See Now, Buy Now: Duke Cannon’s Bourbon Solid Cologne Is The Perfect Winter Scent

An elegant, masculine, rugged cologne from Duke Cannon.

When it comes to the best grooming essentials for winter, there are plenty of bases you’re to need to cover, from keeping  your skin hydrated to ensuring that yes, your scent game (scent game?) is on-point. Ladies and gentlemen, on that note, I’m pleased to point you toward Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne, inspired by the rich oak scents found at Buffalo Trace Distillery — it’s seriously cool, and that unique craftsmanship makes it one of the best solid colognes for men (if not the best). Let’s get right down to it: The way you smell, the type of cologne you wear on a daily basis, can elevate your ensemble and your mood from good to great … to really great. And if you haven’t yet tried out a solid cologne, you’re going to be mighty pleased with Duke Cannon Solid Cologne. This sharp solid cologne is a handy and easy-to-use cologne option with a pleasingly masculine smell that’s not overpowering in the slightest — that’s a huge benefit compared to other colognes you might have been using (and Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne is  a far cry from the AXE spray found in locker rooms of days gone by).

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

A well-designed tin holds your new favorite cologne.

Now, if you’ve read the blog, you know that Duke Cannon is about more than just proper, extremely well-made men’s grooming essentials — they also give back to organizations that support military veterans, and the brand makes all of its must-have grooming picks right here in the United States. What’s not to love about that? But back to the exceptional Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne. The Oak Barrel scent is rich and quite pleasing to smell, and it’s the perfect cologne for winter because of that — there’s just something about this time of year that calls to mind rich whiskey, cold weather and warm fires.  Wearing this Duke Cannon cologne to the office or to your favorite brewery or distillery is a bit like capturing that vibe in a bottle (or in well-designed tin, if you catch my drift). The bottom line is this:  Duke Cannon makes some of the best men’s cologne on the market, and this is a brand worth trying if you’re looking to upgrade your grooming this year.

SHOP: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s White Jeans, V76 by Vaughn & Portland, Maine

Happy Friday, folks! We made it through another week, but I’m not done with my work just quite yet. Namely, we’re kicking off today’s post by telling you about the one product — just one — that can give your fresh spring haircut a lift (as seen above!). That would be the excellent V76 by Vaughn Texture Clay, an American-made men’s grooming essential that provides a medium hold and nice separation while moisturizing your hair. Say adios to your old winter ‘do — I’ve loved trying out the Texture Clay this week (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I can’t recommend it enough. The Blue Cedar fragrance is mighty pleasing, and it’s also made without parabens. Simply perfect. Now, to other matters in menswear.


We’ll have another Style Pick of the Week coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the meantime, it’s pretty neat to be able to cross another city off my travel bucket list this fine spring weekend — for me, that’d be Portland, Maine, a City I’ve long wanted to explore for its reputed beer scene and small-town Northeast feel. I happen to be trekking there this weekend to enjoy the likes of great Northeast coffee & Allagash Brewing beer, to go along with a show (always a show!) by remarkable up-and-coming pop star Maggie Rogers! I’ve previously seen Maggie play two sold-out shows back in August 2017 at the wonderful Brooklyn Steel, and this Saturday night show at the State Theatre should be no less remarkable! I particularly love her debut album, “Heard It In A Past Life,” and am so excited for what should be a transcendent evening (truly!).

Have any suggestions as to what I should do in Portland? Hit me up on Twitter (find me via @BoKnowsClothes!). Make no mistake though, we’ll be busy on the blog all the meanwhile. To wit: we’ve got plenty of men’s style content for you to enjoy on this lovely weekend, from the best spring rain jacket to a full list of seasonal menswear essentials. Get your weekend going below — and maybe spin some tunes from Maggie Rogers while you’re at it! Cheers!

