The List: Start Shopping for Early Fall Right Now with the Best Buck Mason Menswear

Buck Mason's Chore Coat Is Back in Stock for Fall - Airows

When it’s time to stock up on the best menswear for early fall, I think I know where you should go. Perhaps you know, too. I’m talking, of course, about Buck Mason, long a favorite of the blog and a reliable standby for the best fall style essentials on the market. They also do a standout job delivering transitional style staples, from a rugged twill shirt to an indigo henley, but it’s during “shoulder season” (the time of year when you need an extra layer on your shoulders, naturally) that they really excel. These are all-American style staples done right, consistently. Here are some of my Buck Mason must-haves this week. Happy shopping!

The Best Menswear to Shop Right Now at Buck Mason

Buck Mason Bruiser Leather Moto Jacket — $495

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It’s time to break out your rugged leather jacket once again, the kind of jacket you can wear with ease atop a Buck Mason henley or an Oxford shirt in equal measure. Invest in the best and get ready to rock this fall.

Buck Mason Dry Waxed Canvas Deck Jacket — $285

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Buck Mason has a knack for making some of the best men’s jackets on the market for any season, especially the colder climes of fall. This rugged canvas deck jacket is lined for warmth and made with a heavyweight dry-waxed canvas for added durability.

Buck Mason Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee — $65

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For layering up under, say, a rugged canvas deck jacket, get this vintage-inspired thermal shirt for added warmth and comfort. The fit and design is also stylish enough for this long-sleeve tee to stand alone, sans layers, for a weekend coffee run.

Buck Mason Interloop Sweatpants — $85

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Let’s go a little bit casual and cool for a second, shall we? These old-school sweatpants are supremely comfortable, nicely tailored and even sharp enough to wear out of the house on a weekend road trip, I’d say.

Buck Mason Perfect Oxford One-Pocket Shirt — $75

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If it’s one of the best men’s Oxford shirts you seek, you could do far worse than this expertly crafted number from Buck Mason. The custom washed cotton and rich array of colors are both winners in my book. Wear this on plenty of laidback fall weekends.

Buck Mason Ford Standard Jeans — $145

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Classic, crisp, well-made denim is the name of the game with Buck Mason jeans, and it’s a concept that makes a ton of sense. Made from long-lasting Japanese denim, these jeans will only get better with age the more you wear them this fall.

Buck Mason Rib Cotton Cashmere Seafarer Crew — $145

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It’s remarkable how well Buck Mason nails the perfect balance between rugged, classic and modern. The cotton-cashmere blend and classic crewneck sweater design aren’t all that different from some Hemingway-approved style staples in years past. That makes it the best sweater you can buy for fall right now.

Buck Mason Rib Cotton Cashmere Seafarer Beanie — $80

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Top things off with another expertly executed piece from Buck Mason, one of the coolest men’s hats for winter (and a surefire buy right now, before cold weather hits in earnest).

To say there’s something for everyone at Buck Mason is a massive understatement. This classic brand has you covered across the board with everything from the ideal outfit topper (one of the coolest men’s hats for winter) to the best sweater you can buy for fall, not to mention more laidback style staples like old-school sweatpants. What’s not to love, right? If you do pick up any gear from Buck Mason, be sure to let me know on Twitter. Enjoy the start of fall, folks!

The List: Buy the Best Early Fall Menswear from Huckberry This Week

The 9 Best Men's Shirt Jackets for Fall | Huckberry

If you’ve been waiting until right now to start stocking up on the best fall menswear, I’ve got some great news for you. Huckberry, the erstwhile and fan favorite San Francisco retailer, has plenty of the best men’s style deals around right now, especially as we roll our way into the cooler temperatures of September. There’s plenty where that came from, and that’s absolutely the case as you dive into the well-stocked Huckberry New Arrivals section or better still, the Huckberry Bestsellers lineup. You’ll find all the rugged gear you need from your favorite brands, so consider this Huckberry review a sign of things to come in the weeks ahead. Fall style and fall adventures await, so stock up accordingly this instant.

The Best New Fall Style Gear from Huckberry This Week

Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket — $268

If you’re not familiar with the famed Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket, it’s time you acquaint yourself properly. It won’t be the last time you see this beastly, rugged waxed trucker (lined in super-soft flannel) on the blog, either. The rich Coal color is a change of pace and a shot of sleek style for your early fall wardrobe.

Flint and Tinder Raw Denim — $138

What is fall if not an ideal time to break out some of the heavier and harder-wearing pieces in your wardrobe, like these raw selvedge denim jeans? Flint and Tinder makes some of the best men’s jeans on the market, so go ahead and find out for yourself.

Flint and Tinder Bone Button Western Shirt — $158

Does every guy look good in a rugged Western shirt, the type that Steve McQueen might have worn? I think so, which is more than enough reason to upgrade your wardrobe accordingly heading into fall.

