Online Shopping Picks: Buy a Pair of the Best Men’s Sneakers for Spring Right Now

It’s time to take stock of your collection of stylish men’s sneakers. We’re well into spring here, so if you don’t yet have a pair of versatile kicks on your feet or in your wardrobe, it’s time to start shopping. Coming from a guy who absolutely loves rugged leather boots, it can be a bit of a weird transition to stow those away and reach instead for lightweight sneakers. Fear not, though — we’ve got plenty of picks in today’s shopping roundup to tickle your fancy. Whether you seek old-school high-top sneakersclassic white canvas sneakers or a modern pair of trainers, the right pair of sneakers is out there just waiting for you. I’d wager you’re going to need more than just one pair, though. Classic spring sneakers can (and should) be swapped in for dress shoes or leather loafers in plenty of spring style situations, including ones that are a bit more out-of-the-box (like at the office with a blue Oxford, tan chinos and a navy cotton blazer). That’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Your sneakers are going to see a lot of work on casual weekend outings and spring brewery trips, too. And with something as straightforward as a slim pair of dark denim and a grey pocket tee? That’s where any one of these pairs of sneakers are going to excel. Read on and see for yourself, my friends.

#1. Rancourt & Co. Carson Mid in Khaki — $185

Classic design and classic construction makes a great pair of sneakers.

Rancourt & Co. stays in the game when it comes to quality sneakers — seriously, they’ve been making theirs using time-tested methods for decades on end. That approach has led to a sneaker with modern styling potential — the Rancourt & Co. Carson Mid — to go along with classic construction. Done up in a spring-friendly khaki color (the ideal complement to light wash denim and a white henley), these are an upgraded take on your standard music festival kicks. But really, you can wear the Carson Mid wherever you want.

#2. SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll — $62.98

Easygoing and easy to style — SeaVees nails it.

That classic pair of white sneakers that every guys needs in his closet? The SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll fit the bill perfectly. Crafted with the sort of laidback California cool that SeaVees has down pat after more than five decades in the sneaker business, these are the type of sneakers you can wear on your flight … and then right to the beach. And provided you keep them in good enough shape, they can pull double-duty at the office, too.

#3. Oliver Cabell Renes Trainer — $198

A slightly futuristic (yet classic?) pair of leather trainers.

For every pair of easygoing white sneakers, it seems you can find something a little sharper. If that’s what you seek, the Oliver Cabell Renes Trainer is the way to go, easily. A recent entry into the sneaker market, Oliver Cabell is all about quality materials and streamlined design, hence the Italian rubber sole and use of beautiful Italian full-grain leather. The Renes Trainers also boast a slim profile, perfect for matching up with olive chinos, a white Oxford and a navy blazer any day of the work week.

#4. Levi’s Woods Canvas Sneakers — $60

Your favorite denim brand is making a pair of sneakers that are remarkably easy to wear alongside said jeans.

There are times when a guy just needs to wear, well, sneakers. You know. Just plain, simple, stylish sneakers that aren’t too fussy or expensive. That’s where I’d argue the Woods Canvas Sneakers come into play, folks. Made by arguably the most classic denim brand out there, the Woods Canvas Sneakers are an ideal set of casual kicks. Think muted colors, a wearable silhouette and the ability to be paired up with beat-up Levi’s jeans, a crisp heather grey tee and a bomber jacket. I think I just found your new favorite bar crawl outfit.

#5. SeaVees Monterey Sneaker — $68

A seasonally appropriate shade of green that’ll pop just enough against spring neutrals.

If you tire of wearing black, white or navy sneakers consistently and want to add a little color into the mix, the eye-catching SeaVees Monterey Sneakers are the right way to go about it. Available in a shade of green that’s spring-friendly but not too bright, the Monterey Sneakers are another casual option done right by SeaVees. Wear these with chino shorts and a grey cotton polo (plus a stylish casual watch) for a few rounds of patio or rooftop beers. At least, that’s what I’d do.

#6. YORK Athletics Mfg. Featherweight Sneakers — $115

Sporty sneakers that bring a lot of athletic-inspired style to the table.

Rounding out this list, we’ve got a pair of sneakers for the more athletically minded fellas among us. While the YORK Athletics Mfg. Featherweight Sneakers aren’t fully made for working out, they’ve got more sporty style than the rest of this batch. That works out nicely if you want a pair of sneakers that work for quick weekend outings or comfortable travel in equal measure. And hey, the Featherweight Sneakers live up to their billing when it comes to kicks that are both comfortable and stylish.

So, do you have a favorite pair of sneakers from the above list? Are the athleisure-inspired YORK Athletics Mfg. Featherweight Sneakers your pick? Or perhaps you’d go with something like the SeaVees Monterey Sneakers are the ones to get — and wear with everything from a henley and light wash jeans to chino shorts and a slub polo. The streamlined Oliver Cabell Renes Trainer offers a bit more modern style alongside business casual combos like dark blue denim and a navy cotton blazer, while the Woods Canvas Sneakers from Levi’s are a unique offering from a lauded denim brand. If something even more classic tickles your fancy, the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll ought to get the job done nicely. However, my personal favorite might be the Rancourt & Co. Carson Mid, a classically constructed pair of sneakers with the versatility you can only get from high-top kicks. Let me know your favorites in the comments below, or on Twitter.

Happy spring sneaker shopping!

-Beau

 

 

 

Online Shopping Picks: Upgrade Your Living Space with the Best Men’s Home Goods

It’s been some time since we’ve taken the leap into a set of Online Shopping Picks outside the realm of menswear — in the case of today’s post at ye olde Style Guide, that means we’re talking the best men’s home goods to upgrade your space. Call it getting a jump on spring cleaning, call it wanting to stick to your menswear resolution of designing a better home or apartment, or call it a little … retail therapy. Either way, the right picks for your space can say as much about you as your choice of a classic Oxford shirt or a pair of American-made denim. Think of home goods as a bit of an extension of your personality and sense of style; that can make finding new pieces a fun journey. For instance: I frequently outfit my space with vintage-style pennants from Oxford Pennant, which you might have come across if you follow me on Instagram — it’s a cool venture to find a pennant that I like, one that might fit with my space. But that’s just one small component of adding a bit of character and cool style to your space. Hopefully, the below picks are more than enough to get you thinking about how to upgrade your space in style. Like what you see? Let me know on Twitter!

The Wall Art: Huckberry One Full Circle Print — $50

A limited-edition print available for a surprisingly agreeable price — a great first foray into wall art.

Inexpensive, neatly designed and eyecatching, the Huckberry One Full Circle Print is a worthwhile piece of wall art to brighten up a wall that’s, well, plain white or grey. It’s a heck of a steal from a retailer that you likely already shop anyways, and it’s one of only 50 available. Start small with this piece, then add other accents around it — at least, that’s what I’d do if I were you.

