The List: This Is the New Gear You Need to Buy Right Now for Winter

Good enough for the great outdoors, more than good enough for you.

Alright, my friends. Saddle up for rugged winter style with the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket shown above, and let’s get ready for December (and beyond, of course). Perhaps you’re already well-versed in the wonder that is the Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket, crafted in a highly versatile silhouette from tough Martexin sailcloth … and if you haven’t yet checked out this jacket, now is the perfect time. Gift it to yourself, gift it to your friends … just start getting ready for the holidays now. You’ll find plenty more winter style essentials in today’s edition of The List, and know that we’re just getting started. (Oh, and this won’t be the last you hear about that stylish waxed trucker jacket this month, either).

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket — $220

But one of the incredible colors in which you’ll find this jacket available via Huckberry.

We told you it wouldn’t be the last time you’d heard about the Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket this season … and that’s a very good thing, indeed. This premium waxed trucker jacket is available in a whole slew of richly crafted, seasonally friendly colors like the one shown here and at the top of the page, and it could be your new favorite winter jacket. Layer it up underneath a rugged parka for even more added warmth, or rock this tough waxed trucker jacket all on its own atop a warm flannel shirt — that’s prime winter style activated, folks.

HELM Boots Hollis Boots — $350

Beautifully rugged boots made to last for years to come.

Maybe you thought you had your boot collection for fall and winter all sorted out? Well, hold the phone — if you don’t have a pair of the Hollis Boots from Austin-based Helm, your collection of rugged leather boots isn’t quite settled for the season yet. Rugged and versatile, these stylish leather boots are at home with your favorite pair of broken-in denim or with a pair of slim wool trousers in equal measure. And if you’ve been searching for a pair of boots to wear to your next holiday party, simply put … these are the ones.

Bertucci A-2T Super Classic Watch — $170

As dependable a casual watch as it gets.

Looking for the toughest casual watch on the market? The kind of rugged watch you can wear with everything from a denim shirt and a shawl-collar cardigan to a tough waxed trucker jacket and your favorite leather boots? My friends, the Bertucci A-2T is precisely that watch.

Nobis Alpha Men’s Flight Bomber Jacket — $695

A crisp, rugged, classic bomber jacket to wear all season.

With a handsome blend of technical functionality and rugged style, this Nobis bomber jacket is at once old-school and modern, especially in the seasonally appropriate shade of Navy shown here. Wear it with a classic grey henley and faded blue denim for everyday style, or team it with a crisp white Oxford shirt and tan chinos for a mix of high and low. Oh, and it’ll keep you warm as heck all winter long, to boot.

Aymara Eddy Cardigan — $270

A beautiful cardigan to wear in situations both dressy and laidback.

Make no mistake: The Aymara Eddy Cardigan is the sort of beautiful sweater that’s utterly iconic, totally classic and perfectly ready for holiday parties and relaxing winter weekends aplenty. It’s a uniquely vintage-inspired sweater that’ll wear handsomely with slim corduroy pants and rugged leather boots.

Moral Code Jacques Leather Boots — $248

Both refined and yet rugged, these are the perfect boots to take you into the holidays.

Winter is nothing if not the perfect time to break out your favorite pair of leather boots (or rather, your new favorite pair). From holiday parties to days on the road and at the office, the super-sharp, seriously refined Moral Code Jacques Leather Boots are dressy and yet versatile. They feature a rubber outsole for grip on slippery winter streets, and this profile will look at home with dark blue denim and classic wool trousers in equal measure. A fun fact: You might recognize these from my Instagram, where I’ve had the chance to test ’em out as of late.

AIAIAI All-Round Preset Modular Headphones — $145

Sharp, crystal-clear headphones to upgrade your travel listening experience.

For long hours on the road during the holidays, the right tunes (the music of The National, anyone??) or a cool podcast are the way to go — and these stylish over-ear headphones are sleek, essential and seriously well-made.

Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey — Price Varies 

A wonderfully crafted whiskey to warm your soul on a winter night.

There’s perhaps no more fitting spirit to sip on a cold winter night than a richly crafted whiskey, especially one you can experience on the rocks and get all the flavor and character you expect. That’s what Michter’s Whiskey has done with the remarkable Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash, which improves upon the distillery’s award-winning sour mash whiskey by aging it custom-made barrels (toasted, not charred, critically). The result is complex and multi-layered — a fitting whiskey to add to your bar cart or bring as a gift to your holiday host. Cheers!

Stetson Cromwell Outdoor Hat — $71

A rugged, outdoor-ready hat for plenty of winter adventures.

Let’s keep things rolling on the “rugged winter gear” front here, shall we? And if you want a classic hat to pair up with your Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket, well, the Stetson Cromwell Outdoor Hat is the right way to go. Perfectly cool and classic.

United By Blue Responsible Flannel — $78

The right mix of rugged style and responsibly sourced fabric and construction.

It’s true — if you don’t have a rugged flannel shirt in your wardobe yet (especially as we roll through the holiday season), this is the one to buy. The United By Blue Responsible Flannel has a ton of upside, seeing as it’s made with organic cotton and recycled polyester — both of which are responsibly sourced. Plus, the resulting shirt is super-soft and stylish, with a modern fit that wears well with everything from grey chinos to tan corduroys to your favorite pair of laidback denim. Buy one for yourself, gift one for someone else … there’s no wrong way to go.

