We’ve not yet reached the dog days of summer — far from it, in fact. So, shopping for summer style essentials should be top of mind. That’s especially true when you consider the fact that the Fourth of July is on the way in just a few weeks. With that being said, we’re recommending all manner of style staples, from classic khaki chinos to what just might be the perfect summer shirt. Read on below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for even more #menswear.
From the lightweight jersey knit fabric to the classic (yet not baggy) fit, this Billy Reid polo pairs with summer style essentials like slim light wash denim and white canvas sneakers. Quite easily, at that.
You’ll be more than ready for your next cookout or picnic with the durable, subtly stylish RBT Insulated Beer Growler — yes, style is a factor when considering your next summer brew.
OK, my friends. Which of the above picks has caught your fancy? Although I dig the tasty utility of the RBT Insulated Beer Growler, I’d say my favorite is the Proof Performance Poplin — a tailored shirt that’s made to take on hot days aplenty. You’re going to need it, I’d wager.
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We talked just last month about the ridiculously well-made and exceptionally stylish WP Standard Vintage Messenger, so it should come as no surprise that we’re all on board in terms of this week’s Style Pick — the WP Standard Weekender. That’s right: One brand. Two exceptionally stylish bags worthy of dropping some hard-earned cash on. Both available via Huckberry, helpfully. But for now, let’s turn our attention to this standout leather weekender bag, seeing as it’s high time you packed up for your next summer road trip. The WP Standard Weekender truly is one-of-a-kind, particularly if you’re a guy who values style that’s casual and effortless.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a big fan of WP Standard’s shirting and outerwear — this is one brand that certainly nails the casual, effortless and pleasingly rugged style that so many of us love. And you know what? That’s what makes the WP Standard Weekender such a central component of your next road trip packing list. This bag is built to go anywhere you do this summer, but it’ll work best for weekend trips upstate and even a nice staycation or two. Made with full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, the WP Standard Weekender is built to last; hand-hammered copper rivets and a heavy-duty zipper also omplement the handsome design of this stylish leather weekender.
End pockets and an interior pocket also give you some much-needed space to store your everyday carry essentials — from must-have grooming pieces to a classic short-sleeve shirt, I’d say the WP Standard Weekender can take care of it all. Did I mention that it’s guaranteed for life? That’s right — the brand is backing up what looks to be phenomenal construction and quality. If. like me, you’ve been traveling a fair amount, you know that the right bag is key. And to find one like the WP Standard Weekender, made from stylish leather and featuring timeless design? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.
The even better part about the WP Standard Weekender? It’s going to age as you use it, whether you tote it around town for that “stay-cation” or lug it across the country on a road trip. It’s the type of essential bag for summer travel that also complements plenty of casual outfits. That is to say, unlike a black nylon backpack or an athletic logo gym bag, the WP Standard Weekender is going to look every bit as great as your outfit (especially if you happen to be wearing a WP Standard chambray shirt or the brand’s rugged denim jacket). Now, who wouldn’t want a bag like that?
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My dear friends, we’ve reached the conclusion of another exciting week here at The Style Guide! I’m particularly thrilled today to be welcoming my amazing, lovely girlfriend Laura to NYC for a weekend of city exploration and tons of fun! (On that note, be sure to check out her recent guest post on this site). We’re both really looking forward to some shopping, some tasty beer and cider, a few delicious meals, and, in honor of an early birthday weekend for Laura (!!), a Saturday night concert by rapper Logic at Madison Square Garden! Rap is a bit out of my wheelhouse — if you read the blog regularly, you’re aware of that! — but I couldn’t be more thrilled to check out what should be a wild, super fun show at an absolutely iconic venue. We’re also planning on checking out shops like Concrete & Water, helped along by what should be a healthy dose of iced coffee — naturally! I really, truly can’t wait. So, with the start of the weekend ahead, I’ll leave you to check out this week’s fun reads, as selected by yours truly. Cheers!
Hitting the water this weekend? Dress in style with my essential picks for what to wear on a boat this season. You absolutely can’t go wrong with my selections — at least, I think so. Shop now, hurry!
Laura is a great writer with an eye for style (check out her Instagram!) and an ear for excellent music — if you read her guest post on the blog a few weeks ago, you surely know that. With new tunes for the weekend in mind, I’d urge you to check out her recent Playlist Friday post, covering some of the best new music out there! Plug in and let’s look forward to the weekend, ehh?
