And with that, here’s the final curtain! When it comes to The List, at least with this edition, it’s all about quality — not quantity. What’s your favorite pick from this latest round? The Tom Beckbe Canvas Weekender is absolutely my favorite. As always, thanks for reading!
The Iron & Resin Penton Henley is, simply put, the henley you didn’t know you needed in your winter wardrobe. That’s why we’re back with today’s See Now, Buy Now entry — that is to say, if you don’t yet have a rugged long-sleeve T-shirt in your layering arsenal for this chilly winter weather we’re experiencing, the Penton Henley is the piece to buy, well, now. It’s certainly among a host of rugged style essentials we love here on the blog, and that puts it in good company. Iron & Resin makes dependable gear for those who live life on the road, specifically on a motorbike, but that doesn’t mean the Penton Henley is exclusively for guys who clock hundreds or thousands of miles. Heck, with its lightweight cotton French terry and raglan stitching, it’s the kind of piece that would suit any guy who appreciates versatile layering potential. Love wearing your favorite henley under a rugged winter blazer? The Penton Henley can work there. More of a guy to team a henley with a denim jacket or a classic field jacket? Here comes the Iron & Resin Penton Henley to save the day.
The two-button henley collar is more unique than you’re going to find on a typical henley, making it slightly more dressy and visually interesting (almost like a cooler band collar shirt). And the Olive Green colorway on the Iron & Resin Penton Henley is suitable for both fall and winter, able to be worn with everything from a navy shirt jacket to a tan herringbone blazer. Don’t forget to pair up the Iron & Resin Penton Henley with your favorite pair of broken-in blue denim and some classic suede chukka boots (two pieces that can work at any time of year, lest we forget). So, there’s no time to waste when it comes to picking up the Iron & Resin Penton Henley — how would you wear this bad boy? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page!
Now, if that’s not the cheesiest headline to ever appear on the pages of The Style Guide, then I’m not sure what is. But it just about sums up this past weekend — I hit the road down to Florida for a great birthday weekend with my family, trekking around Walt Disney World in the process! The Florida sunshine was a welcome retreat from chilly New York City, where I spent a Brooklyn birthday last year (did time really fly that fast!?). The weekend included days spent at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios — a particular Disney World favorite — plus, a topsy-turvy afternoon drinking around the world at Epcot (yes, they serve beer at every “country” within Epcot!). Talk about an action-packed weekend, filled with travel style and just enough warm-weather #menswear to keep me powered up for my return to a cold NYC winter today.
Because I like to stick with classic style staples, I also threw on my Timex x Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Weekender — that’s a watch that’ll take you from the office to the airport in casual travel style, no problem. I also had to bring along one of my favorite books as of late, the stellar and moving “Imagine Me Gone” — it’s an emotional read that’ll definitely stick with me, and I can’t recommend it enough. All of that gear left me more than prepared to enjoy a night in Orlando before heading to Disney World the very next day. Still with me? Good deal.
Friday proved a relaxing day to kick off the weekend, with an evening trip to Hollywood Studios on the docket — tal;k about a heck of a fun day! To get around in laidback style and kick off a warm Florida weekend, my trusty-as-ever Huckberry Explorer’s Cap and James Dean Eyewear Aviators kicked off my ensemble on the right note in terms of accessories, as did the Timex x Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Weekender, a stylish short-sleeve Taylrd Clothing shirt and a durable pair of chambray shorts from Canvas by Lands’ End. The combo kept me cool and stylish, while a pair of sporty Frank and Oak sneakers also helped finish off my outfit quite comfortably. From the fast-paced Tower of Terror to the fun-as-heck Rock n’Rollercoaster, Hollywood Studios has long been a huge favorite of mine! It never gets old — seriously! And when you dress well (or try to dress well), that’s quite the way to start off a weekend — delicious dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano included, too. How could the weekend get better? Well, that’s where a great day Saturday comes into play — at Epcot, no less!
