres Boots

Nisolo Andres Boots
Your new favorite pair of black leather boots? It’s very likely, my friends.

There are your regular, everyday boots — which we certainly know and love here at The Style Guide — and then there are supremely stylish men’s boots like the Nisolo Andres Boots, today’s long-awaited Style Pick of the Week. I’m definitely a fan and a proponent of rugged leather boots, especially in the fall and winter months, and it’s refreshing to find a pair of classic leather boots that deliver in terms of both looks and functionality — Nisolo absolutely gets that right when it comes to the Andres Boots. We — and by we, I mean your editorial team of one — love the work being done by Nisolo on all fronts, from stylish boots to the durable, handsome Nisolo Leon Weekender, If  you’re not yet familiar with the brand, I’d advise you listen up … and possibly get your credit card handy when it comes to the Nisolo Andres Boots. Notably, these boots combine a sleek silhouette with weather-ready capability via a water-resistant leather upper. Are they among my picks for the best men’s boots for winter? You betcha. And if you’ve been paying attention to the classic boots normally featured here on The Style Guide, they’re unique in another way, as well … namely, the Nisolo Andres Boots are done up in black leather, a change of pace from my *ahem* “obsession” with rugged brown leather boots. So, if you’re on the hunt for a stylish pair of black leather boots, give the Andres Boots a fair shake, my friends.

A slim profile, quality construction and plenty of weather-ready functionality from the Nisolo Andres Boots.

The Andres Leather Boots have a ton going for then, and again, that’s coming from a guy who’s much more partial to brown leather boots. It’s helpful, then, that Nisolo Andres Boots also come in … you guessed it … handsome brown leather. But for style that’s sleek, sharp and just a bit more ready to wear with sharp tailoring this season, the Nisolo Andres Boots in black leather should be your pick. The Andres Boots are certainly a unique change of pace, combining the silhouette of a crisp dress shoe with the tough outsole of a boot — and that means you can wear these with slim black denim, grey corduroys or navy wool trousers in equal measure. The Andres Boots are also the sort of footwear that’s going to elevate even more casual outfits, like a crewneck sweater and broken-in denim. And when you want to navigate slippery terrain to head to the office, layer up with a tan herringbone blazer, grey flannel trousers and … the Andres Boots, but of course. Are you a newfound fan of the Nisolo Andres Boots or a longtime Nisolo supporter? Let me know in the comments below — enjoy fall and winter, my friends!

Thanks for reading,