  • Do white jeans feel like a style risk? Well, that’s understandable — and that being said, spring and summer presents a prime opportunity to try out a pair (seriously!). So, without further ado, read about my favorite pairs of white jeans over at The Manual. Cheers!
  • It’s worth refreshing your style and your beer fridge in equal measure for spring. That being said, it’s awfully nice to crack open a beer that’s packed with flavor & hops, even as the weather warms up. On that note, there’s no better beer embodying this currently than the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale — check out my rundown of this excellent beer for GearMoose.
  • If you know me, you know I love — and frequently recommend — a stylish pair of men’s sneakers for spring. And for my money’s worth, it doesn’t get any better or more unique than the ZDA Handball Trainers, which I wrote about recently for GearMoose. Wear ’em with light was jeans and a white skin tee. Read and enjoy, folks!

That’s all from me for now — again, check back for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week covering spring style essentials. Thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit

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Everything you need for a great shave — at home or on the road, courtesy of Harry’s.

Ever been stuck on the road without the means of getting the perfect shave you might be used to back home? Well, the Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit solve that problem for you. Now, I like to take care of my beard using simpler methods, so I haven’t personally broken out the Travel Shave Kit quite yet — but I can assure you that if Harry’s is the brand behind it, it’s gotta be good.  Having something so essential to carry with you is going to prove mighty effective as you dress for fall travel — and the Travel Shave Kit  also gives you an excuse to change up your stubble or beard for a new season. It’s everything you need to get a great shave, packed into a stylish dopp kit. The brand aims to be different, offering quality designs and a quality shave at a lower cost — in fact, $2 lower per blade than the big guys. That adds up in the long run — and the excellent blades & clean design are just part of what makes the Essential Travel Shave Kit so, well, essential for guys who hit the road frequently. And even if you don’t need to pack up the Travel Shave Kit every week, you still get even more bang for your buck (something we certainly love here at The Style Guide). In this case, Huckberry members get a gift card for four additional blades from Harry’s, in addition to the four that ship with the Travel Shave Kit. Oh, and those blades work hand-in-hand (blade-in-blade?) with the brand’s Winston copper-handled razor — your everyday shave, this is not.  That includes the bells and whistles it comes with — and in. Make sense?

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The brand’s copper-handled razor makes for a smooth and stylish shave.

Crucially, the Travel Shave Kit really is a full kit, seeing as it’s housed in a custom-made, water-resistant Harry’s dopp kit. What’s more, you get the brand’s famous shaving cream and post-shave balm included — seriously, is there anything the Travel Shave Kit can’t provide for the guy on the go? Well, OK … it can’t pack your stylish weekender bag. But other than that, it should be incredibly useful. After a long day on the road, it’s nice to freshen up with a crisp shave (says the guy with a full beard). At any rate, it’s tough to find something as thoughtfully designed and executed as the Travel Shave Kit — and at an excellent price, too. We’re talking under $50 for Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit— that’s blades, shaving cream and all. And the even better part? You can certainly use the gear from the Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit when you’re not on the road. The brand’s razors are an incredible value and incredible quality, or so I’m told. At any rate, the next time you pack up in style, your saving grace in terms of grooming essentials could be the Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit. We’re in the midst of a new season, so step your game up accordingly.

Do you have any experience with the Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit? Will you be taking the Travel Shave Kit  with you on the road this season?

The Friday Read: Panorama 2017, Men’s Grooming Essentials and New Music from Haim

The world keeps turning, the clock keeps ticking and so, we find ourselves again at the end of the week — and another fun-filled Friday Read, ehh? Have you covered all of your #menswear bases this summer? That is to say, have you picked up stylish leather high-top sneakers or added any items to your summer style wish list? We’ve still got another month of summer to come yet — and with that, a few upcoming highlights in this neck of woods. Coming on the heels of a busy New York Fashion Week: Men’s earlier this month, I’m excited to hop on the subway this weekend to the second rendition of one-of-a-kind NYC festival Panorama, as much a celebration of tech and art as it is excellent music from the likes of Solange, Frank Ocean, Mitski and Future Islands (among many others). I had an incredible Saturday at Panorama 2016 — dressed in prime music festival style, of course — and I’m very much looking forward to taking in two action-packed days this coming weekend, starting shortly today! As it were, you can look for a full post recapping how to dress for a music festival (and how to make the most of those craft beer tents — am I right?). At any rate, you can follow along in the meantime on Instagram and Twitter — and as scheduled, we’re coming at you with our regularly scheduled Style Pick of the Week tomorrow. It’s all in a day’s work here. Enjoy the weekend, and we’ll catch up tomorrow!

