#OOTD: How to Layer Up a Henley for Summer Weather

Is there anything better than welcoming a new season with the best men’s style essentials? The type of pieces you’re going to look forward to wearing all summer long? No, sir. Now, things are still very different for most of us out there, what with plenty of time at home in the rearview mirror — and on the horizon — but as has been the adage as of late, that’s no excuse not to look and feel your best these days. Hence, the rugged men’s gear I’m recommending today, even if you’re only going as far as your yard or back porch. On that note, we’re starting off this #OOTD with a crucial piece that should assuredly be in your summer style rotation — the rugged short-sleeve henley shown below is soft, breezy, easy to wear, and of course, easy to layer. It’ll keep you cool when you need it, and it wears stylishly underneath other layers when needed, too. Again, you might just have your feet kicked up on your back porch, but you can still make use of your favorite summer gear, including a tough trucker jacket, slim vintage-style black denim and one of the best men’s casual watches (among other men’s style essentials, of course). Be it spending time with the family, unwinding after a long day at the (home) office or planning out a special at-home date night, I’m sure you’re going to find plenty of reason to rock the below layers accordingly all summer long. And when the time comes to return to your favorite summer activities (brewery visits and park strolls among them, I’d assume!), then one of the best men’s henleys is going to be your new go-to style move. Read on for the full ensemble below, then chime in on Twitter if you’re a fan.

A classic way to layer a henley for summer, no doubt.

 

  • The Short-Sleeve Henley: Buck Mason Pima Short-Sleeve Curved Hem Henley, $48 — The right spring #OOTD starts with one of the best men’s henleys, and more specifically, a rugged short-sleeve henley in a tough-yet-breezy fabric. Wear it on its own or layer up accordingly. Like the below …
  • The Jacket: Knickerbocker Trucker Jacket, $177.98 — A tough trucker jacket can actually be a nice antidote to unexpectedly chilly spring and summer days & nights — Knickerbocker just so happens to make one of the coolest lightweight jackets in that regard.
  • The Denim: Flint and Tinder Vintage Overdye Jeans, $128 — Yes, just because you’re spending more time at home than usual doesn’t mean you can’t wear some slim stretch jeans — as to be expected, Flint and Tinder has come through here with some of the best men’s jeans (in a nicely dyed shade of black) on the market.
  • The Stylish Slip-Ons: SeaVees Huntington Middie, $108 — Listen, your choice of at-home footwear is exactly that: Your choice. But if you want to give yourself comfort, freedom of movement and casual style that you can wear outside the home when the time comes, go with the SeaVees Huntington Middie.
  • The Belt: Beltology Litmus Leather Belt, $75.98 — Now, not every guy is going to want to put on a belt these days — but if you want to really switch things up from sweats or joggers, a stylish leather belt like this one from Litmus is the way to go.
  • The Watch: Timex Navi XL, $155 — Just as with the rest of these rugged gear picks, we’re not overdoing it on the accessories front — but, one of the best men’s casual watches seems to be a proper move to stay on time during happy hour, yes? Agreed.
  • The At-Home Essential: Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler, $55 — Picture this: It’s a breezy summer night. You’ve got your feet kicked up and your favorite tunes playing (more on that in a moment). You realize your pint glass is empty … best refill it with this classic growler from Stanley, right?
  • The Audio Essential: Tivoli Audio Music System Home, $749 — Yes indeed, for listening to your favorite music at home with ease, quality of sound and supreme style, go with the Tivoli Audio Music System Home — it’s assuredly one of the best home audio upgrades you can make right now.

Oftentimes, the right way to start a summer style ensemble begins with a simple classic — in this case, it’s a rugged short-sleeve henley that’s high-quality in terms of its construction and fit. No matter where you’re going (or rather, not going), I guarantee you can find use for this breezy henley from Buck Mason. It’s going to wear very nicely indeed with one of the coolest lightweight jackets for summer, especially on those unexpectedly chilly summer nights. And when you pair both those pieces with some slim stretch jeans for comfort and style, you’ve got an at-home or weekend-ready look that goes further on the style front than sweatpants or joggers. It seems that upgraded at-home footwear is all the rage these days, and that’s also where going just a bit further can actually pay dividends — the SeaVees Huntington Middie blends style and comfort, while wearing like actual sneakers rather than slippers. Because staying on time is still crucial (especially if you’re manning the grill), wearing one of the best men’s casual watches will give you a sense of time, order and style. Naturally, you can do it all while sipping on your favorite beverage via your classic growler from Stanley. To top it all off and round out your evening in refined style, why not fire up the Tivoli Audio Music System Home to play some of your favorite summer tunes? When taken altogether, this #OOTD is going to work for right now and for when the time comes to get back to your routine. Sounds pretty good, right? Yes, indeed. Thanks for reading!

