Style Pick of the Week: Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt

A performance-minded flannel shirt for all your winter pursuits.

There are classic flannel shirts that call to mind cold winters, chilly mornings, the good old days, and perhaps … a certain lack of modern style. Now, make no mistake, I love — I mean, LOVE — a rugged flannel shirt as much as the next guy (check out this Filson flannel shirt, for starters), but what if you’re looking for a modern flannel shirt? That’s where Western Rise enters the equation today, and they do so with one of the best men’s flannel shirts you can buy right now. Yes indeed, the Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt delivers all the style points you’d expect from your standard flannel shirt, and it does so using fabrication and product specs that are as modern as can be. To wit: The TechWool Flannel Shirt is made with a blend of COOLMAX fibers and fine-gauge wool, plus elasterell polyester for stretch, comfort and breathability — it’s a downright revolutionary fabric blend that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. So, bonus points to Western Rise for that. Did I mention it’s also moisture-wicking and odor-resistant? Because it can do that, too.

SHOP: Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt 

One of the best flannel shirts — and one that blends performance and style.

All of that would certainly be enough to make it one of the best men’s shirts on the market — period — but it’s also got a few more things going for it (to say the least). Namely, this slim flannel shirt features a fit that’s, well, slim and tailored — not bad for a cold-weather staple. That means, in my mind, that you can pair the Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt with your favorite henley or all on its own underneath everything from a tough workwear jacket to a stylish denim jacket (add a scarf and classic beanie cap when things get chilly). The Cloud color is cool and contemporary, as well — it’s almost akin to your trusty classic Oxford shirt, so you can wear it with a navy cotton blazer or a shawl collar cardigan to head to the office (yes, yes you can). That go-anywhere potential also means you can wear this stylish flannel shirt each and every day of the week, and that means on the weekends (with a laidback crewneck sweatshirt and chinos), as well as  during the work week and out on the road. For a one-of-a-kind flannel shirt, the only option right now is the Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt.

Cheers!

SHOP: Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt 

Style Pick of the Week: Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt

Gear up for fall with a highly stylish, sustainable flannel shirt.

OK, are you dressed in style for a fall weekend? Maybe? Maybe not? Perhaps you feel like something’s missing from your list of fall style essentials? Let’s change all of that right now with one of the best flannel shirts on the market, the Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt. You surely know the Wellen Surf brand as the latest offshoot dreamt up by the stylish gear purveyors at Huckberry, and it’s a heck of a way to get rugged fall style and sustainability wrapped up into one handsome, classic flannel shirt. And if you think  you’ve got a closet already filled to the brim with fall shirts, I’d be willing to bet none are made quite like this one. To wit: The Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt checks all the right boxes, from an array of dependable, fall-ready patterns to the kind of construction that’s durable, long-lasting and reliable — all for under $90 via Huckberry, too. And about that commitment to sustainability: It’s the real deal, with a focus on using eco-friendly fabrics like organic slub cotton (made in a slub weave using less water than normal). The resulting flannel shirt is simply your new favorite shirt for fall, guaranteed.

SHOP: The Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt

A textured construction and engaging colors make this a casually cool, fall-ready flannel.

And about those color options — as one would expect from Wellen Surf, the style points are well-considered, too. That means you’ve got an array of choices, from rich Palm Green (wear it with slim faded denim and nubuck leather chukka boots) to the Montauk Blue Check pattern shown here (pair it up with classic tan chinos and durable high-top sneakers).  Small touches like twill tape collar and placket lining add another visual dimension and nice layering ability, especially on cool fall mornings near the shore or at home. If you were searchign for one of the best flannel shirts to throw on and then forget about, this is your top pick. It’s easygoing and versatile, yet dependable all the while. Rock it underneath a tan herringbone blazer at the office or team it with your favorite henley on the weekend — all the while, know that you’ve picked up an environmentally friendly flannel shirt for fall (say that five times fast). How would you style this shirt? Let me know on Twitter!

