The List: Get Ready for Early Fall with The Best New Men’s Style Shopping Picks

Proof Strong Shirt | Huckberry

Looking toward fall with gear like the Proof Strong Shirt, one of the best men’s shirts of the moment.

Is it hard to believe we’re starting to prepare in earnest for early fall with today’s edition of The List? We’ll be celebrating the best of the best new men’s gear from brands you know and love, as always, but with a bit of a different focus. As opposed to covering summer style essentials, we’re going a bit heavier and leaning into all the rugged men’s gear you can use starting now, and then on into the months ahead.

On the docket? Only the best fall style picks from brands you know and love, starting with the Proof Strong Shirt as seen above, and carrying right on through to picks from Filson, Todd Snyder, Buck Mason and more. Read on and gear up, my friends.

Proof Strong Shirt — $128

A durable, classic chambray shirt made from performance fabric.

Every guy, yourself included, needs one of the best chambray shirts in his closet this fall. This one happens to be made from a Japanese CORDURA chambray fabric that blends comfort and performance. It’s one of the best shirts for men right now, easily.

Todd Snyder Indigo Slub Jersey Long-Sleeve Pocket T-shirt — $78

The coolest long-sleeve tee on the market.

There’s a reason Todd Snyder keeps popping up on the blog, and it’s because he makes some of the best American menswear (and the best T-shirts) around. This indigo T-shirt is the perfect fall base layer.
Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boots — $329
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Getting the best men’s boots is as easy as picking up these.

This certainly won’t be the last time you read about Red Wing boots on the blog this fall. These rugged leather boots are iconic, classic and so easy to wear.
American Trench Mil-Spec Sport Socks — $42.50 (4-Pack)
Mil-Spec Sport Socks with Silver – American Trench

You can’t go wrong with some of the best men’s socks on the market — period.

American Trench socks are, for me, the stuff of legend. They’re the exceedingly rare pair of American-made socks, as the name would imply, and they go great with your favorite leather boots. I also love the Mil-Spec Sport Socks in particular — a perfect everyday sock.
Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Roped Indigo — $125
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Another stylish, rugged men’s shirt from Taylor Stitch.

If you peruse the pages of this site, you know San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch, and more specifically, the classic, easy-to-wear Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt. This classic men’s shirt gets an update via rich indigo fabric. Layer it over your Todd Snyder tee if you feel so inclined.
Huron Big Three Kit — $38
The Big 3, Skincare Set - Body & Face Wash, Face Lotion | Huron

A new trio of must-have men’s grooming picks.

No matter the time of year, you’ve got to have the best men’s grooming essentials in your medicine cabinet. That’s where Huron, a recently launched men’s grooming brand out of NYC, comes into play. They focus on clean formulas and high-quality ingredients, and they’re also a rare American-made grooming brand. Add in cool packaging designs, revitalizing grooming kits designed to soften and clean your skin, and a cruelty-free approach, and you’ve got one of the best grooming brands for men out there.
Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket — $240 
Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket | Huckberry

One of the best rugged men’s jackets out there, no doubt.

If you’ve read the blog over the years, you know and love the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. It’s durable, it’s rugged, it’s a modern classic for the modern man, and now this Flint and Tinder waxed jacket comes in eight colors.
Richer Poorer Terry Trousers — $78
Richer Poorer Terry Trousers

Cut like dress pants, but with the feel of sweatpants.

Richer Poorer is a recent addition to the Huckberry lineup, one worth checking out. They make some of the best basics for men, including these casual hybrid trousers to wear as you work from home on breezy fall days (we’re going to be doing this for a while, trust me).
Matador SEG42 One Bag Travel Duffel — $190

The perfect getaway bag for your next weekend adventure this early fall.

For getting out of town on a socially distanced trip, the best everyday carry gear is the right way to go (literally). This durable travel duffel has plenty of space for all your necessities to spend time in the great outdoors, yet is compact enough to go anywhere.
Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt — $85
Buck Mason Faded Black Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

This is the cozy, casual sweatshirt for late summer and early fall.

