The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Basics, Summer Beer & the Best 4th of July Sales

My friends, you know what weekend is upon us. It’s 4th of July weekend, a patriotic occasion that calls for reflection on both our freedoms and what we can do better as a country (there’s a lot, and I know you don’t need me to tell you that, right?). It’s also a time to gather safely with friends and family, ideally with some of life’s greater pleasures close at hand (I’m talking about cold beer and menswear, of course). On that last front, you know where to go to get some of the best men’s style essentials for summer, don’t you? That’d be the well-stocked digital shelves of Huckberry, purveyors of everything you need to go from the trail to the town, and from town to the beach, and then back. It’s always worth shopping the Huckberry Sale Section, too — a lot of stellar gear is still up for grabs. In fact, you can get up to 50 percent off at Huckberry right now. It’s just one of more than a few of the best sales for the 4th of July, so keep on scrolling through below. A quick note: Huckberry isn’t the only major retailer offering up discounts. We’ll get into it more below, but the Filson Summer Clearing Sale gets you scores of deals on Filson classics, like the Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt or the rugged Filson C.C.F. Watch Cap.

As for me, I’m going to try to spend only a bit of time coveting Huckberry menswear picks this weekend. I’m back in Brooklyn after a trip down to Florida — you can read more about my trip in my twice-weekly newsletter — and I’ve got some fun plans in store. As per tradition, whenever I’m in New York City for the 4th of July, I always make my way down to Coney Island to take in the sights and sounds — beer is also on the docket at Coney Island Brewery, of course. What’s on your agenda for the holiday weekend? I’ve got some last-minute writing to do for sites like Jacob Graye, plus this blog, but once that’s taken care of, I’ll be enjoying some much-needed time off. Check out the best menswear for the 4th of July, and the best 4th of July gear sales, below. Then kick back, relax, crack open a cold one and celebrate. Cheers and thanks for reading!

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Alright, folks: Hopefully, you’re rolling into the weekend with some of the best Fourth of July sales top of mind from some of your favorite brands, be it a new American Giant partnership, a deal on the best adventure gear or the remarkable Taylor Stitch Peak of Summer Sale. Whichever one you choose to shop, I hope that gear makes its way to you in good time. And before I let you go, allow me to recommend one more must-read pick: My guide on how to wear a lightweight jacket is going to sort you out with breezy style in mind this season. Happy shopping and stay cool out there — and oh yeah, enjoy the 4th of July!

The Sunday Sale: Score a Deal on Three of the Best Men’s T-Shirts from American Giant

What’s on your shopping list today? Do you have time to score a deal on the best T-shirts for men from American Giant? I bet you do. If you’ve been following along with The Sunday Sale, then you know it’s quite the place to find out all about the best deals on the best new menswear, including today’s deal: Nearly 10 percent off three of the best men’s T-shirts from American Giant (keep reading for more). You’ve got to simply make hay while the sun shines, as it were, be it getting your new favorite summer shirt, a deal on the best men’s bomber jacket or in this case, one of the best deals on a new T-shirt for men. To be more specific, we’re actually talking about three new T-shirts from the famed purveyors at American Giant.

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If you read the blog, you know all about this truly all-American brand, makers of some of the best American menswear and of course, makers of other staple pieces like one of the best henleys for men. But let’s talk more about the American Giant Premium Slub Tee, shall we? This deal today is part of an excellent series of American GIant bundles, and to be more specific, you’re getting three T-shirts for $120 (regularly $144), and you’re not just getting any old T-shirt either.

SHOP: The American Giant Premium Slub Tee

Make no mistake, when it comes to quality construction and reliable, design, that’s what the American Giant Premium Slub Tee is all about. These T-shirts use a custom slub cotton fabric that American Giant developed over the course of a year. Having tested out these T-shirts, it’s substantial and will keep its shape, but it’s not overwhelming or too heavy. The fit is classic and slimming, but not too tight by any means. Fit-wise, the American Giant Premium Slub Tee is the perfect T-shirt to wear with jeans, for example, but you could also wear this classic tee (in just about any color you please) with tan chinos and white canvas sneakers for easygoing spring and summer style.