Astorflex Bootflex Boots — $215

It’s high time you brought your favorite leather boots out of storage, or else, picked up a new favorite pair of rugged boots. This set from Astorflex is sustainably made and highly versatile. Wear ’em with jeans, chinos or work pants. Speaking of…

Proof Rover Pants — $118 OR 2 for $198

Score a stellar deal on some of the most well-made, versatile and durable five-pocket pants you’re apt to find. They’re a perfect cross between jeans, work pants and chinos, with the adaptability to be worn on the trail, on the road or even to the office (and then to the brewery).

Wellen Seawool Fisherman Sweater — $148

If it feels too early to be talking about fisherman sweaters, rest assured that it’ll be time to layer up once again before you know it. You might as well do it sustainably with this sweater made from repurposed materials and featuring a cozy, rugged texture. It’s perfect for crisp fall mornings aplenty.

Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt (Huckberry Exclusive) — $128

The well-made Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt is the stuff of legend: It’s as warm and comfortable as a cozy flannel shirt, with the layering potential to be worn as a work shirt. Add in the fact that this is a Huckberry exclusive, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a new favorite fall shirt.

Shinola Runwell Quartz Watch — $595

What goes well with your lineup of fall-ready flannel shirts and durable work pants? Why, an equally durable and highly rugged Shinola Runwell Watch, the kind you can wear with a wool blazer as readily as your favorite henley shirt.

Schott Nubuck Cowhide Mechanic’s Jacket — $820

Let’s talk more rugged fall layering, shall we? Schott leather jackets truly are iconic in both form and function, and this classic take on the mechanic’s jacket style is easily one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.

Huckberry x Howler Brothers Voltage Quilted Pullover — $185

The new Huckberry x Howler Brothers partnership, which celebrates the rugged appeal of the Texas-based brand and Huckberry’s spirit of adventure, is one of the coolest menswear collabs to hit Huckberry’s digital shelves this fall. This warm, go-anywhere pullover is a prime layer for cool fall nights and plenty of days on the water or the trail.

Head to Huckberry to find your favorite fall gear now

Layer up accordingly this season

The possibilities are practically endless when it comes down to selecting your top men’s style essentials from Huckberry’s well-stocked selection of seriously cool, reliable stylish menswear and gear. It’s always tough to narrow it down in terms of picks, too. Which one happens to be your favorite? Is it the Huckberry x Howler Brothers partnership, or the never-not-in-style Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket? Be sure to let me know in the comments, or give me a shoutout over on Twitter. Cheers and happy shopping!

The Sunday Sale: Get 60 Percent Off Rugged Fall Gear in the Filson Last Chance Section

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There are all kinds of ways to stock up and save on the best new gear for fall right now, be it a classic men’s sweatshirt, some new men’s grooming essentials or, well, the rugged menswear up for grabs right now in the well-stocked (but fast-selling) Filson Last Chance Section. I’ve got no doubt that the best fall menswear is also up for grabs elsewhere on the Filson site, naturally, but if you want a hard-to-find deal from the famed Pacific Northwest heritage outfitter, then you now know just the place to go. While the Filson New Arrivals section is certainly well-stocked, it always pays to save some dough, especially when you’re planning for fall road trips, concerts or festivals, right? No doubt about it.

I’ll keep things fairly brief today in this edition of the Sunday Sale, because there are plenty of picks to shop when it comes down to the best on-sale fall menswear. Chief among them, I love the utility of the Filson Kitsap Work Shirt, which is the ideal layer to throw on atop a Filson henley through chilly fall weather on tough days when you’ve got to get the job done. Of course, the ultra-warm and super well-made Filson Acrylic Watch Cap Beanie is a perfect fall and winter accessory as well, and it’s on sale right now for one heck of a deal. It’s tough to go wrong when you can get 60 percent off at the Filson Last Chance Section, so be sure to take your time sorting through the best fall menswear sale out there. Happy shopping, my friends.

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2015 Fall Style Wish List

Yes, it's almost here. Does it feel like fall yet? Military jacket pictured by Frank & Oak (October '13 edition).

Yes, it’s almost here. Does it feel like fall yet? Military jacket pictured by Frank & Oak (October ’13 edition).

It’s always surprising to see how early fall styles start to hit shelves (and E-commerce sites) every year — and it’s a trend that’s shown no sign of letting up.  Consequently, I’ve found myself putting together mini-wish lists of sorts related to fall since … about July? That makes it tough on the bank account (and my psyche) to hold out that long, of course. It’s exciting looking ahead though — to many, fall is an optimal season for #menswear, what with a plethora of options for incorporating earthier colors as well as richer textures in everything from corduroy pants to chunkier shawl-collar sweaters and blazers. Spring and summer have their style positives too, of course — airy fabrics and all that potential to play with pops of pattern — but fall just feels right when it comes to men’s style. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve got my eye on for fall — the majority of these are new (or new-ish?) releases and certainly worth a look.

