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.
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.
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.
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.
Layer up for the weekend with the best new spring jacket to buy right now — from Grayers,no less.
My friends, welcome to Friday, and to today’s Friday Read, no less. I had originally planned to be in Cincinnati on this very day for the second-ever edition of The National Homecoming, a standout fest curated by my favorite band — of course, The National. But the current state of the world means that fest is no more, so the best I can do is catch a livestream of The National in the meantime, and shop for some of the best new men’s gear. More importantly though, this weekend is Mother’s Day! Make sure you’re getting the ladies in your life something special — I like these Mother’s Day gift suggestions from Valet, as it were. Maybe you also feel like treating yourself, though? On that note, I’ve got my eye on that Grayers windbreaker seen at the top of the — it’s the Grayers Randolph Stretch Windbreaker, to be specific — for weekend adventures (social distancing required). How about you? If you’re going stir-crazy, perhaps the stylish spring jacket shown above can help you get out and about properly. After all, it’s not a spring adventure without one of the best spring jackets in tow, is it?
Let’s keep it rolling on the style and gear front. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to a pool or lake that still happens to be open (or heck, if you can get to the ocean), then this next post is going to be of interest to you (to say the least). Namely, I covered the best men’s swim trunks over at GearMoose, featuring brands like Flint and Tinder in the process. Get ready to hit the water (eventually), my friends.
Now, in the midst of all this craziness, I’d wager you’re still looking for ways to keep your style fresh and seasonally friendly. With that in mind, I’m going to direct you toward my ongoing series The List, covering the best new men’s gear for each and every season (and plenty of socially distanced occasions right now). It’s got everything you need to hang at home & explore on your own or with the family.
We’ll keep it focused on the blog here on last time before the weekend begins in earnest. Namely, if you need some stylish sneakers for the weekend, I’d suggest you check out GREATS Brand, and then take a good look at my guide covering how to wear white sneakers this summer. Even in these casual times at home, it still pays to look good. Well, my friends. That’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read. Thanks for stopping by, and have a safe weekend!
Get a tee, give a tee — a perfect way to give back to charity relief efforts.
As we kick off another Friday Read here on The Style Guide, we’re going to dive right in the best way possible: By highlighting a great way to give back to front-line first responders. Those relief efforts come courtesy of Huckberry, who just launched its For the Frontlines program. The scoop is this: Put your hard-earned dollars toward both style and a good cause through buying the Proof 72-Hour Frontlines Donation Bundle. You get a stylish merino tee for yourself, and another shirt is being sent to a frontline worker — how cool is that? You can also request a T-shirt of your own if you happen to be a frontline worker. If that’s the case, thank you on behalf of this small Brooklyn style blog for your extraordinary service. The cause is a noble (and stylish) one, so kudos to Huckberry for launching this program.
It’s heartening to see how so many brands are pivoting their operations and looking for ways to give back to COVID-19 relief efforts, is it not? Found under the New Arrivals section, you’ll come across a unique-but-crucial addition to the Grayers brand and its lineup of summer style essentials. That’s right, Grayers is now selling (non-medical) face masks in an array of cool-looking and high-quality fabrics. It’s a sign of the times, to be sure, but it’s a welcome way that the brand is giving back. Pick up a four-pack (or two-pack!) now.
NYC-based men’s shoes brand Ankari Floruss (started by prominent menswear aficionados Moti Ankari and Marcel Floruss), recently debuted its first-ever pair of slides for cool, refined at-home style. They’re handmade from 100 percent leather and retail for $117, with a portion of sales going to helping frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. I can’t think of a more stylish way to give back.
Is it really the weekend if you aren’t kicked back, cup of coffee (or cold beer) in hand, perusing some of the best menswear deals of the moment? Not quite. If you’re new here, I’m going to direct you toward another edition of The List — it’s my weekly roundup of the best men’s gear for plenty of different style situations. Rest assured, although we’re all at home, it’s crucial that you stay dressing in style. Correct? Indeed. OK, that’s all for today. Thanks for reading — stay safe, stay healthy.
Now, right off the bat, it might seem unconventional to recommend one of the best spring jackets when we’ve all been spending far more time off the road and inside than normal, but hear me out: The Grayers Frank Track Jacket is simply one of the coolest spring jackets your money can buy. It’s an essential you can throw atop your favorite T-shirt to take your family on a (socially distanced) walk, and you can even wear it on a day working from home. When the work day’s done and you want to try your new favorite lager posted up on the back porch (or your couch)? Throw on the Grayers Frank Track Jacket — in times like these, there’s nothing that one of the best men’s jackets for spring can’t do — are we on the same page? Great, let’s keep rocking. For starters, this classic spring jacket has the same casual feel as your favorite hoodie (it’s made with 100 percent slub French terry cotton, after all), yet has the polish a cool zip-up jacket brings to the table.
Here’s the rugged shirt jacket you’ll be wearing all spring.
