#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!

The List: Here are the Best New Gear Picks to Buy For the Month Ahead

We’re stepping fully into spring today with Taylor Stitch — and plenty of other men’s style essentials, of course.

It’s hard to believe that we’re into April already — how wild is that!? It’s fitting, then, that we’re telling you all about the best new men’s gear for the season today. To wit: We’ve got gear picks from some of my favorite brands, like Taylor Stitch (as seen above), and gear picks from top online sites, like Huckberry, too. You need a one-stop shop of sorts to revamp and refresh your men’s style essentials (and home goods, and camping gear), and that’s what this edition of The List sets out to do. Cheers!

Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt — $98

Your new go-to short-sleeve shirt.

Just as you would expect, Taylor Stitch delivers on the season’s must-have short-sleeve shirt. Echoing the fit of the iconic Taylor Stitch California Shirt but in a short-sleeve cut, this classic short-sleeve shirt is a new essential from the TS brand, made with breezy fabric that’ll keep you comfortable for more than a few rounds at your favorite brewery. It’s also made with an organic cotton blend and would wear nicely with, yes, Taylor Stitch chinos. Perfection.

Portuguese Flannel Linen Shirt — $115

Every guy needs a breezy, easy-to-wear linen shirt for spring and summer.

Linen shirting exudes laidback cool — and the best linen shirts, like this handsome, refined-yet-easygoing number from Portuguese Flannel, can even be worn underneath a classic khaki suit this spring and summer.

Levi’s Made & Crafted 501 Original Fit Denim — $148

Classic jeans for any season, including spring and summer.

While you might associate spring with light wash denim — which is perfectly fine! — the Levi’s Made & Crafted line is worth adding to your consideration set. That’s especially true given that these indigo jeans are an update to the classic Levi’s 501 Jeans.

SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand — $3,695

Simply a beautiful way to store your new favorite records — worth every penny.

OK, bear with me here. Maybe it’s the fact that I recently got a new record player, maybe it’s the fact that I’m coveting a unique way to store records … but the SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand is simply exquisite, the ultimate home audio upgrade if ever there was one.

Vessi Footwear Waterproof Knit Sneakers — $129 

Sporty, sleek, stylish spring sneakers.

If the name of the game is stylish spring sneakers — and it is — then the Vessi Footwear Waterproof Knit Sneakers are the way to go. Light as air and functional to boot, they’re the perfect travel sneakers this season.

Traveler Guitar Camper CS-10 Guitar — $254

Bring along this lightweight guitar to your next bonfire or camping trip.

While not what you might consider a traditional menswear pick, the aptly named Camper Guitar from Traveler Guitar is a heck of a neat camping essential to bring along on your next trip — and even if you can’t play, I guarantee someone else in your group can.

Pakt Pakt One 35-Liter Travel Bag — $325

A sharp, sleek bag made with rugged functionality.

When it comes to your everyday carry essentials, nothing but the best will do. And the Pakt Pakt One Travel Bag, although a little more minimal than the gear I feature on my Instagram, could just be your new go-to travel bag.

MWC Watches G-10 Watch — $172.98

The durable, lightweight spring field watch you need now.

Spring calls for evaluating your wrist game as well as the rest of your wardrobe, and if it’s a durable field watch you seek, turn toward the real thing with the MWC Watches G-10 Watch.

Fourlaps Relay Track Pants — $74.98

Sleek sweatpants to wear to the gym or to a casual coffee outing.

As we start a new season, I’d wager you’re going to want to get outside more — the comfortable, mobile Fourlaps Relay Track Pants (also available via Fourlaps.com) are the way to go. See, you can find functional and stylish sweatpants if you look long enough.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Long-Sleeve Henley — $98

A comfortable, mobile henley for breezy spring nights.

We’re moving our way through spring, and that means you can expect blustery days and breezy nights. This stylish long-sleeve henley from Proof should suit you well for travel and a spring bar crawl alike.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones — $300

These are the functional, sleek headphones to carry you through your commute.

There are the AirPods or regular headphones you pop in every day, and then there’s these high-quality headphones from Bang & Olufsen. Go on, treat yourself this spring.

Ekster Parliament Minimal Wallet + Tracker Card — $99.98

The functional wallet that provides security and durability, all in one.

