#OOTD: Step Out in Classic Winter Style This Season With Your New Favorite Gear

So, my friends — here we are. The last day of 2019 — can you believe it?? Make no mistake, you can still roll your favorite style essentials (like this #OOTD) into 2020. In fact, I highly recommend it. Now, as I’m sure you know, it’s New Year’s Eve. Presumably, you’re prepared for the big night? But we’re going to look ahead a little bit, with the sort of winter style essentials you can wear beyond just tonight (although if you still need some help with what to wear on New Year’s Eve, you should check out that post as linked there). We’re talking about gear that’s fit for a casual office or a weekend happy hour in equal measure. Heck, if your New Year’s Eve is going to be more casual, then this should provide some inspiration, too. That being said, you’ll recognize the right men’s style gear for winter regardless, from a classic crewneck sweater to your new favorite flannel shirt and beyond. Again, the emphasis is on gear that you can wear beyond just a fancy New Year’s Eve, and I think you’ll be mighty pleased at the versatility we’re giving you to start 2020. Yes, that includes rugged leather boots and a tough casual watch, as well as plenty of new everyday favorites. So, how about it? Let’s show you how to start 2020 the right way. Like what you see? Head to my Instagram for more real-time men’s style tips. 

Taking the classics you know and love, then amping them up just a bit for winter.

  • The Classic Sweatshirt: Birdwell Beach Britches Garment-Dyed Raglan Crew, $89.95 — The folks at Birdwell Beach Britches have been making classically rugged-yet-laidback gear for decades now, from swim trunks to essential winter style picks like this classic crewneck sweatshirt in a handsome shade of indigo. The perfect winter sweater (I should know, I’ve been testing it courtesy of the brand!).
  • The Shirt: Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt, $119 — A classic crewneck sweatshirt like the onne seen above can be layered up with just about anything — especially this stylish flannel shirt from Western Rise. It’s moisture-wicking to keep you comfortable, and this is also a uniquely office-ready flannel shirt.
  • The Jacket: Flint and Tinder Golden Bear Leather Jacket, $998 — Now, is this classic leather jacket well-suited for, say, the polar vortex? Not quite — but the rest of the time? Yes indeed, this is one of the best leather jackets your menswear writer has seen in some time. In fact, one could say every guy needs a leather bomber jacket in his rotation, and this is the one to buy.
  • The Pants: Duluth Trading Co. DuluthFlex Ballroom Slim-Fit Khaki Pants, $59.50 — This is a classic pairing all the way through — slim, surprisingly durable chinos and one of the best leather jackets never fails. These Duluth Trading Co. khakis are made from pre-washed cotton twill and spandex for comfort and durability; they’ll also provide great mobility thanks to the Hidden Crouch Gusset®.
  • The Boots: HELM Boots Marion Color No. 8 Boots, $395 — For rugged style that’s fit for winter weather and the office, you need some of the best men’s boots — like these absurdly beautiful HELM boots made with color No. 8 Horween chromexcel leather.
  • The Watch: Martenero Kerrison Watch, $595 –The only way to round out this outfit is with a tough casual watch. In fact, Martenero has quite the habit of making some of the best leather watches on the market. This is the one you need.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon Solid Cologne, $25 — Yes, you need some Duke Cannon Solid Cologne in your life. Some of the best men’s solid cologne can give you as much confidence and style as, say, one of the
  • The Everyday Bag: Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack, $245 — Whatever your day calls for, be it punching the clock at work or heading across town to grab a coffee, your everyday carry essentials need this tough Filson bag.

The fun thing about taking stock of the men’s style essentials you’ve got in your wardrobe — or perhaps, the ones you need to add — really starts when you realize the versatility you’ve got at your fingertips. How so, Beau? Well, this outfit has a bit of everything, including a classic crewneck sweatshirt that gets a dressier update thanks to the way you layer it up with a stylish flannel shirt. That makes this combo both office and weekend-ready, and it only gets better — it’s helped along by surprisingly tough Duluth Trading Co. chinos that work from Monday through Sunday. The real unsung hero might be that classic leather jacket from Flint and Tinder — seriously, can you ever go wrong with one of the best leather jackets, especially when it’s warm, cozy and durable? Of course, no outfit in cold winter weather is complete without some of the best men’s boots, particularly when they’re made with remarkable color No. 8 Horween chromexcel leather. See, we’re bringing together plenty of what you already have, including a tough Filson bag and naturally, one of the best leather watches you can throw on your wrist. Wrap it all up with Duke Cannon Solid Cologne, then be prepared for the compliments to head your way … non-stop.

See Now, Buy Now: The Jack Shirt from CIVIC Is Your New Daily Chambray Shirt

A highly wearable, highly durable and truly classic chambray shirt from CIVIC.