The Plant: Norden 5-Inch Planter — $50

Start small with this cool planter, and you might be surprised where your green thumb leads you.

In addition to starting with a crisp, colorful print, a small planter is but one way to liven up your desk, windowsill or den. Now, the plant itself isn’t included when it comes to the Norden 5-Inch Planter, but the cool Black Speckle color is a good enough base for a succulent or something lively and low-maintenance. Plus, a welcome shot of green is enough to liven up enough the most seemingly plain spaces this spring.

The Centerpiece: (del)Hutson Designs Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray — $45

A serving tray that looks stylish as heck and works as a cool coffee table centerpiece.

When is a serving tray more than just a simple serving tray? When it’s handsomely made and well-designed by (del)Hutson, with the sort of aesthetic that stands out nicely on a coffee table or in the kitchen. You can certainly use the Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray to serve, y’know, tasty cocktails or appetizers, but it can also function as a display for magazines, a candle, some reclaimed wood coasters — all of which add just a bit of character to your space.

The Home Accent: Yamazaki Tower Leaning Ladder Hanger — $46

Add a bit of flair and function to your space with this useful leaning ladder.

This next recommended pickup can be just a bit tricky if you’re pressed for space (as I am in my Brooklyn apartment). But on the other hand … it can also provide you with a bit more space and a bit more bang for your buck. Use the Yamazaki Tower Leaning Ladder Hanger to display your favorite shirts, use it as a handy space to hang cool blankets, or toss a pair of pants over it in an artful way — it’s the little things that speak volumes about your space.
 The Valet Tray: Tanner Goods Valet Tray — $75

A small-yet-worthy home goods upgrade, and a terrific way to store your everyday carry.

We’ve covered some handy storage solutions for larger items in your home or apartment — how about picks that make it easier to store your everyday carry essentials? Enter the Tanner Goods Valet Tray, which can readily serve as a home decor upgrade as much as it can work as a storage upgrade. The use of Meridian English bridle leather sets apart this surprisingly rugged valet tray from the rest of the pack.

So, that’s hopefully a good start when it comes to the best men’s home goods. Just like building or updating your wardrobe, the process of upgrading and refreshing your space definitely takes time, a bit of know-how and a proper budget. Starting small — with the Tanner Goods Valet Tray, for instance — is but one move that can make a difference in the way you store your everyday carry. Going slightly bigger, with the Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray from (del)Hutson, can offer versatility and functionality for hosting parties or displaying your favorite reads (see, it’s the small things!). And other handy storage options, including the Yamazaki Tower Leaning Ladder Hanger, add some character and functionality to your space. Not to be forgotten, the Huckberry One Full Circle Print is a reliably stylish and easy wall art upgrade, while the Norden 5-Inch Planter provides the perfect vessel for a small-yet-lively plant. That’s about the best possible home goods “starter kit” you could ask for, right?

How are you planning to upgrade your space as we move into spring? Let me know in the comments!

Online Shopping Picks: Fight Off the Winter Chill with the Best Men’s Long-Sleeves T-Shirts

Dealing with the doldrums of winter can be tough on many fronts — style included. It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s snowy … at least for those of us who live up North. What’s a guy to do? Well, layer up and keep on trucking. If you read The Style Guide regularly, you’re aware of our picks for the best men’s winter accessories — so, let’s add another dimension to that. Which is to say, let’s talk about rugged layering essentials, like today’s list of stylish long-sleeve shirts. Yes, it’s an overlooked category, seeing as a long-sleeve shirt is often just that — your base layer, fit for wearing under a flannel-lined trucker jacket or a durable winter coat. Yet, there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest, and those are the ones that we’re talking about today. If you have a favorite, I’d urge you to pick it up while it’s still around … and I’d urge you to let me know which one ya grabbed over on Twitter! For now, let’s get to work.

#1. Buck Mason Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee — $62

A classic thermal tee made with military style inspiration in mind.

What can’t Buck Mason do? This classic-leaning menswear brand focuses on, as you might have guessed, easygoing styles tinged with throwback Americana. Of course, this Thermal Surplus Tee sure fits the bill nicely, what with a tough waffle-knit exterior and a reversible jersey interior. It’s the kind of thermal tee you’re going to want to layer under your favorite denim shirt — perhaps with some slim black jeans and rugged winter boots — for a casual evening out and about.

#2. Grayers Todd Slub Henley — $65

A cotton henley with a tailored fit, plus a chambray placket for a bit of visual interest.

Yes indeed, the Grayers Todd Slub Henley is a bit of a departure from a classic thermal — a rugged henley can more easily be worn on its own than a thermal shirt, but the Todd Slub Henley gets the nod here regardless.  Grayers is a brand that delivers on multiple fronts, from soft shirting to well-fitting blazers and slim chinos, and you can’t go wrong with a cotton shirt that’s primed for all sorts of winter layering.
#3. Outerknown Callao Crew — $74.98

An easy-to-wear layering piece that’ll work quite well in winter.

If you normally associate Outerknown with breezy, summer-like weather and style — the brand was started in part by surfing legend Kelly Slater, after all — then think again. The brand’s Callao Crew is definitely a relaxed, easygoing layering piece, but that doesn’t mean you should discredit it when it comes time to throw on under, say, a classic crewneck sweatshirt. The striped design also makes for a bit of visual interest when worn under a rugged flannel shirt, for instance.
 #4. Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Long-Sleeve Tee — $44

Perhaps the ideal long-sleeve shirt — perfect for layering, comfy enough to wear on its own.

You didn’t think we’d get through an edition of our Online Shopping Picks without recommending some standout Flint and Tinder gear, did ya? Don’t let the 100 percent construction of the Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Tee fool you — you’re still getting a rugged long-sleeve shirt that’s more than primed for seasonal layering (it’d work quite well under, say, the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, for starters). What’s better than a slim-fitting, neutral long-sleeve tee? Not much at all.
#5. Outerknown Odyssey Long-Sleeve Crew — $78.98 

A comfortable, slim-fitting crewneck tee that’s exactly what you want in a winter layer.

That’s right, my friends — Outerknown has nabbed another spot on this list of the best men’s long-sleeve T-shirts, this time owing in part to the quality fabric and standout layering potential of the Odyssey Long-Sleeve Crew. The quality starts with the use of soft cotton jersey, as nice a base layer as you’re going to find. This particular shirt also uses recycled fabric, all the better for the environment. The end result? A shirt that’s exceptionally excellent for casual weekend style.

#6. Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley in Pigskin — $68.00

A durable henley in a color that’s more than ready for winter — subtly stylish.

