#OOTD: How To Dress for a Breezy Spring Day Right Now

To me, it feels like we were just lacing up our rugged leather boots and gearing up for fall & winter, and yet, just as with the shifting tides of the ocean, the menswear world rolls on … and so here we are, talking new spring style essentials. The world is going pretty haywire right now, so all of these picks might not work right now as originally intended — but who said you don’t need great style at home? And who said you don’t need to gear up to get things done outside, too? More specifically, today’s look still provides a timely answer to that age-old question: “What do I wear this spring?” — and to be even more specific, what do I wear on a breezy spring day? The type of day that might unexpectedly bring rain & wind, yet you’ve still got to get out there? Today’s #OOTD steps right up and answers that question decisively, from the stylish rain jacket (via J. Crew) to the classic Blundstone boots that’ll help you navigate slick city streets and wet country roads in equal measure. The fact that the outfit ties in reliable standby pieces like a classic overshirt is a big positive, but rest assured, this is an outfit that’s still got some office-ready polish — that’s all owing to touches like versatile everyday pants from Western Rise, plus a classic everyday watch. We’re not abandoning layering in favor of full-on summer style just yet though, so a luxurious T-shirt is your critical base layer here (more on that in a moment). The key when it comes to dealing with spring weather? Being ready for anything, from unexpected rain to high winds to a late night FaceTime happy hour with friends, and so on. Today’s #OOTD will get you there, mark my words. If you like what you see, be sure to hit me up on Twitter to let me know. Thanks for reading!

Layers to help you fight spring rain, plus stylish accessories.

  • The Rain Jacket: J. Crew Brunswick Rain Jacket, $148 — J. Crew continues to expand its repetoire in new and pleasing ways, such as this ultra-stylish and functional rain jacket — quite possibly the perfect piece of spring outerwear.
  • The Rugged Overshirt: Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt, $138 — There’s a chance that breezy spring weather could get ever-so-slightly chillier than expected, and that’s where one of the best men’s overshirts from Flint and Tinder comes into play.
  • The Refined Tee: General Issue Short-Sleeve Tee, $85 General Issue launched last year with a focus on making refined men’s basics, such as this expertly cut T-shirt — it’s ready to be layered with ease on a breezy spring day under your rugged overshirt, and it also looks great the rest of the time on its own.
  • The Pants: Western Rise Diversion Pants, $138 — For getting around in style this spring, reach for these new, versatile everyday pants from Western Rise — they’re abrasion-resistant and feature four-way stretch, so in short, they’re the perfect pants for your next spring adventure.
  • The Boots: Blundstone Original 550 Boots, $195 — Rain-ready, rugged and durable, the Blundstone Original 550 Boots are some of the best boots for spring (and well beyond) — regardless of how much it actually rains.
  • The Watch: Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, $1,395 — The demands of spring weather call for a tough everyday watch — and yes, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, while quite pricey (to say the least) is one of the best new watches to buy right now.
  • The Everyday Carry: Billykirk x Flint and Tinder Standard Issue Tote, $165 — No matter where you’re heading this spring, a rugged tote bag is the perfect everyday carry addition — and it helps that this stylish tote is from Billykirk & Flint and Tinder.
  • The Grooming Essential: Doji Natural Deodrant Spray, $10 — Keep your grooming on-point this season with a handy natural deodorant spray that just so happens to be very affordably priced.

Dealing with spring rain and breezy weather comes down to more than just throwing on a rain jacket and calling it a day — in the case of this ensemble, layers are ever-more critical with each passing day (and each passing storm, for that matter). Kicking things off with the excellent, highly functional J. Crew Brunswick Jacket is assuredly a smart move, as is adding one of the best men’s overshirts from Flint and Tinder — and to top it off, a premium T-shirt from General Issue adds both visual interest and comfort on a chilly spring day. When spring weather starts up though, anything can happen, so you assuredly need some of the best boots for spring — Blundstone has you taken care of. Those boots, while a bit bulky, are still able to readily pair with your versatile everyday pants from Western Rise — that combination should offer ease of movement and plenty of style (heck, I’ve tried out the Western Rise Diversion Pants and am a big fan of them). Now, it wouldn’t be a complete outfit with a durable, classic watch like the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, would it? You’re investing in that timepiece, to be sure, but you’ll have it for years and years to come. And no matter what you’ve got to haul around — be it gear for work or your favorite book — a rugged tote bag will keep your everyday carry in fine form. And last but not least, stay fresh with a natural deodorant spray that’s quite easy to use. Does that about cover everything when it comes to versatile spring style? Why yes, yes I think it does.

The List: Buy This Gear to Upgrade Your Early Spring Style Right Now

Surf’s up … or at least, spring weather is in the air with Outerknown.

