#OOTD: How to Wear a Henley for Spring Weather (Or Working from Home)

There’s no doubt that things have been a bit  — OK, a heck of a lot — different these past several weeks around The Style Guide, and I’m sure that’s the case in your neck of the woods, as well. The opportunity for those classic spring outings (lazy afternoons at your favorite brewery, backyard BBQ’s, park walks) has become, well, a lot harder to come by — unless you’re making a point to BBQ at home with the family or take hikes with your partner or the fam, that is. And yet, we’ll press on in terms of the best spring style essentials for this new situation — and beyond. Specifically, let’s talk about a casual menswear staple you can wear to work from home or explore a (secluded) park on the weekends: I’m talking, of course, about one of the best men’s henleys. To be even more specific, I’m talking about one of the best short-sleeve henleys, a reliable-as-can-be layer that you can wear on its own or underneath your new favorite denim jacket. The rugged Reigning Champ henley in question could just be the casual spring basic you’ve been searching for, what with a tailored fit and the ability to be worn with tough leather boots and slim black denim (in the case of this #OOTD, at least). We’ve gone ahead and included other versatile gear picks for the season, including a durable everyday carry bag for when you’ve got to get organized in your workshop or on your hike. It’s a shame that, for now, this outfit might not work a ton of places, but rest assured, the time will come for you to wear a classic henley to get a refreshing beer — and when that time rolls around, this is the #OOTD you’ll need to wear.

Alright, my friends … doesn’t this #OOTD make you want to get out there and explore? Even just a bit? Rest assured, it still works for plugging in at home, working a bit in the yard, taking that solitary walk or a stroll with your partner … the best style should adapt to new situations, and I’d wager there’s not a place at the moment where a classic rugged henley (especially of the short-sleeve variety) wouldn’t work out nicely. That’s definitely the case when layered up accordingly with a stylish denim jacket in a unique cut and construction from Buck Mason, and the entire look gets an even cooler (yet comfortable!) edge with some slim stretch selvedge jeans for the utmost in comfort and timeless appeal. Heck, you can break those jeans in around the house, and then keep wearing them, well, the rest of the year. I’d say that’s also the case when it comes to rugged leather boots from Taylor Stitch, and to be specific, ones that slip on and off for ease of use. When this whole ensemble is paired up with the rugged necessities — like one of the most functional watches — it seems to me like working from home could even be … stylish AND enjoyable? Keep organized all the while with a durable nylon pack from Filson. And lest we forget … again, stylish socks make all the difference at home, so American Trench is your best bet. Taken together, this outfit is classic, cool-yet-edgy, and ready for some (socially distanced) exploration. When the time comes to venture to your favorite brewery or bar, well, you know exactly what to wear. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Slub Henley

First off: Happy Saturday, folks! And welcome to this week’s Style Pick of the Week.  With spring style transitions fully underway, it’s high time we layered up accordingly — right? And if you follow this blog on the regular, you’ll recognize that the right way to layer up in style this spring likely starts with gear from Flint and Tinder — true, yes? That’s definitely the case with today’s Style Pick, the essential, rugged and brand-new Flint and Tinder Slub Henley. Here at The Style Guide, we (and by we, I mean myself) love the brand for its blend of American-made quality, rugged style and classic looks. From the Flint and Tinder Texas Moleskin Shirt to more casual pieces like the brand’s Garment-Dyed Sweatpants, they’re tough to beat in terms of wearability and great looks across the board.  And that’s why we’re going to bat today for the Flint and Tinder Slub Henley. This piece gets quite a lot right in terms of essential spring style, from the unique Pewter color — ideal for a monochromatic pairing with slim stone chinos — to the textured slub fabric that would nicely offset stylish suede Chelsea boots and light wash denim. Yes, it certainly is a nice addition to the Flint and Tinder marled henley collection — trust me on that one.  Maybe if you’ve got a closet full of rugged men’s henleys — as I do — you might question the merit of adding another one. And yet … I’d say you should give it a closer look.

Beckett Simonon

Flint and Tinder

Lightweight, garment-dyed cotton and a vintage-style collar — just what you need in a spring henley!

The Flint and Tinder Slub Henley has some unique styling details going for it in addition to the garment-dyed fabric and spring-friendly colorway. The three-button collar on the Flint and Tinder Slub Henley calls to mind a band-collar shirt — and of course, a band-collar shirt might just be the one shirt to add to your closet this season. It’s a slightly vintage look that would fit right in with dark blue selvedge denim and your favorite pair of worn-in leather boots.  And the good news is, the lightweight American cotton construction of the Flint and Tinder Slub Henley should provide some leeway in terms of spring layering — for example, a lightwash denim jacket and perhaps the famous Flint and Tinder 365 Pant could make for a nice weekend ensemble.
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On the other hand, you could easily slide it under a stylish chambray shirt for a spring bar crawl,  or pair it with a tough spring jacket — say, a field coat — for on-the-go wearability. And like other Flint and Tinder gear, you’re getting an agreeable price for truly excellent quality — $58 isn’t the worst price in the world for a piece that can be mixed and matched with a  lightweight navy blazer or a slim leather moto jacket in equal measure. Again, it’s tough to top Flint and Tinder gear across the board — let me know via the comments if you’re picking one up, or drop me a line on Twitter if you’ve got questions on how to style it. All good? All good.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

-Beau