To me, it feels like we were just lacing up our rugged leather boots and gearing up for fall & winter, and yet, just as with the shifting tides of the ocean, the menswear world rolls on … and so here we are, talking new spring style essentials. The world is going pretty haywire right now, so all of these picks might not work right now as originally intended — but who said you don’t need great style at home? And who said you don’t need to gear up to get things done outside, too? More specifically, today’s look still provides a timely answer to that age-old question: “What do I wear this spring?” — and to be even more specific, what do I wear on a breezy spring day? The type of day that might unexpectedly bring rain & wind, yet you’ve still got to get out there? Today’s #OOTD steps right up and answers that question decisively, from the stylish rain jacket (via J. Crew) to the classic Blundstone boots that’ll help you navigate slick city streets and wet country roads in equal measure. The fact that the outfit ties in reliable standby pieces like a classic overshirt is a big positive, but rest assured, this is an outfit that’s still got some office-ready polish — that’s all owing to touches like versatile everyday pants from Western Rise, plus a classic everyday watch. We’re not abandoning layering in favor of full-on summer style just yet though, so a luxurious T-shirt is your critical base layer here (more on that in a moment). The key when it comes to dealing with spring weather? Being ready for anything, from unexpected rain to high winds to a late night FaceTime happy hour with friends, and so on. Today’s #OOTD will get you there, mark my words. If you like what you see, be sure to hit me up on Twitter to let me know. Thanks for reading!
Layers to help you fight spring rain, plus stylish accessories.
- The Rain Jacket: J. Crew Brunswick Rain Jacket, $148 — J. Crew continues to expand its repetoire in new and pleasing ways, such as this ultra-stylish and functional rain jacket — quite possibly the perfect piece of spring outerwear.
- The Rugged Overshirt: Flint and Tinder Chamois Overshirt, $138 — There’s a chance that breezy spring weather could get ever-so-slightly chillier than expected, and that’s where one of the best men’s overshirts from Flint and Tinder comes into play.
- The Refined Tee: General Issue Short-Sleeve Tee, $85 — General Issue launched last year with a focus on making refined men’s basics, such as this expertly cut T-shirt — it’s ready to be layered with ease on a breezy spring day under your rugged overshirt, and it also looks great the rest of the time on its own.
- The Pants: Western Rise Diversion Pants, $138 — For getting around in style this spring, reach for these new, versatile everyday pants from Western Rise — they’re abrasion-resistant and feature four-way stretch, so in short, they’re the perfect pants for your next spring adventure.
- The Boots: Blundstone Original 550 Boots, $195 — Rain-ready, rugged and durable, the Blundstone Original 550 Boots are some of the best boots for spring (and well beyond) — regardless of how much it actually rains.
- The Watch: Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, $1,395 — The demands of spring weather call for a tough everyday watch — and yes, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, while quite pricey (to say the least) is one of the best new watches to buy right now.
- The Everyday Carry: Billykirk x Flint and Tinder Standard Issue Tote, $165 — No matter where you’re heading this spring, a rugged tote bag is the perfect everyday carry addition — and it helps that this stylish tote is from Billykirk & Flint and Tinder.
- The Grooming Essential: Doji Natural Deodrant Spray, $10 — Keep your grooming on-point this season with a handy natural deodorant spray that just so happens to be very affordably priced.
Dealing with spring rain and breezy weather comes down to more than just throwing on a rain jacket and calling it a day — in the case of this ensemble, layers are ever-more critical with each passing day (and each passing storm, for that matter). Kicking things off with the excellent, highly functional J. Crew Brunswick Jacket is assuredly a smart move, as is adding one of the best men’s overshirts from Flint and Tinder — and to top it off, a premium T-shirt from General Issue adds both visual interest and comfort on a chilly spring day. When spring weather starts up though, anything can happen, so you assuredly need some of the best boots for spring — Blundstone has you taken care of. Those boots, while a bit bulky, are still able to readily pair with your versatile everyday pants from Western Rise — that combination should offer ease of movement and plenty of style (heck, I’ve tried out the Western Rise Diversion Pants and am a big fan of them). Now, it wouldn’t be a complete outfit with a durable, classic watch like the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68, would it? You’re investing in that timepiece, to be sure, but you’ll have it for years and years to come. And no matter what you’ve got to haul around — be it gear for work or your favorite book — a rugged tote bag will keep your everyday carry in fine form. And last but not least, stay fresh with a natural deodorant spray that’s quite easy to use. Does that about cover everything when it comes to versatile spring style? Why yes, yes I think it does.
