The List: Here are the Best Gear Picks for A Mid-Summer Getaway — Guaranteed

The bold-yet-refined shirt you’ll be reaching for all summer long.

Do you ever spot something that just … screams summer? A piece that belongs on your list of summer style essentials, easily? Something like the Portuguese Flannel Vince Shirt as seen above, right? Exactly. That’s where we’ll kick things off today, in fact. We’re also highlighting the rest of the gear you’ll need for a summer getaway, be it a leisurely weekend at the lake, a beer-filled beach stay or an upstate camping trip (or all three in quick succession??). Think of something you’ll need for those trips, and it’s covered in today’s edition of The List. Hope y’all enjoy — now, get out there and explore this summer!

Portuguese Flannel Vince Shirt — $110

The easy, breezy summer shirt you’ll want to wear all season long.

The next time you want to switch things up from a polo shirt or a slub T-shirt, then a stylish camp collar shirt from Portuguese Flannel is absolutely the way to. This classic short-sleeve shirt is retro-inspired & refreshingly modern at the same time.

Taylor Stitch Camp Pants in Tuff Duck — $128

Dependable, rugged pants for summer adventures.

Be it pants to wear for your next breezy morning house project or pants to wear as you sip coffee beside a cool lake, you know Taylor Stitch has you covered. These Camp Pants in Tuff Duck are as good as it gets.

Rise Cold Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee — $34.99 (12-pack)

Your next weekend adventure just got a shot in the arm in the form of delicious coffee.

Let’s talk for a second about the crucial supplies to get you ready to hit the road — namely, some of the best coffee around. Rise Brewing Co. Nitro Cold Brew, available in a handy and absurdly delicious 12-pack that’ll hopefully last you a good while, makes nitro cold brew to rival the best around. You’ll have all the energy you need to pack up & hit the road.

Victory Sportswear Classic Runners — $220

Your new go-to sneakers, assuredly.

Let’s go from rugged chore pants to durable summer sneakers, shall we? These classic runner sneakers are primed to wear with everything from slim chino shorts to light wash jeans and a slub pocket tee — wear ’em for summer travel, too.

Mott and Bow Laight Jean in Medium Blue — $118

A classic pair of denim in a light weight.

There’s never a wrong time to wear slim dark blue denim from Mott and Bow — when you absolutely have to wear jeans in the summer (say, for a business casual meeting?), go with one of my favorite denim brands.

UNIMATIC U3-A Watch — $615

The durable watch you can wear nearly anywhere you please.

If you’re searching for the best everyday watch to pair with a whole slew of vacation-ready outfits, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a better do-it-all watch than the UNIMATIC U3-A Watch. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Stetson Langston Hat — $119

This hat will keep the sun off your face — and it’ll do it in style.

OK, let’s go back to gear for a more rugged outdoor adventure, shall we? The hat you need for your next outdoor trip comes from Stetson — the Langston Hat, to be more specific.

Unmarked Toro Boots — $280

These are the right boots for … whatever you end up needing ’em for.

Let’s stick with the theme of rugged gear for an outdoor adventure, shall we? And you surely don’t need to be rancher to wear these rugged leather boots. The Unmarked Toro Boots should do just fine at your local pub (or your new favorite bar at your vacation getaway), in fact.

Wellen Easy Chinos — $88

Breezy chinos fit for a summer weekend.

Summer adventures aren’t all about running yourself into the ground — take it easy, man! You’re on vacation, and you’re wearing the Wellen Easy Chinos, some of the best men’s chinos you can get your hands on. They’re decidedly laidback thanks to the drawstring waist, and perfect to wear with a stylish hemp polo.

Schatzii Bullet 2.0 Wireless Headphones — $223.98

These are the wireless headphones you didn’t know you needed.

There’s no time quite like a summer getaway to realize you need a new pair of wireless headphones — might as well go for some of the best wireless headphones on the market, ehh? Schatzii gets it right.

Rhythm Vacation Stripe Short-Sleeve Shirt — $68

Another seriously laidback, relaxed camp collar shirt.

Another classic camp collar shirt here to keep your mind squarely in “tropical vacation getaway” mode — it’s at an affordable price, and it’s selling quickly.

Barebones Pulaski Axe — $142

This axe is tough as nails & ready for anything.

