Getting Out of Town: A Winter Weekend Trip Upstate

Dressed in rugged, adventure-ready style — featuring my Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket, Taylor Stitch Chore Pants and a Taylor Stitch flannel shirt, plus my WP Standard Natural Leather Belt and my trusty Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono.

As I checked my calendar recently, I realized with a shock that, well, it was, well, nearly Christmas! Fall and winter have been flying by here in NYC, filled with #menswear and plenty of fun Style Guide content — and road trips galore! From a fall trip to Portland to a weekend in Nashville to a quick trip to Boston, I’ve been fortunate to be able to get out of town and hit the road. But there was one area I hadn’t yet been able to squeeze in a quick trip this season — upstate New York! I visited the lovely town of Hudson last November on a perfectly crisp fall weekend, and my travels also took me up to the quaint town of Beacon in February 2016 — but this past weekend was a great chance to once again break out my favorite style essentials and head to the famed Dia: Beacon art museum (among other pursuits). Come along for the ride with me! Oh, and if you follow me on Instagram and already caught details of this trip … stick around, won’t you?

The winter fun began in earnest on Friday, with a #menswear ensemble made for essential, casual style for a day at the office. In this case, that meant throwing on a new Fruit of The Loom EverSoft Long-Sleeve Crew T-Shirt in a seasonally-friendly shade of red. It layered up nicely with an easygoing Original Penguin shawl collar cardigan for a¬†bit of casual polish, while my Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in British Khaki proved well-fitting and easygoing-yet-stylish. Again, Taylor Stitch is just a brand that checks plenty of boxes in terms of rugged, casual style — and it wouldn’t be the last time I brought out Taylor Stitch menswear this weekend, either. When matched up with stylish leather sneakers — the CLAE Bradley Mid, specifically — the combo proved comfortable for the office and suitable for grabbing a pint at Brooklyn’s Sycamore after work. I also threw on my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, and I reached for the V76 by Vaughn Daily Balance Facial Moisturizer to keep my skin in prime shape. Make no mistake, men’s grooming essentials are critical during the winter season, especially when dealing with breezy, chilly weather. Luckily, my daily grooming routine helped me finish the week strong — and with a nice day at work in the books, I was looking forward to the weekend ahead.

Layered up to explore Beacon and kick back with a coffee at Bank Square Coffeehouse. My accessories included a Banana Republic plaid scarf and a Club Monaco knit cap, plus my trusty Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono. My Hood Rubber Co. Wayland Boots were perfect for stomping through the snow, too!

What did the weekend have in store? It kicked off nice and early Saturday morning with a few crucial cups of coffee, followed by a lovely train ride upstate to Beacon! As I said, I had visited the town on a February weekend last year, and came away with nothing but fond memories of the tranquil, enjoyable atmosphere and beautiful upstate views. Stop number one, of course, had to be¬† a cup of coffee (well, the mocha latte) at the charming Bank Square Coffeehouse. That got me ready to explore Dia: Beacon, the world-class art museum featuring work from the likes of Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and plenty more. Based in a former Nabisco factory, this well-lit, beautifully designed museum is packed with large-scale activations, smaller exhibits and some seriously contemplative works of art. If ever you’re looking to get away from NYC — or perhaps add a day trip when you swing through the Big Apple — I can’t recommend this lovely museum enough. Of course, I knew I had to dress in rugged winter style essentials to navigate the town and the museum accordingly.

