The Friday Read: The Best Denim Overshirts, Outside Lands 2021 & The Best Outerknown Menswear

If a fall weekend is on the horizon — which it assuredly is — then there’s one thing you need to do. Well, at least one thing. First and foremost, check out some of the best sustainable menswear on the planet by way of Outerknown, the rugged-yet-versatile clothing brand founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater. Outerknown makes some of my favorite pieces in my fall menswear rotation, including the best-selling Outerknown Blanket Shirt in a wide array of colors. It gets even better beyond that: Outerknown is running the Outerknown Warehouse Sale right now, giving you up to 60 percent off past-season favorites. It’s a great way to get a standout deal on some of the best fall menswear and more. It’s the sort of sale I’ll be shopping, especially as I take it easy this weekend and watch some Michigan State football from Brooklyn.

I’ll be taking it easy this weekend namely because, well, I was more than busy last weekend, trekking out West covering the excellent Outside Lands Music Festival as one of the many hats I wear. It was my first trip to San Fran in seven years, as I noted in the last edition of the Friday Read and in the most recent entry in my music/menswear newsletter. You should head to Atwood Magazine to catch my full preview — and recap — but let me say that it was an absolutely stellar weekend to be in San Francisco, complete with sunny weather, excellent sets from luminaries like Vampire Weekend and Sharon Van Etten, and even some excellent local beer from Anchor Brewing. I can’t recommend the festival enough, in short. For now though, it’s time for me to power through some end-of-week writing for the Huckberry Journal (and more). As for yourself, here’s to starting your own weekend properly with some of my tips for the best fall men’s style gear on the market. Let’s get to it!

Courtesy of AskMen.
  • I mentioned above that we’d cover the best rugged fall menswear, and allow me to make another suggestion on that front. You should certainly head to AskMen to read my guide on the best denim overshirts for hard-wearing, casual-yet-functional layering this season — it’s that simple, folks.
  • Here’s hoping that you’ve been keeping up with the goings-on here on the blog, but if not, I’m going to point you back towards my Wednesday post examining one of the best sweaters for fall and winter. Of course, the sweater in question comes from Taylor Stitch, and it’s as cozy and reliable as you need it to be right now.
  • If you love travel, and if you’ve been loving a bit of travel — slowly but surely, the right way — here’s one for you. I had the chance in September to head to Detroit to A) See a rock show by Julien Baker whilst visiting old college friends and B) Check out the absolutely wonderful Shinola Hotel in the process. The hotel is elegant, refined, perfectly crafted and quite the ideal encapsulation of the Shinola lifestyle overall. On that note, here’s the full recap of my experience at Maxim — get yourself to Shinola and Detroit when you get the chance — I endorse it wholeheartedly!

I’ll leave you with one last style tip to head into the weekend. If it’s a laidback, casual weekend pullover you need — especially one on sale for under $100 — then Wellen is the way to go. This week’s Tuesday Steal covers the best fall weekend pullover on sale right now. Cheers to some fall weather and fall fun — and fall menswear, of course! Thanks for reading, my friends.

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Leather Watches To Buy Now

Whereas recent online shopping picks entries have covered everything from the best men’s home goods  to smaller accessories like the best gloves to buy for winter,  we’re going back to basics today and telling you all about an everyday essential. That is, we’re shifting gears to something that should likely be a part of your daily style ensemble — a great leather watch. We’ve taken a deep dive with rugged casual watches and stylish dive watches, but a simple, sharp leather watch can — and likely should — become an easy-to-wear, everyday go-to in your rotation. Even if you don’t consider yourself a watch aficionado, adding a crisp leather watch to a simple outfit — say, a classic chambray shirt and dark denim — can add visual interest, subtle style and a sense of purpose (notice how more folks use their phone to check the time than a watch?). At any rate, we’re focused on affordability, classic looks and wearability when it comes to today’s #menswear picks. Shop away, chime in on Facebook and follow yours truly on Instagram for a look at how I wear my favorite watches.

#1. Shinola Runwell Watch — $550

A clean, simple and versatile watch worthy of an investment.

A clean, simple and versatile watch worthy of an investment.