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The slub jersey fabric is made in North Carolina, and the T-shirts themselves are sewn in Los Angeles, so it’s American-made all the way through. Lest we forget, you can mix and match between 12 cool colors (eight of them limited-edition, including the Green Tide color shown above) to get that coveted deal: Three T-shirts for $120. Just in time for spring and summer, that’s the deal you need right now on the best T-shirts for men.

SHOP: The American Giant Premium Slub Tee

The List: Buy These American-Made Menswear Picks from American Giant

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Going all-in with the best menswear from American Giant, all made in the States.

Folks, if you read the blog on the regular, you know the brand we’re about to discuss in today’s edition of The List (or at least, I hope you do). The brand in question is American Giant, purveyors of everything from one of the best men’s henleys to a rugged, made-in-America shirt you can layer with ease in any season. With that in mind, we’ll dive into the essential, everyday picks you need from this family-focused, hard-wearing brand, all with classic style for winter 2021 and beyond in mind. To see how I style my American Giant gear, check out my Instagram account. Happy shopping, my friends!

The Best American-Made Menswear at American Giant

American Giant Classic Full-Zip Hoodie — $112

American Giant Classic Full-Zip Hoodie

A well-made hoodie you need for casual winter weekends aplenty.

We’d be remiss not to start with the piece that put American Giant on the map, one of the best hooded sweatshirts for men. It’s made in North Carolina and features touches like reinforced elbow patches and classic colorway options — it’s truly a casual must-have.

American Giant Highway Shirt — $124

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A durable cotton twill shirt you can wear all on its own or layered up.

As previously mentioned, American Giant makes one of the best everyday shirts on the market, and this rugged cotton twill shirt checks all the right boxes.

American Giant Roughneck Pants — $144

American Giant Roughneck Pants

Tough-as-nails pants you can rock on the daily, as often as you like.

When you want the durability of work pants and yet the classic, tailored cut of five-pocket pants, get the versatile American Giant Roughneck Pants (they’re a personal favorite).

American Giant Premium Slub Crew Tee — $42 or 3 for $108

American Giant Premium Slub Crew Tee

It’s hard to go wrong with one of the best men’s T-shirts in a classic color.

Get yourself a trio of the best T-shirts for men out there, and then wear ’em as often as you please. These slub T-shirts are sturdy but not too thick, ready to be worn solo or layered up.

American Giant Dakota Straight Denim — $154

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These tough, classic blue jeans are going to become your new favorite pair.

What goes well with one of the best T-shirts for men? That’s easy: A rugged pair of American-made denim in a versatile wash and cut. Simple as that.

American Giant Leather Belt in Tobacco — $70

American Giant Leather Belt

One of the toughest leather belts your money can buy.

The best accessory alongside your American-made denim  is assuredly this made-in-America leather belt for dependable, durable style.

American Giant Hudson Insulated Twill Jacket — $290

American Giant Hudson Twill Jacket

A hard-wearing jacket you can layer up for work or play this winter.

For layering right now and into spring, grab this durable twill jacket, made in Chicago and featuring a nylon quilted interior lining.

American Giant Classic Pullover — $108

American Giant Classic Pullover

One of the best hoodies for men, no questions asked.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, American Giant makes some of the best basics for men of any brand around, and the American Giant Classic Pullover is as fine an example as any.

American Giant Heavyweight Pocket Tee — $36 or 3 for $96

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A durable and timeless pocket tee, available in a handy pack of three.

Never sleep on the basics agan with a three-packet of the best men’s pocket T-shirts, available in a range of colors and able to be paired with dark blue denim or chino shorts with ease any day of the week (maybe save the shorts for when winter passes, though).

American Giant Marl Crew Socks — 5 for $50

American Giant Marl Crew Socks

Pick up five pairs of the best socks for men on the market, folks.

Top things off and complement the rest of your American Giant menswear with some of the best socks for men, priced in a very affordable bundle in neutral and wearable colorways.

American Giant Ultra Merino Pocket Tee — $100 

An easy-to-layer pocket T-shirt you can wear with your American Giant hoodie.