SHOP: The Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt

Style Pick of the Week: Filson Western Flannel Shirt

The right way to layer up for chilly fall weather, guaranteed.

It’s high time we started diving into prime Pacific Northwest gear purveyor Filson, seeing as fall is perhaps the perfect season for this lauded heritage brand. And if it’s one of the best men’s flannel shirts that you seek for the season, then you should look no further than the Filson Western Flannel Shirt, a historically inspired, tough flannel shirt that cuts no corners when you want a dependable layer for chilly weather. This flannel shirt belongs on your list of fall style essentials for plenty of reasons, the least of which being that it’s got plenty of quality and versatility in terms of its specs. That shouldn’t surprise you if you’re a fan of Filson, but it’s still impressive. Namely, the Filson Western Flannel Shirt features the look and feel of a classic Western shirt, yet it’s done up in durable cotton twill fabric for uncompromising durability.

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Yet, that cotton twill is also brushed for softness — in short, this is a classic flannel shirt that’s going to feel like you’ve had it for years … right out of the box. Bravo on that front, Filson. And the other positive? Because this durable shirt is crafted to the brand’s top-notch standards, it’s made to be worn both indoors and outdoors, in the worst weather imaginable, for years to come — it’s no joke. Snap-front pockets and button snaps make it easy to layer up underneath a tough waxed trucker jacket or atop a thermal shirt (or with all three of those pieces at once).

SHOP: The Filson Western Flannel Shirt

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Tough hardware and comfortable fabric make this Filson flannel shirt one-of-a-kind, no questions asked.

Seriously, if you want one of the best flannel shirts for men, this is the way to go — and the price ($135 via Huckberry) isn’t too shabby, either. Consider, if you will, all the ways in which you can wear this Filson flannel shirt. For instance: Layer it over your favorite henley and team it with tough chore pants when early morning yard work calls your name. Or else, if you just want a surprisingly cozy flannel shirt to wear to out for morning coffee, take the Filson Western Flannel Shirt and mash it up with expertly faded denim. Heck, you can even team up this stylish flannel shirt with a classic shawl collar cardigan and tan chinos to head to the office (just add leather chukka boots). Again, the best men’s flannel shirts (like this one!) deliver the goods in terms of dependable fall style and durability — over and over and over again. Fall is here, and it’s time to layer up accordingly with Filson.

SHOP: The Filson Western Flannel Shirt

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Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Highline Shirt

A rugged flannel shirt that’s surprisingly easy to layer.

As evidenced by the ever-changing pages of this blog, the search for fall style essentials like the best men’s flannel shirt never really ends, does it? No, sir. It’s a topic we’ve covered with growing frequency as we move into colder weather in earnest, and we’re back again today with the Outerknown Highline Shirt — it’s as pleasingly rugged and sustainable as you can get when it comes to the best flannel shirts out there. If you follow the blog, you’ll recognize Outerknown (just head here to read about one of the best fall jackets from the brand, for instance). It’s the brainchild of legendary surfer Kelly Slater and menswear designer John Moore, and Outerknown blends a distinctly laidback, West Coast and surf culture-inspired ethos with the sort of functionality that’s much-needed during the colder months. To that end, the Outerknown Highline Shirt checks all the right boxes in terms of dependable style and rugged appeal. It’s perhaps the perfect shirt for fall layering, given that it features a blend of organic cotton and linen — that means you should take the Outerknown Highline Shirt for a spin atop a thermal shirt or your favorite henley, or wear it underneath a navy herringbone blazer to blend high-low style with ease.

SHOP: The Outerknown Highline Shirt 

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Just one of three versatile colors in which you can snag this Outerknown shirt.

So this rugged flannel shirt is actually easy to layer, and it’s also easy to wear in a variety of style situations … but which one of the richly crafted patterns of the Outerknown Highline Shirt should you pick up? The answer could be … all three? I’m personally a fan of the Curry Shady Plaid variety seen at the top of the page, but the choice is yours. Either way, this is a laidback, classic flannel shirt that’s primed to wear with expertly faded jeans and classic high-top sneakers for a fall weekend. The benefits of this shirt don’t stop with the styling potential, however. As you might expect, Outerknown emphasizes using organic materials that benefit the enviroment  — so the Outerknown Highline Shirt has all of that going for it, too. The bottom line is quite simple: When you want to wear the best men’s flannel shirt for a weekend brunch or to a casual office, you’ll want to make it this one.

