The List: Get Ready for Winter with My Favorite New Men’s Gear Picks

Get these rugged hiking boots for winter — and then read the rest of today’s edition of The List.

Are we starting the countdown clock on winter a bit early, perhaps? Well, yes — so, let’s say this edition of The List (my handy series covering your favorite style essentials) is covering the best new gear for fall AND winter in equal measure. And my friends, you’re going to like what you see, from the best new hiking boots on the market to rugged everyday carry essentials. They’re all yours for the taking, and with Thanksgiving and the holidays on the way, you  best get a move on when it comes to shopping.

Vivobarefoot Tracker Boots — $240

Surprisingly sleek hiking boots made to get you ready for winter.

Get prepped to hit the trail and take on fall and winter with these rugged men’s hiking boots from Vivobarefoot. These are surprisingly lightweight hiking boots that take on everything you can throw at ’em, and then some. If your November and December plans involve going off-trail, these are the way to go.

Bespoke Post Gear Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

The right EDC essentials for the season.

We mentioned above that we’d get you geared up for the season with the best EDC essentials, and for one low price, you’re getting a heck of a deal with the Bespoke Post Gear Box, packed with goodies to bring on the go with your favorite hiking boots and tough camp pants.

Proof Rover Jacket — $168

A durable, lightweight jacket for when you need a quick and easy travel piece.

In the spirit of keeping your gear as rugged and streamlined as possible, reach for one of the best new men’s jackets, and a casually rugged one at that. When you need to haul your everyday carry essentials on a long trip, the Proof Rover Jacket is the easy, grab-and-go jacket you need.

Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1200 — $695

A rugged everyday watch with uncompromising style.

The impending depths of winter mean you need a rugged everyday watch that can take a beating — this new Luminox watch is precisely that timepiece. Made with stainless steel and 24-hour readability, it’s your new favorite watch to wear with a shawl collar cardigan and dark blue denim.

Slow and Low Hochstadter’s Rye Whiskey — Price Varies

A classic rye whiskey to enjoy on cold winter nights.

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the way, you’re going to want to serve up richly crafted fall and winter cocktails from your home bar — and it doesn’t hurt to have one of the best whiskies on hand. Slow and Low’s rye whiskey, available in can and bottle form, takes its cues from old-time saloon whiskey used to make the first Old Fashioned — and the results are remarkable. Head to GearMoose to read my full brief on Slow and Low whiskey

Taylor Stitch Camp Pants in Timber Boss Duck — $128

Ridiculously tough camp pants from a brand that knows how to make ’em.

If you peruse the pages of the old blog here from time to time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Taylor Stitch and specifically, the rugged Taylor Stitch Camp Pants. Particularly in the brand’s custom Boss Duck fabric (made with a remarkable blend of hemp, polyester, organic cotton and spandex), these are the best camp pants to buy for your next winter trip.

Topo Designs Mountain Shirt — $89

A classic chambray shirt made with the great outdoors in mind.

When you want the toughness of the outdoors merged with style that works in the city, that’s when you turn toward a rugged chambray shirt — and more specifically, the excellent Topo Designs Mountain Shirt. It’s done up for the fall and winter season with Western detailing and 100 percent organic cotton chambray fabric.

Rocky Mountain Underground BRFCS Travel Bag — $249

A tough everyday bag — and one made for weekend getaways, too.

Looking for a dependable travel bag to pair up with your Taylor Stitch Camp Pants for your next upstate fall or winter getaway? Look no further than this tough everyday carry from Rocky Mountain Underground, made with sleek reliability in mind.

Flint and Tinder Canvas Expedition Shirt — $118

Tough Panama canvas and spandex make for an essential fall and winter layer.

Whenever Flint and Tinder steps up to the plate, they’re guaranteed to knock it out of the park — baseball metaphor aside, that’s what they’ve done with the Canvas Expedition Shirt, a rugged men’s shirt for fall and winter that’s practically perfect to layer over your favorite henley.

Rhodes Footwear Huxley Boots — $220

Stylish Chelsea boots to wear to Thanksgiving (and beyond that).

Ever wondered how Huckberry and Rhodes Footwear can keep churning out some of the best men’s boots for any occasion? It’s a tall order, but they’re up to the challenge, and they’ve made some of the best men’s dress boots for winter right here — they’re also the perfect boots to wear for Thanksgiving, what with sleek style and an anti-shock foam layer built in. Well-done!