It’s the fabric and the construction that sets this brand apart, and this richly colored, well-crafted and stylish long-sleeve tee, with its merino fabric and neat button pocket, just might take the cake.

American Giant Shop Beanie — $30

American Giant Shop Beanie

Your new favorite winter hat, guaranteed (get 2 for $50 with a bundle from the brand).

Last but not least, stay warm in hard-wearing, comfortable style with this American-made beanie, a must-have for the winter months that so happens to be highly affordable.

Alright, my friends. There goes another edition of The List, and I hope you found what you were looking for (or at least, found an item or two to add to your holiday wish list). Be it something seemingly simple, like the best socks for men, a reliable basics like one of the best men’s pocket T-shirts, or better still a big-ticket item like American-made denim, I think you’ll find American Giant delivers at every turn. Here’s to layering up and dressing in style this season, folks. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: American Giant’s Waffle Henley is one of the Best Men’s Henleys for Winter

You know it on the calendar and in your heart: The cold weather calls for one of the best men’s henleys, without a doubt about it. And my friends, the American Giant Waffle Henley is one of the best American-made style picks you can get right now, with plenty of warmth and style to go around. If you’ve read the blog, you know that American Giant shot to fame on the strength of pieces like the American Giant Classic Full-Zip Hoodie, so when you really need to get the job done on cold winter mornings, it never hurts to add the American Giant Waffle Henley to your layering rotation. Heck, it’s a perfectly rugged piece for casual style as well, but as a warm base layer, it delivers the goods. 100 percent cotton waffle fabric and custom-made ribbed cuffs and a ribbed collar add maximum durability for layering under the aforementioned hoodie or a tough canvas workwear jacket, too. Still with me? Let’s keep on rolling.

SHOP: The American Giant Waffle Henley 

It’s the fabric that really makes the difference with this tough henley.

This classic men’s henley comes in a range of versatile and neutral colors, including limited-edition offerings like the Oxblood colorway shown at the top of the page. The 12.5oz fabric weight used in the American Giant Waffle Henley makes it hearty and hard-wearing, meaning you can use it as a base layer underneath a shirt jacket or even a peacoat for a blend of high-low style. It retails for a pretty agreeable price ($100 on the dot at American Giant), meaning you can stock up on multiple shades of this rugged henley if you feel so inclined. And with just about week left until Christmas, well, consider adding it to your holiday wish list (or fulfilling someone else’s!). Cheers to winter layering, my friends.

SHOP: The American Giant Waffle Henley 

The Thursday Buy: The American Giant Highway Shirt is the Best Shirt to Buy Right Now

American Giant Highway Shirt

A tough yet easy-to-wear cotton twill shirt you can utilize for work or play.

Folks, I’ll come right out and say it: For rugged fall and winter style, you already know that you need one of the best men’s shirts on your back … but to get even more specific, you need the American Giant Highway Shirt in your life right this very instant. Leave it to American Giant, purveyors of some of the best made-in-America menswear around, to deliver a no-fuss, no-frills shirt that’s exactly what your wardrobe calls for right now.

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To wit: Zoom calls and virtual happy hour sessions are still the norm for a lot of us, and the American Giant Highway Shirt works for those. But what about when you want to get out and about — on a day hike, for a backyard bonfire, for a quick brewery — well, what then? The American Giant Highway Shirt once again comes through reliably in the clutch, featuring versatile-yet-tough cotton twill fabric that just gets the job done. You can wear this rugged work shirt to do, well, actual work, you can layer it atop your favorite henley for added warmth, and heck, you can throw it on underneath a denim jacket or a waxed trucker jacket for crucial fall and winter style. How’s that for a shirt that gets the job done, ehh?

SHOP: The American Giant Highway Shirt 

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American Giant Highway Shirt

A dependable and durable everyday shirt from American Giant.

