Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Sol Box

The key to summer relaxation? Quite possibly the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

The perfect way to unwind on a summer weekend? Well, I can’t tell you what exactly is required there (cold beer and sunshine?), but I can indeed tell you that the Bespoke Post Sol Box is going to make your weekend a whole lot more relaxed — and a whole lot more stylish. That’s because the Bespoke Post Sol Box features some of the best espadrilles you can slide your feet into, made with handcrafted care and available for a very, VERY agreeable price. If you follow the blog, you absolutely know we love what you can find at Bespoke Post. Think of it as the thinking man’s monthly subscription service, delivering everything from everyday carry essentials to everything you need for a summer grillout — and of course, the Bespoke Post Sol Box falls within that same realm, and same low price ($45 when you sign up for the site). In short, what you’re getting with the Bespoke Post Sol Box appears simple at first, but can offer a whole lot more than that. Consider your alternatives to your sturdy leather boots and even your stylish suede chukka boots — you’ve got classic leather moccasins, of course, but how about we shake things up?

SHOP:The Bespoke Post Sol Box 

One of two versatile colorways when it comes to the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

I’m talking, of course, about some of the best slip-ons for men, an option not considered often enough — but then again, not every pair of espadrilles is as stylish as the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles as found in this Bespoke Post Box, right? Exactly right.

This pair is handcrafted by artisans in Spain, and it reflects the laidback style of the Mediterranean. Wear these with your favorite pair of linen trousers and a camp collar shirt to head to a lovely evening of dinner and drinks, or just throw on the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tailored shorts and a classic slub tee every single time you please. The cotton canvas upper is breathable and comfortable, while the use of natural jute is sustainable and again, highly stylish. Plus, you can throw the espadrilles from the Bespoke Post Sol Box into your weekender bag with ease as you hit the road — talk about packing light. And while you can’t exactly pair these with your classic business casual suit, you should feel free to wear the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tan chinos and a tailored white Oxford to dinner on your next vacation. The key to summer relaxation? It’s gotta be the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

SHOP:The Bespoke Post Sol Box 

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Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Carry Box

From a slim wallet to a stylish pen, the Bespoke Post Carry Box has the early fall essentials you need to stay organized.

Your everyday carry essentials are perhaps no more important than at the start of a new menswear season — like early fall. We’ve been talking for weeks here on The Style Guide about transitional men’s style essentials to keep you looking sharp in spite of the changing weather — that’s where the always-handy¬†Bespoke Post Boxes¬†come into play. In short:¬†Bespoke Post¬†packages up menswear essentials and delivers ’em to you for one low price via its subscription service. Which brings me to the functional, truly excellent¬†Bespoke Post Carry Box.¬† What’s in store for you if you pick up this well-designed package of menswear goodies? Quite a lot, my friend. From the crisp and clean¬†Line of Trade Slim Wallet¬†(with room for up to 15 cards!)¬†to the Fisher¬†Bullet Space Pen, the Carry Box is packed full of those small, thoughtfully made touches you didn’t know you needed (yet). Take the Gerber Shard Tool — a pocket-sized multi-tool that can be had (along with the Space Pen and the¬†Line of Trade Slim Wallet) for just $45¬†when you sign up to join Bespoke Post.¬†How’s that for a heck of a deal to start a new menswear season? Bingo.

SHOP: Bespoke Post Carry Box

SIGN UP: Join Bespoke Post 

Three refined, durable and great-looking everyday essentials in one agreeable package.

Now, you might be wondering why the heck you’d need a new leather wallet or a new pen, or a new multi-tool, but the answer comes back to the fact that organization and attention to detail — from the ground up — really can shape a menswear ensemble. That is to say, the¬†Bespoke Post Carry Box¬†can be the perfect finishing touch if you’ve got your other men’s style essentials on lock. Whether you’re heading to a rock concert or schlepping your gear to a day at the office, the stylish and¬†very¬†well-priced¬†Bespoke Post Carry Box¬†can help you keep everything straight. And these goods aren’t just any old everyday carry pieces, either — the Fischer Space Pen is an investment-level writing utensil all on its own, while the handsome¬†Line of Trade Slim Wallet¬†comes in multiple refined leather options for maximum versatility. Each piece of the¬†Bespoke Post Carry Box¬†truly can be used every single day, and they’ll get better with age (yes, even the Gerber Shard Tool). And again, the¬†Bespoke Post Carry Box¬†is available for under $50 when you¬†sign up to join Bespoke Post¬†— what’s not to love about that? If I were you, I’d be all in.