You might have a picture-perfect idea of the type of day for which today’s #OOTD might fit. It’s a little bit brisk, but not too much so … it’s sunny … but it might rain later … and you’re looking forward to indulging in some early spring sunshine and perhaps, a classic spring beer. So, what are you wearing? Well, let’s start things out with a stylish rain jacket that just so happens to be weather-ready, then let’s add a slim cashmere sweater, a classic Taylor Stitch shirt, and travel-friendly pants. How does that sound? Not bad, right? The key with dressing for a breezy spring day involves recognizing that you’ll need to be prepared for anything — brunch could lead to a farmer’s market trip, which could lead to patio beers. Or, heck, you might just be wondering what to wear to the office this spring. At any rate, I feel confident the below gear picks will suffice. That goes for the durable waterproof boots we’re recommending, along with the classic field watch on your wrist. I think you’ll be that much more ready for the season when you read all about the rest of today’s men’s style essentials below. Now, who’s ready for a Founders Solid Gold?
What do you get when you blend a lightweight, durable jacket with spring style essentials? This #OOTD, of course.
- The Stylish Rain Jacket: Proof Storm Shield Parka, $297.98 — Like we said, it’s breezy and rainy out there. This dependable parka from Proof will keep you dry and won’t slow you down.
- The Sweater: Wills Classic Cashmere Crewneck, $160 — Lightweight-yet-sharp layers are crucial in the way of spring style essentials — and a slim cashmere crewneck definitely fits the bill.
- The Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in White Reverse Jacquard, $125 — We sure do love the fit and look of the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — it’ll stand out nicely underneath your new favorite spring sweater.
- The Pants: Proof Rover Pants, $98 — We’ve talked in the past about how to wear the Proof Rover Pants (to your favorite brewery!), but this #OOTD shakes it up a bit — we’re all about mobility, comfort & style.
- The Boots: Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots, $525 — When you want to fight spring rain, turn toward these rugged leather boots, finished with wax for extra water resistance. Tricker’s delivers again.
- The Stylish Socks: Topo Designs Town Socks, $18 — It’s all about keeping your accessories stylish yet subtle — these Topo Designs socks also happen to be mighty comfortable.
- The Watch: UNIMATIC U1-E Watch, $615 — For style on the go, it doesn’t get better than a tough field watch — this UNIMATIC watch stands up to the elements.
- The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote, $289 — Last but certainly not least, we turn to our friends at WP Standard to deliver what just might be the perfect spring travel bag. Or the perfect bag for your commute. You get the picture.
It’s not every day you get to put together an ensemble full of men’s style essentials to take you through plenty of different style situations — just like the picks shown above. It all comes together thanks to the functional rain jacket from Proof, perfect for taking on spring showers or simply serving as another layer when the temperature dips unexpectedly. From there, it only gets better: A slim cashmere crewneck is a lightweight, comfortable layer atop the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and if it gets too hot out? Simply ditch the sweater. The Proof Rover Pants are also a winning essential, made to move with you no matter where your day takes you. The same can certainly be said for the dependable, rugged leather boots from Tricker’s shown here — pair them up with a set of Topo Designs socks for all-day comfort. When it comes to your everyday carry, you can never go wrong with a tough field watch — ideal for the office or your favorite brewpub. And what to bring along to keep all your gear safe? That’s easy. Simply reach for what could be the the perfect spring travel bag from WP Standard. There we go! What’s your take on this early spring #menswear ensemble? Let me know via Twitter. Cheers!
