Style Pick of the Week: Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses

The super-premium, truly timeless sunglasses to wear this summer.

Now that we’re two weekends into May, maybe you’ve found yourself fumbling about aimlessly for a pair of the best men’s sunglasses and wondering … “Where did that one pair I loved go?” Well, in the event that you’ve lost your favorite sunglasses in between then and now, these Garrett Leight sunglasses are here to save the day — and your eyes — from the sun. The Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses are truly one-of-a-kind, and certainly one of the more premium pairs your Style Guide author has seen in some time. You’re investing in this particular pair ($395 via Huckberry), so you’re going to want to take good care of them (and ensure you don’t sit on them or step on ’em as you head to the pool). But like all things great in the menswear world, if you invest the time and money, you’ll reap the rewards.

Save up to $200.Namely, these Garrett Leight sunglasses nail that hard-to-find balance between casual and dressed-up in terms of stylish shades — these aren’t an outrageous pair of sunglasses made to stand out on a runway, nor are they ultra-sporty. Plus, the frames are handmade out of high-quality acetate, a difference you can feel (seriously, compare them to a cheap pair of gas station frames).

SHOP: The Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses

They’re available in two color combos, and we can’t recommend ’em enough.

And the Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses are made with completely polarized frames and lenses, a novelty in the sunglass world — I haven’t even mentioned that those same lenses are scratch and smudge-resistant, all the better to be worn day after day. And with a pair of ultra-premium Garrett Leight sunglasses, that’s exactly what you’re going to want to do.

MenloNR 320x50Heading to the office wearing a trusty chambray shirt and slim tan chinos? Throw on these Garrett Leight sunglasses.  Heading out on the weekend to your favorite brewery? The Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses are the way to go, especially when worn with slim faded denim and a rugged short-sleeve henley. And the real topper? These sunglasses even work at a summer wedding when worn with a khaki cotton suit and brown leather brogues. Bingo.

SHOP: The Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47 Sunglasses

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See Now, Buy Now: The Sunski Yubas Sunglasses Are Your New Favorite Pair of Spring and Summer Shades

A unique, truly cool pair of spring sunglasses to pick up right now.

We’re to that point in spring where if you don’t yet have a pair of the best men’s sunglasses for bright and sunny days, well, I’d wager that you’re just about realizing you … should start shopping around. Enter the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses (these are just $49.98 at Huckberry).

You see, luxury brands like Tom Ford ‚ÄĒ much-loved, make no mistake ‚Äď- charge an arm and a leg for sunglasses. And grocery store shades won‚Äôt cut it when it comes to complementing your favorite men‚Äôs style essentials. So, we‚Äôre back to the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses, quite possibly the most affordable, stylish pair of sunglasses on the market this season. Like all men‚Äôs fashion favorites at The Style Guide, the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses hit the nail on the head in some key areas. You¬† see, they’ve got functionality (the frames are super-lightweight), plus performance (the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses are polarized), not to mention straight-up great looks (note the unique frame shape). Yes indeed, it‚Äôs tough to top the Sunski Yubas Sunglasseswhen it comes to their spot on any list of the best pair of men‚Äôs sunglasses you can buy this season. If you‚Äôve tried a pair (as I have), then you know that‚Äôs not hyperbole.

SHOP: The Sunski Yubas Sunglasses

These stylish sunglasses shake things up from the traditional Aviator or Wayfarer-style frames you know and love ‚Äď the circular frame design is perhaps more akin to your eyeglasses. That gives the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses a dressier look and feel, making them fit for wearing with everything from a rugged short-sleeve henley and slim chinos to a navy cotton suit and leather brogues for that early spring wedding. And we didn‚Äôt even mention the seriously cool frame-and-lens color combo yet ‚Äď no one at your next happy hour or BBQ will be wearing a pair like the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses (unless they read this blog, maybe! In which case ‚Äď bring ‚Äėem a beer for me!). All joking aside, for the combination of style and versatility you get from the Sunski Yubas Sunglasses, you might have hard time ever taking them off ‚Äď even indoors.

SHOP: The Sunski Yubas Sunglasses

 

Online Shopping Picks: The Style Guide’s Picks for the Best Men’s Sunglasses This Summer

Stylish sunglasses — like the pair from Component seen here — will take you anywhere… including a Southern summer wedding.

Did you think it was too late to get a stylish pair of sunglasses for the warmer months? Think again. There’s no better time than right now to get in on a pair of the best sunglasses this summer — particularly if you pick up an investment-worthy pair, they’ll practically pay for themselves the more you wear them. We like to help you out — that’s just how we do it at The Style Guide. It’s certainly the case that sunglasses belong on your list of summer style essentials. Whether you throw them on along with your favorite new beach gear¬†or use them as¬†a finishing touch as you suit up in excellent summer wedding style, the right pair of sunglasses says a lot about you. Certain pairs project a¬†classic edge — like timeless Aviator sunglasses — while others offer a bit more modern vibes.¬† The key lies in choosing the pair that’s right for you, and then wearing it however you may please. Throw on slick shades, a classic pocket tee and slim chino shorts, and you’re set for¬†a casual Sunday brunch. And keep a pair handy as you dress up your polo shirt to head to the office, too. There’s no way to go wrong when you pick up a pair of the best men’s sunglasses — no more idle chit-chat, though. Shop away, and check out Instagram to see how I’m styling my summer sunglasses.

