Style Pick of the Week: Mott and Bow Laight Slim Wash Light Jeans

Utterly classic slim jeans that are a winner any day of the week this spring.

If you’ve been regularly checking your calendar, you’ll notice that we’re past St. Patrick’s Day and barreling toward spring properly now — that means, of course, that you need spring style essentials. And to be more specific: You need a pair of the best light wash jeans for spring, and that’s where Mott and Bow can assuredly help you out. If you read the  blog on the regular (as you should!), you’ll notice that the company frequently makes some of the best jeans on the market, period — that goes for the coolest black jeans you’ve ever seen, as well as classic, winter-ready denim. But again, let’s shift our attention toward the slim light wash jeans you need to be wearing right now. We talked last summer about these slim jeans for warm weather, and it’s the right time to revisit ’em. Warmer weather means lighter fabrics, lighter colors and generally more casual style, so welcome it wholeheartedly with the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans, I say. And when it comes to Mott and Bow denim, you should rest easy knowing you’re getting the most bang for your buck (these jeans retail for $118, after all). In this case, the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans are made with 98 percent cotton and 2 percent elastane for ever-critical comfort and stretch. The hits just keep coming, though.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Laight Jeans

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Tailored, not-too-tight jeans from Mott and Bow.

It can be tough to find slim light wash jeans that fit the bill (pun very much intended) in terms of how they drape and move. Once again, Mott and Bow comes to the rescue with some of the best men’s denim, all made to fit every body type (Slim, Straight and Skinny fits take care of that). I think you’re going to find that the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans aren’t too skinny, nor are they too baggy — they fit just right. What’s more, with Mott and Bow‘s design process, you’re getting the kind of expertly faded (stonewashed, to be exact) denim that feels great right out of the box. For the guy on the go (that’s you!) who wants to wear stylish light wash jeans with everything from a classic white tee and high-top sneakers to a navy cotton blazer and classic suede chukkas, that versatility in design (not to mention comfort and fit) is critical. And one last point: While the Mott and Bow Laight Jeans  are nicely made for the weekend — throw on your favorite hooded sweatshirt and get out the door — these are also jeans you can wear to the office, particularly with a grey slub polo and the aforementioned classic suede chukkas. The world of style possiblities is nearly endless when it comes to Mott and Bow jeans, so snag this pair and get started exploring.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Laight Jeans

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See Now, Buy Now: Mott and Bow Now Makes Your New Favorite Sweatshirt

A well-made, casual and seriously cool sweatshirt from Mott and Bow.

If  you visit the digital pages of this blog often enough, you’ll find that we’re big fans of NYC-based denim purveyors Mott and Bow. They’re the focus once again of today’s See Now, Buy Now series, and they specialize in making a range of affordable men’s denim in quality fits, fabrics and washes, all with an emphasis on direct-to-consumer efficiency. And if you really, really dive deep into the blog, you’ll know that the brand does more than just make your favorite pair of jeans. In fact, as of this year, Mott and Bow is now making your new favorite sweatshirt (as the headline implies). The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck is, most importantly, versatile yet casual, not to mention extremely stylish and well-made — how’s that for a triple whammy? Not bad, right? Like all Mott and Bow gear, the difference is evident right from the start, and in this case, that means the right fabric sets this stylish sweatshirt apart from the pack.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck

One of the versatile colors in which you can get this crucial sweatshirt.

