The Friday Read: The Best Chore Coats, The Top Shirt Jackets for Fall & A New Beer to Enjoy Now

The best way to gear up for fall on the outerwear front? Quite possibly.

We’ll kick off today’s Friday Read in suitably rugged fashion given that we’ve moved into October — namely, you could do worse to layer up for fall than by grabbing one of the best waxed trucker jackets on the market … yes, the utterly classic Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket. It’s as good as it gets for rugged weekend adventures (and weekday commutes, too). It’s been a longtime favorite of the blog, and I’ll be wearing it the next time I’m back in Brooklyn. Reason being, I’ll be on the road this weekend heading to North Carolina for the wedding of my great college friend and former journalism colleague Mr. Dillon Davis! The wedding takes place outside Asheville in the lovely mountains of Western North Carolina — of course, I’ll be dressed in style and am even planning to break out my Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket. To follow along with my fall wedding style moves, check out my Instagram. Have any suggestions for what to see or where to go in Asheville? Let me know, as I’m looking forward to using some free time to check out the Asheville craft beer scene with another great college friend, beer writer extraordinaire Mr. Pat Evans! It’ll be a great trip and a great time to celebrate Dillon’s wedding and see so many old friends. I can’t wait! Of course, in the meantime, we’ll still have tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week incoming — and there’s still plenty to enjoy from the below men’s style reads, too. Like what you see? Thanks for stopping through!

  • As I mentioned, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover when it comes to stylish fall layers — and it’s with that approach in mind that I covered the very best chore coats from some of my favorite brands within the rugged confines of GearMoose. ‘Tis the season, after all!
  • Let’s keep it rolling with more essential fall outerwear, shall we? In this case, I also wrote about some of the best, toughest shirt jackets on the market for The Manual — within that piece, you’ll find plenty of helpful, warm and durable options from brands like Taylor Stitch & Flint and Tinder. Read on and study up!
  • We’re about more than just menswear here on the blog — if you read the site regularly, you know this to be true. So, let’s turn our attention toward a seriously fun, limited-edition beer that’ll add some refreshment and enjoyment to your craft beer rotation. That is to say, when you want to switch it up from a typical IPA or pilsner, reach for the Pulped Fiction Berliner Weisse (particularly if you¬† live in a¬† warmer climate). It’s light, refreshing and juicy — and it’s my latest beer entry for GearMoose! Bottoms up.

Alright, so we’ve talked craft beer and tough shirt jackets and the best waxed jackets aplenty — with that being said, I’ll leave you with one last roundup of the best new men’s gear for fall. There’s no time to waste, folks. Have a great weekend!

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The List: These are the Men’s Style Essentials You Need in Your Closet Now

You’ve still got time to rock this classic striped T-shirt, believe me.

First off, I hope everyone is enjoying a nice holiday — that unfortunately means we’ve closed the book on summer, but that also means we’re slowly but surely entering the best time of the year for menswear: Fall! And with it comes a need to stock up on early fall style essentials, naturally. Now, there’s no need to break out¬† your rugged parka quite yet. For now, you can still rock a classic striped T-shirt like the one above. And as for the rest of today’s edition of The List? You can find more great gear below.

Wellen Hemp Striped Tee — $42

A breezy timeless tee with some neat stripes thrown in for good measure.

We’ve told you about versatile transitional gear like the Wellen Wind Shell recently on the blog, so now, it’s time to meet your new favorite T-shirt. Visually interesting, sustainably made, and fit for pairing with a khaki cotton blazer or wearing all on its own this month.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie — $118

Casual weekend style at its finest via Taylor Stitch.

We’re going from your new favorite T-shirt to perhaps one of the best hooded sweatshirts on the market. The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie is the perfect casual weekend layer. Wear it with your new favorite pair of jeans for a morning coffee run. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Broome Denim — $128

Expertly broken-in denim for a new season.

Here’s the aforementioned slim faded denim you’re going to find yourself reaching for consistently, courtesy of Mott and Bow. This NYC-based brand is making some of the best men’s denim around, and at great prices.

Pro Keds Royal Lo Plus Suede — $72.98 (When On-Sale)

A classic pair of low-top sneakers for any day of the week this fall.