SHOP: Bespoke Post Carry Box

SIGN UP: Join Bespoke Post 

The List: Kick off Early Fall with the Best Men’s Gear

As we’ve been saying for a while now on The Style Guide, fall will be here before you know it. It’s the best time of the year for #menswear, what with a return to texture-heavy outfits, rugged layering and old style favorites — plus the chance to hit the road for crisp fall weekend adventures galore. And we’re getting into the swing of things a few weeks before the official start of fall with today’s edition of The List. Unlike our last edition of The List, which focused on the best gear to buy to close out summer, we’re looking toward menswear essentials with a bit more grit, a bit more rugged style and a bit more fall-ready wearability. Am I the only one excited for that first crisp fall day? Maybe? Well, let’s change that as quick as we can.¬†¬†Follow me on Instagram to see how I’m getting ready for fall — and know that we’re officially going to debut our Fall Style Wish List later this week.

Original Penguin P55 Bedford Cord 5-Pocket Pant —¬†$89

Original Penguin

A slim-fitting pair of cotton trousers in a unique fall shade.

There’s no better way to ease into fall — and ease away from slim light wash denim — than with textured cotton pants in an earthy fall color.

Bespoke Post Concentrate Box —¬†$45¬†(When¬†Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

Organize your desk AND brew a great batch of cold brew, all at once.

I’m the type of guy who can enjoy excellent cold brew nearly all year long — and if that’s the case for you, the Bespoke Post Concentrate Box features essentials to make your own cold brew and organize your home office.

Danner Vertigo 917 Boots —¬†$199.98

One part hiker, one part sneaker — and all ready for fall, any way you slice it.

Want a set of shoes that straddles the line between between purely a hiking boot or purely a sneaker? The Danner 917 Boots do both — wear ’em with dark slim jeans and a rugged fall jacket for a day trip.

Original Penguin Pigment Overprint Shirt —¬†$89

A thoughtfully crafted shirt, perfect for fall layering.

Early fall is an ideal time to reach for pieces with a bit more texture and visual interest — this richly colored Original Penguin shirt would team nicely with the brand’s Bedford Cords as seen above.

Baxter of California Safety Razor Set —¬†$260
Baxter of California

Make your next shave premium and refined with Baxter of California.

Are you the type of guy who appreciates the finer, perhaps more underappreciated things in life? Like shaving with an old-school razor? This handsome Baxter of California Safety Razor Set should do the job nicely.

Banana Republic Fulton Skinny Rapid Movement Chinos —¬†$98

Make your next chinos mobile, tailored and relatively affordable. Job well-done, Banana Republic.

Tailored chinos that look as great as they feel? Available in a range of colors, including classic khaki? Banana Republic is onto something with its Rapid Movement Chinos, which I’ve had the chance to test out & enjoy lately.
Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Army Micro Cord —¬†$125
Taylor Stitch

A cool corduroy shirt that gives off modern — not retro — vibes thanks to the tailored fit.

¬†Shirting from Taylor Stitch always sells quickly — and performs reliably and stylishly. This textured corduroy shirt in a neat shade of green should become a go-to fall style move.

Nisolo Diego Low Sneakers —¬†$129.98
Nisolo footwear

A richly crafted leather sneaker that provides edge and versatility.

Early fall is as good a time as any to break out stylish leather sneakers with a bit of rugged edge — the Nisolo Diego Low should work as well with a classic striped henley as with a rugged men’s T-shirt.
Bespoke Post B6 EDC Kit —¬†$120

The Bespoke Post E6 EDC Kit is packed full of prime fall style picks.

From a slim wallet to a set of handy notebooks to a bottle opener and a durable pen, the Bespoke Post B6 EDC Kit has it all — literally. These men’s style essentials should certainly serve you well this fall.

Solo Stove Campfire 4P+ Stove — $109.99

Solo Stove Campfire Stove

A durable, affordable and modern campfire stove to take with you on the road.