It’s pretty great that a brand that makes some of the coolest men’s jeans continues to branch out into complementary, stylish pieces that work very well with the slim denim on tap from them — I’m a fan after testing in recent weeks and months. Available in colors like Charcoal Heather, Heather Gray and the Navy option seen above, this rugged-yet-classic crewneck sweatshirt should  pair well with everything from slim dark blue denim (from Mott and Bow, of course) and a classic Oxford shirt to tan chinos & white high-top sneakers for a bit of early, early spring transitional style. It helps that the crewneck sweatshirt has transcended its humble athletic roots to become a go-to everyday style move — I’d also suggest you layer it underneath a denim jacket with olive chinos and your favorite pair of chukka boots for easygoing weekend (or casual office!) style. The point is this: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck is more than just your average crewneck, and you should expect nothing less from a brand that continues to innovate on all fronts.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck

 

#OOTD: Wear Your Crewneck Sweater to the Office (Or Anywhere) This Winter

In recent years, the classic crewneck sweatshirt, the traditionally gym-centric style, has undergone a mdern resurgence — and I’m here to tell you that yes, you can wear your new favorite crewneck sweatshirt just about anywhere this winter, and you can do so with the rest of your winter style essentials. Can you wear it to the office? Yes, definitely. Out for drinks on the weekend? Assuredly. To get coffee and stroll through the park? Most definitely. So that’s where we’ll start today’s #OOTD, and we’re going to specifically focus on the new Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck (which also happens to be a wise pairing with slim Mott and Bow denim, while we’re at it). But back to the matter at hand — what exactly makes the crewneck sweatshirt so versatile for wearing beyond the gym? In this case, it starts with the tailored fit, the minimal color (navy is shown here), and the material & construction from Mott and Bow — French Terry cotton is high-quality but casual, which makes it an excellent complement to a timeless Oxford shirt and classic twill trousers as shown below. So that initial combo (alongside the Taylor Stitch Vertical Jacket) means you can take this look to the office then out to drinks afterward, just as easily as you can start from scratch on the weekends when you’ve got a full day out and about. As you’ll see, touches like rugged Chelsea boots give this look more than a touch of winter-ready functionality, and an equally rugged leather watch stands up to the heartier style demands of winter. So again, where you can take the Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck? Just about anywhere you like, naturally. Read on for the full look.

 

Yes, your Mott and Bow crewneck sweatshirt is as versatile as can be.

OK, so that’s how to wear your new favorite crewneck sweatshirt .Now, does this look work when you wear your trusty athletic logo crewneck? While those are all well and good to keep on hand for game days, the real key here is the Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck  — it’s slim, minimal and versatile enough to wear lounging on your couch or at home. Of course, this look gets an office-ready lift from the classic Oxford shirt from Huckberry (unbutton those buttons for a bit of devil-may-care style). Yet, the option as to where you’re heading wearing this outfit is entirely yours, seeing as the classic twill trousers shown here from Faherty Brand have the styling potential of jeans and the look of slim chinos. Naturally, that makes them the perfect pair of pants to match up with the winter-minded Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots — slip them on, then get out the door and get where you’re going (be it the office or a new distillery). What’s on your wrist is also important here, and the Bertucci A-2TR Vintage GMT is sharp enough to wear to the office, yet casually rugged enough to throw on during your off-duty pursuits. As ever with our #OOTD series, the little details matter, and using one of the best men’s face washes before you step out the door in the morning is vital, too — Duke Cannon knows how to make some of the best men’s grooming essentials out there. Naturally, the finishing touch is the Tanner Goods Utility Bifold — a critical part of your everyday carry, without a doubt. So, this look should work just as hard as you do. To see how I’m stying my own winter #menswear, head to my Instagram. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Get the Perfect Jeans for Winter with Mott and Bow’s New Denim

Highly stylish men’s jeans from Mott and Bow to kick up your holiday style.

Is there ever a bad time to shop for some of the best new men’s jeans? To be quite frank … well, no, no there’s not. Especially when the jeans in question come from NYC’s Mott and Bow, the direct-to-consumer denim brand that’s jumpstarted the men’s denim scene in the past five years (as you know from reading this blog, perhaps!). They’re making some of the best men’s jeans by focusing on affordability, quality and designer touches, all the while offering helpful touches like a Free Home Try-On program for select pairs. And to help shake up the doldrums of winter and improve your holiday dressing, take it from: You need to buy a pair of the Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans to wear to the office, then to a casual happy hour … and out again on the weekends. Now, we’ve talked plenty in the past about how Mott & Bow consistently churns out some of the best men’s denim, and that’s no more true than right now.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

