The Friday Read: My New Favorite Watch, Pedro Pascal’s Trucker Jacket & Tropical Getaway Gear

Best vintage-style watch for men.

Folks, thanks for joining me for the latest Friday Read, a perfect way to roll on into your weekend (if I do say so myself). I’m coming off my birthday weekend (as you saw if you follow me on Instagram!) and I’ve been back at it this week with plenty of freelance writing pursuits.

So: Let’s start off this weekend by taking stock of, say, your watch collection. I’m frequently on the lookout for stylish men’s watches that are durable, rugged and versatile, be it something like the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic or my go-to watch of choice as of late from Dan Henry Vintage Watches.

Best rugged dive watch for men.

The company virtually offers a historic stroll through the watch world, looking at classic men’s watches from the late 1930s through to the 1970s, then putting a modern twist on them. This leads to a nice mix of rugged but dressy details, dependable designs and some seriously cool strap and dial combinations, like my watch of choice: The Dan Henry 1975 Skin Diver. It features a 39mm retro-style case, a handsome black dial and a contrasting brown rubber strap.

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In short, it’s one of the best men’s watches to wear on cold winter nights with a shawl cardigan and flannel shirt, since it’s casually rugged and seriously cool. So, that’s the timepiece I’ll be wearing this weekend as I make my way on an upstate trip (again, follow me on Instagram to keep up!). For now, here’s the rest of your Friday Read. Scroll on accordingly, my friends.

  • Perhaps you, like much of the rest of the country, have been enthralled by the HBO zombie apocalypse drama “The Last of Us,” starring none other than Pedro Pascal. And by now, I’d wager you’ve also read a thing or two about the show, including some insight into Pedro Pascal’s “The Last of Us” trucker jacket. After all, fighting off zombies is hard work, and naturally, our protagonist turned toward the immortal Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. As you know if you read the blog, it’s a Huckberry classic, and if you want to get that very same look, snag yourself a fresh one now.
  • By now, you’re probably getting just a bit sick of the frigid cold, right? I’ve got a solution for you: While I can’t plan out your next tropical getaway, I can indeed help you figure out what to pack for your next vacation. Keep it breezy, colorful and light — I wrote about the best style essentials for a tropical getaway over at Men’s Journal. Time to start planning and packing, folks.
  • Since I’m hitting the road this weekend, I’ve been thinking about the best travel pants this season (and beyond). Accordingly, you should check out Wednesday’s blog post on the best pants for travel from Bonobos — here’s my full take. Cheers and good luck out there!

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That should tidily wrap up your guide to weekend must-haves, be it a new packing list for a breezy vacation or the chance to shop Pedro Pascal’s “The Last of Us” trucker jacket. In the meantime, stay stylish, look for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week and we’ll see you out there!

See Now, Buy Now: Hit the Road This Winter (And Beyond) With the Bonobos Travel Trousers

Most comfortable travel pants for men.

As we’ve talked about in the past on the blog, there’s a tricky balance to strike when it comes to how to dress for travel. As more of us get back on the road properly this year, the quest for both comfort and style remains at the forefront, and that’s where the best men’s pants for travel come into play.

Specifically, they’re coming at you from Bonobos, makers of some of the best men’s chinos and stretch pants. So, just as you’ve adopted a new wardrobe to work from home (or occasionally at the office), your travel style needs should shift, too — in that case, folks, meet the Bonobos Travel Trousers. The very definition of the intersection of style and comfort, no doubt about it (keep reading for more).

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As with many a pair of comfortable yet stylish pants, you’ll find these stylish pants for travel in the Bonobos New Arrivals section, always a space worth keeping an eye, whether you’re packing for a weekend road trip or simply heading back into your cubicle. The Bonobos Travel Trousers manage to boast the clean, creased-front look of your best pair of dress trousers, but with plenty of hidden features that deliver the comfort you crave (and the polished, office or travel-ready style you need on the daily).

The Bonobos Travel Trousers are made from a blend of rayon, nylon and spandex, all the better for loads of stretch and mobility. And yet, they also feature a clean front waist design, not unlike the same waist design you’d find on a pair of sharp, tailored dress trousers. The major difference, though? An elastic waistband and sizing done by general size (as in, Small or Medium) versus waist measurements. Whether you team them with one of the best wool sweaters or a Bonobos Oxford shirt for days on the road or on the 9-to-5 grind, the Bonobos Travel Trousers epitomize what it means to look good on the go.

