Style Pick of the Week: Grayers Drake Stripe Luxe Polo – The Breeziest Polo for Spring & Summer

Best men's polo for spring and summer.

Where do you turn when you want the polish of wearing one of the best men’s polos, yet the easygoing style of rocking one of the best T-shirts for men? It’s a difficult balance to strike, but that’s what Texas-based Grayers has done with the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo, one of the best men’s polos out there — and one that’s so comfortable and breezy, it might even feel like wearing your favorite T-shirt. That’s pretty ideal to have on hand this spring and summer, yes?

First and foremost, it carries on the Grayers tradition of taking the classics and making them feel fresh and modern. You probably know Grayers for its rugged-yet-soft, essential winter menswear, but the brand has you covered across multiple seasons with picks like the luxe Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo, which also happens to be surprisingly affordable. In fact, you can snag it for under $70 right now, a terrific deal considering the soft-to-the-touch cotton-poly blend and versatile color options (more on those in a second).

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The Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo manages to feel streamlined and yet easygoing thanks to that fabric blend, and a range of dusty colors in shades of red, blue and orange add a suitably spring-like feel to your wardrobe. That’s the case whether you wear them with your favorite pair of chinos — something at which Grayers also excels — or with a pair of expertly faded slim blue jeans. It’s also worth calling out the fit of the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo — it should prove modern and flattering, especially with a dressy three-button placket.

The placket design should add some depth and a more substantial feel, while also making the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo the sort of polo you can wear with ease under your favorite summer blazer (or on its own, of course). Naturally though, this polo is relaxed enough in terms of style to team with chino shorts and canvas sneakers (cold beer and grilling essentials sold separately, of course). No matter the color you select, you can be sure the Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Polo delivers quality, versatility and perfectly appropriate spring and summer style. That’s a guarantee, and a menswear essential worth buying, right? Yes indeed. Happy shopping, my friends!

The Tuesday Steal: Get An Extra 30 Percent off At the Grayers Winter Menswear Sale

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There are certain, well, certainties when shopping around for the best seasonal menswear, like the fact that the season is, eventually, going to start to wind down. But that’s where, you the discerning menswear shopper, are in luck, because that’s the best time to buy versatile gear you can wear into early (or even late!) spring. Enter the Grayers Men’s Winter Sale, one terrific source to get an extra 30 percent off your favorite winter menswear with the code EXTRA30. Deals like these don’t come around too often, as I say, and they certainly tend not to stick around for very long, either. Perhaps you already recognize Texas-based Grayers (so named for the preppy grey flannel pants, or “grayers,” worn at boarding schools back in the day). as the makers of one of the best shirt jackets for men.

Better still, you might know the brand as the purveyors behind the well-stocked Grayers Last Call sale section, an always-reliable source for the best menswear deals of the moment — and another great place to go if you don’t find anything you like in the Grayers Men’s Winter Sale. On that note though, I should think it’s going to be mighty hard not to find anything you enjoy among the best men’s winter style moves. Still with me? Keep on scrolling.

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Within this frankly outstanding (and yet fast-moving!) menswear section, you’ll find rugged shirt jackets, some of the best henleys for men and plenty more picks you can start wearing now and keep on rocking through blustery spring days. Beyond that, the Grayers Men’s Winter Sale also offers stylish men’s chinos, stretch corduroy pants and an array of classics from the nicely designed, super-soft Grayers Athletics line.

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Many of these deals might seem too good to be true, with prices falling well below $100, but again, that’s what makes the Grayers Men’s Winter Sale a popular one these days. Heck, at last check, you’ll even find a classic men’s corduroy blazer for under $150. How’s that for one of the best menswear sales out there, right? If you end up finding something you like — no, love — within the Grayers Men’s Winter Sale, be sure to drop a comment below. Cheers and happy shopping!

The Sunday Sale: Shop the Grayers Last Call Section to Get the Best Deals on Menswear

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Believe it or not, sometimes, finding the best deals on the best menswear just involves a one-stop shop of sorts. And today, that one-stop shop for the best fall menswear (and the best gear for this season and beyond) comes from Grayers. Let’s get more specific, though: It’s the Grayers Last Call section that’s got all the gear you need right now, from easy-to-layer shirting to lightweight sweaters, shawl cardigans, cotton blazers and plenty more. The best part? Most of these Grayers men’s style picks are now marked down under $100. It’s nearly as easy as closing your eyes, moving your mouse around the page and then determining if you like what you see. Alright, so perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but if you haven’t checked out the modern-meets-prep takes on menswear as delivered by Texas-based Grayers, it’s worth a look.

Beyond that, a selection of goods like the Grayers Last Call section is actually a great place to find deals on some out-of-season items, be it stylish chino shorts or printed short-sleeve shirts. That way, when it comes time to plan out that tropical getaway this winter, you’ve already got some fresh gear close at hand. Now make no mistake: Since plenty of these deals are so stellar, sizes are moving quickly. It’s understandable: When some of the best fall style essentials (and spring and summer essentials for that matter) go on sale, you’d do very well to snap up these discounts right now. If you like what you end up finding, let me know on Twitter. Happy shopping!

See Now, Buy Now: This Grayers Shirt Jacket is the Most Classic Fall Layer to Shop Now

The dawn of a chilly fall day is no time to be left out in the cold, literally or figuratively speaking. That’s why you need one of the best men’s shirt jackets, and that’s where Grayers — masters of blending prep and modern style — can help you out in a big way this season. The Grayers Fremont Rugged Twill Shirt Jacket, you see, is the perfect blend of rugged and classic, the sort of shirt jacket you should have close at hand on drafty cabin days or afternoons in front of the fire at home in equal measure. It’s all part of a jam-packed Grayers New Arrivals section featuring super-soft fabrics, expert designs and just the right blend of old-school and current.

