The List: The Best New Gear to Buy Right Now

It’s time for our second edition of The List. If you missed out on the first entry in this ongoing series earlier this summer, the gist is simple. The List is a semi-regular compilation of anything and everything under the sun — mostly #menswear-related — that catches the eye of your Style Guide team of one. Ranked in no particular order, it’s simply a roundup of the best gear to buy right now. From stylish leather watches to classic summer sneakers and essential travel gear, we’re going to cover a bit of everything. To follow along with my style minute-by-minute in the meantime, check out my Instagram account. Enjoy today’s List, and we’ll see you on the other side.

Timex

Newgate Pimlico Wall Clock in Petrol Blue — $109

Newgate clocks

An essential, refined and stylish finishing touch.

Ever feel like your home or office is missing something? The crisp, essential and handsome Newgate Pimlico Wall Clock is here to change that.

Florsheim Forward Lo Lace-up — $99.90

Florsheim

Rich brown leather meets a sleek black outsole for a stylish set of sneakers.

In need of stylish summer sneakers? As I found out on a weekend trip to Philly, the Florsheim Forward Lo Lace-ups blend comfort and head-turning style thanks to rich brown leather.
Greats

Line of Trade Waxed Canvas Watch Roll — $75 ($50 When Joining Bespoke Post)

A rugged, functional and great-looking way to store your growing watch collection.

Need a reliable, durable way to store your watch collection? Grab the Line of Trade Waxed Canvas Roll and fill it with watch after watch.

Iron and Resin Logan Shorts — $74.98

Iron and Resin

The comfort of a drawstring waistband and the style of an old-school pair of shorts.

As seen in this site’s guide to the best men’s shorts for summer, the Logan Short blends the comfort of a drawstring waistband with the functionality of utility shorts. Try ’em out with a slim-fit white polo this summer.

Art of Manliness Take Action Poster — $10

A smart-looking, unique way to add some life to your living room or den.

If you want to upgrade you wall art in a hurry, there’s no better way to do it than with a masculine, rugged and conversation-starting poster.

Criquet Shirts Club Shirt in Navy and Coral Stripe — $84

Criquet Shirts

Just different enough from your standard polo — and made with quality materials, too.

A stylish polo shirt is something every guy needs in his closet this summer — with a retro-leaning design and clean fit, the Criquet Shirts Club Shirt is the one to buy.

Pocket Square Clothing Clare Necktie — $56

Bespoke Post

The right width, the right look and the right color for a summer wedding.

Summer wedding style is likely on your mind — the simple and summer-ready Clare Necktie from the good folks at Bespoke Post should ease the burden of picking out a tie for your next one.

Nisolo Durango Dopp Kit — $98

Nisolo

The leather dopp kit you didn’t know you needed.

A well-made, refined dopp kit — surely, one of the best men’s dopp kits — should be in your bag on your next road trip.

That’ll wrap up today’s set of picks for The List — which of these was your favorite? I like the Newgate Pimlico Wall Clock the most, personally. At any rate — thanks for reading, thanks for your feedback and we’ll catch you on Friday for another weekly men’s style recap.

-Beau

Sutro Shoes Inc.

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Online Shopping Picks: Best Men’s Shorts to Buy For Summer

Editor’s note: For more spring and summer shorts picks, click that link. Shop on!

It sure seems like it’s taken us some time to get to this point — gearing up for shorts weather, that is. As someone who loves a great pair of denim — be it classic raw denim or even a pair of lightwash jeans for spring — it can be tricky to shelve those pants in favor of shorts. The same thing goes for classic slim chinos, of which I find myself wearing a ton all year-round … and even when it gets crazy hot out. But, stylish shorts can be surprisingly versatile, including in looks both classic and more tailored (see this Effortless Gent piece on how to wear tailored shorts for more ideas). The below picks lean a bit higher end, and certainly, they keep a modern fit in mind — that is, they might be a bit shorter than you’re used to, and a little slimmer. They don’t necessarily cover casual picks like sweatshorts, but that should make ’em a little more versatile. And as to the slimmer fit — it’s definitely a good thing, trust me! Got your wallet handy? Get ready to shop away, and let me know if I missed any picks in the comments. Stay stylish!