We told you that you needed to be prepared for your next outdoor adventure or cabin trip — the Barebones Pulaski Axe could be just what you need, however unexpected.

Mollusk Corduroy Shorts — $70

Just the right shorts for easygoing summer style.

There’s something refreshingly old-school and just plain cool about the Mollusk Corduroy Shorts — in fact, they could be the best shorts to wear on your next vacation (especially when paired up with a  classic camp collar shirt).

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Backpack — $185

Get geared up for your next off-trail excursion.

Just like that, we’re back to rugged outdoor gear picks — the Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Backpack fits the bill nicely, don’t you agree? Consider it among the best gear for an outdoor adventure.

 

Alright, are you starting to feel that itch to just … get out and go? Upstate, down South, out of the country … you can’t go wrong with any of these summer style essentials in my book. Do you have any opinion on which of these are your favorite? From classic runner sneakers to the Mollusk Corduroy Shorts, I’d say it’s a tough call. Feel free to let me know via Twitter. Thanks for reading, and happy summer!

 

 

 

 

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The List: Bundle Up in Style with this Week’s Top Men’s Gear Picks

The casual. well-made zip hoodie you need for a winter weekend — beer not included.

By now, maybe you’ve grown sick of dealing with winter weather and dressing for the polar vortex — I know I have. That being said, you still need winter style essentials that take care of business, pieces that blend the casual with a new sense of refinement. Pieces not unlike the Flint and Tinder Zip Hoodie, a ridiculously well-made hoodie that’s surprisingly stylish. It’s perhaps the best hoodie to buy now, and we’re going to tell you just why you need it (plus other critical men’s gear picks) in today’s edition of The List. Feel free to let me know what you think on Twitter!

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie — $98

Flint and Tinder

Very nearly the best hooded sweatshirt on the market, with the chops to back it up.

If you follow the blog, you assuredly know that Flint and Tinder is no ordinary brand — and the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie is no ordinary hoodie, with a reputation for durability and quality that precedes it. Wear the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie underneath a rugged denim jacket and slim tan chinos, or keep it around to layer up with a versatile jacket like the Flint and Tinder Rain Shell. Again, it’s a hoodie that’s actually styish — color us surprised there, but it could be just the layering piece you need to reinvigorate your winter wardrobe.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie 

Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots — $175

The rugged, warm boots you need for the rest of winter.

Look, it’s horribly, terribly cold and snowy outside. You need some of the best men’s winter boots, even if we’re nearing the end of February. And these rugged waterproof boots fit the bill quite nicely.

Portuguese Flannel Teca Flannel Shirt — $115

A versatile flannel shirt that’s cozy and comfortable.

Looking for a relatively affordable flannel shirt made with style and durability in mind? This stylish flannel shirt is just what the doctor ordered.

Bespoke Post Frontier Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

Bespoke Post

The right gear for whatever winter throws your way.

OK, here’s the deal: When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you get access every single month to curated men’s style essentials — kind of like the Bespoke Post Frontier Box, perfect for winter adventures.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Tobacco Waxed Canvas — $188

The details make all the difference when it comes to this exceptional Taylor Stitch jacket.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you’re reading this, the exceptionally stylish Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch (in a new, rich Tobacco Waxed Canvas) might be sold out. If you do have the chance to buy one still? Go for it — ASAP.

Upstate Eco Heather Flannel Sheet Set — $156

The right flannel sheets to upgrade your bedroom for winter.

It’s hard shopping for bedding for most of us guys — but luckily, Upstate is here with the best flannel sheets to buy now. They’re masculine, rugged & stylish, yet versatile — the perfect complement to the rest of your bedroom or apartment, most likely.

Levi’s 501 Jeans in STF Dark Rinse — $69.50

Classic men’s jeans from a classic brand, done in a clean dark rinse.

As to what you’re going to wear to complement something like the Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch, well … might as well make it a pair of the best men’s denim, right?

Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket — $138

A tough, warm shirt jacket to make the last few weeks of winter bearable.

Speaking of gear for winter adventures, well … this durable shirt jacket (available in other colors besides the blue seen above) gives you the versatility of two stylish shirt jackets in one handy, easily packable silhouette.

Fellow Stagg EKG+ Electric Kettle — $199

The best way to get the best cup of coffee, no doubt about it.

