OK, let’s take stock of what’s on your feet in today’s new Online Shopping Picks entry — no, not your stylish leather boots. Instead, let’s look at … your socks. Yep. Stylish men’s socks are quite the underrated part of an outfit, it seems; at the very least, they can be an afterthought. But rest assured, no matter whether you’re lacing up classic leather sneakers or classic chukka boots, your socks are just as important as the rest of your outfit. That’s especially true during the chilly fall and winter months, as the right pair of socks can add warmth and comfort — plus serious style points — to your rugged style ensemble. That goes for dressing in casual weekend style just as it does with getting dolled up for a day at the office. And y’know what? We’ve got some excellent pairs on tap for any occasion today, from brands you know (like Anonymousism) and brands that might be a bit newer (take CHUP, for instance). Either way, you’re going to be stepping out in style this season. If you’ve got feedback or picks of your own, you can hit me up on Twitter. Cheers!
Stylish socks can be just as critical as other more essential fall style picks when it comes to adding texture and seasonally appropriate color to your ensemble. Take the Anonymousism Slub Crew Socks. Featuring neat texture and a color that’s very ready for fall and winter, the Slub Crew Socks should fit right in as they peek out from beneath slim blue denim and classic suede lace-up boots. $18 is definitely a fair bit of change to drop on socks, but Anonymousism makes it worth your time & money.
#2. American Trench Fair Isle Socks in Merino and Cashmere — $33
You very well might recognize CHUP from our #OOTD series here at The Style Guide — the brand’s reliable socks are unique, carefully made and packed with cool patterns. These Japanese-made socks are made using time-tested methods on stocking frame knitting machines, one of the first types of knitting machines invented. So, the Vivienda Socks have got quite a lot of quality packed in. And when it comes to looks? The CHUP Vivienda Socks blend an intricate pattern with a neutral gray base — the perfect socks to wear when you want to stand out quietly.
There are times you just need a casual pair of socks that look sharp while providing comfort. Nothing fancy — just function with a dash o’ good locks. That’s where the Arvin Goods Crew Socks enter the mix, folks. Equal parts sporty and casual, these Arvin Goods socks are made, like the rest of the brand’s line, with sustainability and style top of mind — good news for us eco-conscious style fans. Wear these with slim sweatpants and stylish leather sneakers, plus a rugged grey crewneck sweater, for your next weekend brunch.
We turn once again to simple, understated socks that work in a pinch — especially when you need a durable pair of socks for fall and winter exploration. Thankfully, the Wigwam Cypress Trail Socks come in quite handy in that regard. Namely, if you need a pair of “get-the-job-done” socks to wear alongside rugged leather boots and the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants on your next hike, the Cypress Trail Socks are the way to go. Every guy needs a go-to pair of tough socks in his closet, right?
#6. American Trench Sawtooth Argyle Socks — $29.50
You knew weren’t done recommending American Trench socks, right? Just as with the brand’s Fair Isle socks, the Sawtooth Argyle Socks feature the comfortable and exceptionally well-made blend of merino and cashmere, all the better to keep your feet feeling great. In fact, that fabric blend is engineered to prevent odor and keep your feet dry at the same time — not a bad job from American Trench here. The Sawtooth Argyle Socks are slightly dressier — feel free to punch up your worsted wool navy suit and stylish men’s dress shoes with these American-made socks this fall and winter.
As previously seen in an edition of The List — featuring rugged fall style picks galore — the Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Boot Rib Socks are quite possibly your new favorite socks to wear with …. your favorite fall boots. If ever there was a pair of thick, durable socks to stand up to harsh weather while still looking great, I’d say it might be the Sherpa Boot Socks. Made in Italy from a wool-acrylic blend and done up in a fall and winter-ready color, the Sherpa Boot Socks would fit right in with black denim and tan leather boots, and they’d also add a shot of vintage-inspired style to charcoal herringbone trousers and chunky wingtip boots (plus a rugged field jacket for a bit of high-low style).
