#OOTD: How to Wear the Best New Spring Jacket from Huckberry

If you ask me, we all need one truly essential, go-to jacket in each and every season (yes, even spring and summer as far as outerwear is concerned). While your go-to winter jacket might be a burly parka or a tough waxed trucker jacket, the answer for spring style is a bit simpler. One of the best jackets for men this spring has got to be effective, it’s got to be versatile enough to wear casual and more tailored picks, and it’s got to be ready for anything, simple as that. Enter the Flint and Tinder Quilted Flight Jacketan old-school jacket that draws design inspiration from military pieces and yet brings it all forward into the present day. That means a trimmer fit and more advanced fabrics, plus that reliable and durable design you’ve come to expect from Huckberry.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg, as it were, when it comes to getting ready for early spring. The season can bring everything from unexpected sunlight to even more unexpected rain, so the supporting cast in today’s #OOTD is on-hand to help you power through in style. To be more specific, picks like a performance-minded, classic men’s Oxford shirt, your new favorite T-shirt and the best chinos for men will help you go just about anywhere, be that an outdoor coffee date or a long-awaited return to the office. Put it all together at once, and you’re going to look, well, great. Keep on scrolling for today’s picks, folks.

Best men's jackets for spring

Putting the spotlight on a new favorite jacket from Huckberry this season.

  • The Jacket: Flint and Tinder Quilted Flight Jacket, $188 — Retro style meets modern functionality in this classic flight jacket, one of the best men’s jackets for spring (especially if you favor casual, on-the-go style). Huckberry gets it right.
  • The Shirt: Mack Weldon Oxford Shirt, $88 — This classic men’s Oxford shirt is made with high-performance fabric to wick moisture and prevent sweat, making it one of the coolest men’s buttondown shirts (literally) on the market. Don’t forget, Mack Weldon also offers free U.S. shipping, folks.
  • The Base Layer: Sunspel Riviera T-Shirt, $90 via UNCRATE — Here’s the thing with spring weather: It can go from blustery and rainy to hot in a matter of minutes. So, get this investment-level, James Bond-approved T-shirt to wear all on its own if need be.
  • The Pants: Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Khaki, $118 — These Mott and Bow jeans feature a unique color versus other blue jeans in your rotation, making them a wise pick to shake up your spring style. Possibly the best men’s jeans out there.
  • The Watch: Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic, $1,005 — This adventure-ready watch remasters the Richard Dreyfuss watch from Jaws, making it supremely cool and seriously ready for anything spring has in store.
  • The Boots: Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots, $260 — Spring weather can shift at any time, so you need a pair of the best leather boots for men, the kind that are weather-ready, stylish and ethically made. The Nisolo Andres Boots are here.
  • The Belt: Adelante Shoe Co. Essential Leather Belt, $125 — This stylish leather belt is handcrafted in Guatemala by a fairly paid, skilled artisan, making it the ideal complementary accessory to the rest of this #OOTD.
  • The Everyday Carry: Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote, $265 — A rugged tote bag made for anything you can dream up, from hauling brewery cans to keeping your laptop safe while you head to an outdoor coffee shop? Sign me up (and just know that this Mission Workshop tote bag is exclusive to Huckberry, my friends).

Who’s got a newfound hankering for an outdoor stroll under some breezy spring sunlight? That sounds like just what the doctor ordered (along with wearing a mask, of course!), and these gear picks are here to help you get where you’re going. It all starts with your new favorite jacket from Huckberry, the kind of pick you can throw on and forget about (until you start receiving plentiful compliments, that is). For the office or for a bit of a polished-yet-casual feel on the weekend, your Mack Weldon Oxford Shirt is going to pull double-duty: We’re talking straightforward, subtle style and functionality.