Close out summer under the stars and on cool mornings this early fall with one of the best men’s hoodies via Buck Mason. It really is as simple as that, my friends.
MWC G10 Military Watch — $79.16
MWC G10 Military Watch - Olive

One of the toughest watches for fall adventures.

As we head into early fall, you need one of the best men’s watches on your wrist. If that rugged watch so happens to be a military-inspired timepiece with tough specs to match, that’s all the better. Snag it via Cool Material now.
Filson Canvas Work Shirt — $145

Layer up for fall with this tough Filson workshirt.

Speaking of rugged men’s gear for early fall, well, have I got just the thing for you. Filson has long made the best workshirts for men, and this hard-wearing canvas offering is no different. Throw it on alongside a military-inspired timepiece and Red Wing boots
5.11 Tactical Edge Chinos — $59.99

Dependable chinos to take you from point A to point B (and beyond) this fall.

For those among us who value performance-ready functionality and on-the-go durability — especially when it comes to the best men’s chinos — there’s 5.11 Tactical. These rugged chinos blend comfortable, movement-minded fabric with versatile, all-day styling potential — that makes them some of the best men’s pants.
Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote — $235
Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote - 28L | Huckberry

A dependable everyday bag that pulls no punches.

Talk about one of the best everyday bags, right? Mission Workshop gets it right with this rugged hybrid tote bag designed to hold 28 liters of gear & EDC essentials.
Proof 72-Hour Merino Long-Sleeve Henley — $98
Proof 72-Hour Merino LS Henley |

An easy pick-up if you need one of the best men’s henleys (which you do).

Shell out a bit of extra cash for one of the best henleys for men, a fall adventure-minded performance henley made with merino fabric in a variety of cool colors.
Bespoke Post Scout Box — $45 (When You Sign Up for Bespoke Post)
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A set of must-have everyday carry gear for an affordable price.

For years, we’ve talked about Bespoke Post Boxes here on the blog (as in this post!). It’s a monthy subscription box service that offers your pick of tons of different types of men’s gear, new each month. Among archival Bespoke Post Boxes, the Bespoke Post Scout Box features all the EDC essentials you need for fall, from a durable flask to a handsome leather wallet.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless Headphones — $199 
Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless Headphones

An undeniably cool pair of sytlish Bluetooth headphones.

As I’ve spent plenty of time lately over the past few months working from home (as we all have!), I’ve been on the hunt for some of the best wireless headphones — and not just any old pair, either. Stylish wireless headphones made from premium materials are the only way to go for me, and I couldn’t be happier to have had the chance to test out the stunning Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless Headphones.
Designed in New York City, these are some of the coolest headphones I’ve ever seen, with crystal-clear sound, too. You’ll see plenty of them on the blog in the future.
Jack Black Age Defying Booster Pack — $68
Jack Black Age-Defying Booster Pack™

A trio of easy-to-use grooming essentials to keep your skin fresh this fall.

Let’s keep the good times rolling with the best men’s grooming essentials from Jack Black. The Age Defying Booster Pack adds nothing but quality to your daily routine.
Mott and Bow Connor Heavy Cable Crew — $225

A seriously cool, vintage-inspired fisherman sweater for your transition into fall.

What we haven’t talked about today is one of the best fall sweaters for men, but this rugged cable crewneck sweater from the makers of your favorite jeans is here to change all of that.
Myles Apparel Tour Pants in Sage — $118
If you want the best pants for men for any season (starting in late summer and heading into fall), you’re going to want to check out the Myles Apparel Tour Pants. Made with hard-wearing woven stretch twill fabric, these rugged men’s pants are cut to move with you and feature a water-repellent finish, plus stain and wrinkle-resistant capability. Plus, you can use the code MYLES10 to get 10 percent off your first purchase. 
FRYE Bowery Light Lace-Up Boots — $298
FRYE Bowery Light Boots

You might not find a better pair of leather boots out there.

