The Friday Read: Dublin, The Best Old Fashioned to Drink Now & The Best Winter Jacket

Cheers to the weekend — and the best Old Fashioned on the market. Image courtesy of Esquire.

We’re here on the cusp of another weekend, my friends — have an Old Fashioned, you deserve it. It’s been a whirlwind month of February for me, seeing as I woke up on February 1st in Vancouver on a weekend jaunt to see one of my favorite bands, Canadian rock stars Arkells, and then spent the rest of my time checking out a neat coastal city (I strongly recommend you hit up Brassneck Brewery and the trendy-but-not-too-trendy beer & cocktail emporium Six Acres). In short, the show & the trip were extraordinary — but you know that if you follow me on Instagram. Vancouver was lovely & extremely walkable, with sunny, breezy weather, great beer, and some tasty Japanese curry fries. The Granville Island Public Market is another eclectic location worth a visit if ever you get out West, too.

What’s on tap next, then? Why, another trip, of course! Back in October, as I started planning out my 2019, I looked “across the pond” and found a neat 2-for-1 opportunity of sorts — the chance to visit iconic, historic Dublin, Ireland, and the chance to see a stellar show by another one of my favorite groups, Scottish synth pop heroes CHVRCHES! In fact, as you read this, I’m en route to Dublin (with a stop at the Guinness Storehouse planned later today). From the Guinness Storehouse, it’ll be off to explore the city and head to the Olympia Theatre to see CHVRCHES play a Friday night show sure to be packed with hits off three much-loved albums, including 2013 classics “The Mother We Share” and “Recover.” From there, I’m looking forward to exploring as much of the city on foot as possible (with my Huckberry Duck Boots in tow, naturally). What’s on your weekend to-do list? Wait, I know the answer: Kicking it off with today’s edition of The Friday Read, and listening to some CHVRCHES. Problem solved!

  • Aside from a rich, flavorful IPA, I might put an Old Fashioned second on my list of go-to cocktails for a chilly winter night (the photo at the top really says it all, honestly). On that note, the ever-refined team at Esquire offers up a recipe for what just might be the best Old Fashioned to drink now. It’s super simple, it accentuates the whiskey (I like Michter’s at the moment), and it’s a nice way to unwind after a long day.
  • On the hunt for a unique collaboration that’s designed to work at the beach and on the streets? The Hurley x Carhartt collaboration, recently launched, is for you. It blends the spirit of workwear with the adventure-ready mindset of the beach through stylish hoodies, heavyweight tees & more.. And the even better news? I recently wrote about the partnership for The Manual! Check it out above.It’s quite high praise to call out one jacket (that’d be the Fint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa Jacket) as the best winter jacket, but I’m here to tell you that it’s seriously under consideration for that honor from yours truly. In fact, you should read more about this jacket before it’s snapped up off digital shelves.
  • The best style moves are sometimes the simplest — take the Proof Nova Series Jacket, a minimal jacket that offers up big-time performance. To get the full scoop, I’m going to send you to GearMoose to read my latest feature.

So, that’ll do it for today’s edition of The Friday Read. I’ve got some exploration of Dublin to get done now — if you have any suggestions for sights to see in the city, feel free to let me know on Twitter. And in the meantime, I’d urge you to keep your weekend going by shopping for some of the best menswear essentials. There we go! Thanks for reading.

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#OOTD: How to Dress Down a Blazer This Winter

We’ve talked in the past here on The Style Guide about how to dress for the office, but we’re now taking that a step further today — how to dress down your blazer the right way. The move here involves dressing it down for a nice blend of workwear-inspired, ruggedly casual office style. It’s a tricky balance to get right, but I think you’ll find the below #OOTD gets the job done just fine (pun intended). The trick comes in the blazer you pick, and the supporting cast with which you surround yourself. In this case, the blazer in question is the unstructured, laidback-yet-polished Outerknown Ambassador Blazer — but more on that in a second.

In other matters, the rest of these men’s style essentials might look more like pieces you wear on the weekend: Consider a rugged Taylor Stitch henley and the durable-as-heck Flint and Tinder Mill Pants to now be stylish and essential enough to wear to the office. The key, again, comes with blending it all together in a way that’s polished and cool — not stuffy. So, you’ll also find a stylish leather watch and grooming essentials from Duke Cannon in the mix. It can be a bit uncomfortable at first to mix and match pieces that you normally feel might not work together, but when you put your mind to it … it all falls into place. See for yourself below, then check out my #OOTD rotation over on Instagram.

