The Friday Read: New Dress Shoes for a New Year, The Best Cashmere Sweaters & Classic Blue Jeans

Bruno Magli men's shoes

Classic, refined leather loafers to consider wearing at home this season when you feel like stepping things up a notch.

My friends, congratulations on making it through the first full week of 2021! Are you starting to feel like you’ve shaken off that 2020 hangover, shaken off some rust and are moving full-speed ahead into a new year with today’s Friday Read? I’m getting there slowly but surely, step by step you might say, and it’s all possible with the right approach, right mindset and in some cases, the right menswear (take the Bruno Magli Positano Loafers as seen above). With so many of us working from home still, there are options aplenty when it comes to stylish footwear to wear at home, and if you feel like upping your game a little bit (think slim blue jeans and a tailored Oxford shirt on certain days), it’s hard to go wrong with some of the best men’s leather loafers to really complete your look. At least, that’s just my take.

We’ll also dive in today into a few other helpful menswear picks for a new year, so keep on scrolling. Of course, you can also expect another rendition of our Style Pick of the Week series tomorrow to outfit you properly from head-to-toe. As I always say, the details make the difference when it comes to the best new men’s shoes and more, so you might as well step into the new year the right way. Happy shopping, stay safe & stay stylish, folks. Oh, and to really keep things rolling the right way, give me a follow on Instagram or subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. Cheers!

  • I mentioned above that you could make use of classic slim blue jeans to upgrade your work-from-home style beyond just sweatpants, and that’s why I’m recommending you pick up the nicely priced Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans, a longtime favorite of mine that retail for just a shade above $100 ($108 at Mott and Bow, to be exact). With a free home try-on program and multiple cuts for the perfect fit, these are some of the best jeans for men you can step into right now, mark my words.
Best long-sleeve T-shirts for men

A classically rugged base layer and a stylish long-sleeve tee in its own right.

  • There are any number of ways you could go as we start a new year when it comes to rugged style that’s still laidback and versatile, but one of the coolest ways I’ve come across recently is shown above. And my friends, the Freemans Sporting Club Homespun Gym Tee could become one of your new favorite T-shirts for weekend wear and daily style. You can wear this stylish long-sleeve T-shirt all on its own thanks to the cotton waffle fabric, or else layered beneath a rugged flannel shirt or worn with a zip hoodie, all without missing a beat. Go forward and layer up in cozy style, folks.
  • Here’s a fun one to start the weekend — lace up your new favorite pair of boots with my GearMoose guide to the best moc toe boots, featuring plenty of brands you know and love. Every guy needs a great pair of boots, and my latest dispatch is a pretty solid place to start.
  • I told you that we’d talk about plenty of men’s style picks to help you roll into a new year the right way, and that’s where my guide to the best cashmere cardigans for men comes into play. Head over to The Manual to get my take on a classic, refined layer that’s going to take your Zoom call style to the next level (along with, of course, your Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans and your Bruno Magli Positano Loafers).

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Thanks for joining us today as we set our sights on a new year, new style picks and much bigger and better things than 2020. Before I let you cruise into the weekend, I’ve got one last guide for you, and that’d be my take on how to dress in refined style this winter. From a suede bomber jacket to Todd Snyder corduroy pants, I think you’re going to like the looks of this #OOTD. Cheers to the weekend, folks!

The Sunday Sale: Get 30 Percent Off Classic Blue Jeans from Mott & Bow Today

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Slim blue jeans that’ll break in over time and look great all the while — on sale now for a great deal.

