#OOTD: How to Dress for a Casual Winter Weekend

Alright folks, here we go with another take on the #OOTD. There comes a time in your life when duty calls — when you want to get out of the house to head to brunch, or grab a cocktail, or pick up some more coffee, or reload for that home proejct — and it’s just got to be done in spite of the weather. That’s why we’re here: To tell you how to dress for a casual winter weekend, helped along by plenty of seasonal style essentials. The right winter weekend #OOTD ties everything together with functionality and style in mind — so, for fighting windy weather and snowstorms, you’ll find a rugged waxed jacket to take on the elements. Other layers come in handy once you’ve bellied up to the bar and taken off said jacket — take, for instance, one of the best new flannel shirts (more on that one in a moment). And classics like slim dark blue jeans never fail — inside or outside, coffee date or a quick trip into town. All these picks are more crucial than you think, including Red Wing Heritage boots for dependability and durability on slippery streets. The goal here should be gear picks that look great and don’t miss a beat from day-to-night, so you’ll also find crucial layers like one of the best men’s henleys. Check out the full look below, and let me know in the comments if you think we (and by we, I mean me) hit our goal. Cheers!

You’ll be able to go just about anywhere this winter with these rugged gear picks.

Ready to brave the elements? As taxing as that might sound at the moment, I know I am — it all comes down to starting with the right layers, and then building from there. In this case, the right layers just so happen to include a rugged waxed jacket that’ll fight off winter’s worst pretty handily. Layering a Faherty Brand flannel shirt is the right way to go for both warmth and style, plus a bit of versatility — that’s the sort of shirt you can wear to a casual lunch or a trip to your favorite bar in equal measure. You could also argue that if you’re not wearing a Taylor Stitch henley as your base layer, you’re not doing it right this season — that’s debateable, but there’s an argument to be made for making a rugged henley part of your menswear rotation. Naturally, Mott and Bow denim never fails in terms of style points or dependability — the same could be said for those go-anywhere Red Wing Heritage boots, all the better to beat out winter snow. Your accessories are also going to seal the deal here, from one of the best winter hats to a tough everyday bag that’ll keep your gear safe and sound. Of course, no look is complete without a rugged casual watch — that’s the right way to finish off this look. Where will this ensemble take you? Let me know on Twitter.

The List: Here Are the 10 Best New Gear Picks to Buy This Week

A sneak peek of what’s to come in terms of today’s best new men’s gear.

With January rolling right along, ideally, you’ve been paying attention to our ongoing series The List, covering the best new men’s gear for plenty of occasions — and in this case, packed with winter style essentials. It’s my goal to get you layered up in fine form when you need it most, hence the emphasis on pieces like the classic wool CPO shown above (more on that in a moment), to go along with tougher outerwear like one of the best men’s winter parkas. The gang’s all here when it comes to how to dress (and groom) for winter — without further ado, let’s dig in.

Relwen Bonded Rag Wool CPO — $298

The cozy winter shirt you didn’t know you needed.

The best winter layers are often the most subtle, yet the most quietly stylish and functional — what exactly does that mean? Well, in this case, I’m referring to this classic wool CPO (which stands for Chief Petty Officer), a military-inspired layer that’s rugged enough to handle winter’s worst when layered under your favorite parka. Speaking of …

Arc’Teryx Therme Parka — $699

A warm, durable and investment-level winter parka.

Yes indeed, there’s no time like the present to layer up with one of the best men’s winter parkas, and undoubtedly, Arc’Teryx has knocked it out of the park (pun intended) with the Therme Parka.

Mott and Bow Slim Jay Jeans — $118

Dependable, slim black jeans to wear all winter.

There’s something about the cold confines of winter and the dimly lit confines of, say, your favorite speakeasy or a dive bar (the kind made for enjoying whiskey and a beer) — and the thing that goes nicely with either of those? Some slim black jeans, and preferably, the best men’s black jeans as shown here from Mott and Bow.