Can you feel it in the air? Sort of? Spring continues to roll through these parts, but it’s deceiving at times — as nice as it is to welcome the return of breezy days & start to break out your spring style essentials, you still need pieces that are as versatile as can be. That goes for adventuring out from home every so often just as much as it does for days spent staying inside during these wild times. As with the Outerknown High Tide Crew shown at the top of the page, you still might need layers that can take on breezy days, inclement weather and tough outdoor adventures (preferably solo, that is). In that regard, you’re in luck with today’s edition of The List. Feel free to let me know what you’re shopping over on Twitter.

Outerknown High Tide Crew — $98 

A breezy crewneck sweater that’s perfect for spring layering.

Spring has (sort of) sprung, and what better way to mark the return of pleasantly breezy days than with a classic crewneck sweatshirt made from soft French Terry — and one made sustainably by Outerknown, at that? Wear it with your favorite light wash jeans. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Laight Jeans — $118

Slim, classic denim in a pleasing light wash.

This won’t be the last time you hear about Mott and Bow denim on the blog this spring, especially considering how stylish light wash jeans are a perfect seasonal style essential. Be sure to pair them up with your classic crewneck sweatshirt on a vibrant spring day.

Patagonia Better Sweater Shelled Jacket — $179

A classic spring jacket you can wear just about anywhere.

It’s always worth considering adding a lightweight spring jacket to your seasonal outerwear rotation, and when that jacket comes from Patagonia, that’s all the better. This rugged spring jacket also features a DWR finish and 4-way stretch.

Common Projects B-Ball Low Sneakers — $482

Seriously sleek, sharp and premium white leather sneakers.

It’s not often that you find Common Projects sneakers recommended here on the blog, but as we head into a new season, you assuredly need some of the best white leather sneakers on the market, and again, Common Projects delivers.

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt in Natural Corded Denim — $125

This Western shirt is old-school yet classic at the same time.

Part of the remarkable Taylor Stitch x Stetson collab released earlier this year, this rugged Western shirt is a stone-cold classic that you can wear with stylish light wash jeans any day of the week (just add suede chukka boots). On that note …

Shoe The Bear Caleb Suede Chukka Boots — $180

Sharp, classic suede chukka boots you can wear all spring.

Here are those suede chukka boots I mentioned above — sleek, low-profile, versatile. They’re able to be worn on casual days with a crisp white tee and your stylish light wash jeans, and they can also work with slim natural chinos, a navy blazer and a blue Oxford shirt in casual style situations.

Western Rise Limitless Merino Shirt — $129

As versatile as it gets, especially for post-work happy hour.

You know Western Rise for the brand’s durable everyday pants, and you can add a stylish technical shirt to the mix now, as well. The Limitless Merino Shirt has plenty going for it: It’s moisture-wicking, wrinkle-resistant, temperature-regulating & odor-resistant — in short, it’s your new favorite everyday shirt.

Levi’s Made and Crafted Type 2 Worn Denim Trucker Jacket — $248

This is the rugged trucker jacket you can wear all spring — starting today.

There’s no time like the present to pick up a classic trucker jacket for spring, particularly when that trucker jacket comes to you courtesy of Levi’s.

Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale — Price Varies 

Made in the style of a German Maibock, Dead Guy Ale is as good as it gets.

West Coast legends Rogue Ales have a strong commitment to the brewery’s heritage — and to quality beer. When you want a brew that’s got some rich flavor in a year-round style, turn toward the Dead Guy Ale, a new personal favorite. It’s the right option when it’s just a bit too chilly to turn toward a light lager in the spring months.

Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat — $225

An essential spring layer from Buck Mason.

As we mentioned earlier you still very well might need rugged layers through spring, including this tough chore coat from Buck Mason. Rock it over a T-shirt or over a stylish Buck Mason shirt at the office.

SOLO New England Anorak — $180

An update on the anorak, made for coastal adventures and crosscountry travel.

Made to be worn both on and off the golf course, as well as on and off the road, this sleek anorak from SOLO New England blends both technical appeal and modern style — perfect for pairing with nearly any other selection in this gear roundup.
UNIMATIC U1-FN Watch — $725

An unstoppably rugged everyday watch to wear … well, all the time.

Inclement spring weather calls for a watch that can stand up to anything — and the UNIMATIC U1-FN Watch just so happens to be one of the toughest casual watches on the market.
Jaybird Earthproof Wireless Headphones — $180

Rugged wireless headphones that can take a serious beating this spring.

Alright, so I mentioned above that you’d need one of the toughest casual watches for your spring adventures — but what about your audio gear? When going off-the-grid or taking on a tough day hike, you need some of the strongest wireless headphones on the market — Jaybird’s Earthproof Wireless Headphones surely take the cake.
Faherty Brand Interloop Blazer — $198

A classic, lightweight spring blazer you should wear with aplomb.