#1. Bespoke Post Shine Box, $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

Bespoke Post Shine Box

One Bespoke Post Box, multiple options in terms of sunglasses and stylish gear.

Taking the top spot on this list is the Bespoke Post Shine Box, an incomparable purchase that’s simply more than your new favorite pair of sunglasses.¬† Like other products being offered up by stellar E-commerce shop Bespoke Post, you get plenty of excellent value. Starting with your pick of quick-selling shades, the Shine Box also comes complete with a handsome leather carrying case and a stylish-looking microfiber cloth. That’s everything you need to keep your stylish sunglasses looking fresh — all you need to do is match¬†them accordingly in your next #OOTD.
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#2. Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses (Polarized) — $170¬†OR Raen Optics Wiley Sunglassess (Non-Polarized) — $135

Raen Optics

Two distinct levels of functionality for the discerning shopper.

Yessir, we’ve got one brand — the stellar Raen Optics — and two standout options filling in the second spot in this list of the best men’s sunglasses.¬† How exactly does that work out? Well, two different price points and two different levels of functionality necessitate their inclusion here.¬† The only difference comes in the frame design — if you prefer a sleeker look, the non-polarized option is the way to go. The crucial takeaway? Shades from Raen Optics offer style points in spades, no matter the silhouette.

#3. Sunski Dipseas Sunglasses —¬†$55

A slick circular lens design and striking color lend these to head-turning summer style.

For the guy who prefers something unique, eye-catching and inexpensive, the Sunski Dipseas sure do fit the bill. Topping out at just over $50, these affordable sunglasses¬†really are one-of-a-kind style in the market, particularly when you consider the cool lens design and those strikingly bright lenses. The Sunski Dipseas are the sort of pair of sunglasses to wear with a breezy camp shirt and stylish linen trousers as you lounge on a patio or soak up some rays on a tropical vacation — can you feel that sun yet?

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#4. Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses —¬†$150

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A timeless option that works with everything in your wardrobe.

Some sunglass styles are so iconic and recognizable, they feel like they’ve been around forever. That’s the great thing about Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses — for an agreeable price, you get timeless style that’s built to last. The aviator style arguably looks good on everybody, and you can wear the Ray-Ban Aviators with darn near everything in your closet. From a tailored summer suit to a laidback patterned short-sleeve shirt or a classic pocket tee, there’s no #menswear piece that makes everything you wear look great quite like the Ray-Ban Aviator.

#5. Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses in Tortoise — $185

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Distinctive, stylish and well-made — you get the whole package with the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses.

OK, let’s say you’re not quite a guy who’s into classic Aviator sunglasses.¬† Let’s say you want something with a¬†bit more tailored, continental style … that’s where the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses¬†come into play. With a rounded frame and striking blue lenses, these Steven Alan sunglasses are a more upscale version of the Sunski Dipseas¬†¬†seen earlier in this post. Don’t let that scare you away, though. Feel free to wear the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses¬† with a slim short-sleeve henley, American-made denim and classic suede chukkas as much as you please.

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Honorable Mention: Knockaround Mile High Polarized Sunglasses —¬†$24.98¬†OR Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses — $25

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One brand, two affordable and highly stylish options for your shopping pleasure.

Last but not least — leave it to the good folks at Knockaround to, quite literally, knock it out of the park in the way of stylish men’s sunglasses.¬† Be it the effective, classic Mile High Polarized Sunglasses¬†or the more laidback, just-as-stylish Fast Lanes Sunglasses, you’re buying into ridiculous quality and style for the price. That’s just too good to pass up — and Knockaround makes its other sunglasses with equally great looks in mind.

After all of that, I’d wager that you’ve got a full shopping wish list of packed full with the best men’s sunglasses — right? Whether you start your shopping search with the useful, affordable Bespoke Post Shine Box¬†or pick up an incredibly classic pair of ¬†Ray-Ban Aviators , I can assure you that great style is yours for the taking. Reliably sharp and dressy options like the Steven Alan Willard Sunglasses¬†and the crisp, slightly quirky Sunski Dipseas¬†¬†are also worthy of your dough. And if it’s ridiculous affordability and reliable quality that you seek, feel free to pick up just about any pair from¬†Knockaround,¬†including¬†either of the two styles¬†shown above (I’m a¬†big fan of the ¬†Mile High Polarized Sunglasses, personally). And that’ll do it for today’s thoughtful look at the best men’s sunglasses this summer — did you learn something? I hope so.