Plus, you can wear said shirt atop that James Bond-approved T-shirt, unbuttoned, if the weather starts to warm up (Sunspel makes some of the best T-shirts for men in the game, no doubt). Rolling through the rest of this outfit, Mott and Bow jeans in a cool shade of Khaki offer a change of pace from the blue jeans you might normally wear, and a pair of the best leather boots for men seal it all together (literally — they’re waterproof) on your bottom half. If you want to invest a bit in your accessories for spring and well beyond, well, I can think of no better way than by picking up that iconic homage to the Richard Dreyfuss watch from Jaws, ehh? Even your handmade leather belt is a style upgrade that’s out of the ordinary. Of course, this #OOTD wouldn’t mean a thing without a rugged tote bag to haul your laptop, your notebook or other EDC essentials. If you like the look of this ensemble, let me know in the comments below. Stay stylish, stay safe and thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: The Flint and Tinder Chore Coat is Your New Favorite Spring Jacket

This could be one of the sharpest jackets you buy this spring.

It’s official — the Flint and Tinder Chore Coat is one of the best new jackets you can buy for spring and summer, and it’s the spring jacket you need on your back right now … period. Things have been a bit different these past few weeks in the land of The Style Guide (Brooklyn), and I’m sure that’s the case for you as well — I’ve still been making time to check out the best spring style essentials, though. And as the season rolls on, opportunities abound to try out some of the most rugged men’s gear on solitary hikes, solo walks & quick trips to pick up to-go beer and coffee. Consider wearing the Flint and Tinder Chore Coat right now as a sort of test run for when things fully get back to normal — and in that case, who wouldn’t want a rugged chore coat for breezy spring days and unexpectedly cool summer nights? It’s the proper way to go, trust me on that.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Chore Coat

Rest assured, the specs on this tough chore coat are exactly what you’ve come to expect from the gear purveyors at Flint and Tinder (the in-house line available at Huckberry, of course). It’s made of garment-dyed Italian cotton for exceptional quality and an exceptional fit and feel, while at the same time, it’s reinforced at key stress points. And as you might hope, the hardware is custom to Flint and Tinder (much like the excellent Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, for example). Adjustable cuffs and riveted hip pockets allow for both plenty of carrying potential and plenty of versatile styling potential, too. You can wear the Flint and Tinder Chore Coat  with everything from your favorite Oxford shirt and faded light wash denim to a rugged henley and equally rugged chore pants. Consider the Flint and Tinder Chore Coat a cooler replacement for your blazer, and yet … it’s the type of jacket you can also wear out on a hike or a quick (socially distanced!) jaunt into town. Again, it’s the perfect spring jacket, and it’ll absolutely perform like it.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Chore Coat

See Now, Buy Now: This Grayers Jacket is the Perfect Casual Jacket for Spring

Now, right off the bat, it might seem unconventional to recommend one of the best spring jackets when we’ve all been spending far more time off the road and inside than normal, but hear me out: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket is simply one of the coolest spring jackets your money can buy. It’s an essential you can throw atop your favorite T-shirt to take your family on a (socially distanced) walk, and you can even wear it on a day working from home. When the work day’s done and you want to try your new favorite lager posted up on the back porch (or your couch)? Throw on the Grayers Frank Track Jacket — in times like these, there’s nothing that one of the best men’s jackets for spring can’t do — are we on the same page? Great, let’s keep rocking. For starters, this classic spring jacket has the same casual feel as your favorite hoodie (it’s made with 100 percent slub French terry cotton, after all), yet has the polish a cool zip-up jacket brings to the table.


SHOP: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket

Perhaps the reason this casual spring jacket feels so cool and laidback comes from the fact that it’s part of the Grayers Athletic line, which updates heritage silhouettes (think classic crewneck sweatshirts and sweatpants) with quality fabric and modern fits. That means this jacket is rugged enough to wear atop your favorite henley with classic chore pants for some spring morning yard work, yet the Grayers Frank Track Jacket also works just fine when paired up with your favorite chambray shirt for a video conference call — or a relaxing post work-from-home beer. These are strange, trying times we live in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great, no matter what the day has in store. To clear that bar quite easily, reach for the Grayers Frank Track Jacket  — it won’t let you down.

