The List: Here are the Best Men’s Style Upgrades to Start the New Year

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Roll up your sleeves and get to work with this timeless Faherty Brand shirt.

Can you believe we’re already diving right into the first edition of The List for 2019? If you’re not familiar, we cover off on the best menswear essentials for every occasion you can think of. Whether you need menswear to wear to the office or a casual ensemble to wear to your favorite brewery, you’re going to find gear to help you do it in style. And as we look toward a new year, it’s worth reconsidering your style staples and upgrading them accordingly — starting with your new favorite flannel shirt from Faherty Brand. OK, let’s start the year right.

Faherty Brand Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt — $148
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No frills and no added bells & whistles — just a mighty fine shirt.

Simply put, it’s easy to look great when wearing gear from the likes of Faherty Brand. These West Coast-based menswear purveyors can seemingly do no wrong The Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt is a no-nonsense addition to your wardrobe, as easily wearable with slim denim and chukka boots as it is with classic chinos and brown leather dress shoes to start 2019.
Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka — $398

An exceptional parka to keep you warm all winter.

Searching for a truly badass, tough winter parka to pair with your new favorite shirt (that shirt being the Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt from Faherty Brand)? Well, here you go. An incredible effort from Flint and Tinder.
Peregrine Waffle Crew Neck Jumper — $144

A beautifully crafted sweater for cold winter mornings.

There are the type of rugged men’s sweaters you’re going to want to reach for on chilly winter mornings — the Peregrine Waffle Crew Neck might just take the cake, seeing as it’s that rugged and that stylish.
Buffalo Jackson Dakota Waxed Weekender — $294.98

A tough waxed canvas weekender bag for all your winter adventures.

You might know Buffalo Jackson for the brand’s stylish shirt jackets, but the Dakota Waxed Weekender has the potential to become your new favorite travel bag. The perfect bag to bring for any winter travel plans.
Taylor Stitch Primrose Jacket — $328
Taylor Stitch

Sleek, functional and ready for rainy days aplenty.

Blending the functionality of a trench coat and the sleek style akin to that of a fishtail parka, the Primrose Jacket from Taylor Stitch is simply uncompromising — just the coat to buy for the new year.
Bellroy Classic Set Slim Leather Wallet$109

Slim, sleek and functional — the perfect leather wallet.

Let’s be honest, you’re going to want to upgrade your wallet to start this year off right. The Bellroy Classic Set is a combination stylish leather wallet and key cover with RFID protection — pretty sweet, if you ask me.
 Flint and Tinder 10-Year Sweatpants — $88
Flint and Tinder

Perhaps the best men’s sweatpants — and certainly very comfortable.

Just because it’s now 2019 — with style resolutions abound — doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your sweatpants. Just upgrade your old pair with these stylish sweatpants from Flint and Tinder, ya dig?
About Vintage 1969 Special Edition Watch — $269

A striking and sharp timepeice to upgrade your watch collection for the new year.

From talking about casual sweatpants to talking about a classic leather dress watch? That’s how we do it here on the blog — this handsome About Vintage timepiece is a looker.
 Buck Mason Port Pima Curved Hem Henley — $48

A new classic — Buck Mason makes some of the best men’s henleys on the market.

From the rich color to the fine detailing to the neat curved hem, this Buck Mason henley is easily one of the best men’s henleys money can buy. Wear it with a rugged denim shirt from the same brand, or try it under a durable winter jacket with perfectly faded jeans.
Levi’s Trucker Jacket — $69.99 (When On-Sale from Levi’s)
Levi's

A rugged, timeless denim jacket from Levi’s.

Want to refresh your outerwear in a big way? There’s one way to do it, and that involves picking up a classic jean jacket from Levi’s, an iconic brand that makes the best men’s denim jacket around.
Billy Reid Denim Shirt — $195

A denim shirt that’s going to get better and better every time you wear it.

