The Thursday Buy: This Buck Mason Chore Coat is Your New At-Home Winter Style Layer

Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

Ideal for layering or at-home style, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat delivers everything you need.

If there’s one thing that’s become clear to me through a cold, blustery (and yet sometimes temperate!) winter, it’s that you’ve got to know the brands you can trust to make the most versatile, best winter gear: Case in point, Buck Mason continues to come through with the best winter style essentials for men, and that’s what brings us to today’s Thursday Buy. As a matter of fact, just when you thought the classic American style purveyors at Buck Mason couldn’t get any better, they come through with the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat, a rugged and versatile layer for at-home winter style (or outdoor winter exploration, for that matter). You already know about pieces like the Buck Mason Melton Peacoat, but allow me to introduce you to a hybrid sweater-blazer-chore coat¬† that can do just about anything you want it to do (seriously). It’s one of Buck Mason’s best sellers for a reason, availlable in six classic colors — including the eye-catching Camel color as shown above — and it’s made from warming, boiled merino wool (more on that in just a second). Could it be your new favorite winter jacket? Yes, very possibly — keep scrolling to find out why.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

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A durable blazer and sweater hybrid featuring details that make the difference.

Namely, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is made from a midweight boiled wool, the kind that resists odor and should actually regulate your temperature rather than causing you to overheat. That means you can wear it atop everything from a Buck Mason denim shirt to a classic Buck Mason henley without going overboard. That versatility in layering is crucial, because it functions as both a casual weekend sweater (coffee sold separately) and a reliable blazer substitute for Zoom calls or in-person meetings.

Let’s not forget, the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is built more like a blazer than anything else, featuring three buttons, casual patch pockets and a collar that flips up for protection against winter winds. You can certainly wear this as your outermost layer just as readily as you can style it beneath a waxed cotton field jacket¬†on especially cold winter days. Of course, the fit is tailored but not overly tight, driving home that ideal blend of refined-yet-casual style. No matter which versatile colorway you choose (Camel is my personal favorite), the Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat is your new go-to winter layer, at home or on the road.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear A Chore Coat for Winter

Ever feel like your winter gear rotation could use a shot in the arm? Especially as we slog through February? That’s why we’re here today, and you’re going to like what’s in the mix. Naturally, it’s a cozy, warm and rugged Buck Mason chore coat on tap below, with the best of the rest as far as seasonal style is concerned. We’ve talked in the past about how to wear a bomber jacket for winter, among other styles you need in your winter outerwear rotation, but how about we mix it up a bit these days, ehh?

Naturally, we’ve got the right layers to go along with one of the best men’s jackets for winter, including a nicely executed take on one of¬†best men’s flannel shirts for plenty of cozy, comfortable and yet versatile style. We’re also mixing in the sort of gear picks you can wear at home, back to the office or out on the road for a safe road trip, including classic olive chinos and of course, a pair of the most comfortable men’s socks you’ve tried on in some time. The accessories tie it together, your rugged leather boots keep you on your feet through the snow and the slush, and your everyday carry is as crucial as it gets to helping you power through winter in style. Heck, you’ll even be looking great to go along with this ensemble, because I’ve got a discount for you on some Oars + Alps face wipes, too.

Start things off with a standout jacket, and the rest will fall into place (at least, that’s how I feel about this look). Let me know on Twitter if you pick up any of these gear picks, and here’s to happy shopping.

How to wear a chore coat this winter

A tough chore coat paired up with classic chinos, tough leather boots and more winter gear.

  • The Chore Coat: Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat, $225¬†— A blazer and a chore coat rolled into one sounds like one of the best men’s jackets for winter, correct? Yes indeed.
  • The Shirt: Bonobos Lightweight Flannel Shirt, $58¬†— Get a heck of a deal on one of the best men’s flannel shirts in a rugged colorway; it’s the perfect layer to go along with¬†one of the best men’s jackets for winter.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Democratic Chinos in Organic Olive, $98¬†— Go with a versatile pair of classic olive chinos in a straight-leg cut that’s laidback, not baggy.
  • The Boots: Rancourt & Co. Wolf Boots, $395¬†— The best bet with this ensemble is to lace up some of the best leather boots on the market, then wear ’em as often a possible.
  • The Socks: Mack Weldon Cashmere Extended Crew Socks, $68¬†— Complement your rugged boots with some of the best socks for men on the market. Mack Weldon sure knows how to make ’em, and you can even get free shipping right now.
  • The Watch: Timex American Documents Watch, $495¬†—¬† A made-in-America watch from Timex is as fine a way as any to play off this #OOTD’s rugged-casual good looks, and it helps that this watch is ever-so-slightly dressy, too.
  • The Grooming Essential: Oars + Alps Anti-Everything Pads, $16 — Whether at home or on the road, give your face a nice boost with these Oars + Alps face wipes. Oh, and you can use the code BEAU15 for 15 percent off right now.¬†
  • The Everyday Carry: Stuart & Lau Regimen Gym Bag, $395 at UNCRATE — As mentioned above, maybe you’re taking this look on the road or perhaps you’re hauling some essentials to and from the office. Either way, this stylish gym bag is the proper addition to your everyday carry.