Use this kettle to bring your water to absolutely the precise temperature for the perfect cup of coffee or tea — a must-have on chilly winter weekend mornings.

1767 Designs Donoho Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging — $290

A seriously unique way to amp up your wall art.

OK, so we’ve talked about the perfect cup of coffee and also the best flannel sheets, so why not keep the home-centric goods rolling with this investment-level piece of reclaimed wood art from Donoho?

That’s going to close out this winter-friendly edition of The List. What’s on your shopping list now? I’m a big fan of the functionality and rugged style of the best men’s winter boots we featured in today’s post — those would be the Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots, of course. Stay warm and stay stylish out there!

The List: Shop All of the Best Spring Menswear Right Now

How’s your list of spring style essentials coming along? Nicely? Not so nicely? Either way, we’ve got more great men’s style gear to help you out with your seasonal shopping in today’s edition of The List. We’re talking a little bit of everything today, from the Oxford shirt you need now to an essential travel tee — yes, the perfect travel tee exists (and it’s the first pick in today’s post!). At any rate, read on below, chime in on these picks at The Style Guide Facebook page, and good lookin’ out!

PROOF The Passage Tee — $42

A versatile-as-heck tee in a versatile fabric.

Made from anti-odor, stretch-filled cotton in three versatile colors, the Passage Tee from PROOF is as close as it gets to a 24-hour T-shirt. And yes, I might have just coined that phrase.

Abercrombie & Fitch Athletic Slim Officer’s Chinos — $72

Classic chinos made from classic fabric — it doesn’t get any better.

Leave it to the revamped Abercrombie & Fitch to make chinos using fabric that first originated during production of military uniforms. These are the real deal, in a classic-yet-modern fit.

Taylor Stitch The Jack in Blue Everyday Oxford — $98

An exceptional Oxford in a terrific cut.

Here’s that classic Oxford shirt we mentioned earlier — of course, it’s made by Taylor Stitch in a perfect fit using high-quality fabric. Wear this shirt with slim tan chinos and white sneakers.
CIVIC Frank Chinos — $128

Neutral chinos that combine sustainability and style with ease? Sign me up.

What are you going to wear on your bottom half if you’re wearing a Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt on top? Why, these sustainable, stylish CIVIC Frank Chinos (from the partner brand of the TS folks). Nicely done, right?
SeaVees Huntington Middie in Elmwood — $108

Part sneaker, part chukka boot, and all ready for spring.

Because spring isn’t just about going with bright colors, this perfectly in-between Elmwood shade as found on the SeaVees Huntington Middie is a good happy medium. Wear ’em with an off-white short-sleeve tee and slim light wash jeans.
Beltology Radius Woven Belt in Olive — $60

A durable, casual belt that adds texture to spring outfits aplenty.

Stylish chinos are no good without a stylish, unique belt like the Beltology Radius Woven Belt, agreed? Agreed.
Abercrombie & Fitch Cable V-Neck Sweater — $68

A throwback-style V-neck sweater that looks at home on the boardwalk, at the beach or aronud a bonfire.

With a mix of preppy style and retro sporting vibes, this V-neck sweater isn’t your average spring layering piece. Wear it over that versatile Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt alongside easygoing chinos for an upscale weekend brunch.
Taylor Stitch The Westport Shirt in Indigo Hemp — $198

Another stellar piece from TS that’ll pull double duty when it arrives on your doorstep.

We’re again talking durable, classic layers with the Westport Shirt from Taylor Stitch — part shirt, part jacket and available now for pre-order. Get ready to wear this over a slub white tee on chillier-than-expected summer nights.
AVI-8 Exclusive Hawker Watch — $98

The right watch to transition into spring — trust me.

Is there such a thing as an ideal watch for spring and summer? There sure is. It’s a versatile NATO strap watch like the AVI-8 Hawker Watch. Bingo.
Relwen Sailcloth Tanker — $298

A durable jacket in a timeless silhouette.

You could mix and match a full outfit from the picks in this edition of The List — at least, I think so. The throwback-inspired Relwen Sailcloth Tanker is the badass jacket you didn’t know you needed for spring.
So, that’ll wrap up our latest list of spring style essentials for you to shop and buy now. As in, right now. What was your favorite? I personally love the Westport Shirt from Taylor Stitch — it’ll be worth the wait once you pre-order it, believe me.
As always, thanks for reading!
-Beau

 

The List: Keep February Going with The Best Men’s Gear to Shop Now

Ahh, yes — it’s time to dig into another edition of The List, your handy guide to all the best men’s gear to shop now … as in, right now. We’re cruising into February with some stellar picks below, including an investment-worthy watch, a stylish leather wallet and a casual weekend bomber jacket — that’s only the start, my friends. Without further ado, let’s dive right in — cheers!

