The List: These Are 25 of The Best New Men’s Gear Picks for Fall

Just one of many rugged gear picks you’re going to love wearing this fall.

My friends, we stand on the verge of another week as we move steadily into fall. As I always say, if you’ve felt behind in the game when it comes to the best fall style essentials, well, today’s edition of The List can certainly help bring you up to speed.

In fact, we’ll bring you up to speed in a BIG way, featuring 25 of the best new men’s gear picks, including a stylish leather watch, the best sweatpants for fall, and heck, a new pair of the best leather boots for men. It’s a barn burner, to say the least — and it all starts with a Flint and Tinder workshirt, as shown above. Here we go, folks.

More on that in just a moment, though. Whether it’s new men’s gear from Filson or a new leather jacket from Buck Mason, we’ll have you sorted out in style. Good luck out there this season, my friends. And for more men’s style essentials, be sure to head over to The Shop By The Style Guide page. Cheers!

Flint and Tinder Indigo Workshirt — $128

Your new favorite rugged layer for fall, easily.

The best workshirt for fall could just be this one. Easy to layer atop a rugged henley or your favorite T-shirt on breezy fall days, then ready to be worn on into the afternoon, cold Oktoberfest beer in hand.

Huckberry Explorer’s Cap — $40

Huckberry Explorer's Cap

One of the coolest retro ballcaps out there.

What better way to get ready for fall than with one of the best ballcaps for men? The aptly named Huckberry Explorer’s Cap (in a new colorway) wears especially with pieces like, yes, the Flint and Tinder workshirt discussed earlier.

Shinola Runwell Leather Watch — $550 

Shinola Runwell Watch

The best way to welcome fall? With a cool, rugged leather watch, of course.

There’s a certain stylish leather watch you’re going to need on your wrist this fall, and it’s the handsome, versatile Shinola Runwell Leather Watch, folks.

Oliver Cabell SB-1 Brown Leather Boots — $248

Oliver Cabell Boots

Premium leather boots for fall that’ll only get better with age.

This won’t be the last time in today’s post that we talk about some of the best leather boots for men. Oliver Cabell uses uncompromising standards and quality to develop these stylish leather boots, which are suited to wear with dark denim or with, well, a fall suit.

American Trench Breton Stripe Socks — $42.50 (Four-Pack) 

American Trench Cotton Breton Stripe Socks

Stylish striped socks to wear with your favorite boots.

What are you wearing with your Oliver Cabell boots? Well, it should start with some stylish socks from American Trench, for one. These cool striped cotton socks are an easy fall pick-up, and the quality speaks for itself.

Western Rise AT Slim Pants — $128

Let’s pivot away from refined leather boots toward a pair of stylish performance pants that work with both captoe leather boots and slim dark jeans (for working from home) or tough hiking boots (for a day on the trail). These Western Rise pants are the way to go.

Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat — $225

Buck Mason - Charcoal Felted Chore Coat

The best chore coat you can buy for fall (possibly).

Hey hey, let’s keep the good vibes going with one of the coolest jackets for fall. This unique take on the chore coat turns it into a layer that’s more like a blazer than a traditional chore coat, meaning it’s a stylish jacket to wear on your next Zoom call, easily.

Taylor Stitch Shop Shirt in British Khaki Boss Duck — $168

One of the most rugged men’s shirts for the changing seasons.

Let’s keep it rolling with rugged layers for fall. The Taylor Stitch Shop Shirt is one of the best workshirts for fall, what with its tough blend of hemp, recycled polyester, spandex and organic cotton for extreme durability.

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket in Light Grey — $240

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket on the blog, and it absolutely won’t be the last. One of the best trucker jackets out there, all owing to a combination of durability, toughness and long-lasting style.

Free Fly Flex Henley — $65

A rugged henley that’s easy to wear all fall, starting right now.

