Style Pick of the Week: Native North Utility Jacket

A functional-yet-versatile jacket to help you get ready for early spring.

Not so fast, my friend — it’s not time to hang up all of your winter style essentials quite yet. In fact, some of those pieces, like the Native North Utilty Jacket shown above, can reliably help you make the transition into early spring. That’s right, the Native North Utility Jacket is one of the best men’s jackets for early spring, and that’s just a fact. The¬†Native North Utility Jacket¬†certainly has a lot going for it, from the classic workwear cut to the handy pockets (perfect for lugging your everyday carry essentials through less-than-optimal spring weather). And it’s a bonus that the¬†Native North Utility Jacket¬†doesn’t quite look like anything you’ve got in your closet when it comes to style — that’s because its roots come from Denmark, that uniquely minimal, quickly growing menswear outpost. Heck, there’s even a Copenhagen Fashion Week now, and you wouldn’t look out of place if you decided to wear the¬†Native North Utility Jacket¬†across the pond. But enough about the runways —¬†what makes this stylish spring jacket right for you?¬†Bear with me.

SHOP: The Native North Utility Jacket

Native North

The three-way collar lends itself to fighting chilly early spring days in style.

For one, it’s not the bulky winter jacket you’ve grown used to wearing over the past several months — this slim wool jacket¬†is linted with cotton (versus an all-wool lining), giving it a bit more breathability and mobility. Point being, you should feel free to layer this rugged workwear jacket over everything from a classic henley and slim faded jeans (don’t forget some Astorflex chukka boots) to a crisp white Oxford shirt and tan chinos. Think of the¬†Native North Utility Jacket¬†like a more stylish, functional blazer replacement (complete with two interior pockets and three exterior pockets). In short, this jacket could also double as the perfect travel jacket, able to be worn on a chilly plane or train, and then out to your destination once you arrive. Again, it’s a uniquely¬†stylish spring jacket that looks quite a bit different from the technical pieces we normally associate with early spring style. That’s only a positive — just because we’re getting away from winter doesn’t mean you don’t need an arsenal full of the¬†best men’s jackets, and again … that’s just a fact! Are you adding the¬†Native North Utility Jacket¬†to your rotation this season? How are you wearing it? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Presidio Jacket in Cognac

The stylish leather jacket you need in your wardrobe this fall. Is it any wonder it comes from Taylor Stitch?

If you take one spin through the pages of The Style Guide, you’ll discover quickly that we sure do love Taylor Stitch. The California-based brand makes darn near everything that stylish guys (like yourself!) need when it comes to menswear essentials, from the Taylor Stitch California Shirt to the Rangeley Sweater to the Jack Short-Sleeve Shirt to, well, the Presidio Jacket as seen at the top of the page.

It can be argued with ease that every guy needs a stylish leather jacket in their wardrobe, particularly as the calendar creeps toward fall. Seriously: The right leather jacket can team with dark denim, rugged chambray shirting, leather boots … you name it. And y’know what’s the even better news? If you pre-fund the absurdly stylish Taylor Stitch Presidio Jacket¬†right now, that’s exactly when you’ll receive it (October or November, to be specific). What else is there to love about the¬†Presidio Jacket? Plenty, my friends. Plenty. For starters, your new favorite leather jacket is handmade in San Francisco in partnership with Golden Bear — you might recognize the lauded, classic outerwear brand from their work on the amazing Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket. So, the Presidio Jacket has that going for it.

The best construction and materials money can buy — an absurdly great jacket.