Stylish suede sneakers, especially this classic pair from Pro Keds, are the right way to nod toward the start of fall — subtly, that is. Plus, they pair up very nicely with the best men’s denim, do they not?

Faherty Brand Knit Seasons Shirt — $128

A pleasingly rugged shirt to wear as it starts to get cooler.

Eventually, the temperature is going to start to plummet — and when it does, this classic knit shirt from Faherty Brand is going to prove a reliable layer to throw on, particularly atop your your new favorite T-shirt.

Lum-Tec M82 Automatic Watch — $875¬†

Your new favorite watch? Quite possibly.

We’ve talked consistently as of late on the blog about Lum-Tec watches, and specifically, their rugged dependability. Well, the Lum-Tec M82 Automatic Watch fits that mold quite nicely, and its tough design might just make it the perfect watch for fall.

Ska Brewing Moral Panic Brut IPA — Price Varies¬†

A new take on a quickly growing style of beer — refreshing and enjoyable all the way through.

If there’s one beer style that seems to be trending as of late, it might just be the Brut IPA — and the Ska Brewing Moral Panic Brut IPA is assuredly one of the best brut IPAs around, a pleasing, effervescent sipper for when it’s still a bit hot out, but you still want an IPA.

Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots — $291.98

An iconic pair of boots to wear all season long.

I can guarantee you this won’t be the last time you read about Wolverine boots here on the blog this fall — the Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots are a classic pair of men’s boots to get you into the spirit of the season, to be sure.

Flint and Tinder Washed Hat — $40¬†

An easy ballcap to throw on whenever you want.

We’re all about casual fall style today, and this Flint and Tinder Washed Hat is the stylish new ballcap to throw on … whenever you want on a fall weekend, truly.

SYMBOL Audio AERO 25″ Media Stand — $2,545

A seriously cool, covetable way to store your favorite records.

As fall weather approaches, so too does the desire to curl up, bundle up (with the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie, of course) and put on a favorite record. To store your records in a way that’s highly stylish, look to SYMBOL Audio (and get your credit card handy, to be sure).

Arvin Goods Crew Socks — $14¬†

These socks perfectly channel retro cool, correct? Correct.

Who doesn’t love a pair of stylish retro socks, right? The Arvin Goods Crew Socks channel throwback vibes and should pair up nicely with slim faded denim and of course, some Pro Keds sneakers to complete the look.

Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag — $240¬†

A durable, easily transportable overnight bag.

Last but not least … wondering about the best gear for a fall weekend trip? Well, wonder no more — the Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag is the best bag for when you want to travel light … as in, very light.

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OK, that’ll do it for today’s roundup of the best new men’s gear. Feeling ready for fall yet? Which of the above picks is a must-buy? I think you can’t go wrong with the Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag to really kick things up a notch for fall, and the same can certainly be said for a pair of Mott and Bow denim, right? Right. If you’ve got any favorites, let me know on Twitter. Cheers!

 

 

Style Pick of the Week: Danner x New Balance miUSA 585 Sneakers

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.

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Contemplating the weekend in NYC’s Bryant Park — during a Friday lunch break. miUSA 585 Sneakers from the Danner x New Balance collab. Cole Bomber Jacket by Beckett Simonon. Cove Shirt by Life/After/Denim. Slim black selvedge by Todd Shelton. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Colorblocked socks by Richer Poorer. Glasses by Frameri.

Perhaps it’s been the slightly breezy, fall-esque weather in Brooklyn, but durable, premium footwear is certainly something that’s been on the mind of your Style Guide¬†publisher, editor and writer as¬†of late. Although we just covered the excellent SeaVees Huckberry Chukka in last week’s Style Pick of the Week post, we’re back at it here with a pair of footwear that’s every bit as perfect for fall style — and quite a bit pricier, if we’re being honest.¬† Yes indeed, the Danner x New Balance miUSA 585 is quite the sneaker, blending the ingenuity and technology of New Balance with the quality and craftsmanship of Danner. Oh, and it’s made in America at New Balance’s Maine factory. Sounds too good to be true, ehh? Not so fast, my friend. Having tested out these sneakers, I can tell you that they’re the real deal — and then some.¬†The Danner x New Balance miUSA¬†585 takes advantage of the best of the best that these two Portland-based companies have to offer (that would be New Balance’s roots in Maine, and Danner’s home base in Oregon). It’s part of the American Pioneer Project, and¬†that partnership also features the Danner x New Balance Light, an outdoor boot that merges hybrid style and performance. The 585 is a bit of a different look from your classic boot or sneaker, though. The 585¬†takes New Balance’s traditional¬†outdoor trail silhouette, and merges it with the sort of durable touches found on Danner boots, like rich Horween leather. Boot laces give these sneakers a¬†sporty-yet-versatile look, and ballistic nylon found on the upper also gives it a ton of durability, as does¬†So is it a sneaker? A boot? How do you wear it? All crucial questions given the price tag ($359.99 ain’t exactly cheap, fellas).