As we always talk about here on The Style Guide, investing in the right kind of pieces can go a long way. Take the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf, last week’s Style Pick of the Week on the blog. It’s unstoppable, it’s durably crafted and it’s tough as heck. Oh, and it’ll set you back a cool grand-plus. But hey, we can dream, right?
I’m always a fan of a tasty, flavorful and well-crafted beer. Particularly in the summer months, when the right beer can help you decompress and remind you of home. In the spirit of great drinking, I wrote about the best summer beers for GearMoose. I hope y’all enjoy! Cheers!
That’ll do it for me today in this edition of the Friday Read. Check out this essential casual shirt from Bridge & Burn for all your weekend adventures if you still need something to read. And with that, I bid you farewell! Until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, that is. Thanks for reading!
Do you, like me, absolutely love yourself a stylish pair of denim? So much so that you can’t bring it upon yourself to hang up your slim jeans even when temperatures rise in the spring and summer? If that’s the boat you find yourself in, you best keep reading today’s all-new entry in our See Now, Buy Now series — the Mott & Bow Warren Denim are your solution, my fellow denim lovers. We certainly love ourselves some Mott & Bow denim here on the blog — that’s no secret. This E-commerce brand launched with a focus on denim in a range of sizes and crisp, classic washes, and they’ve since expanded that offering to everything from denim shirts to perfectly washed tees. I find myself coming back to the Warren Denim time and again for that crucial combination of rugged styling potential and a classic light wash, plus an easy wearability no matter how hot it gets. If that sounds like something you desperately need in the weeks and months ahead, you’re in luck.
The Mott & Bow Warren Denim toe the line between a heavily retro-leaning light wash and a nice medium wash, making them ideal for wearing with outfits both laidback and a bit more crisp. Take, for instance, a heather grey pocket tee, a lightweight navy blazer and classic suede boots. The Warren Denim are your go-to pick, all thanks to the cotton-elastane blend, the pleasing light weight and the slim fit. Feeling a little more rugged? Wear the Warren Denim with a rugged short-sleeve henley and classic canvas sneakers for all-day weekend style. The Warren Denim are made durably from Candiani denim, some of the best stuff out there. And the price point is more than agreeable, too. $128 for a slim pair of light wash denim that’ll last all summer? That’s a surefire bet, folks.
Are you going to snag a pair of the Warren Denim for your summer wardrobe? How would you wear them?
We talk a lot here on The Style Guide about the best way to wear certain summer style essentials — case in point, this recent #OOTD covering how to wear a denim jacket. Today, we’re talking about another summer style essential that’s truly crucial to pulling together a well-appointed wardrobe in warm weather: The chambray shirt. To be sure, owning a stylish chambray shirt isn’t a matter of life or death … but you’d definitely do well to pick up the slim chambray shirt we’re talking about in today’s ensemble.
The cool cotton and go-anywhere versatility of the chambray shirt makes it an easy choice to throw on with sharp white sneakers and an investment-level watch, even when the thermostat rises — as you’ll see in the below outfit. The best part about the CIVIC Jack Shirt? It’s going to prove plenty useful the rest of the year, too. But for right now, when you need to look presentable yet don’t want to throw on too many extra layers? Reach for a classic chambray shirt, made with a decidedly modern fabric. While we’re certainly not reinventing the wheel here, we’re giving you yet another way to wear this beloved wardrobe staple — no matter how hot it gets. Wear this look to a BBQ or to the bar, or to a balllgame. Heck, wear it to the office if you feel quite casual.
Want more styling tips (mixed with a healthy dose of craft beer and travel? Head to my Instagram.
The Chambray Shirt: CIVIC The Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray, $128 — From the partner brand of Taylor Stitch comes a versatile chambray shirt with a tailored cut and go-anywhere fabric. Ideal for summer.
The Pants: Mott & Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Khaki, $128 — While we could go with chinos here, khaki jeans are decidedly more casual — and thanks to Mott & Bow, the Mercer Jeans are VERY easy to wear (it’s the stretch fabric construction!).
The Socks: CHUP Volant Socks, $32 — What socks to wear when you’ve got on a pair of low-cut sneakers? An comfortable yet-subtly stylish pair like the CHUP Volant Socks, of course.
The Belt: Levi’s Alturas Belt, $38 — Levi’s is a go-to brand for your favorite pair of denim, yet don’t turn a blind eye to the brand’s accessories; I’m a fan of the rugged leather of the Alturas Belt. It’s those small style details that matter.
The Hat: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $40 — The much-loved Huckberry Explorer’s Cap is a personal favorite. It’s a premium, stylish upgrade over your standard athletic logo cap, too. Give it a try with this #OOTD.