#1. Bonobos Summer Weight Shorts — $78

A somewhat unexpected color from a brand that definitely provides expected quality.

A somewhat unexpected color from a brand that definitely provides expected quality.

Nearly $80 for a pair of shorts? A bit more than most of us are used to paying, true — but, these summer weight shorts are coming from the same folks who know just how to make a great pair of chinos (and of course, their famous Travel Jeans). The fabric in these things is lighter, the cut is more tailored and the option of a 7-inch, 9-inch or 11-inch inseam hits the sweet spot for most of us. Plus, that Wisteria color is a change of pace from khaki or even navy — and we’ll get to those color options (or similar ones, anyways), soon enough.

#2. JackThreads 7″ Chino Short — $39

Oil Blue? There's a new color name. Stylish and well-priced!

Oil Blue? There’s a new color name. Stylish and well-priced!

If you prefer to go with a 7-inch inseam right off the bat, JackThreads has you covered with its reliable, stylish and versatile Chino Shorts. They offer a slightly more unique shot of color than the Bonobos shorts above, and they do it for a price that would allow you to snag two-for-one. Other color options (including a nice-looking Stone pair) are up for grabs, but if you’re of the opinion that shorts should be about throwing in some color and fun, these are the pick to reach for. Keep the rest of your outfit simple — say, maybe a white pocket tee and brown leather loafers — and get ready for stylish weekends galore.

#3. Bridge and Burn Stringer Dune Short — $88

One pair of shorts with twice the cool, thanks to the comfy drawstring waist and the cotton-linen blend.

One pair of shorts with twice the cool, thanks to the comfy drawstring waist and the cotton-linen blend.

Just as with the Bonobos shorts above, $88 is definitely nothing to sneeze at in terms of price. But, the Stringer Dune Short from Bridge & Burn provides you with a ton of value and a neat look for the cost. For one, there’s the linen-cotton blend, which just works a bit better to get airflow going if it’s hot out. For another, they should be super-comfortable — just check out that drawstring waistband. These are your go-to shorts for a spring or summer bar crawl, without a doubt. And the khaki color is just what most of us look for when buying new shorts.

#4. Johnnie-O Cotner Shorts — $79

Malibu Red? Malibu Red for summer.

Malibu Red? Malibu Red for summer.

For as much as this #menswear writer loves the color blue (A LOT), it’s sometimes nice to inject a different shade of color into a summer outfit — like the Cotner Short from Johnnie-O. For those times when you want to make a bit more of a statement (or just rotate in some new shorts), red is the way to go. Now, it’s a decidedly preppy look, but it works for some of us — and it can certainly work if you tone down the rest of your outfit (perhaps snag a slub jersey polo and simple white sneakers?). The 8-inch inseam is a bit more forgiving than the 7-inch inseam of some of these picks, too.

#5. Apolis Transition Scout Short — $108

Equal parts effective and stylish, with details like adjustable waistband tabs to match.

Equal parts effective and stylish, with details like adjustable waistband tabs to match.

While a slim pair of chino shorts works for all sorts of situations, there are a few times where you need to combine form and function in a rather literal sense. Maybe it’s a quick day hike that turns into drinks on a patio, or a summer BBQ with some vigorous yard games (or touch football). In that case, Apolis’ Transition Scout Short is your best bet. With nylon fabric, a tailored fit and styling details like adjustable waistband tabs for comfort, they’re very much ready for all sorts of activity — note that the Navy color is going fast, but the Olive or Khaki options would be just as versatile when paired with a white polo or a simple crewneck.