Thanks for joining us, my friends, for another edition of The Sunday Sale, where we give you the inside scoop on a great deal to close out your weekend the right way. And as we roll through the holidays in earnest, here’s where it gets good: You’ve just now stumbled across a standout deal on some of the best men’s jeans out there, all thanks to the good folks at Mott & Bow. In fact, you can get 30 percent off Mott & Bow final sale jeans with the code ‘finalsale’, a move I recommend you make as soon as possible. To be more specific, you can snag 30 percent off the famed Mott & Bow Slim Norfolk Jeans, an inky blue pair of raw denim that hasn’t been pre-washed, giving you all the more opportunity to truly make these jeans your own this season. Call ’em some of the coolest men’s jeans out there, just make sure you get them in your closet for versatile holiday dressing. Here’s the kicker, though: These jeans are final sale, so no returns or exchanges are allowed.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Slim Norfolk Jeans 

A slim fit and quality fabric set these jeans apart from the pack.

However, if you’ve read the blog through the years, you’ll recognize that Mott & Bow should certainly deliver plenty of quality and style for the price (now, well under $100 using that discount code). Heck, you can head back to my 2015 Mott & Bow product review for even more evidence that these jeans deliver the goods, and that’s saying something. Normally, Mott & Bow offers free returns and exchanges, so you’re taking on some risk here, but these jeans should pay off in spades if you need a versatile, well-fitting pair to rock at holiday gatherings (either of the smaller, distanced variety or the Zoom type). The best part is that discount and all the style potential you get from ’em. Well-done, Mott & Bow. Well-done.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Slim Norfolk Jeans

See Now, Buy Now: Patagonia’s Performance Twill Jeans Are an Essential Pair of Fall Pants

Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans review

Durable, rugged performance jeans made from a hardwearing cotton twill blend from Patagonia.

What if I told you that you could get a pair of the best men’s jeans, and yet … so much more at the same time? The Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans are among the best jeans for men, and they double as a pair of rugged adventure pants that you’re going to be able to wear on a day trip, a grueling hike or just about anywhere else you see fit. Patagonia does as fine a job as any brand when it comes to balancing sustainability, rugged style and functionality, and as it were, the Performance Twill Jeans check all the right boxes. It all starts, naturally, with the right fabric blend. In this case, the Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans feature a weather-resistant blend of organic cotton and polyester for a comfort-stretch twill fabrication — see, how’s that for checking all the right boxes?

SHOP: The Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans 

Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans

One of six color options in which you can get the excellent Performance Twill Jeans from Patagonia.

These rugged outdoor pants really do blend the best of both worlds, from the slim fit and five-pocket design to the range of versatile colorways — making ’em much more like your favorite jeans than the average pair of hiking pants. The Performance Twill Jeans are made to move with you rather than work against you, complete with antique nickel rivets and plenty of durability.

The unique colorways (my personal favorite is Coriander Brown) provide terrific wearability alongside all your favorite style essentials, be it a Patagonia chore coat and henley combo or a crewneck T-shirt and your rugged denim jacket to dash out & fill up your craft beer growler. When it comes down to it, pants that can go on and off the trail are a surefire must-have this season — and the Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans get the job done handsomely. Game on.

SHOP: The Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans 

The Thursday Buy: The Todd Snyder Stretch Selvedge Jeans are Fall’s Best Denim

Slim Fit Japanese Stretch Selvedge Jean in Indigo Rinse

Slim selvedge jeans made from the best Japanese fabric out there — the perfect jeans to wear to work from home.

What’s high on your shopping list heading into fall? Best make sure some of the best menswear from Todd Snyder tops the list. The NYC-based designer will surely help you cover all your bases, including when it comes to the best men’s jeans — that’s right, the best men’s denim just so happens to be made by a designer that also knows how to make an incredible suit and casual boat shoes. Talk about versatility. But we’re not talking about any old pair of jeans off the rack. We’re talking about Todd Snyder selvedge jeans that deliver in terms of fabric, fit and feel. Jeans made from a more rugged fabric (a la Japanese cotton selvedge) are just what the doctor ordered for fall and winter, in fact.

Again, there’s one place to go in this regard. When you want selvedge jeans that deliver quality, an agreeable price and infinite wearability, you might just want (no, you absolutely do want), the Slim Fit Japanese Stretch Selvedge Jean in Indigo Rinse from the good folks at Todd Snyder.