#8. American Trench Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks — $19.50
Here’s the thing, folks: Thanksgiving 2017 will soon be upon us, if you can believe it. And whether you’re hopping in the car for a crosstown drive or hopping a flight to see the family dressed in fall travel style, there’s a basic-yet-stylish #OOTD template you can take with you wherever you go. And mark my words, there ways to look laidback yet on-point, as we always talk about here at The Style Guide. Let’s say Thanksgiving is a more casual affair for your family than Christmas — that’s where today’s #OOTD is going to come in handy. For a long afternoon or evening of eating, drinking, parade-watching and pigskin-tossing, you want men’s style essentials that look great and help you move and … well, nap after all that food (and beer, let’s be honest). In short, that’s why we’ve got reliable pieces like a stylish sweatshirt, a classic Oxford shirt and stylish chinos on tap. At the very least, the slim chinos and classic men’s Oxford are going to serve as reliable building blocks for your holiday weekend — you can add or subtract a classic fall blazer, for example, as you see fit. Either way, fall style essentials should certainly be in play. So, that’s where we are this Thanksgiving — reliable, casual and stylish. What are your Thanksgiving plans? Let me know on Twitter. Enjoy!
The Sweatshirt: Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover in Forest, $89 — This Flint and Tinder pullover is assuredly very casual, even for a stylish hooded sweatshirt. It’s perfect for lounging around and playing backyard football, but you can swap in a tan herringbone blazer or a stylish V-neck sweater for a more polished look.
The Oxford: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Charcoal Everyday Oxford, $98 — A reliable move on any holiday, this classic Oxford shirt from Taylor Stitch is foolproof — just don’t spill any cranberry sauce on it.
The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in British Khaki, $98 — Classic men’s chinos in a tailored-yet-mobile fit? From Taylor Stitch? Perfect for a simple-but-sharp Thanksgiving #menswear ensemble.
The Sneakers: SeaVees Huntington Middie (Huckberry Exclusive), $80— Here’s area we’ll leave up to you. Go with comfortable, casual, classic men’s sneakers, easy to wear for travel or a laidback Thanksgiving at home … or swap in something along the lines of stylish Chelsea boots for more polished style.
The Socks: American Trench Fair Isle Socks in Merino and Cashmere, $33 — Hey, don’t skimp on stylish socks — particularly if you’re going to be padding around someone else’s house. These American Trench socks are a smooth (if pricey) move.
The Watch: Jack Mason Aviator Watch in Light Brown/Black, $205 — For essential Thanksgiving style, you’re going to want a casual leather watch that’s classically designed and durably constructed. Jack Mason has your back.
The Easy Travel Bag: Filson Tablet Briefcase in Navy, $275— Alright, this Filson Tablet Briefcase is moreso for those of us who are hitting the road. Use it as a small carry-on, or use it to haul handy everyday carry essentials — and maybe an extra bottle of craft beer — to and from dinner.
I can smell that turkey cooking now — can’t you? Starting any holiday oufit with the right pieces is going to put you in a great spot, and that’ll allow you to layer up in casual style with that Flint and Tinder pullover. Elsewhere, the Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch is an everyday go-to, and perfectly acceptable to wear on Thanksgiving. The same goes for the Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos, featuring a tailored fit that’s not too tight — so, you know, you can grab that second (or third) helping. Certainly, you could finish this outfit off in casual fashion with classic men’s sneakers … or you can go a little bit sharper with rugged leather chukka boots. Your accessories should, as always, stay sharp. That goes for the Jack Mason Aviator Watch, the pleasingly rugged Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt and the handy, durable Filson Tablet Briefcase — always be prepared with what you need to keep you, your significant other or your children entertained on a road trip, ehh? Oh, and socks … put on stylish socks without holes in ’em, like the American Trench Fair Isle Socks as seen above. No matter where you go, I’m wishing you a happy, fun and ultimately, thankful Thanksgiving. Can’t get enough of The Style Guide? Make sure to check out our See Now, Buy Now series for plenty of holiday gear, and be sure to shop The List for monthly dispatches on the best men’s gear for the season.
The reliable fit — easy to layer over a classic chambray shirt, and just as easy to slide on under your favorite topcoat — also makes the Corridor NYC Duck-Dyed Indigo Overshirt a winning pick-up.You simply don’t see too many classically styled, American-made jackets like this one anymore. It complements the rest of the Corridor NYC outerwear offering, too — need a piece to layer under one of the brand’s Waxed M-65 Jackets? The Duck-Dyed Indigo Overshirt is the way to go, my friends. It’ll work just as well now as it well in the chilly early days of spring, especially when you throw it on over one of the best men’s T-shirts as you sprint out grab a coffee (OK, maybe “sprint” is the wrong word there). At any rate, the Corridor NYC Duck-Dyed Indigo Overshirt can do a heck of a lot when it comes to reliable style. Wear it with your favorite dark blue denim and a pair of classic leather boots for fall and winter style that’s essential & remarkably easy to wear … well, anywhere. Let me know in the comments if the Corridor NYC Duck-Dyed Indigo Overshirt is going to be making its way into your shopping cart!