The leather is custom tanned, making for a meticulous and careful process that results in one heck of a jacket. The 3oz. Cognac leather used to make the Presidio Jacket¬†results in a distinctive, classic piece of outerwear that’s going to age wonderfully. It’s also cut in a classic bomber jacket silhouette, all the better for wearing with everything from a classic white Oxford and olive chinos to a heather grey henley and black denim. Does that make it one of the best leather jackets for men? Heck, it just might. The lining — made of nylon and grey wool — will keep you toasty without stifling you on chilly fall days, while the welt handwarmer pockets are lined in cotton flannel for even more warmth. Yessir, the¬†Presidio Jacket¬†has a ton going for it, absolutely. It’s simply an absurdly beautiful and classic jacket — the¬†Presidio Jacket¬†is surely going on my fall wish list. And the great thing about it? You’re getting the¬†Presidio Jacket¬†for quite the deal ($200 off the regular price of $998). Again, it’s got classic versatility built right in, too. From an indigo denim shirt and dark blue jeans to a white Oxford, a knit tie and khaki chinos, the¬†Presidio Jacket¬†is destined — destined, I tell you — to become a new menswear essential for you. Easy as that.

Are you taking a chance on pre-funding the Presidio Jacket now? How would you style this thing?

#OOTD: Here’s The New Bomber Jacket to Layer With this Season

If you’re seeking an #OOTD geared toward essential, casual layering — with just a hint of versatility and sharp style thrown in — today’s #menswear ensemble is the one to buy. The building blocks of the below #OOTD are pieces you should seriously consider adding to your wardrobe if you don’t have ’em already. Take, for example, a classic bomber jacket ¬†— like the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket as seen below. It’s a surprisingly versatile layer, what with its functionality and military heritage. Without a doubt, the right bomber jacket can team with a rugged crewneck sweatshirt and an American-made tee as readily as it can layer over a classic Oxford shirt and a knit tie. We’re taking things in a more casual direction today (just check out the stylish slip-on sneakers in this ensemble), but regardless, the¬†Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket¬†is a sharp layer to get you through the month of October and on into November. Plus, it’s on-trend without veering too far away from tried-and-true pieces. Just read on for more, and let me know how you’d style your new favorite bomber jacket over on Twitter.

A crisp bomber jacket in a versatile color, teamed with classic and easygoing basics. Wear it all for your next fall weekend adventure.

The Bomber Jacket:¬†Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket, $199¬†–Here’s the stylish bomber jacket in question, done up in a stylish, neutral army green color. Light enough to layer for fall, easy to wear with a tee in the spring.

The Sweatshirt:¬†¬†Levi’s Classic Crewneck Sweater, $50¬†— Thought Levi’s only made stylish denim? Think again — this cotton crewneck sweater features bold stripes in a fall-ready color combo that’s ideal for layering.

The Casual Tee: Flint and Tinder Slub Tee in Oxblood, $38¬†— Comfortable, well-fitting and done up in a rich Oxblood color, Flint and Tinder always gets it right when it comes to its line of classic T-shirts.

The Denim:¬†Taylor Stitch Slim Jean in Cone Mills Standard, $98¬†Classic dark blue denim, particularly a crisp pair from Taylor Stitch, add a bit of sharp-yet-casual appeal to this outfit. Wear those jeans as much as you can — they’ll break in perfectly.
The Sneakers:¬†SeaVees Cordies Varsity Hawthorne Slip-ons, $80¬†— Casual, classic sneakers from SeaVees help make this outfit weekend-ready, and the cool corduroy texture of the Hawthorne Slip-ons is certainly appropriate for fall. Oh, and don’t forget to add some stylish socks — perhaps from Anoymousism?

The Belt:¬†Levi’s Woodland Belt, $29 (On Sale)¬†— Rugged, durable accessories make all the difference — especially in fall. Levi’s comes through with the affordable, stylish Woodland Belt.

The Watch:¬†Ventus Caspian C-01 Brass Watch, $299 — Fall’s colder temperatures and heavier textures call for accessories that stand out visually — the rugged Caspian C-01 Brass Watch from Ventus fits the bill nicely.
The Ballcap:¬†Ebbets Field Flannels x Bespoke Post “B” Baseball Cap,¬†$38¬†— This one comes at you from¬†Bespoke Post¬†— it’s a classically designed, hard-wearing vintage ballcap, plus a cool conversation starter.

