Style Pick of the Week: Howler Brothers Depot Jacket – The Most Rugged Jacket for Casual Winter Days

HB Fuzzy Depot Jacket

If you’re on the lookout for one of the most rugged winter jackets, the kind you can wear casually while still staying warm through blustery winter weekends, have I got just the jacket for you. It’s fitting that it’s up for grabs with Black Friday and Cyber Monday rolling through this weekend, but seriously, any time this fall and winter would be an ideal time to buy the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket. Make that an upgraded version of the famed Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, too. It’s the sort of jacket that blends old-school cool (note the trucker jacket silhouette) with the kind of warmth that simply can’t be beat for casual style situations. Now, it might not keep you the most protected in an intense blizzard, but for days where it’s blustery and chilly rather than snowing at a steady clip, consider adding the perfectly crafted Howler Brothers Depot Jacket to your seasonal style rotation. It fits right in with the rest of the Austin-based brand’s gear, which is built for good times on land, on the trail and beyond.

The regular edition of the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, one of the brand’s most popular items, is already done up in corduroy for plenty of seasonally friendly, cozy style. Here though, they’ve upped the ante with a sherpa fleece lining. It’s the kind of jacket your grandpa might have thrown on to head to work on a crisp morning, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

HB Fuzzy Depot Jacket

This year’s iteration of the sherpa trucker jacket has all the hallmarks of a new classic, too. The chest pocket and side hip pockets embody the iconic trucker jacket design while offering up a bit of space for some choice everyday carry essentials and Howler Brothers accessories (a bottle opener comes to mind, because this is one heck of a casual jacket for football tailgates aplenty). The Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is also the kind of casual jacket you can throw on at a moment’s notice without overthinking it, be it atop a rugged flannel shirt or your favorite henley (or both), and especially alongside a pair of broken-in blue or black jeans. Again, don’t overthink it when it comes to the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket.

It always pays off to have more technically minded outerwear options in your rotation when the time comes, but for blustery days and cool mornings, the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is a mighty fine option to have on hand. It’s also priced reasonably at $145, leaving you a bit of spare change left over to grab some Shiner Bock beer in a nod to the brand’s Texas roots. The Howler Brothers Depot Jacket is best worn alongside great friends with good whiskey and beer in front of a roaring fire. That’s how I’d rock it, at least. If you end up snagging the Howler Brothers Depot Jacket, let me know over on Twitter. Cheers!

The Friday Read: The Huckberry Undercover Sale, The Best New Boots for Men & Fall’s Best Jeans

Men's Chelsea Boot - Handmade Calfskin and Suede Leather | The Chance

Do yourself a favor and step into the weekend with some of the best boots for men on your feet, especially as we roll through late November, yes? And the boots in question you should be shopping come from one heck of a place: That’d be Tecovas, makers of the stylish leather Chelsea boots you see above, plus a whole bunch of both traditional and on-trend Western boots for men. I’ve gotten to know the brand over the past year-and-a-half or so, and consider this an early endorsement for your weekend: They’re absolutely a brand to know and shop, first launched by founder Paul Hedrick and focused on cowboy boots. These days, the Austin-based company goes just beyond cowboy boots and really does make some of the best boots for men (those Chelsea boots shown above in particular!). In short, you can expect to see a lot more of them on the blog going forward, but you’d do well to add to your rotation of stylish leather boots right now in the meantime.

It’s fitting that I’m kicking off today’s Friday Read talking about Tecovasas we speak, I’m actually in western Mexico (the famed city of Guadalajara, to be exact!) on a press trip with famed tequila brand Jose Cuervo! I’m visiting Guadalajara and Tequila to learn about the process behind making Jose Cuervo tequila, going out into the agave fields themselves and exploring the city and region in the meantime. There’s also an exciting Jose Cuervo announcement in the works, but I can’t quite share details on that yet. For now, how about you do yourself a favor and get some Jose Cuervo delivered for happy hour later via Drizly? I’ll be sure to report back on the trip, but for now, you can follow along on Instagram to get the full scoop. I’ll be enjoying my fair share of Jose Cuervo this weekend before trekking back to the States (negative COVID test in hand!), and with that being said, do yourself a favor and settle in to read about my top style, shopping and reading picks this weekend. Cheers!