The other excellent thing about Mott and Bow jeans? The range of styles and fits — including the handsome-yet-edgy Slim Stone Jeans in a perfectly faded grey — means there’s something for everyone. That is to say, whether you know a guy who’s into a pair of Skinny fit jeans or more inclined toward the brand’s Straight-Fit jeans, it’s worth considering gifting some stylish men’s denim this Christmas — if you know a guy who’s been wanting to upgrade his jeans, go for Mott and Bow. The 9-month wash and use of substantial-but-not-too-heavy 11.5oz. cotton also make these jeans agreeable enough to wear with everything from a classic Oxford shirt and a navy blazer to a thermal henley and your favorite leather boots. With that being said … the first step is buying a pair of Mott and Bow jeans for yourself … or someone else. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Slim Stone Jeans

#OOTD: An Upgraded Way to Wear Dark Blue Denim This Season

OK, so you might think you’ve got it all figured out when it comes to wearing your favorite pair of dark blue denim. In fact, the right pair of slim blue jeans are a certified menswear classic (especially a pair from Mott and Bow as seen in today’s #OOTD), but there’s plenty that you can do to switch up how to wear jeans this fall. How is that possible? Bear with me here. As you very well know from perusing the pages of this very Web site, classic blue jeans are like the Swiss Army Knife of pants, able to be worn in ways both business casual and entirely laidback. Today’s #OOTD harnesses a bit of both, starting with ever-so-slightly faded Mott and Bow denim (apt for the weekend or a casual work week) and carrying on through to the gear they’re being paired with — as you’ll see, a classic Western shirt and a refined suede jacket do some heavy lifting when it comes to switching up things from the routine. In short, it’s touches like those that can elevate your favorite pair of blue denim from good to great, from the weekend back to the office and beyond. Seems to be good to be true? You haven’t seen anything quite yet.

Classic blue Mott & Bow denim to go along with seriously stylish seasonal essentials.

Although at first they might seem pedestrian or too casual, there’s actually a lot that you can do to make the best men’s blue jeans work for you in a way that’s upgraded and seriously stylish — take this ensemble, for starters. The reason this look works so well for everything from casual Friday to a first date to a brewery visit? It all starts with slim blue jeans that are worth investing a little extra — gone are baggy or bootcut jeans, naturally. And we’re not just throwing on any old shirt, either — the truly excellent Billy Reid shirt shown above is stylish, rugged and exceptionally versatile. Match it up with one of the best men’s jackets this writer has ever seen (a stylish and refined Todd Snyder trucker jacket), and you’ve got the makings of a look that’s made to impress, whether at the office or on the road. Things only get better when you look at the rest of these gear picks, from the dependable Filson Dryden Briefcase for your everyday carry right on through to the Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt

— when you take care of the small details, the bigger details (like your classic desert boots) tend to take care of themselves. Accent everything with an office or date-ready rugged leather watch, then top it off with subtly stylish Hill City socks, and you’ve got your new favorite #OOTD for the work week or the weekend. Don’t believe me? Give it a try yourself.

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!

Style Pick of the Week: Mott & Bow Liam Cotton Crew Sweater

The crisp, casual, classic sweater from your favorite denim maker.

You assuredly know Mott & Bow — a longtime favorite of the blog — for the brand’s stylish men’s denim in a range of fits and washes. But, did you know they’re now making one of the best men’s sweaters your money can buy? Yes, that’s right — I went there. Bear with me. The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater is a perfectly minimal, perfectly made casual spring sweater for your daily grind and your relaxing weekend pursuits in equal measure. And as luck would have it, it’s practically made to complement any Mott & Bow denim you already own (if you read the blog, I’d hope you have at least a pair or two!).