In search of the best blazer for spring and summer? Faherty Brand is here to save the day with this stylish lightweight blazer, a versatile number you (and should) rock over a classic T-shirt with stylish light wash jeans.
Todd Snyder Sherpa Overshirt — $123.98

This Todd Snyder shacket could become a spring go-to.

I mentioned earlier that we’re not quite out of the woods when it comes to the need for rugged layers just yet, and what better way to approach unexpectedly chilly spring days than with the Todd Snyder Sherpa Overshirt, ehh?
5.11 Tactical Mission Ready Chukka Boots — $149.99 

Lightweight, rugged, dependable — all at once.

If you know 5.11 Tactical, you know that the brand does a fine job at making seriously outdoor-ready gear, the type of pieces that work on tactical missions (hence the name), off-grid excursions and your daily commute. In that regard, the 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready Chukka Boots are some of the best chukka boots for this season.

Huckberry Pocket Tee — $34

A stylish pocket tee coming at ya courtesy of Huckberry.

Yes, my friends — Huckberry is now making your new favorite pocket tee. The brand’s line of Huckberry apparel and gear is every bit as stylish and well-made as you would expect, as is this classic cotton pocket T-shirt.

EverSmile WhitenFresh — $8.99

A necessary for any guy on the go.

Planning lots of spring travel? Or else, wanting to stay fresh on the go? Pick up this handy breath spray from EverSmile, one that also whitens your teeth as you go.
With spring in the air, what are you searching for most frequently right now? Are you on the hunt for basics, like a classic cotton pocket T-shirt? Or perhaps it’s the essential outer layers, like the Todd Snyder Sherpa Overshirt that are most critical for that early spring weather? Don’t sleep on the Taylor Stitch x Stetson collab as covered above, and don’t forget to consider the fact that you’ll need some of the best white leather sneakers — and sooner rather than later. If you’d like to stay in tune with what I’m wearing this spring, check out my Instagram. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: These Are the Classic Chukka Boots You Need On Your Feet Now

You need a pair of suede chukka boots on your feet this early spring — no questions asked.

If you read the site on the regular, perhaps you’re well-acquainted with the fact that I’m an advocate for classic early spring style essentials that you can wear well beyond just one season — like classic chukka boots, for instance. And of course, you’re perhaps well-aware that I love one brand of chukka boots in particular, from the good folks at Huckberry (naturally). Those timeless boots in question would  be the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, a truly critical pair to get in your wardrobe and on your feet as we move through early spring. We’ve covered them in the past here on the blog, but it’s always helpful to get a reminder about a great pair of footwear, is it not? Now that we’re nearing April, ideally, you’ve been able to put away your heftier, rugged leather boots in favor of lightweight footwear (and lightweight chinos, and Oxford shirts, and … you  get the point). That’s where the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, a longtime favorite of the blog, are going to serve you so well. The crepe rubber sole is a nice pairing indeed with the sustainably treated suede leather, offering comfort and a smooth ride — these are the type of chukka boots you can wear with either no-show socks or merino socks with ease (preferably beneath slim tan chinos, rolled up ever so slightly).

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

Just one of the colorways in which you can snag these essential chukka boots.

As per tradition, it seems Huckberry  does an ace job at finding gear that’s uniquely sourced, uniquely made and uniquely wearable — these stylish suede chukka boots just so happen to be made in Italy from European-sourced leather that goes through an all-natural aging process. The result? Expertly finished suede chukka boots that are perfect for plenty of spring style scenarios. Seriously, you can wear Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots with olive chinos and a light blue chambray shirt for easygoing spring style, or else you can take these classic chukka boots and pair them with dark denim, a blue Oxford shirt and a navy cotton blazer — talk about business-casual style dialed down to a “T,” yes? Yes indeed. Wear them for travel, wear ’em to an outdoor concert, wear them on the weekend … just be sure you’re wearing your new favorite chukka boots as often as you can this season.

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

The List: Get Ready for Early Spring with My Favorite New Men’s Style Picks

Looking into spring with one of the most functional overshirts on the market.

If it doesn’t feel quite like early spring is in the air in your neck of the woods, that’s perfectly alright (NYC weather can be quite up-and-down, too). But that doesn’t mean it’s not prudent to think about the early spring style essentials you’ll be wearing when the weather takes a turn for the better (whether expected or sudden). The focus in today’s edition of The List is, as always, on the best men’s gear — the kind of gear that can go anywhere (I.E. The Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt as shown above) while providing hours of versatility, durability and style. With that being said, let’s dive right in.

Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt — $138

The right kind of transitional layer you need for early spring.

