Style Pick of the Week: Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket

 

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Two seriously cool jackets for the price of one — all from a classic, dependable brand.

Take a good look at the Bondi Jacket from Faherty Brand — then envision yourself wearing it this winter. It’s not all that hard to do, right? After all, Faherty Brand consistently delivers the sort of casual, easygoing-yet-functional staples that every guy needs in his wardrobe, and they do it for nearly every season. Yes, even winter. That’s where the Bondi Jacket comes into play. It’s two jackets in one, with the type of design detailing that only the West Coast purveyors at Faherty Brand can provide — take one look at the cool reversible print, for starters.

It’s pretty plain to see that the Bondi Jacket is unlike any other winter style essential you’ve got in your wardrobe, and while I can’t advise that you wear this thing into the polar vortex, it’s certainly worthy keeping under consideration as another layer (to say the least). Brushed cotton blanket fabric makes up the printed interior, while a durable diamond-quilted chambray holds down the fort on the other side — again, two jackets that’ll layer with ease over everything from a classic white T-shirt to a rugged henley. The beauty of the Bondi Jacket? You can then layer it underneath a heavier winter parka for maximum protection on the streets — without sacrifing style once you head indoors. It’s that kind of versatility that Faherty Brand provides in spades — again, they’re not just a warm-weather brand.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket 

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A closer look at the reverse side of this durable shirt jacket.

And then, there’s the unique pattern on the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket (as seen above). The Redwood Bluff design is both subtly stylish and just a bit bold, made to layer over a classic chambray shirt while offering a nice bit of contrast — think ’70s surfer cool without going too far over the top. This is a shirt jacket you should feel comfortable wearing with rugged chore pants and tough leather boots, too. Feel like going a little more low-key? The reverse-side chambray is a little more understated, to the point where you could team up the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket with slim black jeans, a classic Oxford shirt and a warm beanie cap for winter’s nightcap at a (heated) outdoor rooftop. To be sure, that’s a specific style scenario … but hey, ’tis the season. If at first you’re wary of injecting that much color and pattern into your wardrobe, know that the tailored fit and easy-to-layer potential of the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket make it a solid winner, especially for the price. That’s all you need this winter.

How would you layer the Faherty Brand Bondi Jacket? Are you on board with wearing a shirt jacket for winter?

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See Now, Buy Now: Bundle Up with this Classic Cardigan from Faherty Brand for Winter

This rugged cardigan is cozy, classic and ready to layer.

Faherty Brand seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to crafting beloved styles made from premium fabric — all with easygoing wearability & versatility in mind. In short, Faherty Brand makes the gear you need for your next holiday party or casual winter weekend. That sounds like high praise, and it is, but this is one brand that talks the talk and walks the walk. What’s the key here? To me, it really comes down to pieces like the   part of the brand’s Holiday Collection and among a host of stylish new arrivals worth your time. Now if you read the ol’ blog fairly regularly, you might recognize warm-weather staples like the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley, but again, Faherty Brand is a brand that goes beyond its West Coast roots to craft some seriously rugged, hard-wearing gear — again, including the cozy Marled Cotton Cardigan shown above.

SHOP: The Holiday Collection from Faherty Brand

Neat texture and a neutral color allow holiday-centric shirts to pop with ease.

You need a cardigan like this one in your winter layering arsenal for more than just a couple reasons. A rugged shawl cardigan, like a classic henley, adds visual interest and warmth to even the most simple of outfits, and it also gives you a bit of masculine style — there’s a reason style luminaries like Steve McQueen and Daniel Craig champion the classic shawl cardigan. It’s also the perfect season to add an extra layer of cozy comfort — this cardigan from Faherty Brand is made from marled cotton, making it easy to layer over a chambray shirt or a classic flannel shirt. Touches like horn buttons upgrade the  Marled Cotton Cardigan from good to great, as well. It’s the type of timeless style you’re going to want to wear to your next holiday gathering or simply a  casual evening at home (ideally, with a glass of whiskey in hand and some cozy slippers on — like thIs #OOTD).  But the one thing to remember? Just because a brand is known for warm weather-friendly staples doesn’t mean they can’t make a heck of a rugged shawl cardigan for winter — believe it.

SHOP: The Holiday Collection from Faherty Brand

Style Pick of the Week: Faherty Brand Bliss Henley

A blend of both rugged appeal and old-school cool make the Bliss Henley a surefire summer style essential.