Thirsty Monk Trail Monk IPA — Price Varies

An IPA brewed with orange zest for a good (no, great) cause benefitting the outdoors. Photo courtesy of Thirsty Monk.

Here’s the thing about craft beer — if you’re willing to seek it out, you’re going to find excellent local and regional brews in plenty of places. And if you live in or near Portland, Asheville or Denver (three of my favorite cities!), you know the joys of the terrific “Belgian-rooted ales” being produced at Thirsty Monk’s brewpubs. That list includes the new Trail Monk IPA, made with orange peel and zest for a bittersweet zing at the finish. I had the chance to visit the excellent Asheville Downtown location, and I can’t recommend it enough — what’s more, portion of proceeds from sales of Trail Monk will benefit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in Asheville, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative in Denver, and Trailkeepers of Oregon. Craft beer that tastes great AND gives back? That’s nearly too good to be true!

Taylor Stitch Lodge Sweater in Army — $168

A seriously soft, one-of-a-kind Taylor Stitch sweater on tap.

Not to worry, we’re back to menswear here — but for when you want to layer up with your new favorite sweater to grab a delicious craft beer this winter, reach for one of the best men’s sweaters, as done up by Taylor Stitch (naturally, of course). Even better? It’s made with incredibly soft 100 percent baby yak.

Jumper Boxer Briefs — $25

The best boxer briefs on the market? Try them for yourself.

No matter the rest of your gear rotation, it’ll always pay off to ensure the details are taken care of — such as with a pair of some of the best men’s boxer briefs from Jumper. Comfort and breathabilty are what you’re getting here.

Billy Reid Louis Henley — $150

A premium henley that pulls no punches in terms of quality.

OK, last but not least, let’s wrap things up with a look at one of the best men’s henleys you’re apt to find in your shopping search. Billy Reid knows all too well how to upgrade your men’s basics, and this pleasingly rugged henley is old-school inspired and yet perfectly modern.

 

Which of the above best new men’s gear picks caught your attention the most? Perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying Slow and Low’s rye whiskey? Or maybe, you need to layer up with one of the best men’s henleys as shown from Billy Reid. Or perhaps you’ve got your heart set on picking up the Canvas Expedition Shirt from Flint and Tinder? Whatever floats your boat, let me know about it on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: This Billy Reid Shirt Jacket Is Your Perfect Fall Layer

A perfectly refined and rugged Billy Reid shirt jacket. It’s that easy for fall.

If there’s one American menswear designer who knows a thing or two about making fall style essentials that are just as rugged and refined — yet versatile — as you need them to be — it’s Alabama-based Billy Reid. The designer has been a longtime favorite of the blog, and with good reason — pieces like the Billy Reid Plaid Mo Shirt Jacket exemplify high quality, classic design, and seasonally friendly appeal, all at once. Long story short: The Plaid Mo Shirt Jacket is one of the best men’s shirt jackets you’re going to invest in this fall — and invest in it you should. After all, the right shirt jacket combines old-school cool with new-school touches — and in the case of this particular shirt jacket, that means a heck of a lot of crucial touches (and none that you don’t need, for that matter).

SHOP: The Billy Reid Plaid Mo Shirt Jacket 

A no-frills silhouette made all the better thanks to American-made construction.

The greatness inherent in one of the best shirt jackets starts with a soft, brushed wool fabric blend (in a rich plaid pattern, no less) — this makes this particular outer layer suitable for pairing with everything from your favorite henley to a rugged chambray shirt in equal measure. Large genuine horn buttons give it durability and the crucial added touch that makes it able to stand up on its own (or underneath a tough waxed parka if it gets really nasty out there). Speaking of standing up … flip up the collar on this rugged shirt jacket to reveal a handsome leather lining for a bit of a refined touch. Oh, and be sure to use the front-button chest pockets to handle your everyday carry essentials — there’s no wrong way to go in terms of layering or style points with the Billy Reid Plaid Mo Shirt Jacket, this is undoubtedly true. Right? Right.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Plaid Mo Shirt Jacket 