Alright then, who’s ready to gear up for the rest of winter in rugged, versatile, go-anywhere style, ehh? Call me biased, but when your #OOTD starts off with one of the best men’s jackets for winter, and that jacket just so happens to be a rugged Buck Mason chore coat, I’d say you’re off to a strong start. It only gets better from there as far as fighting the cold in style, because your Bonobos flannel shirt is as fitting a winter layer as you’re apt to find these days. Keep things rolling in business casual or road trip-friendly style with classic olive chinos from a favorite brand, and rest assured that you’ll get anywhere you need to go quickly and easily thanks to some of the best leather boots, ones that are made in America, to boot.

They’re a fitting pairing alongside a new made-in-America watch from Timex, and things only get better in terms of your grooming and accessories, thanks to Oars + Alps face wipes and naturally, some of the best socks for men from another favorite brand. Last but not least, invest in a new Stuart + Lau gym bag over at UNCRATE,¬†then reap the rewards as you haul your gear in style. From A-to-Z, this ensemble has you covered for the rest of the season, the right way. Again, happy shopping and thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Vetra Linen Chore Coat

The coolest new jacket to buy for summer, no doubt about it.

OK, so here’s the deal: You’re a guy who loves a rugged chore coat — that makes two of us! But you fear that it’s a bit too hot to rock one of the best chore coats this time of year; it’s July, after all. But what if I told you there’s an easy solution, a way that you can keep wearing your new favorite chore coat with ease and style in mind? It might sound hard to believe, but it really is as simple as that — particularly when said chore coat happens to be the lightweight, durable, dependable Vetra Linen Chore Coat. Cut from a summer-friendly fabric with the sort of hybrid style only the best men’s jackets can provide, Vetra has really done a number on this one (a worthy addition to your list of summer style essentials, no doubt). What makes the Vetra Linen Chore Coat a winner? It’s pretty simple when you dig into it, folks.

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SHOP: The Vetra Linen Chore Coat

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The list of positives just goes on and on when it comes to this stylish lightweight chore coat, starting, of course, with that workwear silhouette. It’s cooler and more functional than a traditional blazer, tying into Vetra’s rich heritage making jackets in France. The Vetra Linen Chore Coat channels old-school style that’s also refreshingly modern — wear this chore coat atop your favorite T-shirt with faded light wash denim and suede chukka boots for workday-ready style, and keep the Vetra Linen Chore Coat around for your weekend pursuits (thrown atop a classic Oxford shirt and tan chinos to get some to-go beers, perhaps). When you want to go off-trail or gear up for a camping trip, consider keeping this surprisingly durable chore coat close at hand, too.

After all, the navy colorway pairs well with olive trail shorts or grey hiking pants in equal measure, all the while offering up space for your everyday carry essentials. And when you just want a change of pace while kicking back at home? Go right ahead and pair the Vetra Linen Chore Coat with a classic white tee and broken-in blue jeans — just like that, you’re cool as can be and ready to head out the door at a moment’s notice. Just when you thought you had summer style all figured out, along comes a new favorite summer jacket to shake things up. Happy shopping, folks.

SHOP: The Vetra Linen Chore Coat

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

A one-of-a-kind jacket from a one-of-a-kind brand.

A one-of-a-kind jacket from a one-of-a-kind brand.