Don’t have a short-sleeve henley in your summer style rotation yet? Let’s fix that today, folks. Wary of adding another tee to your overstuffed T-shirt drawer? Fear not, because the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley sets itself apart from the bevy of other tees in your rotation thanks to its rugged style, its enduring versatility and the fact that it’s got, well, quite the “cool” factor. A rugged men’s henley is the T-shirt upgrade you didn’t know you needed … to say the least. A classic henley features visually interesting details, quality construction and go-anywhere appeal for summer — the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley certainly checks all those boxes. And a shirt like the Bliss Henley is the one to splurge on as summer quickly approaches. A stylish henley is a shirt that darn near every guy just looks great in — no matter your age or fitness level. It’s got a classically cool appeal that nods to sporting heritage and yet teams nicely with all manner of spring and summer style staples — see, doesn’t the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley seem like a solid purchase already? Better yet, it channels the laidback cool at which Faherty Brand excels … yet it’s wearable in plenty of other locales aside from the beach and the boardwalk. Chalk up another win for the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley.

The specs and construction of the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley aren’t to be slept on, either — hence the rather high price tag. Rest assured, Faherty Brand doesn’t skimp on quality fabric or design. The pleasingly light wash indigo-dyed cotton jersey fabric is substantial enough to rest easily underneath a rugged denim jacket (alongside slim tan chinos and white sneakers), but it’s also durable enough to work on its own when paired up with slim grey denim and classic suede boots. Shell buttons add a bit more dependability and visual interest to the Faherty Brand Bliss Henley, too. Did I mention the fit is tailored, yet not too tight? Perfect for flattering any guy’s frame. It’s also got a nicely lived-in feel, thanks to the garment-washed finish — it’s going to look and feel like it’s been a summer style essential for years, right out of the box. That’s the type of gear that  Faherty Brand does so well, and it means that the Bliss Henley is a worthy pickup, no matter how full your T-shirt drawer might be at the moment. How’s that for a must-buy menswear pick this season?

Thanks for reading!

 

-Beau

The Friday Read: Labor Day Weekend, MAHI Leather and Faherty Brand

A rugged, richly crafted leather tote that you can customize as you’d like — read more below.

In today’s Friday Read, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover before we head into Labor Day weekend. I hope your week has been an enjoyable one, packed with the best in #menswear.  It’s been busy around these parts. This blog in the past few weeks has covered what to wear for Labor Day weekend, the chukka boots to buy for fall and plenty more. Let’s pivot, for a second, to how you’re going to haul your everyday carry this weekend and beyond. I think I’ve got a solution to share if you’ve been looking for the answer. That solution, folks, is MAHI Leather and the company’s essential, handcrafted line of durable, functional and great-looking leather goods. In particular, I’ve been hauling around the brand’s Classic Leather Tote in a handsome shade of brown leather courtesy of MAHI– it’s served me so well, I took it to Lollapalooza 2017, as you can see above. And if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that this bag is plenty versatile and durable.


For your next weekend adventure and well beyond, I’d say you should consider making the brand a part of your travel gear — the leather is soft and supple, the quality is on-point and the chance to customize the Classic Leather Tote was quite neat. With that being said, I’m going to use that tote to haul around some craft beer and a few other menswear essentials in the days ahead. Speaking of #menswear essentials — we’ve got a few choice reads for you, plus details on an excellent Labor Day weekend sale, detailed in the rest of this post below. Let me know on Twitter how you’re spending the weekend — and reader feedback is always welcome in the comments! Without further ado … let’s close out the summer in style and look toward a heck of a season ahead.

A handsome washed buttondown from Faherty Brand is but one of my picks from the brand’s Labor Day weekend sale.

  • Doing some shopping to close out summer? You might be in luck when it comes to stellar #menswear — Faherty Brand, purveyors of breezy, casual style — are offering an extra 25 percent off all sale items to celebrate the holiday! And there are some excellent picks in that list, from striped tees to indigo buttondowns, including my personal favorite pick as seen above. Get to shopping, yeah?

  • Elsewhere on the men’s style front, lovers of classic men’s sneakers should rejoice. GQ.com dives into the one sneaker that — unexpectedly — stokes the sneaker-loving fires of plenty of menswear fans: The J. Crew x Nike Killshot 2. If you’ve ever pined for these sneakers or tried (and failed) to get your hands on a pair, you’re not alone.
  • Let’s talk accessories really quickly — if you’re new to the blog, allow me to introduce you to our Saturday Style Pick of the Week series. This week’s stylish entry is coming tomorrow, but last week’s entry covers a rugged leather watch fit for all kinds of wear this upcoming fall. Certainly, you should add it to your everyday carry haul. The Halios Laguna Watch also comes with a stainless steel strap — two stylish men’s watches for the (investment-level) price of one. So, that’s just a taste of our weekly Style Pick series. Come through tomorrow for more!
  • And before we take off for the long weekend, let’s look again toward fall menswear essentials. As it were, my latest post for The Manual does just that — I take a dive into the brands making fall’s best leather jackets. Splurge or save, spend or wait it out a little bit; it’s a seasonal style staple that you surely need.