Saturday was a day I’d been looking forward to for quite some time — what’s better than a Saturday at Disney World, after all? Well, attempting to drink your way around the world at Epcot makes it even better, right? A fun day and a fun weekend was made all the better by delicious brews and beautiful weather — even if I couldn’t quite polish off a beer at every stop. In suitably fun and laidback fashion — as seen at the top of the page — I threw on an occasion-friendly vintage “drinks” shirt, featuring recipes of old-school cocktails — it’s a personal favorite when the weather hits the right temperature, to say the least. To stay cool as I hydrated in the heat, my Bridge & Burn Stringer Dune Shorts are a Florida style staple that I always throw on when the thermostat climbs, and Indigo Denim Sneakers from The Hill-side proved more than effective at helping me power through a long day on my feet (just as I wore on my Florida Christmas trip). On my wrist, I had to go with a new-yet-classic standby — the visually interesting Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch, featuring a neat design and a striking blend of colors, the ideal accessory to go along with a pair of cool Electric California sunglasses. Is there a better way to shield your eyes from the sun while knocking back brews than with a cool set of shades? Hardly. Was the day at Epcot — followed by a delicious Disney dinner in “Mexico” — a smashing success? I’d say it was! That brought the next round of this vacation up — my birthday itself!
I spent Sunday at one of my favorite places, perhaps the best place (other than Disney or Brooklyn) to spend a birthday — the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I dressed for the day in a casual graphic tee from Banana Republic, plus my mobile Mack Weldon Active Shorts and my trusty brown leather sneakers from Frank and Oak. I topped it off with my Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch once again, along with my James Dean Eyewear Aviators — I left my Wizarding robes at home (kidding!), but still enjoyed the day. We capped it off with a delicious steak dinner at STK at Disney Springs, a suitably upscale way to close out the day (for dinner, I threw on my United By Blue Wenlock Chambray Shirt, of course).
Complete with some excellent men’s style gifts from my parents and family (including a few premium tees from Todd Snyder — coming soon to Instagram!), I was more than thrilled to spend an amazing birthday with my family in an amazing place. Spots like Disney World and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter never get old or any less fun — at least, that’s what I think. Are you heading to Florida soon? How are you dressing for the trip? Let me know in the comments!
Check back tomorrow for a new #OOTD post — thanks for reading!
There are some menswear essentials that just jump out at you right away for their unique looks, classic design and rugged sense of style. The Knickerbocker Mfg. Peg Coat is certainly one such jacket, made with both quality and enduring style in mind. It’s got the sort of classic appeal that’s tough to find out there nowadays — maybe that’s because it’s crafted in America, for starters. The Peg Coat plays off classic military coats, what with its strong profile and crisp navy color — two welcome touches in a world filled with overly technical silhouettes. In fact, the Knickerbocker Mfg. Peg Coat could just be your new favorite winter coat, too — trust me on that. It’s the type of tough jacket that you’re going to find yourself reaching for a whole lot this season, built from the ground up with ridiculously warm melton wool and featuring felled seam construction. In short, that means you can grab it and go, throwing it on with ease over style staples like a rugged henley and classic slim chinos, no matter how cold it gets out there.
The Knickerbocker Mfg. Peg Coat also comes packed with handy extras that cement the brand’s approach to pproper construction and craftsmanship, like the welt handwarmer pockets lined with brushed denim for a touch of warmth. The shawl collar provides both rugged good looks and protection from winter’s chill, while the tailored fit is everything you need in a great winter coat. Again, it’s durable, it’s easily wearable with plenty of pieces already in your closet, and it’s both casual and yet slightly dressy (feel free to wear it as a blazer replacement over a classic Oxford shirt & knit tie combo). How about it? Will the Knickerbocker Mfg. Peg Coat be keeping you warm this season? Let me know in the comments!