The great thing about picking up one of the best men’s shirts for fall and winter is the versatility it provides you. The American Giant Highway Shirt is about as subtly stylish as it gets, featuring an easy-to-layer fit and a useful front button chest pocket for an everyday carry essential or two. You can rock it as an overshirt — or else, all on its own — and you can’t beat the array of neutral color options (I’m partial to Heron at the top of the page, but Dark Elm assuredly works with everything from slim dark denim to your favorite chinos). And for fall and winter road trips where you need a stylish everyday shirt you can throw on and forget about, the American Giant Highway Shirt steps up in the clutch. The real final kicker? It’s made in Philadelphia and features custom touches like branded buttons. It’s got all the bells and whistles you need, and it’ll look great for years to come. How’s that for your new favorite shirt, ehh?

SHOP: The American Giant Highway Shirt 

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Style Pick of the Week: American Giant Classic Full-Zip Hoodie

American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie

An incredibly durable, essential casual hoodie for perfect fall weekend style.

Folks, as often seems to be the case around this time of year, I’m urging you to reconsider your casual wardrobe in today’s Style Pick of the Week, and I’m specifically calling for you to pick up one of the best men’s hoodies on the planet. If this year’s pandemic didn’t already cause you to seriously step your casual fall weekend and at-home style, it’s high time you upgraded your hoodie with American Giant and the American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie. They’re just the brand to take your laidback fall looks from “good” to “great … and seriously cozy.” American Giant has been a favorite of your humble Brooklyn menswear author for some time, owing to the fact that they meticulously craft some of the best casual menswear on the market, from a classic trucker jacket (as featured on the blog this past winter), to one of the best crewneck sweaters on the market.

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To top it all off, they’ve got nearly a decade of experience producing American-made menswear (and women’s wear!), and they’re also socially engaged through the American Giant Delta Project. What’s more, and perhaps most importantly, American Giant also makes protective face masks here in the States. Talk about using your powers for good. But back to one of the best men’s hoodies, ehh? It’s an essential you’ve simply got to have these days.

SHOP: The American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie

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It’s available in an array of colors, like this limited-edition Oxblood.

The great thing about finding one of the best men’s hooded sweatshirts is that, as you would expect, it’s improved in every way from your typical hoodie. In this case, that means the American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie is made from a custom-developed heavyweight fleece and combed ringspun cotton — this makes it durable to wear in blustery fall weather (either on its own or with a waxed trucker jacket), yet warm and soft to the touch on the inside.

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It’s a tough-as-nails hoodie that the brand calls “the best hoodie ever made,” and I’ve certainly got a mind to believe ’em. It’s made in North Carolina and features custom hardware like a metal zipper, eyelets and drawcord tips, meaning no stone goes unturned in the making of the best hooded sweatshirt for men — seriously. Even better? It brings dependable weekend style to your wardrobe, thanks to eight color options (including three limited-edition colorways, such as Oxblood). In that respect, it could be the best hooded sweatshirt to wear with jeans and your favorite T-shirt … or with chinos and a henley for a casual outing. When something as seemingly simple as a hooded sweatshirt gets the American Giant treatment, you can expect great things. Do yourself a favor and get your new favorite hoodie (or two, or three!) today.

SHOP: The American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie

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The Friday Read: The Best Fall Whiskey, the Best Pants for Fall and the Aston Martin Residence

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Some of your new favorite fall whiskey? Quite possibly.

I don’t know about you, but as we kick off today’s Friday Read, I’m feeling more in the spirit of fall already, just by looking at the excellent lineup of Michter’s Whiskey above. I’m particularly a fan of Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye, an exceptional whiskey to enjoy in an Old Fashioned (if you prefer a Rye Old Fashioned). As I’ve mentioned in my newsletter (The Style Guide In Brief — be sure to subscribe!), you can use alcohol delivery service Drizly to get some sent right to your door — how’s that for a Friday night, ehh? It’s with that sort of spirt that I’ve been enjoying fall in Brooklyn, including a few (safe) stops at excellent whiskey and craft beer bar Sycamore, which features a backyard and patio set-up that’s perfect for enjoying a cocktail under the stars while it’s still nice out. It’s the kind of place that serves Michter’s Whiskey, too — a great spot, all in all.

For your own fall adventures, today’s Friday Read is jam-packed, per usual. Before I send you into the weekend, I’m going to also recommend you follow my Work From Home playlist on Spotify, featuring the kind of laidback indie rock jams to soundtrack a day and night at home — and a post-work happy hour with Michter’s Whiskey, naturally. Let’s get into the rest of it below — cheers to the season!