Diemme Roccia Vet Shoes — $338.98

Versatile, tough boots to wear all winter.

Comparing these to regular old snow boots here isn’t quite accurate — these Diemme boots just so happen to be some of the best hiking boots on the market, with the right traction for days on snowy streets. These rugged leather boots don’t look half-bad with, you guessed it, slim black jeans for some subtle contrast.

Western Rise StrongCore Merino Hoodie — $138

A versatile, casual hooded sweatshirt that works out on the town or back at home.

What’s sometimes the best layering move to go along with slim black jeans for a casual night out with the fellas? Well, of course, a classic hooded sweatshirt — but one done in a seriously upgraded fabric. The Western Rise StrongCore Merino Hoodie is made to be worn on the go and when kicked back this winter.

Faherty Brand Reserve Sueded Trousers — $138

Slim, refined trousers to wear to the office.

The gear being made by Faherty Brand is already remarkably high-quality — so the launch of the Faherty Brand Reserve line this past fall, featuring even higher-quality fabrics and construction, was very welcome. These slim khaki trousers are perfect to wear to the office.

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch — $1,195

A ridiculously tough watch you can wear through winter’s nastiest storms.

If you’ve read the blog, you’ll know that we’ve previously talked about the prowess of one of the toughest men’s watches we’ve seen — the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch is stylish enough for everyday wear this winter, and tough enough to survive the elements.

Duke Cannon The Perfect Shave Set — $25

Duke Cannon knows how to help you get the best shave you’ve yet had.

Hey, OK, so in addition to gear like the best men’s black jeans or rugged leather boots, there’s certainly something to be said for keeping your winter grooming essentials in tip-top shape. Duke Cannon is here to help with the Duke Cannon Perfect Shave Set, featuring everything you need to tame your mane (in spite of winter, that is).

Proof 72-Hour Merino Henley — $98

A comfortable, high-quality henley to layer up with anything this winter.

Let’s keep talking must-have men’s winter layers, shall we? Layers like the exceptionally versatile, travel-friendly, insanely comfortable Proof 72-Hour Merino Henley, at that. Available in a range of colors at a price that signifies quality, this belongs on any list of the best men’s henleys.

5.11 Tactical 3-in-1 Parka — $249.99 

An ultra-tough parka to layer up with this winter — the second featured on this list, in fact.

As you can see in today’s edition of The List, we’ve been all about the best winter outerwear (for the most part). And now, joining today’s roundup of essential winter gear is a rugged parka from 5.11 Tactical, packed with plenty of pockets & remarkable functionality for whatever life throws your way. It could also come in handy as the perfect travel jacket.

While sometimes we tend to pack these posts with more gear (and by we, I mean me), today’s post had a bit more brevity — it’s always tough to narrow things down to the 10 best men’s style essentials to buy now. That being said, what caught your eye? Was it the classic wool CPO  we led off the post with? Was it the perfect travel jacket from 5.11 Tactical that closed out the post? Or perhaps something in between — such as the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch?  Whatever suits your fancy, be sure to let me know on Twitter. Cheers and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Leather Jackets, Stylish Men’s Gifts & Your New Favorite Shirt

A rugged winter shirt fit for all your winter weekend adventures.

Looking toward the weekend? Looking toward shopping some new winter style essentials? I know that’s a YES from me on both accounts. In fact, perhaps the rugged Topo Designs Wool Shirt is on your holiday wish list as seen above? It’s one of the best shirts for winter, apt for layering atop a rugged thermal shirt or heck, a cool concert tee. In fact, speaking of concert tees, I’m looking forward to perhaps picking up a new addition to my collection tonight — I’m heading out to Brooklyn Steel to see indie rockers San Fermin play my favorite venue in the city, with an opening-band assist from equally excellent Brooklyn indie rockers Wild Pink (the makers of one of my favorite albums last year!). When you add in the fact that newly opened brewery 18th Ward Brewing sits mere steps across the street from my favorite venue, well, I’d say that’s a recipe for a great start to the weekend, yes? Yes indeed! The rest of the weekend, I’ll be enjoying Prospect Park and a tasty Old Fashioned or two around the borough. I’ll also be sipping on some rich, delicious Driftaway Coffee — you might recall the brand from my Black Friday sales post, and if you want sustainable and ethical coffee delivered right to your door, there’s hardly a better brand to shop. Of course, it’s also prime holiday gifting season — with that in mind, I give you the best way to start your weekend: Another edition of The Friday Read. Enjoy, and cheers to December!