Gifts | Huckberry
  • It’s never too early to start shopping for the best holiday gifts, is it? Of course, there’s one place I recommend above all others, and that’d be Huckberry. The Huckberry 2021 Gift Guide should be of particular interest this weekend, because now through November 21st, you can shop the Huckberry Undercover Sale to get the best deals on the site’s best-selling items (especially ones done up in all-black to fit with that undercover theme). Beyond that, it’s also an ideal time to shop early and often to get the best gifts for the rugged outdoorsman, the style lover and more in your life. What’s not to love about Huckberry’s Gift Guide and the Huckberry Undercover Sale, ehh?
A New Denim; Mott & Bow ‚Äď MaleCritique
  • I’ve talked on the blog in recent weeks about the best men’s sweatpants to buy for cozy holiday lounging – those would be from Mott and Bow, of course — but what about if you need something with some more polish? In case you needed a reminder (and especially ahead of the holiday season, where you need jeans you can wear with anything), Mott and Bow is giving first-time customers 10 percent off with the code beau10. If you’ve already tried out the brand’s classic blue jeans, then I can’t recommend enough that you return to the well again, so to speak, and shop more Mott and Bow.
  • I wear a lot of hats in terms of my menswear writing, including writing plenty of guides to the best menswear for The Manual. That being said, I think it pays off to have style resources at your disposal, and that’s why I love personal styling service Stitch Fix. You can also shop the brand’s Stitch Fix Freestyle program, which allows you to shop entire outfits at once. All that being said, my latest dispatch for The Manual covers the best outfits to buy now at Stitch Fix, and there’s something for everyone. Complete your profile, answer your style quiz and get started on finding the best men’s style essentials for you.

That’ll nearly wrap things up in my latest Friday dispatch, but I’ll leave you with one more style pick as I head into a weekend of tequila tasting (beyond recommending that you shop some of the best boots for men at Tecovas). Yes indeed, in addition to that, consider shopping one of the most affordable men’s shirt jackets right now at another Austin-based brand, Howler Brothers. Now, while that shirt jacket has sold quite fast, it’s always worth shopping the Texas purveyors of rugged gear made for adventures and good times. With that, I’ve got some tequila to drink. Enjoy the weekend and happy shopping!

The Sunday Sale: Score a Standout Deal on this Rugged Shirt Jacket from Howler Brothers

Quintana Quilted Flannel

There’s a time and a place to stock up on the most rugged fall menswear, and well, folks, that time and place is right now. Sure, today happens to be Halloween, and in that spirit, I’ve got a deal that’s spooky good on one of the best flannel shirts for the season (that’s the last of the Halloween puns, I promise!). Head over to Austin-based Howler Brothers and hit up the brand’s always well-stocked Howler Brothers Last Call section (as talked about previously on the blog) to find yourself a standout deal on a rugged shirt jacket (among other excellent discounts, that is). The shirt in question? It’s the Howler Brothers Quintana Quilted Shirt, the perfect blend of form and function for autumn — and a very hot-selling shirt, too. Crucially, it’s available for just over $60 right now at Howler Brothers, and it’s moving fast. Not to fear though, because Howler Brothers is jam-packed with plenty of other dependable, durable and stylish gear across the board. If you do decide to take the plunge on the Howler Brothers Quintana Quilted Shirt before it sells out, you’re getting one heck of a great deal.

It’s exactly the kind of deal and the kind of essential that makes the Howler Brothers Last Call such a great destination (and of course, a very popular one). The Howler Brothers Quintana Quilted Shirt is made from a blend of polyester flannel and cotton, giving it both stretch and a hard-wearing finish. The quilted shoulder yoke adds both distinctive style and a tough, fall-ready look to your wardrobe, so it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the best flannel shirts to wear right now — if you manage to snap it up before it’s gone, that is.

With oversized chest pockets finished off with snap hardware, it’s definitely more of a shirt jacket than a plain old flannel shirt, which makes it ideal to wear on day hikes, brewery visits or fall road trips. It’s helpful that those are all the sort of pursuits that the Howler Brothers team loves the most. They specialize in gear made for action, adventure and great times, and it’s also worth giving the new Howler Brothers Fall 2021 collection a look as you peruse the fast-moving Howler Brothers Last Call section. For now, the Howler Brothers Quintana Quilted Shirt should prove a highly versatile layer when thrown on over a classic henley and your favorite pair of blue jeans, for instance. You can also wear it unbuttoned over a Howler Brothers graphic tee for laidback, distinctly cool seasonal layering. Any way you choose to wear it, the Howler Brothers Quintana Quilted Shirt delivers in matters of style and substance, my friends.