Here we are on the verge of another spring weekend, and if it wasn’t clear by now, it should be clear to you starting, well, today: One of the best men’s shirt jackets is going to be an invaluable layer for this season, a surefire go-to you’ll wear all the time. And with that being said, the Grayers Ergo Shirt Jacket is as fine an example of any as an essential layer for spring. A tough, rugged-yet-versatile shirt jacket is just what a spring weekend like this one calls for, in fact. But right off the bat: If you’re not familiar with Grayers, this is a brand worth knowing (and wearing). The brand was born from co-founder Peter Georgiou’s time at Ralph Lauren and his love of history & menswear classics — Grayers was a nickname given to trousers worn by British schoolboys; these trousers eventually made their way to America as the country puts its own spin on prep classics. Pretty neat, right? And that same heritage and history carries through today with this military-inspired, rugged shirt jacket. It’s part of the excellent Grayers Spring Collection, which features classic shirting, durable outerwear and slim chinos (for example, the Grayers Newport Chinos as previously covered on the blog). But what makes the Grayers Ergo Shirt Jacket stand out from a crowded field of spring layering options? Allow me.
The details make the difference when it comes to Grayers.
The best shirt jackets for men feature some intangible (and tangible) qualities, for starters. The right shirt jacket should be able to function with ease atop everything from a classic white tee to your favorite henley — all the while, fitting trim but not too tight. The Grayers Ergo Shirt Jacket checks these boxes quite nicely and looks great while doing it — the midweight cotton twill and Olive Night color ensure seasonally friendly versatility that’s so crucial this time of year. The details are also on point when it comes to this rugged shirt jacket. The shoulder epaulets channel seriously cool military style inspiration, while the front button chest pockets offer room for your everyday carry essentials (and then some). And as if this stylish shirt jacket wasn’t functional enough, it features both zip and front-button closures — those small touches make it the perfect spring travel jacket, especially when worn with, say, slim light wash denim and your favorite chukka boots. If you hadn’t yet considered the Grayers Ergo Shirt Jacket to be indispensable in your spring wardrobe, it’s time to start thinking of it that way.
A classic, casual khaki blazer from an all-American brand.
Have you been through the ringer when it comes to summer weddings? Are you running out of things to wear, or heck … even any ideas as to what to wear to a summer wedding? Well, fear not: The Grayers Dylan Blazer is the blazer to wear to a summer wedding (or any seasonally friendly shindig, for that matter). It’s one of the best men’s blazers on the market, all owing to a combination of lightweight fabric, classic style & an impeccable fit from Grayers. Would you expect anything less, really? It all starts with the summer-ready shade of khaki, wearable with everything from grey chinos and a white linen shirt (for a breezy outdoor wedding) or slim navy chinos, brown suede loafers and a navy knit tie (for a slightly more formal affair). In short, the Grayers Dylan Blazer is your easy answer if ever you get stuck between wanting to look sharp and wanting to stay cool — never an easy task in the heat of summer (believe me, we’ve all been there).
This stylish blazer also stands apart compared to dressier, potentially more heat-inducing style staples. As much as brands have innovated to make suits lighter, there’s still the chance you’re going to be sweating before the reception starts — not so with the Grayers Dylan Blazer, made with a cotton-spandex blend for ease of movement. Note that the sleeves are lined in Bemberg, so it’s best to go lighter in terms of weight with your shirt (think a garment-dyed Oxford shirt or perhaps, a stylish short-sleeve shirt as a style hack). The way you wear the Grayers Dylan Blazer is ultimately up to you, seeing as it’s also versatile enough to be worn to the office with dark blue denim, classic suede chukka boots and a blue Oxford shirt (for starters). Again, you should rest easy knowing that your warm-weather style needs are more than covered when it comes to this handsome blazer.
So, it’s the night (or the morning) before another day at the office, and there you stand … with nothing in your closet to wear. Well, those days are gone. Today’s #OOTD will take a deep dive into how to dress for the office this spring, particularly if you work in a modern office — one where you might have to suit up for a big client meeting, but where you can get away with *gasp* slim dark denim and other polished, business-casual style staples the rest of the week. Now, we already talked about how to wear jeans to the office during fall and winter, so consider this a seasonal update. Take our picks below, from the classic Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt to a stylish spring blazer from Grayers — you see, it’s all about finding versatile pieces you can wear in more than one way. For instance, you could even wear the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt all on its own, sleeves rolled, if need be. But that’s not why we’re here today. No sir, we’re telling you all about the best spring blazer and how to wear it, and it’s being paired up with stylish Chelsea boots, a pair of the aforementioned classic indigo denim, and other picks you might not think can work at the office … but absolutely do. How do you take on the challenge of stepping out in style for spring? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading!
A mix of old and new favorites to get you ready for the office in style.
The Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in White Reverse Jacquard, $125— As essential for on-the-clock style as it is for off-duty relaxation, the collar roll of this classic shirt means you can wear it with or without a knit tie.
The Blazer: Grayers Newport Blazer, $195— From the Dusty Olive color to the cotton-spandex blend, this could be the best spring blazer for your wardrobe.
The Boots: Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, $348 — We’re not out of the woods in terms of spring weather yet, so these stylish Chelsea boots from Taylor Stitch blend form and function admirably — and they’re seriously sharp for the office.
