The List: A New Watch and New Sneakers Are Some of The 20 Best Summer Style Essentials

An ideal short-sleeve shirt for summer adventures, guaranteed.

It’s a new week, and to get things started off in style, how about we chat about some summer style essentials via a new edition of The List, ehh? Alright, sounds like a plan. By now, perhaps you feel you’ve been dressing in style for summer for a while now — too long, in fact. That’s what today’s men’s gear picks are here to fix — in fact, I put together 20 of the best gear picks for summer to buy now, including stylish sneakers for summer and plenty more. Consider these pieces a mini-wardrobe refresh to help you power through these dog days ahead, starting with (you guessed it), the perfect short-sleeve shirt for summer. Adventure awaits — let’s get right to it.

Wellen Eddy Shirt — $88

This adventure-minded shirt is also available in a cool Plaid pattern.

The best men’s short-sleeve shirts have a few things in common, including an easygoing wearability. The Wellen Eddy Shirt, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, also features a water-resistant hidden rear welt pocket perfectly sized to hold, well … a can of beer. Talk about an adventure-ready shirt.

Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch — $179

Durable, classic and modern from Timex and Todd Snyder.

See, I told you we’d be talking about a new watch for summer. Heck, what else goes perfectly with your new favorite short-sleeve shirt? An iconic (and fast-selling) Timex x Todd Snyder watch is the answer here, specifically, the standout Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch. Talk about a watch that’s perfect for summer.

Taylor Stitch Adventure Shorts — $88

Rugged, go-anywhere shorts to wear the rest of summer.

In this ongoing spirit of adventure for today’s post about the best new men’s gear, why not get some suitably named, stylish summer shorts from Taylor Stitch? The DWR finish means these can go just about anywhere (especially when worn with a Taylor Stitch polo).

Frank And Oak Skipper Sneakers — $129

Stylish, sustainable sneakers from one of your favorite brands.

Here are those stylish new sneakers I mentioned. To say the very least, I go way back with the folks at Frank And Oak here on the blog (seriously, check out this throwback Frank And Oak review!). All that being said, we’ve both grown a lot in time, and now, Frank And Oak is making some of the most sustainable sneakers for men out there. They could just be your new favorite summer sneakers, too.

Buck Mason Slub Knit Bandana 2-Pack — $28

The coolest face covering out there? Quite possibly.

There’s no getting away from needing a stylish face covering for a long while ahead — might as well go with a seriously cool Buck Mason bandana in a slub knit fabric, like a “T-shirt for your face.” I’ve been testing these out from the brand recently, and I can report that they’re very, very cool.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses via GlassesUSA.com$154

Classic sunglasses for utterly classic style.

The benefits of buying stylish sunglasses from GlassesUSA.com? Nearly too many to count, starting with the 365-day warranty and 100 percent money back guarantee. Oh, and the fact that you can pick up classic sunglasses like the iconic Ray-Ban aviators alongside stylish prescription glasses? Things just keep getting better and better. Add in the fact that you can customize your sunglasses with prescription lenses … that’s just icing on the cake.
Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Khaki — $118

Slim jeans in a summer-ready fabric.

The good folks at Mott and Bow just know how to make some of the best men’s jeans — they’re a longtime favorite of the blog for that very reason. And the Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans, with a lightweight construction and a summer-friendly color, are ideal for the season.

Flint and Tinder Light Wash Denim Jacket — $178

The absolute coolest denim jacket to buy right now.

Is it any wonder that Flint and Tinder makes, quite simply, one of the best denim jackets out there? The light wash and easy-to-layer weight make this perfect to throw on atop, say, your Wellen Eddy Shirt.

YETI LoadOut Go Box 30 — $250

A rugged color made for all your summer excursions.

Hey, who can resist the call of the wild for a little outdoor adventure this season? Get off the beaten path with the best camping gear, and specifically, one of the toughest coolers on the market via YETI. It gets the job done.

Sonic Editions “Connery in Goldfinger” Print — $349

Add a piece of history to your wall, ASAP.

We’ve talked in the past about some of the coolest prints for your home, and as luck would have it, they’re being made by Sonic Editions and sold by my friends at Huckberry. Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” gets the iconic and truly excellent treatment in this gallery-quality print. Perfect for your den or office.

Billykirk No. 495 Camera Strap — $115

Quite possibly the coolest way to carry your camera this summer.

What better way to document your adventures this summer than on camera — and assisted by a seriously stylish camera strap from Billykirk, no less? The No. 495 Camera Strap is as well-made as it gets.