Let’s stay in touch on Twitter, and you can check back here on Friday for our weekly men’s style recap.

Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Upgrade Your Pocket Tee This Spring

Morning (or afternoon … or evening), folks! Thanks for being with us as we talk how to upgrade your pocket tee this spring. In the men’s style world, never underestimate the importance and utility of a great-fitting T-shirt — especially one that you can wear in a way that’s slightly different from other spring style moves. Once you figure what size works for you, you can use said T-shirt to take on the world in style — particularly as the thermostat climbs. And if you want to switch up your T-shirt game, take a good, hard look at¬†the humble pocket tee. Unlike a standard white tee, it’s got more going for it in terms of versatility and visually interesting looks — the chest pocket draws attention to, well, your chest, for starters. It’s the small details that make a stylish pocket tee suitable to wear on its own or layered up — as you’ll see in today’s #OOTD. We’re mixing a bit of a mononchromatic color palette with a statement-making tee, classic spring sneakers and all of the stylish everyday carry pieces you can get your hands on. It’s the sort of #OOTD you can reliably wear on a weekend coffee date or a spring bar crawl …. or both.¬†What’d ya say? Let’s go to it. For style inspiration all 365 days of the year, follow along on Instagram.

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A unique take on the pocket tee, accented with classic, spring-friendly style essentials.

The Pocket Tee: Richer Poorer Crew Pocket Tee in Pink, $32 — Think pink isn’t a color that’s made for you? Think again. We’re seeing a lot more of this dusty pink shade across menswear and women’s style, and using it as your base is a significant style upgrade.

The Shirt: Abercrombie and Fitch Two-Pocket Chambray Shirt, $35 — Why are we layering up our pocket tee with a stylish chambray shirt? For one, it’ll help combat any spring and summer breezes. And, number two: If you’re wary of the pink T-shirt, it takes some of the focus of it. Plus, a chambray shirt is a rugged essential for the entire year.

The Denim: Abercombie and Fitch Super Skinny Denim in Light Wash, $59 — Here’s where that¬†monochromatic style we talked about earlier comes into play. This pair of stretch denim blends retro style with comfort — feel free to wear them to your next rock concert, too.
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The Sneakers: SeaVees Hermosa Regatta Sneaker, $88 — We here at The Style Guide absolutely love what’s being done by SeaVees across the board — the Hermosa Regatta Sneaker blends a unique spring color with a light weight and quite a lot of comfort and style.

The Socks: Darn Tough No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Socks, $29.98 ¬†— If you’re going to break out classic SeaVees sneakers, some no-show socks are in order — yes? Darn Tough makes some of the best around. Pricey, but comfortable and much-needed.

The Watch: Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch, $498.98 — We’ve waxed poetic about the durability and style of the rugged Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch, and its simple design makes it ideal for pairing with laidback pieces.

The Sunglasses: Sunski Madronas Sunglasses, $55 — Every so often, you want shades that are simple, stylish and affordable — that’s where the Sunski Madronas sunglasses come in very handy indeed. Yes indeed, these are definitely worth adding to any list of the best men’s sunglasses.

The Ballcap: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $39.98 — To keep the sun off your face during interminable hours sipping patio beers, reach for the vintage-inspired, well-made Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.

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Looking through the above #OOTD has me positively dreaming of cracking open a cold one on a patio somewhere — hopefully, you’re in the same boat. The key to this outfit revolves around the unexpected pink shade of the pocket tee, plus visually interesting layering via a classic light chambray shirt and slim light wash denim. Of course, it wouldn’t be an #OOTD without stylish spring sneakers — that’s where the Hermosa Regatta Sneaker¬†has you covered.¬† And in that regard, you’re going to need a tough casual watch to take on spring excursions — that’s what the Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch¬†can do for ya. And it’s with two personal favorites of mine that we close out this outfit — there might not be a more stylish ballcap out there than the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, and for classic, functional spring style, it’s tough to get better than those Sunski Madronas¬†shades. Would you wear your pocket tee in a similar fashion? Leave any feedback over on The Style Guide Facebook page, and join us tomorrow for a new Online Shopping Picks entry.

Stay stylish, my friends!

-Beau

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Style Suggestion: What to Wear on Spring Break This Year

If you’ve been waiting all March for warmer temperatures — rejoice! Well, almost. And if you’ve been waiting all month¬†to hit the road for spring break (or a regular ole spring vacation), you’re in luck. Yessir, we’re talking what to wear on spring break this year,¬† and you’re absolutely going to like the way you look (I guarantee it … wink, wink). We’re mixing pieces both essential — stylish swim trunks — and¬†unexpected (a smart-looking beach towel). In short, the latest style suggestion here on the blog deals not with a more mundane topic, like how to wear a long-sleeve polo, but is¬†solely focused on helping you look your best for some fun in the sun. In fact, the below combo certainly works as you dress to head to the beach or pool, and with a few small tweaks (swap the swim trunks for slim chino shorts), you’re set for the rest of your day. So, you’ll have plenty to look forward to besides just some ample beach time — and if you haven’t previously considered style upgrades like a nicer pair of sunglasses or revamped beach gear,¬†it’s time to start seriously thinking about it.¬†That’s what to wear, at least — and if I were you, I’d look to get away¬†in¬†an affordable manner (a heads-up that¬†you can find your perfect spring break house by searching affordable Florida rentals through Tripping.com).¬†And on the shopping front: Check out these picks below, follow along on Instagram and join me on Twitter for more spring style musings.