The best way to continue to get ready for fall? With lightweight leather boots that deliver plenty of durability and classic style.
United By Blue Soft SoftHemp Denim Workshirt — $60
Men's River Denim Work Shirt | United By Blue

A rugged workshirt for men made from sustainable fabric.

Another essential layer you need for fall — a rugged denim workshirt for early fall from the sustainably minded United By Blue team. Just add your Flint and Tinder waxed jacket  and call it good for a day of yard work or adventures.
Ibex 24-Hour Long-Sleeve Crew — $98
Ibex 24 Hour Long Sleeve Crew

A lightweight merino T-shirt that’s one of the best base layers for fall.

Reap the benefits of a stylish merino T-shirt, one that’s sweat-wicking and anti-microbial, as the perfect base layer for early fall and beyond. Ibex does it right.
Hurley Vedder Washed Long-Sleeve Flannel — $55
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An easygoing, cool flannel shirt for fall.

Let’s wrap this thing up in style — with the aptly named, expertly faded Vedder Flannel Shirt from Hurley. Throw on this stylish flannel shirt on a chilly fall morning, then throw on some vinyl and put on a pot of coffee. Bingo.
That’s going to do it for today’s list of the best new men’s gear. Do you have a favorite, one that you’re going to instantly add to your shopping cart? For me, it’s always a tough  call, but you can’t go wrong with, say, the Myles Apparel Tour Pants if you want rugged style and comfort on the trail or the road this fall. It’s also tough to pass up one of the best workshirts for men from Filson — maybe pair the two together? Of course, you know not to sleep on the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt or the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. Either way, whichever picks you go with, feel free to let me know on Twitter. As always, cheers to you!

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The Thursday Buy: This Buck Mason Shirt Is Your New Daily Essential

A classic, timeless twill shirt you’ll love wearing — from Buck Mason, of course.

We talked in last week’s edition of The Thursday Buy about a new favorite everyday shirt from Todd Snyder, and we’re back again with yet another one of the best men’s shirts, this one from an equally style-minded purveyor of classic gear for men. I’m talking, of course, about all-American brand Buck Mason and the Buck Mason Pacific Twill Shirt, as reliable and timeless as you can get when on the hunt for a stylish everyday shirt. What do I mean when I say “everyday shirt, specifically?

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Well, I’m talking about the kind of cool men’s shirt you can throw on with just about anything in your wardrobe, on any day of the week, and then watch the compliments start to roll in. This Buck Mason shirt is exactly that piece. This classic Oxford shirt features a modern fit, it comes in a flattering shade of Navy (remember, darker colors are slimming!), it’s made from overdyed cotton for a lived-in look and feel, and you can wear it with your favorite chinos or with black denim easily. The style points don’t stop there: Wear this rugged men’s shirt with slim tan chino shorts and white leather sneakers right now, or keep it handy with olive chinos and suede chukka boots. Seriously, when it comes to Buck Mason, you can do no wrong. Make sure this shirt ends up in your shopping cart ASAP. And if you like what you see, let me know on Twitter

SHOP: The Buck Mason Pacific Twill Shirt 

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#OOTD: This Is How to Wear a Chambray Shirt Right Now

There are times when a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do — be it picking up to-go beers or freshly ground coffee from your local shop, loading up the car for a day trip upstate or hanging out and grilling this summer … for all those times, you need the best men’s style essentials. Gear that’s not going to let you down, gear that’s going to look great … no matter what. Enter today’s #OOTD covering the best chambray shirt — and how to wear it. We’ll dive into what exactly makes one of the best chambray shirts for men (Hint: It’s gotta be from Buck Mason), plus the best accessories to go alongside it. Now, I know what you’re (maybe) thinking. “A chambray shirt?? In the middle of August? The horror!” … OK, I’m kidding. But if ever you were skeptical about trying out a chambray shirt, rest assured that the Buck Mason chambray shirt in question today is lightweight, easy to layer and plenty stylish all the way through (it helps that we’ll layer it over one of your favorite T-shirts for breezy seasonal style). And if you’re the type of guy who simply can’t put away his selvedge denim, I’ve got just the solution for you: A pair of lightweight stretch selvedge jeans from none other than Todd Snyder. Of course, it’ll get all the better thanks to the best chukka boots, too. But, I don’t want to spoil the look for you. Keep scrolling to check out the full #OOTD, then chime in on Twitter if you plan to pick up any of these rugged summer gear picks. Onward, folks!