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  • There are underrated areas when it comes to men’s grooming essentials, and there are areas that tend to be overlooked altogether. One could argue that solid colognes get overlooked a bit, especially when so many brands offer up scented spray colognes. So with the aim of spreading knowledge — all in  the name of #menswear, of course — I wrote about the best solid colognes for men for the fine folks at GearMoose. Read up and shop away!

  • Your Style Guide team of one already filled you in on how to dress to head to the beach — but what about what to wear on a boat? I covered exactly that for The Manual recently — I sure do hope you find it helpful and informative! Like what you’ve read? Let me know on Twitter, ehh?
  • As seems to be the case lately, let’s end this version of The Friday Read on a music-related note. As of earlier this month, the lovely ladies of California-based rock trio HAIM are back with a new album. Just as with “Days Are Gone,” the group’s 2013 debut, they’re very adept at making shiny, upbeat and yet well-crafted, emotional AND summer-friendly rock. I’d urge you to listen as you kick back with a refreshing summer beer — preferably wearing a pair of summer’s best sneakers?

We’re closing up shop early today — I’ve got some music to see!

Thanks, as always, for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

#OOTD: Styling Your New Favorite Oxford Shirt for Summer

The best part about owning plenty of men’s style essentials is the freedom and flexibility they give you as you put together your next #OOTD — even in the warmer months. That’s certainly the case in today’s edition of our ongoing Style Guide series — we’re telling you all about how to wear a classic Oxford this summer. That’s right — a stylish Oxford shirt can be part of your #menswear rotation even when the mercury climbs. Although we associate the summer months with short-sleeve renditions of our favorite fall and winter staples — take the short-sleeve chambray shirt, for instance — you can still reliably wear a well-made Oxford shirt in the heat of summer … as long as you pair it with like-minded summer style essentials. Certainly, if you start with one of the best men’s Oxford shirts, you’re stepping out on the right foot.

And in the case of today’s #OOTD, that means we’re ditching slim light wash denim for stylish chino shorts — among other crucial moves to fight the heat. I won’t take up any more of your time, though — you can find the rest of today’s men’s style suggestion below. To get in touch with questions on styling your classic Oxford shirt, find me on Twitter, or drop a note in the comments below. Stay cool out there!

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Take your favorite Oxford and mash it up with summer style essentials.

The Oxford: Flint and Tinder Texas-Made Oxford, $89 — Ahh yes, the shirt that makes this whole outfit work. From everyone’s favorite menswear purveyors at Flint and Tinder comes a Portuguese cotton shirt made at a family-owned factory. Roll up the sleeves and order a beer, ehh?

The Shorts: Finisterre Coverack Shorts, $66.98 — As seen in this site’s post on the best men’s shorts to buy this summer, these classic khaki shorts blend a modern fit with summer-friendly fabric.

The Sneakers: Novesta Star Master Sneakers, $57.98 Novesta— So, we’re talking stylish summer sneakers for under $60 when on sale? Seems too good to be true, but is a cult classic that makes an easily wearable set of kicks.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks, $30 (Exclusive Three-pack) — Leave it to Arvin Goods to make a nice, Huckberry-excusive set of stylish no-show socks to keep your feet cool and comfortable in this #OOTD.

The Belt: Radius Woven Belt in Navy, $35 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post) — Don’t step out of the house without the details accounted for — the Radius Woven Belt is a stylish, casual and affordable accessory (that is, when you sign up for Bespoke Post).

