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!

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Style Pick of the Week: Mott & Bow Crosby Denim

A go-to pair of classic dark blue denim for any day of the week.

If you peruse the pages of The Style Guide with any frequency, there are classic men’s style brands (or newly classic men’s style brands!) that come up from time to time. Across the years, Mott & Bow has been one of those brands, a reliable producer of the best denim for men — including the utterly timeless Mott and Bow Crosby Denim as seen above. What makes them so special? That’s why we’re here, folks. (On that note, head to this link to read my Mott and Bow product review). From the brand’s classic denim shirts to its mobile, versatile classic dark blue denim, this quickly growing E-commerce brand (based in NYC) makes it surprisingly easy for guys to find a great-fitting pair of jeans, seeing as they offer fits ranging from Straight to Skinny. The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim are of the slim variety, and that should sit just right for most of us guys. And lest this all start to sound too complex or too pricey — they’re just jeans, after all — know that Mott and Bow offers a free try-on size option. And when you consider the agreeable pricing (the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim start at just $108), you’re getting a pair of the best men’s blue jeans for a downright steal.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim

A fit that’s slim but not too slim, ideal for any season.

And whether or not you’ve tried a pair from them before, you should know that Mott and Bow denim doesn’t pull any punches in terms of style points or quality, either. Case in point: These stylish blue jeans are made from an agreeable 12.2oz. cotton denim & feature 2 percent elastane. In short, that means these are classic blue jeans through and through, neither too heavy (a la selvedge) or too lightweight and stretch (a la cheap jeans from a fast fashion retailer). Yes indeed, these are some of the best men’s jeans on the market — and the use of a pleasing 6-month wash. For the unitiated, that involves using a resin spray, hand scraping & drying across multiple steps — resulting in the classic Mott and Bow look and finish you see today. Because the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim are such a timeless pair of denim, that means you can wear them with everything from a charcoal Oxford shirt and classic suede chukka boots to a crisp white tee and your favorite pair of leather sneakers. And when fall rolls around, throw on a rugged chambray shirt, a classic shawl cardigan and your favorite pair of leather boots to head out for a pint (or heck, a day at the office). There’s really no wrong way to go about wearing the Mott and Bow Crosby Denim, I can guarantee that.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Crosby Denim

 

 

See Now, Buy Now: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are the Coolest Black Jeans on the Market

The best black jeans on the market? You decide. Image courtesy of Mott and Bow.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you this: If you read the blog, then you know that Mott and Bow makes some of the best men’s jeans on the market, period. That’s equally the case with the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans, some of the best men’s black jeans you’re going to find — but why recommnend black jeans in the middle of the summer, Beau? Well, to be sure, they’re hotter than a pair of canvas shorts … but they’re no less essential. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a “shorts guy,” but appreciate a pair of slim jeans for off-duty (or on-the-clock) style: Mott and Bow is your go-to there. Or maybe, just maybe, you want a pair of stylish black jeans to wear to a rock concert — the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are just the pair to wear all the time. Available for $128 via Mott and Bowwe’d say you should get your hands on a pair ASAP.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

These jeans are slim but not too tight, ideal for wearing during summer.

Unlike heavier pairs of stiff selvedge denim that take a long time to break in, the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are an exceedingly comfortable pair of denim right out of the box, featuring a 12.7oz. weight and 18 percent elasticity (the overall blend is 98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane). That means the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans are going to feel almost like wearing sweatpants in terms of comfort, yet with the substantial feel of your favorite pair of denim. Plus, we didn’t even mention the wash — these are faded to look like a four-month wash, just enough to give them some character without going over the top. In fact, stylish black jeans are often the way to go in a variety of situations, from being paired with an indigo denim jacket at Sunday brunch to being worn all on their own with a short-sleeve henley at an outdoor festival. For all those times and more, get the Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans as soon as humanly possible (so, right now!).

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Leroy Jeans

 

See Now, Buy Now: Mott & Bow Is Now Making Your Perfect Summer T-Shirt

The perfect pocket tee to wear all summer.

The makers of some of your favorite denim — that’d be NYC-based Mott & Bow, for those keeping score at home — are now making one of the best men’s T-shirts for spring and summer, and although that might seem counterintuitive at first, it’s 100 percent true. That’s because the Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee isn’t just any flimsy old tee — it’s a substantial, subtly stylish T-shirt that you can wear with darn near anything for the start of summer and well beyond. Available for just $35 via Mott & Bow’s Web site, it’s one of the top T-shirts I’ve worn and tested, and that’s saying something (seriously, you should see my T-shirt drawer at home). What sets apart the Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee from the pack? That’s easy, my friend.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee 

For starters, this classic pocket tee feels weighty (as the name would imply) without being stifling — that’s key for wearing it on its own or layering under your favorite chambray shirt this summer (as I’ve done this season so far). It also has a very solid fit indeed — not too tight, not too baggy. It also comes in multiple colors, including crisp White (try it with dark indigo denim and brown suede chukka boots) or classic Heather Grey, my favorite take. The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee also has a perfect length, a seriously underrated quality in T-shirts; that means it hits right at your belt line (French tuck, anyone?) without fitting too baggy.