Let’s keep talking about the everyday carry essentials you need for spring — for both security and style, this card tracker and wallet combo from Ekster gets the job done.

Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest — $73.98

The understated layer to go with all your spring outerwear.

If layering up with a vest is more apt to make you think of “Back to the Future” than anything else, think again — the Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest is the stylish spring layer you need right now. Wear it over a denim jacket if you wish (wink, wink).

Portuguese Flannel Pop Brick Shirt — $61.98

This is the printed shirt to shake up your spring style.

We’re back again with another highly stylish spring shirt from Portuguese Flannel — the seriously cool Pop Brick Shirt, to be more specific. Wear this printed short-sleeve shirt with light wash jeans and leather loafers to steal the show at your next spring backyard BBQ.

 

Alright, we’re all squared away with today’s edition of The List. Did any of the above gear picks catch your eye? If you want a functional spring layer, you can’t go wrong with the Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest. If you want a durable spring timepiece, you can’t go wrong with the MWC Watches G-10 Watch. And if you want to splurge a LOT? Well, you can’t go wrong with the  envy-inducing SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand. As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

#OOTD: Early Spring Style with Easygoing Layers

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, it’s finally arrived. The month of March, that is. And with it, the first inklings of spring — at least, for most of us. If you’re just starting to thaw out, those first few days of brighter sunshine, slight breezes and good vibes can really work wonders for the soul. If you’ve got a vacation planned to such a locale in the coming days or weeks, that’s all the better (Editor’s note: Stay tuned for more from a Florida trip later this week!). But we’re not fully out of the woods and into summer shorts weather yet. There’s still the chance for a slight breeze and some spring rain ahead, and so that calls for  layers that stand up to transitional weather but can still be shed if necessary — without sacrificing any style points. The below outfit is definitely well-suited for casual spring walks or a nice patio meal — simply swap in a slim blue Oxford if need be. How does this stack up to other spring ensembles? Give us a shout on Facebook with your thoughts, and stay stylish!

Earth tones mixed with shots of blue and lighter textures are signs that point toward spring.

Earth tones mixed with shots of blue and lighter textures are signs that point toward spring.

The Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch True Indigo Dye Work Jacket, $150 — Before you roll your eyes at Abercrombie & Fitch, know that this brand is coming back in a big way — and stylish layering pieces like this (part shirt, part jacket) definitely prove it.

The T-Shirt: Richer Poorer Pocket Tee in Heather Grey, $54 per Two-Pack — The price is right for two slim, well-crafted, USA-made pocket tees that can be layered up all kinds of ways this spring. Swap in a chambray shirt if need be for less casual occasions.

The Chinos: Bonobos Washed Chinos in Cappu-chino, $88 — Spring & summer is nearly prime time for these tailored chinos that add some high-low style appeal to this outfit.

The Sneakers: CLAE Ellington Textile Sneakers in Navy Chambray, $80 — A nice change of pace from white sneakers, crafted from a unique chambray that pairs nicely with the indigo top layer.

The Belt: Target Merona Braided Brown Leather Belt, $13.98 – $21.99 — If you can catch this belt on sale, it’s a nice way to add texture and visual interest at a low price to an ensemble.

The Socks: Richer Poorer Fellow Socks, $12 — Go two-fer with Richer Poorer, as its socks are nearly as well-done as its slim pocket tees; the pattern is just different enough without clashing too much between black & brown.

The Watch: Timex Weekender Stripe, $40 — The olive-and-cream strap should play nicely off the earth brown chinos thanks to the neutral pocket tee and the indigo jacket, plus the price can’t be beat.

The Extras: Niche For Men Face & Body Deodorizing Wipes, $2.99 per Two-Pack — Before you know it, you’ll be traveling across town or across country; these small travel wipes are a cost-effective way to freshen up after a long day at work or a long day on the road.

The key with moving into early spring style is taking staple pieces you already have, like a pocket tee and dark brown chinos, and putting them to work in an outfit that’s more fit for the season. Lightweight sneakers, a casual canvas-strap watch and an indigo jacket are all small finishing touches that nod to spring’s key colors while changing up textures in your ensemble, so the above look should be good to go!

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to spring style?

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