Get a great deal on one of the best men’s henleys, then use this Free Fly henley as a base layer under denim shirting or your Buck Mason chore coat.
Todd Snyder Italian Two-Pocket Utility Shirt in Chestnut — $135

Italian Two Pocket Utility Long Sleeve Shirt in Chestnut

Todd Snyder, a personal favorite menswear designer of mine, seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to men’s style essentials for fall (or any season, for that matter). This rugged utility shirt is wearable on its own or layered atop a crisp white tee or that Free Fly henley.

Persol 3199S Sunglasses — $280 via GlassesUSA.com

Persol 3199S

Some of the most stylish, iconic sunglasses out there.

Early fall might not seem like the ideal time to recommend you pick up your new favorite sunglasses, but in fact … it is. You need to keep your eyes safe from the sun in all manner of seasons, so why not pick up some classic Persol sunglasses … right?

Filson Dry Tin 5-Pocket Pants — $135

Filson Dry Tin 5-Pocket Pants

Rugged, hard-wearing work pants that manage to look great, no matter what.

Let’s go back to the best rugged gear for fall adventures, shall we? That’s just what Filson does. The Filson Dry Tin 5-Pocket Pants deliver durability, quality and the timeless style & performance to stand up to tough jobs or brewery visits in equal measure. Call ’em the best men’s pants for fall, easily.

Myles Apparel Everyday Crew Sweatshirt — $78

We’re keeping it rolling with warm fall layering here, via this Myles Apparel crewneck sweatshirt. The Everyday Crew is made with remarkable, water-repellent Storm Cotton and features a midweight jersey fabric, all the better for layering atop your favorite denim shirt (preferably alongside your Filson Dry Tin 5-Pocket Pants).

OBRA 240 Canvas Low-Top Sneakers — $130

OBRA sneakers

The coolest sneakers for men that you’ll wear all fall — correct? Correct.

A new addition to the stylish sneakers being sold by Huckberry, OBRA is making some of the best men’s sneakers — the kind that won’t look out of place with slim blue jeans and a shawl cardigan before fall weather really kicks in. Better yet, wear ’em with your new favorite sweatshirt.

Ibex Hero Jogger Pants — $150

Hero Jogger Pant

Surprisingly stylish sweatpants from Ibex that’ll feel plenty comfortable all fall long.

Lest you scoff at the idea of fashionable joggers, just know that you’re going to need a pair of the most comfortable sweatpants for men to wear around the house (and possibly out and about with your new OBRA sneakers). These are the stylish sweatpants to buy now.

Sandqvist Roger Two-Way Totepack — $170

Sandqvist Totepack

Get off the beaten path — or go just about anywhere — with this rugged daypack.

For hauling your everyday carry essentials, get this rugged totepack and then hit the road for fall. Coming from Stockholm, Sandqvist made this tough backpack out of remarkable Cordura® EcoMade polyester.

High Camp Halflight Gunmetal Flask — $85

Halflight Flask Gunmetal

A durable, rugged, cool-as-heck flask for your next camping trip.

What are you bringing in your rugged totepack for your next fall adventure? That’s easy. This gunmetal flask from High Camp seems to be the right way to go. Get it via Cool Material ASAP.

Billykirk No. 521 Leather Tool Bag — $160

In need of a rugged leather tool bag for use at home, as opposed to, say, a trail backpack? Billykirk makes one of the coolest leather bags for your everyday carry, easily.

Huckberry “See You Out There” Bandana — $50 (Two-Pack) 

As fitting as it gets when it comes to a stylish face covering — or a utilitarian bandana, for that measure — the Huckberry “See You Out There” Bandana has never been cooler, or more essential.

FRYE Tyler Lace-Up Boots — $328 

Beautiful, handcrafted leather boots made with a Goodyear welt and stylish, rugged suede? Those sound like the perfect leather boots for fall to me.

Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne — $52

Fulton & Roark Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne-Clearwater

Add this refined solid cologne to your fall grooming rotation.

In addition to the right leather boots or the best leather watch, fall is all about finding the best scent for every occasion. Fulton & Roark cologne covers your bases in that regard. Shop it over at Cool Material, folks.

