The Sunday Sale: Get 35 Percent Off this Versatile Olivers Apparel Shirt Jacket

Folks, now that we’ve hit Labor Day weekend (shockingly enough), it’s high time to really start gearing up for early fall in earnest, as we’ve talked about here on The Style Guide with fall style essentials aplenty as of late. The best way to do that? Find on-sale menswear that works for your wardrobe, like one of the best shirt jackets from Olivers Apparel.

Olivers has a knack for making performance menswear you can actually wear outside the gym and away from the trail, out on the open road, and the Olivers Gold Coast Shirt Jacket is a prime example of that approach. Best of all? Your new favorite shirt jacket is 35 percent off right now ($148, versus $228). How’s that for one of the best fall menswear picks to shop now, ehh?

Perhaps you recognize the brand for making some of the best stretch pants for men, for instance, and they’re truly a multi-season brand thanks to picks like the Olivers Apparel Gold Coast Shirt Jacket. It’s made from a sustainable blend of recycled polyester and merino wool — the polyester adds durability and stretch, while merino wool helps regulate your temperature and keeps you cool in breezy weather.

Best shirt jacket for men.

Think of this rugged shirt jacket like a durable, transitional style move to carry you into September and October without missing a beat. The good news is, either the Indigo or Natural colorways of this stylish shirt jacket are on sale right now and ready for layering up with, say, one of the best men’s henleys or a comfortable moisture-wicking T-shirt. And because the design is so timeless, this shirt jacket (or “shacket”) also works nicely with the best men’s chinos or your favorite pair of jeans. Lest we forget, you can shop the for 35 percent off right now — what are you waiting for?

The Friday Read: The Olivers Apparel Mystery Box, BACARDI Rum & A Taylor Stitch Sale

Taylor Stitch Waxed Bomber Jacket

Here’s the deal: It’s Friday, it’s the holiday season and in my estimation, that makes it one heck of a great time to shop and save. It’s never a bad thing to get a deal on some of the best men’s outerwear, and starting tomorrow, that’s what San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch is offering up. The famed brand, one of the best online menswear shops for guys, is running an Outerwear Flash Sale, giving you 25 percent off select outerwear and 50 percent off select archive styles. The Taylor Stitch Outerwear Flash Sale only runs Saturday and Sunday, so mark your calendars accordingly and then get shopping. How’s that for the right way to start a weekend? It’s not bad at all, if you ask me.

It’s one heck of a way to jumpstart your winter wardrobe, and it’s a pretty fitting one in my neck of the woods. I’ll be bundled up on a winter weekend trip back to Michigan to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday (Chris Spyke, whom I met on the first day of kindergarten, no less!). I can’t believe this milestone is already here, and my own 30th birthday follows next month. Expect great beer and plenty of bundled-up ensembles if you follow me on Instagram, and if not, well, what are you waiting for? I’ll be sure to share more details on the Taylor Stitch Outerwear Flash Sale on social media, too. Stay tuned, shop safe, be well and cheers to more weekend menswear deals!

  • Interested in stocking up on some of the best new menswear at a discount? With some additional goodies up for the taking, to boot? Well, Olivers Apparel has you covered with its Mystery Box promotion right now. Here’s the scoop While supplies last, customers will get to pick between a $150 or $275 Mystery Box. These boxes are both a ‘surprise’ in that the contents of the box are unknown, and they’re also sold for 50 percent off retail. How’s that for finding the best menswear on sale now, right?
  • Who can turn down cozy holiday style? Not I, and I can’t quite turn down the chance to both test out some new apparel and try some classic BACARDI rum. It’s very good news, then, that the legendary brand just launched an apparel collection with Aviator Nation, here just in time for the holidays and plenty of laidback (yet stylish) lounging. While you check that out, of course, you should also use Drizly to get BACARDI delivered to your door. Happy shopping and sipping, folks.
  • If you missed this feature just yesterday, well, have I got the menswear pick you need now. Layer up for winter with this rugged Relwen tanker jacket, the sort of pick you’ll only find within the well-stocked digital shelves of Huckberry. It’s perhaps my new favorite jacket of the moment, and I think you’ll more than agree.

That’ll wrap up today’s Friday Read just in the nick of time, seeing as I’ve got some Michigan winter festivities to enjoy this weekend. I hope you’ve got a fun, safe, holiday weekend planned yourself, ideally outfitted in the most stylish menswear on the market. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting The Style Guide!

The Friday Read: New Gear from Olivers Apparel, The Best Fall Henley & How to Wear Desert Boots

Folks, does the above photo have you thinking of changing seasons, of adding layers to your rotation and really dressing for, well, fall 2021? That’s what the good people at performance menswear brand Olivers Apparel have delivered with the brand’s new arrivals, which happen to be packed with some of the best fall menswear, including easy-to-layer pieces like the Stadium Shirt Jacket. These are gear picks you can wear for work or play, with ease. You can certainly hit the road or the trail with the brand, which focuses on moisture-wicking, stretch fabrics all throughout its line. In fact, these are the kind of picks I’m bringing along with me this weekend on a trip back to Michigan for a longtime elementary school friend’s wedding on the the coast of lovely Lake Michigan. It’s been a whirlwind week of writing in the meantime, but rest assured that we’ll close the week out the right way with a few choice picks (and of course, another entry in my ongoing menswear and music newsletter — subscribe before it hits your inbox on Saturday morning!). In the meantime, here are a few reads to get you into the spirit of fall style and fall shopping. Here’s to a Pure Michigan trip, too – cheers!

