The Sunday Sale: Get this Classic Grayers Oxford Shirt for Less Than $60

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If you’ve kept up with the blog or with my Sunday Sale series — outlining the best deals on new watches, a new duffle bag and more — then you know that, well, I simply can’t pass up a great deal. That’s especially the case with the all-American brand Grayers, and of course, this classic Grayers Oxford shirt. It’s a downright steal from the Grayers Clearance Sale section. Simply put, any time you can score a new Oxford shirt for under $60, that’s a deal you work hard to snap up in time. The good news is, there are plenty of sizes available in the Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt. Beyond that, it checks all the proper boxes as far as what you need in an Oxford shirt.

Heading into the summer months, you can’t beat the dependability and versatility of an Oxford shirt, especially one that can pull double-duty at the office and at home or at your first grilling session. Hey, you’ll have to put on a proper shirt again at some point, and it might as well be the Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt. It’s got 100 percent cotton construction going for it, plus a crisp, timeless white colorway. Normally $88, this shirt is priced down to $59.99 and available in a wide range of fits, too. But wait, there’s more!

SHOP: The Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt

Best Oxford shirt for men

An Oxford shirt, with its classic buttondown collar and casual fabric, has long been one of the best shirts for men. Grayers knows a thing or two about that category as well, using buttery-soft fabrics to craft expertly executed men’s shirts in every season. And the Oxford shirt is certainly a multi-season workhorse, even in the depths of summer. The fact that you can wear this Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt with everything from jeans to lightweight chinos to your favorite shorts is pretty optimal, too.

Heck, you could go so far as to wear this breezy Oxford shirt with Buck Mason Deck Shorts and white canvas slip-ons for sporty, beach bar or BBQ-ready style. The fact that this classic men’s Oxford shirt works hard at the office is just the icing on the cake, too. And when it comes time to get dressed for a more casual outdoor summer wedding, the Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt should team stylishly with a navy blazer and some lightweight stretch chinos. The next time you want a standout deal on a hard-working shirt, get this crisp and easily wearable Oxford shirt from Grayers for under $60, and reap the rewards season after season.

SHOP: The Grayers Oakleigh Classic Oxford Shirt

The Thursday Buy: This Grayers Poplin Shirt is the Must-Buy Shirt of Spring and Summer

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A breezy spring and summer shirt, available in bright seasonal colors like this one. A job well-done, Grayers.

If you know, you just know. That is, if you read the blog, and if you’ve kept an eye out for the best new arrivals at Grayers, you just know that this is a brand that’s a force to be reckoned with, and that’s an understatement. From the coolest winter sweater to the best shorts for summer, it seems Texas-based Grayers delivers on cool updates to classic styles, time and again. Take today’s Thursday Buy, the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt. It’s, quite simply, one of the best shirts for spring and summer, made with a ridiculously lightweight construction to withstand even the most stifling summer days (more on that in just a moment).

It’s the kind of shirt to wear when you don’t necessarily want to wear a button-down shirt, but you’ve simply got to wear a button-down shirt (Examples include a backyard BBQ with your in-laws, a work Zoom call, a first date… you name it). This lightweight poplin shirt channels the energy of a classic button-down and yet does so in a way that’s, well, breezy and cool versus stuffy, and that’s what makes Grayers such an essential menswear brand.

SHOP: The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt

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A just-right spring and summer color in a perfect lightweight shirt.

The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt comes in a range of seasonal colors to suit every palette, something that’s also critical in the warmer months. You don’t want to go too eye-watering as far as the brightness of your shirt, but a black shirt can feel a little stiff. So, a color like Dusty Cedar in the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt is a nice way to toe that line. And let’s get back to the biggest selling point on this stylish men’s shirt: That lightweight and ever-so-versatile fabric. It’s a garment-dyed cotton in a fine yarn (as the brand says, the same quality often found in dress shirts), and it’s woven to be breathable, lightweight and soft.