A cool chambray shirt worn an even cooler way. Get into it. folks.

Hopefully, you’ve got a few more ideas on how to wear a chambray shirt this summer. The key here involves layering it up the right way, and accessorizing it with the best men’s gear for warm weather. Luckily, Buck Mason makes it easy to do that successfully — this is quite simply one of the best men’s chambray shirts I’ve seen, and I think you’ll feel the same way. You’ve got on-point summer style aplenty here thanks to the best white T-shirt for guys, to go along with stylish stretch selvedge jeans from one of your favorite menswear designers (or at least, one of my favorites!). The look gets all the better thanks to rugged chukka boots from Red Wing Heritage — which also happen to be surprisingly lightweight — and then it’s all finished off in fine form with a vintage-inspired watch from the good folks at Timex. How can it get better? That’s easy, folks. A stylish brown leather belt from Billykirk keeps your black selvedge jeans in place and looks great doing it, while a pair of the most affordable sunglasses for men belongs on your face for the rest of summer. Last but not least, one of the coolest growlers for beer helps you transport your favorite beer and keep it cold for hours of summer enjoyment. It’s all about casual, rugged style, and I don’t think it can get any better than, well, right now. But again, it all starts with one of the best men’s chambray shirts — choose wisely, shop accordingly, then get out there this summer.

See Now, Buy Now: These Buck Mason Deck Shorts are Summer’s Most Versatile Shorts

With the way things have been going around these parts, maybe shopping for summer style essentials has taken a back seat. And now, well, you realize you’re in need of a pair of the best men’s shorts for summer — and ASAP, at that. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, easily some of the most versatile and best shorts for summer. If you read the blog, you know Buck Mason — this all-American brand makes everything from the best men’s T-shirt to plenty of stylish, easygoing denim shirts,  textured polos and slim blue jeans. Of course, add the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts to that list of essential men’s gear right now, too. What makes these stylish shorts so darn necessary for the season? Let’s start with the aforementioned versatility. They’re made of a quick-drying cotton-nylon fabric blend — that means that yes, these are shorts that also double as swim trunks. What makes them more akin to chino shorts than baggy boardshorts, though? It’s got to be the stylish, tailored cut — the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts channel perfectly retro style that doesn’t look out of place these days at home or (socially distanced) at the lake. The preferred pairing? Naturally, stylish boat shoes and a classic T-shirt, beer in hand.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts

The versatility of the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts keeps getting better, though. You’ve got your pick of four color options, each of which wear well with summer style staples like a crisp white T-shirt or a navy slub polo in equal measure. These are stylish summer shorts you can throw on and forget about — the elasticized back waistband provides comfort and mobility for backyard hangs and summer grilling sessions, too. And let’s not forget about the very agreeable price — classic summer shorts for under $90 (in this case, $85), especially ones that double as swim shorts … that’s one heck of a deal from possibly your new favorite menswear brandMaybe you feel you’re all set when it comes to both shorts for summer and your swim trunks, but aafter seeing the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, I’d certainly think twice. Let me know if you decide to pick them up by paying me a visit on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: This Buck Mason Denim Shirt Is The Best Shirt to Buy Now

A newly iconic denim shirt from one of your favorite brands.