In the same way that Mott & Bow uses premium Italian cotton and quality construction to makes its denim, they’ve applied the same principles to the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater. In this case, that means it’s made with a unique blend of Supima cotton and wool — that gives it some stretch and breathability, along with the opportunity to use it as a top layer over a classic chambray shirt or a white Oxford shirt. Better yet, feel free to throw it on casually over a Mott & Bow T-shirt for easygoing comfort.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater 

A classic, casual sweater from the makers of your favorite denim.

The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater toes the right balance between casual and polished — sportswear-inspired stitching at the collar helps this sweater pop a little bit, so you should take it for a spin at the office (again with that classic white Oxford, some slim tan chinos & maybe, just maybe, some brown leather brogues). See? Mott & Bow makes it truly easy to look great. It helps that the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater comes in sharp, neutral, totally wearable colors from Slate Gray (your author’s personal favorite) to Sand. Any shade would work quite well with inky blue  Mott & Bow denim or an expertly faded pair of M&B light wash jeans, too. And from trying out this sweater over these past few weeks, I can confidently say you can rock it all on its own during a spring evening, or else layer it up under your new favorite trucker jacket for a blend of edgy and casual style. The point is, the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater is no fuss and no frills — it’s just a subtly stylish, well-made, perfectly executed sweater. Potentially the perfect sweater for spring and summer? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater 

See Now, Buy Now: Mott & Bow’s Warren Denim Is As Classic As It Gets for Summer

Slim, made with a reliably stylish wash and priced to work plenty hard for you this summer.

Do you, like me, absolutely love yourself a stylish pair of denim? So much so that you can’t bring it upon yourself to hang up your slim jeans even when temperatures rise in the spring and summer? If that’s the boat you find yourself in, you best keep reading today’s all-new entry in our See Now, Buy Now series — the Mott & Bow Warren Denim are your solution, my fellow denim lovers. We certainly love ourselves some Mott & Bow denim here on the blog — that’s no secret. This E-commerce brand launched with a focus on denim in a range of sizes and crisp, classic washes, and they’ve since expanded that offering to everything from denim shirts to perfectly washed tees. I find myself coming back to the Warren Denim time and again for that crucial combination of rugged styling potential and a classic light wash, plus an easy wearability no matter how hot it gets. If that sounds like something you desperately need in the weeks and months ahead, you’re in luck.
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The Mott & Bow Warren Denim toe the line between a heavily retro-leaning light wash and a nice medium wash, making them ideal for wearing with outfits both laidback and a bit more crisp. Take, for instance, a heather grey pocket tee,  a lightweight navy blazer and classic suede boots. The Warren Denim are your go-to pick, all thanks to the cotton-elastane blend, the pleasing light weight and the slim fit. Feeling a little more rugged? Wear the Warren Denim with a rugged short-sleeve henley and classic canvas sneakers for all-day weekend style. The Warren Denim are made durably from Candiani denim, some of the best stuff out there. And the price point is more than agreeable, too. $128 for a slim pair of light wash denim that’ll last all summer? That’s a surefire bet, folks.

Are  you going to snag a pair of the Warren Denim for your summer wardrobe? How would you wear them? 

Music City Menswear: Exploring Nashville in Style

Taking in a relaxing Nashville Saturday at Barista Parlor. Wearing my new Original Penguin Bedford Cord 5-Pocket Pants and a special pair of 125th Anniversary Wingtip Boots from Florsheim!

There are certain places that I’ve put on my growing personal travel bucket list in recent years — places that constantly pull me away from New York as much as I love it. And if you read The Style Guide regularly, you know that I love to get out and about in style, from exploring Brooklyn to hopping on a flight to Chicago and Lollapalooza 2017 recently. When the chance came up to take a weekend trip to Nashville, a city that’s as hyped as any for any its blend of live music, culinary delights and a cool atmosphere, I jumped on it. My parents have loved Nashville for years, so it’s  definitely been on my radar — but as I started planning out my fall travel style earlier this year, I knew I wanted to pack in as much as possible when it came to seeing the Music City. That meant this weekend was filled with #menswear, craft beer and of course, live music — namely, a high-energy, passion-packed show from Young the Giant, supported by Cold War Kids and Joywave! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram you’re familiar with my trip — and if not, come along for the ride.