#1. Uniqlo Wool Blended Comfort Jacket — $99

Just three of several outstanding color options, including the lovely Wine in the middle.

Just three of several outstanding color options, including the Grey Plaid on the left, a nice Wine shade in the middle and a not-so-dark navy.

This Uniqlo blazer has already been a hot seller in some colors, particularly the Wine option pictured above. It’s a wool-blend jacket that perfectly toes the line between casual and crisp — the shorter tail and lack of structure see to that (although that means it might not fit everyone well). It’s available in a wide array of colors, including a grey herringbone, a grey plaid and a classic brown tweed that would look  right at home with some dark denim (a la this post). The patch pockets also mean it’s the kind of blazer you could dress down with a rugged henley. Now if only temperatures would drop a bit…

#2. Grayers Avalon Cardigan — $125

A hybrid cardigan that manages to meld casual details and versatile styling potential.

A hybrid cardigan that manages to meld casual details and versatile styling potential.

 While Grayers has nailed the easygoing prep-casual vibe for spring and summer (as detailed here), it does an equally smart job dishing out fall essentials. This navy marl cardigan features some more unique details that bring it into the casual realm, like kangaroo pockets similar to those on a hooded sweatshirt. The shawl collar and black buttons class it up more, though — it’s definitely a piece that could  pair remarkably well with a chambray shirt and dark navy chinos. And, as always, shawl-collar cardigans remain the ultimate cold-weather layering piece for just about anything else – take a tip from this photo, for starters.

#3. Thursday Boots Roughout President Boot — $249

A sleeker profile than most boots gives this pair an edge for fall.

A sleeker profile than most boots gives this pair an edge for fall.

Thursday Boots burst into the digital menswear community late last year with a Kickstarter campaign that really blew the doors off ($276,610 pledged of just a $30,000 goal), and the brand’s really built something since. The brand’s President Boot (a permanent fixture on the site but still worth a look) boasts a lower profile and slimmer silhouette than something like a Red Wing Iron Ranger , minus the captoe. And as far as fall footwear goes, that’s a very good thing. These boots look like they can take a substantial beating, and yet they’d still sit right at home under some textured grey trousers or black denim.

#4. GREATS Brand Royale High Sneakers — $179

The medium grey color should make this pair fit for all kinds of duty, from work to play.

The medium grey color should make this pair fit for all kinds of outfit duty, from work to play.

There’s something about high-top sneakers and fall that just goes well together, in my humble opinion. A return to colder temperatures bring about a return to sturdier footwear — and that extends to sneakers, as well. It’s time, then, to put away some of my favorite GREATS sneakers and look forward — or rather, wish for — a new pair in the closet. The Brooklyn-based sneaker gurus appear to have brought their trademark reputation for quality to this high-top set as well, merging a Margom sole with full-grain calfskin leather for a supple sneaker that’s the ideal finishing touch to a sporty-casual outfit (say, some rust chinos and maybe that Grayers cardigan above). That grey color also would help ground earthier tones in an outfit — crucial when you’d like to wear sneakers to the office. (Editor’s note: Look for a travel-centric feature focused on GREATS sneakers coming next month on The Style Guide).

#5. Todd Snyder Mercer Sweatpant in Moss — $175

Just sweatpants, right? Think again, because they combine premium materials and a slim cut -- just like your best chinos.

Just sweatpants, right? Think again, because they combine premium materials and a slim cut — just like your best chinos.

There’s no doubt that I’m a fan of crisp, polished looks — be it a sturdy pair of dark denim or some slim chinos with a blazer. But as the temperatures start to fall, I always find myself drawn to sportier, throwback-oriented looks — like nearly every item from Todd Snyder’s always-stunning collections (and these sweatpants specifically). The offerings always seem to meld American sportswear sensibilities with the designer’s eye for lux finishing touches, yet fall is really where this shines through. Keep in mind, we’re still talking about sweatpants here. And at the end of the day, that’s an awful lot of cash to throw at a pair, when some definitely prefer to keep things crisp throughout an ensemble. But there’s something to be said for upgrading even your most basic items, like sweats. And  with a pair this well-made and slim-cut, they’d make for a heck of a casual weekend outfit when paired with a certain set of sneakers on this list (*cough* item number four) and a great cardigan (*cough item number two).
With so much excellent fall gear in stores now, it was definitely tough to sort through this year’s autumn crop (see what I did there?). J. Crew introduced a Ludlow sportcoat in Italian garment-dyed cotton that barely missed the cut, and among highly wearable shirt-jackets, Saturdays NYC looks to again have a winner with its Jeremiah CPO Jacket. Long-term, a classic Shinola leather watch also remains on my wish list (a guy can dream, right?). But with any luck, some of these items will indeed end up in my closet before winter — right?

What’s on your fall style wish list this year? What brands have you been keeping an eye on?
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