You know the classic flannel shirt for its rugged good looks and dependable protection from the cold, but what if I told you there was a way to wear your new favorite flannel shirt to the office? Yes, my friends … it can be done. The right flannel shirt, ideally in a more tailored cut and featuring a classic-yet-office-friendly pattern, is out there just waiting for you to snap it up. Specifically, we’ll talk all about the Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel Shirt today, a performance-minded flannel that just so happens to fit all of the above qualities we discussed — starting with that crucial tailored fit. We’ll team it up with reliable slim chinos, durable leather boots and other quality pieces that’ll look sharp on Casual Friday and sharp at the bar for happy hour. After all, it’s always helpful to dig into new ways to wear upgraded classics, especially when the doldrums of winter start to hit. Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page what you think of the below #OOTD, and let’s get to it!
The Flannel Shirt: Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel Shirt, $110 — Here’s the tailored flannel shirt we mentioned above, made with soft fabric and featuring four-way stretch for easy layering and sharp looks.
The Sweatshirt: Flint and Tinder Reversible French Terry Sweatshirt, $78 –Yes, a rugged crewneck sweatshirt can also work at the office — you just need to pair it with the right pieces.
The Belt: Ezra Arthur No.1 Belt, $100 — Keep your accessories simple yet refined — the Ezra Arthur Belt perfectly fits the bill.
The Socks: CHUP Reindeer Socks, $24.98 — Invest in the best — or some of the best — with these winter-friendly socks that nicely blend comfort and style.
The Watch: LTHR Supply Co. T1.1 Watch, $199.98 — The right watch can go a long way to pulling together an outfit — in this case, the LTHR Supply Co. T1.1 Watch is dressy and stylish, the perfect complement to this high-low outfit.
The Wallet: Taylor Stitch Minimalist Billfold in Brown, $98— Keep this look appropriately streamlined with a slim wallet from the good folks at Taylor Stitch.
That’s going to wrap up today’s #OOTD in fine fashion, I’d wager! When you step out in a tailored flannel shirt, you’ve given yourself a nice base in terms of mixing and matching with pieces that are both rugged and sharp at the same time. The Red Wing Merchant Boots nod toward tough outdoor style, while classic slim chinos pull things together on the business casual side of the equation. The cool and slightly cheeky CHUP Reindeer Socks add a dash of fun to this outfit, while the Ezra Arthur Belt also acts as a sharp business casual accessory. Should you find yourself in need of a striking, visually interesting watch, the LTHR Supply Co. T1.1 Watch is also suitably sharp. And again, the Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel Shirt is quite the way to start off an outfit, featuring a cool pattern and excellent fabric. Is this a look that you’ll be trying out? Let me know in the comments!
There are jackets that are part of your winter wardrobe rotation, and then there’s one jacket that just might have the chops to replace every last one of ’em. That would be the Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket, the latest piece of gear to consider picking up this season for rugged, tough winter style. Tom Beckbe as a brand is a recent addition to the lineup over at Huckberry, and they’re certainly to be excited about — I mean, just look at the Tensaw Jacket. Rooted in outdoor heritage and designed with sporting adventure in mind, the Tensaw Jacket really is unlike anything else on the market … good news for you, my friend.It’s an American-made thing of beauty, featuring waxed shelter cloth fabric for a uniquely tough exterior. The silhouette is inspired by hunting jackets made for city life, something that calls to mind long walks through Prospect Park or trips to upstate New York … at least, that’s what the Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket makes this writer think of. Gusseted underarms and a bi-swing back add plenty of mobility and utility — you could feasibly wear the Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket for real-life hunting, or you could just as easily pair it with your favorite rugged henley and a classic cardigan.
The small details are also done the right way here, right on down to the clay-dyed cotton twill lining. That lining should make for nice mobility without too much added bulk, and a collar lined with Bedford cord is yet another classic design touch that makes this jacket rugged and, quite simply, very cool. The Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket is the kind of jacket Bond might have worn in Scotland in “Skyfall” — how can you not dig a coat with that sort of pedigree? The Tobacco color is rich and striking, perfect for pairing up with slim indigo denim and a white henley, or alongside olive green corduroys and tan leather Chelsea boots for a mix of high and low style. Once again, if you haven’t yet considered picking up a coat like the Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket, now is as good a time as any.