The right mix of sharp, versatile travel gear for getting from NYC to Nashville.

Getting to Nashville is no easy feat — as it were, I had to catch a very early flight out of NYC, but that left me with nearly a full day in the Music City. How did I dress to go from the plane to my airBNB and beyond? Funny you should ask. I did my best at dressing to travel in style, while also keeping in mind the fact that I had to dress for a rock concert later — a tricky balance. For versatile layering and crisp style,  I threw on a classic navy Oxford from Mott and Bow, a recent introduction to the brand’s line. The classic Oxford shirt meshed well with my new Abercrombie and Fitch denim, built with stretch for comfort and finished in a slightly faded shade of black. On the footwear front, my Florsheim Forward Lo Sneakers in a handsome shade of brown leather offset the combo nicely — I’ve found these sneakers work quite well for concerts and travel alike, as I also wore them trekking to see The Killers in New Jersey earlier this year. Of course, I had to take along other handy everyday carry essentials, including the always-essential Bespoke Post Vibes Box, featuring my LSTN Sound Co. Fillmore Headphones.

And for a full day of exploring Nashville — including a post-flight stop at the famed (and aptly named) Mas Tacos Por Favor — these sneakers proved similarly stylish. With striking yet subtly stylish design and durable construction, my Electric California Carroway Leather Watch worked for day-to-night style. Of course, I prepped for the show by plugging into my reliable Bespoke Post Vibes Box, featuring the eye-catching LSTN Sound Co. Fillmore Headphones. So, that was the gear I brought with me — and it helped me navigate Nashville stylishly and effectively. For what it’s worth, if you’ve got your own Nashville trip coming up, I can’t recommend the crisply designed, jam-packed Nashville Field Guide from Wildsam, full of interesting tidbits and useful information on hidden gems throughout the city.

Hanging out at the well-appointed imogene + willie on a lovely Nashville Friday. My Florsheim Forward Lo Lace-up Sneakers and Abercrombie & Fitch denim were perfect for getting around!

Nashville really is a city packed with something for everyone — it’s revered for its vibrant music scene, and it’s also full of craftsmen and women who put serious care into everything from excellent food to craft beer; my Wildsam Field Guide helped me figure that out in a hurry. With rugged dark denim, workwear-inspired basics and plenty of attention to detail throughout, imogene + willie is a terrific Nashville example of simple goods made very well — and the handsomely appointed storefront is a joy to explore in its own right.  And equally important — it’s close by to 12 South Taproom, a down-home bar with a great selection of tasty, refreshing beer. Speaking of craft beer: Hops and Crafts also stood out for its mix of industrial style and premium craft brews, plus gourmet bites. In short, it was a worthwhile pre-show stop!

Even with a full day exploring Nashville in the rearview mirror, I still had an amazing Friday night ahead. With its prime riverfront location and excellent sight lines, Ascend Amphitheater proved a stellar venue for a night of live music — it’s certainly not as revered as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, but it was still a treat to see three excellent bands throughout the night. Cold War Kids have long been a favorite, and I had the chance to see them debut their rollicking new album, “Love Is Mystical,” earlier this year in Brooklyn. It was absolutely a treat to see them play a longer show — recent classics like the joyous “Miracle Mile” mesh nicely with fresh hits like the album’s title track and of course, throwback cuts off 2006’s still-excellent “Robbers and Cowards.” They’re a band that’s worth seeing just for that album alone, and they certainly made their mark opening for Young the Giant (alongside Rochester, New York-based five-piece Joywave).