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In short, it’s that button-down shirt to throw in the summer’s heat, right before you grab a cold Miller High Life. It’s one of the best men’s shirts for just about anything and everything, seasonal getaways and (safe) casual days at the office included. Plus, because the Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt is priced so nicely (at $98), it’s not a stretch to say you could buy more than one depending on the colors you fancy. Does that check all the boxes when it comes to your new favorite spring and summer shirt? I’d say it certainly does, my friends.

SHOP: The Grayers Portofino Poplin Shirt

The Thursday Buy: Upgrade Your Holiday Sweater Game with this Classic Grayers Cardigan

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A classic shawl cardigan to rock all winter long.

Lately, we’ve been talking quite a bit on the blog about the best sweaters for men, the sort of critical layer you practically need by the closetful these days. With a casual and laidback holiday approaching quickly, let me be sure to add another rugged and classic winter sweater to your rotation: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan could become a new seasonal go-to. It’s the subject of today’s Thursday Buy for good reason, seeing as it blends all the hallmarks of Grayers (classic silhouettes, modern cuts and great fabric) into one easy-to-wear sweater. Heck, it’s one of the best men’s cardigans if you want timeless style to wear at home or on the road. And if your holiday plans are much more scaled-back and casual, you can easily rock this cool cardigan in a small gathering or on a Zoom hangout without missing a beat.

SHOP: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan 

Just one way to wear this standout casual cardigan for top-notch winter style.

The great thing about the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan is that it’s the type of sweater that works any day of the week, holiday weekend mornings included, and it does so with durability and style in mind. Your new favorite cardigan is made from a warm and hefty 17oz. French terry cotton fabric, akin to your trusted hooded sweatshirt yet with that much more polish. The upgraded silhouette means you can wear this atop a crisp white Oxford shirt alongside tan chinos day in and day out, yet you can also rock the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan atop a graphic T-shirt or henley with your favorite pair of faded blue jeans. To me, that sounds like an ideal uniform for a day of relaxing on the couch, college football on TV and beer in hand. How about that, ehh? Get yourself a cardigan that can do all of that — and much more. Get yourself (or someone you love!) the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan this year.

SHOP: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan 

See Now, Buy Now: These Stylish Grayers Shorts are the Best Summer Shorts Right Now

Essential summer shorts from Grayers.

Seeing as it’s Memorial Day and all, the time has never been more fitting to think about seriously upgrading your summer style essentials — and that’s where the best men’s shorts for summer come into play. Everyone’s summer plans are likely looking quite a bit different than previously thought — gone are music festivals, outdoor concerts & crowded beaches (for the foreseeable future). replaced instead by quieter times at home. Rest assured, style is as essential as ever, so the Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts are going to put in plenty of work this season. The best men’s chino shorts should be easy to throw on with a breezy slub tee or your favorite polo, and then forgotten about — in a way. That is to say, the fit, versatility and fabric should be so spot-on, you don’t have to worry about them. And that’s what these classic men’s shorts are offering today (and the rest of summer). The best shorts for men, in this case, start with a cotton-spandex blend that focuses on stretch and comfort (kind of like stylish chinos from Grayers), and the square front pockets make these more like rugged field shorts than baggy khaki cargo shorts from days past — these are both great things.

SHOP: The Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts

Rugged details make these a highly versatile, highly stylish pair of summer shorts.

The Burro color (as coined by Grayers) is stylish and versatile, making these slim chino shorts well-suited to wear with, say, a navy slub polo or a crisp white tee. Add in your favorite canvas sneakers for an afternoon or evening of enjoyment at the grill (crisp lager in hand), and you’ve got summer style that’s nicely adapted to the current times we live. As with most Grayers gear, these classic shorts are nicely priced  ($88 via Grayers), and are part of an extensive lineup of stylish men’s shorts from the brand overall. Remember: Although you’re grilling at home rather than heading to your favorite rooftop restaurant, you can still look great while hanging out — and the Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts are going to help you meet that challenge quite nicely.