SHOP: The Outerknown Highline Shirt 
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#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Flannel Shirt This Fall

Gather ’round, Style Guide readers — today’s #OOTD tackles a favorite topic when it comes to rugged men’s fall style: How to wear a flannel shirt this season. If flannel shirts call to mind the mid-aughts boom of American workwear, well, they should — they were a key piece of #menswear then, and the right flannel shirt is just as relevant now. Today’s shirt of choice, the Filson Vintage Flannel Shirt, channels just the vibe you want when wearing a flannel shirt. It’s got all the trappings of a classic piece, but it’s just a bit more modern. With a cool black-and-cream color, it’s less outdoors-y and instead, just …  a cool shirt. And the way you wear your new favorite flannel shirt is going to make all the difference, too. Pair it with rugged style essentials like a premium slim henley and textured Bedford cord pants, and you’re going to shake off all those “urban lumberjack” connotations. Fear not, though — we’re still finishing off this #OOTD with rugged leather boots.  I know this much: You can make this outfit work for you at a football tailgate, at a bonfire or on a brewery tour — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let me know your thoughts over on Twitter when you get the chance, if you so please.

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Think again about how you wear your flannel shirt — this Filson shirt bucks the trend and looks great.

The Flannel Shirt: Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt in Black and Cream, $145 — The centerpiece of many a stylish and rugged fall outfit, Filson gets the color and classic fabrication just right with its Vintage Flannel Work Shirt.

The Henley: Billy Reid Speckled Henley, $155.98 —  Yet another critical fall layer, this made-in-Italy Billy Reid henley is a premium upgrade over a standard thermal henley — perfect for layering with a Filson flannel.

The Pants: BANKS Roll Bedford Cord Jean, $75 — Rather than reaching for dark blue denim, reach for the slim, fall-ready BANKS Bedford Cord Jean — textured, unique and slim-fitting.

The Boots: Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots in Roughout, $299.98 (When On-Sale) — For fall, Wolverine has taken its 1000 Mile Boots and upgraded them in a rich, seasonally ready roughout leather. Perfect.
The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Chestnut, $80 — To stand up to your sturdy leather boots and a rugged flannel shirt, a tough leather belt from Sturdy Brothers is just what the doctor ordered.
The Watch: Pantor Sea Lion Watch, $424.98— This outfit is packed with fall-ready neutrals, so shake up your wrist game with the striking, durable Pantor Sea Lion Watch. It’s the ideal, rugged watch to wear to a football game or a bar crawl.
The Bag: Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase, $119.98 — Whether you head to a house party or out on a day trip, the sturdy, well-made Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase is more casual (and durable) than the briefcase moniker implies.
The Beard Balm: Upstate Stock Willowemoc Beard Balm, $22 Upstate Stock happens to be one of my favorite spots for menswear in Brooklyn — and they make a nice beard balm to tame your mane this season.
Are you sold yet on the versatile, rugged styling potential of the  Vintage Flannel Work Shirt from Filson? In a cool color scheme, it’ll work as a warm top layer over something as premium and understated as the Billy Reid Speckled Henley. And when you team up that combo with a crisp set of trousers like the BANKS Roll Bedford Cords, you’re set for casual fall excursions from the city to the country and back. Don’t step foot outside this fall without tough leather boots, either — I’d strongly urge you to invest in the stellar Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots — are you with me there? A durable, weather-ready watch like the Pantor Sea Lion Watch is going to fit right in with the tough nature of this outfit, and the Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase is standing at the ready if you need a new fall go-to to haul your everyday carry. So, I think we’re all set with today’s #OOTD. Thanks, as always, for reading!
-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt

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 rugged, Portuguese-made shirt from a brand that consistently delivers on style essentials.