Faherty Brand Stretch Five-Pocket Pants — $148

Faherty Brand Stretch Terry Pants

The best pants for men this fall in terms of comfort and style? Possibly.

Invest in some of the most comfortable pants for men out there, and reap the rewards. These stylish five-pocket pants fit like jeans but wear like sweatpants. Great work from Faherty Brand here.

Minnetonka Tilden Slippers — $54.95

Minnetonka Tilden Slippers

Comfortable, casual slippers to wear at home — or out on quick errands.

For when you just want to kick back and relax at home (possibly wearing your stylish five-pocket pants from Faherty Brand), reach for the Minnetonka Tilden Slippers.

Luminox Pacific Diver Watch — $640

A go-anywhere watch for every fall adventure, easily.

Let’s close things out the right way — with a rugged, adventure-ready watch from Luminox, there for all those times when you want to get out of the house and go off-trail. One of the best men’s adventure watches, no doubt.

Phew, alright! How about that, my friends? 25 of the best men’s style picks for fall, all wrapped up right here. From some of the most comfortable pants for men to the Minnetonka Tilden Slippers back up to handcrafted leather boots and of course, the ever-covetable Shinola Runwell and a gunmetal flask from High Camp, I think we covered PLENTY of ground today.

Heck, we’d be remiss not to mention true essentials like the the Huckberry “See You Out There” Bandana  or Ibex sweatpants, either. Have a favorite? Be sure to let me know over on Twitter.

 

 

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.

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear The Best Men’s Chinos for Summer

If you thought you knew everything about how to wear chinos for summer, I’m here to tell you to think again. Namely, the best men’s chinos are, first and foremost, going to shake up exactly how you pull together the rest of the look — one great piece can’t help but elevate the rest of your game. Of course, when you kick off your #OOTD with Todd Snyder slim-fit chinos, things get a whole lot cooler (and better) from there. We’ve talked plenty on the blog about how to wear chinos, but now that we’re essentially entering July (gasp!), maybe you want to switch things up a bit. Today, I’ll give you a few pointers on how to do just that. While you could easily wear, say, one of the best Oxford shirts and a navy cotton blazer with this look, we’ll be taking it a more casual, rugged direction. For instance: A stylish lightweight short-sleeve shirt does the heavy lifting here, and a more traditional summer jacket is swapped out with a durable chore jacket for unique summer style. Naturally, we’ll dive into some stylish everyday carry essentials and other gear picks that are crucial to giving this look its seriously cool, modern appeal. But lest we forget: You’ve got to get the best chinos for men to make it all work, so let’s start there. Enjoy the full ensemble below, folks.

Classic chinos worn in fresh, modern way.

  • The Chinos: Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos, $118 — Trust me — any summer #OOTD should start with the best men’s chinos, and these Todd Snyder chinos fit that definition perfectly. Dressy-yet-laidback, highly versatile … some of the best pants for men this season, easily.
  • The Stylish Short-Sleeve Shirt: Buck Mason Draped Twill Shirt, $85 — Just as reliably as Buck Mason makes one of the best denim shirts, so to do they come through with one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer.
  • The Summer Jacket: Freemans Sporting Club Chore Jacket, $330 — To shake things up a bit, reach for a rugged chore jacket, one made from lightweight Japanese denim, to layer up on breezy summer days and nights.
  • The Perfect Summer Shoes: Nisolo Chamberlain Penny Loafers, $124 — This #OOTD mixes high and low, like a rugged chore jacket alongside slim chinos, so best keep mixing it up with these stylish leather loafers.
  • The Watch: VAER Watches C5 Heritage Leather Watch, $250 — You know what this ensemble needs? A stylish leather watch, one that’s going to add some rugged polish to this look (which itself is suited for date night at home or to-go cocktails).
  • The Belt: Billykirk No. 117 Mechanic’s Belt, $99 — We’re all about the accessories here on the blog, and the best leather belt is a must-have — especially when it’s made by Billykirk. Go ahead and mix your leather shades here — I won’t tell a soul.
  • The Sunglasses: Roav Lennox Foldable Sunglasses, $175 — Yes, that’s right — you can fold these stylish sunglasses up and take ’em with you on the go. Are they the coolest sunglasses I’ve seen in some time because of that? Yessir.
  • The Summer Sipper: Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, Price Varies — Let’s talk whiskey for one second. While I love a summer beer as much as the next guy, I’ve found Proper No. Twelve to be a surprisingly enjoyable summer sipper when enjoyed on the rocks or with some club soda. Perhaps you’ll feel the same about Connor McGregor’s whiskey brand, no?