The Best Menswear Reads of the Week

  • Have you been keeping up with the blog this week? If not, I’d urge you to turn back the clock to, well, yesterday, when I covered the best fall henley right here on this site. And folks, one of the best men’s henleys happens to come from rugged heritage gear purveyor Filson, longtime makers of gear you can count on without missing a beat. That sounds pretty ideal for fall weekend adventures, does it not? Again, head here to check it out.
  • How about this for another fall read and fall style recommendation? I’ve been writing for men’s lifestyle site The Manual for well over five years now, believe it or not, and it’s always exciting to dive into new territory. I did that this week with my guide on how to wear desert boots, a solid decision day in and day out throughout the entire fall season. Don’t you agree? Head over to The Manual this weekend to get my take.
  • Here’s a fun one for fans of cold beer and friendship, plus football. Over at Maxim, I wrote about a seriously fun Miller Lite giveaway that offers you and five friends the chance to win free Miller Lite for life, plus some Miller Lite-themed championship rings. It’s about as neat and enjoyable a giveaway as you could ask for this football season. Cheers!

I’ll leave you with a couple reminders right now: Hit “Subscribe” on my music and menswear newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, before the weekend starts in earnest. Next, check out another crucial fall style move — GREATS is making some of the best sneakers for fall, and my latest See Now, Buy Now post covered those very sneakers. Add them to your wardrobe now, revisit some of these stylish pieces if you need weekend fashion inspiration, and above all, thanks for reading — stay stylish!

The Friday Read: Clarks Combi Desert Boots, New Olivers Apparel Pants & New Todd Snyder Denim

Clarks Desert Boots

Clarks Desert Boots in a spring-friendly color, available at UNCRATE right now.

Friday means one thing: Well, OK, a few things. It’s the start of an early spring weekend and the right time to close out the week, look towards some relaxation and of course, knock out some seasonal shopping and reading. In the spirit of quite literally stepping into the weekend, my first pick for you today can be seen above: The Clarks Combi Desert Boots are springtime distilled down into a pair of footwear, with comfort and a spring-friendly construction top of mind. This makes them the perfect pair of spring boots with which to lead off today’s post. Courtesy of UNCRATE’s New Arrivals — always worth keeping an eye on — this pair of Clarks desert boots features a helpful pop of color, a very agreeable price and all the classic Clarks comfort you could ever need. See, aren’t you feeling a bit more into the spirit of spring already?

Suffice to say, I sure do. And I’m feeling ever-so-slightly more optimistic heading into this weekend in particular, as the vaccine rollout kicks into higher gear and some of my favorite NYC beer bars announce their reopening plans with warmer weather on the way. Blustery spring weather is still on the horizon, of course and I’m still catching up from my recent trip to Florida (as seen on my Instagram). That being said, I’m hoping to breeze through my to-do list and get out for a Brooklyn weekend stroll. Speaking of: For your own weekend, consider subscribing to my menswear-music-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. It’s free, it comes out twice a week (including tomorrow!) and it’s a heck of a lot of fun (I think!). In the meantime, here are some other choice shopping picks and reading selections for your weekend. Cheers, friends!

Olivers Apparel Traverse Pants

Technical pants that look simply great for early spring and beyond.

Alex Mill menswear

A classic-yet-modern take on the Oxford shirt for spring.


New denim from Todd Snyder? No problem at all.

That’s going to do it for the lion’s share of today’s Friday Read, but I’ll leave you with one more pick heading into the weekend. If you find yourself in need of a new #OOTD for spring weather, my guide on how to wear a field jacket is going to be just the ticket for standout, durable and functional style. If you do check out any of those selections, be sure to let me know on Twitter. Once again: Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: These Olivers Apparel Pants are the Best Men’s Pants for Spring

Compass Pants: Men's Activewear Pants With Ripstop Nylon – Olivers

As the calendar turns into March — March 2021, although it feels like it can’t possibly be — it’s crucial that you focus on the task at hand: Updating your wardrobe with the best spring style essentials from your favorite brands, including the likes of Olivers Apparel. That means you’re going to need some of the best men’s pants for spring: The Olivers Apparel Compass Pants, which the brand calls “adventure pants with style.” It’s tough to argue with that assessment, seeing as they’re made with the brand’s proprietary Compass Ripstop Nylon to resist tears. There’s plenty more where that came from, so keep on scrolling.

Olivers Apparel reliably makes some of the most versatile menswear out there, the kind you can wear for long road trips, quick jaunts around town or days spent working at home (it’s got to be the durable stretch fabric). Of course, Olivers also designs some of the best workout gear for men — like the Olivers All Over Shorts — but these pieces work just fine for more laidback days at home, too. Again, the stretch fabric and durable designs are the kicker here, and that’s where the Olivers Apparel Compass Pants are going to put in plenty of work this season, on the road or at home.