#OOTD: Wear This Gear to Layer Up on A Chilly Fall Morning

When you feel it in the air, you just know. That is to say, the sort of cool, crisp fall morning that calls out to be enjoyed with your favorite fall gear picks and a hot cup of coffee in hand as the mist rolls in — that’s quite the idllyic picture to paint, and maybe your weekend morning view looks a bit different (it does for me in Brooklyn!), but the best fall style essentials for a casual weekend can help you gear up any which way you slice it. So today, we’re going with the kind of cozy, casual gear that’ll work well for a weekend coffee date or a cool, laidback morning in equal measure — think of the rugged layers that a menswear hero like Daniel Craig wears in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” for instance. That is to say, a rugged sweater from Wellen in a fittingly thick knit should wear mighty nicely with a classic chambray shirt for when it’s too cold to do anything but bundle up more. And the rest of these picks are able to go into town or host guests at home, too — take slim faded black jeans and pair them up with classic leather hiking boots to get a dose of functionality and style all at once. Of course, we’ve also got a cozy merino beanie and a tough leather watch standing tall on the accessories front. All you need for the morning is a great cup of coffee, and then in the evening, kick back with a sip of whiskey. This rugged #OOTD will do the rest. Cheers to fall!

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Rugged fall style made easy with casually laidback (yet versatile!) picks.

  • The Sweater: Wellen Headlands Sweater, $138 — Again, we’re going for the sort of rugged vibes you can only conjure on a chilly fall morning. This classic, vintage sweater from Wellen gets it exactly right.
  • The Rugged Fall Shirt: Buffalo Jackson Harbor Chambray Shirt, $55 — Any old shirt simply won’t do. This rugged chambray shirt is perfect to throw on without overthiking it, wouldn’t you agree?
  • The Denim: Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans, $168 — There’s a difference between throwing on sweatpants (as stylish as they might be!) and then throwing on these slim selvage jeans. Flint and Tinder knows this, and gets it right.
  • The Boots: Hanwag Bergler Boots, $400 — The key here is upgrading your rugged style essentials, starting with your new favorite pair of leather boots for plenty of consisten fall wear. Some of the best hiking boots you can buy right now, in fact.
  • The Watch: VAER Watches Heritage Watch, $209 — This VAER Watches timepiece might just be the best casual watch to wear with this outfit — perfectly rugged in every way.
  • The Fall Hat: Hill City Merino Cashmere Beanie, $48 — Pick up this exceedingly comfortable, cozy fall beanie cap to throw on for all your weekend errands — style points guaranteed.
  • The Grooming Must-Have Guru Nanda Charcoal Toothpaste, $19.99 — Get a great deal on a six-pack of whitening toothpaste made with high-quality, functional charcoal and peppermint — your smile just got that much brighter.
  • The Essential: Jumper Boxer Briefs, $25 — The little details, as we all know, make all the difference. And when it comes to the best boxer briefs on the market, Jumper easily takes care of business with solid, reliable basics.Shop Mott & Bow Today!

Oftentimes, you needn’t overthink what to wear on a  chilly fall morning or evening. In this instance, a vintage sweater from Wellen does the heavy lifting in terms of comfort and style, and it pairs up very well with arugged chambray shirt for style that’s effective, warm and laidback — all at once. To really solidfy the balance between casual, rugged and versatile, step out with a pair of slim selvage jeans, too. That is to say, this is the kind of look that can work nicely for a laidback morning or afternoon in town just as well as it can during an evening cocktail in front of the fire. Of course, should you need to get out and about, your new favorite pair of leather boots are more than ready to take on fall and winter weather. The accessories shown here also should get the job done, no matter what — take, for instance, the subtle style you get from wearing perhaps the best casual watch — it’s a surefire way to stand out quietly no matter the occasion. A merino beanie, comfortable boxer briefs and surprisingly effective charcoal toothpaste are all small details that make a big difference, too. When you take this outfit in total, I’d say it’s as ready for fall adventures as you are. In the meantime, follow along on my Instagram to see how I’m dressing for the season.

 

The List: Get Ready for November with the Best New Men’s Gear to Buy Now

Get into the spirit of fall with the best Old Fashioned — and of course, the right gear to accompany it.

If you’ve checked the thermostat or any weather report as of late, perhaps you’ve realized that we’ve well and truly hit the sort of weather that requires you to bundle up and pour yourself a nice cocktail — all done in style, of course. That’s where the best Old Fashioned shown above comes into play (more on that in a second), and that’s where the below batch of fall style essentials found in this week’s edition of The List are going to prove mighty useful indeed. I think you just might end up being as fired up for fall as I am when you get a look at picks like one of the best men’s flannel shirts, and then realize that it only gets better from there. And yes, there will be whiskey involved. Cheers to the season!