You’ve not yet worn a shirt like the Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel — I can nearly guarantee that. While it’s likely you’ve certainly got a classic flannel shirt in your closet, the Durham Flannel is another beast entirely, and in a good way when it comes to business casual winter style. It’s a recent, new offering from Mizzen+Main that features wrinkle-resistant performance fabric, a touch that puts it head and shoulders above other flannel shirts you might be considering this winter. The Durham Flannel packs in a bevy of standout features, from much-needed moisture-wicking technology to four-way stretch more commonly found in your athletic gear. What does that mean for you, casual flannel shirt wearer? It means you can layer the Durham Flannel easily under sweaters and coats without risk of overheating, and it means you can wear it comfortably on its own in your office or at home — sleeves rolled up or worn down with a tan herringbone blazer. It’s also machine-washable — mark up another “W” for this fine flannel shirt, no dry cleaning needed. The brand has focused on dialing in the fit here, resulting in a flannel shirt that’s neither too boxy nor too tight — it provides you with range of motion and layering potential, all the better for getting through the grueling winter months.
It’s that kind of easy wearability and stylish versatility that gives the Durham Flannel an edge when it comes to looks, too. The Black Watch Plaid pattern found on the Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel is rich, winter-friendly and able to pair up seamlessly with everything from crisp blue dark denim and a grey crewneck sweater to a tan wool blazer and navy corduroys. Wear the Durham Flannel untucked with black denim and rugged brown leather Chelsea boots for casual, bar-ready style, too. And all the while, you’ll be comfortable and cool thanks to the performance fabric fonud in the Durham Flannel — in fact, it might make it even easier to layer this particular flannel over a classic henley for even more versatility. Yes indeed, the Mizzen+Main Durham Flannel might just change the way you think about flannel shirting … if not forever, then at least for this winter.
Dealing with the doldrums of winter can be tough on many fronts — style included. It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s snowy … at least for those of us who live up North. What’s a guy to do? Well, layer up and keep on trucking. If you read The Style Guide regularly, you’re aware of our picks for the best men’s winter accessories — so, let’s add another dimension to that. Which is to say, let’s talk about rugged layering essentials, like today’s list of stylish long-sleeve shirts. Yes, it’s an overlooked category, seeing as a long-sleeve shirt is often just that — your base layer, fit for wearing under a flannel-lined trucker jacket or a durable winter coat. Yet, there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest, and those are the ones that we’re talking about today. If you have a favorite, I’d urge you to pick it up while it’s still around … and I’d urge you to let me know which one ya grabbed over on Twitter! For now, let’s get to work.
What can’t Buck Mason do? This classic-leaning menswear brand focuses on, as you might have guessed, easygoing styles tinged with throwback Americana. Of course, this Thermal Surplus Tee sure fits the bill nicely, what with a tough waffle-knit exterior and a reversible jersey interior. It’s the kind of thermal tee you’re going to want to layer under your favorite denim shirt — perhaps with some slim black jeans and rugged winter boots — for a casual evening out and about.
Yes indeed, the Grayers Todd Slub Henley is a bit of a departure from a classic thermal — a rugged henley can more easily be worn on its own than a thermal shirt, but the Todd Slub Henley gets the nod here regardless. Grayers is a brand that delivers on multiple fronts, from soft shirting to well-fitting blazers and slim chinos, and you can’t go wrong with a cotton shirt that’s primed for all sorts of winter layering.
If you normally associate Outerknown with breezy, summer-like weather and style — the brand was started in part by surfing legend Kelly Slater, after all — then think again. The brand’s Callao Crew is definitely a relaxed, easygoing layering piece, but that doesn’t mean you should discredit it when it comes time to throw on under, say, a classic crewneck sweatshirt. The striped design also makes for a bit of visual interest when worn under a rugged flannel shirt, for instance.