Alright, so perhaps this #OOTD is now changing how you think about, well, how to wear chinos this summer, right? Critically, it all starts with some Todd Snyder chinos that balance dressy and casual style quite nicely (if I do say so myself). We’ll take it a step further with something that’s perhaps expected, but no less cool — one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, courtesy of our pals at Buck Mason. How do you shake things up even further beyond that? Go for a rugged chore jacket to give this look some extra edge, then slide right into stylish leather loafers for a nice change of pace (seriously, Nisolo makes some of the most sustainable men’s footwear out there, too). Naturally, this look calls for stylish accessories that stand out in the right way — enter the best leather belt from Billykirk, then accent it with a stylish leather watch from VAER Watches for all-day style and durability. And for functional day-to-night style on the go (socially distanced), I think you’ll certainly find some unique, foldable sunglasses are just the right move here. Pop ’em in the pocket of your denim chore jacket when the sun goes down. Of course, what’s this look missing? Why a fine summer sipper in the form of Proper No. Twelve whiskey — how’s that sound? Can’t get any better. If you’ve got thoughts on this look, head to Twitter to give me your take. Thanks for reading — stay stylish!

The Friday Read: Buck Mason Bandanas, The Best Men’s Beard Kits & New Beef Jerky

Find all the right gear you need for summer — from Todd Snyder, of course.

Editor’s note: If you follow me on Twitter, perhaps you saw that I’ll be launching an E-mail newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, in the coming weeks. Read more & sign up here to stay in the loop! 

Who among us is really ready to start living their best summer life? Even in these times of quarantine, I think it can still be possible if you find the right adventures or the right (local) getaway, and of course, the best menswear for summer — take the Todd Snyder menswear seen above. Perfect for a hang at the beach house, a weekend at the lake … you name it, Todd Snyder‘s got you set for a summer weekend (to say the very least). During the rest of the week, it’s nice to have comfortabe gear you can depend on at home, too (just witness this gear roundup featuring a stylish Todd Snyder Traveler Suit). But back to the weekend: Who’s ready for it? And what’s on your to-do list? With hot weather aplenty sweeping the country, maybe you’re in search of a watering hole and a cold beer while wearing one of the best men’s swimsuits?


women's oxford shoe from Nisolo

I can only dream of that here in Brooklyn for the time being, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to getting out and about on my own in pursuit of new Brooklyn craft beer and the like. I had the recent chance to visit the newly opened Keg & Lantern Taproom, right near the waterfront in Red Hook, and can’t recommend it enough if you happen to live in the borough (or ever make it out that way!). Get the light and refreshing Pocho, a Mexican Lager ideal for hot summer days and nights — and if you do make it to the brewery’s original location in Greenpoint, be sure to get the excellent wings-and-pitcher deal. As often seems to be the case these days, I’ll also be spinning some new vinyl, with my pick of choice being the fantastic, brand-new “Punisher” by indie rock luminary Phoebe Bridgers. Have you given that album a listen? I plan on spinning it with my favorite coffee this weekend. For now though, we’ve got the rest of the Friday Read below — check out, then feel free to give me a follow on Twitter (if you’re not already following me!) or Instagram.

The coolest way to cover your face this summer? The two-pack also gives you even more utility from Buck Mason.