Early fall nights just can’t be topped if you’re able to get away and spend a few nights camping — and the Solo Stove Campfire 4P+ Stove is an extremely useful, easily portable option for all your fall wilderness pursuits.
Bespoke Post Savor Box —¬†$45¬†(When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)
Bespoke Post Savor Box

All the essentials you need to make a mean Old Fashioned.

Another Bespoke Post box that’s darn near a fall essential. After all, who doesn’t love a well-crafted, thoughtful Old Fashioned on a brisk fall night? Yes indeed, the Bespoke Post Savor Box is going to help you make the perfect one.
Audio Pro T3 Bluetooth Speaker —¬†$249

A great-looking speaker that provides a stylish way to play your favorite tunes.

Last but not least — you’ve got your rugged Taylor Stitch shirt and your campfire stove, but what tunes are you cranking out? The surprisingly stylish Audio Pro T3 Bluetooth Speaker can help in that regard.
OK, my friends — that’s today’s edition of The List! Who’s ready for fall? And what was your favorite pick? I’m loving the¬†Bespoke Post Savor Box¬†and of course, the Taylor Stitch California Shirt. Let me know via the comments below or on Twitter — thanks for reading, and happy shopping!
-Beau

Style Guide Recommends: Step into Classic Astorflex Footwear

Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

Classic, stylish and easy-to-wear chukka boots via Astorflex — more than deserving of an entry in this ongoing series, right?

OK¬† — step on up and let’s get started with another edition of Style Guide Recommends, our monthly look into what you should be wearing, shopping, reading … the whole deal and then some. Sounds good, right? Our last feature told you all about why you should be shopping Bespoke Post — monthly purveyors of “Boxes of Awesome” and plenty of other excellent #menswear. Also an advertiser on this site, I would confidently recommend Bespoke Post¬†either way. And today’s latest entry tells you all about Astorflex —¬†Italian-made crafters of¬†the classic suede boots to¬† buy now, and plenty more beyond that.¬† If you peruse the pages of this site from time to time, the brand should (hopefully) jump out at you. The brand makes all of its stylish men’s footwear with careful attention to detail in northern Italy, then sells ’em at excellent prices — as simple as that.¬†I personally love my Astorflex suede chukka boots, and I break them out as often as I can (follow me on Instagram to see exactly how I style them).¬†¬†With that being said… why¬†are they the right brand for you, and why are they the focus of this week’s #menswear entry?¬† Allow me.

Astorflex

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

It can be all too easy to get sucked into the cycle of buying clothing that looks good just because it … well, looks good. The fine team at Astorflex¬†goes beyond that, though. The brand makes it stylish footwear sustainably¬†— something that’s tough to come by in the industry, it seems (looking at you, fast fashion retailers). That means that everything from the well-crafted Astorflex Softflex sneakers to durable Astorflex Chelsea boots¬†are made with responsible construction and premium European leather that’s aged in an all-natural water, oak bark and powdered mimosa mix for 30 days. That creates a supple, soft suede that matches up perfectly with crepe rubber soles — the result is a classic pair of desert boots (or sneakers, or rugged Chelsea boots) that look great and feel incredible. And when I say incredible, I mean that Astorflex suede chukkas in particular are comfortable enough to be worn with just¬†stylish no-show socks (finished off with slim light wash denim and a classic Oxford, I should add).¬† Too good to be true? Not in the slightest. And in addition to comfort and style, Astorflex¬†also offers plenty of versatility throughout its line.

Here’s your next pair of suede chukkas — according to this author.

Take the Astorflex Greenflex— you’re getting a casual and easygoing suede chukka, a perfect multi-season boot. It’s ready to team with everything from a rugged short-sleeve henley and faded dark denim in the spring and summer to a slim topcoat and perhaps wool trousers in the fall or early winter months (certainly, before the first polar vortex hits). And if you’re more of a sneakerhead, look no further than the finely crafted, sharp and visually interesting Astorflex Softflex sneaker. This one sneaker that takes the principles of time-honored footwear and applies it to a silhouette that could work with light wash denim and a classic pocket tee or your new favorite Oxford and slim chino shorts.

Astorflex Bootflex

A well-made, tough pair of Astorflex boots — ready for just about anything.