#4. Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Long-Sleeve Tee — $44
That’s right, my friends — Outerknown has nabbed another spot on this list of the best men’s long-sleeve T-shirts, this time owing in part to the quality fabric and standout layering potential of the Odyssey Long-Sleeve Crew. The quality starts with the use of soft cotton jersey, as nice a base layer as you’re going to find. This particular shirt also uses recycled fabric, all the better for the environment. The end result? A shirt that’s exceptionally excellent for casual weekend style.
#6. Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley in Pigskin — $68.00
Life/After/Denim always comes through with stylish, laidback gear that’s got just enough rugged functionality for every season — that’s certainly the case with this Thermal Henley, done up in a winter-friendly Pigskin color. It’s been a quick seller via Bespoke Post, and with good reason: It’s nearly 50 percent off the purchase price. Yes indeed, this rugged thermal henley is going to look great under a shawl collar cardigan or worn casually around the house with some slim sweatpants — looking great, even when at home, pays off.
OK, Style Guide readers — what’ll it be from the above list? Perhaps the durable, well-crafted Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley? Or perhaps the soft, slim-fitting Outerknown Odyssey Crew? If it were me, I’d layer either under a rugged chambray shirt or a classic winter cardigan . Lest we forget, the classically inspired Thermal Surplus Tee from Buck Mason is a winner, perhaps the best of the bunch. The Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Tee is another stellar layer, as is the Grayers Todd Slub Henley — I’d wear the Todd Slub Henley under a tan herringbone blazer for style that’s just a bit of a throwback. And if you’re more inclined toward decidedly casual winter fashion, I’d go for the Callao Crew from our pals at Outerknown, ideal for throwing on under a grey crewneck sweatshirt. I sure hope that gives you a start as you shop around for a new long-sleeve shirt for rugged winter layering. And if it doesn’t? Shoot me an E-mail via the Contact page above — I’m always down to talk shop!
Alright, my friends … can you believe it’s time to start another edition of The List? The first one 2018, at that?? If you’re just joining us for the first time on The Style Guide, welcome aboard as we start another year of bettering ourselves through style. That’s what it’s all about, right? And there are some certain items, from a great pair of classic black denim to stylish brown leather boots, that just tend to help you look, feel and dress your best. That’s what we’ve rounded up in this first edition of The List, so come along for the ride and feel free to leave me some feedback on Twitter — let’s go!
Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans in Stonewashed Black — $118
Do you need these joggers in your life? Well, do you need to stay cozy and comfortable this winter? That’d be yes to both — plus, they work even better at the gym as you jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions.
Why is it worth it to shell out nearly $200 for this Life/After/Denim cardigan? Well, the Oak Park Cardigan is at once rugged and refined, able to layer up over your favorite henley or a classic chambray shirt and a knit tie in equal measure.
Here’s one for all you craft beer fans out there — the GrowlerWerks uPint is every bit as good as the rest of the GrowlerWerks line. And yet, the uPint is just a smaller way to keep your favorite brew cold and fresh.
Because life is about more than clothes, I’m recommending the Farmhouse Pottery Fir Candle. I always like to have a candle going when I’m at my apartment blogging or hanging out, and this Fir Candle offers a pleasant, rugged scent.
Taylor Stitch The Crater Shirt in Navy Plaid — $128
This edition of The List gets closed out with the stunning, relatively affordable Vague Watch Co. Brown GMT Watch. It’s a durable leather watch that’ll pair well with a tan herringbone blazer and blue denim, or alongside slim joggers and a thermal crewneck — it’s as easy as that.
OK, friends — we’re wrapped up with this edition of The List! How’d we do? What piece of gear is your favorite? I’ll tell you this … I positively can’t get enough of the Thorogood Belloit Boots, and that’s the last word on that! Feel free to weigh in via the comments below, or via The Style Guide Facebook page.