Nisolo Travel Derby in Brandy Leather — $130

The best shoes for summer? You be the judge of that.

You’ve assuredly read about these stylish summer shoes previously on the blog, but get a load of this — they’ve updated the Nisolo Travel Derby in stylish, handsome leather, making them some of the coolest shoes for summer (no doubt). Wear them with your Mott and Bow denim, for starters.

Peg & Awl Expedition Stool — $240

The rugged leather stool to upgrade your campire or den.

Hey now, let’s close out this post with an essential piece of stylish summer furniture. Namely, the Peg & Awl Expedition Stool is incredibly well-made — it features vegetable-tanned leather and sustainably sourced oak — and perfectly sized to fit in your den, your office or out around the bonfire.

Richer Poorer Pullover Hoodie — $78

An ideal casual hoodie for summer nights from Richer Poorer and Bespoke Post.

Let’s say you’re taking the Nisolo Travel Derby for a spin on a casual summer night (perhaps at a bonfire) … in that case, you need one of the best hooded sweatshirts for the season, and this easygoing option from Richer Poorer is as solid a bet as any.

Danner Trail 2650 Mid — $180

Perfect hiking boots for plenty of off-road summer excursions.

Let’s shift away from lightweight summer footwear for a second, shall we? Your adventures off-trail call for some of the best men’s hiking boots, yet it’s also handy if those hiking boots look darn good while they’re helping you through rugged terrain. The Danner Trail 2650 Mid checks all the right boxes there, folks.

Grayers Horizon Summer Twill Short-Sleeve Shirt — $88

The perfect short-sleeve shirt to wear on casual summer days.

Sometimes, you just need a straightforward, stylish short-sleeve shirt. Made from a lightweight cotton twill in a breezy summer color, this classic summer shirt from Grayers is perfect to wear with, for example, slim tan chinos and white sneakers. Simple as that (and available for a nice price).
Roka Halsey Sunglasses — $145

Cool-as-can-be sunglasses to wear all summer long.

Alright, so you’ve got your stylish short-sleeve shirt and you’ve stocked your YETI cooler (more on what it’s stocked with in just a second). You’d be remiss if you didn’t accessorize for the day with some of the most stylish men’s sunglasses from Roka, featuring a unique design and paramount functionality.
Cutwater Spirits Lime Vodka Soda — $12.99 via Drizly

Tasty, refreshing and perfect for summer.

Looking for a perfectly acceptable pairing with your Grayers short-sleeve shirt? Allow me to introduce the seriously refreshing, lo-cal Cutwater Spirits Lime Vodka Soda. Now, I love great beer as much as the next guy, but I’ve found that a palette cleanser is necessary throughout the week. As I’ve tested out out Cutwater Spirits, I’ve been mighty impressed at the flavor and crisp, refreshing drinking experience (it helps that it starts with the distillery’s Cutwater Vodka). Cheers to that, ehh?
Hawthorne Hand Care Kit — $28

Two steps to take care of your hands this summer.

Staying safe and hygienic should still be top of mind for everyone — why not get a stylish and effective kit of two hand care essentials that helps you meet this aim easily? You’ve also got the choice to customize your hand care kit after a brief survey, so it’s tailored to the needs of your skin. After testing the kit courtesy of the brand, I’m a big fan.
Bellroy Weekender Plus — $279

Pack up this roomy weekender bag with all your travel essentials — when the time comes, of course.

Why don’t we close things out the right away — with a bit of a look toward the future? After all, you’ll eventually need one of the best weekender bags to plan out your next trip, and you might as well go with the Bellroy Weekender Plus. Featuring a whopping 45 liters of carrying capacity and made from water-resistant woven fabric that’s also crafted from recycled materials,it’s one of the coolest weekender bags I’ve seen.

HELM Boots

That’s going to wrap up today’s edition of The List. How many of the above picks are now on your shopping wish list? And where to even begin??

HELM Boots

It’s tough to pass up planning for the future, as one of the coolest weekender bags might help you do, but I’m also all for getting out and about right now — that’s where picks like a Buck Mason bandana or the Timex x Todd Snyder Q Bracelet Watch can help. Of course, I’m also partial to the incredibly cool and well-designed Wellen Eddy Shirt or the summer-friendly style of the iconic Ray-Ban aviators or a classic summer shirt from Grayers. To give me your take on these picks, join me over on Twitter. Cheers!

 

The List: Keep Spring Rolling with the Best New Men’s Style Gear to Shop Now

A rugged field jacket that your closet needs ASAP for spring.