The Watch: Carpenter Watches G4 Brooklyn Gent, $724.98 — A refined, classic leather watch like this handsome timepiece from Carpenter Watches never fails — especially at the office … oh, and don’t worry about matching up your leathers precisely.
The Finishing Touch: Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Boxer Briefs, $30— When is your underwear more than just underwear? When it’s made with possibly the world’s best fabric, Smartwool Merino. Perfect any day of the week.
Hopefully by now, you see the right way — or at least, one way — to make office dressing work for you. We’re not doing anything too fancy here, just pairing up a great spring shirt (theTaylor Stitch Jack Shirt) with a stylish spring blazer from Grayers for no-fuss, no-frills style that’s still a cut above the rest. And keep in mind that when you step out in slim Taylor Stitch jeans in an inky indigo color, you’re absolultely going to be polished enough for the office — the difference is that rich, dark blue color. As ever, stylish Chelsea boots from Taylor Stitch strike the right balance between rugged, casual & perfect for the office — especially if it’s a breezy, rainy spring day. And your accessories are keeping things nice and sharp, too. Take the office-ready nature of the stylish leather belt shown here — it’s as simple as that, and the combo looks even better when paired with a classic leather watch, specifically one that wears well at the office. The little details really do matter, which is why we’re recommending comfortable, durable Smartwool Merino boxer briefs, not to mention the right scent for any occasion — the Duke Cannon Solid Cologne in Bourbon. All told, this combo is the perfect way to dress for your office, no matter what day of the week. And again, yes … you can wear jeans to the office. Give it a try!
A morning coffee plus this sweater? Looks great to me.
Folks, it’s time to layer up for spring with the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew. It’s as simple as that, and this stylish spring sweater is where we begin today’s Style Pick of the Week. It’s high time you started thinking about lightening up the textures and colors in your seasonal wardrobe. It can certainly be tough to store away chunky cardigans and cable-knit sweaters when it seems like winter has the tendency to stick around so long, but the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew is the right sweater to help you make that transition. We sure do love the Grayers brand here at The Style Guide — they harness that crucial mix of everyday style, easygoing sensibility and a knack for making the right essentials at the right time (I.E. The start of spring). The Grayers Dalton Terry Crew is Exhibit A in that regard, made with visually interesting stripes in a fit that’s easy to throw on over a classic blue chambray shirt or a charcoal Oxford. It’s also made from French terry fabric for comfort and breathability — think the same fabric as your favorite hooded sweatshirt, yet in a silhouette that’s slightly more polished and ready to wear with chinos and classic white sneakers.
And in terms of other design details, the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew more than gets the job done. The raglan sleeve stitching can make your shoulders look broader — something that can help those of us who don’t hit the gym regularly. The crewneck collar also allows you to layer it over regular old T-shirts or a Oxford cloth buttondown, too. To your humble neighborhood menswear writer, the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew would look best when worn casually — atop a white Oxford shirt, with slim tan chinos and suede desert boots. Roll the cuffs of your chinos, rock the collar of the Oxford unbuttoned and roll up those sleeves to your show off your favorite casual leather watch, too. It’s a weekend-ready look that all comes together because of the easygoing nature of the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew — lest you think you’re going to shelve your sweaters for spring, it’s best to keep this one handy for cool spring nights and morning coffee runs. It’ll even layer nicely with an indigo denim jacket — when it comes to dependable off-duty style, there isn’t much that the Grayers Dalton Terry Crew can’t do. At least, I think so.
No crazy bells and whistles here, just a versatile sportcoat packed with classic design.
A brand like Grayers is one that comes up with plenty of frequency here on the blog. The Grayers Poindexter 3-Button Sportcoat is a perfect example of just exactly why that is. You want simple, easy-to-wear design? Yep. You want the kind of utility that transitions easily into spring? You got it. And you want an agreeable price for a sportcoat? The Poindexter Sportcoat has all your basics covered, and then some. It’s made with a rather unique blend of cotton and spandex, for one. If ever there was a jacket to grab and throw on as you head out the door in the morning, it’s surely the Poindexter Sportcoat. The three-button construction gives it a look and feel that’s a bit more casual — this is the type of jacket you could wear with jeans or chinos, and it’ll look equally at home. The Poindexter Sportcoat is also just a slightly different shade of blue from your average, dark navy sportcoat (although we here at The Style Guide are also big proponents of that style and versatility).
At any rate, it’s got plenty of benefits beyond just style. It’s also machine-washable, something you’re not getting from any other jacket in your closet (right?). Can you say “travel style”? Because that’s exactly what the Poindexter Sportcoat can provide — take this jacket, wear it with a white Oxford, dark blue denim and classic suede chukkas, and get ready to hit the road for a business trip or a weekend away. Seriously, it feels good (dare I say, cool?) to fly or travel via train when wearing a blazer — it’s the little details that make the difference. And when you want to look casual and cool, yet a bit more polished, in the late spring and early summer, the Poindexter Sportcoat can work equally well over your favorite T-shirt or polo. Add some chinos, some classic leather loafers and call it a day. Well, not exactly. Get out there and get work in style!