The List: Add These Men’s Style Essentials for Summer to Your Wardrobe Now

Looking toward the rest of summer with these rugged utility pants.

Right, then. Can you believe it’s nearly the end of July? I certainly can’t — but that’s not going to stop me from recommending that you stock up on the best summer style essentials to carry us through the home stretch of the season. The best new men’s gear will run the gamut in today’s post, from tough utility pants (via Flint and Tinder) to the coolest summer shirt (from Buck Mason!) to a must-have everyday carry essential (from Billykirk, naturally). So, if you want to shake up your wardrobe for some social distancing and summer adventures, keep on reading. To get in touch on any of these picks, find me on Twitter.

Flint and Tinder Tailored Stretch Utility Pants — $128

Tough, durable, work, hiking and adventure pants for summer.

We’ve talked plenty in past editions of The List about Flint and Tinder‘s rugged men’s gear, but what makes this entry different? Namely, these tough utility pants are a step up — think of them more like tailored cargo pants (yes, cargo pants!), made from a breathable cotton-spandex blend with military-inspired side pockets. They’re some of the most rugged pants for summer adventures & yard (and anything else!), and you’d do well to snag a pair right now.

Buck Mason Chambray Short-Sleeve Shirt — $95

An incredibly cool short-sleeve shirt for summer.

Summer calls for a stylish short-sleeve shirt, the kind that’s breezy, cool, casual & versatile. Well, Buck Mason yet again delivers one of the best short-sleeve shirts out there. Wear it with your Flint and Tinder Tailored Stretch Utility Pants, folks.

Todd Snyder Japanese Knit Chore Coat in Olive — $398

One of the toughest, best men’s chore coats on the market — from Todd Snyder, of course.

There are going to be plenty of times ahead where you need a rugged chore coat — preferably one of the best chore coats for men, at that. Throw this on during a camping trip, at a bonfire or heading out to grab to-go beers — Todd Snyder has you covered, as always.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Organic ’68 24-Month Wash — $188

A classic denim jacket that you’ll wear the rest of summer.

Another stylish summer jacket comin’ at ya — once more, I’m recommending the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket (see a past pick here). To me, this light wash denim jacket is a stone-cold summer classic & one of the best denim jackets around.

Buck Mason Anti-Microbial Prevention Face Mask (5-Pack) — $20

Very likely one of the best face masks out there for the price and quality.

Yes, another pick from Buck Mason — this one is all the more critical, though. This is a surprisingly stylish face mask, and it helps that one of your favorite menswear brands is making it. You can also get a 250-pack of face masks from the good folks at Buck Mason, if needed.

Wellen Hemp Polo — $58

A breezy, stylish polo for summer, made to be worn as often as possible.

The time is still upon us to wear one of the best men’s polos — ASAP. The good folks at Wellen make some of the most sustainable menswear on the planet, and the Wellen Hemp Polo (a favorite of the blog!) is  no exception. Wear this, perhaps the best polo for summer, with your favorite chinos and stylish leather loafers.

Freemans Sporting Club Denim Western Shirt — $250

The coolest denim shirt for guys right now? For yourself? Very likely.

You’ve read about Freemans Sporting Club this summer on the blog, so let’s dive into what makes this brand so great. Here, they’re offering up their take on the best denim shirt here, one that’s so iconic and classic, you’ll want to wear it every day. It’s an investment-level denim shirt, but one that’ll easily pay off.
Cantonment Kerchief + Woggle Set — $40

Use this kerchief as a face covering or a go-anywhere essential.

Isn’t it amazing what versatility a stylish kerchief can bring to your everyday carry? Perhaps you haven’t considered this workshop-friendly, adventure-minded accessory as being critical to your day, but I’d wager that’ll change once you check out what Cantonment is doing. Cantonment offers three styles of kerchief, made from soft cotton. The cloth pairs up with the proprietary Woggle-Toggle™ system to act as a handy additional touch — use the kerchief as a face covering by utilizing the Woggle, or keep an extra kerchief at your belt. Plus, they just look darn cool. too.

CLAE Malone Sneakers — $160

Classic summer sneakers in a cool, retro-inspired silhouette.

Hey now, the time is still right to pick up some of the best men’s sneakers for summer — and the CLAE Malone Sneakers, with their court-inspired style, are simply perfect. Pair ’em up with your new favorite shorts.

Howler Brothers Cornerstone Corduroy Shorts — $69

Cool, retro-inspired summer shorts from Howler Brothers.

What are you going to wear with your CLAE Malone Sneakers? As just mentioned, you’re going to be wearing some of the best men’s shorts — you’ve got to love these retro corduroy shorts from Howler Brothers, right?

Billykirk No. 513 Standard Issue Duffel in Olive — $260

One of the toughest duffel bags on the market.

When you need one of the best duffel bags for a summer getaway, you need to turn to the good folks at New Jersey-based Billykirk. They’ve been making the best everyday carry gear for decades, and the handsome No. 513 Standard Issue Duffel is no exception.

HELM Boots Muller Brown Leather Boots — $385

Some of the most rugged men’s boots for a summer getaway (or any time of year). 

Quick, what’s another piece of rugged men’s gear you need for a weekend getaway? That’s easy — some of the best leather boots for men, from Austin-based HELM Boots. Wear these with your favorite denim.

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch — $1,395

An unstoppable, investment-worthy watch from Huckberry.

Let’s pivot for a second to talk about Zodiac Watches, and why exactly you need to invest in the remarkable Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch. To put it simply: It’s a great-looking everyday watch, it can go absolutely anywhere (even the depths of the ocean), and it’s one of the best men’s watches out there, period. On the same page? Good.