Can you dress down a blazer? Yes, with this #OOTD … you sure can.

  • The Blazer: Outerknown Ambassador Blazer, $325 — When wearing a blazer more casually (like with a stylish henley), reach for one that’s unstructured and easygoing — Outerknown has just the ticket. (While we’re at it, head here to get a discount on Outerknown).
  • The Henley: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley in Natural, $68 — If ever there was a henley to wear with a blazer, it’d be this rugged Taylor Stitch henley. Right?
  • The Pants: Flint and Tinder Mill Pants, $98 — Mixing workwear with more dressy style staples can be a bit of a daring move, but the rugged Flint and Tinder Mill Pants balance out the two nicely.
  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka, $238.98 — You’re still going to need one of the best men’s winter jackets for a little while longer — Taylor Stitch strikes again here, helping you get to the office and stay dry while doing it.
  • The Boots: Allen Edmonds Normandy Captoe Boots, $295 — Rugged leather lace-up boots are the go-to move here, particularly as you fight the elements in business casual style.
  • The Stylish Leather Watch: Martenero Ace Watch, $595 — This handsome leather watch is bold enough for the weekend & subtly stylish enough for the office.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon Bourbon Solid Cologne, $25 — Try something new on for size — this refined cologne from Duke Cannon is truly like no other, and that’s why I love it.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: This Is Ground Mod 5 Organizer, $385 — The right way to organize your daily work must-haves? This Is Ground, of course. Stylish AND sleek.

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So, we’re calling this meeting to a close today in terms of how to dress down your blazer — did this #OOTD get you thinking outside of the box a little bit? Again, it all comes down to making sure your blazer (in this case, the Outerknown Ambassador Blazer) is laidback and stylish enough to wear with pieces like a rugged Taylor Stitch henley and of course, the workwear-inspired Flint and Tinder Mill Pants. You get more assistance at bridging the gap between the rugged and the office-ready with the suitably tough-yet-classic Allen Edmonds Normandy Captoe Boots (a personal favorite as seen on GearMoose!). The other accessories do the heavy lifting here, too. That includes the exceptional Martenero Ace Watch (possibly the best leather watch to buy now), plus the essential Duke Cannon Solid Cologne. Both of those bring this ensemble right to the office. And for when the weather gets to be too rough? The durable Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka helps you stay dry in style. Every single base is covered, from what to wear on your commute to what to wear at the office — casually, of course.  Again, check out my Instagram to see how I’m dressing for the office on the daily. Thanks for reading!


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The List: Bundle Up in Style with this Week’s Top Men’s Gear Picks

The casual. well-made zip hoodie you need for a winter weekend — beer not included.

By now, maybe you’ve grown sick of dealing with winter weather and dressing for the polar vortex — I know I have. That being said, you still need winter style essentials that take care of business, pieces that blend the casual with a new sense of refinement. Pieces not unlike the Flint and Tinder Zip Hoodie, a ridiculously well-made hoodie that’s surprisingly stylish. It’s perhaps the best hoodie to buy now, and we’re going to tell you just why you need it (plus other critical men’s gear picks) in today’s edition of The List. Feel free to let me know what you think on Twitter!

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie — $98

Flint and Tinder

Very nearly the best hooded sweatshirt on the market, with the chops to back it up.

If you follow the blog, you assuredly know that Flint and Tinder is no ordinary brand — and the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie is no ordinary hoodie, with a reputation for durability and quality that precedes it. Wear the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie underneath a rugged denim jacket and slim tan chinos, or keep it around to layer up with a versatile jacket like the Flint and Tinder Rain Shell. Again, it’s a hoodie that’s actually styish — color us surprised there, but it could be just the layering piece you need to reinvigorate your winter wardrobe.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie 

Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots — $175

The rugged, warm boots you need for the rest of winter.

Look, it’s horribly, terribly cold and snowy outside. You need some of the best men’s winter boots, even if we’re nearing the end of February. And these rugged waterproof boots fit the bill quite nicely.

Portuguese Flannel Teca Flannel Shirt — $115

A versatile flannel shirt that’s cozy and comfortable.

Looking for a relatively affordable flannel shirt made with style and durability in mind? This stylish flannel shirt is just what the doctor ordered.

Bespoke Post Frontier Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

Bespoke Post

The right gear for whatever winter throws your way.