SHOP: The Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts

#OOTD: This Is the Right Way to Wear a Blazer This Winter

Finding the right blazer for winter presents some challenges. You want to nail the fit and the quality, for one. But you don’t want to shell out high triple-digits for a stylish winter blazer (as you might find at a retailer like Bonobos or J. Crew nowadays). So, what’s a guy to do? That’s what today’s #OOTD is diving into — and our featured blazer, the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat — is a heck of a perfect blazer for cold weather, and it’s certainly one of the best men’s blazers you can snag now. That it checks that critical box while also providing quality and a great fit (plus an agreeable price) is simply too good.  And the great thing about a tailored-yet-casual jacket like the Hutton Sportcoat is the ease with which it pairs with your other favorite men’s style essentials, from a Taylor Stitch Everyday Oxford to classic khaki chinos and stylish leather chukka boots. You  know what’s even more critical when it comes to the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat? That all-important winter fabric and texture, geared for warmth and seasonally apprpriate style.  So, ready to change the way you think about your winter blazer? That’s great, ‘cuz I’m ready to get after it. Good luck out there!

 

The Blazer: Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat (Huckberry Exclusive), $195  — Ahh, yes — the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat that we previously discussed. As classic a winter blazer as it gets, Grayers has nailed the perfect balance between classic and casual tailoring.

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Black Everyday Oxford, $98 — Think mixing black and blue is a no-no? The handsome, stylish Oxford shirt that is the Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch should dispel that notion — it’s a crisp, classic men’s Oxford.
The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Travel Chinos in British Khaki, $128 — In keeping with the classic nature of this #menswear ensemble, reach for, fittingly enough, a classic pair of men’s chinos made with versatile, travel-ready touches. Taylor Stitch does it again.
The Boots: Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots, $198 — Because we’re tackling how to wear a blazer for winter, durable leather chukka boots are going to be an absolute must — the Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots manage to be sleek and functional at the same time.
The Socks: American Trench Breton Stripe Socks, $14.50 — Why are there two pairs of American Trench socks in the above grid? Well, you get two for $14.50 — a stylish pair of socks to complete this outfit sounds pretty good, right?
The Belt: Levi’s Indigo Roller Belt, $48 —  Didn’t know that Levi’s made stylish men’s belts? The Indigo Roller Belt is unique in terms of color and texture, just what you should be looking for when it comes time to step out in style.
The Watch: Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch, $879 — Looking for an investment-level watch? The sharp, durable Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch is ready for anything — including being paired with a stylish winter blazer.
The Pomade: Rudy’s Shine Pomade, $22  — Because this look is ready for a holiday party or a day at the office in equal measure, a slick-looking haircut is a must — style it with Rudy’s Shine Pomade.

Are we now more acquainted with the best blazer to wear this winter? I think I’m ready for the season. The cold weather-ready nature of the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat makes it a perfect winter tailoring choice, and it’s reliably complemented by the classic Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — don’t be afraid to mix black and blue, folks.  The Taylor Stitch Travel Chinos are also a winning part of this look, giving you the style and flexibility to navigate slippery terrain with the durability of the Nisolo Emilio Chukka Boots. The Alsta Nautoscaph II Watch is also a perfect winter watch pick, mixing a tough design with sleek, dressy-yet-casual style. Accessories like the Indigo Roller Belt and the American Trench Breton Stripe Socks help tie things together, too. Ready to step out in style for winter? You’ve got this, I know it. Just rock the Grayers Hutton Moleskin Sportcoat, and you’re in business.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Bayswater Fleece

A new fall and winter layer from a brand that nails the balance between casual and classy style.