If you’re anything like me, you have a whole rotation of the best shirts for spring and summer that  you look forward to wearing specifically during, well, spring and summer. To be sure, a well-curated wardrobe requires menswear essentials that work across seasons (like this denim shirt!), but for the breezy days ahead of us, there’s not a pick I’m liking more at the minute than the Buck Mason Denim Vintage One-Pocket Shirt. It’s rugged, it’s stylish, it’s classic … it’s one of the best denim shirts for your hard-earned cash right now. There’s something about a rugged denim shirt that just works for these kinds of days — perhaps it’s a bit breezy in the morning as you enjoy your favorite coffee on the back porch (throw on this stylish denim shirt atop a slub tee), and then perhaps the day warms as it goes along. All throughout (and especially when working from home), this classic denim shirt is going to serve you very well indeed.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Denim Vintage One-Pocket Shirt

Standout details to improve your spring and summer style.

This Buck Mason denim shirt is available in a number of cool, perfectly faded washes, but I love the Medium Wash Denim Shirt as shown here. You can rock it buttoned or unbuttoned atop a classic white T-shirt just as readily as you can layer it over a Buck Mason henley (seriously, this brand does it all), and then on your lower half, you can rock everything from edgy, slim black jeans to classic tan chinos. Made from 100 percent indigo-dyed cotton, this is a rugged denim shirt that’s going to get better and better the more you wear it this spring and summer. Heck, in a pinch, you can even throw this shirt on underneath a lightweight navy cotton blazer for conference call-friendly style. The fit is tailored but not overly tight, the construction is next-level, and the price ($105 at Buck Mason) makes this one of the best shirts for men to buy right now. Like, right now. What are you waiting for? If you’re a fan of Buck Mason, be sure to let me know on Twitter.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Denim Vintage One-Pocket Shirt

Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt

A new everyday Oxford shirt, no doubt about it.

Alright, folks: Welcome to another Style Pick of the Week. Let’s talk all about one of the best men’s Oxford shirts, shall we? It helps that the stylish Oxford shirt in question comes from the classic menswear purveyors at Buck Mason, a longtime favorite of the blog (seriously, check out this post on Buck Mason from 2015!). But to be sure, the brand gets several things right all the way across the board, from the perfect everyday watch to the rugged field jacket you need in your closet ASAP. But back to the reason we’re here: The Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt is every bit the shirt you would expect from this lauded brand, and it’s a perfect menswear essential to snag as we head (slowly but surely) from winter into spring. It all starts with the attention to detail and construction over at Buck Mason, this much I know to be true. The brand says the fit of this shirt is similar to its other collared shirts (I love the Denim Vintage One-Pocket Shirt in particular) and its classic T-shirts, so that’s great news right off the bat. Made with 100 percent cotton for a breezy feel and finish, this essential Oxford shirt is perfect to wear on its own at the office (preferably with slim tan chinos and classic suede chukka boots) or else open atop a crisp white tee with your favorite pair of jeans on the weekend.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt

This sharp Buck Mason Oxford shirt also comes in classic white.

Really, the versatility of the Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt comes down to the fit — the fact that you can rock untucked on its own with classics like edgy black denim or office-ready olive chinos is a big bonus. And yet, it’ll look sharp and stellar beneath a navy or khaki cotton blazer as the weather starts to warm up. The baggy Oxford shirts of days gone by are simply a thing of the past. Heck, if you were feeling really ambitious (and seriously cool, for that matter), you could pair this classic blue Oxford with one of Buck Mason’s leather moto jackets — talk about a menswear match made in heaven, right? It’s fitting that the Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt is so versatile and so classically cool: It was made by a brand that believes in those things, after all. The next time you want an Oxford shirt that’s as comfortable as a broken-in tee and yet stylish enough to wear at the office, get this handsome number from Buck Mason.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt

Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch

The perfect casual watch to pair with the rest of your Buck Mason menswear.

