Style Pick of the Week: Rhodes Dean Boots

Sleek, dependable leather boots to get you in the spirit of fall (slowly but surely, of course).

OK, folks. Bear with me here: Although it’s still August, why are we talking once more on the blog about the Rhodes Dean Boots (as seen here)? There’s still plenty of summer left, to be sure, but there’s never a bad time to grab a pair of the best men’s boots — and besides, the Rhodes Dean Boots are sleek, stylish  & affordable, plus they’re available for a heck of a deal at Huckberry. Again, bear with me here — perhaps, the heat is so bad in your neck of the woods you can’t bear the thought of putting on rugged leather boots. And that’s OK! The earlier you can start prepping for one of the best seasons in menswear (that’d be fall), the better. There’s really no better place to start building out your cadre of fall style essentials than your collection of rugged leather boots — trust me on that.

Every guy needs a great pair of leather boots in his closet for when temperatures take a turn downward, and the great part is, if you can’t stand to wait until September or October to break out the Rhodes Dean Boots, they’re actually lightweight enough to be worn with, say, slim light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley in August. It all starts with the little details. Crucially, you’re getting the sort of quality and style you expect from Huckberry, seeing as they’re made in Portugal from premium materials like rich, premium calf leather designed to resist odors and provide breathability at the same time.

A sleek toe shape that still manages to convey rugged style.

SHOP:The Rhodes Dean Boots

You’re also getting the ability to mix and match as you go along — for instance, the Rhodes Dean Boots come in both cap toe (as seen above) and plain toe options, all the better for going slightly more rugged or slightly more sleek. And given the fact that the Rhodes Dean Boots are available in rich, early fall-ready colors like Rust (my personal favorite) and Honey, they’re a wise investment to make up front. Of course, they wouldn’t be a pair of the best leather boots without design touches like a Texon insole with an anti-shock foam layer (crucial if you happen to be wearing these to a brewery or a rock concert). And small details like speedhook lacing and raw leather laces offer up the rugged styling you crave when it comes to a pair of the best leather boots. Again, while it might seem early to be thinking about picking up a pair of the Rhodes Dean Boots, it’s truly never too soon to plan ahead.

SHOP:The Rhodes Dean Boots

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Style Pick of the Week: Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

A tough watch to wear whenever you need one to set the tone for your day.

Your hunt for the best field watch — yes, that’s right, the very best field watch — just ended. I’m bringing that news to you today with this latest Style Pick of the Week, because the watch in question is the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch, and it’s the timepiece you need for all your summer adventures (and then some). In fact, what with its rugged durability, tough functionality and stylish looks, it could just be one of the best men’s watches in general — try it for yourself and you just might agree. As I always say, any piece of gear sold by Huckberry has the right things going for it, baked in from the very start. In the case of the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch, that says quite a lot. From the substantial-but-not-overly-large 40mm diameter to the 316L stainless steel case, this rugged field watch delivers the goods, making it a prime watch to wear on your next day hike or a camping trip … or else, just to grab a six-pack of your new favorite beer to hang around the bonfire. It’s also exceedingly lightweight, the perfect watch to wear on your wrist when you want to keep it simple (think a slub T-shirt and your new favorite light wash jeans, for starters).

SHOP: The Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

One of many distinctive features that sets this watch apart.

But the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch is no ordinary watch, the kind you need to treat delicately — it’s got a strong Seiko automatic movement and again, that tough stainless steel case. It’s also domed with tough crystal that just so happens to be 3mm thick; this is a substantial, tough watch with distinctive time-telling hands and oversized numerals for ease of reading. Add in the fact that the dial features vintage-lumed numbers, and you’re looking at a rough-and-tumble watch you’ll want to wear all the time. The black-and-green combo is your author’s personal favorite, the type that’ll stand out especially nicely when worn with dark indigo denim, classic chukka boots and a classic men’s tee for easygoing, happy hour-ready style. It also retails for a shade under $300, seriously not a bad price if you want a dependable, do-it-all watch — you best not waste any time when it comes to picking up the Undone Basecamp Standard Watch (pun very much intended). Have any experience with this watch? Let me know on Twitter. Cheers!

SHOP: The Undone Basecamp Standard Watch

The List: Gear Up for the Rest of Summer Right Now with these Men’s Style Essentials

Just one of many essentials you’ll need to enjoy summer — right now.

You see those stylish summer slip-ons from Nisolo pictured above? They’re one of just many keys to unlocking a laidback, easygoing summer (for the rest of the season, that is to say). And there are oftentimes some seriously straightforward ways to make it easier on yourself. That’s where today’s post comes in. You can find some of my favorite gear picks from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog (and plenty more places!) outlined below. Once you dive into these men’s style essentials for the rest of July and August, there’s no telling where you’ll want to go next. Have any thoughts on other must-have men’s gear picks? Let me know on Twitter.