The Tuesday Steal: Save 50 Percent On Some of the Best Jeans for Men with the Bonobos Travel Jeans

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If you ask your favorite Brooklyn style writer (me!), dressing well is about always meeting the occasion as best you can with some of the best men’s style essentials — and yes, that still includes traveling. There’s definitely a line to walk between comfort and style, and there are certainly ways to look great, feel good and stick to your style guns… even with a flight or train ride ahead of you. For my money’s worth, few brands are rising to meet that moment quite like Bonobos.

Sure, they’re already quite well-known around here for the best chinos for men, not to mention some of the best work-from-home pants on the market — but what about the best stretch jeans? That’s where the Bonobos Extra Stretch Travel Jeans come into play, and here’s the great news: Select pairs of the best men’s stretch jeans are as much as 50 percent off today.

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Note that you can score three seasonally friendly colors of the Bonobos Extra Stretch Travel Jeans for that deep discount, with a fourth pair up for grabs at about 17 percent off (as of press time). Of course, it’s hard to go wrong with any pair of the Bonobos Extra Stretch Travel Jeans, even at full price, simply because they’ve improved upon the best-selling Bonobos Travel Jeans in an even bigger way.

Think: An “extra-stretchy” garment-dyed jean in a five-pocket style, the kind that looks great at the office and then on the road — and then out to dinner afterwards. Pick up a pair of the Bonobos Extra Stretch Travel Jean in a cool color like Madeira Olive and you’ve got both a colorful (yet still muted!) pair of winter pants, plus an excellent pair of pants to shake up your wardrobe the rest of the year. And again, as if you needed another reminder: The Bonobos Extra Stretch Travel Jeans are as much as 50 percent off for a limited time. Go forth and shop, my friends.

See Now, Buy Now: These Bonobos Corduroy Pants Are Some of the Best Men’s Pants for Fall

When getting dressed for fall with the best men’s style essentials, how do you get ready? I mean, really truly, get ready? The answer, in my book, is to turn to a trusted brand that you can already trust when it comes to making essentials for the rest of the year — like Bonobos. Enter the Bonobos 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants, a pair that checks all the right boxes as some of the best men’s corduroy pants, while also mimicking the same fit and styling details as, say, the rest of the Bonobos pants you know and love.

Best men's corduroy pants for fall.

If you read this blog, you’re hopefully well-acquainted with the fit and fabric of Bonobos men’s pants, and for good measure, you can bet the Bonobos 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants deliver those same crucial points in spades. The key is the use of a stretch Spanish corduroy fabric that blends cotton and spandex, making the Bonobos 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants almost as comfortable (almost) as your favorite pair of tailored sweatpants.

Best corduroy pants for men.

The rest of the details on the Bonobos 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants are as good as expected, including the brand’s signature curved waistband for a standout, comfortable fit. Speaking of fit: As is the case with the full lineup of Bonobos men’s pants, you can pick from four distinct fits (from Slim Taper to Athletic), along with 15 colors and a good number of waist sizes.

Throw in the plethora of fall-friendly colors and the Bonobos 5-Pocket Corduroy Pants are a perfect fall style move — and possibly your new favorite pair of pants. Shop accordingly, my friends.

The Tuesday Steal: These Bonobos Stretch Pants are the Most Comfortable Pants On Sale Now

Most comfortable fall pants for men.

If you’ve gotten used to juggling working from home with returning to the office, you’re still very much aware that the best work-from-home style is very much top of mind at the moment — you’re still looking to blend comfort and style, after all. Put it another way: Bonobos, makers of some of the best pants for men, period, still has you covered with some of the most comfortable pants to wear to work from home (or to the office, for that matter), and they’re on sale right now for more than 30 percent off.

I’m already a major fan of super-comfortable, polished styles like the Bonobos WFHQ Pants — and perhaps you feel the same way! — and the Bonobos All Week Flex Pants deliver just as much reliable performance and great looks. Consider them the latest and greatest addition to any rotation of the best men’s pants, with the specs to match. It all starts with super-stretchy 100 percent polyester fabric, and the Bonobos All Week Flex Pants also feature a go-anywhere, hidden-front elastic waist.

Best men's work from home pants.

Crucially, the Bonobos All Week Flex Pants deliver the kind of tailored looks you need to head back to the office, with the easy-to-wear fit you crave when at home and on the road. The front snap closure looks as crisp and polished as your favorite pair of chinos, and the design is streamlined and tailored, yet the aptly named Bonobos All Week Flex Pants are designed to go everywhere with supreme comfort top of mind.