The 100 percent Peruvian cotton is also soft and comfortable, but again … not stifling! This could just be the perfect summer T-shirt, and it’s all thanks to the fit and fabric. Again, it works nicely on its own (especially when worn with slim Mott & Bow denim), and it pairs up even better with slim tan chinos, white sneakers and a classic denim trucker jacket. If you felt so inclined, you could even wear this stylish pocket tee with a cotton blazer to the office (try mixing it up with some light wash Mott & Bow denim, too). Really, with a tee this stylish, it’s up to you.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Carlton Heavyweight Pocket Tee 

 

 

#OOTD: Wear This New Menswear to Your Next Spring Happy Hour

So, you’ve just landed that crucial spring happy hour or weekend patio party invite. Nice! You’ve got your favorite beer in hand (and in the fridge),  but what are you going to wear? Allow me. We talk often at The Style Guide about stepping up your off-duty dressing in ways that are subtly stylish, so that it doesn’t quite feel like you’re off-duty (no gym shorts or baggy sweats here). The key comes with upgrading your men’s style essentials in small ways that’ll help you stand out as you wait to snag a beer at the cooler — polished, sharp and not sloppy. So, a classic T-shirt from Buck Mason is the base layer to wear that’s not so basic — and we’re mixing it up with a rugged cotton overshirt from Topo Designs — all the better to add some visual interest to this casual, happy hour-ready look. The rest of this ensemble is all about classic comfort and style, from Mott & Bow denim to some seriously unique sneakers (a silhouette playing off the original high-top basketball sneakers!). A rugged, casual watch rounds things out, too. So, what does it look like, exactly? Check out the full look below, then let me know what you’re wearing to happy hour over on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

Pair up your spring T-shirt with other like-minded style staples for a casual happy hour.

  • The Stylish T-Shirt: Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee, $32 — When is a classic T-shirt more than just a T-shirt? When it’s made by Buck Mason and features design details like a cool curved hem — it’s the perfect T-shirt for spring and summer.
  • The Shirt: Topo Designs Dirt Shirt, $89 — Made with durable stretch organic cotton in a pleasingly washed-out spring color, the “Dirt Shirt” (as seen here on my Instagram) is a winning layer on breezy spring days.
  • The Classic Denim: Mott & Bow Slim Stone Denim, $118 Slim grey denim is an unexpected style serve, and this pair of essential Mott & Bow denim should be plenty comfortable for all-day style.
  • The Sneakers: Colchester High-Top Sneakers, $79.98 — Like we mentioned above, these right here are the original high-top basketball sneakers — but they’re updated for the modern man, and plenty stylish for a spring or summer happy hour.
  • The Watch: DuFrane Watches Barton Springs Diver, $491.98 — What could be a better complement to this #OOTD than a rugged, casual watch? Especially this handsome timepiece from DuFrane Watches.
  • The Belt: Vintage Bison Calhoun Belt, $95 — It’s hard to top a ridiculously high-quality, ridiculously well-made leather belt like this one — wear it all the time (but especially with Mott & Bow denim), and it’ll get better with age.
  • The Everyday Bag: Bleu De Chaffe Musette Gaston Bag, $258 — Maybe you won’t need this bag, but if you’re out and about all day, it pays to leave your house with an entirely unique everyday bag handcrafted in France  — each bag is truly one-of-a-kind.
  • The Spring Ballcap: Alex Mill X Field Canvas Cap, $40 — Ballcaps certainly aren’t for everyone, but if you want to add some understated, subtle spring style — and protection from the sun — to this look, reach for this sharp Alex Mill ballcap here.

Alright, who’s up for another beer? The key with dressing for something that seems straightforward on the surface — just a spring happy hour, right — is, again, upgrading those style staples accordingly. So, let’s start with a classic T-shirt from Buck Mason, the perfect way to step up in subtle style. It’s easy to layer with an easygoing-yet-rugged Topo Designs shirt, which acts as a light overshirt thanks to its organic stretch cotton — perfect to wear as the sun goes down. That combo wears all the better alongside a pair of Mott & Bow denim, which should prove to be the right mix of sharp and casual — the same can be said of your Colchester High-Top Sneakers, which toe the same line with subtle style. I’m also all about accessorizing accordingly, even for grabbing some beers — a rugged, casual watch can even act as an interesting conversation starter (at least, I think so). Throw on a trusty leather belt, then grab a unique everyday bag to hold any pre-happy hour extras you might want to pick up. Finally, although throwing on a hat is optional, there’s nothing quite like a classic ballcap — especially one that’s emblazoned with an interesting, non-athletic logo. I think this #OOTD could be a new happy hour go-to. What do you think? Again, let me know on Twitter.

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?