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The Watch: Timex Waterbury in Natural Tan Leather, $84.98 — There’s nothing too fancy about this well-made, stylish Timex watch — and in the case of this casual ensemble, that works out just fine.

The Hat: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $39.98— Between the classic Oxford shirt and the stylish chino shorts, this outfit is certainly fit for any laidback summer activity you might find yourself in. Throw on a vintage-inspired ballcap for good measure.
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The Grooming Essential: Harry’s Essential Travel Shave Kit, $49.98 — Certainly useful for more than just your next road trip, this Harry’s shaving kit has all the goods to keep you looking fresh and sharp for summer weekends.

If at first an Oxford shirt seems like it might be too stuffy to wear in the summer, think again. In the right fabric and fit — such as the fabric and fit of the Flint and Tinder Oxford shown here — this shirt can be every bit as versatile as your favorite polo shirt. As long as you team it with like-minded pieces (such as casual Finisterre shorts and classic summer sneakers), this combo is going to be cool and breezy. Seasonally appropriate accessories — like the classic Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, stylish Arvin Goods no-show socks and a handsome, versatile Timex Waterbury watch — also help set the tone as you dress for summer adventures. Last but certainly not least — keep your summer grooming in line with a well-priced and very useful Harry’s shaving kit. I guarantee that if you follow those steps, you’re going to be looking mighty sharp this summer — from the boardwalk to the patio bar, and anywhere else you go.

As always — thanks for reading, and stay stylish!

-Beau

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Striped Shirt This Summer

As the summer starts to heat up, there are suitably laidback and versatile ways you can take on the heat — yes, even when it’s sweltering. And it starts with something as simple as your shirt — indeed, the best way to wear a striped shirt is what we’re talking about in today’s #OOTD. Now, “best” is certainly subjective — but your Style Guide fashion department of one absolutely loves the look featured below. Make no mistake — a bold striped shirt was once seen as the ultimate power shirt by business executives, but in 2017, it takes on a decidedly laidback vibe when done up by GANT Rugger (today’s featured shirt, as it were!).

The GANT Rugger Indigo Stripe Oxford Shirt is a casual, cool and smart update, featuring lightweight herringbone cotton, a bold and summer-friendly indigo stripe and easygoing wearability — that’s the case whether you wear it to a weekend barbecue or a day at the office. Ditch the jacket with this look  — it’s OK, trust me.  Chime in with any #menswear thoughts on Twitter, or give me a follow on Instagram for more warm weather style inspiration than you can possibly consume.
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GANT Rugger

A new take on the striped shirt, featuring classic kicks, a sharp watch and essential grooming accessories.

The Shirt: GANT Rugger Indigo Stripe Oxford Shirt, $95 — As mentioned before, this isn’t your dad’s striped shirt. It’s modern, lightweight and head-turning thanks to those bold (yet remarkably wearable) indigo stripes.

The Jeans: Raleigh Denim Jones Denim in Natural Rinse, $185 — One way to instantly shake off any nagging associations of this shirt with stuffy, tailored style? Add in natural denim in pleasing, summer-friendly rinse.

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The Sneakers: SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Standard in Slate Navy, $78 — Yet another way to style your striped shirt in a modern manner? Laidback, easygoing plimsoll sneakers from SeaVees are a fine addition — perfect for kicking your feet up and knocking back a cold one.

The Belt: Bonobos Braided Leather Belt in Cognac, $85 — Leave it to Bonobos — makers of excellent chinos aplenty — to make a handsome, casual belt in a striking shade of cognac.

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The Watch: Armogan Le Mans Chronograph, $220 — Some watches are so well-designed and sharp that they can work with dressed-down outfits just as easily as dressed-up outfits. The speedy, fast Armogan Le Mans Chronograph is one such watch.

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The Sunglasses: Component Sunglasses C-0201 Sunglasses, $265 — A breezy striped shirt, slim natural denim and vintage-inspired sunglasses? What could be better? Component is a new brand making distinctive shades straight outta Miami, and you’d do well to keep them on your radar.