The Bonobos All Week Flex Pants are available in three lengths and in sizes ranging from Extra Small on up, based on the color you select. And that’s another thing: The Bonobos All Week Flex Pants are on sale for less than $80 in six highly wearable colors.

You can pair your new go-to set of work from home pants with anything from a Bonobos T-shirt to a stretch denim shirt for men without missing a beat. All the while, the Bonobos All Week Flex Pants deliver that crucial mix of softness, stretch and style. Go forth and shop them on sale right now.

See Now, Buy Now: This Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt is One of the Best Men’s Shirts for Fall

Best fall shirts for men.

If you’ve been keeping up with the happenings here at your Brooklyn style blog, you know that fall menswear essentials are the name of the game through and through right now, and you certainly (hopefully?) know that Bonobos is one of the best places to shop for fall menswear. In fact, we just talked on Monday about how the famed menswear E-commerce brand is making some of the best men’s jeans, so let’s take another deep dive into something they do so well.

I’m talking, of course, about the fact that Bonobos makes one of the best men’s shirts for fall, that pleasingly rugged and durable denim shirt you see at the top of the page. Yes indeed, the Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt is an unexpected pick from a company best known for making some of the best chinos for men, but it’s going to serve you very well as the thermostat drops (I guarantee it).

With the well-made Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt, it all comes down to fit and fabric, as you’d expect from a company that was founded on those very principles. Here, the versatile Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt in a pleasingly faded shade of blue is made from a blend of 98 percent cotton and 2 percent elastane. That stretch makes the aptly named Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt comfortable to wear, easy to move around in and easy to layer, of course.

The contrast stitching adds some nice visual appeal, while the buttondown collar gives it a bit of casual polish. Ifyou ask me, you could wear the Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt with your favorite fall blazer as readily as you could style it atop one of the best henleys for men for more rugged style. Of course, the sub-$100 Bonobos Stretch Denim Shirt also wears exceptionally well with a pair of the best chinos for men from the famed brand, so make sure you shop accordingly this season, my friends.

See Now, Buy Now: The Bonobos All-Season Jeans are Some of the Best-Fitting Jeans for Men

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As you search high and low for the best men’s style essentials on the market, you should know that reliability is key. At least, that’s what we think here at The Style Guide. That is to say, if you find a brand — like Bonobos — that consistently gets things right when it comes to details, fabric and fit, then they’re worthy of your continued support.

So while you might know Bonobos for making some of the best chinos for men, they’re also quite adept at delivering some of the best pants for men — across all categories, including denim. Yes indeed, that means the new Bonobos All-Season Jeans could just become your new favorite pair of denim.

The idea behind the Bonobos All-Season Jeans is simple: Craft a pair of classic men’s blue jeans you can wear reliably (there’s that word again!) across all four seasons, with plenty of fit, color and wash combinations available. That’s just like the famed Bonobos Stretch Washed Chinos, for instance. The best-fitting pants on the market are a big part of the Bonobos DNA, and the Bonobos All-Season Jeans don’t skimp on that promise.

Bonobos blue jeans for men.

Take your pick from four fit options (ranging from Slim to Athletic), and rest easy knowing that there are also plenty of sizes available in virtually every color and wash of the Bonobos All-Season Jeans. They’re also made from a blend of cotton, TENCEL and elastane — think durability and stretch in spades. Note that you can also find the Bonobos All-Season Jeans in plenty of rich shades of indigo for distinctive fades and aging.

And for good measure, premium metal hardware also helps elevate the Bonobos All-Season Jeans — wear them in a biz casual setting with your favorite fall blazer, or use them as a weekend style move alongside one of the best men’s henleys. When it comes to fit and fabric, Bonobos always seems to win out.

See Now, Buy Now: The Bonobos Stretch Lightweight Chinos Are the Only Pants You Need This Summer

If we’ve talked about it on the blog before, we’ve talked about it, well, plenty of times. There’s going to come a time, once again, this summer when you’ve got to step out in tailored style… wearing a pair of stylish pants, all in spite of the heat. The pants in question you should be wearing? Well, that part, to me, is easy: The Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Chinos are a go-to style move that should keep you looking sharp and staying plenty cool for the rest of summer, and that’s an understatement.

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You’re hopefully well-aware that Bonobos makes some of the best men’s style essentials across each of the four seasons, from one of the best lightweight jackets to the best stretch jeans, but this new pair of breezy pants might be the best of the bunch — for right now, at least. The key with these stylish summer pants really is right in the name: The Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Chinos live up to that billing, and then some.