  • Keeping well-groomed in fine fashion is a necessity no matter the season — is it not? To that end, and for all my bearded brethren out there, I wrote about the best men’s beard grooming kits for GearMoose. If you’ve been searching high and low for grooming essentials, well, search no more. Remember, a well-groomed beard is but one of the summer style essentials should you have handy — in fact, it’s with you all the time! (Sorry, sorry — had to do it. Moving on!).
  • As you undoubtedly know, we’re all about the very best men’s gear on the blog. That’s why if you’re new (or new-ish) around these parts, I’d point you in the direction of my weekly  gear roundup known as The List. This recent entry is a good starting point, covering everything from the best new chinos to stylish leather dress shoes and a cool growler for cold brew (yes, that’s right!). Have fun stocking up, folks.

OK, my friends. We’re wrapping up today’s Friday Read in good time — still plenty of chances to get out there this weekend, after all. But before you go, I’ve got one last recommendation for you: A camp collar shirt needs to be on your summer shopping list ASAP, and you need to know how to rock it the right way. Hence, my guide on how to wear a camp collar shirt will have you sorted out in no time. That’s going to do it for me today. Have a great weekend, stay safe & thanks for reading, folks!

-Beau

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

The List: Gear Up For Spring with the Best New Men’s Style Essentials

The best henley to wear all spring? You be the judge of that.

Folks, here we sit at the start of another spring day. As has been the case lately, these are strange and trying times we live in — and once again, a lot of us are changing our routines and spending more time at home to fight this pandemic. That being said, being at home tends to leave one with, well, a lot more opportunity to read, to reflect, to listen to music … and yes, to think about the spring style essentials you want to add to your list. That’s where today’s roundup of the best new men’s gear enters the fold, starting with your new favorite henley as pictured above from Buck Mason. Let me know your favorites on Twitter — let’s get right to it.

Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley — $52

The best henley for spring? It very well could be.

The perfect henley for breezy spring mornings and evenings? Why, it’s the exceptional, super-soft and well-ftting Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley. This rugged henley is available in a wide array of colors, but Steel Blue is especially well-suited to wear with your favorite slim chinos. Kind of like the below …

Grayers Stretch Slim-Fit Chino Pants — $98

The best men’s chinos for spring, very nearly.

Speaking of your favorite slim chinos, well, here we are. Grayers has a knack for making perfectly classic yet modern men’s style essentials, and these slim stretch chino pants are ideal for spring and summer (plus, that British Tan color is as good as it gets).

Armor-Lux Logo Crew — $105

A cool-as-can-be spring sweatshirt.

Mixing up your spring layering calls for thinking outside the box at times — that’s why this stylish logo crewneck is a welcome addition to your rotation of spring sweaters. Armor-Lux makes some of the coolest men’s sweaters to begin with (Breton stripes, anyone?), and this is just the latest and greatest.

SeaVees Legend Sneakers — $80

Newly iconic men’s sneakers to wear all day long.

Right off the bat, it’s crucial that a portion of proceeds from these classic men’s sneakers are going to the Channel Island Marine Wildlife Institute, near SeaVees‘ home in Santa Barbara. And beyond that? Well, the SeaVees Legend Sneakers are easily some of the best sneakers for spring, what with their low profile and classic design. Wear ’em with some of the best men’s jeans and a slub tee for easygoing spring style.

Billykirk Bray Brother Bundle — $513.99

The rugged essentials you need for the perfect everyday carry.

If you follow the blog, perhaps you’re familiar with the expert American-made leather goods purveyors at Billykirk — founded by Chris and Kirk Bray in 1999, the brand is now offering bundles of the best leather goods and accessories, curated by each brother. This bundle features a rugged canvas carryall, a handy cable pouch, and a sleek leather notebook holder — all fine additions to your everyday carry essentials.

HELM Boots Holt Boots in Dark Grey — $350

Rugged, durable, simply unstoppable Chelsea boots from HELM Boots.