The Everyday Essential: BYRD Hairdo Products Lightweight Pomade (Two-pack), $28.98 — Want to add some texture to your hair without looking too overdone? The Lightweight Pomade from BYRD Hairdo Products is an easy choice.

 

 

 

The Everyday Essential, Part 2: Triumph & Disaster Gameface Moisturizer, $49.98 —  Even in the summer heat, don’t skip out on a functional men’s moisturizer like the one seen here. It’s another way to keep your skin looking fresh, and that goes for whether you wear this outfit to evening cocktails or a laidback half-day at the office.

Well … that’s it. That’s the best way to wear a striped shirt. OK, I kid — again, it’s not the only way. But teaming a summer-friendly indigo striped shirt with something along the lines of the Jones Denim, what with a breezy natural rinse, is a great way to kick things off right. Sneakers that channel California cool — in this case, the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Standard in Slate Navy  — are another summer style essential. Bear in mind, your accessories game shouldn’t slip, either — slap the Armogan Le Mans Chronograph on your wrist for tailored, crisp and versatile style. Oh, and grooming? Yessir, we’ve got grooming covered — both the Lightweight Pomade and Triumph & Disaster Gameface Moisturizer will keep your face and hair in the best shape possible this summer.

If ever you have any questions on this look, join the like-minded menswear fans over at The Style Guide Facebook page — and stay stylish in the meantime!

–Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Oars + Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit

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Grooming essentials from Oars + Alps paired with weekend essentials — the Owen and Fred Brass Bottle Opener and Graft Lantz 1951 Traveller Bag among them.

We’ve  talked quite often in our Style Pick of the Week series about men’s style essentials you need to have on-hand in your closet — be it a  lightweight nylon jacket or versatile spring sneakers. But what about your … medicine cabinet?  Effective men’s grooming products tend to be an area most of us guys overlook — it can be an overwhelming field to dive into, what with a plethora of options and brands big and small out there. Yes indeed, keeping it simple can sometimes pay off. In that vein, the Oars + Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit is simplicity defined for the guy who wants to upgrade his grooming game quickly and easily. Available via the brand’s Web site and the fine folks at Huckberry, it’s a quick and easy-to-use set of just three basics that you need now. While we’ve talked about the best men’s grooming products for winter, it’s just as important to keep your skin in shape during the spring and summer. And the Oars + Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit is certainly made for the guy on the go, whether you fancy yourself an athlete or not. The kit features the crisply scented, effective Active Armor Deodorant, a 2-in-1 face moisturizer and eye cream — use a lighter amount under the eyes, a thicker amount on the face — and the unique Power Cleansing Face Stick. With that versatility in mind, there’s a great chance the Athlete’s Grooming Kit could be the most essential grooming move you make this season. Having had the chance to test out the line recently courtesy of the brand, I can certainly vouch for that — in fact, it might be among the best men’s grooming products for spring and summer.

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The full line-up from Oars + Alps — possibly your new favorite set of grooming essentials.

At first glance, the Power Cleansing Face Stick seems a bit different — you rub the stick on your face (avoiding your eyes), and then rub the solution into your skin with wet hands. Sound odd? Maybe a little — but once you realize that the Cleansing Face Stick leaves your skin feeling refreshed and smooth, it’s easy to use. And the combination of face moisturizer and eye cream eliminates an extra step in the grooming process while hydrating your skin. Again, refreshing and smooth skin isn’t something you should let go in the spring and summer. And the Active Armor Deodorant proves that the Athlete’s Grooming Kit really is an excellent all-around grooming routine, what with its effective performance and crisp scent. While you might have the rest of your spring style essentials covered, the Athlete’s Grooming Kit can absolutely take care of your grooming needs all spring and summer long. The fact that the you can pick up the Athlete’s Grooming Kit for a low price is just an added bonus. And it’s a crucial reminder that even if you think you have everything covered, it’s best to go the extra mile with grooming essentials. If you’ve got more questions on the Athlete’s Grooming Kit, just drop me a line via Twitter.

Stay stylish!

-Beau

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