Crucially, the Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Chinos truly are a stretchy blend of polyester, rayon, cotton and spandex for ease of movement and a hand feel that’s a step up from even the brand’s classic Bonobos Stretch Washed Chinos 2.0 (those might already be one of your favorite pairs of pants, as luck would have it).

Helpfully when it comes to the Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Chinos, you can also take your pick from three cool-as-can-be colors, including the ever-versatile Dark Surf as worn above. Beyond that, you can pair up each set with everything from a white short-sleeve henley — for high-low casual style — to a crisp Oxford shirt. To round things out nicely, you can score the Bonobos Lightweight Stretch Chinos for under $100. The next time you want to beat the heat in style, this pair might just be your best bet.

The Tuesday Steal: Get Your New Favorite Jeans for Under $50 from Bonobos Right Now

Best summer jeans for men.

Searching for classic men’s style essentials at low prices can be a taxing affair at times, but when you find a proper deal — like a deal on the best men’s jeans — it’s worth acting quickly and striking while the iron is hot, so to speak. That’s the case with today’s Tuesday Steal, brought to you by way of the E-commerce giants at Bonobos — they already excel at making everything from the best men’s chinos to your favorite shirt jacket, and now, the Bonobos Downtime Jeans are aptly named, highly stylish and highly affordable.

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The Bonobos Sale section offers something for everyone

The catch with the Bonobos Downtime Jeans? Well, at first glance, it’d appear there’s no catch at all: They’re on sale right now through the well-stocked and fast-moving Bonobos Sale section, and the price is a sight to behold. Get the Bonobos Downtime Jeans for just $49, a major markdown from the original price of $119 — yes, you read that correctly. You’re also getting quite the run of summer-friendly specs here, from the pleasing and versatile, casual River Medium Wash to the blend of cotton, polyester and elastane.

Those features just so happen to make the Bonobos Downtime Jeans some of the best jeans for men in my book, with two fits (Slim and Athletic) up for grabs, not to mention waist sizes up to 40 and inseam lengths up to 36 available. The next time you want to snag a pair of affordable jeans that don’t cut corners on quality, be sure the Bonobos Downtime Jeans are in your cart — perhaps starting as soon as today.

The Thursday Buy: This Bonobos Shirt Jacket is the Best Casual Layer for Spring

Best casual spring shirt jacket for men.

It’s hard to go wrong, in my humble opinion, with the menswear being designed and sold by Bonobos. Sure, that’s a lofty claim to make, but when a brand that started out making the best chinos for men has since expanded into a major global fashion player, it’s a worthy claim to make. That’s especially true when you step back and consider the fact that NYC-based Bonobos also now makes one of the best shirt jackets for spring. Scratch that: One of the best casual layers for spring, period.

Spring is, after all, a time to make sure your entire outerwear rotation is on-point, be it dressing for the office with one of the best lightweight blazers or an utterly classic leather moto jacket. But back to the task at hand. Not every situation or every day is suited for a spring blazer or a moto jacket. What about all those times when you want a casual layer you can throw on at a moment’s notice, perhaps over your favorite T-shirt or henley? That’s where the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket steps into the ring. This durable yet soft fleece shacket is the perfect hybrid style — cooler on the surface than a zip fleece jacket or quarter-zip fleece, easy to move around in and layer with thanks to the button front, and of course, available in a classic array of Bonobos colors. Yes indeed, the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket checks all the right boxes, and then some.

Best shirt jacket for men.

Crucially, the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket lives up to its billing: It really is super-soft, made with a cotton-poly fleece blend that’s been sueded for an extra luxurious feel. Yet, that cotton-blend fabric shouldn’t prove as heavy as your favorite winter flannel shirt, so you can more readily wear the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket atop your go-to spring T-shirt without breaking a sweat. Oversized buttons and two large front chest pockets add to the hybrid design details of this easygoing yet warm shacket — the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket is made to be worn in leisurely situations (say, with tailored joggers to get a weekend coffee), but it can also be worn as a mid-layer beneath a rugged field coat if it’s an especially chilly spring day.

The Antique color option is a vibrant shade of yellow that you could style with black or charcoal jeans or chinos to really let this “shacket” pop, but the Blue iteration of the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket is your best bet for maximum versatility. For good measure, one of the best men’s shirt jackets actually won’t break the bank — as of right now, it’s marked down to $89 (previously, the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket was $119). So, to recap: You’re getting what’s truly a super-soft fleece shirt jacket in a spring-ready weight, one made from stretchy, comfortable material. And what’s more, the Bonobos Supersoft Fleece Shacket is on sale for a terrific deal. Sounds to me like you’ve found your new favorite spring layer.