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The best men’s selvedge jeans get an upgrade here — while selvedge denim is normally unwashed and stiff (this is known as raw selvedge), Todd Snyder selvedge denim receives a handsome indigo rinse and uses unique stretch selvedge fabric from Japan. These aren’t your average pair of jeans, to say the least. They’re refined yet versatile, as at home with a Todd Snyder blazer as with one of the designer’s Champion T-shirts. The fit on these blue jeans is slim and modern, yet not rock star-skinny.

This means you can wear these slim dark blue jeans with the best chukka boots and a chambray shirt, or else with rugged men’s leather boots and a thermal henley all fall and into winter. Todd Snyder Japanese selvedge denim really is one-of-a-kind, so it’s a bit pricer ($198 via Todd Snyder), but no less worth it. In fact, when you find a  pair of selvedge jeans you can wear for months on end into winter — and well past that — I’d suggest you snap them up ASAP.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Slim Fit Japanese Stretch Selvedge Jean in Indigo Rinse

 

The Sunday Sale: Stock Up on the Best Men’s Jeans and More with this Levi’s Sale

Levi's Men's Jeans

The best jeans for men and plenty more are up for grabs via Levi’s right now.

Folks, the tagline above says it: Go on and “Live In Levi’s.” Seriously — it’s an ethos I’ve taken to heart these past few years in NYC, often wearing my Levi’s denim to the office (leather Chelsea boots included), and then right on out to a brewery or a rock concert … or both. These days, my daily routine looks a heck of a lot different, as does yours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pine for — and plan ahead for — better days & fall adventures alike. I’m still finding ways to wear my favorite Levi’s jeans in quarantine (I prefer something like the 502 Taper), and I’d expect you are, as well … hopefully?

Either way, that’s where the Levi’s Men’s Sale comes into play. If ever you’ve wanted to get discounts on Levi’s jeans and more — naturally, you should know that these are great prices on some of the best jeans for men — well, you’re in luck today. The Levi’s Men’s Sale features the best men’s jeans and is jam-packed with other essentials. To start things off right, I rounded up my top sale picks in today’s Sunday Sale to close out your weekend and keep fall rolling. Cheers, my friends.

Levis 511 Men’s Slim Fit Jeans — $49.98

Levi's 511 Jeans

A classic, stylish pair of men’s jeans available for under $50. The best Levi’s jeans you can snag now, possibly.

This won’t be the first pair of Levi’s denim covered in today’s sale roundup (as one might expect), but it’s possibly the best. The Levi’s 511 Jeans are the stuff of modern legend, as great and affordable a pair of slim-fit men’s jeans out there, wearable with darn near everything and delivered in a versatile wash. They’re your new favorite jeans, easily.

Levi’s Trucker Jacket — $59.98

Levi's Trucker Jacket

A seriously cool, iconic Levi’s trucker jacket is the right fall layer to buy now.

What’s cooler and more iconic than a pair of Levi’s jeans? Well, the only feasible way to go is with the Levi’s Trucker Jacket, especially the inky black iteration as seen here. It’s easily one of the best men’s trucker jackets, no doubt about it.

Levi’s 513 Slim Straight Men’s Jeans — $49.98

A cool pair of slim straight jeans to wear all fall and winter (and beyond).

Don’t want to go quite as slim as the Levi’s 511 Jeans? Then the Levi’s 513 Jeans are the way to go — these slim straight men’s jeans are classically cool and ideal for fall.

Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown Western Shirt — $120.98 

Levi's x Outerknown

An indigo denim shirt available for a great deal — and made sustainably, to boot.

The best denim shirt out there just so happens to be one of the most sustainable and stylish, via the ongoing partnership between Levi’s and surf-inspired Outerknown. Wear this rugged Western shirt with your Levi’s 511 Jeans for a bit of edgy fall style.

