The Friday Read: Turks and Caicos, Filson and the Best Early Spring Style Essentials

Get geared up for spring with these stylish Chelsea boots from Astorflex and Huckberry.

First off, my friends: Thanks for joining us for another edition of The Friday Read. If you’ve just about had it with winter, well, you’re not alone — I have, too. That’s why I’d recommend investing in some of the best spring boots — the Astorflex Bitflex Chelsea Boots as seen above. They’re a favorite of the blog (as seen in this post). And the even better news is, this new pair of Chelsea boots just got an upgrade, all thanks to the tough nubuck upper. They’re sure to become (quite possibly) your new favorite pair of boots, to make a long story short.

So, to business! Today, we’ve got lots of ground to cover — it’s time for a weekend trip of a different nature for yours truly! Well, nearly time. Tomorrow morning, the Hayhoe family is taking our traditional March family trip (celebrating my dad’s 60th this time!) to a far more exotic destination than I’ve traveled of late: The sandy beaches and crystal-clear water of Turks and Caicos! It’s a far cry from Dublin, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to ditch my winter style essentials — seriously — and take in some rays. Want to see how I transition from the winter to the warmth of Turks and Caicos? It’ll be a tough task, but head to my Instagram for more. Oh, and the rest of your Friday Read is below!

  • For GearMoose, I wrote about an iconic jacket from an iconic brand that you need for spring — specifically, a rough-and-tumble Filson piece perfect for transitional style.
  • If you ask me, I think it’s worth revisiting this post on the best early spring style essentials, from transitional outerwear to the best flannel shirt to comfortable bedding. Chilly, breezy weather is going to be with us for a while, so that’s certainly one way to tackle it — that’s all there is to it.
  • Speaking of early spring style essentials, there’s one style of jacket I think you’re going to get a lot of usage out of for the coming season — the classic trucker jacket. On that note, I wrote about the best men’s trucker jackets for my friends at The Manual — give it a read!


That’s going to close up shop for me today — I’ve got some last-minute packing to do, and some sunshine to anticipate! If you still want one last item to read before you start the weekend, you’d do well to check out this piece on the best leather belt to buy now. Now meaning, well, right this instant. Let me know on Twitter if you pick it up. Thanks for reading!

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See Now, Buy Now: Carpenter Watches Is Making Your New Favorite Watch, the G4 Brooklyn Gent

A watch company making classically inspired watches in Brooklyn? Sign me up!

Looking for a stylish new watch (maybe one to spend that bonus or tax return on as a treat)? I’d wager you are. In that case, the timing couldn’t be better, seeing as Carpenter Watches is making your new favorite watch — the stellar, classically inspired G4 Brooklyn Gent. It;’s not cheap (get it for $895 at Huckberry), but it delivers in every single category. We’re talking both throwback looks (mid-century, specifically), plus durability and quality construction (the G4 Brooklyn Gent features a Swiss-made automatic movement for precise timekeeping). Again, what makes it worth spending your hard-earned dough on a stylish new watch that’ll set you back close to a grand? Allow Carpenter Watches — out of Brooklyn, fittingly enough — to answer that one for you via our See Now, Buy Now series. Specifically, the G4 Brooklyn Gent and Carpenter Watches take cues from founder Neil Carpenter’s own family, and watches passed down through the years. That would explain the perfectly executed dial design and the refined, not-too-small 38mm case diameter.

SHOP: The G4 Brooklyn Gent via Carpenter Watches

Carpenter Watches

Sleek, well-designed, throwback-inspired — all the right boxes to check.

Carpenter Watches gets plenty else right throughout its well-curated and well-crafted line, too — these are handsome, subtly stylish timepieces that make a statement without being too imposing. That means you can wear the G4 Brooklyn Gent with everything from a rugged henley or a classic flannel shirt and slim faded denim to a refined wool suit. The use of a bronze case contrasts quite nicely with the brown leather strap on the G4 Brooklyn Gent as well — again, that contrast will work nicely whether you wear this timepiece from Carpenter Watches to the office or to your favorite brewery (feel free to try it at either location!). It’s also refreshing to find a stylish leather watch that isn’t too ostentatious or gaudy — Carpenter Watches is classic through and through. I think you’ll find the same once you invest in one. Head to Twitter to let me know if you pick one up!

SHOP: The G4 Brooklyn Gent via Carpenter Watches

The List: Get Ready for Early Spring with the Essential Menswear Picks for the Season

We’re going in-depth with a slim pair of new Levi’s denim and more spring style essentials today.

We’ve probably got a ways to go before it really starts feeling like spring, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your search for spring style essentials today. And oftentimes, the best men’s spring gear should start with pieces you might normally overlook — like the slim black jeans from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line pictured at the top of the page. Which is to say, if you focus on quality basics, the rest of your spring style needs will fall into place — that goes for upgrades to your home bar and even the purchase of a new, stylish wool utility jacket. Without further ado, let’s look toward a new season.

Levi’s Made and Crafted 511 Slim Fit Denim — $168

A slim pair of timeless black denim from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line.

When it comes to making stylish men’s denim, Levi’s is perhaps the foremost American expert on the category — and it’s helpful that the Levi’s 511 here gets an added upgrade via the excellent attention to detail from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line. Wear these slim black jeans with an inky blue indigo denim jacket and a rugged short-sleeve henley this spring.

SHOP: The Levi’s Made and Crafted 511 Denim

Bespoke Post Parlor Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

A wortwhile way to upgrade your home bar.