And lest we forget, the brand also introduced the rugged, tough and wearable Astorflex Bootflex, a lace-up boot that applies that same quality craftsmanship and versatile style. Wear the Astorflex Bootflex¬†with everything from tobacco-colored cotton chinos in the early fall to grey denim in the spring — they’ll work in equal measure for a weekend coffee date or your next music festival.¬† Last but certainly not least, it’s imperative that you keep the Astorflex Bitflex Chelsea Boot in mind as you consider potential wardrobe upgrades.¬† Another comfortable and surprisingly lightweight boot, these sleek, stylish Chelsea boots would do well with¬†dark black denim as you figure out how to dress for a rock concert, and they’ll add a bit of edge to a crisp white Oxford and grey cotton chinos in a spring work week ensemble. How’s that for one brand that can do it all? Definitely not bad.

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So, to recap. It can be tough to find a brand that does it all — from blending sustainability and style to crafting well-made, versatile silhouettes, Astorflex¬†hits the nail on the head. The brand’s craftsmanship is apparent, and it starts with that premium European leather and attention to detail. And the resulting styles? Excellent and nearly impossible not to¬†wear well.¬† Try the¬†Astorflex Bootflex¬†out with everything from grey selvedge denim and a blue Oxford to dark denim and a tough henley. Or, pair the more laidback Astorflex Softflex sneaker with your favorite shorts come summer time. The rest of the year, I’d step into the Astorflex Greenflex¬†or a dependable pair of Astorflex Chelsea boots. Again, keep in mind that the brand is offering up all of this at great prices — starting at $145 and topping out at $190. Hopefully, you see now why they made our Style Guide Recommends¬†series — agreed? Good deal.

Let me know what you think of the brand in the comments section below, or follow me on Twitter for daily style dispatches.

Thanks for reading!

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Online Shopping Picks: The Grilling Gear You Need for A Summer Barbecue

Let’s step outside of the menswear world for a second (well, halfway out). Looking to throw one last summer BBQ? Or at least one more? That’s what we’re talking about today on The Style Guide. Why the switch from our beloved #menswear to something a little grittier and gastronomically inclined? Well, the world’s not all about men’s style, for one. And if you’ve poked around on some of your favorite men’s lifestyle sites (like this one, maybe!), you’ll realize that plenty of these places — particularly our Style Guide pals Bespoke Post and Huckberry — stock a heck of a lot of effective, functionally rugged grilling gear and some tasty culinary staples, to boot. And if you read this blog, you already know how to dress for your next barbecue — no need to worry about that. So with that being said, I’ve compiled it all into one handy men’s shopping guide for you — from a durable grilling apron¬†¬†to a tough backyard grill, you’ll find it in the list below. And if you’re not the guy manning the grill? At least you”ll be prepared with other backyard essentials like a stylish Bluetooth speaker — right? Have questions for me related to other essential men’s gear picks? Find me on Twitter, and leave a missive in the comments as needed. Fire up that grill and get to work!

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The Grill:¬†PK Grills PK360 Grill and Smoker with Rib Rack —¬†$799.98¬†

A highly functional, highly durable grill with a stainless steel rib rack built right in.

Start with what’s important, right? You need a dependable grill at the center of the action — and it helps if it’s got built-in functionality going for it. The PK Grills PK360¬†is “nearly indesctructible,” and it features a stainless steel rib rack built right in. It’s a marked changed aesthetically from other grills you might be used to using, and that’s not all bad — you’ve got more options with the¬†PK Grills PK360, and a heck of a lot of value included.

The Tunes: ¬†AudioPro T3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker —¬†$249

A handsome, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for these last weeks of summer grilling.

If you’re firing up the grill, why not fire up some of your favorite tunes? Great music keeps your grilling humming along, it keeps your guests happy … it’s a win-win. And the dependable¬†AudioPro T3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker¬†is the aesthetically pleasing, crisply designed and relatively affordable Bluetooth speaker you never knew you needed.

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The Apron: Filson Antique Tin Cloth Apron —¬†$75

Filson

The same sort of quality in an apron that you’d expect from a legendary Filson bag.

Don’t discount the utility of the perfect grilling apron. OK, perhaps the Filson Antique Tin Cloth Apron isn’t perfect … but at least a guy can dream? Made with the same rugged, durable touch you’d expect from Filson, the Antique Tin Cloth Apron¬†is a heck of a lot nicer than those plastic, red-checkered aprons floating around grocery stores. It won’t look half-bad hanging up in your garage or workshop, either.