Hello again and welcome to the weekend, Style Guide readers. It’s time to wrap up the week in style with The Friday Read, your look at all the essential #menswear news to know … plus, a few other fun pieces. Are you keeping up with our near-continual coverage of men’s fall style essentials? It’s certainly the right time to be on the lookout for wardrobe upgrades, from the best leather boots for fall to the right way to wear a vest this season. Yes indeed, fall in New York City calls to mind rugged menswear, but it also reminds me of my home in Michigan — seeing the colors change here in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park calls to mind beautiful strolls through the campus of my alma mater, Michigan State University. It’s not quite the same here out East, but it’s close enough. What’s on your fall weekend agenda? After a busy few weeks of traveling, I’m excited to have a second straight weekend in Brooklyn — I’m planning on exploring the neighborhood of Red Hook, what with cool spots like vintage menswear haven Wooden Sleepers. In the meantime, you can expect a new Style Pick of the Week tomorrow — have a great weekend, folks!
Let’s talk stylish menswear — and a heck of a stylish giveaway — from a few brands we know and love, including perennial Style Guide favorites Grayers and SeaVees! The two brands are running a whopping $2,500 menswear giveaway through Sunday, November 12th. What’s on tap? Oh, man. The SeaVees x Grayers Tailgate Givewaway features full outfits from Grayers, two pairs of SeaVees sneakers and of course, other tailgating gear (like a Yeti cooler). What have you got to lose? Enter the giveaway here — and check out my own personal tips on how to dress for your next tailgate, while we’re talking sports and style.
As always, Esquire.com is here with more interesting writing for your reading pleasure. The site is digging into why Daylight Savings Time is … actually not all that beneficial. Huh. An interesting read, certainly,
Want to switch up your black tie look? Considerably, that is to say? Here, it’s covered — the Jack Sharp by Snoop Dogg X Collection by Michael Strahan Jacket is fun, holiday-friendly, affordable and … well, vouched for by Snopp Dogg. Super smooth, nicely tailored and just a bit tongue-in-cheek. A fun little holiday party move, ehh? (If you’re searching for even more guidance on the #menswear to wear to a holiday party, head here).
Don’t let that image at the top of the page scare you — the Taylor Stitch Moto Pant in Dyneema Denim is a pair of moto jeans that’s easily wearable even if you don’t own a motorcycle or ride off-road. In fact, the Moto Pants in Dyneema Denim are a sufficiently cool, rugged way to upgrade your dark blue denim with style and functionality. As any loyal Style Guide reader knows, Taylor Stitch consistently kills it on all fronts in the menswear game, and the brand’s Moto Collection only ups the ante even further. For you and me both, that means you’ve got more gear to add to your list of men’s style essentials. Packed with hits like the beautiful Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket (as seen in a previous See Now, Buy Now entry), the Moto Collection is also home to the Moto Pants in Dyneema Denim — and they’re a sufficient supporting accessory, to say the least. It starts with the road-ready Dyneema fabric, known as the “world’s strongest fabric” and comprising more than 50 percent of the Taylor Stitch Moto Pants.
In short, that makes for a pair of trousers that blend the look of a pair of classic dark blue jeans with the durability of the outdoors-minded Taylor Stitch Camp Pants, for instance. In short, that means you can take the Taylor Stitch Moto Pants just about anywhere you’d like this winter, from a grueling hike to a less-taxing stroll through the snow to your favorite craft beer bar (that’s probably how I’d wear mine, at least). Front slash pockets leave you with plenty of room to haul your everyday carry essentials for hours at a time, too. On the styling front, I’d freely layer up with a rugged henley and a stylish field jacket for chilly fall and winter days. And you can even throw on a stylish vest, plus suede lace-up boots and perhaps a rugged crewneck sweater, for easygoing-yet-durable style. Of course, rugged leather boots are an essential with a pair of pants as outdoor-minded as the Taylor Stitch Moto Pants, too. And with a price tag of nearly $250, I’d urge you to find as many ways as possible to break out the Moto Pants in Dyneema Denim — but you’d better pre-fund them now. Right? Glad we’re on the same page.