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip-ons — $178 

The perfect middle ground between dressy and casual when it comes to summer footwear.

Aren’t these just calling out to be worn on vacation? Now, there’s a major difference between the best pair of slip-ons and your standard, flimsy flip-flops. The Nisolo Alejandro Slip-ons are nothing to slouch at, as easy to wear with slim chinos and a stylish summer polo as they are with chino shorts and your favorite T-shirt.

Faherty Brand Beacon Trunks — $98

The eyecatching summer swim trunks you need in your life (and your wardrobe).

You know Faherty Brand for expertly cut flannel shirts and stylish cardigans, but what about must-have swim trunks for summer? Like the Beacon Trunks? Consider these vacation-ready.

Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Short-Sleeve Shirt — $70

Your new go-to summer shirt? It very well could be.

If ever there was a modern, stylish short-sleeve shirt that looked like it should be worn by James Bond, it might be the Banks Journal Business and Pleasure Shirt. A breezy fabric and a classic fit make this a winner from the Huckberry Summer 2019 Catalog.

DuFrane Barton Springs 656 Diver Watch — $656

An astonishingly durable watch for summer adventures.

Aptly named according to the price, the DuFrane Barton Springs Diver is the must-have watch of summer, made so that it doesn’t miss a beat — it can go from the beach to the boardwalk to the bar with ease, so that means it’s one of the best men’s watches out there right now (seen previously in my guide to what to wear to happy hour).

SLVDR Keck Tee — $50

The perfect summer T-shirt? You be the judge of that, my friend.

The search for one of the best men’s T-shirts remains elusive and challenging — yet, if you want a retro-inspired change of pace, reach for the SLVDR Keck Tee, then wear it with stylish high-top sneakers and stylish slim jeans. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Mercer Jeans in Olive — $118

A change of pace from the typical — in the best way possible.

If you’re the type who still loves wearing slim jeans in the summer, then just know that not every pair you wear has to go full-on light wash — these Mott and Bow jeans in a handsome shade of olive are simply perfect for all those other times.

Roark Revival Layover Shorts — $65

Functional zippers and comfortable fabric add another dimension to these stylish shorts.

Functional summer shorts are actually out there — if you know where to look. And the travel-ready Roark Revival Layover Shorts are as functional and dependable as it gets. Easily some of the best shorts for summer I’ve tested this year.

Pantropic Tucson Fedora — $134

A breezy summer hat that’s made the right way.

Don’t start by writing off the fedora just yet — the Pantropic Tuscon Fedora is a stylish summer hat that wouldn’t look out of place with a camp collar shirt and breezy linen pants on your next beach vacation.

Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask — $150

The potentially perfect sipper to bring to your next bonfire.

Is a heritage-quality flask a true must-have part of your everyday carry? Well, that’s debateable. But the Tom Beckbe Bottle Flask could be the perfect companion on a breezy summer evening stroll (beverage of choice not included).

Mott and Bow Classic V-Neck Tee in California Blue — $32

The right V-neck tee to wear on easygoing summer days.

OK, back to menswear. Summer is all about laidback style — and this stylish V-neck T-shirt, again from Mott and Bow, is a lot more well-made than V-neck T-shirts of years gone by (looking at you, American Apparel). Wear it with Mott and Bow jeans, if you feel so inclined.

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt — $125 

A Western shirt unlike any other on the market, and that’s a fact.

Another standout from Taylor Stitch? Assuredly. This classic Western shirt gets a modern upgrade in a lightweight, cotton-hemp blend. Wear it with a pair of the brand’s standout chinos for maximum effect.

Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie — $345

A tough suitcase that can fit absolutely everything you need (and then some).

So, you’ve got all the stylish summer gear you could ever want … but nothing in which to pack it for your next summer adventure. That changes with the Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie, one of the toughest, best rolling suitcases for all your essentials.

Shop contemporary and independent label men's and women's fashion at Need Supply Co. Click Here!That’ll turn the page on another edition of The List — are you feeling ready to take on the rest of summer? And which of the above gear picks will you be buying? I’m a big fan of a classic Western shirt from my friends at Taylor Stitch, but I also can’t get enough of the Roark Revival Layover Shorts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below — and thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: The Wellen Hemp Polo Is the Best Polo for Summer

A breathable, sustainable, stylish polo to wear all summer long.

It’s pretty simple, in my mind: Wellen, the new in-house brand from our friends at Huckberry that’s focused on both sustainability and style, is making the best new polo for summer, and that’s a fact. That’s certainly high praise, but as one would expect from the fine folks at Huckberry, it’s praise that can easily be backed up by the Wellen Hemp Polo. It all starts with the use of both hemp and organic cotton, creating a unique fabric blend that’s breathable and yet not flimsy — that’s critical if you’re looking for versatility in your summer polo (I.E. The type of polo that can be worn on its own or underneath a classic cotton blazer or a rugged denim trucker jacket). The variety of colors shown here is also an asset — take your pick among options like Washed Navy (seen below) or a very James Bond-esque Black.