And with that … we’re done with today’s #OOTD! Feeling more confident about how to wear a chambray shirt, or reinvigorted with new ideas about how to style the CIVIC Jack Shirt in a way that’s new and fresh? Good. Great, even. The above look isn’t too complicated, although you could add a rugged denim jacket if you like. Complementary pieces like the Mercer Jeans from Mott & Bow keep this outfit casual and yet versatile — we’re all about comfort and style that can take you places (the ballpark, the bar, that BBQ … you get the drift). As one would expect, classic SeaVees sneakers also get the job done when it comes to go-anywhere style — the white Monterey Sneakers add crisp, casual style to this ensemble in particular. I’m also all about little details making the difference, from the neat pattern of the CHUP Volant Socks to the aged leather of the Alturas Belt — small styling touches add just enough visual interest to an outfit that’s packed with classics. Speaking of classics … I’m positive the investment-level quality (and matching price tag) on the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 is going to lend some serious style cred and classic style to this look, and a heck of a lot of others. All that’s left to do? Throw on the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, grab the stylishly rugged Wingback London Cash Wallet, and hit the road. Summer’s in the bag, folks.
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OK, folks. Father’s Day is coming this weekend. What are you buying for your dad or the father figure in your life? Haven’t figured that out yet? Look no further. In fact, let’s go with something he’ll love, something that’s a true summer style essential. Which begs the question: What does summer style mean to you and the father figure in your life? Does it mean stylish linen shirting, tailored shorts, clean sneakers and a cold beer in hand? Does it mean an adventure-ready watch teamed with a go-anywhere classic tee and rugged denim? Or perhaps … something else? Whatever it means to you, I guarantee this week’s edition of The List has summer style essentials aplenty, and gear you’ll both love. Let’s get to it.
Taylor Stitch Navy Mini Gingham Linen Shirt — $125
What’s the best way to take on summer? With a subtly stylish, well-cut linen shirt from Taylor Stitch. Preppy without going overboard — ideal for the stylish dad (yourself included).
It truly wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t recommend a durable dive watch, would it? Featuring abrushed stainless steel case, a vintage diver design and a sporty slipthrough strap, the Bailene Watch has “investment-worthy” all over it — what dad doesn’t love a great watch, right?
Although there’s a waitlist at the time of this writing, the first-ever dress shoes from Thursday Boots are proving to be a versatile hit. Classic Oxford dress shoes like these ones work with summer style combos aplenty.
The same great fit as your favorite Levi’s jeans, yet this time upgraded in a stretch fabric that’s perfect if you’re the type to bike or walk to work. Tailored style, a clean fit and plenty of mobility — what’s not to love about the Commuter 511 Pants?
My friends, that’s the end of today’s edition of The List. Which of the above picks can you simply not get enough of? For my money’s worth, I simply love the Bailene Watch from our friends at Nezumi Studios. Feel free to let me know your thoughts via The Style Guide Facebook page.
Do we tend to emphasize affordable men’s style on this here blog? We certainly do. But every once in a while, isn’t it nice to step back, think of the big picture, and perhaps dream of an investment-worthy watch? Yes, yes it certainly is. That brings me to today’s Style Pick of the Week, the classically designed, functionally stylish Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch — it’s every bit as good as the price tag would indicate. And there’s perhaps no better time to invest in a stylish casual watch that can go anywhere on land — and anywhere off land, for that matter. Featuring a rather astounding price tag — and equally astounding Swiss construction — the Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch is well-suited for whatever comes your way this summer. Namely, the Super Sea Wolf is the rare watch that works as well in the office as it does off the clock. It’s sporty and yet understated, the type of watch to wear with a lightweight navy blazer, a striped pocke tee and slim chinos to the office. And when you really need to up the ante in terms of adventure-ready style? The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch is with you every step of the way.
It’s a highly accurate watch complete with a durable stainless steel case and 200 meters worth of water resistance — it’s certainly not just for show when it comes time to head out an excursion. SuperLuminova markings add to the readability of the sporty-yet-simple watch face, too. All told, there’s no watch like the Super Sea Wolf in your collection currently (at least, I’d bet not). The black nylon strap is simple and understated, all the better to wear this watch with a slim navy polo and classic khaki shorts to a weekend happy hour. It’s also a vacation-ready watch — the durability and classic style is well-suited if you’re looking for a watch to wear for travel. Team it with a rugged denim jacket and a slub T-shirt for a polished airport look that’s still uniquely comfortable. The great thing is, the texture of the durable nylon strap also lends itself well to plenty of fall and winter ensembles (not that it’s pleasant to think that far ahead). Point being, a versatile and investment-level watch like the Super Sea Wolf should work as hard as you do — for the price tag, you need to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. So, wear it with dark blue denim and a T-shirt, pair it with a navy polo and a slim khaki blazer … just ensure it’s on your wrist quite a lot this summer.