  • Speaking of gift-giving right off the bat, I coverd 15 stylish gift ideas for men over at GearMoose, ensuring that you’ve got plenty of options — from outerwear to accessories — for the style-minded fella in your life (or yourself!).
  • Let’s stick with GearMoose for a second, shall we? On that note, I wrote all about the best leather jackets for men, from brands like Filson and Taylor Stitch — if you haven’t experienced that first snowfall yet, then there’s hardly a more reliable layer than a tough leather jacket for pairing with your favorite henley and slim blue denim.
  • Lastly, have we talked about a unique way to switch up your men’s shirting rotation? Well, I’m sure we have lately … but we haven’t talked about how an elbow patch shirt can upgrade your winter style — these shirts are fit to be worn on their own or atop a classic white T-shirt or a rugged henley in equal measure.

That’s going to wrap up today’s winter-centric, gift-centric start to the weekend — but wait, there’s more! If you’re still on the hunt for the best gifts for men to take care of the style-minded gentlemen on your list, you might want to check out my roundup of the best winter gear. Parkas, leather boots, tough shirting — it’s all taken care of when it comes to the top new winter style essentials, trust me. OK, that’s all for this weekend!

The List: Keep September Rolling with My Favorite Gear Picks of the Week

We’re telling you all about the best new chukka boots — and plenty more — in today’s edition of The List.

Before we go any further: How awesome are those rugged leather chukka boots from Huckberry up top, ehh? They’re the lead-off pick in today’s edition of The List, chronicling the best new menswear for September (and well beyond). Football season is in full swing (wear this gear to your next tailgate), Oktoberfest  beers are flying off shelves (here’s what to wear to your favorite brewery), and I’ve rounded up some of my top gear picks for every occasion imaginable this season.  Yes indeed, we’ve got slim dark denim and more classics just primed for the taking. The first day of fall is almost here — are you ready? Read on & happy shopping.

Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — $198 

Picture-perfect chukka boots from your favorite online retailer, Huckberry.

Here on the blog, we’ve been telling you for some time that Rhodes boots, as sold by Huckberry, are some of the best men’s boots on the planet (witness the Rhodes Dean Boots, in fact). And now, the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are here, and they’re destined to become your new favorite boots — easily.

Mott and Bow Crosby Slim Denim — $108

The slim dark denim you’ll find yourself reaching for time and again.

So, we’ve talked in recent weeks about Mott and Bow denim, and specifically, the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim — they just might be some of the best men’s jeans you can buy, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee in Wild Forever — $45

A classic tee upgraded in a subtly cool way.

If you read this site regularly, you know we love the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, easily one of the best men’s T-shirts you can buy. This stylish tee has been upgraded with an adventure-ready “Wild Forever” design on the chest pocket — perfectly subtle & classic.

Case Knives Smooth Chestnut Trapper Lock Knife — $96.98 

The best knife to add to your everyday carry? You be the judge of that.

Speaking of “Wild Forever,” this rugged knife could be the everyday carry essential you need for your next big project or outdoor excursion. Nicely done, Case Knives.

Beckett Simonon Laval Chukka Boots — $219

Another pair of classic leather chukka boots that’ll prove perfect for fall.

Yes, that’s right — we’re talking about a second stylish pair of leather chukka boots. These dressy leather chukka boots from Beckett Simonon epitomize rugged quality and craftsmanship; wear them to the office with a navy wool suit this fall.