To be sure, we’ve talked about the HELM Boots Hollis Boots previously on the blog, but they’re back for another appearance here — and in a standout color, to boot (pun intended). Rugged leather Chelsea boots just make sense for spring, what with their sleek design, dressed-up wearability and durable (yet fairly lightweight) construction. HELM Boots has  your back when it comes to the best men’s boots for spring.

Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Navy Jacquard Dot — $108.50

Another classic men’s shirt from Taylor Stitch.

For the foreseeable future, the great folks at Taylor Stitch are giving you 25 percent off the entire site, and that includes the brand’s collection of stylish men’s shirts. My pick? The excellent Taylor Stitch California Shirt in a cool-as-can-be Navy Jacquard Dot pattern. It’s one of the coolest shirts to buy for spring.

Mott and Bow Slim Staple Jeans — $128

Slim stretch jeans to wear with your favorite henley.

Yes, you can still wear your favorite pair of dark denim as temperatures increase — especially if the slim blue jeans in question come from Mott and Bow & are made with plenty of stretch and ease of movement. They’re some of the best men’s jeans, and you won’t want to stop  wearing ’em.

Fisher + Baker Passage Jacket — $328

The rugged, functional spring jacket you need right now.

Not familiar with Fisher + Baker? The Minneapolis brand, built on the adage “Timeless, purposeful, functional,” has quietly been making some of the best men’s outerwear for a few years now, including the essential Fisher + Baker Passage Jacket. Wear it atop a rugged henley for expertly functional spring style.

Bear Hybrid Mattress — $1,352

Is a new mattress in your future? Make it this one.

Alright, here’s the deal. Maybe you’ve realized your mattress isn’t cutting it anymore. Maybe, unlike days past, you’ll actually be home during the day to receive a new mattress delivery. In that case, why not invest in one of the best mattresses? The Bear Hybrid Mattress, made with plenty of cushioning and five layers of support, is quite simply one of the best mattresses to buy now.

Flint and Tinder Desert Field Blazer — $198

A durable blazer made for work at home and in the field.

Looking for one of the best men’s blazers for spring? Look no further. Heck, looking for a blazer that’s more rugged than preppy, and made with workwear inspiration in mind? Get the Flint and Tinder Desert Field Blazer — it’s a uniquely rugged blazer crafted more like a chore coat than your typical blazer, which means you can absolutely wear it with, say, the Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley.

GREATS Royale Sneakers in Blanco — $179

Classic sneakers from Brooklyn’s own GREATS Brand.

It wouldn’t be a roundup of spring style essentials without calling out some of the best men’s sneakers, would it? The GREATS Royale is a near-perfect silhouette, wearable with pieces like a stylish logo crewneck and slim stretch chino pants.

Mollusk Surf Shop Scout Pants — $88

The perfect pants for casual spring style.

Finding the right pair of laidback pants for spring involves a few key considerations, and the Mollusk Surf Shop Scout Pants check all the right boxes in that regard. Comfortable? You bet, thanks to the drawstring waist and lightweight cotton canvas construction. Stylish? Yes, as ready to wear with your favorite Oxford shirt as with a casual pocket tee. Affordable? They’re from Huckberry, so they sure are.

MANTL Daily Routine Set — $65.98

A trio of must-have men’s grooming essentials.

Lest we forget, keeping your skin in shape for spring starts and ends with the best men’s grooming essentials. Including crucial moisturizer and a daily SPF, the MANTL Daily Routine Set (made with sulfate-free ingredients) freshens your face and protects your skin, critical to looking and feeling your best this season.

Flint and Tinder Indigo Check Shirt — $98

A classic indigo shirt that’s going to be a new spring favorite.

It wouldn’t be an edition of The List without Flint and Tinder, right? The Flint and Tinder Indigo Check Shirt, made from breathable organic cotton spun with indigo yarn, is one of the best men’s shirts for spring, the type of rugged everyday shirt you’ll look forward to wearing with slim blue jeans or rugged chore pants in equal measure. Heck, this could be the perfect shirt to throw on as you enjoy some whiskey on your back porch. Did someone say whiskey?