Wellen Slub Flannel Shirt — $88

A newly classic, seriously sustainable flannel shirt.

The perfect complement to your favorite whiskey cocktail? Why, it’s got to be the Wellen Slub Flannel,surely one of the best men’s flannel shirts you can buy this season. It’s a stone-cold winner in terms of fit (tailored but easy to layer over your favorite henley), notably when paired with a lovely fall cocktail. This stylish flannel shirt is also done up in a cool and unique fall color (with additional color options available), and it’s also made sustainably using 100 percent organic cotton via the Huckberry team. That all sounds pretty great, yes? Yep!

Rhodes Footwear Dylan Chukka Boots — $150

Classic leather chukka boots have never failed — have they?

What goes better with one of the best men’s flannel shirts than a durable and dependable pair of some of the best chukka boots? Not a whole lot — heck, maybe nothing. That’s where the Rhodes Footwear Dylan Chukka Boots come in: Perfectly casual, highly versatile and seriously well-crafted.

Lonegrade HDR-140 Watch — $310.98

A sleek black leather dress watch to wear any time you need to suit up for fall.

So, we’ll go from a pair of casual leather chukka boots to a stylish black leather dress watch without missing a beat. If the above Rhodes Footwear Dylan Chukka Boots are the casual boots you pack for a fall trip to wear with a NATO strap watch, then this handsome leather dress watch is the one you pair with slick black Chelsea boots for evening cocktails.

Mazama Whiskey Glasses — $62.98

Two stylish whiskey glassses to add to your home bar.

So, we said earlier that there’d be some talk of whiskey in today’s post — here we are. These Mazama Whiskey Glasses are a modern and highly stylish addition to your home bar, and they’re available for a solid price, too.

Danner Trail 2650 Mid Boots — $179.98

Lace up these dependable Danner boots and get out there.

We’ve talked in the past on the blog about how essential and functional certain pairs of footwear — like the Danner Caprine Boots — can be, and it’s now time to talk about another equally essential pair of rugged Danner boots. Those would be the Danner Trail 2650 Mid, a lightweight and durable pair of hiking boots to carry you through fall.

Wallace & Barnes Waffle-Knit Henley Shirt  — $78

Your new favorite henley? Try it on for size and see for yourself.

Speaking of your favorite henley as mentioned earlier … for all your fall layering needs, it’s tough to go wrong with a rugged Wallace & Barnes henley. Part of the throwback-inspired line of modern workwear from J. Crew, this henley (especially in the fitting Rugged Brown color) wears well with your favorite blue jeans.

Dango Products Dango PO2 Pioneer Travel Wallet — $129.98

A minimalist wallet guaranteed to get you from point A to point B in style.

We’ll talk in just one second about some of the best chinos you need for fall travel, but let’s talk first about an essential travel wallet from Dango Products. This EDC essential has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. That’s it.

Olivers Apparel Charter Chinos — $148

Slim chinos made for travel and the office in equal measure.

Looking for a pair of outrageously comfortable, ridiculously durable, travel-ready chinos? The kind that can carry an essential travel wallet  without missing a beat? You’re going to want the Olivers Apparel Charter Chinos, launched recently from a brand that knows quite a bit about blending performance and style in effective packages. The difference here comes from high-quality Japanese stretch twill — and the Dark Olive color is ideal for fall and winter.

Fellow Barber Grooming Essentials — Starting at $25

Don’t stop at just one purchase from Fellow Barber.

Now, it’s rare that I recommend just one essential men’s grooming line to try in full, but Fellow Barber, with its full suite of quality products (from Everyday Tonic to Mineral Spray) is the brand to give your fall grooming essentials a shot in the arm (plus, the packaging looks cool).

Billy Reid Donegal Terry Henley — $98

A classic henley from a classic American brand.

We already talked about an essential Wallace & Barnes henley above, but who says a guy just has to have one classic henley? In fact, the Billy Reid Donegal Terry Henley is the rare rugged henley that can be dressed up (with a herringbone blazer, dark denim and your favorite leather boots), or down (on its own with that same pair of dark denim and high-tops).

Gola Classics Ascent High Millerain Trainers — $150

Durable sneakers made with classic British fabric and heritage styling inspiration.