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Henley for Fall and Winter

Don’t yet have a rugged henley in your closet? Or perhaps you do, and you’re in need of a new way to wear it? Dare I say, the BEST way to wear it? Allow me to introduce you to the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, the lead pick in today’s #OOTD.  When it comes to both comfort and warmth, the henley is a must-have for fall — particularly when done up in a cozy slub waffle cotton like this rugged henley here. And I think the #OOTD in question brings something a little bit different to the table. For starters, we’re layering it up with the ever-versatile Proof Strong Shirt, which gives this look a more polished feel. We’re also throwing in a dash of mobile, versatile with a pair of CIVIC chinos. What I’m trying to say is that you can take a staple layering piece like the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley and turn it into a look that’s as ready for the office as it is for Sunday brunch — truly. Add in stylish chukka boots and a go-anywhere watch, and you’re good to go … well, basically anywhere you want.  How do you wear your henley for fall and winter? On a related note, you can (and should!) shop the best men’s henleys as soon as possible. Cheers, my friends!

 

 

The right basics … that aren’t actually so basic. See more on how to wear this henley below.

  • The Rugged Henley: Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, $62 — From the domestic sourcing and materials to the netraul, easy-to-wear color and rugged waffle construction, this henley is a winner.
  • The Chambray Shirt: Proof Strong Shirt, $128 — A classic chambray shirt atop a henley is a fall and winter style move that simply works all the time, no doubt about it.
  • The Pants: CIVIC Frank Chinos in British Khaki, $128 — We’re all about blending the basics with the classics — in this case, these CIVIC chinos have a bit of both.
  • The Boots: Astorflex Greenflex Chukkas in Nubuck, $155 — A new addition to the Astorflex roster of stylish men’s boots, I love the Nubuck leather and durable look of these things.
  • The Belt: Dango Products CNC-Machined Belt, $79 — Is there such a thing as a beastly belt? Yes, there is. The Dango Products CNC-Machined Belt is one-of-a-kind.
  • The Socks: American Trench Merino Activity Socks with Silver, $19.50 — A classic, retro-inspired pair of socks? Check. Made with fabric designed to prevent odor? Check. The perfect pair of fall socks.
  • The Watch: Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch, $195 — Every so often, you just need a dependable, rugged casual watch — the Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch gets the job done.
  • The Essential Bag: Mystery Ranch 3-Way Briefcase, $150 — Although this Mystery Ranch bag is a little more rugged and casual than others on the market, that makes it a wise pick-up when it comes time to plan out fall adventures.

Now, does that sort out another #OOTD idea for fall and winter for you? On paper, this outfit might seem quite simple — the building blocks are just a henley and a chambray shirt, after all. But as we always strive to do here at The Style Guide, we want to amplify those pieces and go above and beyond — that’s why starting out with a classic, rugged henley like the Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley is a better move than throwing on an average long-sleeve T-shirt.  It follows, then, that the Proof Strong Shirt is a similar style upgrade, paired up quite nicely with the casual-yet-mobile CIVIC Frank Chinos for style that fits in at the brewpub or brunch … or on a casual fall Friday at the office. That same versatility applies to the truly excellent classic nubuck chukkas that comprise the footwear portion of this outfit.  Throw in perhaps one of the best leather belts you’re ever going to buy, and your accessories are in great shape. That’s also the case with the Momentum Watches Flatline 42 Fabric Watch, a durable, laidback watch that takes care of business. Throw your everyday carry essentials into the Mystery Ranch 3-Way Briefcase, and you’ve got a recipe for success, whether you happen to be running errands, running to grab a coffee or heading out on a weekend trip.  Where is this #OOTD going to take you? Let me know on Twitter, my friends.

Style Pick of the Week: Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley

The tough henley to wear through early fall — on its own, or else layered up accordingly.

It’s never too early to think ahead when it comes to men’s style essentials, and thus, I humbly submit that the rugged Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley should certainly be on your shopping list — yes, even in mid-August.  Made in Los Angeles from 100 percent 5oz. cotton, this rugged men’s henley is the secret style weapon you didn’t know you needed for the season ahead. Or perhaps, if you read The Style Guide regularly, you already knew that you needed a stylish henley in your rotation … and yet, didn’t know where to get one. Folks, Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. is here to help. We’ve talked about the importance of a short-sleeve henley when it comes to rugged style in the depths of summer, and a tough long-sleeve henley like the one shown here does the exact thing as we look ahead to fall. What’s so great about the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley? Well, as we all know when it comes to menswear essentials, the simple things are sometimes the best. Take the tube knitting — that’s unique among henleys, meaning there’s no side seam here, only quality, durable cotton.  Yes, this is one stylish henley that’s made the right way.