Life/After/Denim always comes through with stylish, laidback gear that’s got just enough rugged functionality for every season — that’s certainly the case with this Thermal Henley, done up in a winter-friendly Pigskin color. It’s been a quick seller via Bespoke Post, and with good reason: It’s nearly 50 percent off the purchase price. Yes indeed, this rugged thermal henley is going to look great under a shawl collar cardigan or worn casually around the house with some slim sweatpants — looking great, even when at home, pays off.

OK, Style Guide readers — what’ll it be from the above list? Perhaps the durable, well-crafted Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley? Or perhaps the soft, slim-fitting Outerknown Odyssey Crew? If it were me, I’d layer either under a rugged chambray shirt or a classic winter cardigan .  Lest we forget, the classically inspired Thermal Surplus Tee from Buck Mason is a winner, perhaps the best of the bunch. The Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Tee is another stellar layer, as is the Grayers Todd Slub Henley — I’d wear the Todd Slub Henley under a tan herringbone blazer for style that’s just a bit of a throwback.  And if you’re more inclined toward decidedly casual winter fashion, I’d go for the Callao Crew from our pals at Outerknown, ideal for throwing on under a grey crewneck sweatshirt. I sure hope that gives you a start as you shop around for a new long-sleeve shirt for rugged winter layering.  And if it doesn’t? Shoot me an E-mail via the Contact page above — I’m always down to talk shop!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

 

 

 

Online Shopping Picks: Stay Warm This Season with the Best Men’s Winter Accessories

Our focus today on The Style Guide is all about getting you prepped for winter in style — that means it’s time to tackle the best men’s winter accessories that your hard-earned money can buy. Our recent Online Shopping Picks entries have covered everything from stylish socks for the season to classic denim shirts for all your layering needs, but there’s something missing. Isn’t there? After all, what goes better with rugged leather boots than essential winter accessories? That means we’re covering everything from a standout winter jacket (via United By Blue) to a stylish Taylor Stitch scarf and a rugged pair of leather boots— and we’re just getting started. If it’s bewildering and crazy to know that we’re moving into winter after it seems like fall blew by, then you’re not alone. And with these picks for the best winter accessories, you’re going to stay warm as you fight the chill — we’re in this together, folks. Let me know what you think of my selections over on Twitter, and follow along to get some winter #menswear tips on my Instagram account.

The Jacket: United By Blue Ultimate American Jacket — $598

Don’t let the simple looks of the American Jacket fool you — it’s tough and ready for winter weather.

When you think winter accessories, do you tend to think more about the smaller items, things like stylish wool socks or a dependable winter scarf? That’s all well and good, but what about when you need to break out the true heavy hitters — a must-have winter coat has gotta be near the top of your list, right? I humbly offer up the United By Blue American Jacket, a beastly, functional and surprisingly stylish men’s winter coat made with a waterproof shell and filled with warm (and sustainable!) bison fiber fill. Less bulky than a parka and more stylish, the American Jacket is a worthy investment.

The Boots: Rancourt & Co. Shearling-Lined Dresden Boots — $365

From head to toe, you need your bases covered — Rancourt & Co. has your boots on lock.

Again, let’s think about the big picture — and thus, the big-ticket items you need in your closet (and on your feet) this winter season. While there are plenty of pairs of stylish leather boots to choose from out there, few combine everything into one handsome package quite like the Rancourt & Co. Shearling-Lined Dresden Boots. Featuring handsewn construction and Horween leather, the Dresden Boots are also, as one would expect, lined in cozy shearling. Complete with a rugged (and treaded) rubber sole, the Rancourt & Co. Dresden Boots could be the most essential footwear purchase you make this season.

The Scarf: Taylor Stitch Scarf in Oatmeal Alpaca — $98
Taylor Stitch

The right finishing touch for any winter outfit has to be a stylish Taylor Stitch scarf — agreed?

OK, with your new favorite winter boots and a stylish winter jacket out of the way, let’s move onto something smaller, but no less critical — an everyday winter scarf. It’s helpful that this particular winter scarf comes from Taylor Stitch, a personal favorite brand that’s proven that it can do just about anything. Featuring a blend of alpaca and wool fibers, the Taylor Stitch Scarf is all-natural, with a versatile color that actually comes from undyed alpaca fibers. The Taylor Stitch Scarf would add just enough visual interest with a charcoal overcoat, slim blue denim and … dare I say … the Rancourt & Co. Dresden Boots?
The Gloves: Hestra Deerskin PrimaLoft Gloves — $125

Don’t consider your gloves an afterthought in terms of your wardrobe — invest in this pair from Hestra.

Lest we forget, durable winter gloves are an absolute must, whether you’re layering up with a rugged field jacket or a slim topcoat. And since we’re accepting nothing less than the best, I’d say you ‘ve got to pick up the Hestra Deerskin PrimaLoft Gloves, featuring just the right combo of sleek style and functionality. PrimaLoft insulation will keep your digits nice and toasty, while elastic cuffs make these easy to slip on and off. These stylish winter gloves are certainly an investment in terms of price, but it’ll be one that pays off … according to me, at least.
The Beanie: Taylor Stitch Beanie in Navy Alpaca — $48

Don’t leave home without this Taylor Stitch beanie on your head — trust me.

OK, so your hands are nice and toasty, you’ve layered up with the ridiculously dependable United By Blue American Jacket, and you’re now looking to keep your ears warm. Allow me to introduce you to the Taylor Stitch Beanie in Navy Alpaca, a well-made winter hat from a brand that absolutely deserves some space in your closet. This Taylor Stitch beanie uses a Fisherman’s Rib Stitch for extra durability and thickness, something that’s essential when dressing for the polar vortex that’s coming.

The Socks: Wigwam Cypress Socks in Red — $13

Socks aren’t all that important, right? Wrong. This cotton-nylon pair is dependable, breathable and ready for winter.

When are socks more than just, y’know, socks? When the socks in question happen to be the Wigwam Cypress Socks, and when those socks happen to be keeping your feet warm this winter. Reliable winter socks can be a tricky proposition in terms of matter of style, but these cotton-nylon socks should be comfortable and breathable to wear. The Wigwam Cypress Socks are the sort of pair that are stylish enough to wear with classic dress shoes, yet dependable enough to wear with rugged winter boots while keeping your feet from overheating.