A rugged, Portuguese-made shirt from a brand that consistently delivers on style essentials.

There are brands that almost make it ridiculously easy to get all your shopping done in one place — if you read The Style Guide, you know that Taylor Stitch is definitely one such brand.  It seems that just about anything you need on the #menswear front can be fulfilled by the brand — that goes for things like essential chambray shirting, classic men’s chinos made from durable fabric, and a drool-worthy leather jacket or two, and it’s particularly evident during times best suited to rugged gear (like fall). If you thought you couldn’t possibly need another reason to shop at Taylor Stitch, think again. In this instance, gentlemen (and ladies), the Crater Shirt is that very reason — and it’s a heck of a good one. It’s available for pre-order right now on the brand’s Web site for the very reasonable price of $98 — that means you should hop on  ordering one just as soon as you can. Clearly, fans of the brand got the memo — the Navy & Charcoal Plaid version seen here has been funded to the tune 146 percent. Now, what are you getting for that price? Starting with the brushed Portuguese flannel and rolling through to small details like the flap chest pocket and Japanese Urea cat’s eye buttons,  a heck of a shirt is what you’re getting. It plays right into the brand’s focus on producing timeless pieces that quickly turn into hard-wearing wardrobe staples. If you’ve checked out something as seemingly straightforward as the brand’s Brushed White Oxford, then you know that sentiment to be true. No matter the style, you’re getting the best they’ve got to offer. With the Crater Shirt, that means you’re also getting to pick between two color choices practically made for late fall, early winter and beyond.

The inverse of the option seen at the top of the page -- yet still just as stylish and versatile.

The reverse of the option seen at the top of the page — a Charcoal & Navy Plaid pattern that’s still just as stylish and versatile.


Seriously, you can’t go wrong with either the Navy & Charcoal Plaid  seen at the very top of the page, or the Charcoal & Navy Plaid pattern seen above. Still with me? Hopefully. Either way, you’re getting a durable, modern-fitting flannel shirt that’s heavy enough to wear as a shirt-jacket over a long-sleeve merino tee, comfortable enough to wear on its own, and stylish enough to fit in at the office with slim chinos — or atop slim raw denim at your favorite weekend watering hole. By pre-ordering now, you’re setting yourself up for a heck of a stylish November (that’s when the shirt ships out). It’s a hallmark of the brand that the style is still one you could easily wear with a variety of looks — that goes for the snowy depths of January just as much as it does for crisp November days. If it sounds strange to think that far ahead, think of this as a long-term investment that’s well worth your while. Heck, if the Crater Shirt is anything like the brand’s lauded Yosemite Shirt, it’s absolutely a keeper. For all of us fans of Taylor Stitch, that’s excellent news indeed. What are you waiting for? Head to the Taylor Stitch site to pre-order the Crater Shirt now (that’s not a request!).

If you do pre-order it, let me know on Twitter — and stay stylish in the meantime,

-Beau
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Style Pick of the Week: Todd Snyder Hemingway Elbow Patch Shirt

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Rustic yet refined at the same time -- the Hemingway Elbow Patch Shirt from Todd Snyder.

Rustic yet refined at the same time — the Hemingway Elbow Patch Shirt from Todd Snyder.

During my Christmas trip to Florida last week, I was pretty lucky to get some terrific gifts (mostly #menswear-inclined) from Santa. And among those gifts was none other than the standout Hemingway Elbow Patch Shirt you see at the top of the page from lauded American menswear designer Todd Snyder. The Midwest-born designer has been delivering on modern updates to heritage classics these past few years, and this soft cotton shirt with sturdy suede elbow patches definitely checks off some key boxes in that regard. Even better for you, my fellow menswear fan — it’s on-sale right now (marked down to $129 from $185). That price is still enough to scare people away, but given the brand’s history of quality and style, it might not be a bad way to spend your bonus. It’s great in another regard, too: As the weather gets colder, I’m all about incorporating texture into my wardrobe, from a wool bomber to a thick shawl cardigan and tough denim.The inclination toward richer textures goes for shirting as well, and it’s a move that you should consider making yourself — a cotton flannel shirt can serve a two-fold role; if it’s cut slim enough, you can wear it under a V-neck sweater, and if it proves to be hardy enough, you can definitely layer it over a henley (as I did on a trip to Grand Rapids this past fall).