Priced right at $64.98 — a darn good deal for a USA-made product — the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley is a new menswear classic in every sense of the word, from the closely cut construction (ideal for layering) to the use of mother-of-pearl buttons on the placket. That gives the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley a decidedly more dressy feel — it’s still quite casual, but you shouldn’t feel out of place wearing this slim long-sleeve henley with dark denim, rugged leather boots and a charcoal herringbone blazer as temperatures start to drop.  You can even make great use of the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley right now — it’s a natural pairing on its own with faded light wash denim, plus some lightweight leather boots. The great thing about a henley is the sort of rugged style appeal it gives even the most basic of outfits — in short, it’s a tough menswear staple that belongs in your rotation in the months ahead. Heck, you can — and should — get the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley as much air  time as possible. Take it for a spin with classic dark tan chinos and your favorite pair of high-top sneakers to head to your local bar this weekend. Yessir, the Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley  is as good as it gets — and then some.

Are you down with the durability and timeless style of the  Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. Long-Sleeve Henley? Give me a shout on Twitter if you agree! 

See Now, Buy Now: The La Paz Ribas Henley Is Your New Favorite Summer Tee

An underrated, brand-new style essential for your consideration.

The idea of timeless menswear essentials certainly gets thrown around a lot on this site, from the perfect white T-shirt to a classic Oxford shirt. And now, today, I humbly submit another menswear essential for your reading (and shopping) pleasure — the rugged short-sleeve henley. Specifically, the La Paz Ribas Henleyit’s quite possibly your new favorite summer tee, and that’s saying a lot.  What makes the Ribas Henley so darn stylish and so darn cool? It’s simple, really. The short-sleeve henley finds its roots in sporting heritage, and like so much of menswear that’s designed with function in mind (from the M-65 jacket to the moto jacket to five-pocket denim), that means it looks even better when worn during the everyday. How so? Well, it’s tough and instantly recognizable, for one. And the three-button placket and tailored-but-not-too tight fit of the La Paz Ribas Henley make any guy look good.

It also comes down to the unique green color found on the La Paz Ribas Henley, too. The shade of green seen at the top of the page is surprisingly summer-friendly, able to be worn with pieces like slim light wash denim and suede chukka boots as easily as it can pair with a lightweight navy blazer and slim tan chinos. That’s the kind of rugged versatility you’re getting with the La Paz Ribas Henley — that makes it a menswear essential, without a doubt. And the Portuguese-made construction of the Ribas Henley gives you high quality at a surprisingly affordable price. All of those positives add up to one must-have for the rest of summer. And when it starts to get chilly in the early fall? You can (and should!) layer the La Paz Ribas Henley underneath a classic chambray shirt — to be worn alongside equally classic dark denim and brown wingtip boots, of course. That’s the kind of dependability you should be looking for all the time, but particularly when it comes to picking up pieces (like the La Paz Ribas Henley) that’ll help you get through the rest of the summer in style.

What are the chances you’ll be picking up the La Paz Ribas Henley? More than good? Let me know via Twitter, and thanks for reading! 

Online Shopping Picks: Buy One of the Best Men’s Henleys for Rugged Style

Fired up for another set of Online Shopping Picks today at The Style Guide? I know I am — let’s get to it, then. We sure do return time and again to rugged, classic menswear week after week, from stylish men’s boots to classic fall jackets. And if you haven’t caught on by now, there’s one item of menswear that can reliably team with both of those pieces. It exists in both the past and the present, simultaneously classic and modern — a stylish men’s henley. Yes, it’s rooted in British sporting tradition, but today’s best henleys feature modern fabrics and textures, plus the type of fit that goes with everything from a rugged flannel trucker jacket to your favorite fall blazer. Just see for yourself with the below picks, from brands both familiar and perhaps new to you. If you want to see some real-life tips on how to style a henley, check out my Instagram — I absolutely can’t get enough of the classic men’s henley, that much is true.  Read on and happy shopping to you!

#1. Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Navy OR Natural$62

We’re kicking off this list of the best men’s henleys by giving you not one, but TWO terrific options from Style Guide favorites Flint and Tinder. Made with carded cotton for a heavier texture — hence the name — the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley is going to serve you well when it comes to fall layering. Wear the Natural Henley underneath a crisp blue chambray shirt, then pair that combo with rugged dark denim and brown leather boots, or take the Navy Henley and style it with a classic moto jacket and black denim for sleek style.

#2. Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley in Forest Stripe — $125

A well-made merino henley from Taylor Stitch in a cool fall color? Sign me up.

It wouldn’t be a list of men’s style essentials without including Taylor Stitch, right? The well-crafted Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley — a previous Style Pick of the Week entry on this site —  utilizes that modern fabric we talked about earlier, combining breathability with stylish stripes and a flattering cut. The Forest Stripe color in particular should stand out nicely underneath a dark blue denim jacket or a black denim jacket in equal measure — and of course, you can slip the Merino Henley on underneath a tan herringbone blazer for high-low office style.

#3. Billy Reid Speckled Henley — $195

A sleek henley that’s made in Italy and sharp enough to wear with a crisp blazer.

It can be rare to find a henley you can wear with a blazer — yet, the Billy Reid Speckled Henley is one that gets the job done. Made in Italy using premium fabric and refined construction, the Speckled Henley is neutral and clean enough to work with a navy herringbone or tan wool blazer quite easily. Just add slim blue denim and stylish chukka boots, and you’re set for casual Friday, casual Thursday … heck, any day that calls for laidback, business casual style.