Thanks, as always, for reading — stay safe!

-Beau

SHOP: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket

Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Exmouth Nylon Blazer

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 blazer that's built with the quality and construction of a rain jacket.

A blazer that’s built with the quality and construction of a rain jacket.

So, are you just about set with your spring style wish list? Yes? No? Maybe? The great thing about keeping a diligent eye on the #menswear community is that it’s always neat to see how brands are taking more traditional silhouettes and pieces — like that of the classic navy blazer — and turning them on their head from time to time. Take the Grayers Exmouth Nylon Blazer, part of a solid line of spring outerwear from the brand. It’s the ideal example of the ways in which brands are introducing products that meet the active lifestyles of lots of customers — and this piece looks a heck of a lot better than some other active, athleisure-inspired looks. That’s because it retains the traditional features of the blazer, right down to the flap patch pockets, three-button front and space for your pocket square, and yet, it’s crafted from lightweight nylon. It’s part rain jacket, part blazer and would stylishly complement just any outfit you can think of — including some of the picks on this Spring Style Essentials list. In fact, it’s got something else on other, more classic blazers. It’s practically built for a commute, especially if you need to hop on your bike (and seeing as May 20 was National Bike to Work Day, that just makes sense).

It's got all the touches of the traditional blazer, including the casual flap patch pockets and room for a trusty pocket square.

It’s got all the touches of the traditional blazer, including the casual flap patch pockets and room for a trusty pocket square.

And should it happen to rain or get breezy this spring, you’re more than covered there. Have I mentioned that it can be packed into its own drawstring pouch? Because it can do that, too. It’s especially suited for travel, be it by train, plane or automobile (sorry, had to). The lightweight nylon should prove comfortable for moving inside and outside, and it would smartly finish off even something as simple as a natural pocket tee and slim khaki chinos. Plus, throw in some sharp suede derbys and you’ve got a look that’s both office and commute-ready. And it would look particularly sharp with a classic white Oxford, yet again, it’s got the functionality of a rain jacket. The price is pretty agreeable considering you get two jackets for the price of one, and it’s just the right piece of outerwear to rock through spring, into summer and even into early fall when layered right. That’s not bad for just one jacket, right?

What do you think of the Exmouth Blazer? How would you style it?

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Online Shopping Picks: Best Men’s Spring Jackets

Editor’s note: For a full host of seasonal shopping picks, click here.

Here’s a sneak peek for you at what’s coming this week on The Style Guide — shopping picks, and more shopping picks! With the long-awaited transition to spring currently ongoing all around (hopefully), there’s plenty of shopping to be done if you need to update your wardrobe. I know I’ve certainly been looking to cross some items off my spring style wish list. And while sometimes you can take a look at what you have in your wardrobe and easily assemble a sharp, #OOTD, sometimes you still need a little extra … something. In this case, that something is a great spring jacket, critical for navigating the sometimes quickly changing weather and temperatures of this time of year. After all, it’s not quite warm enough to go forth in a spring sweater  — which we’ll cover Wednesday — yet that winter coat is long gone. The below picks aim to get y’all outfitted at a variety of price points and styles, although versatility and maximum usability is critical in terms of outerwear. Keep in mind that we’re not getting crazy technical here, so if that’s your game … maybe give it a read anyways? And if you have any picks you think I missed, head on over to The Style Guide’s Facebook page and let me know.

#1. Abercrombie & Fitch Genuine Suede Bomber — $600

Abercrombie & Fitch -- not what you'd expected, right? A stunning new spring offering.

Abercrombie & Fitch — not what you’d expected, right? A stunning new spring offering.