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Compass Pants

These days, the best men’s pants for spring have to be able to do multiple things well, and that includes handling days at home or days on the road (plus, a potential return to the office). The durable ripstop nylon Compass fabric is truly what helps the Olivers Apparel Compass Pants outshine other casual options in your wardrobe (even your favorite sweatpants). Plus, the water-resistant coating is another major bonus. You also can’t go wrong with sharp and easily wearable color options, like Military Olive or Blue Steel. Each can be paired right out of the box with spring style picks like an Olivers Apparel T-shirt, or else a classic Oxford shirt and your favorite spring boots for more polished style.

The best part is, no one will be any the wiser that you’ve got a comfortable elastic waistband versus a more traditional belt. That touch makes the Olivers Apparel Compass Pants yet another perfect pair of work-from-home pants, and if you do have to go to the office — or else get out of the house for a weekend coffee — they’re also a safe, stylish bet. The fit looks to be tailored without being overly tight, yet another crucial, comfortable touch. In fact, they could be the best pants to wear on a spring road trip, if you feel so inclined. Wherever this spring takes you (even if it’s just from your fridge to the patio, cold beer in hand!), make the Olivers Apparel Compass Pants your spring go-to pair.

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Compass Pants

The Friday Read: L.L. Bean’s Winter Snow Boots, New Olivers Apparel Gear & The Perfect Flannel Shirt

L.L. Bean Tumbled Leather Snow Boots

Classic winter boots with style and functionality top of mind.

If your weather forecast has been anything like the weather we’ve been dealing with in Brooklyn lately, I’d wager you could use a pair of the best men’s winter boots from L.L. Bean, as shown above, ehh? It’s always helpful, in my mind, to remember that a classic brand is continuing to churn out functional, useful gear for harsh seasons, especially when winter storms sneak up unexpectedly (NYC got 15 inches of snow last week!). In this case, consider this your Friday endorsement: Head to L.L. Bean to jumpstart your weekend, upgrade your rotation of the best men’s boots for winter and step out in style in the process. Oh, and you’ll avoid getting caught off-guard when massive snowstorms roll into town (because you just know there’s another one on the way, right??). So, there you have it: Classic L.L. Bean boots for the win. Now, let’s keep it rolling with more of the best gear and weekend reads, ehh?

On that note, I should mention that I’m thankful I got out of town just in time — I headed (safely!) to Florida earlier this week, where I’ll be spending the next few weeks lounging by the pool, hanging out with my dogs and enjoying local craft beer from Florida’s Point Ybel Brewing, of course. Do you have any plans for a safe, warm-weather winter getaway? I’ll also be staying busy on the writing front, starting with my Saturday newsletter. If you haven’t yet subscribed to The Style Guide In Brief, feel free to check it out! I write twice a week about menswear, craft beer and indie rock, and best of all, it’s free. Last Saturday, I actually wrote about indie icon Phoebe Bridgers’ appearance on SNL — what a night that was, ehh? In the meantime, the rest of today’s Friday Read is below. Make it a great one!

Faherty men's shirts

A laidback, expertly crafted shirt to wear on winter weekends aplenty.

  • Let’s kick off the weekend with a shopping pick, the sort of shirt you can wear at home or on the road. Consider the Faherty Brand Knit Seasons Shirt the type of shirt you can throw on and then forget about: It’s laidback and easygoing, yet still more than suitable to wear on a Zoom call. And when you want one of the best men’s shirts for winter layering (say, atop your favorite henley from Faherty Brand), it can more than readily step up in the clutch. All that’s missing now is a favorite vinyl record spinning and a fresh pot of coffee brewing this weekend. How about it?

Olivers Apparel review

Your new go-to workout shorts for winter and well beyond that.

  • Alright, now let’s go for something a bit less winter-centric and a bit more focused on your “home gym” (or laidback weekend hangs at home). That’s where Olivers Apparel comes into play. If you’re not familiar with the brand — check out this blog post, to start — you’d do well to shop the Olivers Apparel All Over Shorts, a style I’ve been wearing frequently in Florida. Moisture-wicking fabric, an elastic waistband and a range of versatile color options make these the best workout shorts for men to buy this instant.

  • Speaking of at-home style, let’s keep things rolling in seriously relaxed comfort this weekend. For GearMoose, I wrote all about the GREATS Driggs Slippers, featuring a natural wool felt upper and a faux-fur lining — consider them a nice change of pace for your feet when you kick off your boots at the end of a long day. On that note, you’d also do well to check out my guide to the best hiking boots from GREATS, too.
  • One last style item for your weekend: Head over to Maxim to read about the stunning and newly launched Piaget Skeleton Polo Watch, an updated take on the brand’s iconic Polo Watch that offers a close look at the inner workings of this handsome and refined timepiece. A guy can dream, right?

Here’s one more style guide for your weekend — quite literally, that is. I talked earlier this week about how to wear a shawl collar cardigan casually, and if I have anything to say about it, well, this weekend is the perfect time to kick back in cool, classic style (slippers and whiskey very much included in this #OOTD). Click through, kick back and shop away. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


Style Pick of the Week: Olivers Apparel Passage Pants

Slim, stylish, comfortable and yet polished pants for home.