Levi’s 501 Original Fit Men’s Jeans — $59.98

Levi's 501 Jeans

Classic men’s denim from Levi’s — and for the right price, too.

Let’s keep it rolling when it comes to classic Levi’s jeans, shall we? The Levi’s 501 Jeans are as iconic and timeless as it gets, so snap up this on-sale pair of denim right now.

Levi’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket — $59.98

Levi's Sherpa Trucker Jacket

The coolest men’s trucker jacket your money can buy, easily.

Another Levi’s trucker jacket is yours for the taking, and in fact, it’s even more ready for fall and winter than the OG Levi’s Trucker Jacket. The Levi’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket beefs up your outerwear rotation in classically rugged style, and you can get it for under $60.

Levi’s Classic Pocket T-shirt — $19.98

A laidback pocket tee to pair with plenty of different Levi’s jeans picks.

You aleady know what pairs up extremely well with your Levi’s denim and  Levi’s Trucker Jacket, and that’s got to be a classic pocket T-shirt. It’s practically made to wear with dark denim.

Levi’s Classic Zip-Up Sweatshirt — $42.98 

Levi's Zip-Up Sweatshirt

The best casual hoodie to wear with your favorite denim.

Keep it casual and cool this fall with a classic zip-up sweatshirt to throw on for fall weekends aplenty. If you seek an affordable hoodie for fall, you’re in luck, my friends.

Levi’s Reversible Core Belt — $32.98

Levi's leather belt

A classic leather belt to wear with your favorite pair of dark blue jeans.

This stylish leather belt is the ideal complement to your Levi’s 511 Jeans, and that’s just a fact. The Levi’s Reversible Core Belt is also available for a great price in plenty of sizes.

Levi’s Baker Bomber Jacket — $69.98

Levi's bomber jacket

Once again, another highly stylish jacket to pair with your Levi’s jeans, folks.

Yes indeed, Levi’s can also deliver an affordable, subtly stylish take on one of the best men’s bomber jackets — any time you can snag a bomber jacket under $100, I’d say take it.

Levi’s 502 Taper Fit Flex Men’s Jeans — $29.98 

Levi's 502 Tapered Jeans

Tapered jeans for men that ought to fit just right.

Sizes are going awfully quick when it comes to these tapered fit men’s jeans, so be sure you’re acting quickly if you want denim made with an athletic cut, folks.

Levi’s Logo Socks (Two-Pack) — $9.98 

Levi's Logo Socks

An easy-to-wear two-pack of socks for when you need to replenish your sock drawer, folks.

Yes, that’s right. Levi’s makes comfortable men’s socks to accessorize alongside your favorite leather boots. Heck, might as well get these stylish socks under $10 to refresh your sock game in a hurry.

That’s going to wrap up my top picks from the Levi’s Men’s Sale, which should offer plenty of solutions when it comes to unbeatable fall style and the best men’s denim jeans, of course. Do you have a favorite selection from the above? The versatility and variety on display is really something else, from the most comfortable men’s socks to tapered fit men’s jeans, a stylish leather belt and of course, the OG Levi’s Trucker Jacket. Be sure to let me know your on-sale favorites via Twitter right now.

 