The fun part about the slowly changing seasons has to be the potential for renewed energy in what you’re wearing — and what you’re able to do outside. Been feeling cooped up inside all winter? Today’s #OOTD on how to dress for spring (or early spring, at least) is downright essential and just plain fun when it comes to outfitting you in the men’s style essentials you need. It all kicks off with the need to layer up the right way, whether your idea of a spring adventure means a visit to your local park or a day hike upstate. For that, we’re turning toward the Topo Designs Field Shirt and some essential outdoor pieces (like the Topo Designs Field Pants, as luck would have it). A rugged parka made from waxed canvas helps keep you dry in the elements, while we’re accenting the rest of this outfit with durable leather boots, a field-ready watch and plenty (believe me, plenty) more standout picks. It’s just a matter of mixing and matching them for the occasion — and again, the slow transition into a new season brings with it a host of opportunities to dress for exploration. A new coffee shop?A new outdoor art exhibit? Add in a few craft brews, suit up with the below spring style essentials, then call it good.
A mix of rugged, outdoor-ready pieces and versatile style for spring — get out there.
- The Parka: Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka, $398 — A rugged, tough parka that’s going to stand up to rainy, blustery weather and keep you warm — well-done as always, Flint and Tinder.
- The Shirt: Topo Designs Field Shirt, $89 — If you’re going to take on a spring adventure (be it a day hike or a casual park stroll), you might as well dress the part with Topo Designs — the rich Plaid pattern is cool without being too outdoors-y, while the organic cotton features a soft brushed interior for easy layering.
- The Pants: Topo Designs Field Pants, $89 — More gear from Topo Designs? Indeed. The Field Pants feature midweight organic cotton twill for durability, plus a classic straight fit for ease of movement. Wear them to your favorite brewery after.
- The Rugged Boots: White’s Boots MP-M1 Boots, $600 — These rugged leather boots can work out in the field or in the city, heading out on a short hike or heading out for an Old Fashioned — easy as that.
- The Adventure-Ready Watch: Jack Mason Field Camp Watch, $175 — You need a stylish field watch that can handle anything your spring adventure throws your way, and Jack Mason has come through with one that’s understated and functional.
- The Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino Crew Socks, $32 — How hard can it be to find comfortable, stylish socks? Quite hard — these Proof Merino Socks solve that problem for all of your spring excursions, though.
- The Durable Bag: Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Canvas LAND Duffel, $395 — Maybe your spring adventure involves a picnic or hauling a ton of gear, or some rough-and-tumble chores in the yard. Either way, the Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Duffel is ready for all of it. Talk about a durable everyday bag, am I right?
- The Hat: Corridor Natural Vege Suede Cap, $45 — In the event of too much rain or too much sun, this American-made cap from Corridor again marries function and style nicely.
It truly wouldn’t be the start of a transition to the new season without rugged, go-anywhere layering pieces like the Topo Designs Field Shirt, would it? The same can be said for the rugged, dependable Topo Designs Field Pants — and those two pieces are stellar building blocks for the rest of this ensemble. You’re getting a dose of weather-ready style & versatility via a rugged, tough parka from Flint and Tinder, too — versatility in spades, my friend. Heck, it’s that kind of easy wearability that would allow this outfit to work in a variety of places, from an art gallery visit to a hike to an early spring rooftop happy hour. Complementary items like the Jack Mason Field Camp Watch drive that point home nicely, too. What’s more, rugged leather boots give you crucial performance you’re going to need during all sorts of spring excursions, from your local park to that new distillery in town. And although they can be hard to find at times, comfortable, stylish socks pull the whole outfit together, allowing you to stay on your feet for hours at a time. Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention the importance (in matters of both functionality and style) of an American-made cap from Corridor. The whole ensemble also gets a nice, functional lift from the Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Duffel, which is well-suited for travel or for everyday adventures. The only question now is where exactly this #OOTD is going to take you.