First of all: Thank you for being here, and thank you for swinging by this Brooklyn style blog for another entry in our weekly Style Pick of the Week series — if you’re new here, this series covers one standout menswear essential for the season & for your consideration. In this case, during these trying and strange times, today’s spring menswear essential comes at us courtesy of Olivers Apparel. To be more specific, as we all continue to spend plenty of time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic (last time I’ll mention it by name), you’re going to need some of the best casual pants to wear at home. You’re going to need the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants in fact, which wear like your favorite jeans but have the standout style of classic slim chinos. You might be wondering, though — “If I’m at home, why bother with dressing up?” … well, not so fast. It’s a question we’ll continue to tackle on the blog going forward, but whether taking care of your family or taking care of business remotely, you still need some of the best men’s pants for spring — comfort and style are paramount, and of course, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants get the job done handsomely. Let’s dive into what makes these slim pants so darn essential for the season (and yes, hanging at home).

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Passage Pants

Available in a wide array of colors and made with crucial stretch.

Yes indeed, these slim five-pocket pants check all the right boxes, from the tailored and business-friendly fit (for when you can return to the office?) to the use of durable CORDURA fabric and built-in four-way stretch. They’re some of the most versatile pants your author has seen in some time, wearable with everything from an Olivers Apparel tee to your favorite henley to a slim Oxford shirt. They’re equally perfect for a solitary hike or a grocery store run in equal measure, and as you would hope, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants come in a variety of suitable, neutral and classic colors. The tailored fit is also agreeable and yet not too slim, while the fact that these pants are plenty stretchy is a must-have when you’re posted up in your home office. Italian hardware gives these slim five-pocket pants an extra degree of durability, and again, the gusseted crotch allows even further freedom of movement. Put simply, the Olivers Apparel Passage Pants are some of the best new pants to buy for spring — don’t wait another second.

SHOP: The Olivers Apparel Passage Pants



#OOTD: How to Dress for the First Snowfall

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD series will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

Can you feel it? A real chill in the air? Temperatures (nearly) below or *gasp* at freezing? And maybe … the flutter of a snowflake or two? Yes, the more you look around these parts — that is, Brooklyn — on The Style Guide, the more you realize winter’s just about here. Of course, if you find yourself in a warm climate year-round, stop reading — we have plenty of beach-ready menswear for you. But if you need to bundle up for that first snowfall, the #menswear you need is just a few clicks away — and it looks sharp for situations casual and slightly less so.  Essential layering pieces like a shawl-collar cardigan and a slim henley can work all through fall, but when it comes time to combat the snow? You can certainly still reach for ’em with confidence. We’ll get to the full #OOTD below — and for style inspiration on the daily, check out the behind-the-scenes process on Instagram.

Layering up for snowy weather with a comfortable henley, a rugged cardigan and waterproof boots.

Layering up for snowy weather with a comfortable henley, a rugged cardigan and waterproof boots.

The Cardigan: JACHS NY Donegal Shawl Neck Cardigan, $129 — With its combination of hefty fabric yet a pleasingly modern fit, this cardigan is refined enough for the office but casual enough for the weekend.

The Topcoat: Old Navy Wool-Blend Topcoat in Crème Caramel, $124.94 — Add another brand to your list when it comes to stylish topcoat shopping this season. Old Navy knocks it out of the park with this functional, sharp number. Is it a heavy, technical parka? Not quite. But will it layer up nicely and look refined along the way? Yes, sir.

The Denim: Flint & Tinder All-American Jeans (Slim Tapered or Straight Tapered), $98 — If you caught this site’s post on the best men’s selvedge denim, then you know how essential Flint & Tinder jeans can be. Snag either the Straight or Slim Tapered cut and wear them all season. As to a belt? Choose a braided leather belt  for seasonally appropriate texture if you’ve got one.

The Henley: OLIVERS Apparel Convoy Henley, $98 — If you’re heading to the office & a henley won’t cut it, sub in a stylish chambray shirt & a wool tie. But in casual situations? Layer away with this soft, comfortable and slim henley.

The Boots: Cole Haan Lockridge Moc Toe Waterproof Boots, $350 — Perhaps more well-known for lightweight shoes like its ZeroGrand series, the Lockridge is a flexible, durable and completely waterproof boot ready for snow and slush, plus a business casual day at the office.

The Socks: Anonymous-ism Fair Isle Grade Crew Socks, $25 (Available via East Dane) — With various shades of blue in this outfit — plus that rich camel topcoat — a shot of red via textured socks makes a nice addition.

The Watch: Lum-Tec M60 GMT Watch, $499.98 — If you stop by here often, you know that Lum-Tec makes a bevy of watches that are Style Guide favorites. Although brown boots are in play, the M60 GMT Watch features a black dial and a black leather strap– but it comes with a stainless steel bracelet or a black rubber strap (especially handy in the snow).

The Hat: Herschel Supply Co. Abbott Knit Beanie, $20 (Available via East Dane) — Other than stylish leather gloves, what’s the one accessory keeping you warm in the blustery snow? A functional, neutral winter cap. If you’re going to go investment-level with a durable casual watch, might as well keep your hat affordable and versatile.

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This snowfall-ready outfit favors fashion just a bit more than function — we’re not throwing on a blizzard-level parka and snow pants just yet. But in the event it does start to snow a little harder, versatile accessories like a warm shawl collar cardigan and a sharp topcoat should serve you well. And accessories like tough winter boots  and a rugged leather watch can certainly take a few punches. Regardless of whether you’re stepping through  a few flurries or the bitter chill, don’t leave home without a warm scarf and gloves (thank your mom for that reminder, too!). If you’ve got other questions on what to wear for the first snowfall, or just want to chat, shoot me an email or a Tweet.

