The List: Here’s All of the Best New Men’s Style Gear to Buy For Summer

The one watch you need this summer — plus, the rest of my gear picks below.

For everyday summer style, it’s sometimes best not to overdo it, to not go way too over the top. That’s the focus of today’s edition of The List — reliable, tough gear made to last and made to wear just about anywhere, from the stylish VAER watch shown above to the perfect T-shirt for summer and some of the best light wash jeans on the market. Again, these are pieces that aren’t too flashy, and you’ll be all the better served for it.  Like what you see? Be sure to keep up with me on Twitter.

VAER Watches Heritage Watch — $169.98 

A rugged and dependable daily watch for the office and the weekend.

As mentioned above, every guy needs a dependable, reliable and stylish everyday watch — the VAER Watches Heritage Watch is exactly the right kind of watch to get the job done. Wear it for summer travel and to the office in equal measure.

Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Triblend Tee — $35

One of the best men’s T-shirts your money can buy right now.

Is this substantial-but-not-too-heavy tee the perfect T-shirt for summer? Available in a range of neutral colors and made in America by Flint and Tinder, I’d say … YES.

Mott and Bow Slim Laight Jeans — $128

These slim jeans are reliable, stylish and ready for the office or the weekend.

For wearing to the office (with a navy cotton blazer and a white Oxford shirt) or wearing on the weekend (with a classic T-shirt), you need some of the best light wash jeans your money can buy — so, you need a pair from Mott and Bow.

Grayers Navy Floral-Printed Chambray Shirt — $88

A subtly stylish printed shirt for all your summer fun.

Every guy needs at least one or two stylish printed shirts in his summer wardrobe — they shake things up and make a fun party or BBQ piece. You can wear this Grayers printed shirt plenty this season.

Relwen Bivouac Weekend Duffel Bag — $168

The go-anywhere duffel bag to bring with you on every summer adventure.

The good folks at Relwen always deliver when it comes to stylish, military-inspired apparel — now, they’ve upgraded your everyday carry with a durable duffel bag for summer travel. Grab and go.

Mott and Bow Wythe Denim Shirt — $79

Yes indeed, more stylish Mott and Bow gear — this denim shirt is as good as it gets.

Don’t store your denim shirts just yet — this pleasing light wash denim shirt from Mott and Bow can easily help you take care of your laidback style needs (especially when worn with tan chinos and classic white sneakers).

Bellroy Travel Folio — $139

The sleek travel folio to take with you to the office and on the road this summer.

For summer travel, you can’t go wrong with a durable, stylish travel folio for your everyday carry— this one from Bellroy is sleek and sharp.

Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots in Whiskey Eagle — $348

The durable and tough-as-heck boots to wear to a rock concert (or a wedding?) this summer.

As far as an everyday pair of leather boots to pair up with your light wash denim shirt and other style staples, well, you’d do worse than the stunning Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots in a fantastic Whiskey Eagle leather.

Billy Reid Reversible Shirt Jacket — $395

A dependable shirt jacket to wear on breezy summer nights.

We’ve been talking a ton about versatile, durable gear that can go the distance — even in the summer, you could use a stylish shirt jacket (hey, it gets breezy out there!). Billy Reid is the way to go.

Bespoke Post Shore Box — $45

All the right gear for a day at the beach this summer.

Is it hard to believe that you get all of the above essential beach gear for under $50? Well, when you start signing up for Bespoke Post, it’s not that hard. What are ya waiting for??

Rhythm Classic Trunks — $68

The classic swim trunks for every beach vacation.

The next time you head to the beach, wear a pair of classic swim trunks like these from Rhythm — they’re stylish & affordable, possibly the perfect swim trunks for summer.

Yuketen Loafers — $340

Well-crafted loafers that you’ll want to wear to every special occasion this summer.

Are you on board with the resurgence in stylish loafers out there? Or not quite yet? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you glimpse the Yuketen Loafers, a pair of the best men’s loafers for your next summer wedding or cocktail party.

 

OK, my friends. It’s now time to wrap up this post covering the best summer style essentials out there. What’s your favorite of the above list? I personally love the Yuketen Loafers for easygoing-yet-sharp summer style.

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Style Q+A: Buck Mason

Editor’s note: For more in our Style Q+A series, click here. The following post is not sponsored in any way by Buck Mason, although affiliate banners may appear in other select posts.

An American lifestyle brand that's, well, inspired by and built in America. Photo courtesy of Buck Mason.

An American lifestyle brand that’s, well, inspired by and built in America. Photo courtesy of Buck Mason.