Speaking of denim … we’ve got a classic denim shirt from Billy Reid for the taking. We talked about how to wear the light wash iteration of this shirt in this #OOTD, and this indigo denim shirt is every bit as stylish and versatile.
Rhodes Dean Boots — $220
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Equal parts sleek and sturdy, these are an excellent addition to the Huckberry brand.

A new entry into the Huckberry arsenal of men’s style essentials last fall,the stunning Rhodes Dean Boots are high-quality and expertly crafted without breaking the bank. Surely, these are some of the best men’s leather boots to wear to upgrade your office ensemble.

Flyte Buckminster Levitating Lamp — $349

A seriously cool way to upgrade your home office or desk.

You know something we haven’t talked about quite yet? Stylish home decor upgrades to start 2019. Well, this eyecatching Flyte Levitating Lamp is one place to kick off your search.
Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans — $118

Slim, sharp black jeans — simply perfect.

Every guy arguably needs a pair of slim black jeans in his wardrobe — the Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans fit the bill very nicely. Wear them to your next rock concert.

That’ll wrap up our first take on The List for 2019. What sort of shopping must-haves are you looking at this year? For me personally, I can’t get enough of the exceptional Rhodes Dean Boots — and I’d wear them with the Brushed Alpine Flannel Shirt from Faherty Brand.
Alright, happy shopping!
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#OOTD: How to Dress in Style for the New Year

First off: Happy New Year! It’s wild to be entering 2019, but I’m excited you’re joinining us (for the first time as a Style Guide reader or as a seasoned vet!), and I’m ready to get to work when it comes to the best men’s style essentials to start the new year. Flipping the calendar to 2019 is an excellent time for reflection and reevaluation, and that’s certainly true in terms of the way you dress, whether you’re looking for tips on how to dress for the office, how to prepare for a cozy winter weekend or what to wear to your favorite brewery. Seriously, it’s all on the table, and each situation calls for the proper approach — and the proper gear, of course. And if you want to make some quick, easy and relatively affordable men’s style upgrades to start the new year, you’re in luck. We’re coming at you today with a rugged men’s field coat around which to build your entire outfit, and we’ve also got investment-level leather boots in the mix, not to mention a  stylish henley and slim canvas trousers from my friends at Faherty Brand. Those are just the main building blocks — I’d encourage you to mix and match these pieces for the office, the weekend or a winter getaway, or break them all out at once. It can be done — fear not, my friends. The overall point is that the new year calls for, well, a new you. At least in a small sense. If that sounds like a plan, and if you want to learn more about some of the best new men’s gear to wear anywhere, then let’s get to work.

The right gear to wear to start the new year — perfectly rugged and essential.

  • The Classic Field Coat: Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket, $299 — One of the easiest ways to up your style in the new year? Throwing on a rugged field coat.
  • The Shirt: Bridge and Burn Bedford Heather Shirt, $128 — Touted by the brand as the “perfect camping shirt,” this classic shirt is a timeless style that’s easy to layer and cut from soft, comfortable fabric, whether you’re doing some winter exploration or merely sidling up to the bar.
  • The Classic Henley: Flint and Tinder Slub Waffle Henley, $62 — The ideal base layer beneath that rugged winter shirt? A stylish henley from Flint and Tinder.
  • The Pants: Faherty Brand Stretch Canvas Trousers, $148  — Another easy way to upgrade your style? Reaching for durable, slim-fit pants featuring tough fabric and the same cut as your favorite jeans. Faherty Brand does it again.
  • The Rugged Leather Boots: Original Chippewa Service Boots, $279 — Never underestimate the power of a stylish pair of leather boots to start off the  new year, like these.
  • The Belt: Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey, $88 — We told you not to underestimate the utility of stylish leather boots — the same can be said for this classic leather belt. A perfect style upgrade for 2019 and beyond.
  • The Socks: CHUP Joiku Socks, $35 — Need new socks for the new year? Of course you do. CHUP makes some of the best men’s socks you can buy, hands down.
  • The Gloves: Give’r 4-Season Leather Gloves, $114 — We’re all about rugged, durable accessories — these leather gloves from Give’r also happen to be highly stylish.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: Bespoke Post Point Box, $45 — You’ll truly never know when you’ll need to break out your everyday carry essentials — this Bespoke Post box helpfully has ’em all.
  • The Hat: United By Blue Mariner Beanie, $19.60 — A stylish beanie for under $20 is the ideal way to keep warm and add some colorful flair to this 2019-ready outfit.