Here at your trusty neighborhood Style Guide, we love ourselves a dash of rugged, tough and versatile menswear. It’s handy to be able to dress in business casual style — and it’s even better to look great for your holiday party —¬† but there are definitely times where you want to step out in something a little¬†more functional and perhaps … heritage-inspired? The fine folks at Taylor Stitch get lots of love on this blog because, well, they simply don’t seem to strike out when it comes¬† to the gear that you — and me — know and love and wear … a lot.¬† They really check a lot of boxes when it comes to essential pieces like the Everyday Chambray Shirt, and dressier fare like the sharp, versatile Telegraph Suit ¬†— and if you need another sturdy, durable-as-heck and ultra-reliable piece of outerwear to add to your rotation? That’s what’s on the agenda today. Yes sir, the Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket is a piece of work, and I mean that in the best way possible.¬†It’s workwear-inspired and calls to mind the kind of jacket your grandfather might have worn¬†(or still wears). Made with a¬†tightly spun cotton canvas that’s impregnated with a¬†natural wax, it’s the perfect alternative for those situations when you need something a bit more functional and longer in cut¬†than, say, the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. It’s cut to hit below the hip, and features three front button pockets for functionality you can’t beat — and yes, one of the pockets on the Rover Jacket¬† can even hold your iPhone 6. Oh, and in the style department, this jacket¬†is¬†an A-plus, surefire winner.

Small, considered details -- right down to the leather pull tab on the zipper.

Small, considered details — right down to the leather pull tab on the zipper.

The Field Tan Waxed Canvas is handsome and unique, a worthy complement to inky blue slim dark denim and even¬†a pair of cognac leather boots. In fact, the Rover Jacket¬† is also the perfect jacket to toss on over a slim grey crewneck sweater¬†and navy chinos for a more a laidback — yet functional-as-heck — ensemble for your commute and a casual¬†work day.¬†Of course, it’ll ensure that when you do dress up a bit —¬†think pairing a blue chambray shirt with a navy knit tie — you’ll stay warm and dry. The water-repellent, wind-repellent functionality means¬†the Rover Jacket¬† is heck of a¬†piece to wear in nearly any condition — yes, even as you dress for the first snowfall. Since it’s fully in stock via the great folks at Huckberry, I’d recommend you snag the Rover Jacket¬† as quickly as you can. For under $300, you get the kind of stylish looks and durable toughness that only Taylor Stitch can provide — seriously, if you don’t own any of the brand’s gear … take the plunge. It nearly goes without mentioning that the moleskin lining throughout various portions of¬† the jacket– also wind-repellent — will keep you warm and comfortable whether your weekend pursuits involve chopping wood or fighting crowds for some last-minute Christmas shopping. Wearing this thing to shop? For sure. Heck he Rover Jacket¬†is so stellar, stylish and functional, you’ll wear it everywhere — even to the mall.

Get the Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket  in time for Christmas via Huckberry.

Happy shopping, good luck out there and stay stylish!

-Beau
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Style Suggestion: How to Wear a Chore Coat This Fall

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We talk often at ye olde Style Guide about pulling everything together into one cohesive, stylish outfit. Whether it be heading to the pumpkin patch or stepping out on a weekend coffee date, the chilly climes of fall — or rather, late fall — lend themselves well to layering up with the best menswear gear you’ve got.¬† And that, my friends, is where the durable, reliable and heritage-inspired chore coat comes into play. Like a lot of menswear floating around out there nowadays, it finds its roots in particularly functional, tough jackets worn decades ago by blue-collar American¬†laborers and workers. It’s a distinctive silhouette that’s retained its workwear edge — think patch front¬†pockets and a longer cut —¬†while getting some very stylish modern upgrades in the process. As a matter of fact, it just might be one of the more reliable pieces of fall outerwear you can snag — alongside the waxed trucker jacket, of course. So, that’s where we find ourselves as we tick through another style suggestion. You’ll find pieces both old and new, familiar and unfamiliar in what just might be the best — yes, the very best — way to wear a chore coat this fall.¬†And for another¬†daily dose of menswear, head to Twitter and Instagram, folks.

The Chore Coat: Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Coat — $278

A beautifully made, durable and stylish wool chore coat.

A beautifully made, durable and stylish wool chore coat.

Now, traditional chore coats were made of fabrics like denim, but the Apolis wool chore coat — a legendary piece among lovers of rugged menswear — is just as suitable of a pick.¬† You could always go with the brand’s selvage denim chore coat, but the wool option will likely be a bit heartier for chillier temps.¬†The fabric is exclusive to Apolis and the wool fabric is woven exclusively for Apolis in Italy; in short, it doesn’t get much better. With fallen buffalo horn buttons and antique nickel-reinforced rivets, this Apolis chore coat isn’t one to mess with.

The Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch Wool Shirt — $78

A smartly done piece from Abercrombie & Fitch -- yes, that Abercrombie & Fitch.

A smartly done piece from Abercrombie & Fitch — yes, that Abercrombie & Fitch.