My dear friends, it’s time for another Style Pick of the Week — are you as excited as I am? Let’s get pumped. If you’ve checked your calendar as of late, perhaps you were as shocked as I was to see that it’s … NOVEMBER. Seriously — where did the fall season go? That means we’re transitioning to colder temperatures and dressing in rugged fall style essentials all the way. And that means … well, that the Grayers Bayswater Fleece is going to be a new go-to layering move for you. The Bayswater Fleece is the type of modern update to a classic piece that Grayers does so well — slightly preppy, slightly classic and very easily wearable no matter how you style it. The brand draws inspiration from a mix of Americana and British styles, named for the type of pants that became so popular in Britain decades ago. As it were, the Bayswater Fleece is the type of piece that would work on a chilly British morning, maybe as you traipse across your country estate. But I digress. Made from heathered French terry twill fleece, the Grayers Bayswater Fleece is a perfect shirt for casual weekend style — part shirt, part jacket, that is. With two hand warmer pockets and two chest button pockets, it’s the sort of layer you can toss on with ease atop a slim striped henley or a classic chambray shirt — that’s about all you can ask for.

An easygoing silhouette that’s ideal for throwing on with the simplest of looks.

If you’ve been looking for an in-between layer to throw on for a casual stroll through your favorite park or a quick farmer’s market trip, the Bayswater Fleece is it. And if you want a shirt-jacket that you can wear to travel in comfort and style, the Bayswater Fleece is a winner in that regard, too. It adds instant polish to even the simplest of looks, like a classic men’s T-shirt or a vintage-inspired flannel shirt. And if you feel like layering up to take on a chilly fall or winter day? The Grayers Bayswater Fleece fits right in with a quilted field jacket and slim chinos (don’t forget rugged leather boots, either). And on top of its easy-to-wear styling potential, small design touches like those chest pockets and hand warmer pockets provide ample space for all your everyday carry essentials — don’t underestimate the importance of that. So, have you come around to the idea of grabbing the Grayers Bayswater Fleece for seasonal layering? Some pieces just make so much sense that it’s tricky not to buy them — right? Oh, and the good news is that it comes in under $100 via Bespoke Post. Add that to the list of positives, too. Yes indeed, if I were you… I’d make the Grayers Bayswater Fleece my next purchase. Want to let me know what you think of this piece? Hit me up on Twitter.

As always — thanks for reading!

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: The Grayers Newport Chinos Are Your New Everyday Pants

A finely crafted pair of chinos available for a solid price from Grayers.

There’s never a wrong time or place to wear a pair of classic men’s chinos, right? Particularly when that pair of chinos just happens to be the Grayers Newport Chinos, yes? Yes, indeed. Whether in the middle of fall, early winter, late spring or late summer, stylish men’s chinos just work when it comes to men’s style essentials  — and that’s good enough for another entry in our ongoing See Now, Buy Now series as we move into November. With their roots in post-war functionality — G.I.’s wore chinos en masse after World War II upon returning home to the States — the classic chino features durable cotton fabric and a neutral tan (khaki) color, kind of like the Grayers Newport Chinos you see here. So, there’s a  bit of #menswear history to go with the stellar, easily wearable style you get from Grayers. The brand does a nice job taking classic staples and making them cool and casual; in this case, that means the Grayers Newport Chinos fit nicely and move well, thanks to the cotton-elastane blend. And helpfully, that should make the Newport Chinos the ideal pair of pants to wear for your next fall road trip — or just your next day at the office.  Simply sharpen up your look with stylish men’s dress shoes and an American-made Oxford, my friends.

With a simple-yet-crisp design and a slim fit (plus plenty of sizes available as of post time), the Grayers Newport Chinos are a reliably stylish addition to many a fall (and winter!) style ensemble. Wear them to your next tailgate with one of fall’s best jackets — just add stylish leather sneakers — or take them for a spin with a striped henley, a rugged denim trucker jacket and the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots.  Keep them on hand to wear with a rugged shawl-collar cardigan and a classic indigo shirt jacket, too. The hearty construction and durability of the Grayers Newport Chinos lends this pair to repeated wear through winter, too. Your favorite topcoat and a classic cold-weather blazer are the perfect foil to an easily wearable pair of stylish men’s chinos — at least, your Style Guide author thinks so. Let me know in the comments — how many pairs of stylish men’s chinos do you own? Will you be doubling down with the Grayers Newport Chinos this season?