Stay stylish!


Turkey time: Celebrating a Florida Thanksgiving

A sporty, stylish combination. Polo by QOR. Capital Shorts by OLIVERS Apparel. Gratton Sneakers by Fronteer. Calypso Watch by MVMT Watches. Sunglasses by Nautica.

A sporty, stylish combination for a sunny long weekend in Florida. Heather Merino Knit Polo by QOR. Capital Shorts by OLIVERS Apparel. Gratton Sneakers by Fronteer. Calypso Watch by MVMT Watches. Sunglasses by Nautica.

Whenever I hit the road, I always look forward to packing in style. And when I get the chance to head south to Florida, visit with family and chow down on amazing Thanksgiving food? That’s all the better. Spending the holidays in a warm-weather locale like Florida is a change of  pace from your Style Guide author’s past holidays growing up in Michigan, so the garb I packed with me has changed accordingly over the years. It’s a bit disconcerting sometimes to go from rugged fall style in NYC to spending time on the beach in Florida, but I always look forward to doing so. And just as with my August trip to Florida, I loaded up plenty of warm-weather gear fit for versatile style situations — including Thanksgiving dinner, brewery-hopping and lots of time spent in the sun.

Gear for the office, a flight and Florida style. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants by Dickies. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by JackThreads. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Sunglasses by Nautica. Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel Supply Co.

Gear for the office, a flight and Florida style. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants by Dickies. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by JackThreads. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Sunglasses by Nautica. Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel Supply Co.

As always with traveling from NYC to a warm climate like Florida, I sought to pack gear that would move seamlessly from a chilly NYC work day to breezy Florida in style. That meant selecting the ever-versatile, comfortable Public Rec Crosstown Bomber— it’s the sort of jacket that layered easily over my classic Old Navy chambray shirt. And my Dickies Slim-Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants were more than ready for a day at the office and a flight back home, as were my new CLAE x JackThreads Strayhorn Mid Sneakers. The chukka-style hybrid silhouette and grey wool upper proved stylish for the work day and helped me breeze through security. And, I had to bring along my Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono for a dash of rugged-refined style for the office and fall travel. On the footwear front, I had to break out my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes from storage — the next time you’ve got to tackle warm weekend weather in style, you should look to pack a similar pair. Of course, I took along toiletries from the likes of Nivea for Men — the brand’s Creme works as a hand, body and face moisturizer, so it’s a do-it-all travel essential. And throughout my trip, my retro-inspired Nautica sunglasses and the slick, new MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators proved stylish accessory options for the Florida sun. Seriously, never underestimate the power of a stylish pair of men’s sunglasses.  So, with stylish travel gear in tow and a quick flight home in the books, it was onto a fun Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The day on Wednesday — as one would expect — dawned sunny and pretty hot. With that in mind, I reached for the stretchy, stylish and tailored OLIVERS Apparel Capital Short, as seen at the very top of the page. The versatile color paired up well with another sport-inspired, hybrid piece — a new Heather Merino Knit Polo from performance apparel purveyors QOR. Its tailored look is offset by the merino blend fabric, which wicks sweat and dries quickly. And the comfortable combo paired up well with a new set of kicks — the FRONTEER Super Gratton high-top sneakers, provided courteously by the FRONTEEER team. With their unique design and a silhouette inspired by functional outdoor boots, they’re a nice lifestyle hybrid sneaker. They worked for grabbing a delicious Maple Bacon Donut at the renowned Bennett’s Fresh Roast and hitting the beach. For hitting up Fort Myers Brewing Company later, the brand-new Calypso Watch from the recently launched MVMT Watches Modern Sport collection was a prime, affordable pick. It was also a nice chance to break out a stylish pair of retro-inspired sunglasses from Nautica, and the combination of sport-inspired and functional pieces held up well for Florida exploration — and a few outdoor brews!


Hanging out in classic Florida fashion. Thomas Pacific Latitude Shirt by Bridge & Burn. Slim Chinos in Light Stone by Taylor Stitch. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Runaway Aviators by MVMT Watches. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage.

And with an enjoyable Wednesday in the books, it was onto an even more enjoyable Thanksgiving. Now, unlike dressing for a casual fall day, our Florida Thanksgiving celebrations required significantly fewer layers than an NYC November day. With that in mind, it made it easy to reach for the Thomas Pacific Latitude Print Shirt, also from Bridge & Burn. Although that shirt is sold out, you can’t go wrong reaching for any of a selection of similar stylish short-sleeved shirts the next time you find yourself in a warm locale for a holiday. The same goes for the ever-classic Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Light Stone — any chance you get to pick up durable, high-quality and classic Taylor Stitch menswear (especially the brand’s lauded chinos), I’d recommend you take it. I found the combo worked quite nicely once again with my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes and the always-stylish  Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono for eating second (and third) helpings of Thanksgiving dinner.  And the whole ensemble was polished-yet-casual enough for family Thanksgiving — no expandable waistband in sight on those Taylor Stitch chinos, although it would’ve helped.


Brewery hopping in the Florida sun. Vesper Polo by Mack Weldon. Stringer Dune Shorts by Bridge & Burn. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Glasses by Frameri.