The Shirt: Life/After/Denim Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirt — $110

Quite possibly the most unique shirt you’ll see on the beach this spring — and that’s a great thing.

Whereas lots of guys — myself included — sometimes reach for a tank top, a slim short-sleeve patterned shirt is a surefire way to upgrade your beach-going game. For one, it looks more crisp and put-together. And second of all — it just works much better for stepping away from the beach to a patio bar than a tank top (at least in the opinion of your Style Guide author).¬† What’s more, the distinct color and pattern on this Life/After/Denim shirt makes it a choice #menswear move all through the rest of the spring and summer.

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The Swim Trunks: Bather Trunk Co. Surf Solid Trunks —¬†$78

A sharp, easy-to-wear pair of swim trunks.

In matters of swimwear, simplicity can sometimes reign supreme. Just look at James Bond’s swim trunks. That’s sort of the vibe we’re going for here — cut more like a pair of tailored chino shorts than your average pair of baggy board shorts, the Bather Trunk Co. Surf Solid Trunks¬†are clean and crisp. Between the navy color, no-frills logo, shorter inseam¬†and elastic waistband, the Surf Solid Trunks¬†should have everything you’re looking for in your next pair.

The Shoes: SeaVees Huntington Middie — $92.98

SeaVees Huntington Middie

Slip these on, slip ’em off … take ’em everywhere on spring break.

As we’ve said before, simplicity is sometimes key. And there’s no better pair of spring sneakers when it comes to combining versatile style, eye-catching design and wearability¬†than the SeaVees Huntington Middie. It’s rare that a¬†slip-on shoe¬†can be worn to the beach, on a stroll around town and to dinner afterward — all the while feeling comfortable and looking great. Your everyday pair of flip-flops, these are not. Like this outfit’s shirting selection, you can wear the Huntington Middie all throughout spring and summer, too.

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The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Vale Sunglasses — $160

Raen Optics

Head-turning sunglasses with unique looks and functionality in droves.

As brought to you by the ever-stylish guys and gals at Huckberry, the Raen Optics Vale could be your¬†favorite pair of sunglasses … you just haven’t bought ’em¬†yet. When you’re wearing dialed-down swim trunks and sharp slip-on sneakers, your eyewear can be a place to have a bit of fun — not too much fun, though. Don’t go crazy. I kid! Go crazy and pick up these sunglasses, which channel style that’s at once of-the-moment and also timeless. And to think you get all that for $160? Good stuff.

The Watch:¬†Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch — $498.98

Between the NATO strap and the stainless steel case, this watch can handle quite a bit.

¬†(Editor’s note: Looks like this watch is sold out! Wild.).¬†If you swing on through the blog with regularity — which you should — you’ll recognize that we covered the Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch¬†during our Style Pick of the Week series a few weeks back. Well, it’s here again today in triumphant fashion. Although it’s tough to top a sturdy, stylish dive watch (and even a rugged rubber strap watch has its merits), the Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch¬†is truly one-of-a-kind in terms of toughness and functionality, what with a built-for-anything NATO strap and a durable stainless steel case, plus a distinctive dial.

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The Towel and Sunscreen: Finisterre Beach Towel — $44.98 AND Tread for Men Traveler Sunscreen (SPF 30) —¬†$3

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Don’t leave these two items behind — for real.

Lest you think that the notion of stylish beach gear doesn’t apply to your towel, think again. If you’re using an old towel that’s seen better days, the Finisterre Beach Towel¬†is going to change all that simply and subtly. It’s made from a soft and absorbent, quick-dry French terry fabric and can even pack into its own pocket. Sunscreen is another must-have that I’ve skipped all too often in my beach-going days — for about the price of that PBR you’ll buy later, why not pick up a couple handy Tread for Men sunscreen bottles? Ehh?

The Bag: Bradley Mountain Utility Bag — $159

Bradley Mountain

One bag that can do it all, from the start of your trip to the end.

Alright, let’s say you’re packing for the road but don’t want to also pack a smaller tote bag to lug to the beach … makes things easier, yeah?¬† If you’re on the same page as me, the Bradley Mountain Utility Bag¬† is the one do-it-all travel bag you need now. Part weekender bag and part easy-to-lug oversized tote, the Bradley Mountain Utility Bag¬†is sturdy as heck and built to withstand plenty more than sun. You’ll have ample room to carry everything from that Finisterre Beach Towel¬†to your SeaVees kicks — and it’s a great value, too.