Putting together this post, as seems to be the case with our Online Shopping Picks entries, revealed a lot of brands doing shorts well. Mainstays like J. Crew are always worth a look, and even premium brands like Todd Snyder are getting into the game with tailored chambray shorts you could wear with a blazer. Of course, sporty-yet-crisp short options are out there, too — look no further than this warm-weather style suggestion from last fall. And if you find it exceptionally tough to trade in your denim for shorts, know that you’re not alone — it’s a process! But, reaching for a pair you can feel good about wearing — one made with quality materials and fabric — makes it easier to invest, and a lot more fun to wear ’em all through the summer.

Which of the above picks are your favorite? Would you add any options to this list?
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The Product Review: Mott & Bow Denim

Mott and Bow denim

Getting full details on a newer denim brand — featuring the Skinny Fit Mosco jean in Dark Blue from Mott & Bow. Organic cotton pocket T-shirt by United By Blue. Glasses by Warby Parker. Stainless steel dive watch by Invicta. Olive leather slip-ons by GREATS Brand.

If you’re looking to upgrade your style, or even just refresh it a bit, there’s virtually no better place to start than buying a classic pair of dark denim.. especially from Mott & Bow. Take it from a guy who’s tried the brand, folks. The styling potential for a nice, inky dark pair in a slimmer fit is virtually limitless — in a business casual environment, they work just like slim khaki chinos worn with a blazer and chambray shirt. And the rest of the time, they’re a great go-to piece matched with a pocket T-shirt and slip-on sneakers in the summer (as seen above), or with a shawl cardigan in the fall & winter. Finding the right pair, built to last and at a decent price, has definitely gotten easier over the years, what with the popularity of American-made brands like Gustin,but if you’re able (or looking) to spring for something a bit further up the price ladder than that, Mott & Bow would be a nice place to start.

A slim, tapered fit allows this pair of jeans to sit nicely over slip-on sneakers for the summer months. Denim by Mott & Bow. Sneakers by GREATS Brand.

A slim, tapered fit allows this pair of jeans to sit nicely over slip-on sneakers for the summer months. Denim by Mott & Bow. Sneakers by GREATS Brand.

Founded by University of Michigan engineering grad Alejandro Chanin, who grew up around a family of denim producers, the brand has expanded aggressively thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that shot very quickly past its goal last year. Mott & Bow has set out to perfect what it calls “denim science” using fabric sourced from Turkish mills, and the brand does a nice job of walking you through the steps in its process on its website. As an added perk, Mott & Bow offers a home try-on program with free shipping both ways — an ideal way to test out a pair. I had the chance to catch up with Alejandro earlier this spring for a chat about M&B, and he was nice enough to provide me with a sample of the brand’s Skinny Fit Mosco Denim in Dark Blue for review (also covered in a shorter piece on GearHungry).

Wear these jeans with everything from a pocket tee to a blazer. Braided leather belt by Target Merona. Stainless steel dive watch by Invicta.

Wear these jeans with everything from a pocket tee to a blazer. Braided leather belt by Target Merona. Stainless steel dive watch by Invicta.

The brand itself differentiates between its models through a neat touch — the street names of its NYC home. The Mosco is one of 6 models in its Comfort Denim line, which features jeans with 2% elastane stretch built in. Slim and Straight fit options are available, both of which still look nice and tailored, but the Skinny option (with a narrow 13 1/2″ leg opening) was the pick for me. Overall, Mott & Bow jeans fit and feel quite similar to a pair of Stretch Slim Fit Jeans from Uniqlo; if you’re into a pair of heavy selvedge denim, the Mosco and some other options likely won’t be for you given their lighter weight and hint of stretch. However, the Rivington, a raw, never-been-washed offering, comes in Slim and Straight fits for the company’s standard price of $96. And it’s also worth checking out the Norfolk Raw Slim if you want a sturdier jean in a slim fit.

A sturdy leather patch and simple back pocket stitching complete this pair.

A sturdy leather patch and simple back pocket stitching complete this pair.