Of course, Friday presented another absolutely beautiful Florida day, and a prime chance to break out some of my best warm-weather menswear again for a little in-person Black Friday shopping and strolling. (And, let’s be honest — a trip to the excellent Big Blue Brewing was in order). The lightweight, breathable and slim Vesper Polo from the fine folks at Mack Weldon was just what the doctor ordered — and it teamed nicely with my ever-essential Stringer Dune Shorts from Bridge & Burn. It was a bit strange to wear warm-weather gear after a chilly NYC fall, but I adjusted easily thanks to stylish pieces like the always-reliable Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes — they’re the rare type of boat shoe that’s refined, and exceedingly easy to wear for both beachside and city exploration. What’s more, my always-reliable Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch had to make the trip, too — I think if you pre-order one for yourself, you’ll be mighty surprised at just how much you’ll be reaching for this casual-yet-versatile timepiece. I’d also recommend you reach for an upgraded, subtly designed ballcap if you need to protect your face from the sun — my Goorin Brothers vintage ballcap (unfortunately sold out now) is a perennial favorite. To snag a similar style for yourself, check out the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap. With that gear in tow, it made for a fun, easygoing day strolling around the neat artists’ village of Matlacha — and if ever you find yourself in the Fort Myers area, Point Ybel Brewing is worth a stop to cap off your day.


In awe of the amazing creations at the American Sandsculpting Championship. Anything Shirt by Strongbody Apparel. Chambray shorts by Canvas by Lands’ End. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Sunglasses by Nautica.

And no Florida trip would be complete without a little beach relaxation and a trip to the American Sandsculpting Championship on Fort Myers Beach — right? I made sure to bring along stylish beach gear for some fun in the sun. That gear included the comfortable, sweat-wicking Anything Shirt by Strongbody Apparel, plus a pair of tailored chambray shorts from Canvas by Lands’ End. Of course, my Cooper Boat Shoes helped me out quite nicely for navigating the sand and the city, as did my Nautica sunglasses. If you’ve got to pack relatively light, versatile accessories and footwear that work for multiple situations can undoubtedly help ease the burden of lugging around a heavy weekender bag.


The durable Calypso Watch from MVMT Watches teamed nicely with my SeaVees Legend Sneakers.

I also switched up my outfit for an evening out and about in Fort Myers (including a requisite viewing of the new “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” an excellent Harry Potter film). That meant reaching for a tailored short-sleeve gingham shirt from Banana Republic, along with a pair of tailored Canvas by Lands’ End shorts. I also looked forward to breaking out my crisp white SeaVees Legend Sneakers, a go-anywhere set of kicks that works for both casual and business casual situations. My durable, stylish Calypso Watch from MVMT Watches was once again up to the task — I’ll be getting a ton of use out of that timepiece in the weeks and months to come.  And as to the movie? If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you should absolutely check out the incredibly awesome expansion of the HP universe… but back to menswear, ehh?

Just the right gear to hit the road back to NYC. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by CLAE x JackThreads. Utility Bifold by Tanner Goods. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers.

Just the right gear to hit the road back to NYC. Crosstown Bomber by Public Rec. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Strayhorn Mid Sneakers by CLAE x JackThreads. Utility Bifold by Tanner Goods. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers.

It seems that every time I head to Florida, it gets tougher to leave — especially after a great holiday with family and some beautiful warm weather. But with that being said, it was time to pack up to head back to NYC — to deal with the impending cold weather, I again grabbed my Public Rec Crosstown Bomber and the versatile, travel-friendly CLAE x JackThreads Strayhorn Mid Sneakers. I packed up my gear in my dependable Owen & Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender, which has more than capably stood up to the demands of both summer and fall travel across the past few months. Of course, my travel watch pick was an easy one — my Timex x Red Wing Heritage Waterbury Chrono  hasn’t yet let me down! And when it comes time to add to your everyday carry, the Tanner Goods Utility Bifold is a wallet I’d certainly recommend.

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So, with that gear in my bag, I hopped a crowded flight back to NYC — and already, we’re back in action and looking ahead to the holiday season. I had an amazing, fun, relaxing and reflective time in Florida — being able to dress in style was just icing on the cake. But you really can’t put a price on time spent with family — can you? What’s more, I’m already looking forward to being back to Florida for Christmas next month. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving in style, and I hope you’re ready for a busy holiday season at The Style Guide — tomorrow, you can look for a seasonally appropriate #OOTD entry, and Wednesday, we’ll tell you exactly how to dress for your next holiday party. Beyond that, you can expect the best menswear on tap with our Style Pick of the Week series, and more holiday men’s style ideas galore.

Thanks so much for reading — stay stylish!


Catching some rays: A summer vacation in Florida

Editor’s note: To recap my latest travel style adventures, click that link.