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I don’t know about you, but I already feel warm and toasty just looking at some of these picks. When you layer up with the United By Blue American Jacket and complement that with plenty of other dependable winter accessories, you’ll have no trouble staying cozy in the snow. The trick comes in picking products that blend fashion and function, like the Rancourt & Co. Shearling-Lined Dresden Boots, featuring durable Horween leather. The same is true of smaller accesories, like the Taylor Stitch Beanie in Navy Alpaca and the complementary Taylor Stitch Scarf. And right on down to your socks, we’ve got you all set — the Wigwam Cypress Socks should be a go-to pair on many a cold night. I’m also a big fan of the Hestra Deerskin PrimaLoft Gloves, a reliable, sleek pair of winter gloves for outfits both tailored and casual. These picks should be enough to get your winter wardrobe started — you can expect plenty more #menswear tips for the cold weather in the weeks and months ahead.
As always, thanks for reading!
-Beau

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Online Shopping Picks: Buy These Boots to Take on Winter in Style

There’s a heck of a lot of gear you need to take on winter in style, from the right pair of socks to a rugged henley for layering to a stylish and warm jacket. These are areas that certainly aren’t to be overlooked, and the same can be said for the boots you throw on this winter. We talked just a few months ago on The Style Guide about the best men’s boots to buy for fall, and winter calls for similarly rugged, functional style — yet with a bit of twist. Your stylish winter boots need to be able to take on blustery winds and drifting snow, and you need to be able to navigate to and from work, your favorite bar and that holiday or New Year’s Eve party. Trust me, it’s a lot … that’s why I think you’re going to dig the rugged leather boots we’ve got on tap today, from the remarkable Mark Albert Traveler Boots to a classic pair of shearling boots from Rancourt & Co. If you think I missed any brands or styles, hit me up on Twitter or drop a line in the comments below, and if you want to see how I’m wearing my boots this winter, check out my Instagram. Happy shopping!

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#1. Huckberry x Original Chippewa 6-Inch Service Boot — $280

Goodness gracious — Huckberry and Original Chippewa are back at it with these stellar boots.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Original Chippewa and the brand’s classic Service Boots, so the Huckberry x Original Chippewa 6-Inch Service Boot is a ready-made winner in my book. These exclusive Service Boots feature a Vibram sole and a Goodywear welt for extreme traction and durability, even in the snow — and they’ll look particularly great underneath some American-made denim. Yes indeed, the Huckberry x Original Chippewa 6-Inch Service Boot is that elusive pair that can take you all around town and through the snow, then right on into happy hour.

#2. Red Wing Merchant Boot in Ebony — $320

Can Red Wing improve upon a classic? Trick question — they just did.

Is it possible to take a classic boot silhouette, one that dates back decades, and quite possibly make it better? Red Wing Heritage has done that with the Merchant Boots, a modern update to a throwback pair of boots that looks simply exceptional. The Red Wing Merchant Boots are based on a bestselling style from the brand way back in the 1920s, featuring rich mohave leather, tough brass hardware and classic Goodyear welt construction. Wear the Red Wing Merchant Boots with slim blue denim and your favorite shawl collar cardigan for timeless winter style.

#3. Mark Albert Traveler Boots (Huckberry Exclusive) — $345

A pair of boots that are stunning, stylish and just as functional as you need this winter.

We mentioned the Mark Albert Traveler Boots earlier, and with good reason. The Traveler Boots are what some might call the perfect pair of boots — if you’re into rugged, classic style. These exceedingly stylish leather boots feature full-grain Horween leather, an oil-resisting Vibram sole and the sort of construction that avoids slips and slides on snowy ground. The Mark Albert Traveler Boots even feature USA-made laces for an added dash of quality construction. Wear them with navy corduroys and a tan herringbone blazer for a blend of rugged and tailored style.

#4. Blundstone Super 550 Boots — $157.98

A unique take on the Chelsea boot from a classic brand. No complaints when it comes to getting around in the snow.

Let’s combine the look of a slightly more rugged Chelsea boot with the functionality of a dependable pair of snow boots, and … boom! The Blundstone Super 550 Boots are what you might get. The Blundstone silhouette is definitely unique and a bit quirky for some folks, but there’s no denying the traction-ready outsole and the brand’s Poron XRD sole technology. The Super 550 Boots are certainly a little more casual, and thus weekend-ready — style the Blundstone Super 550 Boots with your favorite bomber jacket.

#5. Rancourt & Co. Shearling-Lined Dresden Boot — $310.98

Rancourt & Co.

From the shearling lining to the comfortable padded collar, your feet are going to thank you for these boots.

Here’s your new favorite pair of winter boots — maybe, just maybe. The Shearling-Lined Dresden Boots from Rancourt & Co. pack a ton of winter-ready functionality into one pair of boots, from the shearling lining — of course — right down to the sturdy Lactae Hevea sole. The Dresden Boots feature plenty of warmth and style points, plus handsewn construction and that classic moc toe upper. That’s an old-school combo that makes these Rancourt & Co. boots perfect for wearing on the weekend with a classic crewneck sweater and a faded pair of dark blue denim.

#6. Taylor Stitch Cap Toe Moto Boot in Black Steerhide — $315

When Taylor Stitch makes boots, the brand does it the right way. Oh, man.

Taylor Stitch doesn’t misstep … seemingly ever, right? And that goes for when the brand puts its mind toward crafting a uniquely stylish pair of rugged men’s boots, too. Simply put, the Taylor Stitch Cap Toe Moto Boots are well worth your time and money. The Cap Toe Moto Boots are made with durable storm welt construction and feature rich black full-grain steerhide leather, and that’s not even where the good stuff ends — they come with a pair of waxed cotton laces and a pair of antique leather laces for a bit of versatile styling potential. However you end up wearing the Cap Toe Moto Boots, they’re going to treat you just fine.

#7. Hudson Shoes Fernie Boots — $240

A pair of boots that’ll help you fight the snow and look positively great when wearing a suit.

For the fella who appreciates a bit of tailored winter style to go along with weather-ready dependability, might I recommend the Hudson Shoes Fernie Boots? The Fernie Boots have been a bit of a hot seller this season, so you’ll have to act now to snag a pair — but rest assured, you’re getting a rugged and refined pair of captoe brogue boots done up in handsome brown leather. They just might be the perfect pair of boots to wear with a suit, as a thick rubber sole will help you combat the winter weather.

#8. Thorogood Beloit Boots — $229.98

Can you tell we love brown leather boots here on the blog?

Last but surely not least, I give you the Thorogood Beloit Boots, just one pair among many pairs of stylish men’s winter boots that you’re going to want to add to your shopping cart this season. Handmade in Wisconsin the right way, the Beloit Boots are about as rugged as it gets, crafted with Horween Chromexcel leather and a unique cork outsole for a comfortable fit (not to mention durable winter style). The Thorogood Beloit Boots are perhaps best worn with tough chore pants and a classic field jacket for simply getting things done this winter.