It’s been, to say the very least, a different spring than usual. Backyard BBQs and rooftop parties have been replaced by solitary hikes and back porch beers … and yet, that means shopping for spring style essentials is more crucial than ever. The best new men’s style gear can just as easily be worn at home hanging with the family as it can when we finally get the chance to get back out there — kind of like the excellent Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket shown above (more on that in a second). So, the best new menswear for spring? Get it all below, and then look forward to getting out there.

Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket — $198

The best jacket for spring to buy now? It’s certainly one of them.

Simply put, there’s no better time to get one of the best spring jackets than now — right now. This rugged field jacket plays off old-school safari inspiration to deliver one of the coolest spring jackets — it’s a seriously neat new offering from Flint and Tinder.

Buck Mason Standard Light Wash Jeans — $145

Slim light wash jeans that pack a serious punch in terms of style.

Yes, the time is right to buy some of the best light wash jeans for spring — and if you know Buck Mason, you know they’re the brand to shop now. Wear these slim light wash jeans as often as you can (yes, even to work from home).

Grayers Chambray Double Cloth Shirt — $98

A breezy, stylish spring shirt from Grayers.

Grayers Double Cloth Shirts are the stuff of (near) legend — they’re some of the best men’s shirts for spring, what with their breezy fabric and breezy fits. This is one of the best spring shirts you can buy for expert casual style.

Corridor NYC Summer Acid Plaid Shirt — $148

A seriously cool Western shirt to wear as often as you can this spring.

Let’s keep it focused on the best men’s shirts for spring for just one second, shall we? Corridor NYC has coe up with one of the best Western shirts your author has seen in some time. Wear this with your slim light wash jeans.

HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots — $325

Classically rugged leather boots to wear all spring (yes, all spring).

Yes, you can absolutely wear your favorite leather boots this spring. In fact, the HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots are some of the most rugged leather boots for the season … yet they’re surprisingly lightweight, too. Pair them up, again, with your slim light wash jeans.

Buck Mason Lightweight Double Slub Sweatshirt — $72

A lightweight sweatshirt to pair with Buck Mason denim.

Breezy spring weather still abounds out there, so at times like these, it’s ideal to have one of the best men’s lightweight sweatshirts on deck. If it’s this Buck Mason crewneck sweatshirt in a spring-friendly color? Even better.

Momentum Watches Smokejumper Watch — $215

A tough everyday watch that’s going to get the job done, easily.

We haven’t talked a ton about the best men’s adventure watches — like the Momentum Watches Smokejumper Watch — seeing as most of us haven’t been going on a ton of adventures. But if you want a rugged everyday watch, then this timepiece is but one of the most stylish all-black watches you can shop.

GREATS Court High Sneakers — $209

Remarkably stylish, cool high-top sneakers.

Brooklyn-based GREATS has been consistently making some of the best men’s sneakers for years now — and these stylish high-top sneakers are no different. If you’ve been wanting to add some retro-inspired high-top sneakers to your rotation, best go with the GREATS Court High.

Mulo Espadrilles — $190

The coolest slip-on shoes for spring? You be the judge.

Speaking of essential footwear for spring, what about adding some surprisingly stylish espadrilles to your spring footwear rotation? Wear these with everything from the best light wash jeans for spring to the the best men’s off-white pants. On that note …

Flint and Tinder 365 Pants in Salt — $98

Pants that are stylish and cool-as-can-be for spring.

Now is the time to try something new — like, say, the best men’s off-white pants. Not quite full-on white, not quite too faded-out, these Flint and Tinder 365 Pants are some of the best men’s pants for spring to begin with, and the Salt color is pretty critical to switching up your spring style, too.

Wellen Hemp Stripe Polo — $62

Made the right way — and with versatility in mind.

A stylish striped polo is a spring style must-have, even if you’re wearing it for outdoor dinners at home with the family versus large backyard BBQs. Good news is, the Wellen Hemp Stripe Polo is a both a stylish and sustainable polo you can wear with anything.
Celia & Perah Wireless Wood Speaker — $161.98

One of the coolest wireless speakers you’re apt to find.

Perhaps you, like me, have been spending a lot of time at home listening to your favorite music (on that note, to see what I’m listening to at the moment, you can usually head to my Instagram or Instagram Stories). Well, to upgrade your home audio even further, might I suggest this stylish wireless speaker from Celia & Perah?
Gola Classics Mark Cox Selvedge Trainer — $70

Sleek trainers that feature cool denim details.