The perfect sneakers to pair with the Olivers Apparel Charter Chinos might just be these ones — a retro-inspired pair of high-top sneakers made to channel a mix of sporty and alpine style (note the outdoor-influenced D-ring lace eyelets). The use of rich Millerain wool tweed fabric lends them some extra durability in the fall and winter, too. Also ideal to wear with your favorite blue jeans.

Reigning Champ Heavyweight Pullover Hoodie — $165

The classic hoodie that brings some serious style points to the table.

Can a classic hooded sweatshirt be stylish? If you read the blog, hopefully, you know that answer is decidedly “Yes.” This Reigning Champ hoodie exemplifies fashion and function, as do its counterparts (like the much-loved Flint and Tinder Pullover Hoodie).

Ebbets Field Flannels x Faribault Woolen Mills Vintage Ballcap — $48

A cozy vintage ballcap to wear all fall.

Don’t ditch your ballcap for winter just yet — made from cozy and incredibly long-lasting, high-quality wool from Faribault Woolen Mills, this vintage ballcap represents a very gratifying partnership between Ebbets Field and the legendary woolen mill. Expect more partnerships with American-made brands from Faribault in the future thanks to its “Co. Lab” program.

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt — $125

A beautiful Western shirt, made to last and last.

OK, let’s go back to some of the best men’s shirts for fall, shall we? You might recognize this stellar Taylor Stitch Western Shirt from my Instagram — when worn year after year, it’ll age just as nicely as your favorite whiskey.

Yes Cocktail Company — Starting at $12

Mixers like a new take on maple syrup (with charred oak!) are sure to liven up your home bar.

If you want to liven up your cocktail bar with handcrafted mixers made for the modern cocktail aficionado — while also nodding toward the past — you want to look into Yes Cocktail Company. These are products made in small batches with great care (and also available to sample at its California tasting room). Mixers like the rich Charred Oak and Maple Syrup (*set the tone for fall drinks, including a new twist on your favorite Old Fashioned. I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the line recently, and it’s made sipping an evening cocktail all the more enjoyable!

Finisterre Nimbus Jacket — $189

A reliable fall jacket, no matter the weather.

When the adventure calls for going off-trail, perhaps up some mountain trails, there’s no finer or tougher jacket than the Finisterre Nimbus Jacket. It’ll come in handy with this next pick …

Elevation Beer Company Rad Red Throwback Red Ale — Price Varies 

A neat can design containing a throwback-style red ale? Perfection.

What better way to nod toward chilly weather (and heck, ski season for those of you in the mountains) than by knocking back a rich new beer, and one inspired by a classic Irish Style Red Ale at that, ehh? Elevation Beer Company — the official brewery of Colorado’s Monarch Mountain — has set its sights on doing just that this fall, launching a unique beer celebrating the 80th anniversary of Monarch Mountain. A special beer for a special occasion? I’d call that a winner.

Duke Cannon Emergency Heat + Light Candle — $25 

A terrific candle to liven up your living space.

To go along with a rich new beer or a classic hooded sweatshirt for a cozy night in, just add the Duke Cannon Emergency Heat + Light Candle — no better combo.

 

It seems that as I get to the end of every single one of these posts, I tend to say this (and I hope you agree) — this edition of The List had *wait for it* something for everyone, right?? Maybe you favor a neat pour in the Mazama Whiskey Glasses, or perhaps you can’t wait to wear the Taylor Stitch Western Shirt or try out the rugged Danner Trail 2650 Mid Boots. Perhaps the Rhodes Footwear Dylan Chukka Boots are more your style? Either way, give me a shout on Twitter and let’s talk shop!

The List: Keep Your Fall Rolling in Style with My Favorite Gear Picks This Week

This is the perfect denim jacket for fall — there, I went out and said it!

If ever you  thought spring and summer were really only the prime times to wear a rugged denim jacket, think again. Fall style is all about shaking up what you thought you knew, and that’s especially the case as we start to stare down winter — thus, enter the Flint and Tinder Defender Denim Trucker Jacket and the rest of today’s picks in this new edition of The List. From cozy flannel shirts to essential craft beer gear, I think you’ll find a little bit of everything when it comes to the best fall gear picks to keep the season rolling (including — spoiler! — a look at a classic Barbour jacket). Like what you see? Head over to Twitter to let me know.