 Well, that’s one heck of a list of perfect men’s winter boots, if you ask me. I kid, I kid. And yet … from the Huckberry x Original Chippewa 6-Inch Service Boot right on through to the Hudson Shoes Fernie Boots, there’s surely something for everyone from top to bottom. If it’s dependable, workman-like style and performance you seek, try out the Thorogood Beloit Boots. Want something with a bit more edge? Take the Taylor Stitch Cap Toe Moto Boots for a spin. Need to stay extra warm and stylish? The Shearling-Lined Dresden Boots from Rancourt & Co. are your best bet. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though — the Blundstone Super 550 Boots offer up unique looks and snow-ready toughness, while the Mark Albert Traveler Boots are practically one-of-a-kind in terms of stellar style. What’s your favorite pair on this list? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!
-Beau

 

Online Shopping Picks: Add to Your Wardrobe with the Best Men’s Socks for Fall and Winter

OK, let’s take stock of what’s on your feet in today’s new Online Shopping Picks entry — no, not your stylish leather boots. Instead, let’s look at … your socks. Yep.  Stylish men’s socks are quite the underrated part of an outfit, it seems; at the very least, they can be an afterthought. But rest assured, no matter whether you’re lacing up classic leather sneakers or classic chukka boots, your socks are just as important as the rest of your outfit. That’s especially true during the chilly fall and winter months, as the right pair of socks can add warmth and comfort — plus serious style points — to your rugged style ensemble. That goes for dressing in casual weekend style just as it does with getting dolled up for a day at the office. And y’know what? We’ve got some excellent pairs on tap for any occasion today, from brands you know (like Anonymousism) and brands that might be a bit newer (take CHUP, for instance).  Either way, you’re going to be stepping out in style this season. If you’ve got feedback or picks of your own, you can hit me up on Twitter. Cheers!

#1. Anonymousism Slub Crew Sock in Brown — $18

Finely crafted socks that are stylish enough to work at the office and laidback enough to wear on the weekend.

Stylish socks can be just as critical as other more essential fall style picks when it comes to adding texture and seasonally appropriate color to your ensemble. Take the Anonymousism Slub Crew Socks. Featuring neat texture and a color that’s very ready for fall and winter, the Slub Crew Socks should fit right in as they peek out from beneath slim blue denim and classic suede lace-up boots. $18 is definitely a fair bit of change to drop on socks, but Anonymousism makes it worth your time & money.

#2. American Trench Fair Isle Socks in Merino and Cashmere — $33

Another pair of socks worth your money, if only for the great pattern and quality.

Let’s keep this list rolling with yet another pair of investment-worthy socks. Yes, investment-worthy is certainly something that applies to well-made American Trench socks like the Fair Isle Socks in Merino and Cashmere. Why the high price tag? Well, American Trench works with family factories to source the materials and produce some of the best men’s socks out there. The fact that the Fair Isle Socks in Merino and Cashmere just so happen to add some cool pattern to any outfit is just a bonus. Wear these with slim charcoal trousers and a navy cardigan for fall-friendly style.

#3. CHUP Vivienda Socks — $35

Japanese-made socks that are the real deal in terms of excellent design and great quality.

You very well might recognize CHUP from our #OOTD series here at The Style Guide — the brand’s reliable socks are unique, carefully made and packed with cool patterns. These Japanese-made socks are made using time-tested methods on stocking frame knitting machines, one of the first types of knitting machines invented. So, the Vivienda Socks have got quite a lot of quality packed in. And when it comes to looks? The CHUP Vivienda Socks blend an intricate pattern with a neutral gray base — the perfect socks to wear when you want to stand out quietly.

#4. Arvin Goods Crew Socks (Three-pack) — $23.98

Simple socks for simple style, particularly on a fall or winter weekend.

There are times you just need a casual pair of socks that look sharp while providing comfort. Nothing fancy — just function with a dash o’ good locks. That’s where the Arvin Goods Crew Socks enter the mix, folks. Equal parts sporty and casual, these Arvin Goods socks are made, like the rest of the brand’s line, with sustainability and style top of mind — good news for us eco-conscious style fans. Wear these with slim sweatpants and stylish leather sneakers, plus a rugged grey crewneck sweater, for your next weekend brunch.

#5. Wigwam Cypress Trail Socks — $26

Functionally minded socks made with outdoor adventure in mind.

We turn once again to simple, understated socks that work in a pinch — especially when you need a durable pair of socks for fall and winter exploration. Thankfully, the Wigwam Cypress Trail Socks come in quite handy in that regard. Namely, if you need a pair of “get-the-job-done” socks to wear alongside rugged leather boots and the Taylor Stitch Chore Pants on your next hike, the Cypress Trail Socks are the way to go. Every guy needs a go-to pair of tough socks in his closet, right?

#6. American Trench Sawtooth Argyle Socks — $29.50

Crisp socks with a dressier look and feel than other options on this list — yet another job well-done from American Trench.

You knew weren’t done recommending American Trench socks, right? Just as with the brand’s Fair Isle socks, the Sawtooth Argyle Socks feature the comfortable and exceptionally well-made blend of merino and cashmere, all the better to keep your feet feeling great. In fact, that fabric blend is engineered to prevent odor and keep your feet dry at the same time — not a bad job from American Trench here. The Sawtooth Argyle Socks are slightly dressier — feel free to punch up your worsted wool navy suit and stylish men’s dress shoes with these American-made socks this fall and winter.

#7. Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Boot Rib Socks — $24

The perfect wool socks to wear with leather boots in chilly weather this fall and winter.

As previously seen in an edition of The List — featuring rugged fall style picks galore — the Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Boot Rib Socks are quite possibly your new favorite socks to wear with …. your favorite fall boots. If ever there was a pair of thick, durable socks to stand up to harsh weather while still looking great, I’d say it might be the Sherpa Boot Socks. Made in Italy from a wool-acrylic blend and done up in a fall and winter-ready color, the Sherpa Boot Socks  would fit right in with black denim and tan leather boots, and they’d also add a shot of vintage-inspired style to charcoal herringbone trousers and chunky wingtip boots (plus a rugged field jacket for a bit of high-low style).

#8. American Trench Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks — $19.50

Vintage-inspired socks that add sporty, old school looks to any outfit — particularly white leather sneakers, a classic cardigan and tan chinos.

Our last and final pick comes at you from … welp, American Trench. The brand continues to branch out into new, different directions in terms of products — the Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks are a prime example of that unique approach, with quality still at the forefront. The Kennedy Athletic Socks play off the same styles seen on icons like JFK, so think of these as more old school-style socks than a pair you’d wear to the gym. At any rate, the American Trench Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks should serve you just fine, especially when teamed with a stylish field jacket and durable chinos.