Wellen Organic Denim Shirt — $88

The best denim shirt on the market? You be the judge of that.

So we told you earlier about the best men’s jeans to wear all season … but what if you want an equally stylish denim shirt to complement said jeans? Turn toward Wellen and this rugged denim shirt; the in-house brand at Huckberry gets all the details right.

Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch — $225

The best new leather watch to throw on your wrist? Quite possibly!

What’s the best way to complement a stylish denim shirt and perhaps your new favorite boots? Answer: The  Jack Mason Overland Leather Watch, a classic everyday watch that’s simple and refined, yet just rugged enough. It could be the perfect leather watch, in my book.

Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka — $398

A tough jacket from Flint and Tinder to take you through fall.

Does it seem too early to be thinking about buying a rugged waxed parka? Something like the Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka (as previously seen here on the blog)? Think again, because you’ll need this jacket before you know it.

SYMBOL Audio Aero 76″ LP Storage Cabinet — $4,535

The best way to store your vinyl — and a handsome home furniture addition, too.

If you, like me, suffer from sticker shock and yet find yourself coveting the best record storage system out there, well, join the club. This SYMBOL Audio Aero Storage Cabinet is remarkably handsome & well-constructed, the perfect complement to your massive vinyl collection (jealous!).

Levi’s Made & Crafted 501 Original Fit Jeans in Black Stonewash — $95.98

Another must-have pair of denim in today’s edition of The List.

Can you fault Levi’s for continuing to make something as iconic as the Levi’s 501 Jeans? No, certainly not — so it’s all the better that Levi’s Made & Crafted has made these classic jeans in a deep, inky black. Perfect as you dress for your next rock concert.

OtterBox Venture 45 Cooler — $300

The rugged cooler to load up on your next excursion — or tailgate.

Alright, let’s go from classic jeans to gear for your next camping trip, shall we? OtterBox coolers have a reputation for being tough-as-nails — and the OtterBox Venture 45 is no different.

Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions Steakhouse Stout Beef Jerky — $9.34

Incredibly tasty beef jerky to enjoy as a daily snack or on-trail refreshment.

OK, you’ve got the OtterBox Venture 45 loaded up and ready to go — for the car ride, grab some excellent Karl Strauss Brewing x C-Star Provisions beef jerky. Seriously, you can taste the rich Wreck Alley Imperial Stout in this remarkable beef jerky — it’s no joke!

Proof City Merino Hoodie — $188

The perfect hoodie for fall, guaranteed.

Looking for a stylish zip hoodie? Perhaps one you can wear on that aforementioned camping trip? The Proof City Merino Hoodie is one of the best men’s hoodies I’ve found this season, and that’s saying something.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Fatigue Brown — $68

The essential henley to wear all fall.

I’m a huge fan of the sustainable nature and rugged style of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Collection — and this rugged henley is no different.

Art of Sport Deodorant — 2 for $17.90

An incredibly effective deodorant for gym rats and desk jockeys alike.

We’ve talked a ton today about rugged men’s gear, but what about men’s grooming essentials, like this essential and impactful Art of Sport deodorant? I love the sharp scent and effective performance — hopefully, you will, too.

Stetson Chapman Hat — $155

A fitting hat for fall — to say the very least.

OK, let’s go with one last piece of rugged gear for an outdoor adventure, shall we? This classic Stetson hat is tough to top (literally and figuratively) and should wear particularly well with a rugged henley and maybe some classic jeans, ya dig?

So, that was quite the extensive collection of men’s gear, was it not? What was your favorite selection? In my neck of the woods, it’s tough to top a pair of the best men’s jeans or the simply excellent Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter — cheers!

The List: These are the Men’s Style Essentials You Need in Your Closet Now

You’ve still got time to rock this classic striped T-shirt, believe me.