Let’s call this “the watch that started it all” — at least for this menswear writer. It’s tough to argue with Shinola’s crisp, classic and durable approach to watch construction — even if some oppose the brand’s marketing practices — but make no mistake, you’re buying quality when you buy a Shinola timepiece.  In fact, this very watch made a past men’s style holiday wish list on this site, and it’s still a coveted timepiece. Anyone out there have any experience with Shinola?

#2. Orient Bambino Second Generation Watch — $198.98

Orient Bambino

Super-sharp, classic and easy to wear with just about anything.

Whereas the Shinola Runwell leans more casual, the Orient Bambino Second Generation  is all dressy, refined and crisp style. With a textured leather strap, a just-right 40.5mm case diameter and minimal dial markings, it’s the watch you’ll want to wear with your best tailored suit this winter, and then slim stone chinos and stylish suede Chelsea boots come spring. In fact, the refined, sharp aesthetic means it’ll class up even a T-shirt and denim — give it a shot sometime in place of a more casual rubber strap watch.

#3. Seiko Dive Watch — $319.98

Seiko

A leather watch that can pull double duty at the office and on the weekend.

Leave it to Huckberry to offer up a versatile, tough dive watch with not one, but two strap options (suede leather from Lum-Tec and a rubber strap option). In an eye-catching red-and-blue color combo, the 40mm case diameter hits the sweet spot for those of us with larger or smaller wrists. The option to switch up the straps means this timepiece will work just as stylishly at the office with the leather option as it will with high-top sneakers and a classic crewneck sweater as you swap in the rubber strap. Two for the price of one, ya dig?

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#4. MVMT Watches The 40 in Blue/Brown Leather — $120

A clean watch with an eye-catching dial-and-strap combination.

A clean watch with an eye-catching dial-and-strap combination.

The folks at MVMT Watches make essential, no-frills watches fit for situations both casual and dressy — and that makes ’em a Style Guide favorite. If you saw our January 2016 MVMT Watches product review, perhaps you’re already acquainted with the brand’s classic 40 Series. If not, consider this a great introduction. The  brown leather strap and blue dial are a study in handsome contrasts, and the relatively slim case means this is a great watch to offset everything from a tailored navy suit to a classic blue Oxford this winter — and well beyond.

#5. Linjer The Minimalist — $224.98

Clean, essential and unique. Everything you could want in a nice leather watch.

Clean, essential and unique. Everything you could want in a nice leather watch.

If you’ll recall, this site reviewed a sharp Linjer Leather Goods wallet all the way back in 2015 — the brand has certainly grown quite a lot since then, including its introduction last year of crisp, sleek watches.  In particular, the brand’s Minimalist Watch solidifies its place on this list, what with its super-sharp looks and a very clean dial. This is certainly a dress watch for any and all occasions, but again, the crisp design means you can wear it casually with dressed-down ensembles. And hey, you need a watch to offset your Linjer wallet, right?

Honorable Mention: Form-Function-Form Horween Leather Timex Fairfield — $98

Timex

A recent introduction from Timex meets a classic, tough leather strap.

If you’re looking to upgrade your watch collection on a budget, you’re going to want to check out this honorable mention. It’s comin’ at ya from our pals at Form-Function-Form and Timex — in particular, the Form-Function-Form team knows how to make a sturdy, handsome leather strap to reliably complement any watch. And when that watch happens to be a clean timepiece like the Fairfield, that’s all the better. It’s been refreshing to see Timex update its designs as of late, and the result is a surefire winner that looks great and pairs well with picks like a slim cardigan and dark denim.

That’s a wrap on today’s online shopping picks, folks. Which of the above watches are you thinking of adding to your collection? If you’re looking for sharp versatility, a pick like Linjer’s The Minimalist is tough to beat. On the more rugged end of the spectrum, Seiko packs plenty of functionality and eye-catching design into its timeless Seiko Dive Watch, while perennial Style Guide favorites MVMT Watches serve up go-anywhere style with the brand’s 40 Series. Hopefully, you’ve found these picks affordable and stylish — right? Shop on, stock up and see you out there.

Thanks for reading,

-Beau