A stylish bomber jacket is going to be a go-to layering piece this season — at least, I think a piece like the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket makes total sense to add to your fall style wish list.¬†When you layer up with a classic crewneck sweatshirt from¬† Levi’s and a slim, American-made tee, it becomes that much easier to get dressed for casual style situations aplenty.¬†Classic dark blue denim¬†is a four-season staple, and that’s also true when wearing a bomber jacket from fall into winter — take note, folks. And if you want to inject a little fall-friendly style into your footwear,¬†the Hawthorne Slip-ons¬†are a wise pick, what with a neat navy corduroy upper and an easy-to-wear silhouette. Finish off your outfit with nothing but the best when it comes to accessories, like the¬†Woodland Belt¬†and a¬†vintage ballcap from¬†Bespoke Post¬†— don’t forget a durable watch, too.¬† With all of that being said, my best advice would be to wear a stylish bomber jacket exactly as you see fit; that’s the beauty of a timeless menswear staple like the¬†Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket.

Any feedback on this #OOTD? How would you style the Iron and Resin Marauder Jacket  for fall and beyond?

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Snow Peak Military Jacket

Snow Peak

A streamlined silhouette and a durable exterior merge seamlessly with a classic military silhouette.

The Style Guide is all about classic, rugged menswear — if you read the blog at all, you know that. But what if you prefer your fall gear with a bit more of a technical focus? Yet just as much versatility? That tricky-to-find middle ground is where the Snow Peak Military Jacket comes into play, and this unquestionably stylish fall jacket has something for everyone.¬†Snow Peak pulls out all the stops when crafting menswear that’s technical enough for the trail, yet sleek enough to move around the city in style — add the¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket¬†to your fall style wish list ASAP. Military-inspired style never loses its edge or classic appeal, and that’s what makes the Snow Peak Military Jacket¬† a fall style essential.

Made from nylon coated with a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish for, yep, durability, the¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket¬†plays off real-life military functionality. With both oversized chest and hip pockets, it’s got ample room for your everyday carry, minus the bulk. Even better? The packable hood adds needed protection from the elements should you encounter nasty fall weather — it’s as if¬†Snow Peak¬†thought of everything, and then some. Worried that this jacket doesn’t fit the bill in terms of standout style? Fear not:¬†Snow Peak¬†took care of that quite nicely.

Design details like a packable hood and chest & hip pockets are much-needed for all your fall adventures.

The great thing about a jacket that blends both fashion and function is the versatility it gives you in terms of fall style ensembles. For example: With a military-inspired silhouette, the¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket¬†is going to look right at home layered over a striped henley. Add a pair of trusty black denim and finish the look with tough black combat boots that can take you to a bar crawl, a bonfire or a rock concert — all without worry when it comes to battling the elements. The durable¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket¬†is also simple and sleek enough to pair with slim tan herringbone trousers, durable brown leather boots and, believe it or not, a classic Oxford shirt at the office. Roll up those sleeves and get to work, yes? And when it comes to matters of fall exploration, from a day hike to a camping trip, the¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket¬†should come through in the clutch, too. Layer it over a rugged overshirt and add classic hiking boots — that’s a combination built for toughness, outdoor exploration and a dash of style. What do you think of the¬†Snow Peak Military Jacket? Will it be making its way into your closet this fall?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another See Now, Buy Now entry focused on standout fall style!

Online Shopping Picks: These Are the Best Men’s Jackets for Fall

These are heady times we live in — busy times, too. If you’ve followed along with our Online Shopping Picks series on The Style Guide, you know that we’re all about getting you prepped for rugged fall style. And that continues today, in a big way. Putting together a rugged fall #menswear look is about the details — the big categories and the small ones, too. And in the way of essential men’s style for fall, ¬†outerwear is a pretty big category. So, we’ll get you shopping and thinking today. The best men’s jackets for fall feature durable construction, essential warmth and pleasingly rugged-yet-versatile style — that combination is going to take you a lot of places.