Cold-weather style essentials with which to pair this shirt -- the Buffalo Bobber Glove from Iron & Resin, and a Merino Watch Cap from American Trench.

A closer look at the elbow patches and texture that make this piece special. Pictured with cold-weather style essentials ideal for the season — the Buffalo Bobber Glove from Iron & Resin, and a Merino Watch Cap from American Trench.

The grey plaid of this shirt is understated, and the spread (not buttondown) collar means this shirt leans a bit dressier than most flannels — especially when worn under something like a slim navy blazer. Crucially, the elbow patches add a nice bit of visual interest and a vintage look when the shirt is worn on its own.  In fact, it could be a neat style swerve to ditch the jacket and throw on a slim herringbone tie and some tan chinos for an office-ready take. Throw in some brown leather sneakers and that look could be complete. Of course, this shirt is probably going to work best alongside rugged denim and sturdy winter boots, maybe even underneath a vest if you’re feeling particularly rugged. The slim collar and muted colors make it dressy, but those elbow patches and the rustic pattern make it rugged — that’s exactly what you need in a shirt this winter.

Do you own any Todd Snyder shirts? How would you style this piece, elbow patches and all?
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Style Pick of the Week: Frank & Oak Plaid Light Flannel Shirt

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Another modern shirting release from Frank & Oak for consideration in your wardrobe.

Another modern shirting release from Frank & Oak for consideration in your wardrobe.

Here on The Style Guide, I write a lot about excellent seasonal pickups, from trim fall and winter blazers to slim corduroys. There’s one brand that nails some of those seasonal pickups better than the rest, though. If you’ve kept up with the digital #menswear scene and the digital pages of this blog (good for you!), you’ll recognize Frank & Oak. The brand popped up in this week’s Holiday Party Style Suggestion, and they’ve also been featured in two Hunt Club Crate reviews. However, if you’re not familiar, they’re absolutely worth a look. The Canadian retailer has made its name delivering monthly collections featuring of-the-moment looks for not a lot of money (for the most part), and they’ve also upped their retail presence significantly recently with several Canadian locations and shops Stateside in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. for now. You can get in on those collection releases via the brand’s Hunt Club, which offers free shipping and home try-ons, and that’s a great thing considering F&O offers some of the better -value shirting on the market. Luckily, the Plaid Flannel Shirt that you see here — part of this month’s Hunt Club collection — has hit the market just in time for chillier days ahead in December and beyond.

A slim buttondown collar keeps this shirt casual yet ready to pair with like-minded lapels.

A slim buttondown collar keeps this shirt casual yet ready to pair with like-minded lapels.

At just $48, it’s priced higher than something from the likes of J. Crew Factory but comes in lower than a blue J. Crew flannel shirt — yet one could argue the quality of Frank & Oak’s shirts is definitely on-par with the big-brother brand. This Frank & Oak shirt has just as many positives to it as a more expensive piece — combine a trim fit with a rather understated plaid pattern and a casual buttondown collar, and you’ve got a shirt that can pull double-duty under a herringbone blazer during the week and atop a henley and some navy cargo pants on the weekends. The slim collar is an oft-overlooked aspect of some shirts, too — in this case, that helps it pair just fine visually with a thin-lapel blazer (as most suiting leans that ways these days). And the color and styling potential is such that it’s a nice upgrade from a typical buttondown — injecting some pattern where you might normally go with a solid shirt is always a good call. Here’s hoping this finds its way into your stocking this holiday season — or into your closet before then.

What’s your shopping experience been like with Frank & Oak? What’s your take on this shirt and how would you style it?