Flint and Tinder Defender Denim Trucker Jacket — $238

A rugged, tough-as-nails trucker jacket made with upgraded denim.

If you follow this site frequently, you know we (and by we, I mean me!) love the American-made menswear being churned out by Flint and Tinder over at Huckberry. Add to that list today’s lead-off selection, the best denim trucker jacket you’re apt to find: The rugged and layering-friendly Flint and Tinder Defender Denim Trucker Jacket. Cheers!

Billy Reid Moleskin Jeans — $225

Cozy, comfortable, inimitably stylish jeans from Billy Reid.

OK, so now that you’ve picked up your Flint and Tinder Defender Denim Trucker Jacket, what the heck are you going to wear it with? That’s easy. These slim moleskin jeans from America’s own Billy Reid are just the ticket.

Danner Pub Garden Boots — $189.98

Lace up these tough boots to take on the day — any day of the week, that is.

Are you feeling fully into the spirit of this season yet? Rugged leather boots from Danner — in fact, some of the best new leather boots around — are going to be a necessary and highly effective addition to your collection right this instant.

Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket — $188

Uncompromising quality sets this Taylor Stitch jacket apart.

We’ve talked plenty in the past on the site about the rugged durability and classic styling potential of the Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket, and that’s never been more relevant than with this recently launched new colorway of this rugged fall jacket. It could just be the perfect jacket for fall travel.

Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Navy — $108

Slim deep navy jeans for colorful (or cloudy) fall days.

Although we already discussed a pair of slim moleskin jeans from Billy Reid above, we’re going to dive into a more classic pair of men’s denim, this time from Mott and Bow. The rich navy color makes these jeans unique, and possibly some of the best men’s denim for fall.

Oxford Pennant “Glory Days” Banner — $88

A retro banner to liven up your home or den from Oxford Pennant.

Now, is this vintage-inspired banner from Oxford Pennant something you can physically wear for fall? No — but that doesn’t mean it won’t add some seriously cool style to your den, living room or home office. Read more about Oxford Pennant here.

Barbour Men’s Icons Durham Waxed Jacket — $545

An unequivocally classic Barbour jacket in a waxed finish.

You should surely get used to seeing multiple features on the best men’s waxed jackets on the blog this season — and this handsome, classic Barbour Icon Durham Jacket is a prime example of why you need a waxed jacket in your closet right now.

Madewell Men’s Flannel Shirt in Windowpane Plaid — $95

An utterly classic flannel shirt fit for a fall weekend (say that five times fast).

See, we mentioned that we’d be talking about things like the best men’s flannel shirts for this season, did we not? When things get chilly, grab this rugged-yet-refined flannel from the recently revamped Madewell Men’s line, then wear it with … yes, you guessed it: The best denim trucker jacket  for fall.

VAER Watches Classic Watch — $149

A tough watch made to be worn on-trail or off this fall.

The best men’s casual watches have a little bit of something for everyone, and in the caes of the VAER Watches Classic Watch, that means a sharp dial design and an outdoor adventure-minded NATO strap.

American Trench Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks — $19.50

Tough to go wrong with stylish, American-made socks.

Let’s talk details for a second — specifically, you  need a pair of the best socks on your feet this season, and these American Trench socks are a top-notch upgrade to wear with your new favorite leather boots.

Wallace & Barnes Stretch Canvas Shirt Jacket — $198

Just the right layer for fall from Wallace & Barnes.

We’re all about tough fall layers like the best shirt jacket for the season here on the blog today — and this handsome, pleasingly rugged & throwback-inspired canvas shirt jacket from Wallace & Barnes (via J. Crew) checks all the right boxes.

Bellroy Travel Wallet — $119.95 

A finely crafted leather wallet that’ll get better with age.

OK, so we’ve covered a lot of ground today, from the perfect jacket for fall travel to some of the best men’s denim for fall. But what’s something that’s timeless, and without a season? Why, the right leather wallet for everyday use — and on that front, Bellroy has you covered with the Bellroy Travel Wallet.

Clarks Originals x Carhartt WIP Wallabee Boots — $160

Fall-ready footwear in the iconic Wallabee silhouette.

Now, these Clarks Originals x Carhartt WIP boots have been a very hot-seller, considering it’s a limited-edition update of the classic Wallabee boot. But if you can snag a pair elsewhere, go for it — these co-branded Wallabee boots are perfectly casual, laidback & ready for fall (especially in a rich tan suede).