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Polo
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The Wellen Hemp Polo can even be dressed up, if you please — try it with tan chinos and leather loafers at the office, or wear it in a more laidback fashion with durable field shorts and white vintage-inspired trainers. It’s kind of like an upgraded take on your favorite T-shirt in terms of style and versatility, as it were.

A personal favorite option in terms of color and style.

Yes indeed, the Wellen Hemp Polo is among the best men’s polos you can pick up, particularly if you’re concerned with treating the environment with as much care as you approach your wardrobe (both should be priorities!). So, the fabric is a bonus and the fit is easygoing-yet-versatile — what’s not to love, right? Wellen is a brand that’s easy to love across the board, all thanks to a combination of organic, recycled and also Bluesign-certified fabrics, plus production focused on sustainable and ethical factories (that goes for the brand’s denim as well as pieces like the Wellen Stretch Chore Coat). Those are huge bonuses in my mind — and again, don’t forget that the Wellen Hemp Polo assuredly reigns supreme among other polos on its own merits, fabric and sustainability aside. So, are you going to add the Wellen Hemp Polo to your wardrobe this summer? There’s no time to waste.

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Polo

 

#OOTD: The Best Way to Dress for a Laidback Spring Day

I’ll tell you this — we haven’t yet run ouf of spring style tips here on the blog. No, sir. Today, we turn to tried-and-true, much-loved brands like Taylor Stitch — and the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket — to get you outfitted the right way for your next casual spring outing. I’m not talking about a post-work outing, but rather … a rare day all to yourself. Maybe spent shopping at an outdoor market, enjoying a long brunch, sipping on some afternoon beers at your favorite brewery … all those pursuits that seemed to go away for a while during the winter. This is the gear to wear to do, well, whatever you want (within reason — nobody’s hopping on a cross-country flight with just a few hours’ notice, are they? Are you?). At any rate, you’ll be able to pick out gear from essential men’s style brands you know and love. In addition to the rugged-yet-not-too-heavy Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket, we’ve also got the perfect spring T-shirt, a pair of slim black denim, and some classic high-top sneakers, all geared to help you look polished and put-together — yet casually cool. That’s what spring is all about, right? To get the full look, keep scrolling. And to see how I’m dressing for spring, you can always head to my Instagram. Cheers!

All the best men’s style essentials you should keep handy for a lovely spring day.

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Beach Cloth, $228 — We’re assuming it’s going to be breezy out there, and the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket has been uniquely revamped here for the season — use it as the centerpiece of this #OOTD. Quite possibly spring’s perfect jacket.
  • The Classic Tee: Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Slub Tee, $38 — You can really never fail with one of the best men’s T-shirts on the market (new from F&T), especially if you want to keep things quite casual.
  • The Slim Denim: Levi’s Made & Crafted 511 Slim Fit, $168 — A great pair of slim black jeans might be the key to nailing an off-duty fit — the Levi’s 511 Jeans are very, very tough to top.
  • The Sneakers: Colchester High Top Sneakers, $79.98 — Leave your dress shoes — and yes, even your rugged leather boots — at home, because these stylish high-top sneakers could become a new spring favorite.
  • The Stylish Leather Watch: Martenero Ace Watch, $595 — At once bold and subtle, this seriously cool watch from Martenero complements the rest of this #OOTD nicely.
  • The Belt: Line of Trade Veg-Tanned Leather Belt, $65 — Don’t get too fussy here — don’t worry about matching your new favorite leather watch and your belt precisely, leave the dress belt at home, and reach for this stylish casual belt instead.
  • The Everyday Carry: Bexar Goods Co. Vertical Card Wallet, $99.98 — A handsome, stylish leather wallet you’ll want to bring with you everywhere.
  • The Spring Essential: Duke Cannon News Anchor Grooming Tonic, $15 — For a slick, sharp, cool ‘do, this grooming tonic gives you what you need with just a bit of that “devil-may-care” edge for spring and summer.