OK, my friends. Of the above pairs, which one did you like best? Or did you have more than one pair in your sights? Perhaps the sporty and vintage-inspired American Trench Kennedy Luxury Athletic Socks will work for your weekend style pursuits? Or maybe the tough, rugged Etiquette Clothiers Sherpa Boot Rib Socks are more your speed — especially if you consistently reach for boots like the Wolverine Original 1000 Mile Boots. For straightforward style, casual function and comfort — an oh-so-important mix — the Arvin Goods Crew Socks are a prime pick-up, as are the trail-ready Wigwam Cypress Trail Socks. When it comes to dressy situations, a crisply made pair like the Sawtooth Argyle Socks from American Trench fit the bill nicely, and no list would be complete without essential, versatile socks like the CHUP Vivienda Socks. Oh, and what pair of socks to put on for everyday wear? Easy — the Anonymousism Slub Crew Socks are your go-to move. Have any picks you’d add to this list — or remove? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Thanks for reading!
-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: Get Throwback Style with the Best Men’s Denim Shirts

If there’s one thing that’s clear to those of you who read The Style Guide, it’s got to be the fact that your editorial team of one absolutely loves rugged men’s style essentials. Case in point: Today’s list of the best men’s denim shirts.  Originating from real-life, rugged Western workwear and done first by companies like Levi’s, today’s denim shirts are a prime fall and winter style essential for guys who gravitate toward classic yet slightly edgy off-duty style. Made from cotton denim fabric, you can wear ’em across all four seasons — believe me. Some classic men’s denim shirts go full-on Western, with details like authentic stitching and front-button chest pockets. Other shirts, like the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — sitting near the top of this list — feature a modern fit and fewer authentic style details, yet plenty of versatility either way. Rest assured, your new favorite denim shirt is wearable with everything from black denim to burgundy corduroys this fall and winter. Just add stylish leather boots, and you’re set. Read on to see the full list below, and leave your feedback in the comments section or on Twitter.

#1. Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt — $69.50

An utterly classic denim shirt — the original workwear staple.

Perhaps you think of something like the Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt when you think of the classic denim shirt. After all, Levi’s brought the style into vogue for tough, hard-working fellas long before the slim denim shirt was a style staple the world over. With multiple washes available — the Red Cast Rinse wash just might be the most classic — the Barstow Western Shirt features Western flap pockets & stitching. Wear it with black denim for rock concert-ready style, or team the Barstow Western Shirt  with your favorite fall blazer for a bit of edgy style on the daily grind.

#2. Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — $98

A more modern take on the denim shirt, done right by Taylor Stitch.

Want a denim shirt that’s a little bit more modern than a Western-style denim shirt? Well … you want the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch, my friend. Featuring the tailored fit and quality construction for which the brand is known, the Jack Shirt is easily wearable with other staples already hanging in your closet, from grey selvedge denim to olive chinos and a rugged crewneck sweatshirt.  Made from long staple cotton that gets better with every wear, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the denim shirt you didn’t know you needed.

#3. BANKS West Long-Sleeve Woven Shirt in Dirty Denim — $70

A slim, modern denim shirt that’s well-crafted and easy to wear.

If you want a denim shirt that’s easygoing and laidback, then you want the BANKS West Long Sleeve Shirt. Done up in a pleasing shade of light blue, the BANKS West Shirt is a four-season staple, wearable with slim black denim and a shawl-collar cardigan in the fall, or able to pair up with slim chinos and classic leather sneakers in the spring and summer. Perhaps the best part of all? The BANKS West Shirt is an exceptional deal — get it while it lasts.

#4. Taylor Stitch The Utility Shirt in Heavy Slub Denim — $148

A rugged utility shirt made for layering — yet another type of denim shirt to add to your rotation.

When it comes to rugged men’s shirting, Taylor Stitch — and by extension, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — simply fill that void in terms of the perfect denim shirt. Made with, well, utility and functionality in mind, this 11oz. cotton-silk shirt is at once heavyweight and yet easy to wear. Simply layer the Utility Shirt over a Taylor Stitch striped henley, then add olive chinos and classic suede chukkas for unbeatable weekend style. Ultimately, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is made for work — real, live work — or play (an evening at your favorite brewpub).

#5. Roark Revival Murman Woven Shirt in Heather Indigo — $84.98

Is this a shirt? Is it a jacket? It’s both! And that’s good enough for this list of the best men’s denim shirts.

Well, well, well … what do we have here? A quilted shirt jacket that’s actually … made out of cotton? Easy to layer with one of the best men’s T-shirts or with a rugged men’s henley? Yes my friends, the Roark Revival Murman Woven Shirt captures the best of both worlds, featuring a cool deep blue fabric and the type of design you know and love. In the case of the Murman Shirt, that means chest flap pockets and again, that crucial layering potential. It’s different than your typical denim shirt, and that’s good enough for a spot in your closet.

Alright, folks — which of the above stylish men’s denim shirts will you be buying? As you can see, there’s versatility aplenty when it comes to the right denim shirt for you, from a classic Western denim shirt from Levi’s to a durable shirt jacket from Roark Revival. And as for me? I love a casual-yet-classic denim shirt like the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch. In fact, the right denim shirt can work with everything from slim black denim — yes, denim-on-denim flies — or grey chinos … or burgundy corduroys. You get the idea, right? With durable fabric and easygoing style potential, the BANKS West Long Sleeve Shirt is a similarly versatile denim shirt for fall and winter. And before we forget, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is another winner from the brand, crafted from a unique and long-lasting denim blend. If you ask me, that quality, top-notch design approach is what you need in your new favorite denim shirt. Feel free to chime in on the below picks or ask questions in the comments. With that being said, let’s grab a denim shirt, layer up and get out there for fall and winter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: Layer Up for Fall and Winter with the Best Men’s Cardigans

OK, so let’s talk fall and winter layering essentials — like the best men’s cardigans, ya dig? It’s a style essential that we return to time and again here on The Style Guide, with roots in vintage style now turned modern and, well, cool. The right cardigan features a fit that’s slim but not too tight, making it easy to layer with everything from a slim striped henley to an American-made Oxford shirt. Beloved by everyone from Steve McQueen to Daniel Craig, a classic cardigan is something every man needs in his wardrobe. And if you’re wary of buying one for fear that it’s too much of an “old man” style staple, put those thoughts aside — plenty of your favorite brand’s are included on this list of the best men’s cardigans, I guarantee it. From a sport-inspired cardigan like the Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan — as seen in this site’s See Now, Buy Now series — to a more easygoing number like the pleasingly rugged, versatile Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan — you’re absolutely guaranteed to find a piece that you like. Rock it on its own with a lightweight scarf or throw on a flannel-lined waxed trucker — that’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Happy shopping, and be sure to check out my Instagram for plenty of real-life style moves.

#1. Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan in Heather Grey — $138

Life/After/Denim

A striped sleeve adds a pleasingly sport touch to this classic cardigan.

Told you this stylish retro cardigan from Life/After/Denim would be on the list, didn’t I? It’s understated in its design, with neat, sporty stripe detailing, a modern fit and a versatile color. Pair the Varsity Cardigan with your favorite pair of dark blue denim and classic leather chukka boots for style that can really go anywhere or throw it on over one of the best men’s T-shirts when you feel like stepping out in accessible-yet-casual style. The Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan is a bit pricey, but worth it.