I started things off the right way by reaching for the extremely well-made, durably crafted Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket, a classic men’s trucker jacket made with great attention to detail and a tailored fit. For durable, effective style on my bottom half, I threw on a¬† pair of Taylor Stitch Chore Pants, crafted from cotton canvas and featuring double-knee reinforced construction. They worked more than handsomely alongside my adventure-ready Wayland Boots from Hood Rubber Company.¬† Featuring a handsome blend of rubberized and full-grain leather, the¬†Wayland Boots provided a mix of casual and functional style, what with waxed cotton laces and a fit that echoes the look of your favorite chukka boots. A rugged Timex watch was my go-to casual watch pick for the day — I can’t emphasize enough how reliable the Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono happens to be. Of course,¬†stylish men’s socks from Anonymousism were also a reliable accessory.¬† On the everyday carry front, my essentials were close at hand, thanks to the WP Standard Large Messenger Bag. I’m telling you, that bag about as good as it gets when it comes to an everyday bag.¬† And my LSTN Sound Co. Headphones from the Bespoke Post Vibes Box also came along on this quick trip, allowing me to plug into my favorite tunes.

And the even better news? Beacon really did prove a fun, lovely town for a quick visit. I made time to grab some excellent pints at the renowned Draught Industries, a rustic, rugged gastropub with a killer craft beer selection, including picks from Hill Farmstead and Midwest favorite Founders Brewing. The great thing about Beacon is its quaint, quiet atmosphere — more than agreeable for enjoying the day and strolling around town. My quick trip to Beacon gave me just enough opportunity to get out of the city, clear my head and enjoy the fresh air with my favorite winter style essentials in tow. I even made some time to take in a few more of the sights and sounds of this lovely town with an overnight AirBNB stay. My centrally located apartment near Main Street was the perfect base to explore. The stops? The Vault was a must-visit for an excellent burger and delicious corn-and-parmesan fritters. I also enjoyed a nightcap at The Roundhouse, a beautiful, rustic-yet-modern hotel and restaurant that’s drawn acclaim around Beacon and beyond. Perfect for an Old-Fashioned, right?

A classically rugged, warm winter get-up, perfect for exploring Beacon in style. My Flint and Tinder Moleskin Shirt Jacket proved essential and quite warm!

To close out the weekend,¬†Sunday called for even more Beacon exploration, starting with a pair of amazing donuts at Glazed Over, topped with chocolate chips, caramel glaze and vanilla drizzle — yes, please! I explore more on foot checking out the restored Roundhouse Hotel — it was even prettier in the day than at night. The afternoon took me down to the Towne Crier Cafe, a renowned regional hangout featuring live music and a mix of American and Middle Eastern staples — it was a cozy spot for a pleasant afternoon. I packed up my Saddleback Leather Rounded Leather Duffel, and I layered up with the well-made Flint and Tinder Moleskin Shirt Jacket¬†in a pleasing shade of green. It proved perfect for throwing on over my Abercrombie and Fitch Cotton Herringbone Shirt, a nicely textured shirt with plenty of classic styling potential. And for venturing around Beacon and stopping at Bank Square Coffeehouse again, another Flint and Tinder essential served me well. Yes indeed, the Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans, made with stretch selvage and an inky blue indigo finish, were comfortable for travel and exploration. To get around with durability and rugged style in mind, my CAT Footwear Chronicle Boots had me well-equipped for the occasion, too. And my classic-as-always Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Watch kept me on time and in style.

It was a pleasure to be able to get out of the city, especially around the holiday season. It’s worth remembering that getting out and exploring is as easy as picking a place and picking a date, then going after it. I’m going to do my to keep that in mind for me amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC, and if the urge should strike you to travel upstate, I can’t recommend Beacon enough! I’m also glad I was able to take on the weekend with my favorite winter menswear along for the ride.

Oh, and if ever you find yourself in Brooklyn or in Beacon and want tips on what to do, give me a shout!

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Wander Box

From a helpful guide book to a nifty iPhone camera lens, this is the gear you need to travel with this fall. Image courtesy of Bespoke Post.

We’re taking a slight departure from our usual #menswear focus on today’s Style Pick of the Week — just a slight (if literal) departure. Because, let’s be real — who among us doesn’t love the thrill of adventure and the excitement of exploring somewhere new? For travel lovers and explorers alike the Bespoke Post Wander Box is a prime choice as this week’s Style Pick– like other favorites on the blog, it’s an all-in-one offering in terms of versatility and dependability. And if you’re looking for a bit of fall travel style, I’d urge you to pick up the Wander Box. Without a doubt, the¬†Wander Box from Bespoke Post has everything you need to explore a new locale — with a few handy extras thrown in. The utility of the Wander Boxavailable for just $45 when you sign up for Bespoke Post– starts with the essential Wildsam Field Guide.