Hopefully by now, you see that upgrading your style for the new year reolves around taking certain style staples and stepping up your game ever so slightly — hence, the new rugged field coat to wear anywhere and everywhere, especially when paired with a classic winter shirt and a stylish henley from Flint and Tinder. The other basic pieces of this outfit, from the colorful United By Blue beanie cap to the classic leather belt from Taylor Stitch, happen to get the job done and offer up timeless, everyday appeal — exactly the right look you should be going for to start the new year. I also can’t recommend Faherty Brand enough — these purveyors of West Coast cool make a heck of a pair of slim-fit trousers for the office and the weekend. On the footwear front, you’re never going to go wrong with some of the best men’s leather boots out there, this time from Original Chippewa — wear ’em as much as you can this winter. Other accessories also do their part, including stylish leather gloves and the excellent Bespoke Post Point Box — several items you should never leave the house without. Again, the small details are also important to start the new year — that’s why you need a pair of the best men’s socks to round out this outfit.  And with all that being said, I think this #OOTD is one heck of a way to look put-together and stylish to start 2019. If you agree, feel free to let me know your thoughts over on Twitter. Thanks for reading and here’s to a great year!

The Friday Read: The Best New Shirt Jacket, Taylor Stitch and New Year’s Eve

A versatile and stylish way to start the new year — and end this one.

We’re just days — mere days — away from saying goodbye to 2018 and stepping with full force into 2019. We’ll get to that in a moment, but if I were you, I might just make my last purchase of 2018 the Taylor Stitch Coit Jacket, shown at the top of the page. A unique and unconventional choice when it comes to one of the best men’s winter jackets, I’d wager. Yes indeed, Taylor Stitch does it again. Now, onto what’s ahead of us and what’s behind us. Behind us? Well, 2018 — quite the up-and-down year across the country and the globe. Hopefully, dressing well and improving (or refining) your personal style was largely helpful in navigating some of the, erm, chaos we faced? From weekly men’s style essentials to guides on situations as varied as how to dress for the office and how to dress for a rock concert — among many, many more — I hope you found some enjoyment in this corner of the Web. I’ve also had plenty of fun writing for The Manual and GearMoose, so if either of those sites brought you here, I’d like to say … thanks! We’re not done with 2018 yet, though. It’s time to dress for New Year’s Eve (check out our #OOTD series for more) and it’s time to close out the year in style, assuredly.

    • If you don’t yet have a rugged shirt jacket in your closet, you need one. Preferably, the best men’s shirt jacket. OK, there’s probably more than one worthy of your consideration, but for my money’s worth, the Faherty Brand Atmosphere Shirt Jacket (as discussed on the blog last week) is the perfect layer to throw on at the airport for winter travel (preferably atop a classic henley) or as an easygoing layer for a cozy, stylish winter weekend. Can’t go wrong.
    • Looking for a  warm, rugged leather jacket that just so happens to be heritage-quality and extremely cool? The Orvis World Traveler Leather Jacket — just one of my latest style features at GearMoose — could be the way to go.
    • With New Year’s Eve on the way (can you believe it!?), I’m going to once again recommend you wear a stylish, classic peacoat — like this one right here. They’re might not be a better way to stay tailored and look sharp than with the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, in my estimation. That’s all there is to it.
    • Speaking of style upgrades for New Year’s Eve and beyond, I rounded up the best shaving soaps for men, also for GearMoose. Look slick, look sharp … look your best to start 2019.