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks so much for reading — I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! If you check back tomorrow, we’ll have a new Style Pick of the Week waiting. And if you check back on Sunday … we very well might just have a new See Now, Buy Now post for you. I can’t guarantee anything, but I know a guy  …

See you soon,

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Dress Casually This Winter

We’re a month into the new year, and the question for all of us #menswear fans has to be: Are you sticking to your men’s style resolutions? Finding ways to improve your wardrobe and upgrade your style? Hopefully, that’s the case through these first few weeks of 2017 — and it’s that same approach that should apply to even seemingly casual, daily style. We’ve talked tailored winter style, we’ve talked classic winter style and now, we’re talking about a style situation that can sometimes be a difficult balance — casual winter style. For those times you want to be relaxed and comfortable, yet put-together. Even if you’re only making a quick morning coffee run or an evening beer run before hosting friends, putting your best foot forward is, as we always talk about at The Style Guide, crucial. So, we’re taking staple pieces of your wardrobe and switching them up a bit — a classic black jacket, sharp denim and your favorite pair of leather boots, for starters.  Read and shop the below #OOTD,  leave questions in the comments section below, and follow along on Instagram for more daily winter style inspiration.  Good luck out there!

Taking basic pieces and amping them up with improved fits, great fabric and yes, great style

Taking basic pieces and amping them up with improved fits, great fabric and yes, great style.

The Jacket: Reigning Champ Trail Jacket, $198.98 — Lest you think that this Trail Jacket is basic, its performance and classic silhouette speak for itself (namely, the terry cotton and nylon combo is functional and easily wearable).

The Henley: Faherty Brand Waffle Henley Sweater, $154.98 — Part henley, part sweater and a substantial upgrade from your standard weekend T-shirt — warm, cozy, ultra-stylish and yes, pricey.

The Denim: Abercrombie & Fitch Slim-Straight Performance Winter Jeans, $35.20 — Is there such a thing as winter denim? There certainly is — and for a great price, you’re getting excellent comfort, a tremendous fit and comfortable fabric.

The Hat: Ebbets Field Flannels for J. Crew Detroit Cubs Ballcap, $49.50 — A ballcap in this instance? Absolutely — we’re going for casual style after all, and this hat is a unique, vintage-inspired conversation starter.


The Boots: CAT Footwear Sutter Boots, $210 —  While you could always swap in a pair of handsome leather sneakers, tough leather boots are the way to go in the snow — plus, they add a bit of sharpness to this casual look.

The Socks: Richer Poorer Stitcher Classic Boot Sock, $16 — Comfort, quality and a bit of sport-inspired style — that’s what you’re getting with these crisp boot socks.

The Belt: Abercrombie & Fitch Woven Leather Belt, $30.80 — Add some seasonally appropriate texture and casual style with this nicely priced, versatile leather belt. Wear it with slim chinos and a navy blazer to the office, too.
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The Watch: Timex Weekender Chrono Oversized, $84.95 — It’s tough to beat the reliability, durability and simple style of a Timex watch for the price. You could also go with the sharp Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Weekender here.

The Briefcase: Joshu + Vela Zip Briefcase, $265 — Be it lugging around your laptop or your everyday carry, you need a great bag. The Joshu + Vela Zip Briefcase is handsome, beautifully made and durable — just what you need.

That’s a wrap on this week’s #OOTD — although it’s sometimes easy to let your style slip up in casual situations, resist the temptation to do so with functional, comfortable pieces that fit, feel and look great. Starting with the technical-yet-sharp Reigning Champ Trail Jacket and continuing with reliable layering pieces like the Waffle Henley Sweater, you’ll be set in terms of warmth and versatility. Brushed cotton denim and tough leather boots hardly ever fail, and they’re a nice way to complement more casual accessories, like that vintage-inspired J. Crew ballcap and Timex watch.  And no matter the occasion, a reliable bag like the Joshu + Vela Zip Briefcase  is the perfect way to carry your gear from point A to point B. OK, got all that? You bet.

Thanks for reading and stay stylish,

-Beau