What do you get when Taylor Stitch launches a partner brand geared toward sleek, modern and sustainable style? You get CIVIC, a new brand for the modern man that’s offering up stylish, effective products like the Jack Shirtquite possibly your new go-to chambray shirt. Here’s the real kicker: CIVIC is more than just your average menswear company. More to the point, the team at CIVIC focuses on classic pieces made with an eye toward the environment; think fabrics that are durable and mobile, yet eco-conscious. Did we mention CIVIC does this all with an emphasis on using high-quality merino, beloved for everything from odor resistance to a natural breathability? All of that means a shirt as classic and essential as the Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray is made to be worn time and again for rugged fall style, comfortable winter style, and every situation in between.

The brand’s Merino 4S fabric meets the tailored fit and rugged-yet-versatile styling potential for which CIVIC‘s partner brand — Taylor Stitch, of course — is known. That means it’s got the potential to last through your commute in the heat of summer or the chill of winter. The textured fabric and classic design details, including a collar that’s neither too small nor too big, add to the long list of pros when it comes to picking up the Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray. It’s certainly an investment when it comes to a stylish chambray shirt; it’ll set you back nearly $130. Yet, you’re getting an utterly timeless and reliable shirt when it comes to the Jack Shirt, made with styling potential that works all day, every day. From classic Levi’s denim and tan leather boots to rich leather sneakers and a sport-inspired cardigan, the wearability of the  Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray nearly can’t be topped — that goes for work or play. When it comes to fall layering for outdoor adventures, the Jack Shirt is going to team up quite nicely with, say a rugged Taylor Stitch utility shirt.  But I’ve said enough — will you be buying the Jack Shirt in Sky Blue Chambray for the season ahead (and far, far beyond)? Let me know on The Style Guide Facebook page!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

#OOTD: What to Wear to a Weekend Barbecue

You just got word that there’s a barbecue this weekend. Craft beer? Check. Burgers? You got it. But what #menswear to wear to man the grill or just hang out while sipping brews? We’ve got you covered today on The Style Guide — from A-to-Z, this is the place to be. It’s a little bit different than, say, dressing for a spring bar crawl — it’s more casual and requires gear that’s as stylish as it is suited to wear to play a little pick-up football. And you’ll want an extra layer in case the party runs late or it gets chilly out there. So, we’re keeping it cool and laidback with today’s #OOTD. You’ll recognize upgraded basics — from a classic bomber jacket to a sturdy striped tee — and you’ll recognize tried-and-true favorites like stylish brown leather sneakers and slim light wash jeans.  See? Comfortable, casual and classic style at its finest. But, I won’t spoil all the fun now. Check out the full set of #menswear picks below, chime in on Twitter and see how I style my daily ensembles over on Instagram (lotsa clothes on the ‘Gram, trust me). Enjoy, cheers and be sure to man the grill!

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Start with a supremely high-quality tee and go from there with casual spring layers.

The T-Shirt: Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt, $62.98 —  Let’s start things off the right way — with a sustainably made and uniquely stylish striped pocket T-shirt. Yes indeed, the Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt is pricey, yes …. but ultimately worth it. Just don’t spill any mustard on it.

The Jacket: Outlier Supermarine Soft Core Bomber Jacket, $595 — First off, this jacket surely is pricey. But why go for a paper-thin bomber jacket from a fast-fashion retailer when you can get a comfortable, stylish and very performance-ready piece fit for spring breezes and beyond?

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The Jacket: Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans in Slim Tapered, $98  — I’m all for investing in quality — and that’s exactly what Flint and Tinder brings to the table. These slim-fit light wash jeans have a pleasing light wash that’s perfect for spring.
The Sneakers: Pikolinos Vic Trainers, $200 — While you might be tempted to break out the flip-flops, leave those in the closet this time. These beautifully crafted leather sneakers feature everything from a rich brown colorway to cool and eye-catching stitching.

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The Watch: Nautica SYD Leather Watch, $125 — Nothing screams barbecue-ready style than a tough, rugged and stylish watch. This Nautica timepiece looks unique and crisp — it can definitely stand up to a game of backyard football, too.

The Bottle Opener: Billykirk Bottle Opener, $17.98 — Here’s the piece de resistance, perhaps the most crucial item in your everyday carry for this barbecue — the Billykirk Bottle Opener should be the hit of the party, ehh?

The Beer: Founders Brewing All Day IPA, Price Varies — It might be the Michigan native in me coming through, but there might not be a better summer BBQ beer than Founder’s All Day IPA. I absolutely love visiting the brewery when I trek back to Grand Rapids, and that won’t change soon!