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket

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The Montreaux Windbreaker from Grayers could be the casual jacket you never knew you needed — right? Pictured here with the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Indigo Star, plus my Original Penguin Stretch Scout Shorts, classic SeaVees Army Issue Sneakers and my Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

What’s got style, easygoing wearability and functionality built into one? The Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket, of course. It’s today’s Style Pick of the Week, and it’s perhaps the one jacket you need to buy now. OK, that’s saying quite a lot, if we’re being honest. But truly, the Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker Jacket is an unexpected #menswear move — it switches things up from a more typical rugged denim jacket in the later part of the summer, and it provides easy, breezy and travel-ready style all in one package. Certainly, the Montreaux Windbreaker is a decidedly effective way to combat late-summer chills once the sun sets — that’s certainly true whether you’re at a bonfire, heading out on a weekend trip or hanging around a backyard BBQ.

And best of all, it’s the kind of simple, classic and yet modern style that Grayers has so nicely perfected over the years. The Montreaux Windbreaker — also available in Navy — is nothing less than the kind of subtle, crisp jacket that you can throw on with anything — be it a stylish denim shirt or someting as straightforward as the equally stylish Grayers Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt. It’s a silhouette and overall look that’s as ready to go now as it’ll be in the spring — and when layered right, I’d wager you can likely get away with wearing it in the early fall atop a rugged crewneck sweatshirt.  When I took it for a spin myself during day two of the excellent Panorama 2017 music festival, I was certainly pleased with its durability and utility — and when you check out the details on this jacket, you might just decide you also need the Montreaux Windbreaker in your closet.

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Made from tightly woven polyester, this jacket delivers in terms of comfort and style.

In short, this jacket has all the trappings of a piece that’s really perfect for “grab-and-go” situations. Whether you wear it to dash to your favorite coffee shop or grab a casual lunch, I’d say it’ll serve you well. It’s got the type of sharp style that doesn’t draw attention to itself — again, perfect for pairing up with menswear essentials ranging from your favorite pair of jeans and stylish leather sneakers to classic suede chukka boots and a slim white polo. Truly, it can do all of that — maybe even in the same day. The functionality of the Montreaux Windbreaker lies in the tightly woven polyester construction — ideal for fighting breezes and summer rain,.  Heck, you should keep it handy to throw on with an American-made henley in the early part of fall; again, it’s just that versatile. And if you’re a sucker for small details — as I am — then touches like the leather zipper pull and stand-up collar should win you over. And when the time comes to throw it in your stylish weekender bag and hit the road, it’s going to pack up with ease. There’s not much standing in the way of you picking it up, either — the agreeable price on the Montreaux Windbreaker should help you save some extra coins to spend on another beer or two.

Will you be picking up the Montreaux Windbreaker to hit the road this summer and fall? Let me know in the comments below — thanks for reading! 

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Shirts to Buy For Summer

Quick, look at what you’re wearing. And if it’s not a stylish shirt for summer, I don’t know what to tell ya. Luckily, we here at The Style Guide can help today. While we’ve talked about the best transitional jackets for men, we haven’t quite gotten around to talking about what to pair with that jacket on breezy summer nights or rainy summer days — yet, we’re checking off that box today. After all, what are you going to wear when hauling your daily everyday carry in a stylish messenger bag? A great summer shirt, that’s what.  Yes indeed, simply designed, subtly stylish and well-made shirting is the way to go. Whether you go with a vibrant patterned shirt or a laidback classic Oxford, you really can’t go wrong. You’ll absolutely recognize the brands on this list, from Abercrombie and Fitch to Mott and Bow (they make shirts now!) and classic brands like Grayers. It’s a full set of tried-and-true brands that can easily go just about anywhere you want this season — be that planning for a Memorial Day weekend trip or picking out to gear to wear to the beach this summer. If it’s easygoing versatility you seek, look no further. See how I style my own favorite spring shirts over on Instagram, and keep up with my writing on Twitter in the meantime. Now, onto the picks!