When you’ve got the time and opportunity to customize a spring weekend day to your liking — a rarity, but they do happen — your ensemble should reflect that. So, for taking on spring breezes and giving you the space to layer up in a way that’s cool — not stuffy — the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket is precisely the way to go. Heck, all those pockets mean this could be the one jacket to wear for a spring weekend (Think: Space for your phone charger AND keys!). It’ll also team nicely with the Flint and Tinder Heavy Slub Tee, again one of the best men’s T-shirts out there. And along with that, there’s long been no pair of jeans better suited for casual-yet-sharp style than the Levi’s 511 Jeans — just what the doctor ordered for looking cool and yet put-together. The same can be said for your footwear selection: It’s tough to go wrong with a pair of stylish high-top sneakers, all the better for keeping you comfortable and on-trend. We’re accessorizing here with an insanely rugged Martenero timepiece, helped along by a stylish casual belt — again, worry not about matching these two. Last but certainly not least, an outfit this excellent (in my opinion) calls for a stylish leather wallet that you should feel proud reaching for when out to dinner or drinks — and you should be proud of the way your hair looks, too. In that case, you can’t go wrong with Duke Cannon Grooming Tonic.  To me, this outfit has it all — what do you think? And where will it take you this spring?

Style Pick of the Week: Huckberry Vintage Trainers

Winter is a surprisingly great time to buy stylish sneakers — find out why.

Shop Faherty BrandNow, the featured #menswear pick in today’s post — the excellent Huckberry Vintage Trainers — might surprise you a bit. After all, we’re in the depths of winter, so why am I recommending you buy a pair of the best men’s sneakers? It’s simple: When you find a great deal on any type of style essentials, no matter what, you should go for it (provided you can financially, of course!). And in this case, the Huckberry Vintage Trainers are assuredly one of the best pairs of men’s sneakers to buy now, then keep close by come spring and summer. And if you live in a more temperate climate? Well, you’re in luck, because the Huckberry Vintage Trainers can be worn darn near every day of the week … starting right now. It’s refreshing and exciting to see the great team at Huckberry continue to churn out excellent new footwear, and the Huckberry Vintage Trainers — based on an old vintage Italian military sneaker — are just the latest in that very stylish line.

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So, here are the goods on the very cool, very stylish Huckberry Vintage Trainers. Long story short: There are only 100 pairs of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers kicking around, so you’ll want to act quickly. They’re also affordably priced at under $200 for the type of style and quality you’re getting, including the comfortable leather-lined interior and the use of premium suede and leather on the upper.

A low profile and a gum rubber sole make these an excellent sneaker purchase.

The clean design of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers is also to be applauded, from the noticeable lack of branding to the cool gum rubber sole. That sort of design means these sneakers are tailor-made to wear with a classic shawl cardigan, your favorite pair of faded denim, and a rugged henley for a winter coffee run. But the beauty of a classically designed pair of sneakers like the Huckberry Vintage Trainers is that they can work when you need to go a bit more tailored, too. Try out the Huckberry Vintage Trainers with a tan herringbone blazer, a classic chambray shirt and slim black denim at the office on a more casual day, or pair them with a tailored wool suit and that same chambray shirt for a mix of high-low style. Add a refined leather watch and perhaps a classic peacoat, then call it good. Keep in mind, folks, that’s just how you can wear them during the winter months! You’ll want to keep them handy to pair with slim shorts and a stylish graphic tee on many a spring weekend, too. But for now, your first priority should be snapping up a pair of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers before somebody else does. Hop to it!

SHOP: The Huckberry Vintage Trainers 


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See Now, Buy Now: The Lisboa Francisco Flannel Works with Your Entire Winter Wardrobe

A unique flannel shirt that bucks the lumberjack-type trend.

Don’t have a warm, cozy and stylish flannel shirt in your winter wardrobe? Particularly as we approach the end of November (and Thanksgiving!), it’s pretty critical that you get that taken care of. And in that regard, the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt is going to be the flannel shirt of your dreams. OK, that’s high praise … but it’s true, at least in some senses.  And if you’ve been keeping up with the blog — I sure hope you have! — you’ll know that we’ve been slowly but surely shifting our attention toward winter style essentials, the type of classic and timeless pieces that are going to keep your warm in style this season.  And hey, if you need a SUPER last-minute shirt to wear for Thanksgiving this year? Give the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt  a shot. Rest assured, this isn’t your average flannel — the Navy Clay Plaid color and pattern is much more unique than a standard red-and-black flannel, for starters. The Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt also takes a bit of a different approach than your typical flannel workshirt, cut slim to wear on its own or beneath a navy herringbone blazer for more dressy style. The organic cotton of the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt is also brushed for softness — no scratchy texture here, no sir.

And when you feel like switching things up from a classic Oxford shirt or a timeless chambray shirt, the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt  is a unique option that pairs with slim tan chinos, your favorite pair of broken-in denim, or navy corduroys in equal measure. If there was such a thing as a “grab-and-go” shirt, the type of shirt you throw on and then forget about, it would be the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt. It’s as suited to layer over a thermal henley as it is to wear with a textured knit tie, slim blue denim and classic chukka boots to the office. Don’t believe me? Well, then … you simply must try the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt for yourself.

Are you going to add the Lisboa Francisco Flannel Shirt to your wardrobe this winter?