The Bag: Nisolo Lori Tote, $134.98 — OK, so you’ve got your six-pack of craft beer, you’ve got your slim bomber jacket, you’re wearing your stylish striped tee — how are you going to carry everything you need to carry? In the durable and handsome Nisolo Lori Tote, I should say.

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And, there it is. All set for your first summer barbecue? With classic, easy-to-wear pieces like a slim bomber jacket and the Outerknown Shonan Stripe Pocket T-Shirt, I’d say you should be all set for anything that comes your way. And a pair of denim like the Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans in Slim Tapered are about as versatile and stylish as it gets when it comes to a casual pair of jeans for the weekend. Add in essential everyday carry pieces like a tough Nautica watch, well-made leather sneakers and the strong Nisolo Lori Tote and you can get from the barbecue and back in style. Oh, and don’t forget an absolute must-have — that’d be the Billykirk Bottle Opener, folks. Alright, I’ll see you at the grill!

Thanks for reading and stay stylish,

-Beau

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#OOTD: How to Wear a Classic Oxford This Winter

Perhaps like your Style Guide author, you’re starting to get into the swing of things when it comes to revamping your style this year. New Year’s resolutions, particularly men’s style resolutions, can be tough to start and even tougher to keep — but if one of your resolutions involves working more classic pieces into your wardrobe, the first #OOTD of 2017 should help you do just that. It’s all about picking a classic piece — the Oxford shirt — and finding a winter weather-friendly way to wear it (if you’re in a warmer climate, you can certainly keep this look while ditching a few layers).  Now, we talked about how to wear an Oxford last winter, but this particular look refreshes things a bit. In this case, that involves taking some rugged pieces (like the Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket) and pairing them up with tried-and-true, essential layers (like a henley sweater that you might recognize from my winter trip to Baltimore). And although you might not see ’em in the below grid, remember to layer up with stylish winter accessories. OK, ready to get started with how to wear an Oxford this winter? Of course you are. Let’s connect on Twitter to talk more menswear, and I hope you enjoy this week’s #OOTD!

Starting with a classic Oxford and adding a tough jacket, warm layers and classic accessories.

Starting with a classic Oxford and adding a tough jacket, warm layers and classic accessories.

The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket, $298 — So, as mentioned earlier, here’s the starting layer — the tough, durable, handsome and versatile Rover Jacket from Taylor Stitch. Yes, it’s all of those things at once. Lined in moleskin, it features a tightly spun cotton canvas exterior for warmth and functionality on cold days.

The Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Henley Sweater, $44 — Part henley, part sweater and all comfort and throwback style. It’s the perfect middle layer beneath a rugged jacket, and the three-button placket provides some visual interest against the Oxford shirt. Speaking of…

The Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch Oxford Shirt, $28.80 — Consider this another “new classic” from the majorly revamped Abercrombie & Fitch brand. It’s modern, it’s versatile and it’s very affordable — plus, the “Mint” color is a  nice change of pace and really leans more blue than green.

The Chinos: J. Crew Factory Driggs Broken-in Chino, $29.50 — When it comes to affordable staples that get the job done, the Driggs Chino — in slim fit, no less — performs well in winter… and spring… and summer, come to think of it.
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The Boots: G.H. Bass Buxton Boots, $425 — While people tend to think of Bass for its classic leather loafers, the brand also makes one heck of a pair of USA-produced boots. These are handsome and remarkably tough, preppy yet rugged.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Washed Leather Belt, $19.50 — Just as with the Driggs Chinos above, J. Crew Factory gets it right when it comes to versatile, affordable accessories — particularly this casual washed leather belt.

The Socks: American Trench Fair Isle Sock in Merino & Cashmere, $28.98 — Is it worth it to spend nearly $30 on socks? When they’re made in America by the great purveyors at American Trench, then the answer is YES.

The Watch: Jack Mason Racing Chronograph, $305 — When you mix in so many heavy textures — like the henley sweater and the tough Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket — you can counter that with a rather sleek, fast and sporty watch like this Jack Mason timepiece.

When it comes to a timeless piece like the Oxford, the best thing you can do is shake things up — sometimes. Of course, the shirt will always have its place in classic business casual offerings — and this outfit could work in much the same way — but adding rugged outerwear piece like the Rover Jacket mixes things up.  Plus, if the new Abercrombie & Fitch keeps churning out stellar pieces, you’ll want to wear that wool-blend henley sweater as often as possible.  And complementing classic and rugged pieces with slim chinos and tough-as-heck G.H. Bass boots is a foolproof way to look great no matter the weather — yes, even when dressing for the polar vortex. If you have any suggestions for how to finish off this #OOTD , let me know in the comments below.

Stay warm, stay stylish and thanks for kicking off the new year in style!

-Beau