If there’s one thing that’s clear to those of you who read The Style Guide, it’s got to be the fact that your editorial team of one absolutely loves rugged men’s style essentials. Case in point: Today’s list of the best men’s denim shirts. Originating from real-life, rugged Western workwear and done first by companies like Levi’s, today’s denim shirts are a prime fall and winter style essential for guys who gravitate toward classic yet slightly edgy off-duty style. Made from cotton denim fabric, you can wear ’em across all four seasons — believe me. Some classic men’s denim shirts go full-on Western, with details like authentic stitching and front-button chest pockets. Other shirts, like the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — sitting near the top of this list — feature a modern fit and fewer authentic style details, yet plenty of versatility either way. Rest assured, your new favorite denim shirt is wearable with everything from black denim to burgundy corduroys this fall and winter. Just add stylish leather boots, and you’re set. Read on to see the full list below, and leave your feedback in the comments section or on Twitter.
#2. Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — $98
Want a denim shirt that’s a little bit more modern than a Western-style denim shirt? Well … you want the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch, my friend. Featuring the tailored fit and quality construction for which the brand is known, the Jack Shirt is easily wearable with other staples already hanging in your closet, from grey selvedge denim to olive chinos and a rugged crewneck sweatshirt. Made from long staple cotton that gets better with every wear, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the denim shirt you didn’t know you needed.
#3. BANKS West Long-Sleeve Woven Shirt in Dirty Denim — $70
If you want a denim shirt that’s easygoing and laidback, then you want the BANKS West Long Sleeve Shirt. Done up in a pleasing shade of light blue, the BANKS West Shirt is a four-season staple, wearable with slim black denim and a shawl-collar cardigan in the fall, or able to pair up with slim chinos and classic leather sneakers in the spring and summer. Perhaps the best part of all? The BANKS West Shirt is an exceptional deal — get it while it lasts.
#4. Taylor Stitch The Utility Shirt in Heavy Slub Denim — $148
When it comes to rugged men’s shirting, Taylor Stitch — and by extension, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — simply fill that void in terms of the perfect denim shirt. Made with, well, utility and functionality in mind, this 11oz. cotton-silk shirt is at once heavyweight and yet easy to wear. Simply layer the Utility Shirt over a Taylor Stitch striped henley, then add olive chinos and classic suede chukkas for unbeatable weekend style. Ultimately, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is made for work — real, live work — or play (an evening at your favorite brewpub).
Well, well, well … what do we have here? A quilted shirt jacket that’s actually … made out of cotton? Easy to layer with one of the best men’s T-shirts or with a rugged men’s henley? Yes my friends, the Roark Revival Murman Woven Shirt captures the best of both worlds, featuring a cool deep blue fabric and the type of design you know and love. In the case of the Murman Shirt, that means chest flap pockets and again, that crucial layering potential. It’s different than your typical denim shirt, and that’s good enough for a spot in your closet.
Alright, folks — which of the above stylish men’s denim shirts will you be buying? As you can see, there’s versatility aplenty when it comes to the right denim shirt for you, from a classic Western denim shirt from Levi’s to a durable shirt jacket from Roark Revival. And as for me? I love a casual-yet-classic denim shirt like the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch. In fact, the right denim shirt can work with everything from slim black denim — yes, denim-on-denim flies — or grey chinos … or burgundy corduroys. You get the idea, right? With durable fabric and easygoing style potential, the BANKS West Long Sleeve Shirt is a similarly versatile denim shirt for fall and winter. And before we forget, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is another winner from the brand, crafted from a unique and long-lasting denim blend. If you ask me, that quality, top-notch design approach is what you need in your new favorite denim shirt. Feel free to chime in on the below picks or ask questions in the comments. With that being said, let’s grab a denim shirt, layer up and get out there for fall and winter!
OK, so let’s talk fall and winter layering essentials — like the best men’s cardigans, ya dig? It’s a style essential that we return to time and again here on The Style Guide, with roots in vintage style now turned modern and, well, cool. The right cardigan features a fit that’s slim but not too tight, making it easy to layer with everything from a slim striped henley to an American-made Oxford shirt. Beloved by everyone from Steve McQueen to Daniel Craig, a classic cardigan is something every man needs in his wardrobe. And if you’re wary of buying one for fear that it’s too much of an “old man” style staple, put those thoughts aside — plenty of your favorite brand’s are included on this list of the best men’s cardigans, I guarantee it. From a sport-inspired cardigan like the Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan — as seen in this site’s See Now, Buy Now series — to a more easygoing number like the pleasingly rugged, versatile Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan — you’re absolutely guaranteed to find a piece that you like. Rock it on its own with a lightweight scarf or throw on a flannel-lined waxed trucker — that’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Happy shopping, and be sure to check out my Instagram for plenty of real-life style moves.