The color of the Mosco in Dark Blue is rich and deep, although pre-faded options are available replicating everything from 2 months to 18 months of daily wear (the Waverly in Light/Medium Blue would be ideal for spring & summer). Colors like Dark Gray and Black can also be picked up for $12 more. The fit on this Skinny pair is excellent — akin to that of a pair of Bonobos Slim Tailored Jeans or even something from J. Crew’s 484 line. Mott & Bow definitely gets  a lot of things right. The tapered leg sits nicely over chukka boots, while it can also be rolled a few times (as seen in the photos above). The hint of stretch keeps these comfortable, too. The rivets and back logo patch have sturdy placement, small details that upgrade it from similarly stretchy, but cheaper, pairs.

No wild stitching or branding from Mott and Bow -- just a clean logo across the interior back waistband.

No wild stitching or branding from Mott and Bow — just a clean logo across the interior back waistband.

Wearability with a new pair of denim is key. These Mott & Bow jeans feel so comfortable thanks to the resin rinse process — designed to replicate raw denim — that there’s no break-in time needed. In a size 34×32, I’ve found I can also cuff them if needed. The simple detailing and nice color make these the ideal pair of dark denim — I’ve worn them with a khaki blazer  and a casual shirt, as well as a long-sleeve henley.  The delivery presentation of the denim itself is also well-done — custom black tissue paper and a large ‘M’ emblazoned on a black box change things up from the standard brown box presentation some brands go for, as you can see below.

The packaging and presentation on a pair of Mott & Bow denim.

The packaging and presentation accompanying a pair of Mott & Bow denim.

The one drawback might be that price –at just under $100 for a regular pair, it’s a good deal more than other options.  Of course, cheaper pairs are out there, but the fact that Mott & Bow focuses exclusively on great-fitting denim means the brand is putting everything it has towards that product; the results reflect that. For now, sticking to a tried-and-true pair of Levi’s is a safe option if you’re on a budget, but  if you want to switch things up and add to your dark denim rotation, Mott & Bow could be just what you’re looking for.

Do you own any Mott & Bow denim? Have you ever considered buying from the brand?

Style Pick of the Week: Club Monaco Baxter Shorts

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 slim fit, basic colors and imported cotton fabric make these Club Monaco shorts a winner.

A slim fit, basic colors and imported cotton fabric make these Club Monaco shorts a winner.

It hasn’t really felt like summer yet in NYC, but that hasn’t stopped me from shopping around for some nice, versatile shorts for warm weather. Ditching jeans or chinos isn’t something that everybody’s accustomed to doing, but for me, it’s a necessary (and fun) style move. Lots of designers have been updating their fits and fabrics as far as shorts go (Bonobos continues to make shorts out of its legendary Washed Chino fabric for example, and the linen shorts seen below from Frank & Oak are also a winner). And Club Monaco is the latest to follow suit with an updated, more tailored version that you might expect from a retailer with a distinct continental style. The brand’s Baxter Short is made from imported cotton with a 7″ inseam and what looks to be a fairly slim fit. Waist sizes run up to 36″ and down to 28″, a wide enough range of sizes for those looking to improve their short game.

One way to wear shorts in the warmer months. Linen herringbone pair seen here by Frank & Oak. Nautical print T-shirt by J. Crew Factory. White sneakers by GREATS Brand. Glasses by Warby Parker.

One way to wear shorts in the warmer months. Linen herringbone pair seen here by Frank & Oak. Nautical print T-shirt by J. Crew Factory. White sneakers by GREATS Brand. Glasses by Warby Parker.

The fact that the Club Monaco pair comes in just three basic yet highly versatile colors is another positive — the Graphite, Navy or Khaki shades would work with just about any color combination up top — especially a printed short-sleeve shirt or a colorful pocket tee (one variation on that can be seen above; those shorts are by Frank & Oak). Throwing on shorts certainly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or reverting back to the cargo shorts that many of us (myself included) probably wore in past years. Club Monaco’s iteration is pricey and it seems as if they don’t offer too many sales, but the quality of the fabric and the fit should be some comfort when investing in a pair.

Would you consider picking up some shorts from Club Monaco? What’s your go-to pair for the summer?
Ernest Alexander

Ben Sherman US