Free Fly Flex Henley — $65

A perfectly comfortable-yet-rugged henley for a winter weekend.

There’s no doubt in my mind, winter is perhaps the perfect time to layer up with a rugged henley — like the Free Fly Flex Henley, for example. The Heather Denim color also wears nicely with … the aforementioned United By Blue flannel shirt!

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants — $98

Slim five-pocket pants in a perfect holiday color.

If you’re still searching for the perfect pair of pants for the holidays, the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are the right way to go, featuring a classic slim cut and a rich, holiday-friendly Oxblood color. Wear them with a classic denim shirt and sleek leather Chelsea boots to a refined holiday gathering.

Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz! Pilsner — Price Varies

A clean, light, refreshing pils to stock in your fridge this season.

For all this talk about rich winter cocktails and whiskey, and equally rich food, what about for all those times when you want to lighten things up and refresh your palette? This holiday season, that’s when you’re going to want to reach for the Da Shootz! Pils from Deschutes Brewery, a cleverly named, light, refreshing (and low-cal!) beer to sip on at many a holiday party. Again, cheers!

XD Design Bobby Duffel Anti-Theft Travel Bag — $150

A sleek travel backpack made to prevent theft of your valuables — not bad at all.

The best bag for holiday travel is one that’s sleek, minimal, easy to lug through a crowded airport, and yet highly functional at the same time. That’s a lot to live up to, but the XD Design Bobby Duffel is actually an ideal anti-theft travel bag, made with hidden zip closure and no front access. The only thing stopping you are holiday crowds, really.

 

Which of the above gear picks are you scoping out this holiday season? Maybe you’re in the mood for a tough waxed trucker jacket to step in snowy weather? Or maybe you’re looking forward to sipping on some rich Michter’s whiskey or a light Deschutes Brewery lager? Can’t forget about a vintage-inspired sweater  for all those holiday festivities, either. However you dress for the season, feel free to let me know on Twitter.

The List: Upgrade Your Winter Style with these Top Gear Picks for February

It’s about time to get your credit card handy and step right up to peruse another edition of The List. We already kicked off last month (2018!) in style with the best men’s gear for January, and we’re back at it again today with another set of picks sure to take up more space in your closet. We’ve got handy accessories — like a rugged watch roll for storing your favorite timepieces —  and we’ve even got, well, your next watch purchase. That is to say, it’s all covered here on The Style Guide. Happy shopping, my friends (oh, and feel free to check in on Twitter if you end up making any purchases!). So, here we go …

Nau Utility Down Field Jacket — $305.98

A tailored silhouette, technical performance and a look that’s reminiscent of a modern take on the classic field jacket? Nau gets it right with the Down Utility Field Jacket, folks.

 

Worn & Wound Canvas and Leather Watch Fold — $95

A handsome and rugged watch roll for storing your favorite watches.

Worn & Wound has been in the accessories game for a bit now, and it’s not hard to see why when pieces like the Canvas and Leather Watch Fold are so well-made and sharp-looking.

Szanto Vintage Dive Watch 5203 — $249.98

A durably crafted, utterly “timeless” timepiece.

What watch are you going to store in your Canvas and Leather Watch Fold? Well, one of ’em should certainly be the Szanto Vintage Dive Watch, my friends. A beautiful and reasonably priced rugged leather watch.

Myles Apparel Elements Crew — $65.98

A dependable crewneck sweatshirt that blends functionality and classic styling.

The Myles Apparel Elements Crew is anything but a basic crewneck, crafted from Storm Cotton — it just so happens to be water-repellent. Definitely break out this rugged crewneck sweatshirt for your next morning run.
Tanner Goods Drifter Dopp Kit — $75

Tanner Goods makes everything — even its dopp kits — the right way. Rest assured of that.

Need a new dopp kit? Want a new dopp kit? Either way, the Tanner Goods Drifter Dopp Kit is going to keep all your men’s grooming essentials quite nicely organized on the road.

Outerknown Lowtide Sweats — $74.98

Tapered sweatpants in a neutral color, perfect for cozy weekend wear.

Outerknown reliably blends style and sustainability, and the brand’s Lowtide Sweats do so in a way that’s affordable and modern.

Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Dainite Summit Boots — $526

Remarkable boots, made with long-lasting performance and timeless style.

The folks at Oak Street Bootmakers sure can make a heck of a pair of boots — the Natural Dainite Summit Boots are evidence of that, to be sure.

Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford in White — $88

The right shirt to wear for … just about any occasion, truly.

If it’s a classic Oxford shirt you need in your wardobe, well, the Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford fits the bill in both name and styling potential.

SeaVees Bayside Moc — $106

Is this the perfect casual weekend sneaker? It just might be, it just might be.

Is it impossible to wear sneakers in the winter? Not necessarily, especially when they feature the moc toe construction of the SeaVees Bayside Moc, plus stellar (and casual) looks.