You might associate this home bar essential with the depths of winter, but bear with me. Early spring is actually as good a time as any to upgrade your home bar — after all, spring and summer call for plenty of party-hosting and plenty of cocktails. The Bespoke Post Parlor Box has you covered.

Portuguese Flannel Street Shirt — $115

A lightweight flannel shirt to wear as a nice mid-layer this spring.

Now’s not the time to stow away your classic flannel shirt just yet — this soft flannel from Portuguese Flannel should prove reliable and warm through spring rain.

Carpenter Watches G1 Brooklyn Gent Watch — $825

A slim, dressy leather watch to wear all spring and summer (and beyond).

A refined, stylish leather watch works well, no matter the season, but the G1 Brooklyn Gent from Carpenter Watches seems well-suited to work with a khaki blazer and light wash denim this spring.

Todd Snyder x Champion Popover Hoodie Sweatshirt — $138

A bright, spring-friendly hooded sweatshirt from a famed design partnership.

Speaking of essential spring layers, consider this seriously stylish hooded sweatshirt from Todd Snyder x Champion — this is the type of casual hooded sweatshirt you could assuredly wear over your classic flannel shirt.

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos — $98

The best chinos for spring? Certainly among them, that much is true.

Now, let’s pivot from slim black denim to a pair of stylish chinos for spring and summer — yes, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos are made specifically for warmer weather, and you can team them with a stylish hooded sweatshirt or a white Oxford in equal measure.

Arvin Goods Gym Socks — $12

Well-made, sustainable socks from Arvin Goods.

Hey, it’s not all about $825 watches here on the blog all the time — sometimes, you just need a pair of stylish, affordable socks, like this pair here from Arvin Goods. Wear them with your new favorite spring sneakers (more on those in a second).

Native North Utility Jacket — $200

Inspired by workwear and fit for the present day.

Because it’s going to be a while before it warms up well and truly, this stylish wool utility jacket is a one-of-a-kind option to wear with slim black denim and black combat boots.

Orvis Heritage Field Coat — $219

A tough field coat you’re going to reach for time and again this spring.

Speaking of jackets for spring weather: The Orvis Heritage Field Coat’s rugged style and legendary performance precedes itself. It’s one of the toughest field jackets you can buy, thanks to weather-ready waxed cotton canvas and features like reinforced elbows. It’s a coat that’s built for the field, and yet works in the city — I should know, seeing as I took it on a recent trip to Dublin and really can’t say enough about it!
SeaVees Legends Sneaker in Pig Suede — $72

A versatile, understated pair of sneakers for many a a spring outing.

Quickly, let’s talk about your new favorite spring sneakers — there’s a good chance they could be these very sneakers seen here from SeaVees.
Relwen Stretch Windpant — $188

Add these to your list of essential spring gear.

In keeping with the theme of gear to get you ready for wet and wild weather, these functional, stylish sweatpants from Relwen fit the bill quite nicely. Could they be your new favorite sweatpants? Maybe.
Astorflex Pantoflex — $155

Sleek leather loafers that’ll work for that first warm day of spring.

Nothing says spring weather and spring style quite like a pair of stylish leather slip-ons (able to be dressed up or down) from Astorflex, right? Indeed!
So as we get ready for spring (slowly but surely), which of the above picks tops your own list? For me, it’s still the Levi’s Made and Crafted line and the 511 Denim as shown above. Versatile, essential & timeless. Feel free to pop in the comments and let me know! Thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Native North Utility Jacket

A functional-yet-versatile jacket to help you get ready for early spring.

Not so fast, my friend — it’s not time to hang up all of your winter style essentials quite yet. In fact, some of those pieces, like the Native North Utilty Jacket shown above, can reliably help you make the transition into early spring. That’s right, the Native North Utility Jacket is one of the best men’s jackets for early spring, and that’s just a fact. The Native North Utility Jacket certainly has a lot going for it, from the classic workwear cut to the handy pockets (perfect for lugging your everyday carry essentials through less-than-optimal spring weather). And it’s a bonus that the Native North Utility Jacket doesn’t quite look like anything you’ve got in your closet when it comes to style — that’s because its roots come from Denmark, that uniquely minimal, quickly growing menswear outpost. Heck, there’s even a Copenhagen Fashion Week now, and you wouldn’t look out of place if you decided to wear the Native North Utility Jacket across the pond. But enough about the runways — what makes this stylish spring jacket right for you? Bear with me.

SHOP: The Native North Utility Jacket

Native North

The three-way collar lends itself to fighting chilly early spring days in style.

For one, it’s not the bulky winter jacket you’ve grown used to wearing over the past several months — this slim wool jacket is linted with cotton (versus an all-wool lining), giving it a bit more breathability and mobility. Point being, you should feel free to layer this rugged workwear jacket over everything from a classic henley and slim faded jeans (don’t forget some Astorflex chukka boots) to a crisp white Oxford shirt and tan chinos. Think of the Native North Utility Jacket like a more stylish, functional blazer replacement (complete with two interior pockets and three exterior pockets). In short, this jacket could also double as the perfect travel jacket, able to be worn on a chilly plane or train, and then out to your destination once you arrive. Again, it’s a uniquely stylish spring jacket that looks quite a bit different from the technical pieces we normally associate with early spring style. That’s only a positive — just because we’re getting away from winter doesn’t mean you don’t need an arsenal full of the best men’s jackets, and again … that’s just a fact! Are you adding the Native North Utility Jacket to your rotation this season? How are you wearing it? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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.

#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!