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Alright, folks. Can you believe it’s the last edition of the Friday Read for 2018? I truly can’t — it’s wild, it flies by and I’ve probably filled up my plate too much at times, but again, if you’ve taken the time to read The Style Guide this year, I thank you! Of course, we’ll have our last Style Pick of the Week of the year tomorrow, followed by some very timely content on Monday and Tuesday. Then, it’s a wrap! Again, thanks for reading — stay stylish out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

The best peacoat on the market? There’s certainly nothing else like it.

Folks, there’s just no other way to look at it: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat is an iconic jacket you need in your wardrobe this winter. Oh, and it’s worn by Mr. James Bond himself (as seen above). That’s it. That’s all there is to it. And if this classic peacoat wasn’t so well-made and uniquely stylish, that might be the end of this post. But trust me, there’s so much more to say about the exceptional Bond Peacoat from lauded American menswear designer Billy Reid. It’s great enough that it received prominent placement in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall” — of cours. The popularity of this coat (actually named for Bond Street in Manhattan) has only grown since then. Or is “legend” a more fitting word than “popularity”? At any rate, you can currently pick it up via the brand’s Web site, or via Huckberry — all the better, seeing as Huckberry is truly one of my favorite online shops for the stylish guy (that’s you!). That’s really just the start of what makes this coat so great. Now, we’ll be telling you all about how to wear this stylish peacoat in our #OOTD series in the coming days, but for now, let’s get down to business — the Bond Peacoat delivers in matters of style AND functionality, starting with the extremely warm double-woven melton wool construction. That alone makes it worth the *gulp* nearly-$700 price tag.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

It’s really not too often — try never — that you find a peacoat that so perfectly embodies style that’s suited for a secret agent and for the everyman, yet that’s just what the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat offers. Take the crisp navy color, as worn by naval servicemen decades ago. Heck, that color and this silhouette alone are enough to add class to any outfit.

Bond Peacoat

A slim, tailored peacoat that shot to prominence thanks to a certain secret agent.

Add in small, seriously premium touches — including a leather-reinforced collar and horn buttons — and you’re looking at much more than your average peacoat. It’s also made in Italy, putting the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat a cut above the rest. Side slash hand warmer pockets and front flap pockets make this coat one that’s not just for show; use them to stow your everyday carry essentials on chilly winter days. It’s crisply cut, making it the ideal complement to tailored wool trousers and rugged leather boots. It’s also a nice way to stay warm in transit to the office or your holiday party — if I were you, I’d wear it over a classic chambray shirt and slim tan chinos, paired up with durable desert boots (read more about all those men’s style essentials elsewhere on the site). Again, you’re going to have to invest in the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, but I can nearly guarantee it’ll be the last peacoat you buy. OK, that’s it. That’s the end of this post. Get out there and pick it up while you still can!

SHOP: The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat

 

The Friday Read: The Best Albums of 2018, The Best Men’s Boots & Stylish Home Audio

Viberg Boots

Some of the best men’s boots money can buy — seriously.

Ladies and gentlemen, loyal Style Guide readers, … happy Friday. To start things off, let’s talk about the amazing Viberg Service Boots as shown above, perhaps one of the best pairs of men’s leather boots on the market… and maybe, on the planet?? That’s the case, for me. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my pair of Viberg boots.  Now, to business. We’re getting very close to Christmas — have you taken care of your shopping? If not, we’ll have you set with some exceptional menswear gifting picks next week. In the meantime, we’re coming off a busy week on the homefront — among this week’s highlights, I was thrilled to once again see excellent Australian rock band Gang of Youths play in New York City at the famed Irving Plaza! Rock music is alive and well thanks to those guys. Elsewhere, we talked about one of the best men’s shirt jackets to buy right now, and we also helped you in terms of how to dress for your next business meeting. Now, we’re heading into the weekend, and our next weekly men’s style roundup. OK, that’s all for now — enjoy!