The Much-Needed Essential:¬†Thieffry Linen Oven Mitt —¬†$20

Thieffry

The rare oven mitt that actually looks … stylish? Yep, it’s not too good to be true.

Handling hot dishes or plates and just grabbing for whatever’s in the area? Not cool, man. The Thieffry Linen Oven Mitt? Distinctly cool — or at least, better-looking than other oven mitts on the market. And when even your oven mitt earns you style points, you can rest assured it’ll be a great day of grilling … at least, one can hope?
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The Beverage:¬†GrowlerWerks 64oz. uKeg¬†‚ÄĒ¬†$149

GrowlerWerks

A surprisingly stylish and underrated way to keep your favorite craft beer fresh and cold.

Certainly, not everyone enjoys knocking back a ice-cold beer (and if you legally can’t because you’re under 21 … my apologies). But whether your a guest or the host, something as effective and underrated as the GrowlerWerks uKeg is very, VERY handy to have around at a weekend BBQ — especially if it’s stocked with the best beer to bring to a barbecue, ehh? It’s a mini-keg that’s the size of a half-gallon growler, so I’d say you should save this for folks who appreciate the good stuff. The stainless steel vessel and brass carrying handle on the¬†GrowlerWerks uKeg¬†will only get better with age — as is the case with the best men’s gear out there.

The Bottle Opener:¬†Owen and Fred “You Earned It Bottle Opener” —¬†$23

Owen and Fred

A well-designed, durable bottle opener that’s fun to have around at parties — and on the daily.

Serving some choice bottled beer in addition to the finest stuff you can fit into that GrowlerWerks uKeg? American-made menswear brand Owen and Fred offers you a little encouragement in the form of this smart-looking, durable and one-of-a-kind bottle opener.
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The Grilling Essentials:¬†Schmidt Brothers Teak Four-Piece Grilling Set —¬†$49.98

Schmidt Brothers

Well-made grilling essentials offered at an affordable price.

The list continues to get longer, ehh? Add some style points to your grilling lineup with the functional¬†Schmidt Brothers Teak Four-Piece Grilling Set, a finely crafted set of stainless steel grilling appliances. In short, it’s an affordably priced package of grilling gear that just so happens to represent an underrated and premium upgrade.

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The Cutting Board:¬†Viski Acaia Wood Cheese Board —¬†$29.98

A premium way to serve your favorite snacks during your next cookout.

For serving small bites for your guests to snack on as you toil away in the heat of the grill, pick up the¬†Viski Acaia Wood Cheese Board, a handsome way to serve gourmet snacks. It’s again a small upgrade that’s pleasing to look at and should go well with whatever rugged-refined decor you’ve got going on in your patio or living room — are we on the same page?
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The Plates:¬†Norden 8-Inch Plates —¬†$40

A serious upgrade over regular paper or plastic plates.

Make no mistake, Norden makes plates that are, to put it lightly, no laughing matter. Handsomely designed and quite pricey, you might want to save your Norden dishware for smaller parties or special occasions — but they’re a nice upgrade — again with the upgrades — over paper plates and the like.
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The Necessary Condiments:¬†Ashman Manufacturing Co. Bourbon Steak Sauce —¬†$8¬†AND Melinda’s Jalape√Īo Ketchup —¬†$5.99

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Take your pick between two tasty condiments — or bring both.

Want to be the hit of the party? And if not the hit, maybe a close second? Bring an array of tasty condiments to season your favorite grilled meats and vegetables — as crazy as it might sound, it just might work. Ashman’s Bourbon Steak Sauce and Melinda’s Jalape√Īo Ketchup are two unexpected choices that should add plenty of flavor to any dish.

When it comes to planning the perfect barbecue, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into keeping your guests entertained, well-fed and happy — and hopefully, some of this gear helps you do that. It all starts with your gear, and the PK360 Grill is as functional and well-made a piece as any. The little details — from the Filson Tin Cloth Apron right on through to condiments like¬†Melinda’s Jalape√Īo Ketchup¬†— really can help make your time grilling (and kicking back with a beer!) that much more enjoyable. Great tunes are a must, too — make the¬†AudioPro T3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker¬†an essential in your home, in your office and at your next barbecue. Take it from a guy who loves his rugged essentials — a small touch like the Owen and Fred brass bottle opener seen above deserves a spot on your back patio table as you grill away. And what’s the thing that brings people together the most? GREAT beer. Just kidding. But certainly, the¬†GrowlerWerks uKeg¬†is a nice way to serve your guests quality craft beers. Does that fill out your shopping list? I certainly hope so. Let me know any thoughts in the comments below, and supplement the above grilling advice with men’s style tips gleaned from my Instagram.