Zodiac Sea Wolf Titanium Super 53 Watch — $1,295

A durable, rugged and expensive watch for all your outdoor adventures.

Told you we’d be going investment level when it comes to this rugged, casual watch — how do we feel about the Zodiac Sea Wolf Titanium Super 53 Watch, ehh?
Danner Mountain 600 Enduroweave Boots — $144.98

A versatile pair of lightweight, adventure-ready Danner boots — add ’em to your shoppping list!

Remarkably versatile, stylish and functional boots are what Danner does best — the newly introduced Mountain 600 Enduroweave Boots are simply Exhibit A.
Relwen Bonded Pile Jacket — $208.98

The Bonded Pile Jacket is your casual weekend layer, anytime and nearly anywhere.

Need a casual weekend jacket that you can just throw on without thinking about — and still look great? Maybe one to wear with slim joggers for a laidback brunch or coffee run? The Relwen Bonded Pile Jacket is the move, folks.

Ursa Major Exercise Freak Workout Essentials — $76

The right way to keep your skin in shape following a hard workout.

Perhaps in the past month or so, you’ve ramped up hitting the gym for the new year — ramp up your post-workout grooming regimen accordingly with the Exercise Freak Workout Essentials from Ursa Major, my friends.

 Proof Oxford Shirt — $98

An Oxford shirt that packs in classic style, mobility and functionality.

So, you’ve got your other essentials, from men’s grooming picks to a casual weekend jacket — the Proof Oxford Shirt is now an absolutely necessary addition to your wardrobe.
Taylor Stitch The Rover Jacket — $298

An exceptionally durable, stylish coat — just what the doctor ordered this winter.

Leave it to Taylor Stitch to make an absolutely beautiful version of a classic silhouette — the Rover Jacket is good enough for San Francisco breezes and NYC winter weather when layered up properly.
Tom Beckbe Canvas Weekender Bag — $449

A richly crafted weekender bag that gets all the details right. Job well done!

The perfect weekender bag to complement some of the other rugged gear picks on this list? The Tom Beckbe Canvas Weekender, an absolutely beautiful weekender bag that can go anywhere this winter.
Hestra Deerskin Wool Tricot Gloves — $125

Handsome gloves from a brand that makes ’em the old-fashioned way.

What should be high on your shopping list this winter? Why, stylish leather gloves. And Hestra makes some of the best on the planet — the Deerskin Wool Tricot Gloves are as good as it gets.
And with that, here’s the final curtain! When it comes to The List, at least with this edition, it’s all about quality — not quantity. What’s your favorite pick from this latest round? The Tom Beckbe Canvas Weekender is absolutely my favorite. As always, thanks for reading!
-Beau

The List: Keep November Rolling with the Best Gear to Buy This Week

Alright, have you been keeping your list of men’s style essentials updated? I sure hope so — and today’s new Style Guide edition of The List is geared to get you ready for colder weather.  From a rugged, American-made flannel shirt to a waxed field jacket to stylish and weather-ready boots, I feel pretty darn sure you’re going to be adding to your shopping list (and your shopping cart) quite frequently in the weeks ahead. Have any items you want me to add to the next edition of The List ? Let me know on Twitter. OK, here we go!

Flint and Tinder Texas-Made Flannel — $108
Flint and T

A durable, well-made flannel shirt made with fall and winter style in mind.

Don’t yet have a Flint and Tinder shirt in your closet? The Texas-Made Flannel is a true seasonal essential, perfect to pair with slim black denim and tan leather boots for rugged fall and winter style.
KOMONO Walther Watch — $179.95

Sleek, sharp and surprisingly versatile — that’s the KOMONO Walther Watch for you.

A handsome, dressy watch that retails for under $200? The KOMONO Walther Watch should work just as well with the Flint and Tinder Texas-Made Flannel as with your favorite winter blazer.
Mollusk Surf Shop Jeffrey Sweater in Cloud Grey — $180

A pleasingly classic sweater that’s here just in time for fall layering.