First off, I hope everyone is enjoying a nice holiday — that unfortunately means we’ve closed the book on summer, but that also means we’re slowly but surely entering the best time of the year for menswear: Fall! And with it comes a need to stock up on early fall style essentials, naturally. Now, there’s no need to break out  your rugged parka quite yet. For now, you can still rock a classic striped T-shirt like the one above. And as for the rest of today’s edition of The List? You can find more great gear below.

Wellen Hemp Striped Tee — $42

A breezy timeless tee with some neat stripes thrown in for good measure.

We’ve told you about versatile transitional gear like the Wellen Wind Shell recently on the blog, so now, it’s time to meet your new favorite T-shirt. Visually interesting, sustainably made, and fit for pairing with a khaki cotton blazer or wearing all on its own this month.

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie — $118

Casual weekend style at its finest via Taylor Stitch.

We’re going from your new favorite T-shirt to perhaps one of the best hooded sweatshirts on the market. The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie is the perfect casual weekend layer. Wear it with your new favorite pair of jeans for a morning coffee run. Speaking of …

Mott and Bow Slim Broome Denim — $128

Expertly broken-in denim for a new season.

Here’s the aforementioned slim faded denim you’re going to find yourself reaching for consistently, courtesy of Mott and Bow. This NYC-based brand is making some of the best men’s denim around, and at great prices.

Pro Keds Royal Lo Plus Suede — $72.98 (When On-Sale)

A classic pair of low-top sneakers for any day of the week this fall.

Stylish suede sneakers, especially this classic pair from Pro Keds, are the right way to nod toward the start of fall — subtly, that is. Plus, they pair up very nicely with the best men’s denim, do they not?

Faherty Brand Knit Seasons Shirt — $128

A pleasingly rugged shirt to wear as it starts to get cooler.

Eventually, the temperature is going to start to plummet — and when it does, this classic knit shirt from Faherty Brand is going to prove a reliable layer to throw on, particularly atop your your new favorite T-shirt.

Lum-Tec M82 Automatic Watch — $875 

Your new favorite watch? Quite possibly.

We’ve talked consistently as of late on the blog about Lum-Tec watches, and specifically, their rugged dependability. Well, the Lum-Tec M82 Automatic Watch fits that mold quite nicely, and its tough design might just make it the perfect watch for fall.

Ska Brewing Moral Panic Brut IPA — Price Varies 

A new take on a quickly growing style of beer — refreshing and enjoyable all the way through.

If there’s one beer style that seems to be trending as of late, it might just be the Brut IPA — and the Ska Brewing Moral Panic Brut IPA is assuredly one of the best brut IPAs around, a pleasing, effervescent sipper for when it’s still a bit hot out, but you still want an IPA.

Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots — $291.98

An iconic pair of boots to wear all season long.

I can guarantee you this won’t be the last time you read about Wolverine boots here on the blog this fall — the Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots are a classic pair of men’s boots to get you into the spirit of the season, to be sure.

Flint and Tinder Washed Hat — $40 

An easy ballcap to throw on whenever you want.

We’re all about casual fall style today, and this Flint and Tinder Washed Hat is the stylish new ballcap to throw on … whenever you want on a fall weekend, truly.

SYMBOL Audio AERO 25″ Media Stand — $2,545

A seriously cool, covetable way to store your favorite records.

As fall weather approaches, so too does the desire to curl up, bundle up (with the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Hoodie, of course) and put on a favorite record. To store your records in a way that’s highly stylish, look to SYMBOL Audio (and get your credit card handy, to be sure).

Arvin Goods Crew Socks — $14 

These socks perfectly channel retro cool, correct? Correct.

Who doesn’t love a pair of stylish retro socks, right? The Arvin Goods Crew Socks channel throwback vibes and should pair up nicely with slim faded denim and of course, some Pro Keds sneakers to complete the look.

Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag — $240 

A durable, easily transportable overnight bag.

Last but not least … wondering about the best gear for a fall weekend trip? Well, wonder no more — the Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag is the best bag for when you want to travel light … as in, very light.