These mini-encyclopedias fit easily in a bag or a coat packet and are jam-packed with all kinds of helpful info on a wide range of cities. The guides cover everywhere from San Francisco to Brooklyn to Nashville and Austin –it’s your call. And when I say jam-packed, I mean¬†jam-packed.¬†From insights on gourmet eats and craft beverages to a full set of personal essays and reflections on specific cities, each Field Guide is entirely customized by city — and again, they’re packed full of essential info. Heck, I used my Wildsam Field Guide on a fall trip to Nashville and absolutely loved the cool spots it turned up, from coffee to menswear. So, that’s one major benefit of the¬†Bespoke Post Wander Box¬† — and the rest of the goods? They’re just as stellar.

Bespoke Post Wander Box

Using my Wildsam Field Guide to get around Nashville in style — this could be you! Or not. But it could be!

It’s the little details in every Bespoke Post box that make the difference, and the¬†Wander Box¬†gets those right, too. Namely, you get your pick of ebony or bamboo headphones from LSTN Sound Co. — crystal-clear sound quality and understated style, to boot. What’s more, ¬†these headphones feature no-rub functionality (no twisted cords here), and they also come with an in-line microphone to take calls. Not bad, ehh? And the¬†Wander Box¬†doesn’t stop there — no sir. It’s complete with a Universal Smartphone Fisheye Lens, a ¬†wide-angle smartphone camera attachment that should up your photo quality¬†significantly.¬†That’s¬†a heck of a deal for just $45 — can’t believe it? Neither could I when saw the price tag. So, to recap the Wander Box¬†— you get a brand-new camera attachment to capture the perfect Instagram shot, plus an amazing field guide to help you explore cool cities like Nashville … plus an excellent set of stylish headphones. That’s all too good to be true, yes? Well,¬†Bespoke Post¬†makes it a reality. Just pick your city, pick up the Wander Box¬†¬†and get planning.

Will you be picking up the Wander Box  from Bespoke Post before you hit the road this season?  Let me know on Twitter! 

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Music City Menswear: Exploring Nashville in Style

Taking in a relaxing Nashville Saturday at Barista Parlor. Wearing my new Original Penguin Bedford Cord 5-Pocket Pants and a special pair of 125th Anniversary Wingtip Boots from Florsheim!

There are certain places that I’ve put on my growing personal travel bucket list in recent years — places that constantly pull me away from New York as much as I love it. And if you read The Style Guide regularly, you know that I love to get out and about in style, from exploring Brooklyn to hopping on a flight to Chicago and Lollapalooza 2017 recently. When the chance came up to take a weekend trip to Nashville, a city that’s as hyped as any for any its blend of live music, culinary delights and a cool atmosphere, I jumped on it. My parents have loved Nashville for years, so it’s ¬†definitely been on my radar — but as I started planning out my fall travel style earlier this year, I knew I wanted to pack in as much as possible when it came to seeing the Music City. That meant this weekend was filled with #menswear, craft beer and of course, live music — namely, a high-energy, passion-packed show from Young the Giant, supported by Cold War Kids and Joywave! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram you’re familiar with my trip — and if not, come along for the ride.

The right mix of sharp, versatile travel gear for getting from NYC to Nashville.