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The Underrated Accessory: Sennheiser High-End Around-Ear Headphones — $249.95
Sennheiser Headphones

The only way to guarantee a great, and relaxing listening experience on spring break is to buy these guys. Right?

OK, bear with me here, folks. A premium, high-quality¬†pair of headphones like the ones shown above might not be the best pick if you’re trekking to, say, Cancun (or hey… Fort Myers Beach). But if your spring vacation is going to be about kicking back, relaxing and listening to prime¬†music or a podcast. ¬†it could be mighty nice to bring along a very neat, impressive style upgrade like the Sennheiser High-End Around-Ear Headphones. We’re talking exceptional sound, handsome looks and the ability to function as both desk d√©cor and a spring break travel essential. That’s a winning combo all around.
We definitely covered a lot of ground in terms of what to wear on spring break this year — didn’t we? Whether your travels are taking you some place exotic and international, or just down the road, it never hurts to pack up in style. From helpful, durable accessories like the Bradley Mountain Utility Bag¬†to a travel must-have like the Huckberry Combat B33 GMT Watch, I’d say you should leave no stone unturned when it comes to packing effectively and stylishly this season. You’d be surprised how much of a nice difference pieces like the Finisterre Beach Towel¬†can also make in terms of your everyday carry, and a unique short-sleeve shirt like the Life/After/Denim Patchwork¬† Shirt is both unexpected and yet much-needed. As to your sunglasses and swim trunks — isn’t it time you upgraded those? Again, I kid — but if you need some new ones before you hit the road, start here.
As always, thanks for reading — stay safe on the road!
-Beau

 

Turkey time: Celebrating a Florida Thanksgiving

A sporty, stylish combination. Polo by QOR. Capital Shorts by OLIVERS Apparel. Gratton Sneakers by Fronteer. Calypso Watch by MVMT Watches. Sunglasses by Nautica.

A sporty, stylish combination for a sunny long weekend in Florida. Heather Merino Knit Polo by QOR. Capital Shorts by OLIVERS Apparel. Gratton Sneakers by Fronteer. Calypso Watch by MVMT Watches. Sunglasses by Nautica.

Whenever I hit the road, I always look forward to packing in style. And when I get the chance to head south to Florida, visit with family and chow down on amazing Thanksgiving food? That’s all the better. Spending the holidays in a warm-weather locale like¬†Florida is a change of¬† pace from your Style Guide author’s past holidays growing up in Michigan, so the garb I packed with me has changed accordingly over the years. It’s a bit disconcerting sometimes to go from rugged fall style in NYC¬†to spending time on the beach in Florida, but I always look forward to doing so. And just as with my August trip to Florida, I loaded up plenty of warm-weather gear fit for versatile style situations — including Thanksgiving dinner, brewery-hopping and lots of time spent in the sun.

Gear for the office, a flight and Florida style. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants by Dickies. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by JackThreads. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Sunglasses by Nautica. Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel Supply Co.

Gear for the office, a flight and Florida style. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants by Dickies. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by JackThreads. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Sunglasses by Nautica. Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel Supply Co.

As always with traveling from NYC to a warm climate like Florida, I sought to pack gear that would move seamlessly from a chilly NYC work day to breezy Florida in style. That meant selecting the ever-versatile, comfortable Public Rec Crosstown Bomber— it’s the sort of jacket that layered easily over my classic Old Navy chambray shirt. And my Dickies Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants were more than ready for a day at the office and a flight back home, as were my new CLAE x JackThreads Strayhorn Mid Sneakers. The chukka-style hybrid silhouette and grey wool upper proved stylish for the work day and helped me breeze through security. And, I had to bring along my Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono for a dash of rugged-refined style for the office and fall travel. On the footwear front, I had to break out my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes from¬†storage —¬†the next¬†time you’ve got to¬†tackle¬†warm weekend weather in style, you should look to pack a similar pair.¬†Of course, I took along toiletries from the likes of Nivea for Men — the brand’s Creme works¬†as a¬†hand, body and face moisturizer, so it’s a do-it-all travel essential. And throughout my trip,¬†my retro-inspired Nautica sunglasses and the slick, new MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators proved stylish accessory options for the Florida sun. Seriously, never underestimate the power of a stylish pair of men’s sunglasses.¬† So, with stylish travel gear in tow and a quick flight home in the books, it was onto a fun Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
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The day on Wednesday — as one would expect — dawned sunny and pretty hot. With that in mind, I reached for the stretchy, stylish and tailored OLIVERS Apparel Capital Short, as seen at the very top of the page.¬†The versatile color paired up well with another sport-inspired, hybrid piece — a new Heather Merino Knit Polo from performance apparel purveyors QOR. Its tailored look¬†is offset by¬†the merino blend fabric, which wicks sweat and dries quickly. And the comfortable combo paired up well with a new¬†set of kicks¬†— the FRONTEER Super Gratton high-top sneakers, provided courteously by the FRONTEEER team. With their unique design and a silhouette inspired by functional outdoor boots, they’re a nice lifestyle hybrid sneaker. They worked for grabbing a delicious Maple Bacon Donut at the renowned Bennett’s Fresh Roast and hitting the beach. For hitting up Fort Myers Brewing Company later, the brand-new Calypso Watch from the recently launched MVMT Watches Modern Sport collection was a prime,¬†affordable¬†pick. It was also a nice chance to break out a stylish pair of retro-inspired sunglasses from Nautica, and the combination of sport-inspired and functional pieces held¬†up well for Florida exploration — and a few outdoor brews!