The Sunday Sale: Stock Up On Rugged Fall Menswear with the Howler Brothers Last Call Section

40% off Howler Brothers Entire Fall Collection | Cool Material

It’s rare to find a brand that practices what it preaches as much as Howler Brothers. The Austin, Texas-based brand, found at retailers like Huckberry as well as online at its own store and in Austin at its own outpost, is all about seizing the spirit of adventure. It’s made all the better by the best deals on menswear in the Howler Brothers Last Chance section, the reason we’re here for today’s Sunday Sale. What makes this brand so special? Reader, I’m glad you asked. So named for howler monkeys that founders Chase Heard and Andy Stepanian encountered during a jungle adventure in Costa Rica, the brand is about blending form, function and rugged appeal. They mix technical fabrics — suited for fun on water and back on land — with silhouettes like puffer jackets, shirt jackets, short-sleeve shirts and more. It’s vibrant, it’s Southwest-inspired and yet, Howler Brothers menswear works just about anywhere there’s a good time to be had and stylish memories to be made.

In fact, the Fall 2021 Howler Brothers Collection — packed with technical shirts, cozy hoodies, colorful short-sleeve shirts and much more — is about seizing the day and taking on whatever life throws at you, in style (naturally). And yet, it’s the fast-selling Howler Brothers Last Chance section that’s particularly of interest (at least to this writer). Right now is actually a great time to get discounts on last season’s menswear and much more, believe it or not, be it the rugged Howler Brothers Harker’s Flannel or the go-anywhere Howler Brothers Stockman Stretch Snapshirt. Helpfully, prices tend to drop well below $50 or $60, and well below that, throughout the technically minded, rugged-but-modern Howler Brothers Last Chance section. What will you add to your rotation today? Be sure to let me know on Twitter.

See Now, Buy Now: This Shirt from Howler Brothers is the Coolest Shirt You Can Buy for the Season

Best shirts for men

Trust me — this might be the coolest shirt you can get your hands on.

Sorting through the best shirts for men — or really, any retailer’s shirting offerings — is sometimes quite the taxing exercise. Where to begin if you want a shirt that’s unique yet subtly stylish, and also not too wild? The Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt could be the way to go (at least, your friendly neighborhood style writer thinks so). It’s potentially one of the best men’s shirts for spring and summer, and it starts with the fact that it’s got a design unlike any other on the market (check out the front chest pocket designs). Howler Brothers takes great care in making gear that’s technical while blending the modern and the retro (take the Merlin Jacket as seen in this post on how to wear a denim shirt). Thankfully, the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt embraces those same qualities quite handsomely, featuring UPF15 sun protection baked right into the shirt — that’s not to mention the style points it’s got going for it.

The Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt just keeps winning in matters of functionality, too — it’s made with quick-drying fabric for breathability and ease of movement all day. To me, that means you can pair up the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt with slim light wash denim and your favorite chukka boots for a casual day of patio beers, or you can wear it with a stylish vest and tough field pants (plus the Huckberry Duck Boots) for a spring day hike.

A closer look at the details that make this shirt so essential.

Of course, I’d also recommend you wear that same outfit for post-hike plate of farm-to-table food. It’s all about the versatility in style (and in¬†your lifestyle) that a piece like the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt brings to the table (and your closet). And the rest of the small details make the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt easily one of the best men’s shirts for spring and summer,¬† from the vintage-inspired pearl snaps to the microfiber-lined chest pocket. It’s really tough to top the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt, don’t you think?

Online Shopping Picks: What to Buy For Father’s Day This Year

Can you believe it’s time, once again, to shop for Father’s Day? Or rather, finalize your shopping for Father’s Day? Or maybe … start your Father’s Day shopping? Whatever the case may be, your hard-working team of one at The Style Guide has you covered when it comes to what to buy for Father’s Day this year. No matter the dad in your life —¬†be it a¬†father figure or your grandfather — the picks below cover plenty o’ things that Pops might like to get this year, and it’s divided into handy categories. Whether Dad is a #menswear fan or prefers shopping for fine spirits to shopping for stylish sneakers,¬†you can find helpful gift ideas below.¬†The most important about the day,¬†though? Carving out some time to spend with family on Father’s Day. And if you’d like to maximize that family time, I’d wager you should get shopping while the gettin’ is good. Let me know what you’re buying for Father’s Day via the comments, or fire off a quick Tweet on Twitter. I’ll write back just as soon as I can. Happy shopping!

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Style:¬†Howler Brothers H Bar B Snapshirt — $69 OR Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie in Navy — $89

A stylish short-sleeve shirt or a casual-yet-premium zip-up hoodie — your call, amigo.

Don’t get Dad any old shirt for summer. And certainly, don’t just buy him any old zip-up hoodie. For a unique upgrade to Dad’s weekend BBQ style, the Howler Brothers H Bar B Snapshirt features a unique print, vintage-inspired design details (which he’ll appreciate!) and the kind of easygoing style that’s perfect for a summer vacation. And for a more casually minded Dad? Who doesn’t love¬†a premium zip-up hoodie? Yes indeed, the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie in Navy¬†is the best zip-up hoodie on the market, perfect for casual weekend hangs.