  • Folks, here’s another men’s style essential for fall that you’ll recognize if you read my gear-indie rock-craft beer newsletter: The American Giant Roughneck Pants, as worthy a pair of pants for your fall weekend as any. These are some of the most rugged men’s pants out there, featuring a durable stretch canvas fabric that retains its polish thanks to a slim fit and classic five-pocket pant styling. Wear them in place of jeans when you want to go ever-so-slightly rugged, yet versatile. Again, perfect pants for the weekend, ehh?
  • Dreaming of a James Bond-inspired getaway? Add a bit more to your budget in that case, because Aston Martin just unveiled seriously cool plans for its first-ever private residence, an incredible estate set in Rhinebeck, New York and featuring an underground lair and wine cellar (yes, believe it). Even better? I had the chance to write about it for Maxim, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

An old-school pullover that’s as great as it gets.

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Once again, it’s with the weekend in mind that I leave you with today’s final pick. For nights at home, plugged into your record player or listening to a Spotify playlist (like the one I mentioned above!), you can’t go wrong with some Master & Dynamic headphones, crafted in NYC. I reviewed them in this blog post, and needless to say, they’re some of the best Bluetooth headphones on the market. To let me know what you’re listening to at the moment, be sure to join me on Twitter. Thanks, as always, for reading!

The Friday Read: A New Timex Watch, The American Giant Vault Collection & Everlane Jeans

Timex Allied Watch

A durable, casual and rugged watch to wear all fall.

First things first: I’d say it’s well and truly *time* to step into the weekend right now with anoher edition of The Friday Read, preferably with the rugged Timex Allied Watch (as seen above and as sold by UNCRATE) on your wrist. It’s one of the best men’s casual watches I’ve seen in some time, and one of the most affordable watches of the moment, for that matter (it retails for $125 at UNCRATE). The Timex Allied Watch has rugged good looks and easygoing style to pair with all your seasonal favorites — a few of which we’ll cover today, of course. It’s been a busy few weeks around here in terms of fall style, what with plenty of new products finding their way to my Brooklyn HQ (read: apartment), from the excellent Faherty Brand Legend Sweater Shirt to some new Mott and Bow denim (all as seen on my Instagram, of course).

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I’m feeling more than ready for fall to pick up in earnest — how about you? I’ve definitely been busy on the writing front, covering the best weekender bags over at Maxim.com and writing about the best bourbons for National Bourbon Heritage Month for GearMoose, too. I’ve also been making sure to support my favorite craft beer breweries in Brooklyn when possible, including picking up some to-go beers at Gold Star Beer Counter, all the better to enjoy in my craft beer growler at home. Perhaps you’re in much the same boat? It’s tough to not be able to enjoy a brewery or beer bar in person, but I’m urging you (and reminding myself!) to stay safe and strong in the meantime. To get your weekend started off on the right foot, check out a few choice reads below.

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A seriously limited-edition American Giant hoodie to power your fall weekends.

  • Let’s get right down to it: This fall, you’re going to need a stylish hooded sweatshirt for casual weekends and outdoor adventures aplenty. You might as well go ahead and make it a limited-edition hoodie from the American Giant Vault Collection, for that matter. The Vault Collection is the latest sustainability initiative from the brand — they’ve built one of the best men’s hoodies out of old, unused fabric, inspired by the ingenuity needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vault “opened up” this past Monday, and prior to that, American Giant had a waitlist of thousands wanting to get their hands on this sweatshirt. How cool is that!? Assuredly, all those fans can’t be wrong. Stay tuned for more from the Vault Collection this fall.

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A perfect pair of black jeans for fall — right?

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The toughest adventure watch your money can buy? Very nearly.