A handsome, rugged sweater that’s dressy enough to wear to the office, but casual enough to wear on the weekend. The Mollusk Surf Shop Jeffrey Sweater nails that perfect balance when looking for a stylish men’s cardigan.
Beckett Simonon Franco Jacket — $379
Beckett Simonon

A handsome leather jacket that’s going to get better the more you wear it.

Hey, now … Beckett Simonon has done it once again when it comes to stylish outerwear. The Franco Jacket is nothing short of a thing of beauty, my friends. Get this classic leather jacket while you can.
Corridor NYC Waxed M-65 — $495
Corridor NYC

A remarkably tough-yet-modern field jacket.

Want a field jacket that ditches the baggy fit of older versions? Then you want the Corridor NYC Waxed M-65, made with serious attention to detail here in America. Talk about a stylish field jacket ready for cold-weather layering.
Taylor Stitch The Long Haul Jacket in Dark Oak Waxed Canvas — $188

A durable and dependable jacket that won’t let you down.

Is there anything that Taylor Stitch can’t do? The brand’s Long Haul Jacket, available here in a cool Dark Oak Waxed Canvas, is a versatile layer that works to wear out on a weekend pub crawl or to an evening rock concert.
Norlan Whiskey Glasses (Set of Two) — $48

The best complement to your favorite flannel shirt is a nice whiskey — right?

What better time than November to kick back in front of a roaring fire with your favorite beverage? These Norlan Whiskey Glasses are well-made and classic — quite the way to treat yourself.
Bridge & Burn Ritter Vest — $198

A modern vest ready to layer up with a classic chambray shirt and chinos, plus so much more.

We’re keeping things rolling on The List with more stylish fall outerwear here, this time from Bridge & Burn. The Ritter Vest is a pleasingly modern vest, made with a slim silhouette and comfortable (not puffy) fabric.
Criquet Shirts The J.R. Shirt — $145

An updated take on the classic chamois shirt — perfect for fall and winter.

Criquet Shirts brings the throwback vibes with its J.R. Shirt. The brand’s take on the classic chamois shirt is made in America, featuring a classic-yet-modern fit and terrific quality. I’d layer up the J.R. Shirt under the Ritter Vest with ease.
Original Chippewa Huckberry x Chippewa 6-Inch Service Boots — $280

A beautiful pair of boots, made with nothing but the best construction and materials.

Have you found your new favorite pair of leather boots? Well, with the Original Chippewa x Huckberry 6-Inch Service Boots … you have. Talk about rugged style, from the roughout leather to the Goodyear welt construction.
CIVIC The Frank Chino — $145

Chinos that combine a tailored fit with quality and an eco-friendly mindset? Perfect.

Are you familiar with CIVIC, the new partner brand from Taylor Stitch? The Frank Chinos are a stylish, slim pair of chinos crafted from the brand’s custom Merino 4S fabric for sustainability and style.
Taylor Stitch The Sun Cap in Dusk — $55

The understated, durable ballcap you didn’t know you needed.

More gear from Taylor Stitch? You bet. Even the brand’s Sun Cap is a high-quality, well-made, vintage-inspired ballcap that’s perfect to throw on as you head out for a weekend coffee or dress in casual weekend style.
Levi’s 502 Regular Taper Fit Jeans — $69.50

Classic and easily wearable denim — no matter the season.

What’s not to like — no, love — about a classic pair of men’s denim? Especially Levi’s men’s denim? Slim but not too slim, the Levi’s 502 Regular Taper is a great everyday pair of jeans for the guy who wants to look great (that’s you!).
Criquet Shirts Cotton/Cashmere Pocket Crewneck — $125

A finely made crewneck sweater in a seasonally friendly color.

What more can you ask for from Criquet Shirts than utterly classic menswear, like this premium, stylish crewneck sweater? Layer it under a tan herringbone blazer, then team that combo with the Levi’s 502 Regular Taper for style that can’t be beat.