These are classic spring sneakers if ever I’ve seen a pair, and they’re a play on the style worn by tennis legend Mark Cox. This pair in particular features vintage denim trim highlights, and crucially updates the original 1975 silhouette.
Hill City High Pile Pullover — $138

A cool, easy-to-layer pullover you’ll want to wear all weekend.

For casual, cool spring style, you need one of the best men’s pullovers. What’s more, you need one of the most versatile men’s pullovers, one that doesn’t look out of place on either a solitary hike or a jaunt to pick up your favorite to-go coffee. The Hill City High Pile Pullover just works.
Mott and Bow Classic Cashmere Crew — $149

A classic spring crewneck that looks great — no matter what you wear it with.

If you haven’t caught on by now, occasionally chilly spring evenings call for a stylish spring sweater that can serve as your top layer in a pinch — Mott and Bow now makes one of the best men’s sweaters for such an occasion, one that you can easily wear with Mott and Bow denim, too.
Lojel Urbo 2 Tote — $90

Remarkably durable and made for your next trip (hopefully, soon!).

The next time you need to commute or hit the road on a trip (hopefully, sooner rather than later!), grab this sleek tote bag from Lojel, made with tough 1000-denier fabric in a sharp black colorway for the ultimate in on-the-go travel style.

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OK,  my friends. So we bring another edition of The List, covering the best new men’s style gear, to a close. Do you have a favorite when it comes to the selections above? I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan right off the bat of the Flint and Tinder Desert Field Jacket — and of course, I think it would wear extremely well with the HELM Boots Lou Teak Boots and some of the best light wash jeans for spring. There’s also something to be said for the casual versatility of pieces like the Hill City High Pile Pullover and the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, though. What say you? Feel free to catch up with me on Twitter. Happy shopping, stay safe!

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The List: Dress for the Polar Vortex with the Best New Gear for Winter

A seriously warm, rugged layer for your next winter adventure.

Just when you thought it was going to get a bit tougher to stay warm in style this winter, well, we’re back with another seasonally friendly edition of The List. And we’re kicking it off in a big way with the very pick shown above — the Flint and Tinder Expedition Shirt Jacket, the latest and greatest from the American-made menswear pioneers at F & T (and Huckberry). This is but one essential you need as you plan for how to dress for the polar vortex. It’ll serve as a welcome complement to the rest of the winter style essentials on this list … which you’re going to find out about if you keep scrolling, from the best men’s jeans to your new favorite winter coat. We’ll start it right now with three winter layering picks you need now, and we’ll go from there. Happy shopping, folks.

Flint and Tinder Expedition Shirt Jacket — $178

A rugged, tough shirt jacket that’ll provide non-stop warmth and comfort.

Leave it to Flint and Tinder to come up with one of the best men’s shirt jackets — a unique combination of remarkably durable 15.8-oz. double-layer flannel and wool for maximum warmth. It’s perfect to wear with your favorite henley, and it’s certainly among the best gear to wear on a cold morning.

Mott and Bow French Terry Sweatshirt — $89

A classic crewneck to wear with your favorite men’s jeans.

Meet the second of three must-have winter layers we’re featuring to kick off this piece — believe me, there’s plenty more, but these three picks just stood out right away. Crucially, the makers of your favorite denim are now crafting a classic crewneck sweatshirt, one that works at the office and on the weekend.

Western Rise AirLoft Quilted Jacket — $228

Tough, versatile & easy to layer — all critical for winter layering.

Yes, it’s true — your winter outerwear rotation needs a tough quilted jacket as much as it needs one of the best men’s shirt jackets, and this rugged Western Rise jacket is the right purchase to make now — the 4-way stretch insulation makes it one of the warmest winter jackets you can slip on right now.

Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers — $148

Durable, stylish trousers for any day of the week.

OK, so we just finished talking about gear like a tough quilted jacket,  a classic crewneck sweatshirt and one of the best men’s shirt jackets — but what are you going to wear with each of those pieces? Meet some of the best men’s trousers for your hard-earned dollars, the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers. Well-made, durable and versatile to wear to work or a whiskey distillery.

Duke Cannon Big Bourbon Beard Oil — $30

The best beard oil your money can buy — no doubt about it.

The folks at Duke Cannon won’t stop until they’ve crafted a full arsenal of the best beard products on the planet — including the highly functional Duke Cannon Big Bourbon Beard Oil, some of the best stuff to tame your mane & liven up your beard and skin this winter.

Bespoke Post Point Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

The sleek picks to round out your EDC this winter.

