#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!

Standout style: Rocking out at Panorama 2016

Editor’s note: Start here for personal style #menswear coverage.

The heat didn't stop me from rocking out in style. Linen-blend shirt by Old Navy. Silm Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Millbrook Sunglasses by Steven Alan Optical. Mod Watch from the Timex x Todd Snyder collab.

The heat didn’t stop me from rocking out in style. Linen-blend shirt by Old Navy. Silm Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Millbrook Sunglasses by Steven Alan Optical. Mod Watch from the Timex x Todd Snyder collab.

Here at The Style Guide, I’m pretty thankful to get to write about what I love every week. But it’s even better when I get to combine my passions into one post, as I did this weekend when I headed to the first-ever Panorama festival in NYC rocking some great men’s style gear and rocking out to excellent tunes along the way. Panorama was a unique merger of music, art and technology, curated by the same team behind Coachella – and Saturday’s lineup, featuring luminaries like Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens and The National, was stellar. The festival blended the buzzing atmosphere with some premium food and beverage curated in part by the great folks at Eater.com, too.And of course, the day presented the perfect opportunity for me to combine those aforementioned passions into one heck of an afternoon (although if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re aware of that!). Now, attending an outdoor festival in the heat of summer might seem like the opportune time to ditch decorum and dress to stay cool, but yours truly thinks just the opposite — bear with me.

Of note, stepping out on Saturday put me right smack-dab in the middle of some very hot weather — it was sunny, beautiful and in the 90s here in the Big Apple.  Even still, I was glad to be there as Panorama took over Randall’s Island, the site of this summer’s Governors Ball festival, (a similarly spectacular weekend). It was exciting to know that a quick subway trip brought me mere feet from (among others), The National, supremely talented purveyors of emotionally substantive music … but more on that in a second. Just know that for now, if you get the chance to see them, it’s a must. And if you manage to get as close as I somehow did, it’ll be even more astounding (just check out this video here, for one!).

Join Frank & Oak Elevate - Enjoy FREE Shipping, Cashback + more at Frank + Oak! Try it now for 90 days, risk free!To tackle the festival in style, I reached for a new pair of Thursday Boots — they’re a big Style Guide favorite for the way they blend price, quality and styling potential, and I tested out the rugged-refined Natural Diplomat Boot this weekend. It’s made from durable Horween leather that provided just the right amount of toughness, edge and style, plus excellent grip and plenty of durability for playing a little air guitar during a high-voltage afternoon set from British rockers Foals. Of course, they had to be able to fight for a spot in the crowd during a visually stunning show by Sufjan Stevens — and before that, I did plenty of rocking out to The National, one of my all-time favorite bands and the group behind one of my all-time favorite albums (that would be Boxer …. or perhaps it’s Trouble Will Find Me …. or maybe Alligator…). The band’s incredible, emotional show came after a blisteringly hot day out and about, and it’s a good thing I had apparel that stood up to the test. Challenges with the heat started early, even during a high-energy, engaging set from British duo Oh Wonder to kick off the day (note that if you dig what you hear from them, they’re working on a new album!).

Ready for a full day of rocking out. Linen-Blend Shirt by Old Navy. Slim Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Troubadour Socks by Richer Poorer. Hudson Belt by Arcade Belts. Adventure Log by Word Notebooks. Wristband by Panorama NYC.

Ready for a full day of rocking out. Linen-Blend Shirt by Old Navy. Slim Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Troubadour Socks by Richer Poorer. Hudson Belt by Arcade Belts. Adventure Log by Word Notebooks. Wristband by Panorama NYC.

Attending a great music festival often feels like multiple shows within one large, high-energy show — it’s fitting then, that my style blended multiple elements. To fight the heat (and yes, I’m aware I chose boots and denim), a linen-blend short-sleeve shirt courtesy of Old Navy worked quite well. Although the Navy color is now sold out, the white Flax Linen option on the site would be a reliable stand-in at your next music festival, with a much-needed linen blend and utilitarian chest pockets. It really was crucial to have versatile style, as the day shifted from a eclectic, mellow vibes of Oh Wonder  to a high-energy set put on Daughter. The quickly changing scenery called for durable accessories, too — no busted watches or sunglasses left behind here. Plus, my Tread for Men Traveler Sunscreen was a big help in protecting me from the sun.
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Chief among the rest of those accessories was a new personal favorite, the outstanding Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch. It reliably updates a vintage style for the modern man. I accentuated that crisp watch with a fun-to-wear pair of Millbrook sunglasses via Steven Alan Optical, which clock in at an agreeable price on top of great looks ($165). Certainly, every cent helps when cooling down with some nice refreshments and powering through a day of great shows.