#4.  Life/After/Denim Thermal Heney in Heather Grey — $98

A warm, casual and rugged henley for cool fall nights.

A thermal henley might be the type of classic men’s henley that first pops to mind when you think of the style. And if you want an upgraded take on this decades-old staple, the Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley is the one to buy.  Made from 100 percent cotton slub fabric in a neutral and easy-to-layer heather grey, this Life/After/Denim henley would look great when teamed up with a classic chamois shirt or a black trucker jacket for edgy, casual style. The three-button placket and side seam paneling provide some visual interest, too. Rugged AND modern? Sign me up!

#5. Levi’s 1920s Sunset Henley — $125

A durable, unique and historical henley from Levi’s — not a bad addition to your closet.

The henley itself has sporting roots, to be sure, but it’s also a truly rugged and functional staple found throughout the hardworking history of America — and Levi’s knows this well when it comes to the brand’s 1920s Sunset Henley. In this case, the maker of your favorite pair of jeans has taken a style from its 1920s archives and updated the fabric and fit. The resulting Sunset Henley is seriously cool and unique, made from a cotton-linen blend in Portgual. Wear the 1920s Sunset Henley on its own with a black moto jacket and grey denim, or style this rugged henley with rugged leather chukka boots & blue indigo denim.

#6. Bread & Boxers Thermal Henley in Navy — $32

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A comfortable, casual and cozy henley for fall layering.

We’re keeping things casual, rugged and durable once again with the sixth slot on this list, the Thermal Henley from Bread & Boxers. The contrasting cuffs and placket are a neat design touch that elevates this casual staple just a bit. That being said, this Bread & Boxers thermal henley might look best when worn with faded denim and stylish leather sneakers for a casual weekend day — heck, you can even team it with sweatpants from Bread & Boxers to complete the casual, comfortable vibes. Who’s with me?

#7. Billy Reid Hartford Henley — $95

A more affordable Billy Reid henley that doesn’t skimp on quality.

Billy Reid is back at it again on this list with the more affordably priced Hartford Henley. Don’t let the smaller price tag fool you — the Hartford Henley is just as premium a piece as the Billy Reid Speckled Henley nearer to the top of this list. This lightweight long-sleeve henley features a cotton-polyester blend, all the better for layering underneath a slim merino cardigan or a rugged indigo shirt jacket. The heather grey color of the Hartford Henley contrasts nicely with the henley’s premium horn buttons, too — not a bad design touch from a menswear master.

#8. Levi’s Refined Henley in Medium Grey Heather — $30

As easygoing of a henley as you’re going to get — made with 100 percent cotton, too.

Make no mistake about it, heather grey is a heck of a versatile color when it comes to a rugged men’s henley — that’s why we’re closing out this list with the Refined Henley from Levi’s. Available for an astonishing $30 — yes, just $30 — the Levi’s Refined Henley is a great deal for the price, what with its 100 percent cotton construction and a textured jacquard knit. Wear it with a slim blue denim shirt and black jeans, or style it with your favorite denim trucker jacket.

When it comes down to it, you need a stylish men’s henley in your wardrobe this season (and beyond).  The right men’s henley — like the durable, rugged Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley — merges a clean fit with excellent construction and versatility. Seriously, the best men’s henleys can work with everything a charcoal herringbone blazer and a slim topcoat to a leather moto jacket — the Mercerized Merino Henley from Taylor Stitch is a terrific choice for that type of style. Either the  Hartford Henley  or the Speckled Henley are also premium wardrobe picks from Billy Reid, while Levi’s has done a nice job with the vintage-inspired 1920s Sunset Henley. More casual henleys, like the Bread & Boxers Thermal Henley, are to be applauded, too. So, that’s our list for ya — which of the above best men’s henleys are you shopping this season? Let me know on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

#OOTD: Upgrade Your Henley This Season

If the title of today’s #OOTD has you scratching your head and asking,”Why are we talking rugged henleys in spring?” … bear with me here. After all, there’s really no reason that a slim henley — the style essential every guy should have — isn’t fit for the warmer temps of spring. The key with today’s ensemble involves re-thinking how you wear your henley. While the crisp temperatures of fall and early winter call for layering your stylish henley with tough pieces like a waxed trucker jacket, the breezy days of spring call for a lighter approach all the way around. And that lighter approach starts with the henley itself — today’s well-made, well-crafted and lightweight Flint and Tinder slub henley is just the piece you need to switch up your spring layering game. It’s wearable with your favorite chinos, it works with slim selvedge denim and well … I’ll leave the rest of these tips for the remainder of this post. But again, think lighter colors and fabrics, think spring and get ready to buy your new favorite henley — or at least, steal some #menswear inspiration from this post. If you’ve got questions, I can be reached 24/7 on Twitter or via email — well, nearly 24/7. At any rate, shop away and enjoy!