What do all of the above men’s style essentials have in common? Well, they all work particularly well as you dress for winter adventures — especially the Bespoke Post Point Box, packed with all the best everyday carry essentials you could want … and it’s only $45.

Flint and Tinder Full-Grain Leather Dopp Kit — $68

A rugged-yet-refined leather dopp kit from Flint and Tinder.

Speaking of everyday carry essentials, well, if you travel a lot, you surely need one of the best dopp kits for men — and luckily, the folks at Flint and Tinder are now making one of those, too. This stylish leather dopp kit is durable, refined and ready to handle your grooming essentials.

Todd Snyder Sherpa Overshirt (Huckberry Exclusive) — $248

Another overshirt in this week’s edition of The List, all the better to layer up this winter.

Now, you might notice that some of the gear picks on this list are a bit, well pricey. And the same can be said for this rugged sherpa overshirt from America’s foremost menswear designer, Todd Snyder. That being said, the Sherpa Overshirt is a one-of-a-kind item stocked by Huckberry, so you’d do well to pick it up.

Nicks Boots Americana Boots — $529 

Step out in style with the best leather boots — they’re tough to top.

Before you can get out on an adventure with your everyday carry essentials (and perhaps the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers), you’re going to need to be wearing the right pair of boots. In this instance, you won’t find a tougher pair of leather boots than the remarkable Nicks Boots Americana Boots. Too perfect for winter.

Fjallraven Lappland Merino Henley — $150

A durable, performance-minded henley from Fjallraven.

OK, you’ve got one of the best men’s shirt jackets for winter – what’s your base layer? Answer: It’s the rugged, layering-friendly Fjallraven Lappland Merino Henley, made with merino wool to wick away moisture while providing cozy comfort. It’s your new favorite henley, it’s from Fjallraven … you need it now.

Flint and Tinder Wayfarer Wool Blazer — $298

Say hello to your new favorite blazer.

Yes, folks … they did it. Flint and Tinder made a blazer. Not just any blazer … the Flint and Tinder Wayfarer Wool Blazer could easily be one of the best winter blazers you’ll throw on this year, what with its wool-blend construction and tailored fit.

Howler Brothers ATX Work Pants — $99

These tough work pants are a reliable winter snowpant substitute.

When the going gets tough, the tough (like yourself) step into some of the best men’s work pants — these Howler Brothers pants are uniquely suited to handle winter weather and weekend projects.
Astorflex Dukeflex Boots — $155

Lace up these handsome, versatile suede boots for any occasion.

Are these dress shoes? Are they stylish boots? Are they a bit of both? Yes, the Astorflex Dukeflex are all of the above, and you should wear them freely with a classic crewneck sweatshirt and the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers.
Armitron Brown Leather Watch — $45

Surprisingly stylish and effective for the price — well-done, Armitron.

To counteract some of the more investment-level pieces on this list, throw on the best casual watch at an affordable — very affordable — price. It’s the perfect complement to laidback gear like a tough quilted jacket and some of the best men’s trousers.
Whiskey Peaks Half-Dome Beer Glasses — $30

Cheers to the season — these are some of the best, coolest beer glasses for your favorite beverage.

What goes well with all of the winter style picks shown above? Why, an ice-cold beer — preferably served in some well-made beer glasses like the Whiskey Peaks Half-Dome Beer Glasses shown above. Cheers!
Corridor NYC Unity Plaid Shirt — $111.98

You won’t be able to stop wearing this rugged flannel shirt.

What goes great with your favorite beer? Why, an utterly classic flannel shirt from Corridor NYC, that’s what. Wear this as often as you can, potentially layered up with that Fjallraven henley.
OK, that’s it. That’s this week’s entry. Do you have a favorite from the above picks? Maybe a classic flannel shirt from Corridor NYC? Perhaps the Flint and Tinder shirt jacket at the very top of the post? Or potentially, a Western Rise jacket or the Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers are going to finalize your perfect winter ensemble. Can’t forget the EDC-packed Bespoke Post Point Box or Duke Cannon’s Big Bourbon Beard Oil — the point is, this post is packed with (nearly) everything you need for winter. That’s all there is to it.

 

The List: Shop My Favorite Menswear Picks for August Right Now

An all-season shirt that’s particularly well-suited to close out summer.

If you check out the digital pages of this site on the regular, you’re well-acquainted with The List, my ongoing rundown of the best new men’s style essentials, often with a seasonal tilt. But some pieces, like the Proof Strong Shirt —  deserve to be worn in multiple seasons, the dead of summer included. We’re right on the verge of August, and summer is absolutely going strong, so the below crucial menswear picks offer up versatility, rugged functionality and a bit more summer adventure for the taking. Shop on.