The answer to the first of those two questions would be that, yes — it’s a sneaker. But it can wear like a boot. The higher heel prevents you from rolling your ankle, critical whether you’re dashing to the subway or the plane — or stepping out of your favorite pub (right? Right??). It’s fit for casual Friday pairings aplenty, as you can see above — try it with a beautiful Beckett Simonon suede bomber jacket, a patterned shirt (the one at the top is from Life/After/Denim), and slim black Todd Shelton selvedge. Now, you’ll have to wait for that bomber jacket, but the good news is that you can pick up these sneakers, and wear them, right away. The rich Horween leather gives the Danner x New Balance miUSA 585 a dressier feel than most¬†kicks¬†— given the price tag, you’re going to want to get as much wear out of them as you can. Just be sure to keep them nice and cleaned up (soap and water¬†on¬†a¬†cloth is a¬†quick way to keep the heel and sole scuff-free).¬†The Horween leather¬†should develop a¬†nice patina over time, too. And lest¬†we forget, the¬†combination between sporty and casual style means you can team them up with a lightweight navy blazer and¬†dark blue¬†denim¬†at the office, and they’re absolutely perfect to wear with a slim cardigan and a¬†classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt¬†for a sharp weekend coffee run. The difficult thing is going to be resisting the urge to wear them into winter — these are sneakers that should be stored for a¬† bit, then broken back out in the spring. In the meantime, the Danner x New Balance miUSA 585 will look plenty handsome on your shelf.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: #Menswear Essentials

Editor’s note: The below giveaway is¬†made possible through a partnership with Nakturnal and features prizes from East Dane. Read on to win!

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials -- if you're lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials — if you’re lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

Although The Style Guide just ran a reader giveaway earlier this month with the great team at Tread for Men, we’re running another one today, and it’s focused on #menswear essentials — not bad, right? After all, you can never have enough stylish pieces with which to put together outfits. We’re talking menswear essentials that you can, and should, pick up and wear on the daily — things like a slim chambray shirt, dark denim, or suede chukkas. But where to find such essentials? Well, there are certain E-commerce sites that offer up all those pieces at once, with an eye for style that’s continental and classic. East Dane is one such site — if you’ve read this blog, you know that your humble author is¬†definitely a fan. And if you can see that photo above — all East Dane pieces — you best believe they know what they’re talking about.

That’s why¬†I’m so pleased today¬†to partner up with¬†Nakturnal and offer up two (yes, TWO!) $100 gift cards to East Dane and the site’s¬†well-curated assortment of men’s lifestyle goods. The site’s slate of brands runs the gamut from venerable institutions like Filson and Converse to up-and-comers like Public School ¬†— truly,¬†they’ve got something for everyone. Particularly if you’re looking for something like a great pair of men’s jeans, they’ve got you. And if you want to get 50% off men’s goods right now — everything from chukkas to shirts to blazers — well, they’ve also got you. Now, note that if you’re based outside the U.S., shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but you’re on the hook for any potential customs tariffs — we’re all about saving you money here at The Style Guide, see?

But back to the menswear at East Dane:¬†It’s a terrific mix of classic, straightforward-yet-continental pieces, and in all, you could feasibly spend hours zipping around the site — as I’ve done in the past. If you want to dive right in and earn that gift card mentioned above, follow the giveaway details below; best of luck to those entering, and join the menswear conversation at The Style Guide Facebook page in the meantime. And the great thing is, you’ve got a whole week to enter! Good luck!

To win one of two $100 East Dane gift cards, comment below or share a link in the comments detailing your favorite item on the East Dane site.

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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