#1. Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan in Heather Grey — $138
Whoa now, nearly $400 for a cardigan? Well, folks … let me tell you why. Levi’s does far more than make classic men’s denim like the Levi’s 505C Jeans — they also make rugged, great-looking men’s apparel and accessories. The Levi’s Cardigan is among those, made with 100 percent shetland wool in a rich color that wouldn’t look out of place with navy corduroys and classic suede chukka boots. Again, the Levi’s Cardigan is an unexpected investment piece.
#5. Original Penguin Shawl Collar Donegal Cardigan — $125
Original Penguin gets it right when it comes to a classic, crisp cardigan that certainly leans a bit dressier — yet no less versatile — compared to the rest of the picks on this list. The crisp Charcoal Heather color would look right at home with burgundy corduroys and classic suede boots, and it’s also going to pair up nicely with a striped henley and your favorite pair of broken-in blue denim. Can you dig it? I sure can.
We’re keeping it a bit shorter than usual today when it comes to this list of men’s style essentials — which of the above cardigans was your favorite. My money’s on the Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan for its combination of casual weekend wearability, sport-inspired style and serious warmth. And the Original Penguin Shawl Collar Cardigan is similarly warm and stylish — layer it with a classic henley and find out for yourself. Let’s not forget the seriously premium Levi’s Cardigan in a cool deep green color; it’s the perfect pairing when teamed with slim faded denim, rugged tan leather boots and a crisp white Oxford shirt. Before I forget, the Life/After/Denim Collegiate Cardigan shouldn’t be slept on, either — whether you wear it with slim sweatpants and classic fall sneakers or with brown herringbone trousers and your new favorite chambray shirt, the Collegiate Cardigan could become a weekly go-to. And if it’s casual, versatile and laidback style you want, pick up the Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan — again, it’s every bit as comfortable as your favorite hoodie. Alright, all set? Let’s get shopping!
Every week here at The Style Guide — heck, every day — it can be pretty tough to filter through so many different men’s style essentials to land on one, just one … Style Pick of the Week. And it was a tall order this week especially, but with the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket, I think we’ve hit the mark. If you’re still searching for a durable, transitional and stylish fall jacket, the handsome Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket is the one to buy — at least, that’s what I think. Relwen specializes in sleek, functional and military-inspired menswear with a modern edge, but don’t let that scare you. If you’re just dipping your toes into more edgy and rugged outerwear, rest assured that the Relwen brand is very, very wearable for your daily commute and late fall adventures. In fact, the Quilted Patrol Jacket seen at the top of the page is positively packed with functionality and hard-wearing style. The quilted exterior is water-resistant, while the box-quilted nylon lining provides excellent warmth and a neat contrast in terms of color. It’s exclusive to Huckberry, so you know that A) The quality is excellent and B) It’ll likely fly off the site’s (digital) shelves quite fast. The Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket also features a cool, easily wearable charcoal, also exclusive to Huckberry. So, we know this jacket is limited-edition and packed with excellent features. Let’s make it work with your wardrobe, shall we?
The truly excellent thing about a rugged fall jacket with classic military roots is that it can be paired up with plenty of other essentials in your closet already. Take a slim striped henley and your favorite pair of black jeans, then add some stylish leather boots — bingo, perfect weekend ensemble at the ready. Perhaps you can see this jacket working for you on a rainy commute or a road trip, which is all well and good: The Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket features that durable cotton-nylon exterior and a no-frills charcoal color. That straightforward design means it’ll keep you dry in inclement weather while pairing up with everything from a slim chambray shirt and grey chinos to a classic Oxford shirt and navy corduroys. Either of those combos would work well for grinding out your next 9-to-5 session, to say the least. And if it’s weekend adventure you seek, the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket checks all the boxes, too. Style it over a rugged overshirt and add stylish hiking boots to go off-road — or stroll down the street to your favorite brewery. I make no bones about it — wherever you want to go, the Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket can take you there this fall and winter. And that’s more than good enough to call the Quilted Patrol Jacket today’s Style Pick of the Week.