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We’re lightening up your spring henley and pairing it with classic staples fit for warm weather.

The Henley: Flint and Tinder Slub Henley in Vintage Pewter, $58 — Just as I mentioned above, you can’t beat this Flint and Tinder slub henley, especially in a welcome, spring-like shade of pewter. The slub cotton is lightweight, breathable and ideal for layering — get on board with this one, folks.

The Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket in Rinse, $70 — Does it get any more classic than a rugged denim jacket for spring? Particularly one in a crisp, dark wash as done by Levi’s? Buy this one now, and break it in a ton this season.

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The Chinos: Abercrombie and Fitch Cropped Chino Pants in Cream, $68 — Want to really go for this whole spring style thing? Try pairing some light cream chinos with a similarly light henley — it’s monochromatic style that’s nicely broken up by the denim jacket.
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The Sneakers: Gola Classic Comet Plimsoll Trainers, $60 — Yours truly was pleasantly surprised to stumble across the crisp, sporty and vintage-looking Gola plimsoll trainers seen here — excellent looks, great styling potential and more than a century’s worth of British sporting heritage to back ’em up.

The Socks: Darn Tough No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Socks, $29.98 — If you’re rolling your chinos and sticking with classic spring sneakers, you’re bound to need effective no-show socks — like these Darn Tough no-shows.

The Belt: La Matera Corbina Belt, $145 — The similarly light colorplay between the chinos and that Flint and Tinder slub henley necessitates adding a shot of color and pattern — the La Matera Corbina Belt is the way to do it.

The Watch: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph, $118.98 —  When you’re pairing up rugged essentials like a classic denim jacket and a slim slub henley, you need an equally tough watch; the handsome Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph as seen here should be your go-to casual watch.

The Everyday Carry: This Is Ground Leatherback Writer, $74.98 — Never underestimate the importance of an essential everyday carry piece to stow everything from notebooks to pens & extra headphones — this is a good one to buy.

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Alright – that’s a wrap on this spring layering #OOTD. See, wearing a spring henley isn’t as difficult as it might seem — right? Hopefully? It’s admittedly taken some time for me to incorporate my beloved henleys into spring style ensembles, but I’m confident that if you start with a great Flint and Tinder slub henley, you’re going to be inspired to put together quite a few looks. Take a classic, inky blue denim jacket and pair up your new favorite henley with cream chinos, to start.  Sport-inspired sneakers can add a nice dash of color to any spring ensemble, particularly a more monochromatic outfit like this one. And you can never go wrong — never — with durable accessories like the Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Chronograph or the visually interesting La Matera Corbina Belt. Before you step out the door though, don’t leave behind a handy everyday catch-all like the This Is Ground Leatherback Writer. OK, all good? I, for one, am ready to get out and try a few spring-centric looks. Follow along on Instagram, and drop any questions via our comments section below.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

-Beau

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#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear A Henley This Fall

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

So it’s not exactly the middle of summer anymore, is it? That’s a strange sensation if you’ve been used to dressing for the heat or packing up stylish beach gear. But if  you’re anything like this #menswear writer, you relish the chance to dress for seasonal transitions and break out some of your favorite seasonal style staples. We’re talking pieces that are rugged and refined, ready for casual wear or able to be worn with a bit more tailored style in mind. And in the case of this week’s #OOTD, we’re looking at an outstanding piece for a seasonal transition — the ever-reliable slim long-sleeve henley.  With its athletic-minded origins and rugged good looks, a great henley certainly works in the summer as well as the in-between period between summer and fall. But particularly when it’s made with marled fabric and plenty of quality and comfort, it’s the ideal early (and middle, and late) fall style piece — think of the below #OOTD as a weekend workhorse look. To get your mind right when it comes to stylish henleys, check out last year’s picks for the best men’s henleys for fall — and know that we’ll have a similar feature coming on this site in the weeks ahead. Oh, and how exactly should you style this durable staple? We won’t drop any hints up here — scroll below to check out the #OOTD, join in on the men’s style conversation at The Sty le Guide’s Facebook page, and check out this guy’s Instagram for daily style tips.

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Just one way — but perhaps, the best way — to wear a henley this fall.

The Henley: Flint & Tinder Marled Long-Sleeve Henley, $62  — So, the henley shown here is a bit more expensive than you might be used to paying for a basic layering piece. But the quality, fit and styling potential is top-notch, and given the fact that it’s part of a slew of new additions to the Flint & Tinder product line, you should definitely pick up this slim henley.

The Coat: Old Navy Canvas Coat, $69.94 — It might initially be too hot to wear a canvas coat atop that henley, but know that when it gets slightly chilly and you need a crisp top layer, this rugged canvas coat is the perfect finishing touch.

The Chinos: JACHS NY Grey Bowie Fit Stretch Cotton Chino, $89 — Why go with chinos here as opposed to slim, dark denim? They lend the look a bit of high-low style appeal, and the fabric and slim fit are nice positives.