  • Do you have a favorite album of 2018? Maybe? Maybe not? If you do, you might find this list by Consequence of Sound interesting, covering the best albums of 2018. From Cat Power to Beach House to Mitski, there are some transcendent selections in the list. Feel like joining the debate? Let me know on Twitter. Need something on which to listen to your favorite album? Try this stylish record player or this excellent portable Bluetooth speaker.
  • Sometimes, all you need to make your outfit go from good to great is a pair of the best men’s leather boots — like the CAT Footwear Thinsulate Boots, as I covered for GearMoose. Now, get out there and get to work.
  • To me, it’s more than worth bringing this crucial post to your attention again. Namely, I recently wrote about how to get a discount on Outerknown menswear — in this piece on men’s style essentials, in fact. The skinny: Just use the code STYLEGUIDE25 to get 25 percent off full-priced gear at Outerknown. That’s it! Happy shopping.
  • In the way of rugged winter gear, it’s also worth considering this men’s style guide I wrote for The Manual covering my favorite fall picks from Filson. Plenty of choices for everyone, right?

Ready for the weekend? Heading to your favorite brewery? Here’s what to wear to the bar tonight. Looking for something else to read? Or wear? Here’s the best men’s sweater to buy now.  That’s going to wrap it up today — thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Keep Warm with a Pair of Stylish Leather Gloves from Hestra

Exceptionally well-made leather gloves that’ll serve you well this winter.

Let’s get one thing straight — a pair of Hestra leather gloves are one of the many things you shouldn’t be leaving the house without this winter. I’d wager you should say goodbye to the days of flimsy, thin gloves you picked up near the checkout aisle at your local sporting goods store (been there, done that!), and instead turn toward a purchase you won’t regret: A pair of stylish leather gloves from a brand that knows a thing or two (or three!) about making ’em. It’s refreshing and exciting to see a brand continue to hone in on the thing they do best, and in the case of Hestra (as seen in this post on the best men’s winter accessories), that thing happens to be crafting the best gloves on the market, no questions asked. The Hestra Utsjo in Elk/Fleece is pictured above, and with good reason. Made from Nordic elk leather, the brand crafts its gloves in largely the same way they have since the company’s founding in 1936 — that’s applause-worthy, right?


A fleece lining and Primaloft polyester insulation ensures top-of-the-line warmth and breathablity when it comes to Hestra leather gloves, while a two-position cuff button offers stability and a nice fit. The overall effect is an especially refined pair of gloves that keep you warm and look a heck of a lot better than a technical winter pair. Why is it worth it to splurge on a pair of stylish leather gloves when you could easily just pick up a random pair from a bargain bin? It’s worth it in the same way it pays off to upgrade your everyday chambray shirt or step into classic slim denim — if you look good, you feel good. And in this instance, you look good, you feel good … and your hands won’t get frostbite! Truly, that’s important. It’s a win-win all the way around when it comes to Hestra leather gloves and in particular, the Hestra Utsjo in Elk/Fleece.

What’s your take on investing in these stylish leather gloves?  Let me know via Twitter! 

#OOTD: What to Wear to Your Favorite Brewery This Winter

If ever you read other series from the blog, like our Friday Read, then you’re surely aware that your humble menswear editor loves a delicious craft beer — in addition to a hearty pour of men’s style essentials. Even better than that? Bringing it all together through the art of exploring a new city or borough, finding a brewery — or whiskey bar  — and sampling the local wares while dressed in style (a la today’s #OOTD!). To me, it’s a whole experience — and one should prepare accordingly, hence the theme of today’s (hopefully fun) look. If you’re not the sort to imbibe in beer, whiskey or wine, then the below ensemble can still work for, say an outdoor hike or art gallery visit. Really, this warm, stylish look works any time you want to rotate a few more off-the-wall pieces (like a Stetson hat!) in place of your favorite essentials.