#1. Outerknown Shibui Short-Sleeve Essential Shirt — $175

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A unique shirt with head-turning style and sustainability in mind.

If at first you found yourself balking at that price, bear with me here. Outerknown is the brain child of pro surfer Kelly Slater — a legend in the water who’s shown a knack for successfully launching a standout brand. Outerknown proves that sustainability and style can go hand-in-hand — it’s a premium approach that results in the price tag you see above, but the Outerknown Shibui Short-Sleeve Essential Shirt really is too good to pass up when it comes to unique-yet-versatile style. Wear this shirt with stylish shorts or slim swim trunks and definitely team it with slim light wash denim on weekends galore.
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#2.Abercrombie & Fitch Garment-Dyed Oxford — $39

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A shirt that calls to mind the Oxfords of years past, made with excellent fabric.

Ladies and gentlemen, you might recognize this shirt from my Instagram or indeed, from my Spring Style Wish List. The folks at Abercrombie and Fitch were kind enough to send it along as a gift, and I can certainly recommend it to you in good faith. This one calls to mind a well-worn favorite shirt, what with its garment-dyed fabrication. The colorway is just different enough from a plain white Oxford, and that makes it the type of shirt that works just as well with black denim at a rock concert as it does with grey chinos at the office.

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#3. Mott and Bow Graham Slim Buttondown Shirt — $79.98

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A pleasing color and slim fit make this new Mott and Bow shirt a must-have.

Entry number three on our list of the best men’s shirts for summer comes at you via Mott and Bow — lest you thought they only made your favorite pair of classic blue denim, they recently introduced a line of soft, premium and well-constructed denim shirts. The Mott and Bow Graham Slim Buttondown Shirt  in particular features a pleasing dark blue wash, exceptionally soft and breathable fabric, and the type of casual style that would work well for exploring Brooklyn (among other pursuits).

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#4. Grayers Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt — $79.98

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A reliable upgrade to your classic Oxford, with plenty of style points and exceptional quality built in.

Everyone needs a reliable Oxford in their closet, even in the summer — yes? It’s the type of shirt to pair with everything from a classic pocket tee to your favorite lightweight navy blazer, and you can wear it in all style situations. That goes for casual Friday and that certainly rings true for a  weekend coffee date. So, why the Grayers Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt? Well, folks — Grayers uses some of the best fabric in the business, and that means the Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt is a reliable layer on breezy beach nights and early mornings alike.

 #5. Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt in Midnight Cowboy — $79 OR La Paz Leao Polo — $115

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Two polo shirts for the picking, both made with soft fabric and featuring slim fits.

Because it wouldn’t be summer without a smattering of classic polos in the mix, I’m pleased to present to you not one, but two slim and well-made polo shirts for the season. The Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt in Midnight Cowboy upgrades the brand’s classic Player’s Shirt with a sharp silhouette and soft fabric — as you might recall from this #OOTD on how to wear light wash jean.  And as to the La Paz Leao Polo?  Well, my loyal Style Guide readers … it features French terry construction, a  reliable fit and Portuguese-made construction. Not bad at all, ehh?

Alright, thanks for the applause. Wait, you are cheering, right? When picking out a summer shirt, the same exact keys apply as they do the rest of the year — start with quality and comfort, plus a great fit. That’s where reliable polo options like the Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt in Midnight Cowboy and the La Paz Leao Polo perform so admirably. And if it’s sustainability and eco-friendly style that you see, the Outerknown Shibui Short-Sleeve Essential Shirt is going to be your best friend for barbecues and beyond. And for seasonal versatility — and again, great quality — the Grayers Jaspe Double Cloth Shirt is the way to go. Of course, don’t rule out a classic Abercrombie and Fitch Oxford, either.  It’s certainly tough to narrow any list down to just five, so let me know of any picks I missed via the comments section. Excited to see what y’all come up with!

And as always — stay stylish.