Some of the below picks, like the tough Taylor Stitch Bomber Jacket seen below, can work in both casual and tailored situations (try it with an American-made Oxford and a knit tie). And others — like the Bridge and Burn Thielsen Jacket — fit right in with the rugged climes of fall. Regardless, this list of rugged fall jackets should have you set for the season. For more #menswear than you can shake a stick at, follow me on Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy fall — soon enough, anyways!

#1.¬†Taylor Stitch Albion Jacket — $265¬†

A rugged and versatile piece that’s ideal for layering.

Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen … the Taylor Stitch Albion Jacket tops our list, and with good reason. It’s the perfect transitional jacket to wear during early fall and on through November. Made from a custom-developed two-way stretch windshell nylon fabric, the Albion Jacket is a positively versatile layering piece. It’s even lined in fleece and is water-resistant — it’s a stylish fall jacket for layering over a rugged striped henley and teaming with classic dark denim.

#2. Abercrombie and Fitch Shera-Lined Corduroy Jacket — $160

A cozy jacket that evokes classic, timeless fall style.

Abercrombie and Fitch — a Style Guide favorite — continues to come roaring back season after season, and the Sherpa-Lined Curdory Jacket is a prime example of that. It evokes the kind of classic fall jacket that your dad or grandpa might have worn to do yard work, except this number features a slimmed-down fit and just as much warmth — plus added style points. Again, a slim striped henley and suede chukka boots are ideal companions.

#2.¬†Flint and Tinder Stretch Denim Trucker Jacket — $158

Flint and Tinder

This piece could very well be your new favorite denim jacket — agreed? Agreed.

Originally part of our See Now, Buy Now series, the Flint and Tinder Stretch Denim Trucker Jacket should be welcomed to this list with open arms. At least, I think so. Everyone needs a stylish denim jacket in their layering arsenal — the Flint and Tinder Stretch Denim Trucker features a crisp indigo color and the type of easygoing wearability that looks great with slim tan chinos and a white chambray shirt or a slim striped henley.

#3.¬†Bridge and Burn Thielsen Jacket — $238

A fall-ready color and durable cotton construction set this jacket apart.

If you’ve read our Style Guide Q+A with Portland lifestyle brand Bridge and Burn, you know they’re dedicated to making classic, straightforward pieces with a touch of Northwest style influence. And in this case, the Bridge and Burn Thielsen Jacket channels the kind of rugged durability you need this fall, and tosses in a healthy dose of style, too. The hard-wearing cotton outer and quilted liner of the Thielsen Jacket provide protection from the elements, while the rich Acorn color is a fall-ready shade. Who’s ready to hit the pumpkin patch, people?

#4. ¬†BANKS Tombstone Jacket — $130

BANKS Tombstone Jacket

Another warm, classic and durablly made piece of outerwear for the season.

The rugged fall style just keeps coming in spades with the BANKS Tombstone Jacket. A unique brand available via the great folks at Bespoke Post, the Tombstone Jacket channels classic style with a modern edge. Which is to say, the faded blue cotton exterior plays nicely off the golden sherpa collar, while the lined warmer pockets ensure you stay warm even at long, chilly tailgates. So, throw on the Tombstone Jacket and pass me a beer, will ya?

#6.¬†Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Cone Mills Selvage — $188

Taylor Stitch

A handsome denim jacket that’ll only get better with age.

Another jacket from Taylor Stitch on our list of the best men’s fall jackets? Yes indeed, you bet. The Long Haul Jacket is a much-loved silhouette from the brand, harnessing a slick, slim design with the power of Cone Mills denim. That’s right — Taylor Stitch teamed up with the country’s foremost denim mill on a rugged denim jacket that you can wear now over a chambray shirt and wear later over a stylish crewneck sweater. And that’s just the beginning, I’d wager.

#7.¬†Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket — $148

A faded shirt jacket that layers with darn near anything in your closet — a job well-done by Taylor Stitch.

Hey, might as well round out this list with more rugged menswear from Taylor Stitch, yeah? The Maritime Shirt Jacket made an appearance in our #OOTD series earlier this year — specifically when it comes to how to wear a rugged overshirt — and it’s guaranteed to impress. The Maritime Shirt Jacket features a cool sun-bleached finish, sturdy construction and the type of fit that works with slim chinos and wingtip boots or black denim in equal measure.