Just one snap of my time spent in sunny Florida. Pocket tee by Steven Alan. Tropical-print linen shorts by Todd Snyder. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Sunglasses by Nautica. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge and Burn. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

Just one snap of my time spent in sunny Florida. Pocket tee by Steven Alan. Tropical-print linen shorts by Todd Snyder. Cooper Boat Shoes by Jack Erwin. Sunglasses by Nautica. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge and Burn. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

It might seem hard to believe, but today ends a whirlwind stretch of 12 out of 17 days on the road for me — yes, that’s right! That included a trip West to Liberty Fairs, plus a wedding weekend in Michigan, all fun in their own way, and all involving some stellar #menswear (if I do say so myself). Given that I’ve grown pretty accustomed to hitting the road as of late, it made my next trip all the more enjoyable; it’s not all that often that I get to head South to visit my family in Florida, but it’s always a special occasion. In this case, I was able to celebrate my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!) and take in a truly epic AC/DC concert with my dad in nearby Fort Lauderdale — but more on that in a second. I was last in Fort Myers in March (a Style Guide spring break, if you will), and this go-round, I was able to bring along a different — yet hopefully just as stylish — set of men’s style essentials for a longer trip (Friday to Wednesday morning, as it were!).

A full bag for a few extra days in Florida. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Printed swim trunks by JACHS NY. Army Issue Sneakers by SeaVees. Black Henley by Stitchmill. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Adventure Log by Word Notebooks. Facial Crème by Nivea For Men.

A full bag for a few extra days in Florida. Voyager Waxed Weekender by Owen & Fred. Printed swim trunks by JACHS NY. Army Issue Sneakers by SeaVees. Black Henley by Stitchmill. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Adventure Log by Word Notebooks. Facial Crème by Nivea Men. Brass bottle opener by Owen & Fred.

That started, as always, from the ground up. I’ve realized the importance of making sure your small items are both durable and stylish — such is the case with my Herschel Supply Chapter Travel Kit, an easy-to-pack, easy-to-use dopp kit that sheds water (the wide array of colors doesn’t hurt, either). It fit nicely inside my reliable-as-ever Owen & Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender, which actually ended up holding about six days worth of gear (see, that’s versatile dressing — wink, wink). I also packed up a durable Stitchmill Henley and other easily wearable pieces. On a side note — if you’re going to grab one henley, you might want to make it a slim-fitting, made-in-America purchase from Stitchmill. But onto the rest of the trip. As I headed right from the office in NYC to the plane, I took advantage of a very casual Friday and threw on my OLIVERS Capital Shorts and the lightweight, comfortable Stio Divide Polo, both of which provided nice freedom of movement and versatility for moving from work to a flight and dinner. Of course, my Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes were also durable and crisp for a half-day in the office and the resulting flight to Florida, which proved to be longer than expected thanks to some travel delays. The time spent in the air was more than recovered thanks to a few tasty brews at Twin Peaks, brewers of four in-house beers and some excellent pub fare, including the Billionaire Bacon Burger. Friday night done right!

Catching some much-needed Florida rays. Dash Tank by Fourlaps. Swim trunks by JackThreads. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Sunglasses by Nautica. Sneakers from the MW for Reef collab. 8926 Pro Diver by Invicta. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

Catching some much-needed Florida rays. Dash Tank by Fourlaps. Swim trunks by JackThreads. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Sunglasses by Nautica. Sneakers from the MW for Reef collab. 8926 Pro Diver by Invicta. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

With a busy work week and travel day in the books, it made Saturday all the more enjoyable — it was time for a relaxing beach day with fittingly casual apparel. That meant I threw on the Fourlaps Apparel Dash Tank, because everyone could use a little sun now and then.  I covered the brand in a piece on the best athleisure brands for men, and they’re worth checking out if you want performance-minded apparel that’s a little more bold — and a little less logo-heavy — than your average tank top. It was an easygoing complement to my JackThreads Swim Trunks, which were pretty sharp in a deep navy color. Beach-ready footwear is an essential, and a pair of casual grey sneakers from the Masafumi Watanabe x Reef collaboration were just the ticket, able to stand up to sand & the walk through the parking lot after. Perhaps the most versatile timepiece I brought with me was my Invicta 8926 Pro Diver — I’ve had that thing for about three years now (it even nabbed a spot in this site’s roundup of the best dive watches), and it fit right in underneath the sand & sun. Given the need to transition from situation to situation,  I’d suggest you also grab a versatile, casual-yet-refined dive watch for your next waterfront outing.

For a trip to one of my favorite stops in the Fort Myers area (the excellent Point Ybel Brewing), I also kept it casual. The great thing about those OLIVERS Capital Shorts is that, minus repeated gym sessions, they can hold up to darn near anything (including a repeat wear for an easygoing dinner). My situation up top was also breezy and casual, as it was the prime opportunity to feature a fun vintage printed shirt. A regular (read: Non-vintage) printed short-sleeve shirt is the ideal way to have a bit of fun in the warm weather, and my reliable-as-always Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes worked just fine for grabbing a few pints.  We topped off the night with a stellar dinner at legendary local spot Doc Ford’s — my parents would surely recommend the Yucatan Shrimp.

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As one does in Floriday, Sunday provided another lovely opportunity to relax and explore at the same time. That meant a Sunday Funday trip to Punta Gorda and some exploration around the Fishermen’s Village shopping area (complete with a requisite stop at nearby Fat Point Brewing — get the Big Boca Ale to go in a growler, if you get the chance!). We also grabbed a tasty waterfront meal   No trip to a beautiful waterfront locale would be complete without the chance to once again break out those Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes. which are a decidedly sleek upgrade to the typical boat shoe. They offset a new favorite pair of breezy tropical-print linen Todd Snyder shorts (an end-of-season sale pick-up) — they were sufficiently breezy, comfortable and yet stylish. Of course, accessories to fight the sun were also crucial — in this instance, that meant some Nautica sunglasses in a cool, retro-yet-modern (there is such a thing) Clubmaster-style shape. My trusty Tread for Men Traveler Sunscreen helped me fight the sun’s rays — seriously, don’t skip out on that — and although I reached for my Invicta 8926 Pro Diver for some pool time early in the day, my refined Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch — on a NATO strap, no less — was the perfect pick for more time in the Florida heat.

The Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Breton Stripe Tee by Grayers. Colter Pants by Stio. Sunglasses by Nautica. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Striped webbed belt by J. Crew. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

The Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Breton Stripe Tee by Grayers. Colter Pants by Stio. Sunglasses by Nautica. Flat Wool Cap by Bridge & Burn. Striped webbed belt by J. Crew. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Bracelet by Bryer Leather.

Unlike past trips to Florida, which required a quick turnaround, I had the chance to take a bit more time in and around the city of Fort Myers. That meant some pool time on Monday, and it also meant a chance to hit up downtown Fort Myers outpost The Lodge for a heck of a lunch and some stellar brews. The décor is rustic and alpine-themed, the barbeque is stellar and the selection of regional and national craft beers is on-point (the Cigar City Lager from Tampa is a crisp, easy-drinking upgrade to a Miller Lite, if that’s in your wheelhouse). To meet the occasion in style, I paired my Grayers Breton Stripe Tee (slim-fitting and comfortable) with the Stio Colter Pant, a slightly stretchy chino made from premium Turkish cotton. It moved well, and made it easy to stroll around town post-lunch — particularly when paired up with those trusty Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes and other style essentials, like my Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch. When you talk about pieces that mix crisp, modern style with a retro vibe, that timepiece is one of them — as is my trusty Bridge & Burn Flat Wool Cap, which came in handy shield my face from the sun. Despite some rain showers, it was an excellent day capped off by some delicious fried chicken at Sanibel Island hotspot The Pecking Order and a beautiful sunset on the beach.

An outfit that's ready to rock. Authentic band tee and tickets by AC/DC. 505C Denim by Levi's. Chukkas by Timberland. Waterbury Chrono from the TImex x Red Wing Heritage collab. Double IPA by Two Roads Brewing.

An outfit that’s ready to rock. Authentic band tee and tickets by AC/DC. 505C Denim by Levi’s. Chukkas by Timberland. Waterbury Chrono from the TImex x Red Wing Heritage collab. Double IPA by Two Roads Brewing.

So a tremendous day on Monday led to one (big) thing on Tuesday — the concert to end all concerts, an absolutely epic AC/DC show. That explains the authentic  band tee (no knock-off designer band merch here!), my reliable Levi’s 505C Denim, (a rock-inspired jean perfect for the show), and some durable leather chukkas. But onto what truly was an explosive night! Say what you will about their music or their consistent (ahem, stubborn) approach to music, but AC/DC were one of the first bands I ever loved — and I love them to this day, personnel changes and all! The show was worth an entire blog post in and of itself, particularly when you snag prime second-row seats, as my dad and I did (I’m going to pause to try & recover some of my hearing now).

The legendary Angus Young ripping off some blistering riffs in Fort Lauderdale at the BB&T Center.

From the opening chords of “Rock Or Bust” to a blistering take on “Shoot to Thrill,” a ripping rendition of”Sin City” and the classic “High Voltage” — and every single song in between — Angus Young never stopped moving or peeling off insane riffs. And Axl Rose truly did sing his butt off, too — he’s no Brian Johnson, but he channels both Brian & Bon in one heck of a rock n’roll way (on-stage wardrobe choices aside). Even without Brian in the mix, the band is a sight to behold … they’re perhaps the last great “classic” rock band that tours consistently behind original music, and boy, do they put on a show. Chris Slade has proven an admirable fill-in behind the drum kit for Phil Rudd, and Stevie Young is his uncle Malcolm incarnate, holding down the engine room admirably on rhythm guitar.  I could certainly go on, but suffice to say — Bon Scott would be proud of “the boys.” Next up — the band’s stop at Madison Square Garden in just about two weeks. Needless to say, I’m ready.

Travel style essentials

An early flight after an AC/DC concert? No problem. Club V-neck Tee by Life/After/Denim. Leather chukka boots by Timberland. Notebook by Word Notebooks. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder.

With all that being said, the trip still seemed to come to an end all too soon — that could’ve been the early wake-up call to get back to NYC on Wednesday, too. My Life/After/Denim Club V-neck Tee (it’s proven quite the quick seller) was the ideal casual way to catch an early-morning flight — luckily, it fits the bill at my laidback office, too. And my Levi’s 505C Denim worked again to travel back — the hint of stretch is key, and the durability made them an easy pick when matched with the simple, stylish Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch. It’s now time to power through the work day, and unpack my bag until I travel next. With Labor Day on the way though, I’ve got some stylish adventures planned — I’ll be exploring the buzzed-about town of Asbury Park (that’s New Jersey, folks), and bringing along some stylish essentials (of course). Keep up with all the #menswear action on Twitter or Instagram, and check back here Friday for a weekly menswear news recap.

In rock we trust — it’s rock or bust,


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