Just when you thought your wardrobe was packed with enough stylish menswear from Buck Mason, the lauded brand comes along and releases the ideal accessory to complement those pieces: The Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch. It’s got the potential to be your new favorite casual watch, with all the trappings you need and expect from a rugged timepiece that’s crafted for everyday wear. The specs on this stylish casual watch are certainly up to the standard the brand has set for itself — in this case, Buck Mason teamed up with watchmaker A.W.C. to re-tool a Seiko 7S26C. To wit: The 42mm stainless steel case is water-reistant to 200 meters, so you know this watch can take a beating beyond the coffee shop and out on the road (perhaps teamed with a rugged Buck Mason leather jacket for your travels, ideally). Shop Western Rise Now

And even the NATO strap delivers on its promise of tough performance: The Phoenix G10 NATO nylon strap (available for the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch in two colorways) plays off the original 1970’s strap made for the British Ministry of Defense. But why pack all of this into a humble wristwatch? For starters, it’s so much more than your average watch — again, it’s as if the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch was crafted to be worn specifically with the rest of your Buck Mason-centric ensemble … and in a way, it was.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch

Pick from two NATO straps that accompany this stylish casual watch from Buck Mason.

Before we go any further: You should know that this highly versatile, highly stylish casual watch comes with a bit of a price tag — OK, I’ll spill the beans. You’re dropping nearly $900 for this vintage-inspired watch, but trust me … it should be worth it.

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After all, what other watch can you wear to the office (with a Buck Mason Oxford shirt) and then out on a road trip with your new favorite leather jacket without having to switch things up? For your money’s worth, make it the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch. It’s the type of highly wearable, understated wristwatch every guy needs in his rotation, and the even better news? You can start wearing this watch now (the rugged NATO strap pairs nicely with a classic henley and denim), and then keep it handy to throw on before you head to the beach this summer. Talk about a classic watch that offers some serious bang for your buck — it’s like we said. You shouldn’t expect anything less from Buck Mason and Co.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch

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Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Full Grain Sundown Flight Jacket

An enviable leather jacket from the good folks at Buck Mason.

My friends, your search for the best leather jacket might just be complete — that is, if you take my advice and snap up the Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket, a classic leather jacket that gives you tons of style points for winter (not to mention crucial comfort and warmth). It’s a perfectly rugged winter jacket you won’t be able to get enough of, whether you pair it with your favorite henley and faded denim or a crisp Oxford shirt and slim chinosBuck Mason just wins and wins, either way. So, let’s get into why you need this leather jacket right now. Like, ASAP. In short, the Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket just channels the kind of essential, throwback style that seems to be all the rage right now — it starts with Buck Mason’s approach to quality and heritage construction. The brand was inspired by and founded on the principles of old-school manufacturing and blue-collar style — maybe that’s why this tough leather jacket pairs up very nicely with the brand’s expertly cut henleys and iconic tees. For winter though, you’re going to want to layer up the Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket with likeminded cold-weather staples, be it your favorite flannel shirt or a cozy thermal base layer.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket

All the right details make the difference here. Well-done, Buck Mason.

There are, after all, plenty of touches that make this one of the best leather flight jackets you’ll find out there, from the tough full-grain cowhide leather to the removable shearling collar (crucial for providing unparalleled warmth and style). The tough black leather will only get better over time — see, the Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket  is the kind of jacket your father or grandfather would have worn with pride, and you should feel the same way. The quilted satin lining offers both warmth and comfort (especially when worn with one of your favorite henleys), while the overall look is stylish enough for your commute and then happy hour drinks thereafter. There’s really no place a classic leather jacket isn’t going to look anything but super-sharp and stylish — yes, even in the depths of winter. Think of it as a nice change of pace in your outerwear rotation — and indeed, consider the fact that this rugged leather jacket is as at home on the road as it is at a rock show. How can it get any better than that? Answer: It can’t. Add this jacket to your menswear rotation now.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Sundown Flight Jacket

#OOTD: How to Style a Crewneck Sweater This Winter

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD series will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

So, welcome back to the #OOTD series here on The Style Guide. The above headline might seem a bit familiar — after all,  a slim crewneck sweater is a personal favorite of this blog, and it’s as well-suited for casual, rugged fall style as it is for layering in the early stages of winter. And the particular sweater that’s being featured today is as close to a perfect reinterpretation of a classic style as we’ve got — especially from lauded American menswear designer Todd Snyder. But what differentiates the below #menswear look from other features here on the blog? We’re throwing in more weather-ready layers, for one. And we’re mixing high-low style staples like a slim topcoat with everyday wardrobe staples. If you find you don’t have any of the picks below, it’s as good a time as any to get shopping. Got additional picks to add to the below list? Hit me up on Twitter, or check out the Instagram feed for a look into what makes The Style Guide (AKA, me) tick.