#OOTD: How to Wear Jeans When It’s Hot Out — Right Now

If you’ve been wondering how to wear jeans when it’s hot out — as in, how to wear jeans for summer, right this very instant — look no further. Today’s #OOTD has all the best men’s gear you need, and we’ll get you through this ensemble without a bead of sweat. No promises, but this look is geared toward lightweight casual style, to say the least. It all starts with finding a pair of the best men’s jeans — preferably in a light wash and with fabric that’s got some stretch. Enter the Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans, a favorite of the blog (and possibly soon to be your new favorite denim?). These aren’t your typical pair of jeans — they’re lightweight and comfortable, no matter what. From there, it’s all about keeping things breezy and cool, so we’ll introduce you to one of the coolest short-sleeve shirts for summer, and then offset things even further with a classic white T-shirt and casual canvas sneakers. You see, there’s a right way and a wrong way to about wearing jeans for summer, and while I love a great pair of selvedge denim as much as the next guy, you’ve simply got to switch it up from time to time. Now that you’ve got your favorite pair of jeans on lock (or you will soon enough, anyways), where to rock this ensemble? Things are slowly but surely opening up, so perhaps it’s worth rocking the best men’s jeans for summer as you visit your favorite brewery’s spread-out patio, but if you’re more comfortable hanging at home instead, that’s totally cool. In fact, consider this #OOTD ready for bonfires and grilling sessions aplenty. The rest of this summer-friendly look can be found below — as ever, let me know what you think of these men’s gear picks on Twitter.

The right way to wear jeans this summer? Possibly this way.

Alright, my friends — we’ve come to the end of another #OOTD (well, nearly the end). How ready are you feeling to rock a pair of the best light wash jeans to close out summer? Fairly ready? Mostly ready? Start out with the right pair (*cough* the Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans) and then build your look from there. Remember, breezy and casual is the key, so we’re enlisting the help of a rugged workshirt from Buck Mason, then building the look from there. To wit: A classic white T-shirt from Flint and Tinder offers retro-inspired summer style, while classic summer sneakers a la the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers channel perfectly laidback looks for hanging out in the summer heat (cold beer in hand, of course). Of course, the Q Timex Reissue Watch allows you to stay on time in affordable style while looking great, so be sure to snap up your new favorite watch while you’ve still got the chance. To really keep things going, accessorize with yet another Flint and Tinder piece, this time in the form of the best leather belt for men.  Naturally, the heat of the summer is going to call for a pair of stylish shades like the Raen Optics Dodson Sunglasses, so snag those under-$200 sunglasses while you can. And as if Huckberry didn’t already make some of the best gear for men, they’ve now delved into making one of the best men’s ballcaps — make sure this is on your head to close out summer. Once again, this #OOTD is just about as good as it gets — make sure to try out as many of these picks as you can, I’d say. Lastly: Thanks for reading!

-Beau

 

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

It might be May, and the temperatures might be climbing by the day … so now is as good a time as any to pick up some of the best men’s light wash jeans for summer. Agreed? I know I’m certainly onboard with shopping for some of the best men’s denim, and there’s one pair in particular I’ve had my style-minded eye on — that’d be the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans, as sold via Huckberry. I’ll keep it simple to start: These are some of the best men’s jeans on the market at the  moment, and they’re a more-than-worthy pick to add to your casual style rotation (or your work-from-home style rotation), no questions asked.


With Memorial Day on the way and some modified summer hangs surely in your future (a back porch with your family versus a raucous group rooftop outing), you’re still going to need some stylish light wash jeans to take the place of your shorts from time to time. Now, if you read the blog, you’re familiar with Flint and Tinder — the in-house brand at Huckberry specializes in all manner of rugged, well-made and investment-worthy menswear essentials, most of which are made in the U.S.A. — these slim light wash jeans included, to be sure (A side note: They also come in Tapered and Straight cuts).

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

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The beauty in finding a great pair of light wash jeans, especially during these more casual and WFH-focused times, is that you can wear ’em with darn near anything. You can also feel good about doing it, seeing as these Flint and Tinder jeans are made from durable-yet-stretchy 12.6oz. denim right in Los Angeles. And again, the style pairings are nearly endless. Your favorite Oxford shirt and stylish leather slip-ons work particularly well for a laidback-yet-polished day in your home office, while you can also rock the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans with a classic T-shirt and your favorite high-top sneakers the rest of the time. In short: There are still plenty of opportunities to rock these stylish jeans all through the rest of spring and summer, even if your schedule this season looks a little bit different. Heck, the right pair of light wash jeans can still offer comfort and style, and maybe even the chance to  make some new memories while rocking ’em. And when the time comes to get back to living the life you know and love? The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans are going to be right there with you.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Stretch Selvage Jeans