Happy grilling!

-Beau

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#OOTD: Here’s The Rugged Henley to Wear This Summer

If there’s one item I reach for more consistently than any other — no matter the season — it’s got to be a rugged men’s henley. Yes indeed, in the high heat of summer (the perfect time for a short-sleeve henley) and the chilling depths of winter (hello, slim long-sleeve henley), it’s simply an easy-to-wear, effective and stylish choice. But you knew that, right? After all, we talked this spring about how to upgrade your henley. There’s no question that it can easily layer under your favorite summer blazer or be worn on its own — crucially. And today’s all-new, hyper-stylish #OOTD here on The Style Guide covers perhaps the best short-sleeve henley to buy now — or at least, consider buying. And if you read the blog frequently — and shop the hallowed halls of Style Guide friend Huckberry — you should know the brand that makes it: The inimitable folks at Flint and Tinder.

As it were, the centerpiece of today’s outfit is the Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Henley, done up in comfortable, breathable fabric with a modern fit. The rest of this ensemble has all the trappings of a rugged, tough outfit that someone like, say, noted henley wearer Mr. Daniel Craig might enjoy wearing.  At any rate, I hope you’re excited to check out some slim dark blue denim, classic men’s boots and a few other hard-wearing touches — including a rugged casual watch. If I were you, I’d wear this outfit out to your next brew pub crawl or even a quick day trip out to the country. And it’s even got a couple pieces — like a stylish everyday backpack — that might get you from point A to point B in many a situation. I don’t want to ruin all the fun, though. Read on below and let me know how you like these #menswear picks!

Rugged men's henley

Take your (new) favorite rugged henley and layer it with a crisp bomber jacket, dark denim and tough boots — wear it now sans jacket, and keep this look handy come fall.

The Henley: Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Henley, $55 — First things first: Don’t be alarmed by the use of black here! This Flint and Tinder henley is crisp and slimming, and gents like Daniel Craig  make frequent use of black tees on their own.

The Bomber: Taylor Stitch Bomber Jacket in Charcoal, $188 — If you know Taylor Stitch, you know that they excel at tough, rugged and yet wearable pieces — this Taylor Stitch bomber jacket works for cool summer evenings and chillier fall days in equal measure.

The Denim: Abercrombie & Fitch Langdon Slim Coolmax Jeans, $88 — A&F, a favorite of The Style Guide, is back with a revamped denim line featuring revamped fits — the Langdon is slim, classic and wearble in August thanks to Coolmax technology.

The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Chestnut, $80 — Lest you think accessories don’t matter … think again. The folks at Sturdy Brothers make a heritage-quality belt that happens to mesh perfectly with this look.

The Boots: Astorflex Bootflex in Dark Khaki, $190 — Quality lace-up boots made with sustainable style in mind for under $200? That’s what you get with the surprisingly lightweight Astorflex Bootflex.

(Not Pictured) The Socks: Teva Benny Gold Socks (Limited Edition), $12 — Space can be limited in our #OOTD series, but socks that offer up a pop of pleasingly bright blue should pair well with the A&F dark blue denim.

The Watch: Lum-Tec Combat B35 Automatic Watch, $799.98 — You might say this rugged Lum-Tec watch is the grandaddy of them all. Beastly looks, excellent styling potential, rugged vibes, a handsome leather strap … the  Lum-Tec Combat B35 belongs on any wish list of the best men’s gear.

The Backpack: Topo Designs Klettersack, $188 — Don’t get me wrong, I love a stylish messenger bag as much as the next guy. But if you want a grab-and-go bag for a day trip or a bar crawl — particularly when paired with a rugged menswear ensemble — the Topo Designs Klettersack could be your best bet.

The Sunscreen: Salt & Stone Sunscreen (SPF 30) , $17.99 — Sunscreen is one of those things that’s likely the last item tossed in any bag — with Salt & Stone‘s crisp design (and important functionality!), you won’t forget it again.