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Indigo Stripe — $125

Yet anothe classic Taylor Stitch shirt for your consideration.

Yes, more Taylor Stitch menswear — and specifically, a stylish Taylor Stitch shirt sold via the brand’s high-quality, always-in-stock Essentials line. When you want to go classic-yet-casual, wear this rugged indigo shirt with slim chinos and some of the best new leather boots to the office.

Walls Outdoor Goods Canyon Vintage Lite Stretch Jac-Shirt — $79.99

A tough shirt jacket that just won’t quit when the going gets tough.

No sir, we’re not done talking about the best shirt jackets for men just quite yet. In fact, this sub-$80 shirt jacket from Walls Outdoor Goods is incredibly high-quality for the price, and made to  be layered with rugged style essentials easily. Plus, it’s lined with cotton flannel Buffalo check lining for fall-friendly style (look for more on my Instagram soon).

Fjallraven Greenland Duffel — $150

A tough, durable duffel bag for all your fall adventures.

The best men’s duffel bags offer up uncompromising quality and go-anywhere durability — that’s what makes the Fjallraven Greenland Duffel such a welcome way to close out today’s edition of The List. Load it up with your favorite fall style essentials, then hit the road. Plus, you get waterproofing wax with this classic Fjallraven duffel, too.

 

Does anybody else have a shopping cart packed full of gear right now? For me, there are several standouts on this list of the best men’s fall gear, from slim moleskin jeans by Billy Reid to functional items like the Fjallraven Greenland Duffel right on through to a vintage-inspired banner from Oxford Pennant and of course, the best denim trucker jacket around. What’s your favorite of the above? Again, head over to Twitter to let me know. OK, folks — happy fall!

#OOTD: Here’s How to Layer Up with a Shirt Jacket for Fall

Just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to the best gear for fall, along comes today’s #OOTD to shake up how you layer up with a shirt jacket this season. Think of the best shirt jackets as a unique style transition through chilly weather, able to be worn right now as it gets slightly colder, and then effective enough to be layered up when the snow really starts to fall in earnest (for most of us, that is). And with that being said, that’s why we’re highlighting the ever-versatile, throwback-inspired Wallace & Barnes Stretch Canvas Shirt Jacket, a tough-yet-comfortable offering from J. Crew’s workwear-heavy, truly excellent Wallace & Barnes line. The great thing about the shirt jacket, as you’ll see, is the variety and versatility it gives. The best shirt jacket is able to be worn as a stylish blazer replacement to the office, especially when paired up with the slim Oxford shirt you’re going to see below. Think of this shirt jacket and this ensemble as your go-anywhere, do-anything outfit. It works to wear to the office before getting out of town on the weekend. It’s packed with the kind of cool, stylish-yet-classic touches that make it easy for a laidback date night. Want to grab a beer at your favorite brewpub? You’ll find these gear picks (particularly the rugged leather boots on display) to be just right. And before we go any further, know that we’re recommending … cargo pants, also from Wallace & Barnes. Don’t worry — these deliver the goods. Let’s get to it!

Rugged essentials to shake up your everyday style.

  • The Shirt Jacket: Wallace & Barnes Stretch Canvas Shirt Jacket, $98 — When you  want a shirt jacket that channels old-school cool & rugged style with modern wearability, you want this number from Wallace & Barnes.
  • The Shirt: Mack Weldon 37.5 Performance Oxford, $88 — Pair up this newly classic Oxford shirt (made with sweat-preventing 37.5® Technology), to take on the day — no matter where you go. Big fan of its slim fit and feel (thanks to the brand for sending!).
  • The Pants: Wallace & Barnes Ripstop Brigade Cargo Pants, $148 — OK, I know what you’re thinking … cargo pants?? Yes, yes indeed. Wallace & Barnes (of J. Crew fame) takes the cargo pant, slims it down, roughs it up & makes it highly functional for fall.
  • The Boots: Wolverine Evans Boots, $400 — Given that we’re working with a rugged shirt jacket and cargo pants (yep!), a pair of the best leather boots from Wolverine only seems fitting, yes? Yes.
  • The Watch: Timex Standard 40mm Leather Strap Watch, $79 — For only $79, you’re getting easily one of the best men’s leather watches out there, one that’s understated and yet reliably pairs up with this #OOTD.
  • The Everyday Carry: WP Standard Canvas Travel Bag, $298 — Heading to the office and then out on a weekend trip? Trekking across town? Loading up your gear to get some work done at a local coffee shop? Grab this WP Standard canvas bag, one of the best daily bags for the price you can find.
  • The Wallet: Tanner Goods Utility Bifold, $110 — Lest we forget, the right leather wallet belongs in your pocket (and your WP Standard canvas bag) no matter where you’re headed. Tanner Goods has you covered.
  • The Hat: Ebbets Field Flannels x Faribault Vintage Ballcap, $60 — Now, the hat is optional here, but for chilly fall weather and casual fall weekends aplenty, there’s nothing like an American-made ballcap from Ebbets Field Flannels & Faribault.