It’s the Grayers way, after all (if you’ll recall, Grayers was the term given to gray flannel trousers worn by British prep school students). Peter Georgiou co-founded the brand with his wife Joanna, and turned his love of history — and 11 years of design experience at Ralph Lauren — into a brand that does things its own way, and the right way. Yes indeed, the ever-so-rugged Grayers Fremont Rugged Twill Shirt Jacket belongs in your corner (and on your shoulders) this season.

The Grayers Fremont Rugged Twill Shirt Jacket does more than just look super-soft and cozy. It lives up to its name, using a 9oz. yarn-dyed cotton twill with a stone-washed finish to provide burly warmth and tough layering potential, especially over, say one of your favorite henleys for fall. It’s also built like a true shirt jacket, with two front-button flap chest pockets to hold your everyday carry essentials, plus slash hip pockets to warm your digits on chilly fall and winter days. And since it’s one of the best shirt jackets for men, well, that means you can wear it for work or play, on a day hike or splitting wood, or simply lounging by the fire. It falls right in line with the entire Grayers collection, which features everything from warm flannel shirts to tailored chinos.

If you felt so inclined, you could wear the Grayers Fremont Rugged Twill Shirt Jacket atop a white Oxford shirt alongside tan Grayers chinos — the Insignia Blue color gives it a suitably dressy finish, after all. When the day dawns cold and clear, you’ve now got the perfect layer to reach for time and time again. Make it the Grayers Fremont Rugged Twill Shirt Jacket, and plenty of warm fall and winter days await.

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

The Friday Read: The Best Sustainable Brands, The Best Swim Trunks for Men & A New Windbreaker

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?

But, we move on to the rest of today’s post. What have you been reading? Listening to? Watching? I’ve found some serious enjoyment in adding to my vinyl record collection, picking up favorites like “Singles” by Future Islands and the new Hamilton Leithauser record, the soulful and timeless “The Loves Of Your Life.” Might I also suggest you check out some high-quality record player options to spruce up your listening experience — if that’s your jam? Hours of weekend enjoyment await. For now though, let’s get into my picks this week. Be sure to join us for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and stay safe in the meantime.

But one of the many sustainable, rugged options you should consider shopping from Wellen — via my latest post for The Manual.

Your new favorite dive watch — available now for pre-order.

    • Here’s what you might call a crucial Kickstarter campaign reminder. We’ve talked in the past about how great Martenero watches are, and here’s your reminder to pre-fund the brand’s first dive watch, the Martenero Belgrano, ASAP. The campaign is giving you the chance to snag an exceptionally stylish stainless steel dive watch in four fresh colorways that call to mind classic dive watches. Crucially, if you pre-fund this watch now before May 21st (it’s set to ship this September), you’ll get it for a substantial discount (hundreds of dollars less!) than the retail price of $790. This is one of the coolest watches to buy now — the hardest part will be waiting for it. Again, pre-fund it now ASAP.
    • 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!

-Beau

The Friday Read: New Jeans from Mott and Bow, Work-From-Home Footwear & Grayers Face Masks

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.

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In the meantime, there are other ways you can give back to COVID-19 relief efforts. For instance: Head to HELM Boots to pick up your new favorite leather boots, then use the code “donate20” to get 20% off your purchase — while $20 goes to relief efforts. It’s a great inititiave with some excellent benefits from one of the most stylish boot brands I’ve come across. There’s also plenty more covered in today’s Friday Read when it comes to new gear, including the best new dive watch on the market (available for pre-order right now from Martenero — more on that below). Now that we’ve covered those items of business, what else is on your weekend to-do list? I’m looking forward as always to tucking into some strong coffee (this time via the Brooklyn outpost of Ninth Street Espresso) and playing a new vinyl record I just got in, the terrific 2017 album “Antisocialites” from Canadian indie rockers Alvvays! Are you a fan? And how are you using your added time at home this weekend? Give me a shout on Twitter, and enjoy the Friday Read below.

Now’s your chance to get an early deal on one of the best new dive watches around.

  • OK, let’s talk watches for a second — like the stylish dive watch shown above. If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a coveted Martenero timepiece (as seen here on the blog), you know they’re the real deal. This stylish watch brand is back in a big way with yet another opportunity to crowdfund a new timepiece — the  Martenero Belgrano is one of the coolest watches to buy now (well, pre-order, at least). Here’s the deal: It’s Martenero’s first dive watch, paying homage to classic models while delivering style all its own. 200 meters of water resistance and a crisp, sharp design help blend fashion and function, and the 316L stainless steel construction ensures plenty of durability. Right now, you can pre-order the Martenero Belgrano for an early bird special of $299 (it’ll ship this September), with prices increasing from there if you don’t snag the deal in time. Act quickly, because that’s a great deal compared to the full retail price of $790. If looks and design are any indication, Martenero has just come out with your new favorite watch — maybe pick up one in every color if you feel so inclined. 

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  • Here’s your reminder that that yes, yes indeed … you can still shop for and try on some of the best men’s jeans to wear at home. Crucially, stylish jeans with stretch are the kind you should be searching for, and that’s where NYC’s Mott and Bow (a longtime favorite of mine) comes into play. Right now, you can use the code beau10 to get 10 percent off your first purchase at Mott and Bow! Keep in mind, the brand also makes stylish henleys and some of the softest, coolest T-shirts known to man. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your spring at-home style.
  • 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.

-Beau