All set to add to your “list” of rugged men’s style essentials — pun intended? Which of the above picks was your favorite? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page. Cheers!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

The List: Get This Rugged Fall Style Gear for October and Beyond

Are you into the spirit of fall yet? I sure am. The weather is turning for the better in NYC — that means rugged fall layers, casual weekend style and of course, another edition of the best new men’s gear to buy for the season.  This edition of The List is going to prep you to take on fall travel, fall adventures and well … just about anything else you can think of, from a brewery visit to a stroll over autumn leaves in your neighborhood park. We’ve got picks ranging from a rugged Timex watch to a stylish flannel shirt to a durable growler to stylish men’s socks — and that’s just the start. Swing on by The Style Guide Facebook page if you so please, and follow along on Twitter for more menswear! Cheers.

Timex Waterbury Chronograph — $125

A durable, affordable and pleasingly rugged Timex watch.

In need of a stylish leather watch at an extremely affordable price? The handsome Timex Waterbury Chronograph is just what you need.

 

Billy Reid Michael Shirt Jacket — $325
Billy Reid

A rugged shirt jacket from a brand that also makes excellent tailored wear.

If you thought Billy Reid only made stylish tailored wear, think again — the rugged Michael Shirt Jacket is a perfect example of the brand’s versatility (and it’s been a hot seller, too!).
 
Portuguese Flannel Briteiro Shirt — $125

A slim flannel shirt with a tailored silhouette.

No better time than fall to break out a stylish flannel shirt — the Briteiro Shirt from Portuguese Flannel is even ready to wear with a tailored suit.
WP Standard Officer’s Belt in Natural — $78

A new leather belt for your rotation.

WP Standard knows A LOT about durable, investment-worthy leather goods — this Natural Leather Belt is a nice change of pace in terms of your accessories this season.
Levi’s Ribbed Crew Sweater — $89.50

A chunky sweater in the perfect shade for fall.

Known for classic men’s denim, the brand is much more. Levi’s excels at durable, rugged knitwear — the Ribbed Crew Sweater features a fall-ready color and  the ability to layer under your favorite denim jacket.
The Monocle Guide to Better Living — $42

A neat book to keep handy and reference as you please. Nice work, Monocle.

Is this a traditional menswear pick? Not quite. But is the Monocle Guide to Better Living a really cool hardcover book to keep on your coffee table and reference time and again? Certainly.

Shine Vessels 64oz. Double Wall Growler — $40.98

Bring this to a tailgate, a picnic or a house party for all your friends who love craft beer.

Whether you’re heading to a tailgate or a house party, a durable growler like this Shine Vessels growler should be a welcome sight for your hosts (and any assembled craft beer lovers).
OLIVERS Gate Jacket — $168

A practical, functional and stylish piece of fall outerwear.

OLIVERS is taking its expertise into outerwear with a versatile, easy-to-wear jacket that you can definitely incorporate into your transitional fall wardrobe — we dig the Cobalt color around these parts.
General Knot and Co. Buffalo Check Travel Kit — $50.98

A fitting way to carry around your toiletries this fall.

Add a bit of rugged fall style to your next weekend trip with this well-crafted Buffalo Check Travel Kit from premium accessories makers General Knot and Co. The Buffalo Check Travel Kit is way more stylish than a regular plastic bag, that much is true.
Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Rib Boot Socks — $24

Stylish socks in the ideal weight and color for fall. Wear these with high-top sneakers for sporty, retro vibes.

$24 is a steep price to pay for socks — but stylish socks are what you need to complement your favorite fall boots, and Etiquette Clothiers hits a home run in terms of design and comfort with its Sherpa Rib Boot Socks.
Billy Reid Speckled Henley — $155.98

An Italian-made henley for all your fall layering needs.

If you were searching for a henley to wear with a blazer, then you’ve found it. The premium, investment-worthy Billy Reid Speckled Henley is an excellent fall layering move with just about any combo you dream up.
Tretorn Jack Sneakers — $95

Casual sneakers for your next fall weekend trip.

These stylish Tretorn sneakers harness the brand’s sporty, streamlined DNA in a fall-friendly way — the use of cool navy corduroy in the upper. Team them with tan chinos, an American-made Oxford and a grey wool blazer for work.

So, my friends — how many of the above #menswear picks caught your eye? Perhaps some of the Sherpa Rib Boot Socks found their way into your shopping cart? Or the Shine Vessels growler for the beer lover in your life? Or better yet, maybe the undeniably great Timex Waterbury Chronograph for hopping from bar to bar this fall? Let’s connect on Twitter — always down for a chat!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

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.

Men's travel style

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