Taylor Stitch The Minimalist Billfold in Brown — $98

A well-crafted wallet that fits right in alongside your slim Taylor Stitch chinos.

Can Taylor Stitch do it all? Yes, yes they can — the Minimalist Billfold is a perfect example of the way they get the little details right, even in terms of accessories.

We only have one thing left to do now … solidify what exactly you’re buying from this round of The List! Chime in via the comments below to let me know what’s on your radar. Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Winter Accessories To Buy Now

Editor’s note: Click through this link to see more men’s style shopping picks.

Just a couple of weeks ago on The Style Guide, we talked about the best men’s gloves to buy for winter  — a pretty specific category that can nonetheless make a big difference in how you tackle cold weather on the daily.  You might not think much of getting the right winter gloves, but again, the devil is in the details. Such is also the case with other stylish winter accessories — we covered the topic last year on the blog, but we’re updating it for 2017 today. There are certainly multiple ways to go as you gear up for winter — that is to say, you can snap up pieces that are either rugged and built for work & adventure, or more refined and made to dress up (a la some of James Bond’s accessories in “Skyfall”). With that versatile approach in mind, we — and by we, I mean me — compiled choice picks for the chilly weather ahead. So, prepare to dress for the polar vortex and get shopping while there’s still time. Happy shopping!

The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Maritime Submariner Jacket — $198 OR Outerknown Nomadic Parka — $195

Either a parka with technical flair, or a rugged-yet-casual wool jacket. Your call.

Either a parka with technical flair, or a rugged-yet-casual wool jacket. Your call.

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to stock our closets chock full of coats for every type of situation — sadly, there’s not enough time or money to go around for that. With a versatile approach and comfort — plus warmth — in mind, either the Maritime Submariner Jacket  or the reliable, hard-wearing and easy-to-layer Outerknown Nomadic Parka  are really solid winter outerwear picks. The Submariner Jacket  is made from beastly boiled wool, and the Nomadic Parka is a great piece to layer up with when wearing everything from a casual crewneck sweater to a tailored winter outfit.

The Gloves: J. Crew Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves — $98 OR Hestra Granvik Gloves — $180

Again, the choice between casual style and dressy appeal is up to you.

Again, the choice between casual style and dressy appeal is up to you.

So, here we are again with an underrated style accessory — critical, yet underrated. There’s that tricky balance between dressy and casual here — if you find yourself suiting up on the regular, a pair of refined, cashmered-lined leather gloves is the perfect pick (the smartphone-capable fingers are a nice touch, too). And for all kinds of rugged winter style adventures, there might not be a better pick than the Hestra Granvik Gloves — truly, these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to crafting great winter gloves.

The Hat: Columbiaknit Watch Cap — $17

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As sold by Style Guide favorites Huckberry , there’s something refreshingly no-frills about a well-made, simple and affordable winter hat like the Columbiaknit Watch Cap. Again, winter accessories are an underrated way to complement your overall look — just look at how well our man David Beckham dresses for winter with a simple puffer jacket and yes, a neutral beanie cap. Your ears will definitely thank you when the polar vortex hits.

The Scarf: S.N.S Herning Torso Scarf — $96.60

A scarf that's easily wearable, comfortable and worth the price.

A scarf that’s easily wearable, comfortable and worth the price.

Am I encouraging you to spend nearly $100 on a scarf? Well, yes. If you can only pick up one scarf, you might as well make it a well-made, neutral and versatile piece you can match with anything in your closet. Whether you team it with a slim topcoat or a more rugged piece like the Nomadic Parka, you truly can’t go wrong with this ribbed black scarf. In fact, you could even steal some winter style from Daniel Craig and team it with a thick-knit shawl-collar cardigan.

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The Socks: Wigwam Merino Lite Hiker Socks — $12.98 OR American Trench Fair Isle Sock in Merino & Cashmere — $28.98

Your call -- simple, well-made socks or a pair with winter-friendly pattern.

Your call — simple, well-made socks or a pair with winter-friendly pattern.

We’ve once again reached that tricky balance between a casual winter accessory and a piece that’s slightly more dressed up. For simple functionality and comfort, there might not be a better value on the market than the Merino Lite Hiker Socks. And if you want a pair with a bit more visual interest — yet the same quality and versatility, the Fair Isle Sock in Merino & Cashmere is about as good as it gets.  Heck, you could snag two pairs of the Merino Lite Hikers, and throw in a pair from American Trench for good measure. Not a bad deal, ehh?

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OK, is your closet fully stocked yet? If you still need to upgrade your winter accessories, I hope the above picks give you a place to start. It always pays to reach for quality and versatility — particularly in terms of outerwear like the Submariner Jacket or the essential Nomadic Parka. And with the rest of your accessories, you should hunt for similar quality — so, a thick-knit ribbed scarf and tough winter gloves from the likes of Hestra are wise additions to your ensemble.  And although you might not think too much of it, a comfortable winter hat like the Columbiaknit Watch Cap is going to provide you with long-lasting comfort and warmth (as are functional socks from Wigwam or American Trench). Did you take notes? Open up a few browser tabs? Either way, happy shopping and stay warm out there!

-Beau