Getting to Nashville is no easy feat — as it were, I had to catch a¬†very¬†early flight out of NYC, but that left me with nearly a full day in the Music City. How did I dress to go from the plane to my airBNB and beyond? Funny you should ask. I did my best at dressing to travel in style, while also keeping in mind the fact that I had to dress for a rock concert later — a tricky balance. For versatile layering and crisp style, ¬†I threw on a classic navy Oxford from Mott and Bow, a recent introduction to the brand’s line. The classic Oxford shirt meshed well with my new Abercrombie and Fitch denim, built with stretch for comfort and finished in a slightly faded shade of black. On the footwear front, my¬†Florsheim Forward Lo Sneakers in a handsome shade of brown leather offset the combo nicely — I’ve found these sneakers work quite well for concerts and travel alike, as I also wore them trekking to see The Killers in New Jersey earlier this year. Of course, I had to take along other handy everyday carry essentials, including the always-essential Bespoke Post Vibes Box, featuring my LSTN Sound Co. Fillmore Headphones.

And for a full day of exploring Nashville — including a post-flight stop at the famed (and aptly named) Mas Tacos Por Favor — these sneakers proved similarly stylish. With striking yet subtly stylish design and durable construction, my Electric California Carroway Leather Watch¬†worked for day-to-night style. Of course, I prepped for the show by plugging into my reliable Bespoke Post Vibes Box, featuring the eye-catching LSTN Sound Co. Fillmore Headphones. So, that was the gear I brought with me — and it helped me navigate Nashville stylishly and effectively. For what it’s worth, if you’ve got your own Nashville trip coming up, I can’t recommend the crisply designed, jam-packed Nashville Field Guide from Wildsam, full of interesting tidbits and useful information on hidden gems throughout the city.

Hanging out at the well-appointed imogene + willie on a lovely Nashville Friday. My Florsheim Forward Lo Lace-up Sneakers and Abercrombie & Fitch denim were perfect for getting around!

Nashville really is a city packed with something for everyone — it’s revered for its vibrant music scene, and it’s also full of craftsmen and women who put serious care into everything from excellent food to craft beer; my Wildsam Field Guide helped me figure that out in a hurry. With rugged dark denim, workwear-inspired basics and plenty of attention to detail throughout, imogene + willie is a terrific Nashville example of simple goods made very well — and the handsomely appointed storefront is a joy to explore in its own right. ¬†And equally important — it’s close by to 12 South Taproom, a down-home bar with a great selection of tasty, refreshing beer. Speaking of craft beer: Hops and Crafts also stood out for its mix of industrial style and premium craft brews, plus gourmet bites. In short, it was a worthwhile pre-show stop!

Even with a full day exploring Nashville in the rearview mirror, I still had an amazing Friday night ahead. With its prime riverfront location and excellent sight lines, Ascend Amphitheater proved a stellar venue for a night of live music — it’s certainly not as revered as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, but it was still a treat to see three excellent bands throughout the night. Cold War Kids have long been a favorite, and I had the chance to see them debut their rollicking new album, “Love Is Mystical,” earlier this year in Brooklyn. It was absolutely a treat to see them play a longer show — recent classics like the joyous “Miracle Mile” mesh nicely with fresh hits like the album’s title track and of course, throwback cuts off 2006’s still-excellent “Robbers and Cowards.” They’re a band that’s worth seeing just for that album alone, and they certainly made their mark opening for Young the Giant (alongside Rochester, New York-based five-piece Joywave).

I had seen Young the Giant in New Haven earlier this year, and the band’s packed setlist proved alluring enough to see them again. Recent jams like “Silvertongue” and “Amerika” brought an energetic crowd to their feet just as easily as huge indie radio hits like “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” — powerful tracks like ¬†“Something to Believe In,” off last year’s “Home of the Strange” also helped set the tone early. This is a band with swagger, confidence and cool, eclectic style — in large part thanks to lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice and sharp fashion sense. Young the Giant has been on the road for a while in support of this albun, so they also sounded tight and crisp — a great band to watch in a big live setting, complete with a cold beer or two. That’s perhaps the best way to start a trip — at least, I think so. And the best part? My weekend trip gave me the chance to explore even more of the city Again, if you want to cover a ton of ground quickly and effectively, I’d urge you to pick up the Wildsam Nashville Field Guide.

The best gear for getting around Nashville in style — don’t you agree? The Wildsam Field Guide helped me see the city in style, too!