#2. Levi’s Cardigan in Tall Grass — $395

An unexpectedly stylish, well-made and investment-level cardigan.

Whoa now, nearly $400 for a cardigan? Well, folks … let me tell you why. Levi’s does far more than make classic men’s denim like the Levi’s 505C Jeans — they also make rugged, great-looking men’s apparel and accessories. The Levi’s Cardigan is among those, made with 100 percent shetland wool in a rich color that wouldn’t look out of place with navy corduroys and classic suede chukka boots. Again, the Levi’s Cardigan is an unexpected investment piece.

#3. Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan — $135

A cozy, comfortable-yet-versatile cardigan from Grayers.

Grayers simply doesn’t mess around when it comes to cool, casual menswear with a bit of a classic tilt. The Avalon Shawl Cardigan is one such piece that’s as easy to wear as your favorite hooded sweater — over a garment-washed pocket tee and faded blue denim, for instance. And if you feel like going slightly sharper with this classic cardigan? Slim tan chinos, stylish men’s dress shoes and a classic Oxford shirt ought to do the trick. Get you a cardigan that can do both — like the Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan.

#4. Life/After Denim Collegiate Cardigan in Blue Blood — $138

A simple, understated, throwback-inspired cardigan made for casual, crisp fall weekends.

Another uniquely stylish cardigan from Life/After/Denim? Why yes, yes indeed. The Collegiate Cardigan again harnesses that neat blend of throwback style and modern cool — the navy color would look excellent with everything from black denim to tan herringbone trousers.  And when it comes time to dress in casual weekend style? You can certainly throw the Life/After/Denim Collegiate Cardigan on with slim sweatpants and corduroy sneakers (among other men’s style essentials, of course).

#5.  Original Penguin Shawl Collar Donegal Cardigan — $125

A no-frills, no-fuss cardigan that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Original Penguin gets it right when it comes to a classic, crisp cardigan that certainly leans a bit dressier — yet no less versatile — compared to the rest of the picks on this list. The crisp Charcoal Heather color would look right at home with burgundy corduroys and classic suede boots, and it’s also going to pair up nicely with a striped henley and your favorite pair of broken-in blue denim. Can you dig it? I sure can.

We’re keeping it a bit shorter than usual today when it comes to this list of men’s style essentials — which of the above cardigans was your favorite. My money’s on the Life/After/Denim Varsity Cardigan for its combination of casual weekend wearability, sport-inspired style and serious warmth. And the Original Penguin Shawl Collar Cardigan is similarly warm and stylish — layer it with a classic henley and find out for yourself. Let’s not forget the seriously premium Levi’s Cardigan in a cool deep green color; it’s the perfect pairing when teamed with slim faded denim, rugged tan leather boots and a crisp white Oxford shirt. Before I forget, the Life/After/Denim Collegiate Cardigan shouldn’t be slept on, either — whether you wear it with slim sweatpants and classic fall sneakers or with brown herringbone trousers and your new favorite chambray shirt, the Collegiate Cardigan could become a weekly go-to. And if it’s casual, versatile and laidback style you want, pick up the Grayers Avalon Shawl Cardigan — again, it’s every bit as comfortable as your favorite hoodie. Alright, all set? Let’s get shopping!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: Buy One of the Best Men’s Henleys for Rugged Style

Fired up for another set of Online Shopping Picks today at The Style Guide? I know I am — let’s get to it, then. We sure do return time and again to rugged, classic menswear week after week, from stylish men’s boots to classic fall jackets. And if you haven’t caught on by now, there’s one item of menswear that can reliably team with both of those pieces. It exists in both the past and the present, simultaneously classic and modern — a stylish men’s henley. Yes, it’s rooted in British sporting tradition, but today’s best henleys feature modern fabrics and textures, plus the type of fit that goes with everything from a rugged flannel trucker jacket to your favorite fall blazer. Just see for yourself with the below picks, from brands both familiar and perhaps new to you. If you want to see some real-life tips on how to style a henley, check out my Instagram — I absolutely can’t get enough of the classic men’s henley, that much is true.  Read on and happy shopping to you!

#1. Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley in Navy OR Natural$62

We’re kicking off this list of the best men’s henleys by giving you not one, but TWO terrific options from Style Guide favorites Flint and Tinder. Made with carded cotton for a heavier texture — hence the name — the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley is going to serve you well when it comes to fall layering. Wear the Natural Henley underneath a crisp blue chambray shirt, then pair that combo with rugged dark denim and brown leather boots, or take the Navy Henley and style it with a classic moto jacket and black denim for sleek style.

#2. Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley in Forest Stripe — $125

A well-made merino henley from Taylor Stitch in a cool fall color? Sign me up.

It wouldn’t be a list of men’s style essentials without including Taylor Stitch, right? The well-crafted Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley — a previous Style Pick of the Week entry on this site —  utilizes that modern fabric we talked about earlier, combining breathability with stylish stripes and a flattering cut. The Forest Stripe color in particular should stand out nicely underneath a dark blue denim jacket or a black denim jacket in equal measure — and of course, you can slip the Merino Henley on underneath a tan herringbone blazer for high-low office style.

#3. Billy Reid Speckled Henley — $195

A sleek henley that’s made in Italy and sharp enough to wear with a crisp blazer.

It can be rare to find a henley you can wear with a blazer — yet, the Billy Reid Speckled Henley is one that gets the job done. Made in Italy using premium fabric and refined construction, the Speckled Henley is neutral and clean enough to work with a navy herringbone or tan wool blazer quite easily. Just add slim blue denim and stylish chukka boots, and you’re set for casual Friday, casual Thursday … heck, any day that calls for laidback, business casual style.

#4.  Life/After/Denim Thermal Heney in Heather Grey — $98

A warm, casual and rugged henley for cool fall nights.

A thermal henley might be the type of classic men’s henley that first pops to mind when you think of the style. And if you want an upgraded take on this decades-old staple, the Life/After/Denim Thermal Henley is the one to buy.  Made from 100 percent cotton slub fabric in a neutral and easy-to-layer heather grey, this Life/After/Denim henley would look great when teamed up with a classic chamois shirt or a black trucker jacket for edgy, casual style. The three-button placket and side seam paneling provide some visual interest, too. Rugged AND modern? Sign me up!

#5. Levi’s 1920s Sunset Henley — $125

A durable, unique and historical henley from Levi’s — not a bad addition to your closet.

The henley itself has sporting roots, to be sure, but it’s also a truly rugged and functional staple found throughout the hardworking history of America — and Levi’s knows this well when it comes to the brand’s 1920s Sunset Henley. In this case, the maker of your favorite pair of jeans has taken a style from its 1920s archives and updated the fabric and fit. The resulting Sunset Henley is seriously cool and unique, made from a cotton-linen blend in Portgual. Wear the 1920s Sunset Henley on its own with a black moto jacket and grey denim, or style this rugged henley with rugged leather chukka boots & blue indigo denim.