OK, so we mentioned that we’d be spotlighting cargo pants in this ensemble … hopefully, that didn’t scare you away?? At any rate, the key here is recognizing that this particular #OOTD takes the principles and pieces you know and love (I.E. A classic Oxford shirt and rugged leather boots) and flips them around a bit. Instead of a navy cotton blazer, we’ve got the aforementioned cotton canvas shirt jacket. As opposed to classic chinos, we’re swapping in those cargo pants. The result is an outfit that feels fresh and modern, as ready to grab a fall Old Fashioned as it is to head to the office (provided you can wear this sort of gear there). Either way, this look is all about rugged versatility. Throw in a stylish leather watch and a rugged WP Standard canvas bag, and you’re even ready for a bit of light travel. Of course, the right accessories always elevate an outfit, hence an American-made ballcap for casually rugged fall style — accompanied by the right leather wallet, of course. With fall in full swing, the best thing you can do is shake up how you dress on the daily, and again, one of the best shirt jackets is here to help you do so in style. Now, let’s get out there and get to it!

#OOTD: How to Dress for the Office This Fall

Looking for a new way to dress for the office this fall? Or rather, an upgraded way that makes use of fall style essentials you know and love? We’ve got you all sorted out today on the blog, and it starts with a classic flannel shirt — yes, the beloved rugged style staple is going to be the centerpiece of a perfectly casual-yet-versatile office look. That age-old question “How to dress for the office?” … well, here’s your answer. You’ll recognize style moves with which you’re already well-acquainted, including the use of the exceptional Flint and Tinder 365 Pants to add a bit of clean & tailored style. The real kicker here though (literally) might just be the stylish high-top sneakers we’re recommending you swap in, as opposed to rugged leather boots or refined dress shoes. That gives this look more of a laidback-yet-polished air, exactly the vibe to go for if your post-office plans include happy hour or a weekend getaway. Elsewhere, you’ll recognize the staples of classic office style, from an office-ready fall sweater to a refined leather watch — these are gear picks that won’t quit, and they’ll ensure you stand out subtly and stylishly, no questions asked. If it gets chilly on you in the morning? Throw on something like the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat to fight the fall chill. OK, time to get to work.

Can you wear sneakers and a flannel shirt to the office? When it’s done like this #OOTD, yes, yes you can.

Now, although there’s no telling what your day might send your way, dressing for the office doesn’t have to be a drag — that’s especially the case when you consider the fact that you’re starting from the get-go with a slim-fitting flannel shirt from iconic designer Todd Snyder — there’s no better way to go for fall. Consider as well that you’re layering up the right way with an office-ready fall sweater in a neutral grey, offset nicely those rich, Laurel Green-colored Flint and Tinder 365 Pants. They’ve got the comfort of jeans and the style points of chinos (and they’re some of the best pants for the office I’ve tried myself). And while you can certainly break out tough leather boots or refined chukka boots, the real key to nailing fall office style comes when you step out in stylish high-top sneakers instead. They deliver comfort and unique styling potential, and these Nisolo sneakers are also ethically made. In keeping with the casual-yet-polished nature of this outfit, I’m also recommending a refined leather watch, seeing as the right everyday carry essentials can get your mind in a great spot for your next big meeting. To keep your laptop and assorted goods safe, haul it all in a tough Filson briefcase, and accentuate the rest of your outfit with a dressy-yet-rugged Taylor Stitch leather belt (it’s a personal favorite). And if you’re among the bearded among us (like yours truly!), you’d do worse to keep your beard in shape with beard oil from Taconic Shave. OK, are you all set for a big day at the office? Keep up with all my style tips on Instagram. Good luck out there!