A high-low way to wear a crewneck sweater this winter. Not bad, ehh?

A high-low way to wear a crewneck sweater this winter. Not bad, ehh?

The Sweatshirt: Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt, $98 — The Todd Snyder x Champion line is packed full of stellar, heritage and sportswear-inspired pieces. This Pocket Sweatshirt is exhibit A in  that regard — it’s comfortable, easy to layer and potentially your new favorite sweatshirt.

The Shirt: Life/After/Denim Windom Oxford Shirt, $128 — More than $100 for a classic Oxford shirt? Well, when it’s made from premium yarn-dyed cotton in a slim cut, it’s worth the investment.

The Topcoat: JackThreads Tieman Topcoat, $149 — So, here’s where a bit of that high-low style comes into play. The “topcoat-over-a-crewneck” look is something perfected by the likes of David Beckham, so I’d say it’s Style Guide-approved.

The Denim: Buck Mason Black Slim Stretch Denim, $175 — From the makers of your favorite short-sleeve chambray shirt comes a fantastic pair of slim black denim — just as ready for a  rock concert as a casual weekend coffee date. What belt to wear? Well, brown and black can work casually (keep reading), so reach for a braided leather belt.

The Socks: American Trench Fair Isle Sock in Merino/Cashmere, $28.98 — So, some of the picks in this particular #OOTD are quite pricey — including these socks. But American Trench does things as well as anyone when it comes to stylish, durable accessories.

The Boots: Thorogood Dodgeville Boots in Cognac ,$375 — Need another pair of durable, rugged leather boots in your closet? This handsome, versatile and easy-to-wear unlined pair of Thorogood Dodgeville Boots are a nice way to amp up the slightly more casual crewneck sweater.

The Watch: MVMT Watches Calypso Watch, $145 — From the stellar new Modern Sport Collection by MVMT Watches, the Calypso is a particular highlight. It’s got the handsome look of a rugged Tudor watch at a fraction of the price. Since it’s a casual outfit, a black rubber strap can work alongside the cognac Thorogood boots.

The Hat: Columbiaknit Marled Watch Cap, $17.98 — Sometimes, you don’t need to go too fancy with your winter accessories. In this case, the Columbiaknit Marled Watch Cap is neutral, simple and quite functional in the cold.

And, well, that’s all she wrote. When it comes time to layer up on a casual-but-cold day at the office or around town, you nearly can’t beat a stylish crewneck sweater — especially one made from premium materials. And pieces like slim black denim and a classic navy Oxford create a bit of a unique one-two punch, particularly when accented by an affordable (yet great-looking!) camel topcoat. When you top it all off with rugged, eye-catching cognac leather boots, it’s a mixture of pleasing colors and textures that work well when put together (yes, even the black denim and brown boots). Of course, you can’t go wrong with a warm winter hat or well-made Fair Isle socks. In fact, this head-to-toe look might just become one you break out time and again — at least, I hope so.

Stay stylish, and stay tuned for a (relatively) last-minute holiday gift guide coming tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Denim Shirts to Buy Now

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There are some staples that never really, truly go out of style. From a rugged chambray shirt to a classic blue Oxford, these are the sort of pieces that a well-dressed guy should feasibly have in his wardrobe. And although there are a few other items you should readily have in your closet, it’s tough to dispute the timeless, rugged style of a denim shirt — yes, that’s right. Like the chambray shirt, the denim shirt is a hearty take on men’s shirting, originally worn by rough-and-tumble cowboys, ranchers and guys who needed a shirt that could take a beating. Well, modern iterations are a bit different — cut slimmer and trimmer, with more style-forward washes and detailing, for one. Yet, it’s the type of shirt that can make any guy look good — if you know which one to buy, that is. Its rugged appeal and durability makes it timeless and … you guessed it … essential. Today, we talk five great denim shirts to buy RIGHT NOW. Get more menswear at The Style Guide Facebook page and via Twitter, folks.