OK, here’s the deal: When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you get access every single month to curated men’s style essentials — kind of like the Bespoke Post Frontier Box, perfect for winter adventures.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Tobacco Waxed Canvas — $188

The details make all the difference when it comes to this exceptional Taylor Stitch jacket.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you’re reading this, the exceptionally stylish Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch (in a new, rich Tobacco Waxed Canvas) might be sold out. If you do have the chance to buy one still? Go for it — ASAP.

Upstate Eco Heather Flannel Sheet Set — $156

The right flannel sheets to upgrade your bedroom for winter.

It’s hard shopping for bedding for most of us guys — but luckily, Upstate is here with the best flannel sheets to buy now. They’re masculine, rugged & stylish, yet versatile — the perfect complement to the rest of your bedroom or apartment, most likely.

Levi’s 501 Jeans in STF Dark Rinse — $69.50

Classic men’s jeans from a classic brand, done in a clean dark rinse.

As to what you’re going to wear to complement something like the Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch, well … might as well make it a pair of the best men’s denim, right?

Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket — $138

A tough, warm shirt jacket to make the last few weeks of winter bearable.

Speaking of gear for winter adventures, well … this durable shirt jacket (available in other colors besides the blue seen above) gives you the versatility of two stylish shirt jackets in one handy, easily packable silhouette.

Fellow Stagg EKG+ Electric Kettle — $199

The best way to get the best cup of coffee, no doubt about it.

Use this kettle to bring your water to absolutely the precise temperature for the perfect cup of coffee or tea — a must-have on chilly winter weekend mornings.

1767 Designs Donoho Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging — $290

A seriously unique way to amp up your wall art.

OK, so we’ve talked about the perfect cup of coffee and also the best flannel sheets, so why not keep the home-centric goods rolling with this investment-level piece of reclaimed wood art from Donoho?

That’s going to close out this winter-friendly edition of The List. What’s on your shopping list now? I’m a big fan of the functionality and rugged style of the best men’s winter boots we featured in today’s post — those would be the Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots, of course. Stay warm and stay stylish out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Here’s your new favorite jacket — there, I said it.

Put it this way: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket could be the last jacket you need to buy for the rest of winter (and heck, next fall). Perhaps you thought your seasonal outerwear situation was all set? Not so fast. The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket is the right way to refresh your winter jacket collection as the season rolls along, what with its classic blend of workwear style and durability. It’s a step down in terms of dressy style from, say, the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear the  Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket every other time you need a tough, dependable jacket. It’s made in the U.S.A, a signifier of that extra attention to detail and quality for which Flint and Tinder is known across the board.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

The quality behind the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket starts with its construction and fabrication — for instance, it’s made with tough cotton canvas from North Carolina, a haven for excellent textiles. It’s there that the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket really starts to take shape, from the cotton corduroy flip-up collar (a classic workwear touch) to the quilted interior lining.

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

Also available in Grey, this jacket is complete with a functional quilted lining.

And as you can see above, it comes in both Grey and my personal favorite, a rich shade of Brown that wears well with all of your other favorite menswear essentials (think indigo denim and brown leather boots, for starters). The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket also wears nicely with slightly dressier pieces, like slim olive chinos and a white Oxford (topped off with classic leather chukka boots, of course). And that versatility means this tough workwear jacket is much more versatile than you might think — try it with a denim shirt and grey chinos to head to a weekend happy hour or a casual coffee date.

What’s more, the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket is pretty darn affordable considering what you’re getting — a dependable, warm winter jacket that you can wear for both work and play. The cotton canvas exterior is going to take on chilly weather and snow with ease, while even the YKK coil zippers get the job done in terms of durability. There really isn’t any downside to picking up the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket, that much is clear.  What’s your take on this soon-to-be winter style staple? Feel free to chime in on Twitter!

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket

See Now, Buy Now: The Thorogood Beloit Boots are the Best Winter Boots You Can Wear Now

Rugged leather boots for winter weather.

Yes, folks — I said it. The best winter boots to buy right now come from one brand, and one brand only (up for debate, but let’s roll with it). That brand, as you might be able to tell from the above photo, is Thorogood, and the rugged leather boots in question are the Thorogood Beloit Boots. That’s it. End of post. No, not really — just kidding! We’ve got plenty more to say about these highly stylish leather boots. If that sounds agreeable to you, then keep reading. The Thorogood Beloit Boots check all the right boxes when it comes to versatile, dependable style and performance. They’re made in America, for starters, and with that approach comes the kind of attention to detail that not many other brands can provide. The use of genuine Horween Chromexcel leather in a variety of colors — perhaps the best leather in the world — puts the Thorogood Beloit Boots in a league of their own, too.