The Boots: CAT Footwear Russell Boot, $150 — Boots that blend different fabrics and textures (like wool and leather) with a sturdy ankle boot, moc toe combination are the perfect way to nod toward the chillier temperatures of fall — not to mention the rugged-refined vibe of this outfit.

The Socks: Flint & Tinder Inventor Socks, $17.98 (Three-pack) — If we’re going with a Flint & Tinder henley, might as well go with crisp, stylish and comfortable Flint & Tinder socks, ehh?

The Watch: Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono, $158 — The Timex x Red Wing Heritage collaboration is a certified Style Guide favorite, and it’s the perfect mixture of toughness and style to offset the other fall-appropriate pieces in this #OOTD.

The Belt: Anderson’s Stretch Woven Leather Belt, $195 — If you want a belt that’s going to work as hard as you do, last forever (truly) and add some subtle texture to this overall look, the Anderson Stretch Woven Leather Belt is the way to go.

The Everyday Carry: United By Blue Lakeland Laptop Bag, $119.98 — Looking for a durable, dependable bag to haul around your laptop? This United By Blue laptop bag merges function and fashion, and it does so while promoting a good cause (the brand removes one pound of trash from oceans & waterways for every item sold).

Are you ready for some fall weather yet? Hopefully so. Dressing for the transitional period between the heat of summer and the chill of winter can seem taxing if you’ve grown used to wearing that short-sleeve chambray shirt for months on end, yet reaching for the right pieces can make it an enjoyable task. A marled henley is an essential for the colder months, and when mixed with dependable boots and refined chinos, it can work in even more style situations. On top of that, sharp socks that add a pop of color play nicely off dressy touches like that textured leather belt and rugged leather watch. And if it gets truly cold in the weeks ahead, you can always add a crisp shawl cardigan to this same ensemble. Have questions or more suggestions for the #OOTD series? Shoot me a note on Twitter.

Make room in your closet for a great henley — and stay stylish in the meantime!

-Beau

Fall 2016 Style Wish List

Editor’s note: For other seasonal style wish lists, click here.

Can you believe it’s (nearly) here already? Fall? Me neither. As always seems to come up with these seasonal style wish list posts, it feels as if I just sat down to write the last one — did you manage to pick up everything from your spring style wish list, while we’re at it? Making what can feel like the rather abrupt transition from style built for the heat of summer to style geared toward cooler climes is a luxury for some of us, but it can be just as much of a struggle if you’re looking to add transitional pieces to your wardrobe. And of course, it might still be a bit warm in your area. But fall is coming, and we’ll get to that in the coming weeks. For now, we’re still in Wish List mode here at The Style Guide. So, the below pieces are picked (sometimes) with budget in mind, but they more likely represent the best of fall style out there — according to this #menswear editor, that is. That means we’re looking for pieces that more often than not exude rugged, versatile and exemplary fall style — it’s a time for crisp breezes, crunching leaves, walks in the park, some football-viewing and beer-drinking … it’s, in short, the most wonderful time of the year (wink, wink). Don’t believe me? Read on for the below Style Wish List picks, and follow along on Instagram for more transitional style inspiration — you won’t be let down, promise!

#1. Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket — $198

A durable new piece of outerwear that's built for darn-near anything.

A durable new piece of outerwear that’s built for darn-near anything.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — step right up, because the good folks at Flint & Tinder have done it again with this stunning waxed trucker jacket. The makers of your favorite domestically produced boxer briefs and a stupendously great hoodie have really outdone themselves this time with a beautiful piece of outerwear that’s practically tailor made for fall. The Whiskey color is rich and should look great with dark denim and a rugged henley, and the herringbone flannel lining should keep you nice and warm through all sorts of fall festivities. Feel free to rock this guy into winter, too — the Martexin 7oz. waxed sail cloth can handle a little inclement weather.

#2. Todd Shelton Classic White Oxford — $200

The ideal Oxford to offset the ideal fall jacket -- right?

The ideal Oxford to offset the ideal fall jacket — right?

This Oxford shirt right here is another Wish List-worthy piece, if only based on price alone. Every guy needs an essential Oxford shirt in his closet — we’re talking one that pairs with everything from chinos and crisp white sneakers in the summer to that durable waxed trucker jacket in the fall. Well, this Oxford fits that bill beautifully. It’s made from a substantial but breathable 100/2 ply cotton (that’s two fine yarns twisted together), and the made-in-America construction and customizable fit are huge bonuses to a piece that’s investment-worthy in every sense of the word. It’s a great piece year-round, but it would add an extra touch of crisp refinement to your favorite fall style essentials, like a shawl cardigan and sturdy dark denim.

#3. Johnston & Murphy Eldredge Wingtip Boot — $275

Italian-made leather wingtip boots that you won't want to take off? Sign me up.

Italian-made leather wingtip boots that you won’t want to take off? Sign me up.