The underlying point is that from the rugged Faherty Brand CPO Jacket to the classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt, we’re blending styles you already know with gear you might not have tried (like the easy-wearing Proof Rover Pants). In sum total, the result is an #OOTD that’s pleasingly eye-catching and warm, while also fitting in stylistically with the typically rugged, industrial vibes of a brewery or a distillery. Sounds good to me — how about you? To keep an eye on what I’m sipping — and what I’m wearing — be sure to follow yours truly on Instagram

 

 

A mix of stylish & edgy classics (a Stetson hat!) to wear while sampling your favorite beers.

  • The Crucial Layer: Faherty Brand Blanket-Lined CPO, $168.98 — A warm outer layer that gives this outfit some rugged appeal. Easier to with the Stetson hat than a suit, I’d say!
  • The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt, $98 — A rugged chambray shirt adds the right blend of casual and classic to this #OOTD.
  • The Classic Hat: Stetson Brazos Hat, $98 — So, this classic Stetson hat is one of the more unique headwear options we’ve featured on the blog … but if you’re at a rugged microbrewery or enjoying an upstate weekend retreat and want to switch it up, go for it.
  • The Pants: Proof Rover Pants, $98 — These pants have it all, from a neutral color palette to performance-ready, moisture-wicking fabric and a slim fit.
  • The Boots: Danner Jack II Brogue Boots in Dark Coffee, $220 –These are the stylish leather boots to wear to a whiskey bar or brewery — they’re sleek, well-made and crafted to break in.
  • The Socks: Danner Midweight Merino Crew Socks, $17 — A performance-minded counterpart to your handsome dress boots, your feet will thank you for that combo.
  • The Stylish Leather Watch: Laco Aachen 42 Watch, $369 — An outfit like this calls for an equally bold, rugged leather watch. The Laco Aachen 42 Watch is a new classic.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: Taylor Stitch Minimalist Billfold Wallet, $98 — A pleasingly crafted, slim leather wallet that’ll age well on your adventures.

Hopefully, you can see how this #OOTD might work to wear to a brewery or a whiskey bar — it’s casual yet sharp, visually interesting and unique while still being seasonally appropriate. It’s always helpful to build your outfit around a warm outer layer like the rugged Faherty Brand CPO Jacket,while the crisp Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt is rugged and perfectly matched for an afternoon or evening sampling delicious craft beer. Perhaps the coolest part of this outfit (in the opinion of your humble editor)? It’s gotta be Stetson Brazos Hat, a truly unique change of pace that adds some old-school flair to this look. Bonus? It just looks like something you’d wear to knock back a few rounds. For mobility and versatile style to move from brewery to brewpub to taco truck (just me?), the Proof Rover Pants are going to wear like jeans and move like chinos. They’ll sit quite nicely atop the surprisingly refined Danner Jack II Brogue Boots, as good as it gets when it comes to the best men’s boots for winter — agreed? And pieces like the classic, truly timeless Laco Aachen 42 Watch are going to stand up to whatever your day has in store — while keeping your flight-tasting session in check. Lastly, since you’ll be on your feet all day, comfortable socks are harder to come by than you’d think — that’s why I vouch for these Danner socks so much. Last but not least, you’re going to need to bring your wallet with you — might as well make it a stylish leather wallet from the great folks at Taylor Stitch, right? So, that’s going to wrap up this #OOTD. The key takeaway here? Heading to a brewery or a cool cocktail bar can be every bit as great a chance to flex your rugged style favorites as more adventure-minded, outdoors-y winter style pursuits. Prepare accordingly, and bring me a beer while you’re at it, will ya?

When you go to your favorite bar or brewery, how do you dress? Let me know on Twitter