There are some brands that do one thing, and do it so well, that you can’t help but appreciate them. For yours truly over here, that’s been the case with Buck Mason, purveyors of, among other great #menswear, possibly the best T-shirt on the market. That’s certainly saying something, but it’s the approach and the end result that makes them a brand worth knowing — that goes for other classic style staples they produce, like sturdy raw indigo denim, essential chambray shirting, cotton linen shorts and critically, Buck Mason’s famous slim chinos. Across the board, the attention to detail that goes into something as seemingly simple as one of the brand’s slim slub tees is pretty remarkable, right down to details like the curved hem and the textured fabric. It’s that approach that’s won over your humble author, as I’ve followed the brand for a few years now and covered their essential tees for The Manual. It makes sense that with such a reliable, classic and well-made product assortment, they were bound to be a Style Guide favorite. And learning more about the brand only reinforces that notion. Co-founders Sasha Koehn and Erik Schnakenberg were kind enough to answer some essential questions about the brand for this site’s ongoing Style Q+A series , which delves into the minds of Style Guide friends like Megan Collins of Style Girlfriend and Barron Cuadro of Effortless Gent. So sit back, read on and perhaps swing over to the Buck Mason site to shop more great menswear.

The Style Guide: Take me into the background of Buck Mason and the “A-ha” moment that launched the brand and the brand’s ideals?

Sasha Koehn: A few years back, I was visiting my family in Cleveland when I stumbled upon these old, abandoned factories, and it dawned on me how few American companies actually make stuff here. I looked into it, and discovered that 97% of the clothing purchased in America is made overseas and that almost all of it is sold at a retail mark up of over 600%. That was really my call to action, and I knew I could build something around that.

Erik Schakenberg: At the same time, we didn’t want to be putting more filler out into the world. We wanted to create a brand that manufactures domestically, but that also produces value; garments that are timeless, and mean something.

SK: We wanted to simplify the male wardrobe to a clean, effortless style that we felt could stand the test of time. Our designs are derived from classic American staples that men feel comfortable in.

ES: We thought, “Let’s make high quality, affordable goods, and let’s make them here.” Because Sasha and I were both coming at this from a more creative – possibly even idealistic ­- place, the usual roadblocks like margin didn’t apply. The bottom line was irrelevant, we just decided we were going to do it and make it work. Sometimes not knowing exactly what you’re getting into allows you to see things a little differently, and to go down paths everyone else thinks are dead ends.

Once we figured out the concept, we shifted to thinking about the execution. How can we make our products accessible, while still taking care of the people who make them? We decided on a consumer direct model­ instead of wholesaling our products to a traditional retailer, who would have to mark them up in order to make a profit, we sell directly to the customers ourselves. This way we can keep the prices low, while still paying everyone in our supply chain a fair wage.

TSG: The brand’s product categories have expanded over time, but take me into the process of starting out with basics like tees?

SK: If we had a motto, it would be design through reduction, which is completely unusual. My father’s a sculptor, works in stone, chips away at massive blocks; we’re doing the same thing. It’s subtractive, you take your raw material and you cut away the noise, the nonsense, the excess, until you’re left with something simple and refined and perfect. We aggregate, and subtract, and what’s left? The cut, the fabric, and the construction.

Distillation, that’s how you make the best t­shirts, jeans, button­-ups and chinos in the world.

SK: Whether you’re shopping online, going to the mall, or at a department store, there is a good chance you are sifting and sorting through hundreds of irrelevant styles, colors, and patterns before you actually find what you want.

ES: We don’t focus much on fashion or the pantone color of the month, and trend forecasting isn’t really our thing. We take the staples, your oxford, chino, jean and tee, and we strip it. No unnecessary branding, no filler. Then we rebuild it with incredible fabrics in cuts and colors guys look great in. The classics made better than the classics, that’s what we do.

SK: We want to completely reduce the overwhelming shopping experience. There’s so much detritus, so much junk out there ­ culling the line was essential. We really try to stick to what we’re good at, and what our guy needs. It harkens back to that subtractive approach. Our stuff is so pared down and smart, you’d be hard pressed to put together an outfit that looked bad. Seriously.

Just a plain T-shirt? Think again -- made in America construction, slubby fabric and small style details make this one a big-time winner. Photo courtesy of Buck Mason.

Just a plain T-shirt? Think again — made in America construction, slubby fabric and small style details make this one a big-time winner. Photo courtesy of Buck Mason.

TSG: What would you say sets Buck Mason T-shirts apart from others on the market?