From my recent travels to Michigan to  a Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, Johnston & Murphy has certainly won over this style writer for blending comfort, quality and affordability. With that spirit in mind, it’s easy to see why a dependable, durable-looking and just plain handsome pair of wingtip boots makes the cut on this list.  Handcrafted in Italy, these tan calfskin leather boots are the ideal mix of rugged and refined, able to add a bit of flair to faded grey denim or a pair of slim wool trousers — try out either combination from one day to the next if you don’t believe me.  Oh, and don’t forget stylish socks that add a bit of color and comfort, will ya?

#4. Flint & Tinder Marled Long-Sleeve Henley — $62

The answer to your search for the perfect fall henley, made right here in America.

The answer to your search for the perfect fall henley, made right here in America.

Yet another piece from Flint & Tinder on this list? Believe me, the brand’s new fall collection really is that on-point. We here at The Style Guide (ahem *just me*) love a rugged henley, and it looks as if the newest addition to the Flint & Tinder line takes the cake in terms of the designated henley spot on this year’s Fall Style Wish List (only partially kidding). While it’s also available in versatile colors like Navy and Olive, you really can’t go wrong with  a classic white henley. It’s another made-in-America piece that’s going to have you covered for all sorts of style situations, particularly including pairing with a certain tough trucker jacket (can you see a theme here?). Of course, it’ll also set you right for layering under everything from a wool blazer at the office to a navy field jacket at your next rock concert.

#5. M.Gemi Netto Leather Sneakers — $228

Low-top leather sneakers in the fall? If you know how to style them, yes indeed.

Low-top leather sneakers in the fall? If you know how to style them, yes indeed.

Yes, we’re going with another pair of footwear to round out this list (although it was mighty hard to narrow it down to just five!). These sneakers are certainly a worthy Wish List — or wait list — addition, as they’ve sold pretty quickly (that seems to make them even more covetable, however). A pair of rich brown leather sneakers is a pretty underrated style accessory in fall — it’s still sneaker weather, even if at first it might not seem like it. The color of this particular pair makes them as versatile as leather chukka boots — style them with a white Oxford and navy chinos for a high-low office look, or pair them up with a crewneck sweater (and yes, even that waxed trucker jacket) for a dash of slightly dressy weekend style. What are you waiting for? Hop on them before they sell out!

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Are you fully on-board with the above Fall Style Wish List picks? I certainly hope so. There’s plenty more fall style-centric content to come in the weeks ahead, particularly focused on pieces you’ll love to wear, like leather chukka boots, slim henleys and yes, a trucker jacket or two. If tackling the changing seasons at first feels daunting, look for investment-worthy pieces you can wear across all seven days of the week — dependable boots and a crisp white Oxford should certainly be on your shopping list if you don’t have ’em already, and a reliable long-sleeve henley is a must-buy (at least in the mind of this author). Everyone should splurge — truly — on a staple piece of outerwear that you can wear all season long, and that waxed trucker jacket is Exhibit A. Heck, the longer it takes me to write this post, the more ready for fall I get. If you’re in the same boat, or if you feel I missed any fall style picks, give me a shout on Twitter.

#OOTD: How to Style A Henley for Summer

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD series will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

To me, there isn’t a style of shirt (without a collar, that is), that’s more versatile or rugged than a great short-sleeve henley. Although expressions of style and masculinity are changing all the time, there’s no doubt that a stylish henley is a still a reliable go-to if you want to upgrade your game and look a little tougher and stronger — or simply better in general — and that’s certainly true for the below tips on how to style a henley for summer. That goes for long-sleeve henleys with a vintage look, and it goes for fashionable short-sleeve henleys fit for fighting the warm weather. The button placket on well-made henleys adds some nice visual interest to looks both casual and a bit crisper, and in the right fit and color (like the slim-fitting indigo henley) below, you can wear the piece on its own with slim chino shorts or layered up under an unconstructed blazer for unique high-low style that can go to the office on a casual day and out on a date thereafter (I bet you’ll look  better than the fella in the ill-fitting suit — trust me). It can be a bit of a process to switch from a plain white tee to a knit with more texture, color and visual details (even if it is just a simple button placket). But those added small details make it a worthy style upgrade — especially when you ditch the long sleeves in favor of a piece that’s just as trim-fitting, yet a heck of a lot more ready for the warm weather. Invest in one that’s well-crafted and you can rock it under a spring jacket, beneath a fall blazer or as a complement to a warm shawl cardigan in winter. For now though, focus on great chinos, solid suede boots and other accessories just begging to be worn on a warm summer’s day. Chime in on the #OOTD discussion at our very own Style Guide Facebook page, and we’ll see you out shopping.

Pair a short-sleeve henley with staples you might already have in your closet, like stone chinos and suede chukka boots.

Pair a short-sleeve henley with staples you might already have in your closet, like stone chinos and suede chukka boots.

The Henley: Jason Scott Banks Short-Sleeve Henley in Indigo — $96: Nearly $100 is a certainly a steep price to pay, but that price gets you exceptional quality, terrific Peruvian fabric and finishing touches like antique metal buttons on the placket.