If you’re not hip to the scene yet, Abercrombie & Fitch is back in a big way this spring thanks to the already-hyped efforts of former Club Monaco head of menswear Aaron Levine. Its knitwear looks to be in great shape (particularly this indigo popover), and solid, rugged pieces like the above Genuine Suede Jacket are doing lots to sway perception of the brand. $600 might certainly seem like a lot of cash to throw down if you haven’t shopped at A&F in years, but know that this stunning jacket was crafted in partnership with the outerwear experts at Golden Bear.  Worth a second look, huh?

#2. H&M Cotton Shirt Jacket — $34.99

The classic-yet-modern styling potential one expects from David Beckham's H&M partnership -- at a very low price.

The classic-yet-modern styling potential one expects from David Beckham’s H&M partnership — at a very low price.

On the opposite end of the spectrum sits H&M with this dark blue Cotton Shirt Jacket from its Modern Essentials collection (well-done, Mr. Beckham). Granted, the quality of the brand can sometimes be suspect, but collections done in partnership with the soccer legend do get quite a few things right in terms of nailing continental, modern style. This shirt jacket is completely different in style than the above suede bomber, but it would function as a nice weekend layering piece over a long-sleeve tee, and you could even rock it on its own for a casual Friday.

#3. Bridge & Burn Hayden Linen Jacket — $188

Lightweight and highly wearable in several situations.

Lightweight and highly wearable in several situations.

There seems to be two ways one can go when selecting outerwear — either slightly less expensive and less versatile, or pricier and more versatile & durable. The Bridge & Burn Hayden Linen Jacket certainly echoes that last one — it’s a nice and lightweight cotton-linen blend in a neutral grey colorway, and it’s designed in the U.S. from a brand that knows how to craft sustainable apparel and outerwear. It should function perfectly over a lightweight cashmere sweater and a simple tee, and you could even sub this jacket in for your more typical khaki blazer.

#4. Todd Snyder Chelsea Varsity Bomber Jacket — $198

An offering that's equal parts city and sport-inspired from Todd Snyder.

An offering that’s equal parts city and sport-inspired from Todd Snyder.

No matter the season, Todd Snyder always seems to deliver some excellent style staples — be it his take on classic white P.F. Flyers sneakers or athletic-inspired outerwear, like the Chelsea Varsity Bomber Jacket from this season’s collaboration with Champion. It certainly has  a slightly edgy, noir-ish style compared to some of the other pieces on this list, but sometimes, sleek black outerwear isn’t a bad thing. The cotton body should be lightweight and comfortable for layering over a classic Oxford shirt, and the leather detailing at the shoulders adds a bit of visual interest. While this jacket is a tad pricey, it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the brand’s other Spring 2016 offerings.

#5. Grayers Reston Quilted Jacket — $165

A hybrid jacket that's ideal for the shifting temps of spring.

A hybrid jacket that’s ideal for the shifting temps of spring.

This jacket was first seen on this blog’s Spring Style Wish List, and the Reston Quilted Jacket is popping back up here for good reason — it’s a versatile piece that takes a mixed approach to seasonal outerwear. That is to say, it combines the silhouette and stand-up collar of a field coat with a quilted exterior, plus the color and relatively slim fit of a navy blazer. That means you can wear it like both a jacket and …well, a blazer. If you’re looking for ways to style it, look toward simple staples like slim stone chinos (say all that five times fast) or lightwash jeans — the color contrast definitely works.

When shopping around (er, I mean researching) for this post, a few brands kept popping up — and if you’re looking to continue your search, I’d say you might do well to supplement the above picks by swinging through Bonobos, who stocks a variety of seasonally appropriate outerwear and unique styles. If your budget is substantially higher, keep in mind that classic, Americana-focused retailers like Billy Reid are also crafting lovely outerwear options. Whether you’ve got money to burn or not so much cash on-hand, scoping out a jacket that’s versatile and appropriate for your lifestyle is going to be goal numero uno — so, pretty important. If there are any brands you think got lost in the shuffle, hit me up on Twitter! In the meantime, happy shopping.