#8. ¬†Finisterre Petrichor Overshirt — $76.98

A durable, rugged silhouette with the strong fabrication to match.

Why exactly are we included an overshirt on this list of fall’s best jackets? Well, my friends — anything goes when it comes to stylish fall layering, and the construction and style of the Petrichor Overshirt is such that it can serve as both if needed. It’s an affordable stylish chore jacket that doubles as overshirt, and the densely woven cotton and cool khaki color make for a heck of a durable piece — so, sold on the¬†Petrichor Overshirt¬†yet?

Alright, friends — what’s your favorite pick of the above? Will it be the rugged versatility of the sturdy cotton¬†Petrichor Overshirt¬†or the sun-bleached cool of the¬†Maritime Shirt Jacket? Is it perhaps the classically styled BANKS Tombstone Jacket¬†or the rough-and-rugged¬†¬†Long Haul Jacket? Yes indeed, from sherpa-collar corduroy jackets from Abercrombie and Fitch to a durable cotton number like the¬†Bridge and Burn Thielsen Jacket, I hope you found this list helpful. It’s about finding the right fabrication and the silhouette that works for — because believe it or not, I’m sure once you try one of these rugged fall jackets, you’ll want to wear it as much as you can.

How’d we do with today’s post? What do you think of the above picks? Feel free to drop a note in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter!¬†

Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket

Grayers

The Montreaux Windbreaker from Grayers could be the casual jacket you never knew you needed — right? Pictured here with the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Indigo Star, plus my Original Penguin Stretch Scout Shorts, classic SeaVees Army Issue Sneakers and my Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

What’s got style, easygoing wearability and functionality built into one? The Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket, of course. It’s today’s Style Pick of the Week, and it’s perhaps the one jacket you need to buy now. OK, that’s saying quite a lot, if we’re being honest. But truly, the Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket is an unexpected #menswear move — it switches things up from a more typical rugged denim jacket in the later part of the summer, and it provides easy, breezy and travel-ready style all in one package. Certainly, the Montreaux Windbreaker is a decidedly effective way to combat late-summer chills once the sun sets — that’s certainly true whether you’re at a bonfire, heading out on a weekend trip or hanging around a backyard BBQ.

And best of all, it’s the kind of simple, classic and yet modern style that Grayers has so nicely perfected over the years. The Montreaux Windbreaker — also available in Navy — is nothing less than the kind of subtle, crisp jacket that you can throw on with anything — be it a stylish denim shirt¬†or someting as straightforward as the equally stylish Grayers Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt. It’s a silhouette and overall look that’s as ready to go now as it’ll be in the spring — and when layered right, I’d wager you can likely get away with wearing it in the early fall atop a rugged crewneck sweatshirt. ¬†When I took it for a spin myself during day two of the excellent Panorama 2017 music festival, I was certainly pleased with its durability and utility — and when you check out the details on this jacket, you might just decide you also need the¬†Montreaux Windbreaker¬†in your closet.

Grayers

Made from tightly woven polyester, this jacket delivers in terms of comfort and style.

In short, this jacket has all the trappings of a piece that’s really perfect for “grab-and-go” situations. Whether you wear it to dash to your favorite coffee shop or grab a casual lunch, I’d say it’ll serve you well. It’s got the type of sharp style that doesn’t draw attention to itself — again, perfect for pairing up with menswear essentials ranging from your favorite pair of jeans and stylish leather sneakers to classic suede chukka boots and a slim white polo. Truly, it can do all of that — maybe even in the same day. The functionality of the Montreaux Windbreaker lies in the tightly woven polyester construction — ideal for fighting breezes and summer rain,. ¬†Heck, you should keep it handy to throw on with an American-made henley in the early part of fall; again, it’s just that versatile. And if you’re a sucker for small details — as I am — then touches like the leather zipper pull and stand-up collar should win you over. And when the time comes to throw it in your stylish weekender bag and hit the road, it’s going to pack up with ease. There’s not much standing in the way of you picking it up, either — the agreeable price on the¬†Montreaux Windbreaker¬†should help you save some extra coins to spend on another beer or two.