GREATS Wooster Suede in Light Grey — $149

The best slip-on sneakers for men out there? You be the judge of that.

The famed GREATS Wooster, some of the best slip-on sneakers for men, has made a triumphant return to the brand (in fact, I published a GREATS Wooster review way back in the day!). These are stylish slip-on sneakers that won’t break the bank.

Material The Fundamentals Kitchen Set — $175

Some of the best tools for your kitchen to shop right now.

Let’s turn our attention toward the kitchen tools you’re using every day (and likely a lot more during quarantine!). Have you found one of the best kitchen tool sets yet? If not, get the Material Fundamentals Kitchen Set, featuring all the best kitchen equipment to whip up tasty meals. Head to over to the Huckberry Pantry and Provisions page to stock up, too.

High Brew Coffee Black and Bold Cold Brew — $10

Bold, coffee-forward cold brew in a can? Sign me up.

Hey, shopping for all the best men’s gear is enough to make anyone search for some of the best cold brew, is it not? With the spirit of convenience and quality in mind, High Brew Coffee makes some of the best-tasting canned cold brew I’ve tried, with a range of flavors — including the excellent Black & Bold (dairy-free and just 10 calories!). Thanks to the brand for sending, as I’ve been testing out to fuel the blog (like right now!).
If you can believe it, that’s going to wrap up today’s guide to the best men’s gear. What are you adding to your wish list? Will you be focused on the home front and picking up the Material Fundamentals Kitchen Set or focused on investing in the very best with the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch? What about snapping up, say, a Freemans Sporting Club denim shirt or the the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket? There are plentiful choices for the stylish guy these days — my favorite out of all the above picks could be the Todd Snyder Japanese Knit Chore Coat, though. To chime in, comment below or head over to Twitter. Thanks for reading!

 

#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.

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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

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!

#OOTD: How to Dress for Your Next Summer Wedding

So, the date’s long been set, your travel plans are in order, the room is booked, the gift is bought … that being said, what are you going to wear to this summer wedding!? Fear not, folks — The Style Guide is here to help in a pinch. How to dress for a summer wedding is really a conundrum any way you slice it; it could be outdoors and it could be hot, you could be in a more casual location … the answer, my friends, can be found in the #OOTD below, featuring a classic navy blazer from the likes of Taylor Stitch, plus stylish leather loafers, classic tan chinos and plenty of other #menswear fun. We’re toeing the line between formal and too casual, as it seems most weddings do these days. Let’s not overthink it too much, and after all, you’ve got more important things to worry about (celebrating the wedding!). That being said, you’ve still got to look sharp – that’s where a classic leather watch comes into play, not to mention some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste — more on the specifics in a second. Again, we’re keeping it casual but crisp, and ready to take on the heat — wait until you see the summer style hack we deploy below. Check out the full #OOTD and feel free to let me know what you think over on Twitter. Cheers!

A solid mix of the best essentials for a summer wedding, don’t you agree? 

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, $298 — There’s no wrong way to wear stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, and the Telegraph Jacket is handsome, sharp & not over-the-top — plus, it’s lined in cotton chambray for breathability.
  • The Shirt: Wellen Double Cloth Short-Sleeve Shirt, $68 — Bear with me here. The wedding is outside. It’s hot. There are very few ties being worn. And to stay cool before you ditch your suit jacket for the dance floor? Wear this stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Chinos: Mollusk Surf Shop Chinos, $98 — Like I said, we’re keeping it casual — these slim chinos are breathable and polished enough for a more laidback wedding (not too laidback, though!). Plus, they’ll look mighty fine with your
  • stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Dress Shoes: Astorflex Patnoflex, $175 — Leave the lace-up dress shoes at home (or at least consider it), because these stylish leather slip-ons are all you need to nail a casual wedding look.
  • The Watch: Timex x Todd Snyder Welton Bi-Metal Watch, $158 — There’s something pleasingly sharp and refined about this throwback-inspired watch — the perfect dress watch for a summer wedding.
  • The Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical Buckler Sunglasses, $164.98 — Like we said, if the wedding or cocktail hour is outdoors, you’ll need the right gear — like stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical, ehh?
  • The Pomade: Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste, $26 — Showing up to a wedding isn’t about just rolling out of bed — it’s about looking your best. Hence, this Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste. Perfect for a fresh summer ‘do.
  • The Travel Bag: Filson Dryden 2-Wheel Carry-On, $295 — Hey, you’re going to need at least one bag to get to the wedding,and this tough two-wheel suitcase is the way to go (A tip: Wear the Telegraph Jacket onto your plane, paired with slim dark jeans and a light blue Oxford).

OK, do you at least feel a little more prepared when it comes to what to wear to your next summer wedding? Undoubtedly, you’re going to want to stay cool and sharp — a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen could be the key to achieving that, and no one needs to know you’ve ditched your sleeves. Elsewhere, it all starts out up top with stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, the ideal way to meet any dressy occasion if you prefer to not be so stuffy. The choice of pants matters here, too — avoid pleats in favor of slim chinos in a classic material and color — they’ll sit nicely atop your stylish leather slip-ons, again a reliable choice in the warm weather for keeping cool. Leave your sport shades at home, too — a pair of stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical are going to look nice and refined as the topper on this #OOTD. Perhaps the real topper, though? Your fresh summer haircut, finished off with some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste.Naturally, your watch is every bit as crucial as the other components of this look, so aim for the perfect dress watch, here made perfectly by Timex and Todd Snyder. And to make sure all your gear (and your gift) gets to the wedding in one piece? Grab a tough two-wheel suitcase for the jaunt. If you follow these tips, I can’t guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed guy at the wedding, but you’ll be quite close. Again, cheers!