 

The Friday Read: The Best Gifts for Men, New Mott and Bow Denim & The Perfect T-Shirt

The right way to gear up for a cozy winter weekend — don’t you agree? Faherty Brand gets it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — ’tis the season to bundle up in style, get your shopping taken care of, and then … kick back with one of the best Christmas beers, right? To help you get started with that first step, might I suggest picking up a Faherty Brand sweater for rugged style and cozy comfort? Something like the essential Faherty Brand Legend Sweater ought to do the trick, don’t you agree? After all, you can never go wrong with a stylish sweater that doubles as a rugged shirt — at least, that’s what I think. You’ll find today’s post is focused on plenty of the best gifts for men, from a well-crafted T-shirt to a new men’s grooming upgrade — there’s no time to waste if you still need to take care of some shopping. Holiday shopping will definitely be on my mind this weekend in NYC, but I’m excited to have some time off to properly take in the sights and sounds of the city.

On that note, I’m venturing into Manhattan on Saturday to fuel up with Birch Coffee, explore Central Park — potentially snapping some photos for my Instagram along the way — and then cap the day off in a big way. I’m heading to a rare evening on Broadway (well, in this case, Off-Broadway) to see a much-hyped production of “Cyrano,” starring Peter Dinklage and featuring music written by none other than members of my favorite band, The National! Lead singer Matt Berninger and his wife, Carin Besser, wrote lyrics for this updated production of “Cyrano,” while brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the multi-instrument virtuosos of the band) wrote music. Talk about an incredible combination — and surely, an incredible production! I really can’t wait. What’s on your weekend to-do list? First things first, check out today’s Friday Read.

  • Let’s get down to holiday gifting, shall we? I mentioned above that we’d dive into a great deal on men’s jeans, and that’s in fact the case here with Mott and Bow. The NYC brand is still going strong when it comes to making some of the best men’s jeans, and this season, they’ve got quite the deal on tap:  Get a free tee with any order of denimusing the code HOLIDAY19!
  • now through the end of the month. Want more deals on the best men’s jeans and accessories from this excellent brand? It gets better. Use the code (again, HOLIDAY19!) to get a free scarf or hat with orders over $200. The search for the best pair of men’s denim just got a whole lot easier.
  • Alright, so I’m going to point you toward a major grooming upgrade (and a major grooming gift) for the guy in your life this season. Helpfully, Cardon for Men is launching a limited-edition gift set with a special early preview of two products set to launch in January (those two new products would be the Clay Purifying Cleaners and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer). So, that’s a special gift set that also offers an early look at two new potential grooming favorites — what’s not to love about that??
  •  Perhaps you want to pick up a gift for the traveler in your life? Look no further than the richly crafted, well-appointed Tecovas Large Duffle, from the same brand that’s built quite the heritage of making ultra-functional (and stylish) cowboy boots.
  • Speaking of essential gifts, what about the perfect T-shirt? It’s possible now, thanks to General Issue (the work of award-winning designer Susan Woo). This new brand works with factories and like-minded partners in Brooklyn to craft luxurious-yet-accesible basics, resulting in a well-curated line with three items to start. A super-soft short-sleeve tee, a sharp polo, and a casual long-sleeve shawl tee are up for grabs — whoever gets one of these is going to love it, guarnateed.

Alright, that’s going to end my latest rundown of crucial men’s gifts to buy now — there’s plenty more where that came from in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, perhaps you’re interested in reading about even more of the best new menswear releases? From a rugged waxed trucker jacket to the best new leather boots, I guarantee you my latest gear roundup will have something for you (or the stylish fella on your shopping list). Cheers to the season!