Are you going to invest in the Super Sea Wolf Watch? Let me know in the comments!
We’ve had quite a lot going on around The Style Guide as of late, from a recent trip to Detroit (Editor’s note: Checkout my amazing girlfriend Laura’s guide to things to do in Detroit!) to quite a few neat #menswear events here in NYC — one of which you’ll learn about below! Along the way, I’ve carved out some to listen to some new tunes — the new CHVRCHES album “Love is Dead” has been on heavy rotation — and I’ve tried some tasty new beer to kick off summer. On that note, Corona Premier is a pleasingly light, easy-to-drink beer that still harnesses some nice flavor (thanks to the brand for sending over some test brews!). While I love a hefty New England or West Coast IPA — of which you can find a good deal of in Brooklyn — I’ve still got a soft spot for a Corona and a day spent catching some sun.
But, back to business. Let’s talk about the watch you need for summer adventures. Or conversely, the classic white tee to wear with everything this season. Or perhaps, a stylish short-sleeve shirt is more your speed this weekend. Whatever tickles your fancy, hopefully, we can help you find it. On that note, we’re looking into a few handy, helpful seasonal style matters today, a new outerwear brand and classic pocket tees among them. So for now, I’ll say farewell. Happy reading, happy shopping … oh, and cheers!
Have you heard of or used Stitch Fix? I was able to give this personal styling service a try last fall via my Instagram and blog, but at any rate, GQ.com took a closer look at the inner workings of this fast-moving platform recently. You decide whether the service is for you, I’d say.
I had the chance last week to check out the launch of North & Mark, a highly functional, highly stylish outerwear brand that makes its gear in NYC and draws inspiration from the Windy City. From four-way stretch blazers — tailored but easy to wear over a classic white tee to the office — to clean and classic overcoats and a heck of a stylish belted trench coat, this is one brand that’s certainly going to help you up your outerwear game when the weather calls for it.
Esquire.com has been tracking the best songs of 2018 (so far), and I’m having a tough time picking my favorite from this list. For this self-proclaimed Indie Rock Dad (Editor’s note: Actually not a father!), it just might be “What a Time to be Alive” by revered North Carolina rockers Superchunk. What’s your pick from that list?
Perhaps most helpfully for y’all, I wrote up some of the best men’s pocket tees for GearMoose.com. My favorite from this list? The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, naturally.
There are some #menswear essentials that just seem to fit right in during the laidback, easygoing summer months. The Bridge & Burn Winslow Shirt is just one of those pieces, offering up the right balance of West Coast cool and a dash of versatility, to boot. Portland-based Bridge & Burn makes a range of goods that are at once tough, rugged and nuanced, from soft T-shirts to hard-wearing outerwear and easy-to-style pieces like the Winslow Shirt. Every guy needs a solid selection of grab-and-go menswear, the type of pieces you can throw on with anything. The Winslow Shirt fits that mold nicely, to say the least. It’s the sort of stylish casual shirt to throw on over a white slub T-shirt and faded blue denim to head to your favorite bar or your favorite patio — if you want to look polished and casual without exerting too much energy, the Bridge & Burn Winslow Shirt is for you.
It’s also the type of easygoing shirt that makes perfect sense to wear for summer travel. It works underneath a rugged denim jacket when paired up with slim tan chinos and white sneakers — that’s an ensemble that goes from plane or train to happy hour with ease. The Winslow Shirt also has the sort of all-American style that makes it a natural fit to wear to a bonfire or a backyard BBQ. Again, we’re talking style that’s put-together and yet not fussy — exactly the sort of energy you need to channel in the summer months. The Bridge & Burn Winslow Shirt is also a natural choice when it comes to layering — the plaid cotton wears well atop a grey short-sleeve henley or a tan pocket tee (Editor’s note: Upgrade your layered look with one of the best men’s T-shirts). A casual piece like the Winslow Shirt is also a fit with everything from dark denim to grey shorts to slim khaki chinos — you can’t ask for much more when it comes to summer styling options. If I were you, I’d snag the Winslow Shirt right now.