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One of multiple leather options when it comes to the Thorogood Beloit Boots.

What’s more, these classically designed leather boots feature Goodyear welt construction, meaning you can resole ’em and keep on wearing them year after year … after year. Yes indeed, the Thorogood Beloit Boots really do get the job done on multiple fronts. The plain toe design makes them ideal to wear in plenty of different style scenarios — wear them with a navy cotton blazer, a white Oxford shirt and black jeans to the office, or team these classic leather boots with a rugged crewneck sweatshirt and expertly faded denim on a blustery winter weekend. And when you consider that the price point on a pair of USA-made leather boots can run quite high, the Thorogood Beloit Boots are a pretty darn good deal at $300 via Huckberry. So, that’s quite the list of positives, is it not? Try them for yourself, and I think you’ll realize they just might be your new favorite leather boots.

SHOP: The Thorogood Beloit Boots 


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#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Classic Henley for Winter (And Beyond)

If you keep up with the digital pages of your favorite menswear blog (this one!), then you know that we positively love recommending a stylish henley for many a situation — and this crucial piece of menswear is perhaps no more important than during the winter months. The right henley to buy now can in fact be used as a crucial base layer — particularly the stylish indigo henley from Faherty Brand that forms the foundation of this #OOTD. It’s the perfect piece to complement the other gear picks on display here — taken in total, this is a rugged, causal, warm ensemble that I could see working everywhere from a laidback weekend bar outing to a snowy winter hike. Again, it all starts with a great henley, that classic men’s style staple that started as a sporting shirt and has now evolved into the shirt that every guy needs (arguably). So, why does this entire outfit stand on its own? You’ll see why in just a second, but know that we’re teaming up our rugged henley with a classic flannel shirt, durable work pants and a pair of the best men’s boots for winter. It’s all topped off with — naturally — a seriously warm sherpa trucker jacket from Flint and Tinder. Now, let’s unveil the ensemble, shall we? To see how I’m styling a henley this winter, head to my Instagram.

An absolutely unstoppable winter style combo, featuring a rugged henley (of course).

OK, folks — what do we think of the choices for this rugged, casual, exceptionally timeless winter look? To me, the base layer of a stylish henley is what makes it all go — especially one from Faherty Brand, guaranteed to be comfortable and easy to layer. That’s all the better when you consider the stylish flannel shirt we’re wearing atop it, right? And things only get warmer and better-looking from there: The Flint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa-Lined Jacket really is as good as it gets. It’s the type of jacket that could take you on a brewery tour or through a museum trip, then out to a casual gastropub — the same can be said of the surprisingly versatile Union Work Pants from Iron & Resin.  The entire combo is elevated even further thanks to the tremendous Thorogood Beloit Boots (easily the best leather boots for the season). And your accessories will add some sheen to this outfit if you focus on picking up arguably the perfect casual watch — one that’s going to stand up to the challenge of winter weather and go-anywhere style. You could certainly say the same thing about your American Trench socks, which add another element of comfort and all-day performance. Again, trekking from a gallery to a brewery to drinks has never been so easy. Last but certainly not least, it really will pay off to put on a stylish beanie cap as temperatures continue to drop. Now, with all of that being said … where will this outfit take you? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page.

The List: Shop the Best New Menswear Essentials — From Boots to Denim — Right Here

A new favorite winter layer is today’s featured pick.

Welcome back and thanks for joining us as we cover another all-new set of men’s style essentials for winter (and well beyond!) here at The Style Guide. Today’s focus remains on versatile, durable, tough gear that’s going to get you through winter (and perhaps Valentine’s Day) with style and functionality in mind. That’s where a piece like the Relwen Knit Jacquard Snap CPO is going to come in handy — part blazer replacement, part shirt, part jacket, it’s one of the best men’s winter outerwear pieces you can buy now. And you’ll find out all about it below. To shop for more winter style essentials, be sure to check out past editions of The List. Happy shopping!

Relwen Knit Jacquard Snap CPO — $238.98

Relwen

Dependable and smartly designed to layer with ease.

A richly crafted, stylish shirt jacket that’s exclusive to Huckberry is tough to pass up, right? Particularly one that’s made with military heritage and bombproof (yes, bombproof) construction in mind. The Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen is perfect to wear with slim grey chinos, tough moc toe leather boots and your favorite henley, naturally.