I always relish the chance to dress in casual weekend style — that’s where my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker continues to come in handy. ¬†From taking in live music at NYC’s Panorama 2017 to traveling to Chicago last month, this jacket can do it all — so it proved a crisp, classic layer atop my DSTLD Midnight Blue Denim Shirt, done up in a deep midnight blue and crafted from breathable cotton. Fall calls for a transition to more earthen, faded colors in terms of trousers, too. A new pair of tailored Original Penguin Bedford Cord 5-Pocket Pants¬†offered go-anywhere style that helped me bounce from a crucial weekend kickstarter — coffee at the fantastic, industrially appointed CREMA — to a stop at¬†rocker Jack White’s revered Third Man Records outpost. Of course, I kept on time through each stop with an old favorite, the durable Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono¬†— truly, the Timex Waterbury collection is perfect if you want a rugged watch fit for travel and exploration.¬†If your next trip calls for lots of time spent on your feet, reach for versatile trousers in a fall-ready shade, then finish off your look with a pair of comfortable-yet-rugged boots, like Florsheim’s ¬†125th Anniversary Wingtip Boots as seen above.¬†


My Saturday wasn’t done yet, though. Now that we’re into fall, I absolutely had to see my beloved Michigan State Spartans kick off another football Saturday — even away from my home base of Brooklyn, Nashville features quite a few loyal Spartan fans.¬†Bar Louie in the Gulch¬†offers everything you could want when it comes to taking in a game, from a fun crowd to delicious craft beer to monstrously good burgers like the Spiked Bulleit Bourbon Burger. Spartan fan or not, it’s tough to pass up a finely crafted beer and a good burger, right? That’s also where Pinewood Social¬†came into play later on in the night. The cavernous location is a handsomely appointed cocktail bar/gourmet restaurant/work space/game center complete with a bowling alley and an outdoor pool — ideal for taking in the sights and sounds of Nashville after an MSU game. What more could you want on a Saturday night on the road? Not too much, folks.

Rugged picks for a Nashville Sunday, including new slim light wash denim from DSTLD, a rugged leather belt from Saddleback Leather and a handy dopp kit for travel, also from Saddleback Leather.

Sunday brought my Nashville trip to a close, but not before plenty of exploration in and around the city itself. Before leaving town, I absolutely knew I had to stop at a classic spot in the city — that’d be Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish. ¬†I turned my attention toward menswear next; that meant a stop at a favorite outpost, Billy Reid. With shops from Chicago to Charleston, Mr. Reid’s handsome, premium menswear embodies cool, versatile and breezy Southern style with a modern look and feel. As it were, that’s what I tried to do when it came to my Sunday travel style. Even casual outfits should start with classic footwear — my all-new CLAE Gregory Mid Sneakers featured a neat monochromatic color scheme and plenty of all-day comfort. They were an easygoing complement to my DSTLD Slim Light Wash Jeans¬†even though we’re getting into fall, there’s still plenty of time to break out your favorite slim light wash jeans, preferably alongside stylish sneakers and rugged accessories — my Saddleback Leather 4-Stitch Leather Belt was a key piece throughout the weekend and should break in quite nicely. Other essentials were in the mix, too — a stylish chambray shirt from JackThreads layered easily over a rugged short-sleeve henley from Abercrombie & Fitch. It was, unfortunately, time to head to the airport all too soon — I’m glad I dressed in comfort, though!¬†When you’ve got a long flight ahead of you but still want to look great, reach for a classic pair of high-top leather sneakers — like the CLAE Gregory Mid seen above.¬†

If you’re heading to Nashville soon, well, I just can’t recommend the city enough. It’s packed with hidden gems, neat breweries, cool menswear, a terrific music scene and of course, something for every culinary taste. From live music to menswear to a dash of college football, this past weekend had it all — I’m thankful my¬†Wildsam Nashville Field Guide¬†helped me go off the beaten path a bit, too. It was a great trip to kick off what should be a great fall season — and as always, you can follow along with my travels here on the blog or on Instagram. ¬†Let me know — are you hitting the road soon? Where are you headed?