So, what’ll it be to start your weekend? Will you be checking out the American Giant Vault Collection and getting your hands on your new favorite hoodie? Perhaps shopping some slim black jeans from the the Everlane Uniform Collection is more your stride, or better yet on the accessories front, maybe the Luminox Atacama Adventurer is now on your fall style wish list (I know it’s on mine). As for me, I’ll be trying to narrow down my own personal style wish list. One last thing: If you could use some fall weekend style inspiration, you can’t go wrong with my guide on how to wear a waxed trucker jacket this season. It’s everything you need, and then some. Wherever your weekend adventures take you, stay safe, stay stylish and thanks for reading!

Windy City Style: A Summer Weekend in Chicago

Checking out The Bean and Millenium Park on an outstanding summer day in the city. Wearing an American Giant tee and my Need Supply Co. denim jacket, with hair styling courtesy of AXE. Shot by Olivia Hayhoe on an iPhone 7 Plus.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wasn’t I just in Chicago? This month even? Yes indeed, Style Guide readers, my travels took me to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2017 just a few short weeks ago and yet … I’m back! Or at least, I was back this past weekend for a family weekend in the Windy City.  My last trip to the city involved a healthy dose of excellent music — including a terrific live show by The Killers — and I was just as excited to be back this time. Incredibly, I’ve even got a fall trip back to Chicago planned, whereby I’ll be sure to pack plenty of fall menswear essentials. Yet, these past few days were about reconnecting with family, exploring the city and catching up with friends right before the end of summer … all in style, of course!

The rest of my family made the trek to take in Chicago’s version of the famed American musical “Hamilton” … while I gave up my seat to my young nephew (Hi, Charlie!), leaving me more time to get out and about in Chicago. That entailed a post-dinner trek to famed indie venue Metro Chicago to see a great indie pop show by Ernest Greene (known by his stage moniker Washed Out).  I’ve gotten quite practiced at loading up my stylish weekender bag with gear to take on the season, from versatile outerwear to a slim chambray shirt and classic sneakers, and this weekend proved no different. Just remember: Going from city to city still calls for on-point travel style. So, let’s get to it.

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Breezy essentials for summer travel, starting with my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker and carrying through to stylish Frank and Oak leather sneakers and my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.

Heading straight to the airport in the morning on Friday called for versatile, easygoing style — just as with my last trip to Chicago. Starting with a solid base layer is always key (especially when dealing with airport A/C), so my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker, a classically designed jacket you might recognize from my Style Pick of the Week series, was the way to go. With its light weight and easy-to-style design, the Montreaux Windbreaker teamed nicely with my equally laidback-yet-polished Mott and Bow denim shirt. Perhaps you recognize the new line of Mott and Bow denim shirts from this site’s Style Pick of the Week series, and I’d say any of the brand’s denim shirts would be a versatile bet the next time you need to throw on a crisp, casual top for travel.  The soft fabric and nicely tailored-but-mobile fit of this slim denim shirt made it an ideal airport layering move, while a new pair of Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos offered just the right blend of comfort and stretch.

The whole combo was topped off with my trusty-as-ever Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, a pleasingly vintage-inspired ballcap I love to throw on any time I need to keep the sun off my face.  On the footwear front, a pair of Idyllwild Pull-Up Leather Sneakers from favorite menswear retailer Frank and Oak helped me move around the city with sharp looks and wearbility in mind. And to stay on time, I threw on my trusty Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono, a standout piece from the Timex Waterbury line that looks rugged and goes just about anywhere (particularly with a classic windbreaker and a stylish denim shirt). Want a winning formula for travel style? Pair mobile stretch chinos with leather sneakers and a comfortable shirt featuring textured fabric. 

It’s a good thing I was prepped with versatile menswear, because Friday packed in a heck of a lot of exploration and great times around the Windy City. Our accomodations at TheWit Chicago were outstanding — right in the the heart of downtown Chicago, this modern hotel provided a sleek backdrop and stellar views from its roof bar (the ideal spot to knock back a few Bell’s beers — good to be back in the Midwest!). And Friday night’s dinner, featuring family-style pizza, cheese plates and plenty of bread and olive oil, was nothing less than excellent. The next time you get to Chicago, I’d recommend you stop by Quartino!

Mixing earthy tones and casual, versatile staples like an American Giant pima tee and Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement Chinos alongside the CLAE Bradley Mid.