There’s comes a time in every stylish guy’s life when it’s not quite warm enough to wear only a henley out of the house, yet it’s not chilly enough to wear your toughest winter jacket — so, kind of like the weather you find in early spring. For all those times, you need one of the most versatile overshirts on the market, the Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt.

Proof Elements Jacket — $148

Durable, tailored and ready to layer – that’s the Proof Elements Jacket.

The folks at Proof Performance deliver some of the best men’s gear across the board, including this durable lightweight jacket that could just be the best men’s jacket for spring — that’s all owing to the dependable ThermoTech fabric and tailored fit.

Mott and Bow Preston Shirt — $105

A classic cotton shirt in a reliable fit from Mott and Bow.

Every guy needs a versatile casual shirt in his wardrobe for spring, and the Mott and Bow Preston Shirt, made from garment-dyed cotton in a cool array of colors, is one of the best men’s shirts for spring. Wear it with your favorite denim from the brand.

Wellen Standard Chinos — $88

Slim chinos to wear with anything and everything this spring.

Wellen, an in-house brand at Huckberry, is the newest sustainable brand you need to shop (and wear) right now, and the best men’s chinos shown here are just the latest entry into the brand’s rotation of must-buy gear.

Faherty Brand Freeport Sweatshorts — $98

Laidback sweatshorts to wear for many a spring weekend.

If it’s already warmer than usual in your neck of the woods, best turn toward the new Faherty Brand Spring Collection, featuring plenty of easygoing basics — like the stylish Faherty Brand Freeport Sweatshorts, some of the best casual shorts to wear all spring and summer.

Timex x Todd Snyder Welton Watch — $158

A classic leather watch from one of America’s foremost menswear designers.

Leave it to the ongoing Timex + Todd Snyder partnership to churn out one of the best men’s leather watches your author has seen in some time — it’s one of my favorite watches, and this spring, it could become one of yours, too.

Astorflex Patnoflex — $175

Sleek, stylish leather slip-ons that look great with your favorite chinos.

If you want some of the best leather slip-ons to wear to that spring wedding or a seasonal getaway, you want the sleek, sustainably made Astorflex Patnoflex.

Huckberry x Men’s Health Proof Rover Pants — $98

Rugged five-pocket pants from Huckberry x Men’s Health.

Exclusive to the well-curated Huckberry x Men’s Health Collection, this unique take on the durable Proof Rover Pants has the staying power to be a new spring and summer go-to. Think: Slim five-pocket pants you can wear to the office or happy hour with ease, and then out on a spring adventure.

Olivina Men Deodorant — $8

Try out one of the best men’s deodorants now.

Finding the right deodorant — especially an aluminum-free deodorant at the right price — can be a taxing test of trial and error. Luckily, Olivina Men Deodorant — in clean scents like Black Oak, simply delivers.

Lisboa Porto Shirt — $118

A dependably rugged flannel shirt to wear when it’s cold this spring.

Just as with the Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt, spring (especially early spring) can be the right time to break out a classic flannel shirt if it ends up being unexpectedly chilly. The Lisboa Porto Shirt, made with supremely high-quality fabric in a tailored fit, is one of the best transitional shirts for spring.

Party Patch Hangover Defense — Starting at $19.79 (Four-Pack)

An essential when imbibing on St. Patrick’s Day (or any other special occasion!).

Hey, St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, so to avoid that dreaded next-day hangover for the holiday (or any weekend, for that matter), slap on a Party Patch as you imbibe, featuring vitamins like B5 and B6 that absorb through skin to negate the impact of one too many IPAs.
Duke Cannon Supply Drop — $50

A full-on grooming upgrade, also available in subscription box form.

There’s no time like the present to shop the best men’s grooming essentials, including the jam-packed Duke Cannon Supply Drop, featuring all the best men’s grooming gear to upgrade your daily routine (like solid cologne, the brand’s excellent soap, and the right amount of standout face wash).
Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee — $72

A stylish, functional T-shirt to wear all spring and summer.

What’s the perfect T-shirt for spring, the right tee to pair with your Proof Rover Pants? That would be the equally durable, dependable Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee, (named for its long-lasting qualities). It’s one of the best men’s T-shirts for spring (and assuredly a tee you know if you’ve read the blog before).
Billykirk x Flint and Tinder No. 155 Flap Card Case — $75

A tough leather card case that’ll only get better with age.

The Billykirk x Flint and Tinder collaboration has absolutely produced some standout leather goods these past few months, including this rugged leather card case —  one of the few American-made wallets you can find at this price point.
Alright, so what are you looking forward to most about dressing for spring? Are you moreso focused on amping up your accessories with a rugged leather card case, or perhaps some of the best men’s grooming gear? Maybe you’re more focused on the bigger-ticket items, like the dependable Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt or one of the the best men’s jacket for spring? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter, and let’s get to work this spring.