Until the next trip — thanks for reading!

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Dress for Fall Travel

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 will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here. Portions of this post use affiliate links, from which a small commission might be earned.

Can you believe we’re talking about fall travel — November travel, even —¬†today on the blog? The year, and this fall season in particular, has really flown by. So, maybe you’re looking ahead toward *cue audible gasp* what to wear for Thanksgiving, ¬†or perhaps you’re just looking ahead to what to wear when you travel next. For most of us, fall travel is a bit of a different animal than dressing for summer travel — while comfort and style are still top of mind, the temperatures are a bit colder (to say the least), and you need layers that move with you as you go. Let’s say you start in a chilly Northern city, but move through to a more temperate climate — the below bomber¬†jacket in this #OOTD can go in your durable weekender bag¬†as you travel. And the rest of the pieces are versatile, classic and easy to wear on the road. If that’s got you wondering what’s next, simply scroll down. If you’d like more menswear inspiration, check out The Style Guide on Facebook or check out yours truly on Twitter.

Mixing the classics - like a chambray shirt & denim -- with a comfortable bomber & travel accessories.

Mixing the classics – like a chambray shirt & denim — with a comfortable bomber & travel accessories.

The Jacket: Public Rec Crosstown Bomber Jacket, $128 — The makers of your favorite pair of everyday pants are back in a big way, namely with a heck of a wearable, comfortable and versatile bomber jacket. It’s the perfect travel layer to get you through a chilly morning and a warmer afternoon — at a very fair price, to boot.

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt in Charcoal Chambray, $118 — If you’re surprised that Taylor Stitch is the pick here, don’t be.¬† The Everyday Chambray is a slim, well-made four-season essential — so, perfect for fall travel.

The Denim: Flint & Tinder All-American Slim Tapered Jeans, $98 — Why go with dark blue denim here? Well, it’s another four-season essential, and this pair from Flint & Tinder is made in America with¬†a hint of stretch.

The Sneakers: Brooks Academia Chariot Sneakers, $79.99 — From summer weekends to fall travel, the Brooks Chariot Heritage series¬†gets it done — and the Academia is a¬†fall-centric update with a pattern inspired by professorial fabrics.

Huckberry

The Socks: Anonymous-ism Fair Isle Crew Socks, $25 (Available via East Dane) — The Anonymous-ism brand is a sleeper hit for fans of subtly designed, well-made socks, and the neat pattern here is another fall-centric bonus.

The Watch: Timex for J. Crew Watch, $128 — J. Crew’s third-party efforts are a consistent hit, and this simple, effective and subtly stylish watch is one of ’em — it’s low-key enough to wear on the plane, then to drinks after you land.

The Weekender Bag: Sword and Plough Blue Weekender Bag, $359 — Behind every company is a great story, and behind every guy is a great weekender bag — right? The Sword and Plough team repurposes military material for its products, and does a fine job with this stylish weekender bag.

The Finishing Touch: Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit, $40 (Available via East Dane) — Instead of hauling your toiletries around in a plastic bag, reach for a durable dopp kit — this one has served me well on trips from upstate New York to Washington, D.C.

Buck Mason - Timeless Design. Made in America.

So that closes the curtain on another #OOTD — what did ya think? In this author’s opinion, a breathable, slim-fitting bomber jacket that merges athletic inspiration and a versatile color is a can’t-miss win. And when mixed with some of your favorite pieces — we’re talking American-made denim and a slim chambray shirt — it’s a surefire travel success. The grey sneakers add both texture and comfort to the outfit, while those red patterned socks offset the outfit’s darker shades with a slight touch of color. And, you can’t really go wrong with a straightforward, stylish casual watch¬†— that goes for your travel day, and that goes for a nice dinner afterwards. Wherever you’re headed this season and beyond, safe travels — and stay stylish!

-Beau

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