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Proof Strong Shirt — $128

The classic chambray shirt you can wear from now until the end of the year.

Now, we’ve talked in the past on the blog about the Proof Strong Shirt, one of the best chambray shirts out there — easily. It’s an all-season classic, especially as we move through August into (gasp) fall.

Beckett Simonon Yates Oxford Brogues — $199

Sleek, stylish and custom-made — Beckett Simonon gets it right.

Looking for the best pair of dress shoes to wear to that last summer wedding? You’ve found them courtesy of Beckett Simonon. Wearable with everything from a khaki cotton suit to chambray trousers and a navy blazer (or dark denim and a white Oxford at the office).

SYMBOL Audio Dovetail Record Crate — $225

A handsome way to store your favorite records.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’re aware that I’m a huge fan of live music — and that I’ve got a slowly growing record collection. Although I’ve got the Tanner Goods Record Rack myself, I’d recommend you pick up this surprisingly stylish record crate for your collection.

Lum-Tec M82 Automatic Watch — $1,095

A beastly watch to wear as you close out summer. Perfectly rugged.

From stylish dress shoes to an investment-level watch? Yes, absolutely — Lum-Tec makes some of the best men’s watches on the market, and this timepiece is built to last all through August and well into fall.

Gramicci Shell Packable Shorts — $78

The durable, packable shorts for the end of summer.

Speaking of durable outdoor gear and the best men’s watches, allow me to introduce you to some of the best men’s shorts on the market, a field-ready pair you should have no problem wearing to a brewery or out on a day hike.

SeaVees Mariner Oxford — $117.98

Extremely dependable SeaVees sneakers, as one would expect.

If you check out the blog regularly (which you should!), then you know about the SeaVees Mariner Boots — but what about the classic men’s sneakers from the same brand that share the same heritage? That’s the SeaVees Mariner Oxford for you.

Wellen Printed Short-Sleeve Shirt — $68

A printed shirt that’s surprisingly subtle? Sign me up.

Wondering what sort of shirt you can wear with your classic men’s sneakers? Answer: This stylish printed shirt from Wellen, an easygoing end-of-summer staple.

Native North Japanese Tencel Pants — $130.98

The durable, mobile pants you won’t want to change out of.

Summer is all about staying breezy and cool, even as we move through August — these slim summer pants are the right way to go about it.

Peak Design Travel Backpack — $220 

The best everyday backpack to bring with you … everywhere?

There are your normal, everyday backpacks, and then there’s the Peak Design Travel Backpack, very likely one of the best backpacks you’re apt to find on this site (and elsewhere). Carry it on your next summer adventure, and then on into the next season.

Upstate Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set — Starting at $258

The best linen sheets you can buy? You decide.

If you just can’t escape the summer heat or if you sleep hot, then there’s no time like the present to get some of the best new linen sheets from Upstate. Stylish, well-made and guaranteed to help you sleep cooler.

BioLite Fire Pit + Solar Cover Bundle — $219.98

Two handy pieces of gear to pack up on your next camping trip.

Let’s step away again from the menswear space and check out the best outdoor gear you need for that summer or early fall camping getaway — BioLite delivers two camping essentials in affordably priced package.

Quoddy Tender Boat Shoes — $269

The leather boat shoes you didn’t know you needed.

Thought the time had passed to shop around for stylish boat shoes? Think again. There’s still ample opportunity to wear these surprisingly rugged boat shoes from Quoddy.

Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Henley — $38

A rugged short-sleeve henley to wear anytime, anywhere.

A classic short-sleeve henley is the go-to essential you can wear underneath anything (try a denim jacket or a cotton blazer), and it also works darn fine all on its own. As always, Flint and Tinder nails it.

STANCE No-Show Socks — Starting at $10

Well-designed no-show socks for summer’s final month.

Affordably priced, high-quality no-show socks can be somewhat tough to find — but that’s not the case anymore with STANCE. They offer a range of options and colors, plus no-slip functionality and sleek design.

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That’ll do it for today’s edition of The List, packed with all the best men’s style gear you can shake a stick at. Which of the above picks tops your own personal list? I think it’s hard to top durable sneakers like the SeaVees Mariner Oxford, and it’s also hard to pass up an investment-level watch from the likes of Lum-Tec. That’s my take, at least.  Happy shopping!

 

 

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.

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.