#1. Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt — $69.50

Made the same way as it was decades ago -- and updated with a modern fit and neat style details.

Made the same way as it was decades ago — and updated with a modern fit and neat style details.

If there’s a brand that makes a better denim shirt — or has more longevity doing it — they’ve got a tough act to follow in Levi’s. The brand still abides by the rugged ethos and construction that made its denim the pants of choice for gold miners out West, and the Barstow Western Shirt carries on that same tradition through to the 21st century. Wear this one with the Levi’s 505C to your next concert, and hang onto it the next you want a shirt to wear to the bar with friends.

#2. Scotch and Soda Denim Shirt (Available via East Dane) — $125

A minimal take on the denim shirt -- just as essential for the season.

A minimal take on the denim shirt — just as essential for the season.

While a denim shirt with a bit of a faded wash  is a reliably safe bet, you can never go wrong with a deep, dark blue denim shirt. Scotch and Soda makes pieces that are eclectic and unique in their construction and design, but this denim shirt is a winner — as with the Levi’s option above, it’s the type of shirt to wear to a rock concert, perhaps with a rugged waxed trucker jacket. And for $125, you should give it a go with a grey wool knit tie and burgundy corduroys this coming winter, too.

#3. Buck Mason Bleached Indigo Pearl Snap Shirt — $145

Made in America with classic style details -- doesn't get any better!

Made in America with classic style details — doesn’t get any better!

$145 for a shirt? Oh, yes. And here’s why — the team at Buck Mason knows a thing or two about making premium menswear in America, and this bleached indigo shirt is a fine example. Made from an 8oz. chambray fabric, it features custom-built pearl snaps and a fit that should team nicely with your favorite rugged henley this fall  and winter. The color and construction mean it also works for  layering under a suede bomber jacket on breezy days.

#4.  J. Crew Slim Midweight Denim Shirt — $88

It's tough to go wrong with J. Crew -- this denim shirt is a surefire winner.

It’s tough to go wrong with J. Crew — this denim shirt is a surefire winner.

J. Crew was (and is?) quite possibly the reason behind the surge in popularity of the classic chambray shirt over this past half-decade in menswear, and it’s no surprise that they make a heck of a denim shirt, too. This piece is slim and features a dark wash that should look just right this fall and winter with grey denim — and just as great come springtime with slim stone chinos and classic navy sneakers.

#5. Bridge and Burn Flint Overshirt — $182

A deep indigo dye and sturdy construction make this a fall and winter layering favorite.

A deep indigo dye and sturdy construction make this a fall and winter layering favorite.

So, is this overshirt your typical denim shirt? Not quite. It’s thicker, lined with cotton flannel and done up in a deep indigo wash, for one. And it doesn’t feature the  typical pearl snaps seen on most denim shirts. However,  it gets the nod here because of its versatility, durability and quality construction. The great team at Bridge & Burn puts their own touches on classic staples  (including fall’s  must-have bomber), and the Flint Overshirt is yet another example of those efforts. It’s easy to layer over a slim pocket tee, and it’ll pair up quite nicely with a stylish henley and your favorite pair of selvedge denim.
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No matter how you wear it — atop a tee, under a slim cardigan or on its own with the sleeves rolled up — a tough denim shirt is your answer to rugged fall and winter style. In the right cut and with a bit of visual interest, a denim shirt can act as another casual shirting option — think of it as an alternative to your favorite chambray shirt. And it’ll work in the fall and winter, plus the spring — when worn with other seasonal style essentials, of course. Did I miss any picks? Shoot me a note on Twitter, or drop us a line in the comments below.

Happy shopping!

-Beau