I had seen Young the Giant in New Haven earlier this year, and the band’s packed setlist proved alluring enough to see them again. Recent jams like “Silvertongue” and “Amerika” brought an energetic crowd to their feet just as easily as huge indie radio hits like “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” — powerful tracks like  “Something to Believe In,” off last year’s “Home of the Strange” also helped set the tone early. This is a band with swagger, confidence and cool, eclectic style — in large part thanks to lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice and sharp fashion sense. Young the Giant has been on the road for a while in support of this albun, so they also sounded tight and crisp — a great band to watch in a big live setting, complete with a cold beer or two. That’s perhaps the best way to start a trip — at least, I think so. And the best part? My weekend trip gave me the chance to explore even more of the city Again, if you want to cover a ton of ground quickly and effectively, I’d urge you to pick up the Wildsam Nashville Field Guide.

The best gear for getting around Nashville in style — don’t you agree? The Wildsam Field Guide helped me see the city in style, too!

I always relish the chance to dress in casual weekend style — that’s where my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker continues to come in handy.  From taking in live music at NYC’s Panorama 2017 to traveling to Chicago last month, this jacket can do it all — so it proved a crisp, classic layer atop my DSTLD Midnight Blue Denim Shirt, done up in a deep midnight blue and crafted from breathable cotton. Fall calls for a transition to more earthen, faded colors in terms of trousers, too. A new pair of tailored Original Penguin Bedford Cord 5-Pocket Pants offered go-anywhere style that helped me bounce from a crucial weekend kickstarter — coffee at the fantastic, industrially appointed CREMA — to a stop at rocker Jack White’s revered Third Man Records outpost. Of course, I kept on time through each stop with an old favorite, the durable Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono — truly, the Timex Waterbury collection is perfect if you want a rugged watch fit for travel and exploration. If your next trip calls for lots of time spent on your feet, reach for versatile trousers in a fall-ready shade, then finish off your look with a pair of comfortable-yet-rugged boots, like Florsheim’s  125th Anniversary Wingtip Boots as seen above. 


My Saturday wasn’t done yet, though. Now that we’re into fall, I absolutely had to see my beloved Michigan State Spartans kick off another football Saturday — even away from my home base of Brooklyn, Nashville features quite a few loyal Spartan fans. Bar Louie in the Gulch offers everything you could want when it comes to taking in a game, from a fun crowd to delicious craft beer to monstrously good burgers like the Spiked Bulleit Bourbon Burger. Spartan fan or not, it’s tough to pass up a finely crafted beer and a good burger, right? That’s also where Pinewood Social came into play later on in the night. The cavernous location is a handsomely appointed cocktail bar/gourmet restaurant/work space/game center complete with a bowling alley and an outdoor pool — ideal for taking in the sights and sounds of Nashville after an MSU game. What more could you want on a Saturday night on the road? Not too much, folks.

Rugged picks for a Nashville Sunday, including new slim light wash denim from DSTLD, a rugged leather belt from Saddleback Leather and a handy dopp kit for travel, also from Saddleback Leather.

Sunday brought my Nashville trip to a close, but not before plenty of exploration in and around the city itself. Before leaving town, I absolutely knew I had to stop at a classic spot in the city — that’d be Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish.  I turned my attention toward menswear next; that meant a stop at a favorite outpost, Billy Reid. With shops from Chicago to Charleston, Mr. Reid’s handsome, premium menswear embodies cool, versatile and breezy Southern style with a modern look and feel. As it were, that’s what I tried to do when it came to my Sunday travel style. Even casual outfits should start with classic footwear — my all-new CLAE Gregory Mid Sneakers featured a neat monochromatic color scheme and plenty of all-day comfort. They were an easygoing complement to my DSTLD Slim Light Wash Jeans even though we’re getting into fall, there’s still plenty of time to break out your favorite slim light wash jeans, preferably alongside stylish sneakers and rugged accessories — my Saddleback Leather 4-Stitch Leather Belt was a key piece throughout the weekend and should break in quite nicely. Other essentials were in the mix, too — a stylish chambray shirt from JackThreads layered easily over a rugged short-sleeve henley from Abercrombie & Fitch. It was, unfortunately, time to head to the airport all too soon — I’m glad I dressed in comfort, though! When you’ve got a long flight ahead of you but still want to look great, reach for a classic pair of high-top leather sneakers — like the CLAE Gregory Mid seen above. 