And with Friday in the books, Saturday dawned with the promise of an exciting full day getting to know Chicago more. Seeing as Lollapalooza was packed wall-to-wall with music and I hadn’t visited since college, that left plenty to do — including lots of time spent strolling through MilleniuM Park. As per usual, I prepped with the best men’s gear that I could possibly muster, including a mix of high-low, casual style led by a crisp charcoal pair of my Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos. Seriously, if there’s a pair of chinos that combines better range of movement or a more crisp look — the tab closure waist helps with that — I’ve yet to find ’em.  My charcoal chinos matched up nicely with a well-made, breathable Amerian Giant Premium Crew Tee in Drab Olive — a nice contrast of earthy tones that worked well to go from Millenium Park to cool spots like Raised, an urban rooftop spot outfitted with industrial fixtures, premium cocktails and local craft beer.

Saturday’s full ensemble for exploring Millenium Park, highlighted by my CLAE Bradley Mid Sneakers, plus my trusty Need Supply Co. denim jacket and the TImex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

Like other American-made menswear that I favor, I think you’ll find a simple, stylish T-shirt works with anything on vacation.  The key to a versatile look came from my  Need Supply Co. Denim Jacket in 96, another piece that proved a favorite at Lollapalooza 2017   — it worked just as well this time around, especially as a shot of color to contrast my rich Cocoa Leather Bradley Mid Sneakers from CLAE. This style is comfortable and durable, and for this late August trip, that made them a prime footwear pick. That comfort definitely helped me get around in style — my MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators also helped shield my eyes from the hot Chicago sun, and we took the chance to keep the afternoon rolling. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, completely refurbished and recently reopened, harkens back to the city’s glamour and refinement of years gone by. It comes complete with a rotating pop-up bar on the ground floor, plus a game room and  a neat rooftop bar with great lakefront views.

A stylish weekender bag, American Giant shorts and a breezy chambray shirt made for easy travel style.

But as always seems to be the case, the weekend drew to a close too quickly. I had just enough time for a delicious Sunday brunch at the uniquely ’70s-inspied HopCat Chicago lounge before departing the Windy City yet again — and I dressed in casual, breezy travel style to take on the day. For a bit of tailored style mixed with supreme comfort, my all-new American Giant Weekend Shorts — made from hefty rugby jersey cotton — were perfect for a flight back to NYC. And to mix in some high-low style, I threw on my trusty United By Blue Wenlock Chambray Shirt. What with breathable fabric and a neat pattern, the Wenlock Chambray Shirt added some contrast to my laidback CLAE Hayward Sneakers, at once retro and yet crisply modern. And on the accessories front, a handy travel kit and men’s grooming essentials from Baxter of California paired up perfectly together, while my rugged-yet-accessible Timex Waterbury Chrono Diver helped me stay on time in casual style. In all, the laidback, breezy style ensemble helped me make it back to NYC in good time and in good style.

I hope you spent your weekend in the same way I did — with great friends and family, enjoying great times. You can  be sure I’m already looking forward to my next trip — to Chicago or elsewhere. To keep up with my travels and my style tips, check out my Instagram. And tomorrow, you can join us for another #OOTD. Until then, stay stylish!

-Beau

The List: Buy This #Menswear to Close Out The Summer

How’s your month been? Tough to believe we’re barreling through August, ehh? Fear not — we’ve got #menswear shopping to slow down the rush of summer and bolster your wardrobe (and lifestyle) in the process. Yes indeed, we’re talking about the best gear to buy right now. This week’s entry in The List series here at the old Style Guide takes us into new territory. Namely, we’re talking one of the best coffee makers to buy now — as sold by Bespoke Post, of course — plus a stylish navy blazer and perhaps your new favorite sneakers. But wait, there’s more! Really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. How we doin’? Keep up with my #menswear adventures on Instagram or Facebook — I look forward to hearing all about your purchases of some of the best men’s gear around … wink, wink.

Timex

Astorflex Softflex Sneakers in Peanut — $170

Astorflex

Sneakers that blend craftsmanship, sustainability and style in equal measure.