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Hanging out in classic Florida fashion. Thomas Pacific Latitude Shirt by Bridge & Burn. Slim Chinos in Light Stone by Taylor Stitch. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Runaway Aviators by MVMT Watches. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage.

And with an enjoyable Wednesday in the books, it was onto an even more enjoyable Thanksgiving. Now, unlike dressing for a casual fall day, our Florida Thanksgiving celebrations required significantly fewer layers than an NYC November day. With that in mind, it made it easy to reach for the Thomas Pacific Latitude Print Shirt, also from Bridge & Burn. Although that shirt is sold out, you can’t go wrong¬†reaching for any of a selection of¬†similar stylish short-sleeved shirts the next time you find yourself in a warm locale for a holiday. The same goes for the ever-classic Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Light Stone¬†— any chance you get to pick up durable, high-quality and classic Taylor Stitch menswear (especially the brand’s lauded chinos),¬†I’d recommend you take it. I found the combo worked quite nicely once again with my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes¬†and the always-stylish ¬†Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono for eating second (and third) helpings of Thanksgiving dinner.¬† And the whole ensemble was polished-yet-casual enough for family Thanksgiving — no expandable waistband in sight on those Taylor Stitch chinos, although it would’ve helped.

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Brewery hopping in the Florida sun. Vesper Polo by Mack Weldon. Stringer Dune Shorts by Bridge & Burn. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Glasses by Frameri.

Of course,¬†Friday¬†presented another absolutely beautiful Florida day, and a prime chance to break out some of my best warm-weather menswear again for a little in-person Black Friday shopping and strolling. (And, let’s be honest — a trip to the excellent Big Blue Brewing was in order). The lightweight, breathable and slim Vesper Polo from the fine folks at Mack Weldon was just what the doctor ordered — and it teamed nicely with my ever-essential Stringer Dune Shorts from Bridge¬†& Burn.¬†It was a bit strange to wear warm-weather gear after a chilly NYC fall, but I adjusted easily thanks to stylish pieces like¬†the always-reliable¬†Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes — they’re the rare type of boat shoe that’s refined, and exceedingly easy to wear for both beachside and city exploration. What’s more, my always-reliable Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch had to make the trip, too — I think if you pre-order one for yourself, you’ll be mighty surprised at just how much you’ll be reaching for this casual-yet-versatile timepiece. I’d also recommend you reach for an upgraded, subtly designed ballcap if you need to protect your face from the sun — my Goorin Brothers vintage ballcap (unfortunately sold out now) is¬†a perennial favorite. To snag a similar style for yourself, check out the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap. With that gear in tow, it made for a fun, easygoing day¬†strolling around the neat artists’¬†village of Matlacha¬†— and if ever you find yourself in the Fort Myers area, Point Ybel Brewing is worth a stop to cap off your day.

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In awe of the amazing creations at the American Sandsculpting Championship. Anything Shirt by Strongbody Apparel. Chambray shorts by Canvas by Lands’ End. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Sunglasses by Nautica.

And no Florida trip would be complete without a little beach relaxation¬†and a trip to the American Sandsculpting Championship on Fort Myers Beach — right? I made sure to bring along stylish beach gear for some fun in the sun. That gear included¬†the comfortable, sweat-wicking Anything Shirt by Strongbody Apparel, plus a pair of tailored chambray shorts from Canvas by Lands’ End. Of course, my Cooper Boat Shoes helped me out quite nicely for navigating the sand and the city, as did my Nautica sunglasses. If you’ve got to pack relatively light, versatile accessories and footwear that work for multiple situations can undoubtedly help ease the burden of lugging around a heavy weekender bag.

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The durable Calypso Watch from MVMT Watches teamed nicely with my SeaVees Legend Sneakers.

I also switched up my outfit for an evening out and about in Fort Myers (including a requisite viewing of the new “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” an excellent Harry Potter film). That meant reaching for a tailored short-sleeve gingham shirt from Banana Republic, along with a pair of tailored Canvas by Lands’ End shorts. I also looked forward to breaking out my crisp white SeaVees Legend Sneakers, a go-anywhere set of kicks that works for both casual and business casual situations. My durable, stylish Calypso Watch¬†from MVMT Watches was once again up to the task — I’ll be getting a ton of use out of that timepiece in the weeks and months to come.¬† And as to the movie? If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you should absolutely check out the incredibly awesome expansion of the HP universe… but back to menswear, ehh?