ES: There’s been an incredible reaction to Buck Mason tees. Thousands of customers have waited months on a waiting list for us to restock our signature shirttail hem t­-shirt. One reason it’s such a hit is the rounded hem in the back hides a little extra weight if you happen to carry it. It’s a $60 by any other brand. … Affordable pricing allows us to serve more customers, and not be limited to a small demographic like most of our peers in the luxury space.

SK: We’ve totally bypassed the archaic wholesale model by selling directly to consumers online, and through our brick-and-mortar shops in Venice and Silver Lake. That way, we can offer well-­crafted garments at competitive prices, with the added benefit of stateside job growth.

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TSG: What are some styling tips you would give the guy who wants to try out one of your tees but isn’t sure how to wear it?

SK: Our collection is really for everyone. Our stuff is so understated that there’s room for interpretation. It’s clothing as a vessel, the guy is what’s important. It’s not about the label, it’s about fit, and fabric and construction. If you appreciate that, you’re our guy.

ES: There is a group of men who want to look great but don’t necessarily care about fashion or trends. They want to invest the least amount of time possible to achieve a sophisticated, cool style. We don’t only design for that guy, but we always consider him, since he really stands for what Sasha and I are all about.

SK:  Aren’t the best-dressed people always the one’s who look like they aren’t trying? That’s what we offer; a line that you can mix and match with stuff you already have, or with our stuff, and you’ll look terrific. It’s about crafting clothes that’ll look great in ten, twenty, thirty years. And with our quality, it’s going to.

TSG: Are there other product categories in which the brand might expand in the future?

ES: We’re going to be releasing our first outerwear piece in the fall: the perfect leather Motorcycle jacket. We don’t want to give too much away – but believe us when we tell you it’s going to be one of the best-made, best-fitting, and best-priced moto jackets out there.

TSG: Is there anything else exciting in the works for the brand?

SK: We just finished converting a full-size 1997 GMC Bluebird school bus into a mobile Buck Mason store. We rebuilt it from the wheels up, and the aesthetic matches that of our retail shops and website – a white, clean, minimal interior filled with textures and elements that embody Buck Mason. When you enter it, you get a sense of who we are right away, and it’s a fun and unique way for customers to shop our product, and much more engaging than the traditional brick and mortar retail experience. And, eventually, we’re actually going to be taking it out on the road. Customers outside of LA don’t get to go hands-on with our stuff, so we’re really looking forward to bringing our American-made products to America. Plus, who doesn’t love a good road trip?

To keep up with the goings-on over at the brand’s HQ, follow Buck Mason on Instagram or Twitter. To keep up with the fella writing this post, hit the ‘Follow’ button on IG.

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The Friday Read: How to Style A Blazer, American-Made Watches & Taylor Stitch

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.  

Although all weeks go by particularly fast around these parts, this past week was one for a bit (just a bit) of reflection amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC. I had the chance to catch up for some delicious patio brews and oysters with my good friend Clay Chambers of Brothers & Craft, who just returned from some momentous time abroad at menswear trade and runway shows in London, Paris and Milan (and in fact, you can catch more on Clay in a Style Guide Q&A).  We took the time to catch up, to chat menswear and to take some time out from the grind — we find ourselves in different places a lot, but always reconnect. It’ was a great reminder to slow down every so often and take life in stride (even if the scenery is a bustling New York sidewalk). That helped cap off a busy week indeed, and I’m even more excited to finish off the work week with a special night at Daryl’s House Club (just a quick train ride from NYC), seeing one of my favorite groups of all-time, Lucius.  Their music definitely reminds me to slow down and take things in, and even if it’s my second time seeing them, it should be just as special. I hope you get the chance to take some time, relax and enjoy the weekend — but not before checking out the Friday Read below (wink, wink).

  • The ever-stylish team at Valet offers up 4 tips on how to style a blazer this summer; some of those combinations are absolutely perfect, don’t you think? (Editor’s note: For more tips on how to rock a blazer, click here).
  • The equally style-minded team at Gear Patrol reports that American watch company Weiss will be launching the first watch featuring an American-made movement in a long time.
  • Non-Style Note of the Week: We  all love some Starbucks, right? Well, there’s a chance they could be underserving and overcharging you — a case is headed to court claiming that Starbucks is overcharging you for smaller lattes; not exactly a great value, ehh?

On the lookout for more style content?

  • The team at Taylor Stitch is back at it again with the seriously sturdy Transit Duffel — get all the details via my latest post at GearMoose.
  • Add another collection to your list of “must-do” shopping — the Canvas by Lands’ End line is packed with style essentials, as I found out in writing a brand profile for the great team at The Manual!

Lastly, thanks as always for reading, and enjoy the weekend,

-Beau

Buck Mason - Timeless Design. Made in America.