Ever find a pair of sneakers that exemplify somewhat rugged craftsmanship and yet also look pleasingly casual and laidback? That’s the Astorflex Softlex for ya.

Corridor NYC Stretch Blazer — $295.98

Corridor NYC

A uniquely well-crafted, durable and mobile blazer.

Some classic men’s blazers out there make you take a second look — such is the case with the handsome, refined and yet mobile Corridor NYC Stretch Blazer. Handcrafted in the Big Apple, it’s a one-of-a-kind men’s blazer to wear to close out summer.
Frank And Oak
Craighill Wide Wall Pocket — $32

Craighill

A neat way to store small goods and everyday essentials.

The Craighill Wide Wall Pocket is at once a neat bit of craftsmanship and also something that’s so simple … it’s as if someone should have thought of it sooner.  Cross another item off in your search for stylish men’s home goods.

Wally Walker Piuma Sneakers in Navy OR Stone — $109.98

Wally Walker sneakers

Yes, more sneakers. But these ones blend unique style with affordability.

A pair of stylish, classic sneakers in multiple colorways being offered for a little bit more than $100? Too good to be true. Not so with these crisp, simple Wally Walker Piuma Sneakers.
Greats

American Giant Premium Crew Tee — $36.50

 

American Giant

othing too fancy about a well-made T-shirt — just quality.

 Are you familiar with American Giant? They get a ton of credit for American-made gear ranging from henleys to nearly indestructible hoodies, but there’s no question that the brand’s simple, classic Premium Crew Tee gets the job done.

Florsheim

Hudson Made Morning Shift Body Wash — $28

Bespoke Post

Add this body wash to your daily routine — it’ll pay off.

Looking and feeling your best during the day often starts with the steps you take to get ready — and I’d wager that you’re going to want to include this crisp, masculine Hudson Made Morning Shift Body Wash in your routine.

Lum-Tec Combat B31 Bronze Automatic Watch — $899.99

An extraordinarily durable, tough watch.

Folks, believe me when I say this — Lum-Tec does NOT mess around when it comes to durable, rugged watches — and the Lum-Tec Combat B31 Bronze Automatic Watch is no exception. Yowza.

Bruer Cold Bruer Slow Drip Cold Brew Coffee Maker — $69.98

Bruer coffee

An innovative, dependable coffee maker.

Ahh, yes. Here’s the upgraded coffee maker we talked about. Specifically, this Bruer coffe maker specializes in cold brew — all the better to have around as these last hot summer days roll on by.

Mott and Bow Graham Denim Shirt in Medium Blue — $61.98

Mott and Bow

A crisp, quality denim shirt from Mott and Bow — tough to top.

We talked just a few weeks ago on this site about Mott and Bow denim shirts — and that’s why this handsome, refined-yet-casual and stylish denim shirt makes this version of The List.
AVI-8
This Is Ground Mini Tech Dopp Kit 2 in Cognac — $169

Pack this durable “dopp kit: with everything you need on the daily.

Hauling your everyday carry can be a tall order — but the handsome, pleasingly rugged and easy-to-use This Is Ground Mini Tech Dopp Kit makes your mission a whole heck of a lot easier.

Morning Culture La Playa Blanket — $34.98

Morning Culture La Playa Blanket

Don’t underestimate a blanket that feels cozy AND looks great.

Is there such a thing as a stylish blanket? Of course there is — the Morning Culture La Playa Blanket. For your next camping trip or bonfire, bring along the La Playa Blanket.

Abercrombie and Fitch Langdon Slim Jeans — $39

Clean, sharp and very affordable — that’s new denim from Abercrombie and Fitch.

Last but certainly not least — and because you need slim jeans to wear with your Mott and Bow denim shirt — we’re focusing on the latest, new-and-improved denim line from Style Guide favorites Abercrombie and Fitch. Affordable and easy to wear to your next rock concert.

OK, how’d we do today? I simply can’t get enough of, among other stylish men’s gear picks, the extremely rugged and durable Lum-Tec Combat B31 Bronze Automatic Watch. Let me know how we did in the comments below — and let me  know if you’ll be picking up a piece … or two … or three.

Happy shopping and thanks for reading!

-Beau