The recent Abercrombie & Fitch revamp¬†has really caught the attention of this writer — and it would appear that menswear designer¬†Aaron Levine, formerly of Club Monaco, is a big reason why this American heritage brand is back in business. Pieces like the Wool Shirt¬†exemplify what the brand was once about, and what the brand hopes to do in the future. It’s a simply executed, smart-looking and seasonally appropriate piece that should offset the indigo chore coat nicely, what with the textured wool fabric and a slim fit ideal for sliding underneath a jacket.
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The Pants: Flint & Tinder 365 Khaki Pant — $98

A five-pocket silhouette meets a performance-ready fabric blend and American-made construction.

A five-pocket silhouette meets a performance-ready fabric blend and American-made construction.

Folks, you just might have met your new favorite pair of khaki pants. Flint & Tinder nails that middle ground between premium pieces and hard-to-obtain pricing quite nicely, and while pieces like its marled henleys are worth checking out, the 365 Khaki Pant should give you all the more reason to look into ’em. It’s a five-pocket pant in a versatile shade of dark khaki, made with 97 percent and an ever-crucial 3 percent Lyrca for stretch. The silhouette means you can team them with the Apolis¬†indigo chore coat on the weekends, or a navy blazer during the week. Not bad for under $100.

The Boots: Eastland 1955 Edition Franconia Boots — $157.50¬†(Available via East Dane)

Contrast stitching, a moc toe for durability and a fall-ready silhouette.

Contrast stitching, a moc toe for durability and a fall-ready silhouette.

When you’ve got a rugged chore coat and tough five-pocket pants, which way to go with your boot game? Easy. Reach for a boot with moc toe construction, stylish and rugged contrast stitching and a sturdy Vibram lug sole. Eye-catching rawhide laces only add to the rugged vibe of this pair of boots — in addition to this #menswear ensemble, they’re going to be a perfect fit for durable selvedge denim throughout fall and winter. As to the socks? A subtly stylish pair from Style Guide favorites American Trench might set you up just fine.

The Watch: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Timex Chronograph — $119.98

Does it get any better -- or more affordable -- than a Timex Weekender on a Horween leather strap? Not really.

Does it get any better — or more affordable — than a Timex Weekender on a Horween leather strap? Not really.

I first stumbled onto Form-Function-Form via my buddy Joe’s fantastic menswear site, Dappered. The brand has given new meaning to finely made watch straps, and the fact that they’re sold by the great Huckberry¬†team is as good an indication of that approach as any. The adjustable length button-stud band is made from beautiful Horween leather for a suitably rugged contrast to the rich indigo chore coat and dark khaki pants. And the watch? Well, it’s a reliable, durable Timex Weekender with chronograph functionality. Snag this watch before it’s too late, yeah?

The Belt: Filson Bridle Leather Belt —¬†$75 (Available via East Dane)

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If we’re sticking with rugged menswear throughout this outfit, why not grab a tough-as-nails belt that can keep up? Filson makes nothing but the highest-quality goods that money can buy, and that extends through from its coveted bags all the way down to durable — yet smaller pieces — like bridle leather belts. There’s no question that this belt fits right in with the tough vibes of this ensemble. The fact that you’ll have it forever is just another bonus.

The Hat: Club Monaco Kensington Cashmere Hat — $99 (Available via East Dane)

A rather luxurious upgrade to the standard winter hat.

A rather luxurious upgrade to the standard winter hat.

When chilly fall weather hits, you could reach for a plain, average hat — or you could reach for a cashmere Club Monaco hat. Now, it’s certainly pricey, and perhaps you’ve got a winter hat that you’ve worn through the years, but this hat is subtle, refined and very comfortable. They’re certainly aren’t a lot of cashmere stocking caps on the market, so it should be easy to hang onto this one — right?

Just as there’s something to be said for picking up affordable essentials — from style upgrades to everyday purchases — there’s something to be said for investing in the best … when you can, that is. An indigo wool chore coat from the likes of Apolis is about as durable and fall-ready as it gets, with the potential to break in over time and tell some nice stories. And when teamed with a slim wool shirt from¬†a heritage sportswear brand like Abercrombie & Fitch, you’re looking at a great one-two punch. Plus, made-in-America pants and reliable moc toe boots fit right in with the rugged vibes of fall, as does a beautiful Horween leather watch. On the accessories front, a cashmere hat is a luxurious upgrade to standard winter accessories. So, there you go. How would you wear a chore coat this fall? Any thoughts on the Apolis indigo wool chore coat? Chime in on Facebook, and we’ll see you for our weekly Friday Read.

-Beau
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