SHOP: The Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen

Fourlaps Rush Jogger 2.0 — $88

A pair of tailored joggers that function nicely for work or play.

Whether you throw on these sweats to take on a winter weekend 5K or perhaps a more leisurely park stroll, the Fourlaps Rush Joggers (2.0 Edition) blend sporty style with a tailored fit. The French Terry fabric blend is soft and cozy, another plus this winter. And if you fancy wearing sweatpants for travel, it’s hard to go wrong with this cleanly designed pair.
Bespoke Post Agenda Box — $45 (When You Sign Up for Bespoke Post)

Classic, sharp office style and organization essentials.

The good folks at Bespoke Post say that you can tell a lot about a man by his workspace, and they’re absolutely right. From a handsome leather desk pad to a sharply designed calendar, the Bespoke Post Agenda Box has the office essentials you need to upgrade your work day.
Santa Rosa Tahoma Moccasins — $280

Hard-wearing moc boots that channel throwback style.

From slim sweatpants right back to rugged leather boots we go. The Santa Rosa Tahoma Moccasins are made with some serious attention to detail, a quality that harkens back to the brand’s West Coast founding in 1906 (yes, 1906!). Try wearing these stylish moc boots with slim faded denim and a classic crewneck sweatshirt.
Luminox Xcor Aerospace Pilot Professional Watch — $1,900

One heck of an advanced-yet-stylish timepiece.

Is this technologically advanced Luminox watch a major splurge? Yes. Do you need it unless you’ve got a very adventure or day job? Perhaps not. But if you do, it’ll surely come through.
Faherty Brand Overdyed Denim in Faded Grey — $178

A nice switch from dark blue denim.

A new arrival to the Faherty Brand site, these slim overdyed jeans are a unique way to switch things up from inky dark denim. As always with Faherty Brand, the fit and fabric are on-point.
Bluegrass Barrels Black Hoop Aging Barrel — $60

A neat way to upgrade your home bar.

A premium aging barrel might not be the first thing you think of when you think of essentials for your home bar, but it’s one of the coolest and most underrated components — right?
Topo Designs Daypack — $169

A rugged backpack that blends functionality and style.

The use of handsome Horween leather makes this Topo Designs backpack go from good to great — like, really great. In short, the Topo Designs Daypack is the new backpack you need now, fit for winter travel or a casual weekend outing.
Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit — $150

A standout sweater from a brand that knows its heritage.

There are certain classic men’s sweaters that really embody winter layering at its finest. The rugged, throwback-inspired Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit is one such sweater.
Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic Ash — $98
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A pair of classic chinos in a unique color.

Part of the excellent Essentials Collection from Taylor Stitch (year-round staples from a trusted brand), these Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos are a winter standout. Wear them with the Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit — plus brown leather boots — for casual office style.
Rhone Apparel Space Dye Henley — $78

An innovative henley that’s perfect for throwing on as a durable base layer.

Are you sensing a theme here? From the Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos to the Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit, the focus is on durable winter layering — a la this stylish henley from Rhone.
Mission Belt Full-Grain Italian Leather Belt — $74.95
Mission Belt

A new way to design and wear a belt, with a great cause in mind.

As seen on Shark Tank, Mission Belt really is like no other belt company out there, from the fact that its belts have no holes (they use a neat slide-and-clip mechanism instead!) to the fact that a dollar from every belt goes toward micro-loans to help entrepreneurs in developing countries. After testing it recently, I love the Cognac Italian Leather Belt as seen above.
Ash & Fir Upstate Candle Trio — $54

Three candle choices that mimic the scent and feel of lovely upstate New York.

Especially as we roll through winter, don’t overlook the importance of stocking up on the best candles for your home or apartment. You get three nicely scented candles here from Ash & Fir, luckily.
Outerknown Local Straight Denim — $128

A pair of jeans that look great and help the environment? That’s more than worthy of a purchase.

We’ll close out today’s edition of The List by looking at stylish men’s denim that’s also made with a mission in mind — Outerknown’s Local Straight Denim is sustainably made, and the handsome Faded Indigo wash is a new way to wear your favorite denim that’s much better for the environment. Plus, this stylish pair of jeans features a classic (not too skinny or baggy) fit.
So, from slim jogger sweatpants to an incredible technical watch from Luminox, we really covered something for everyone today, did we not? Which pick was your favorite? As we talked about at the top of the post, I can’t get enough of the Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen. Let me know how you feel about the rest of these picks on Twitter. Cheers!