Have you given any thought as to where you might take this outfit? It can go just about anywhere — an upstate day trip, a trip to the farmer’s market and your local park, an afternoon at your favorite watering hole … and I’d wager it’s all because of the rugged versatility of the Flint and Tinder henley shown here. And because it can go anywhere, it’s important you grab a similarly tough bag. For instance: Take the Topo Designs Klettersack and fill it with essentials like the Taylor Stitch Bomber Jacket and much-needed Salt & Stone sunscreen. And the best part is that you can easily complement your Flint and Tinder henley with other rugged basics, from dark denim to the crisp, stylish Astorflex Bootflex. What you’ve got on your wrist is equally important — my favorite part of this ensemble might be the Lum-Tec Combat B35. And if you read this blog, you know that the details make the difference — start with a heritage-quality belt and go from there.

Let me know: What do you think of this rugged #OOTD? Drop a line in the comments!

Thanks so much for reading,

-Beau

The List: Buy This New Men’s Gear for August

As a #menswear fan — and I mean, a BIG fan — it can be tough to sort through the plethora of men’s gear out there. That’s why I hope our ongoing Style Guide series The List is proving helpful, or at least intriguing and interesting. Oh, and hopefully not too expensive? But who’s to say, right? This post today marks the fourth entry in this ongoing journey through, well, a little of this and that. From stylish men’s home goods to the best summer sneakers and one or two (or three!) of the best men’s casual watches, this series covers a bit of everything. Get your credit card ready — or just your wish list — and read on. Thanks for kicking off your month with The Style Guide!

Bespoke Post Refresh Box — $45

Bespoke Post Refresh Box

One box packed with great gear for the price.

Leave it to Bespoke Post to offer up yet another affordable subscription box with tons of useful gear for the price.

Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses — $155

Pacifico Optical

Stylish, classic and easy to wear with just about anything.

Have you completed your search for stylish summer sunglasses yet? Finish it up with these crisp, subtly Pacifico Optical sunglasses.

American Trench Dress Socks (Six-pack) — $99

American Trench

Not one or two or three .. but SIX pairs of excellent American-made socks.

While it‚Äôs certainly essential to keep stylish no-show socks on hand for the summer months, classic dress socks from American Trench are just as essential to stock up on ‚Äď agreed?

Areaware Concrete Desk Set — $50

Areaware

Like your regular office supplies … but better.

We’re back to Bespoke Post for a set of stylish, underrated and essential home goods. It’s the little details that count, and organization is certainly among them.

Brathwait Classic Slim Wrist Watch — $229

Brathwait

A clean, crisp and versatile watch.

For all this talk of rugged field watches and the like, it‚Äôs sometimes nice to wear a pleasingly crisp, simple and retro-leaning dress watch ‚Äď like this one.

Bull & Stash Travel Stash Leather Journal — $25

Bull & Stash

A beautiful way to upgrade your everyday carry.

Bull & Stash makes leather goods of ridiculously great quality, and its Stash Leather Journal is certainly among that offering.

Korchmar Centennial Taft Limited-Edition Weekender — $620

Korchmar Centennial

Possibly the last weekender bag you’ll ever buy — agreed?

Every bit worthy of your hard-earned cash, this handsome and stylish weekender bag is the drool-worthy accessory you should pick up for every single trip for years ahead.

Oxford Pennant “Kill the Closest Snake” Pennant — $25

A rugged, eye-catching pennant to upgrade your office and your home in equal measure.

Perhaps you caught our Style Q+A with Oxford Pennant talking how to upgrade your home d√©cor ‚Äď and here‚Äôs one of the first pieces you should buy as part of that process.

Citizen Eco-Drive Chandler Watch — $220

A field-ready, supremely tough and relatively affordable Citizen Eco-Drive watch.

Much like the Brathwait watch featured above, this Citizen Eco-Drive watch is crisply made and versatile ‚Äď ideal for summer and beyond.

With that last item … we’re closing out this set of additions to The List! What was your favorite pick of the above? I’m personally a huge fan of Oxford Pennant and particuarly, the rugged and edgy pennant option shown above. But again, it’s tough to pick just one! What do you think of these picks? Let me know on Twitter — looking forward to hearing from y’all!

Thanks so much for reading,

-Beau