Law’s Whiskey House San Luis Valley Bonded Rye Whiskey — Price Varies

A classic whiskey you’re going to enjoy on breezy spring nights.

Yes indeed, someone did say whiskey. Law’s Whiskey House, out of Denver, takes an exceptional approach to crafting some of the best whiskey this writer has tasted. The San Luis Valley Bonded Rye Whiskey (Colorado’s first whiskey made to federal bonding standards) is an exceptional one to enjoy right now, aged more than six years in charred oak barrels and made with 100 percent San Luis Valley Rye. Talk about attention to detail, am I right? Even better? You can get some Law’s Whiskey delivered to your door!

Faherty Brand Cloud Summer Blend Shirt — $148

A classic summer buttondown in a lightweight fabrication.

Let’s go back to stylish men’s shirting for one second, shall we? Faherty Brand has a knack for making expertly laidback men’s style essentials, includinng the easygoing Cloud Summer Blend Shirt. Team it with your favorite slim chinos, then call it a day — spring style is nearly that easy.

Billykirk No. 309 Leather Valet Tray — $40

A surefire way to store your everyday carry.

It’s fitting that we’re closing  out this post looking at the best way to store your everyday carry. And in this case, that means we’re talking about a rugged leather valet tray, made the right way by the good folks at Billykirk. Use this to store your favorite watch and other essentials at the end of a long day.

Alright, my friends. We’re through another edition of The List. Did you have a favorite pick from the offerings above? Maybe something on the smaller (but no less essential) end of things, like a a rugged leather valet tray from Billykirk? Perhaps our lead pick, the Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Henley tops your own list, as well? I’m partial to picks like HELM’s rugged leather Chelsea boots and the the Flint and Tinder Desert Field Blazer. Whatever ended up in your shopping cart, I hope it serves you well. Feel free to let me know what you scooped up over on Twitter! Thanks for reading — stay safe.

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee

One of the best T-shirts of the moment.

There are certainly a plethora of options out there when it comes to shopping for one of the best men’s T-shirts, right? Casual picks abound, as do picks made with durable, heavyweight fabric  and there are definitely more lightweight T-shirts available, too. Well, folks, there’s one brand that can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to crafting and selling the best T-shirts for men, and that brand would be the all-American folks at Buck Mason. Specifically, the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee is the rare American-made T-shirt that wears well with practically anything (more on that in a second) and simply looks plain great the longer you consider it. It’s one of the coolest tees you can buy for spring, and having tested out tees from Buck Mason in the past, I’d say that claim is pretty darn accurate (although you’re welcome to shoot me a note on Twitter if you feel otherwise). The best men’s tees blend the best fabric with the best fit, and again, that’s what the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee does here. This curved hem T-shirt stands apart right from the get-go thanks to that unique design — the curved hem is flattering to a variety of body types, and it gives this tee an air of visual interest that makes it plenty suitable to wear in its own (especially with Buck Mason jeans, I might add).

SHOP: The Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee 

A classic tee in just one of many standout colorways from Buck Mason.

This stylish spring T-shirt certainly has plenty going for it beyond just an eyecatching design (although that design makes it a perfect T-shirt to wear to the bar — when appropriate — for that feeling of old-school cool). This is a made-in-America T-shirt that certainly passes muster, using lightweight 100 percent slub cotton treated with a pre-shrunk wash for a perfect look and feel. It’s the kind of classic T-shirt that’s going to feel like you’ve had it for years … right out of the box. Wear it with slim tan chinos and a rugged denim jacket for breezy spring style, or else team it with a classic navy cotton blazer and slim light wash Buck Mason jeans for expert casual office style (when you can get back to your office, that is). The real kicker with the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee  might be the wide range of colors it comes in, from earthy Barley to rich Resin and an expertly washed Navy slub colorway. Again, I told you this could just be the coolest T-shirt to wear now — and at this rate and price ($35 via Buck Mason), you’re going to want to pick up way more than just one color. You’ve just found your new favorite T-shirt, my friends. 

SHOP: The Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee 

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