If you’re heading to Nashville soon, well, I just can’t recommend the city enough. It’s packed with hidden gems, neat breweries, cool menswear, a terrific music scene and of course, something for every culinary taste. From live music to menswear to a dash of college football, this past weekend had it all — I’m thankful my Wildsam Nashville Field Guide helped me go off the beaten path a bit, too. It was a great trip to kick off what should be a great fall season — and as always, you can follow along with my travels here on the blog or on Instagram.  Let me know — are you hitting the road soon? Where are you headed?

Until the next trip — thanks for reading!

-Beau

Windy City Style: A Summer Weekend in Chicago

Checking out The Bean and Millenium Park on an outstanding summer day in the city. Wearing an American Giant tee and my Need Supply Co. denim jacket, with hair styling courtesy of AXE. Shot by Olivia Hayhoe on an iPhone 7 Plus.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wasn’t I just in Chicago? This month even? Yes indeed, Style Guide readers, my travels took me to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2017 just a few short weeks ago and yet … I’m back! Or at least, I was back this past weekend for a family weekend in the Windy City.  My last trip to the city involved a healthy dose of excellent music — including a terrific live show by The Killers — and I was just as excited to be back this time. Incredibly, I’ve even got a fall trip back to Chicago planned, whereby I’ll be sure to pack plenty of fall menswear essentials. Yet, these past few days were about reconnecting with family, exploring the city and catching up with friends right before the end of summer … all in style, of course!

The rest of my family made the trek to take in Chicago’s version of the famed American musical “Hamilton” … while I gave up my seat to my young nephew (Hi, Charlie!), leaving me more time to get out and about in Chicago. That entailed a post-dinner trek to famed indie venue Metro Chicago to see a great indie pop show by Ernest Greene (known by his stage moniker Washed Out).  I’ve gotten quite practiced at loading up my stylish weekender bag with gear to take on the season, from versatile outerwear to a slim chambray shirt and classic sneakers, and this weekend proved no different. Just remember: Going from city to city still calls for on-point travel style. So, let’s get to it.

Men's travel style

Breezy essentials for summer travel, starting with my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker and carrying through to stylish Frank and Oak leather sneakers and my reliable Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.

Heading straight to the airport in the morning on Friday called for versatile, easygoing style — just as with my last trip to Chicago. Starting with a solid base layer is always key (especially when dealing with airport A/C), so my Grayers Montreaux Windbreaker, a classically designed jacket you might recognize from my Style Pick of the Week series, was the way to go. With its light weight and easy-to-style design, the Montreaux Windbreaker teamed nicely with my equally laidback-yet-polished Mott and Bow denim shirt. Perhaps you recognize the new line of Mott and Bow denim shirts from this site’s Style Pick of the Week series, and I’d say any of the brand’s denim shirts would be a versatile bet the next time you need to throw on a crisp, casual top for travel.  The soft fabric and nicely tailored-but-mobile fit of this slim denim shirt made it an ideal airport layering move, while a new pair of Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos offered just the right blend of comfort and stretch.

The whole combo was topped off with my trusty-as-ever Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, a pleasingly vintage-inspired ballcap I love to throw on any time I need to keep the sun off my face.  On the footwear front, a pair of Idyllwild Pull-Up Leather Sneakers from favorite menswear retailer Frank and Oak helped me move around the city with sharp looks and wearbility in mind. And to stay on time, I threw on my trusty Timex x Red Wing Waterbury Chrono, a standout piece from the Timex Waterbury line that looks rugged and goes just about anywhere (particularly with a classic windbreaker and a stylish denim shirt). Want a winning formula for travel style? Pair mobile stretch chinos with leather sneakers and a comfortable shirt featuring textured fabric. 