Spirits: Be Home Copper Bar Set — $39.98 AND W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit —¬†$47.98

Two picks for the dad who enjoys the art and nuance of a delicious cocktail.

Is Dad a big-time spirits enthusiast, the kind of guy who appreciates the art of a finely crafted cocktail? Bring a little of that same spirit home to him — after all, both of these gifts feature the functionality and smart, handsome design to fit right into a home study, den or kitchen. The Be Home Copper Bar Set is the all-in-one answer to mixing a delicious drink, and the W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit is the all-in-one answer to a key ingredient in said cocktail. Dad’s gonna love it.

Father's Day Gifts

Two options for two different kinds of dad — or maybe two gifts for the versatile dad?

If Dad’s a golf enthusiast, here’s the perfect gift to complement that new golf polo or putter (someone’s feeling generous this year). Make no mistake, the¬†Nomo Design Augusta Print¬†is entirely unique and eye-catching — perfect for Dad’s study. And if he’s more of a geography buff — or simply appreciates neat home d√©cor? The Erstwhile World Political Wall Map¬†is a super-premium (and yes, pricey) finishing touch.
Accessories, Part 1: Electric Leadbelly Sunglasses — $225

Sunglasses that seamlessly blend the retro and the modern.

File the Electric Leadbelly Sunglasses¬† firmly under your list of gifts for the “cool dad” — or the dad who just needs new shades. Electric makes its sunglasses with top-quality touches like Italian acetate and striking colors, plus the type of wearable style that fits in whether your dad is manning the grill or taking his favorite car for a spin on Sunday. He’ll be the best-dressed guy on the road —¬†particularly if you also gift him the Howler Brothers H Bar B Snapshirt¬†… right? Right?
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Accessories, Part 2: Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph —¬†$159.98

Watches for Father's Day

A sharp watch that works for dressy or casual situations — something a watch buff can definitely appreciate it.

A stylish dress watch and sharp sunglasses go hand-in-hand, do they not? The Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph¬†is a crisply designed watch that’s at once speedy, slick and … surprisingly office-friendly.¬†Seriously — if you’ve got one of¬†your own, you know what¬†I mean.¬†And if the dad on your list is an avid watch fan and wants a new — and distinctly wearable — timepiece to add to his collection, you’d do well to give him the ¬†Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph.

A significantly upgraded shaving experience for Dad at a great price.

Is your dad on or off the beard bandwagon? At any rate, Harry’s does excellent work when it comes to quick, easy-to-use and easy-to-buy grooming gear for dads (and normal guys everywhere). You can (and should) engrave the razor stand for a customized touch, and the special storm gray handle is a clean, crisply designed edition made specifically for Father’s Day.

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Home Furnishings: Angelpoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp —¬†$342.98

A smartly designed, functional and stylish lamp for the clean-cut dad.

If great style is all about small upgrades — and if giving gifts is about getting someone something they’d never buy themselves — then look toward an underrated home d√©cor opportunity for Father’s Day. Featuring classic design, handsome looks and the type of refinement befitting a stylish dad’s home study or office, the Angelpoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp¬†is at once smart and simple, necessary and very underrated. Oh, and yes … it’s expensive. But worth it for dad — right? (Maybe get the family to pitch in on this one, though).

Music: Barking Irons Rock n’ Roll is Dad T-Shirt — $49.00 AND “Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011 — $16.98 via Amazon

Two gifts for the dad who simply loves to rock.

Consider this music-themed gift set a one-two punch: Give one or the other, but for maximum impact — gift both. Barking Irons is a brand entirely inspired by downtown New York Cool, with its gritty tees crafted to be worn to a rock concert (or to the office under a navy blazer). And if Dad loves great rock music (heck, who doesn’t??), I’m positive he’ll be enamored by the recently released tome you see above, chronicling the history of NYC’s rock scene — again, the epitome of downtown New York cool — in the early 2000s. You up for it?

Alright, that’ll do it for this year’s Father’s Day gift guide. I hope the above list got your gears spinning — from the dad who loves style to the dad who loves iconic rock music, there aren’t that many ways to go wrong with the above gifts. You get comfortable, casual style via the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie in Navy, and you¬† get a few fancy spirit options via either the Be Home Copper Bar Set or the W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit. And lest we forget about handy everyday accessories, any dad could use upgraded sunglasses or a slick timepiece — the Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph¬†could be the new watch to buy now. Don’t overlook the little things, either — essential grooming gear from Harry’s never goes amiss, and a thoughtful (and again, pricey!) home piece like the Angelpoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp¬†is a surefire winner. So … what are you getting Dad this year? Let me know in the comments, and good luck shopping!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

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