Shop Mott & Bow Today!

OK, that’ll do it for today’s roundup of the best new men’s gear. Feeling ready for fall yet? Which of the above picks is a must-buy? I think you can’t go wrong with the Gregory Covert Overnight Mission Bag to really kick things up a notch for fall, and the same can certainly be said for a pair of Mott and Bow denim, right? Right. If you’ve got any favorites, let me know on Twitter. Cheers!

 

 

See Now, Buy Now: These Quoddy Blucher Shoes are The Perfect Shoes for Early Fall

The rugged, classic boat shoes to wear as we start early fall.

So, here we stand, on the verge of Labor Day weekend (gasp!), the offical end of summer (on paper at least), and the start of the slow transition toward early fall. What early fall style essentials are you shopping for? Well, I can help you out with at least one in today’s new See Now, Buy Now post: The Quoddy Blucher Shoes are some of the best men’s shoes to get on your feet right now, as apt to be worn on the weekend as at the office. How does that work out? Read on & you’ll find out. For starters, it helps that these rugged leather boat shoes have got that ever-crucial Huckberry stamp of approval, a nod of good faith that these richly handcrafted leather shoes are the real deal — especially as you start to stow away your stylish sneakers in favor of something a bit more substantial. And folks, that’s where the rugged appeal of the Quoddy Blucher Shoes comes into play, starting with a rich leather upper that’ll break in beautifully.

SHOP: The Quoddy Blucher Shoes

 

A new take on the classic leather boat shoe, one that’s equally ready for the weekend or the work week.

And as far as boat shoes are concerned, these have a  few other critical design pieces going for ’em. For one, they fit the rather rare definition of rugged leather boat shoes — again, that rich leather makes them more suited for the changing leaves and changing temperatures than the heat of summer. The anti-slip rubber sole also helps them navigate the city and perhaps even an early fall park stroll. And the design extends to the rich brick red outsole itself — these Quoddy Blucher Shoes toe the line between rugged and casual. They’d be ideal to wear with a rugged long-sleeve henley and classic dark blue denim for a weekend coffee date, but you can (and should!) team up the Quoddy Blucher Shoes with classic tan chinos and a timeless Oxford shirt for a casual day at the office. That alone makes them some of the best men’s shoes, don’t you agree?

SHOP: The Quoddy Blucher Shoes

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See Now, Buy Now: Gear Up for the End of Summer with this Faherty Brand Poncho

The breezy, cool outer layer to wear for crisp late summer & early fall nights.

Does it feel a bit strange to be looking toward Labor Day and thinking about early fall gear like rugged leather boots, overshirts and the like? Well, we’re not ready to close the book on summer quite yet, and neither is Faherty Brand — take the Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho, for instance. It’s the perfect layer with which to end summer, given its hybrid styling potential and the laidback, West Coast appeal for which Faherty Brand is known, of course. Made from breezy brushed cotton and featuring the enduringly cool Dusty Colorado print, think of the Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho as the upgraded take on the sort of pullovers you’d see at your local skate park (you know what I mean). Indeed, Faherty Brand has translated the things that make the brand a year-round essential — check out the Faherty Brand Brushed Flannel, to start — into unstoppable transitional pieces. Yes, that’s right — unstoppable.
SHOP: The Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho

This surprisingly stylish poncho is the sort of outer layer to pack in your weekend bag for a Labor Day getaway (or any early fall trip, for that matter), and the Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho also provides more than just something to throw on at a bonfire. That is to say, it’s stylish enough to be worn with dark denim and a charcoal Oxford shirt to grab a beer on the town, and chambray detailing gives it even more visual interest. Don’t sleep on this sort of layer, either – consider it an upgraded over an athletic logo hooded sweatshirt, and a huge one at that. When it gets a bit chilly in early fall, you can also layer it under a rugged denim jacket — no sweat. So you see, shifting from summer into early fall needn’t be a chore, and the Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho proves that.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Pacific Poncho