Will you be picking up the¬†Montreaux Windbreaker¬†to hit the road this summer and fall? Let me know in the comments below — thanks for reading!¬†

#OOTD: How to Wear A Chambray Blazer

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.

When the heat waves start to roll in, it can be a tricky time to try and dress well. There’s that ever-difficult balance between keeping your cool and looking cool that requires you mix things up a bit. In the case of today’s post, that means we’re talking how to wear a chambray blazer. It’s the lightweight alternative to the classic navy blazer, what with a rougher, more visually interesting texture and (usually) less internal construction. That means it looks more natural when paired with other casual menswear pieces, such as a simple T-shirt and twill pants. It’s a get-up that nods toward a trend (that would be the menswear world getting more and more casual by the day), yet you still look crisp and put-together. As you’ll see with the below #OOTD, it’s a look you could even pull off as you dress for summer travel.¬† So with that being said, get to reading below. For more #menswear inspiration, check out yours truly on Instagram, or swing on through Facebook for a daily briefing.
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An effortless mix of casual and cool --  a chambray blazer plus a simple striped tee.

An effortless mix of casual and cool — a chambray blazer plus a simple striped tee.

 

The Blazer: JackThreads Chambray Blazer, $79: A chambray blazer for just $79? Believe it. Slim, stylish and well-made, from a brand that just gets things done.

The T-shirt: Bourbon and Blue Surfcomber Heathered Red Stripe Tee, $55: If you’re going to rock a tee under a blazer, it’s best to pick up one that’s comfortable, well-made and trim-fitting; warm weather stripes don’t hurt, either.

The Pants: Old Navy Ultimate Slim-Fit Khakis, $29: While the color of the chinos in that particular picture is lighter than the pair on Old Navy’s site, the principle remains the same — slim khakis fall in line with that trim blazer and tee, and can be easily rolled to show off those sneakers.

The Sneakers: GREATS Pronto in Cadet, $199: GREATS does, well, a great job at producing versatile, comfortable sneakers that are easy to wear with high-low style combos  like a blazer and tee (Italian manufacturing just does that).

The Socks: J. Crew Anchor No-show Socks, $10: Stylish no-show socks are an absolute summer must, and these add another subtle, nautical touch to the outfit while keeping your feet cool.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Double-striped Webbing Belt, $14.50: As much as it’s popped up in¬†a few recent #OOTD posts (including this post on how to wear¬†a short-sleeve shirt), it’s a highly versatile casual belt that adds some nice color to this ensemble.

The Watch: Timex Weekender Fairfield, $75: Timex watches are as solid as they get, and this particular timepiece is suitably refined enough to heighten that blazer-and-tee combo just a bit.

The Accessory: Cambridge Satchel Oxblood iPhone Case, $32: So not everyone still has an iPhone (just me?), but regardless of what phone you’ve got, it’d be a neat touch to finish off your everyday with a rich leather phone case.

Does that check all the boxes of dressing sharply in warm weather? Well, mostly. If you feel a tee is too casual, you could always swap in an essential chambray shirt or a classic blue Oxford. But the best part about pairing a tee with a chambray blazer is the combination of effortless style and comfort it gives you. It’s an on-the-go style move that¬†meets the warm weather while looking¬†cool and sharp. Plus, it¬†works well when paired with a classic set of navy sneakers — a more comfortable answer to brown leather wingtips, for starters. And crisp accessories, like a lux leather phone case and a dependable watch, are going to be by your side (and on your wrist) for plenty of outfits in the future. Even starting gradually (swapping out denim for twill pants and upgrading to a lighter chambray blazer) can be a step in the right direction. Still unsure? Give it a try –it might become a go-to style combo.

Are you sold on the idea of pairing a blazer with a striped tee? What about sneakers? Let me know in the comments!

Frank & Oak

 

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