It’s a good thing I was prepped with versatile menswear, because Friday packed in a heck of a lot of exploration and great times around the Windy City. Our accomodations at TheWit Chicago were outstanding — right in the the heart of downtown Chicago, this modern hotel provided a sleek backdrop and stellar views from its roof bar (the ideal spot to knock back a few Bell’s beers — good to be back in the Midwest!). And Friday night’s dinner, featuring family-style pizza, cheese plates and plenty of bread and olive oil, was nothing less than excellent. The next time you get to Chicago, I’d recommend you stop by Quartino!

Mixing earthy tones and casual, versatile staples like an American Giant pima tee and Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement Chinos alongside the CLAE Bradley Mid.

And with Friday in the books, Saturday dawned with the promise of an exciting full day getting to know Chicago more. Seeing as Lollapalooza was packed wall-to-wall with music and I hadn’t visited since college, that left plenty to do — including lots of time spent strolling through MilleniuM Park. As per usual, I prepped with the best men’s gear that I could possibly muster, including a mix of high-low, casual style led by a crisp charcoal pair of my Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chinos. Seriously, if there’s a pair of chinos that combines better range of movement or a more crisp look — the tab closure waist helps with that — I’ve yet to find ’em.  My charcoal chinos matched up nicely with a well-made, breathable Amerian Giant Premium Crew Tee in Drab Olive — a nice contrast of earthy tones that worked well to go from Millenium Park to cool spots like Raised, an urban rooftop spot outfitted with industrial fixtures, premium cocktails and local craft beer.

Saturday’s full ensemble for exploring Millenium Park, highlighted by my CLAE Bradley Mid Sneakers, plus my trusty Need Supply Co. denim jacket and the TImex x Todd Snyder Military Watch.

Like other American-made menswear that I favor, I think you’ll find a simple, stylish T-shirt works with anything on vacation.  The key to a versatile look came from my  Need Supply Co. Denim Jacket in 96, another piece that proved a favorite at Lollapalooza 2017   — it worked just as well this time around, especially as a shot of color to contrast my rich Cocoa Leather Bradley Mid Sneakers from CLAE. This style is comfortable and durable, and for this late August trip, that made them a prime footwear pick. That comfort definitely helped me get around in style — my MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators also helped shield my eyes from the hot Chicago sun, and we took the chance to keep the afternoon rolling. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, completely refurbished and recently reopened, harkens back to the city’s glamour and refinement of years gone by. It comes complete with a rotating pop-up bar on the ground floor, plus a game room and  a neat rooftop bar with great lakefront views.

A stylish weekender bag, American Giant shorts and a breezy chambray shirt made for easy travel style.

But as always seems to be the case, the weekend drew to a close too quickly. I had just enough time for a delicious Sunday brunch at the uniquely ’70s-inspied HopCat Chicago lounge before departing the Windy City yet again — and I dressed in casual, breezy travel style to take on the day. For a bit of tailored style mixed with supreme comfort, my all-new American Giant Weekend Shorts — made from hefty rugby jersey cotton — were perfect for a flight back to NYC. And to mix in some high-low style, I threw on my trusty United By Blue Wenlock Chambray Shirt. What with breathable fabric and a neat pattern, the Wenlock Chambray Shirt added some contrast to my laidback CLAE Hayward Sneakers, at once retro and yet crisply modern. And on the accessories front, a handy travel kit and men’s grooming essentials from Baxter of California paired up perfectly together, while my rugged-yet-accessible Timex Waterbury Chrono Diver helped me stay on time in casual style. In all, the laidback, breezy style ensemble helped me make it back to NYC in good time and in good style.

I hope you spent your weekend in the same way I did — with great friends and family, enjoying great times. You can  be sure I’m already looking forward to my next trip — to Chicago or elsewhere. To keep up with my travels and my style tips, check out my Instagram. And tomorrow, you can join us for another #OOTD. Until then, stay stylish!

-Beau