The Friday Read: New Dress Shoes for a New Year, The Best Cashmere Sweaters & Classic Blue Jeans

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Classic, refined leather loafers to consider wearing at home this season when you feel like stepping things up a notch.

My friends, congratulations on making it through the first full week of 2021! Are you starting to feel like you’ve shaken off that 2020 hangover, shaken off some rust and are moving full-speed ahead into a new year with today’s Friday Read? I’m getting there slowly but surely, step by step you might say, and it’s all possible with the right approach, right mindset and in some cases, the right menswear (take the Bruno Magli Positano Loafers as seen above). With so many of us working from home still, there are options aplenty when it comes to stylish footwear to wear at home, and if you feel like upping your game a little bit (think slim blue jeans and a tailored Oxford shirt on certain days), it’s hard to go wrong with some of the best men’s leather loafers to really complete your look. At least, that’s just my take.

We’ll also dive in today into a few other helpful menswear picks for a new year, so keep on scrolling. Of course, you can also expect another rendition of our Style Pick of the Week series tomorrow to outfit you properly from head-to-toe. As I always say, the details make the difference when it comes to the best new men’s shoes and more, so you might as well step into the new year the right way. Happy shopping, stay safe & stay stylish, folks. Oh, and to really keep things rolling the right way, give me a follow on Instagram or subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. Cheers!

  • I mentioned above that you could make use of classic slim blue jeans to upgrade your work-from-home style beyond just sweatpants, and that’s why I’m recommending you pick up the nicely priced Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans, a longtime favorite of mine that retail for just a shade above $100 ($108 at Mott and Bow, to be exact). With a free home try-on program and multiple cuts for the perfect fit, these are some of the best jeans for men you can step into right now, mark my words.
Best long-sleeve T-shirts for men

A classically rugged base layer and a stylish long-sleeve tee in its own right.

  • There are any number of ways you could go as we start a new year when it comes to rugged style that’s still laidback and versatile, but one of the coolest ways I’ve come across recently is shown above. And my friends, the Freemans Sporting Club Homespun Gym Tee could become one of your new favorite T-shirts for weekend wear and daily style. You can wear this stylish long-sleeve T-shirt all on its own thanks to the cotton waffle fabric, or else layered beneath a rugged flannel shirt or worn with a zip hoodie, all without missing a beat. Go forward and layer up in cozy style, folks.
  • Here’s a fun one to start the weekend — lace up your new favorite pair of boots with my GearMoose guide to the best moc toe boots, featuring plenty of brands you know and love. Every guy needs a great pair of boots, and my latest dispatch is a pretty solid place to start.
  • I told you that we’d talk about plenty of men’s style picks to help you roll into a new year the right way, and that’s where my guide to the best cashmere cardigans for men comes into play. Head over to The Manual to get my take on a classic, refined layer that’s going to take your Zoom call style to the next level (along with, of course, your Mott and Bow Slim Crosby Jeans and your Bruno Magli Positano Loafers).

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Thanks for joining us today as we set our sights on a new year, new style picks and much bigger and better things than 2020. Before I let you cruise into the weekend, I’ve got one last guide for you, and that’d be my take on how to dress in refined style this winter. From a suede bomber jacket to Todd Snyder corduroy pants, I think you’re going to like the looks of this #OOTD. Cheers to the weekend, folks!