See Now, Buy Now: Get the Perfect Jeans for Winter with Mott and Bow’s New Denim

Highly stylish men’s jeans from Mott and Bow to kick up your holiday style.

Is there ever a bad time to shop for some of the best new men’s jeans? To be quite frank … well, no, no there’s not. Especially when the jeans in question come from NYC’s Mott and Bow, the direct-to-consumer denim brand that’s jumpstarted the men’s denim scene in the past five years (as you know from reading this blog, perhaps!). They’re making some of the best men’s jeans by focusing on affordability, quality and designer touches, all the while offering helpful touches like a Free Home Try-On program for select pairs. And to help shake up the doldrums of winter and improve your holiday dressing, take it from: You need to buy a pair of the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans to wear to the office, then to a casual happy hour … and out again on the weekends. Now, we’ve talked plenty in the past about how Mott & Bow consistently churns out some of the best men’s denim, and that’s no more true than right now.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

The other excellent thing about Mott and Bow jeans? The range of styles and fits — including the handsome-yet-edgy Slim Stone Jeans in a perfectly faded grey — means there’s something for everyone. That is to say, whether you know a guy who’s into a pair of Skinny fit jeans or more inclined toward the brand’s Straight-Fit jeans, it’s worth considering gifting some stylish men’s denim this Christmas — if you know a guy who’s been wanting to upgrade his jeans, go for Mott and Bow. The 9-month wash and use of substantial-but-not-too-heavy 11.5oz. cotton also make these jeans agreeable enough to wear with everything from a classic Oxford shirt and a navy blazer to a thermal henley and your favorite leather boots. With that being said … the first step is buying a pair of Mott and Bow jeans for yourself … or someone else. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

#OOTD: An Upgraded Way to Wear Dark Blue Denim This Season

OK, so you might think you’ve got it all figured out when it comes to wearing your favorite pair of dark blue denim. In fact, the right pair of slim blue jeans are a certified menswear classic (especially a pair from Mott and Bow as seen in today’s #OOTD), but there’s plenty that you can do to switch up how to wear jeans this fall. How is that possible? Bear with me here. As you very well know from perusing the pages of this very Web site, classic blue jeans are like the Swiss Army Knife of pants, able to be worn in ways both business casual and entirely laidback. Today’s #OOTD harnesses a bit of both, starting with ever-so-slightly faded Mott and Bow denim (apt for the weekend or a casual work week) and carrying on through to the gear they’re being paired with — as you’ll see, a classic Western shirt and a refined suede jacket do some heavy lifting when it comes to switching up things from the routine. In short, it’s touches like those that can elevate your favorite pair of blue denim from good to great, from the weekend back to the office and beyond. Seems to be good to be true? You haven’t seen anything quite yet.

Classic blue Mott & Bow denim to go along with seriously stylish seasonal essentials.

Although at first they might seem pedestrian or too casual, there’s actually a lot that you can do to make the best men’s blue jeans work for you in a way that’s upgraded and seriously stylish — take this ensemble, for starters. The reason this look works so well for everything from casual Friday to a first date to a brewery visit? It all starts with slim blue jeans that are worth investing a little extra — gone are baggy or bootcut jeans, naturally. And we’re not just throwing on any old shirt, either — the truly excellent Billy Reid shirt shown above is stylish, rugged and exceptionally versatile. Match it up with one of the best men’s jackets this writer has ever seen (a stylish and refined Todd Snyder trucker jacket), and you’ve got the makings of a look that’s made to impress, whether at the office or on the road. Things only get better when you look at the rest of these gear picks, from the dependable Filson Dryden Briefcase for your everyday carry right on through to the Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt

— when you take care of the small details, the bigger details (like your classic desert boots) tend to take care of themselves. Accent everything with an office or date-ready rugged leather watch, then top it off with subtly stylish Hill City socks, and you’ve got your new favorite #OOTD for the work week or the weekend. Don’t believe me? Give it a try yourself.