Just the right gear to hit the road back to NYC. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by CLAE x JackThreads. Utility Bifold by Tanner Goods. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers.

Just the right gear to hit the road back to NYC. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by CLAE x JackThreads. Utility Bifold by Tanner Goods. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers.

It seems that every time I head to Florida, it gets tougher to leave — especially after a great holiday with family and some beautiful warm weather. But with that being said, it was time to pack up to head back to NYC — to deal with the impending cold weather, I again grabbed my Public Rec Crosstown Bomber¬†and the versatile, travel-friendly CLAE x JackThreads Strayhorn Mid Sneakers. I packed up my gear in my dependable Owen & Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender, which has more than capably stood up to the demands of both summer and fall travel across the past few months. Of course, my travel watch pick was an easy one — my Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono¬† hasn’t yet let me down! And when it comes time to add to your everyday carry, the Tanner Goods Utility Bifold is a wallet I’d certainly recommend.

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So, with that gear in my bag, I hopped a crowded flight back to NYC — and already, we’re back in action and looking ahead to the holiday season. I had an amazing, fun, relaxing and reflective time in Florida — being able to dress in style was just icing on the cake. But you really can’t put a price on time spent with family — can you? What’s more, I’m already looking forward to being back to Florida for Christmas next month.¬†I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving in style, and I hope you’re ready for a busy holiday season at The Style Guide¬†— tomorrow, you can look for a seasonally appropriate #OOTD entry, and Wednesday, we’ll tell you exactly how to dress for your next holiday party. Beyond that, you can expect the best menswear on tap with our Style Pick of the Week series, and more holiday men’s style ideas galore.

Thanks so much for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

Style Suggestion: How to Dress for Fall Weather

Editor’s note: For a full set of style suggestions for fall, click here.

We’re slowly (but surely) creeping toward fall — it seems like that’s been the case for a couple of weeks here at The Style Guide, but it’s certainly no more true than right now. Dressing for football season has started, there’s a bunch of great new music out — that signals tons of fall tours¬†and rock concert style¬†— and it’s high time to, well, get with the times. So, grab your fall style wish list and get hip to the scene.¬†Even if it takes a while to get chilly, you’ll still want to have the proper gear on hand when it does. I know temperatures have been high here in NYC, but I’m definitely anxiously awaiting fall. For all of you loyal Style Guide readers (I know you’re out there), it signifies a really fun time of year in terms of menswear. If you’re one who tends to get sick of the oppressive heat — and even tires of heading to the beach — it can be a welcome change of pace to throw on heavier layers and¬†incorporate durable texture into your #menswear ensemble again. And¬†being able to play around¬†with deep fall colors and textures¬†— as some of the picks do below — is another¬†reliable signifier that the season is changing. Everywhere you look, it’s about that time. Wthout further ado, here’s a look at how to dress for fall. Catch more style tips daily on the ‘Gram or Twitter, and leave any thoughts on this look in the comments.

The Jacket: Old Navy Canvas Coat — $69.94

Not as heavy as a winter parka, not as lightweight as a spring jacket -- hence, a great fall coat.

Not as heavy as a winter parka, not as lightweight as a spring jacket — hence, a great fall coat.

You feel a crisp breeze in the air, but a lightweight spring jacket won’t cut — and it’s not heavy winter topcoat time, either. What’s your reliable go-between? A cotton canvas coat in a rich shade that’s perfectly primed for fall. Although the interior of this jacket is lined with a neat striped cotton, it should prove reliable and not too heavy for layering. Details like the front patch pockets call to mind workwear of days past, and the rich Bandolier Brown color is going to handsomely offset the blues in the rest of this ensemble (although we don’t want to give too much away yet).

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt — $104.98

Beautifully made, able to withstand anything and certainly able to make that transition to fall.

Beautifully made, able to withstand anything and certainly able to make that transition to fall.

Were you expecting something other than a stellar Taylor Stitch chambray shirt here? I hope not, because¬†I’d bet you’re disappointed right about now. The brand takes the same attention to detail that’s made its Standard Issue Chinos¬†beloved by The Style Guide, and applies that process to a heck of a chambray shirt. Featuring sturdy double-needle construction, a midweight 7oz. chambray fabric and a fit that’s modern yet mobile, it’s the ideal contrast to that handsome brown jacket. Plus, it’s got the type of classic looks and styling potential that’ll work the rest of the year, too.

The Denim: Flint & Tinder All-American Slim Tapered Jeans — $98

New denim from a menswear line that gets essential fall basics right.

New denim from a menswear line that gets essential fall basics right.