The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Light Stone — $98: Taylor Stitch chinos have been a Style Guide favorite for some time now, and the reliably ideal fit and excellent fabric quality and color make these a fine match for that indigo henley.

The Boots: Thursday Boots Honey Suede Scout Boot — $149: Just as with those Taylor Stitch chinos, the Scout Boot from Team Thursday has received positive reviews in this neck of the woods, for comfort and quality as much as looks. This rich Honey Suede pair really does have it all.

The Socks: American Trench Edo Collection Socks — $19.50: Nearly $20 for a pair of socks? You’re darn right, and they’re some of the best (if not the best) ones you can rock that are made in America at family mills. Plus, the color pops just the right amount against the faded indigo henley.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Double-Striped Webbing Belt — $14.50: Again, it’s a little counterintuitive that a belt would cost less than socks, but this piece is a bargain number that can be styled into several looks (see my Instagram for more examples, will ya?)

The Sunglasses: J. Crew Jack Sunglasses in Silver Navy — $98: As first seen on this site’s roundup of the best men’s sunglasses for summer, this pair of aviators is simple yet sleek and stylish (not to mention pretty cost-effective).

The Trunks: Tommy John Second Skin Titanium Trunk — $32: More than $30 sure is a heck of a lot to pay for underwear, but with what Tommy John can deliver in terms of quality, it’s worth it. The Dark Titanium color  shown here has sold fast, but check out their other colorways here.

The Watch: Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chronograph — $158: Timex and Red Wing really have thrown everything they’ve got at this standout watch, with a  strap crafted from rugged Red Wing boot leather and a sturdy, classic-looking dial that’s super-functional and ready for just about anything (including NYC style adventures).

Sure, chinos and a henley might seem like a simple outfit combination at first glance, but it’s the upgraded, slimmer fits, richer colors and better quality that make this look acceptable for everything from grabbing beers at the bar to leaving early on a casual Friday (perhaps with a light grey blazer, if I do say so myself). And the other pieces in this ensemble, from a warm-weather friendly cotton belt to suede chukkas, can work in multiple seasons. Finally, there’s truly no bad time for a durable leather watch or a subtle-yet-stylish socks or crisp sunglasses. Making these pieces work in your favor by adding a lightweight sweater or swapping in a stainless steel dive watch is definitely going to pay style dvidends. Do we read each other loud and clear? Yes? Excellent.

‘Til next time!

Stay stylish,

-Beau

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The Friday Read: Kentucky Derby Cocktails, Men’s Sunglasses and Washington, D.C.

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.  

Hello there, Style Guide readers! Welcome to another edition of the Friday Read, where (if you’re not familiar), we’re recapping the week in #menswear. And if you’ve come through these parts before, welcome back. How was your week? It’s turning out to be a mighty packed one, what with Cinco de Mayo yesterday, the Kentucky Derby following on Saturday and of course, Mother’s Day on Sunday. If you’re scrambling to find a gift, check out this site’s rundown of the best gifts for Mother’s Day. Trust us, we’ll get you sorted. Hopefully, you’ll have the chance to rest, relax and spend some quality time with family this weekend — whether it’s watching the Derby or doing some traveling to see friends. On that note, check back here Monday for a full post covering a trip I’m taking to Washington, D.C. to see my good friend, former college roommate and current political journo Ian Kullgren. If you have any suggestions for fun things to do in the area, let me know on Twitter! And if you want to follow along with my travels, add me on Instagram  or… better yet, follow me on Snapchat @beau_hayhoe. I’m still getting the hang of that thing, but I think I’ve got a good handle on what’s going in this week’s Friday Read — enjoy the weekend and read on!

  • Enjoying a nice beverage during the Kentucky Derby? Here’s exactly how to make a mint julep, the official drink of the Derby. If you’re more partial to other cocktails, here’s a look at this site’s cocktail guide for the 2016 Masters.
  • Note that we’ll have our own Style Guide sunglasses picks coming up here shortly, but in the meantime, the Wall Street Journal recommends the following men’s sunglasses picks for summer.
  • Again, this piece isn’t directly style-related, but it ties into something this menswear writer knows and loves –a great beer! Men’s Journal covers the 25 best American IPAs (and boy, is the list something else!)
  • Style Note of the Week: This isn’t a full-on menswear story by any means, but rather a recommendation that’s given me some great visual inspiration — if you don’t follow the fantastic Christian Watson on Instagram, it’d be wise to start! He shares some inspiring shots of his travels, his daily adventures and his incredible eye for a great photo. Worth  a look to start your weekend, ehh?

Want some more great men’s style content? Here we are!

  • If you read this site, you know I’m a huge fan of the versatility and tough styling potential of a rugged henley — so of course, I wrote about the 10 best henleys for men over at GearMoose! I think you’ll recognize some Style Guide favorites in there.

Thanks as always, for reading!

-Beau