Keeping track of time during the day with the Mod Watch from the Timex x Todd Snyder collab. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Slim Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow.

Keeping track of time during the day with the Mod Watch from the Timex x Todd Snyder collab. Natural Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Slim Light Mercer Denim by Mott & Bow.

Lest we think the day was all about the big-ticket items (and bands), small touches really do go a long way in completing an outfit, such as the Hudson Belt from Arcade Belt Co. It’s made with stretchy, comfortable and durable navy smartweave fabric, and the color worked well alongside my socks, the lightweight, breathable, teal-and-grey color-blocked Troubadour from the team at Richer Poorer. Those socks paired with my boots for an added touch of comfort, and that was crucial — it felt like a long run-up into the evening, but it really was worth it.

That brings us back, once again, to The National. While I certainly looked forward to dressing for the day in style and checking out other great acts, I’d been looking forward even more to seeing the hallowed indie rockers return (relatively close) to their home turf. Seeing them two years ago at Calvin College back in my home state of Michigan was, to be quite honest, a lifechanging show (right up there with seeing Lucius at Daryl’s House Club in upstate New York earlier this year). And this time around, The National absolutely didn’t disappoint. Although the entire set was stellar, early renditions of “Don’t Swallow the Cap” and “Afraid of Everyone” were huge crowd-pleasers, as was an uptempo take on “Sea of Love” off of the acclaimed Trouble Will Find Me. Being that close to the stage for those songs was epic, seriously. The Dessner brothers are one of the tightest guitar duos around, and the Devendorf brothers reliably carry the rhythm section, too. What more can you ask for?

They’ve got a discography that’s so deep and versatile, an hour isn’t nearly enough — even at a festival.  A soul-stirring rendition of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” played well off of two new songs, “The Day I Die” and “Find A Way” fit right in with the rest of the band’s live set, which also managed to work in “England” off of High Violet. The variety in their setlist means you might hear your favorite track at an unexpected time, and it means you might have to wait a bit longer, too. “Fake Empire” was distinctive and well-done, cueing up the crowd for an intense, loud version of the classic “Mr. November” (just ask the folks next to me how much I enjoyed that one). Although Mr. Berninger stayed on stage for that song, he made his way into the crowd for “Terrible Love” — I’m surprised the fans let him go! It was nothing short of emotionally stirring and incredible, probably worthy of a full blog post in its own right. It was a two-year wait to see them, but I can only hope less time goes by before I see them again.

If you get the chance to check them out at one of the many festivals they tend to play during the summer, please do. The same goes for their friend and a top-billed act in his own right, Sufjan Stevens. It was time to put away those sunglasses (and grab another round), as he powered through a visually stunning set — both The National & Sufjan could definitely play for twice as long, what with their deep discographies and high-energy stage shows. Of course, an act like Kendrick Lamar is a huge crowd-pleaser and puts on a high-energy stage show of his own, which drew by far the largest crowds of the day.

It was a heck of a day that really was packed top-to-bottom — bands like Oh Wonder and Foals also rounded out the day nicely with afternoon sets that fit with the festival’s more eclectic vibe. Attendance felt a bit light at times, but it provided the chance to grab some prime real estate during killer sets by some of my favorite acts (particularly, as we all know…. The National). And gear like my durable Thursday Boots Natural Diplomat Boot and the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch was really crucial to taking on such a hot and busy day in style. It was such an honor and privilege to be able to see a renowned act like The National, and the rest of the lineup definitely didn’t disappoint. We’ll see if Panorama sticks around next year, but if they continue to curate an eclectic lineup packed with big names and solid variety, there’s a great chance it will be — and I’ll be there with my best menswear to rock out!

‘Til the next show,

-Beau

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