The brand that produces your favorite set of American-made boxer briefs and other stellar fall menswear delivers again with new denim that’s part of its deepest product offering to date. For fans of versatile, timeless style, that’s very much a positive. These jeans are every bit an essential pair of fall denim, made from 12oz. Cone Mills¬†fabric and featuring¬†one percent of stretch¬† — that touch will¬†make it easier to wear ’em on fall hikes or walks in the park. The slim fit is a must-have these days, although the brand’s waist sizing does go up to 40. Grab one pair of these, wear the heck out of them and watch them tell the story of a great fall season.

The Boots: JackThreads Kimbo Chelsea Boot in Brown Calf Leather — $110

Part of a new set of footwear offered from the excellent E-commerce retailer.

Part of a new set of footwear offered from the excellent E-commerce retailer.

Since when does JackThreads make footwear? Since this season, that’s when. It’s part of the brand’s mission to expand on its stellar menswear line and take up some serious real estate in your closet. When they’re able to churn out crisp pieces like these refined Chelsea boots for just a shade over $100, that’s very agreeable. A stylish Chelsea boot works nearly any time of year, yet they seem particularly fitting for fall. They’re not nearly as clunky as some thick winter boots, and they feel especially sleek¬†alongside slim denim and a chambray shirt (some stylish leather chukka boots could also work here, though).

The Socks: Mack Weldon Everyday Striped Socks — $14.50

Easygoing socks for daily wear -- in a color that plays along nicely with the rest of this outfit.

Easygoing socks for daily wear — in a color that plays along nicely with the rest of this outfit.

The folks at Mack Weldon are¬†consistently churning out everyday basics that’ll have you covered from the ground up, from its Vesper Polo¬†to pieces like its Merino Long-Sleeve Tee, and if you read this blog as much as I think you should, you’re well-acquainted with those pieces (wink, wink). So, it only makes sense that you should round out your wardrobe with some striped Mack Weldon socks that add a nice bit of¬†color contrast to the deep blues and browns of this outfit. Ya feel me?

The Watch: MVMT Watches The 40 in Rose Gold/Brown Leather¬†— $120

A stunner of a watch for a stunningly low price.

A stunner of a watch for a stunningly low price.

Are you familiar with MVMT Watches? If not, you¬†definitely should be. That is, if you’re a fan of stylish, affordable eye-catching watches — and who isn’t?¬†There are some watches that are so refined in their design, you can wear them more casually — that’s certainly the case with this MVMT Watches¬†timepiece, crafted from a rich brown leather-brown dial-rose gold case combo that’s a heck of a looker. It’s a way to offset some of the more rugged pieces¬†in this outfit, like the canvas coat and chambray shirt. More importantly, it’s dressy enough to wear later on this season with, dare I say, the Taylor Stitch Telegraph Suit?

The Belt: J. Crew Suede Belt —¬†$55

Texture in the form of a refined belt for the season.

Texture in the form of a refined belt for the season.

This suede belt first made an appearance in this site’s suggestion on how to dress for a football game, and it’s back here and adding a change of pace to this outfit in the process. The¬†look is already quite heavy on rugged style, to be sure, so it’s fitting that a suede belt comes into play. Fall is the perfect time to try out texture where you might not do so normally, and for more than $50, you better get a lot of wear out of this belt to justify the initial price (although this particular pick is suede,¬†a handsome leather belt like the Tanner Goods Classic Belt would work, too).

The Sunglasses: MVMT Watches Runaway Sunglasses — $75

Equal parts retro cool and affordable style from a watch maker who knows how that stuff works.

Equal parts retro cool and affordable style from a watch maker who knows how that stuff works.

Wait a second — MVMT Watches does sunglasses? Yes, they sure do. And why do we have sunglasses in this post? Well, as this is transitional style and all, it’s still going to be a bit sunny out there most days, whether you’re taking a hike through a park,¬†heading to a bar crawl¬†or taking in that football game. These sunglasses aren’t too precious to take a beating,¬†and more importantly,¬†they’ve got a distinct air of retro cool about them. Just like the watch, they’re perfect to pair with everything from that Taylor Stitch chambray shirt to … wait for it… the decidedly modern¬†Taylor Stitch Telegraph Suit.

And there you have it, folks — pick up one, all (or heck, none?) of the above items and prep for fall in style. As we always aim for at this #menswear blog, reaching for pieces that are going to have your back the rest of the year is a solid bet no matter the season. And if given the chance to wear a durable chambray shirt with a crisp canvas coat, take it. The combo is just the right amount of rugged with venturing too far off the beaten path, and pieces like slim, dark denim and brown leather Chelsea boots keep things modern. A refined watch and cool-as-heck sunglasses are items every guy needs, yet not every guy has — except you. And you can never go wrong with accessories from staple players like Mack Weldon and J. Crew. Head-to-toe, there might not be a better time to be a style fan — and that’s what makes fall menswear so¬†great.

What’s your take on this ensemble? Have you picked up any of these pieces?