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Layer Up This Winter

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, first things first — I hope y’all had a great Christmas. I know I enjoyed spending mine with family in lovely, sunny Florida (you can check out the full trip recap here). And with that being said, it’s time to get back to dressing for a decidedly colder NYC winter — perhaps it’s chilly where you are as well, and if that happens to be the case, well … The Style Guide is here to help with the latest entry in our #OOTD series. We’ve discussed casual cold-weather style moves this fall and winter, from dressing for a weekend coffee date to layering up with a crewneck sweater. The below #OOTD builds on that approach with a bit more tailored flair. It seems there re a myriad number of ways to go about dressing for a cold day — either on the weekend or during the week — but what about when you feel like mixing more formal pieces into a casual ensemble? Say, when dressing for Sunday brunch and a stroll around town, or a nightcap at your favorite local watering hole — times when you could wear jeans but, well, don’t quite feel like it. We’ve all been there, right? The below #OOTD mixes in picks that are both classic and casual, durable and slightly dressier. I won’t ruin all the fun, though — the entire #menswear ensemble is below. As always, your comments are appreciated and welcomed — seriously!

A mixture of rugged and refined pieces for winter layering.

A mixture of rugged and refined pieces for winter layering.

The Jacket: Grayers Montana Waxed and Quilted Parka, $225 — The jacket in this look — available via the fine folks at Huckberry — is exhibit A when it comes to a heritage-inspired, yet surprisingly versatile, piece. And if you live in a more temperate climate, the Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket also works in this instance.

The Shirt: JackThreads Plaid Poplin Shirt, $39 — The great folks at JackThreads do casual shirting as well as anyone in the business, and this slim-fitting plaid shirt provides a welcome pop of winter-friendly color. You could always throw on something like the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt if it’s particularly cold.

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The Pants: JACHS NY Navy Herringbone Suspender Pants, $125 — This is the part of the ensemble where high-low style comes into play — these nicely tailored cotton herringbone pants feature an eye-catching windowpane pattern that’s just different enough from the large plaid shirt to work.

The Belt: Tanner Goods Classic Belt in Hickory, $99.98 — First off, why a belt with suspender pants? Well, it’s nice to have the option, and not everyone owns a pair of suspenders — ya dig? And if you’re going to invest in a beautiful brown leather belt, one from Tanner Goods is the way to go.

The Boots: Thorogood Dodgeville Boots in Cognac, $375 — Maybe it’s just me, but I find it very hard to pass up a great pair of durable leather boots — and the Dodgeville Boots are equal parts handsome, tough and ready for situations both a bit dressier and more casual.

The Socks: United By Blue Ultimate American Sock, $29.98 — Lest we forget that it’s likely freezing outside when throwing on this outfit, you’re going to need tough, warm socks. The Ultimate American Sock  has all the comfort you need.

The Watch: Timex + Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph, $158 — If you haven’t acquainted yourself with the ongoing Timex + Todd Snyder collaboration, this is a great time to start. This particular watch is tough, durable and handsome.

The Scarf: Abraham Moon for J. Crew Wool Scarf, $59.50 — Even right down to your accessories, you can add a few dressier touches. This beautiful plaid wool scarf plays nicely off the orange plaid shirt and the windowpane trousers — and it’s relatively affordable for the quality.

Frank & Oak

So, do you feel prepared to take on the cold? Maybe? Just a bit? I hope so. The key with dressing for cold winter days is mixing tried-and-true favorites with unique pieces — that is to say, it’s nice to be able to wear your favorite brown leather boots with something a bit more eye-catching, like the Grayers Montana Parka. Tough and rugged accessories like the reliable-as-heck United By Blue Ultimate American Socks are going to provide nice contrast to dressier pieces (like the J. Crew wool scarf), and you can hardly ever go wrong with a heritage-inspired leather watch from the likes of Todd Snyder. Don’t forget that you can mix and match these pieces during the work week, too — particularly the navy windowpane trousers. If you’ve got questions or feedback on this #OOTD, let’s hear it in the comments. Layer up and stay warm out there!

-Beau