#6. Bread & Boxers Thermal Henley in Navy — $32

Bread & Boxers

A comfortable, casual and cozy henley for fall layering.

We’re keeping things casual, rugged and durable once again with the sixth slot on this list, the Thermal Henley from Bread & Boxers. The contrasting cuffs and placket are a neat design touch that elevates this casual staple just a bit. That being said, this Bread & Boxers thermal henley might look best when worn with faded denim and stylish leather sneakers for a casual weekend day — heck, you can even team it with sweatpants from Bread & Boxers to complete the casual, comfortable vibes. Who’s with me?

#7. Billy Reid Hartford Henley — $95

A more affordable Billy Reid henley that doesn’t skimp on quality.

Billy Reid is back at it again on this list with the more affordably priced Hartford Henley. Don’t let the smaller price tag fool you — the Hartford Henley is just as premium a piece as the Billy Reid Speckled Henley nearer to the top of this list. This lightweight long-sleeve henley features a cotton-polyester blend, all the better for layering underneath a slim merino cardigan or a rugged indigo shirt jacket. The heather grey color of the Hartford Henley contrasts nicely with the henley’s premium horn buttons, too — not a bad design touch from a menswear master.

#8. Levi’s Refined Henley in Medium Grey Heather — $30

As easygoing of a henley as you’re going to get — made with 100 percent cotton, too.

Make no mistake about it, heather grey is a heck of a versatile color when it comes to a rugged men’s henley — that’s why we’re closing out this list with the Refined Henley from Levi’s. Available for an astonishing $30 — yes, just $30 — the Levi’s Refined Henley is a great deal for the price, what with its 100 percent cotton construction and a textured jacquard knit. Wear it with a slim blue denim shirt and black jeans, or style it with your favorite denim trucker jacket.

When it comes down to it, you need a stylish men’s henley in your wardrobe this season (and beyond).  The right men’s henley — like the durable, rugged Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley — merges a clean fit with excellent construction and versatility. Seriously, the best men’s henleys can work with everything a charcoal herringbone blazer and a slim topcoat to a leather moto jacket — the Mercerized Merino Henley from Taylor Stitch is a terrific choice for that type of style. Either the  Hartford Henley  or the Speckled Henley are also premium wardrobe picks from Billy Reid, while Levi’s has done a nice job with the vintage-inspired 1920s Sunset Henley. More casual henleys, like the Bread & Boxers Thermal Henley, are to be applauded, too. So, that’s our list for ya — which of the above best men’s henleys are you shopping this season? Let me know on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

Online Shopping Picks: Grab This New Gear for Early Fall

What exactly do we mean at The Style Guide when we say early fall gear? That’s the question, right? Well, we’re on the verge of September and if you haven’t put together your fall style wish list, perhaps it’s time to start thinking. We’ll be focused on my fall style favorites next week, but for now, let’s get a jump on shopping — shall we?  We’re digging into those nice-to-have essentials for when that first crisp breeze hits and you head out to a football tailgate or a day hike or a bonfire … or any other like-minded fall pursuits. When the time comes, you’ll, be ready. A handsome leather flask? You got it.  A rugged leather dopp kit for all your long weekends away?  It’s on this list below.  There a few other picks that straddle the line between apparel and handy everyday carry gear, and that’s a good thing — fall is perhaps the best season for #menswear, right? With that spirit in mind, let’s get to work. After all, fall’s on the way. If you want to see how I’m transitioning into the season, hit the “Follow” button on Instagram, or keep up with my of-the-moment musings on Twitter.

The Boots: Unmarked Roll-Top Desert Boots — $159.98

Classic, uniquely made and ready for fall adventures.

What would fall be without a unique, yet decidedly classic, pair of desert boots? Particularly early fall, ehh? Unmarked is making its Roll Top Desert Boots with both craftsmanship and flair — these feature a unique silhouette, handmade construction and a one-piece heel counter/ankle collar. Construction details aside, they’re the ideal pair of rugged (yet not over-the-top) classic desert boots to take you into early fall.

The Sweater: Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover in Navy — $89

Flint and Tinder

The type of hoodie you can wear over a classic Oxford — seriously.

Just as you need an easygoing pair of desert boots for all occasions — or nearly all occasions — so too do you need a stylish sweatshirt that’s truly a grab-and-go piece. The 10-Year Pocket Pullover from my pals at Flint and Tinder features better looks than your average hoodie, thanks to raglan stitching and no gaudy logo. Add in the soft fabric, the on-point fit and the array of color options, and the 10-Year Pocket Pullover is  a sweater that can go from the apple orchard to the bar, no sweat.

Gear Patrol American Craft Beer Field Guide — $9

Gear Patrol Field Guides

A trusty guide to take with you on a weekend trip.

While we’re out there talking rugged menswear like a classic hooded sweater and stylish desert boots, let’s talk about travel companions. Like, for instance, that trusty book you take with you wherever you go, and can pick up just about any time. The first of many Gear Patrol Field Guides fills that void if you happen to be a craft beer lover  (like me). And seeing as fall is a prime time for switching from light, crisp beers to richer brews, you best study up. Perfect for taking on a weekend away, preferably en route to a brewery.

The Flask: Slightly Alabama Hand-Stitched Leather Flask — $109.98

Ever seen a flask this cool? I certainly haven’t.

Ahh, here it is: The handcrafted, rugged leather flask we mentioned earlier. It’s the small pleasures in life that really count, and if ever you’ve wanted to take your favorite spirit to a tailgate or bonfire in style, this Slightly Alabama leather flask is the way to do it. With plenty of attention to detail and an aesthetic that doesn’t look half-bad resting on your mantle, Slightly Alabama has outdone themselves here — an expensive piece, but well worth it.

The Bonfire Essential: Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry — $127

A heck of a way to haul your firewood — to say the least.

OK, maybe it’s not a full-on essential if you’re a city dweller like yours truly. And yet if you dwell outside the big city, why not grab something that’s rugged, durable and tough as nails to haul that firewood you’ll undoubtedly be chopping for bonfires aplenty? Again, do you need the Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry? Ehh … perhaps  not. But will the Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry work for seasons to come, through all types of weather? Absolutely.

The Travel Essential: Sturdy Brothers Horween Leather Dopp Kit — $138

Make this dopp kit the next addition to your weekender bag, yes?

OK, you’ve got your handy field guide, your rugged desert boots and your stylish weekender for an early fall getaway. What are you going to put your toiletries in for said getaway? Easy: The Sturdy Brothers Horween Leather Dopp Kit. Certainly, it’s a unique choice as far as dopp kits go, but the rugged leather and standout color of this stylish dopp kit will definitely help it fit in with the cooler climes of fall. It’s all about the details, yes?

We’re going to wrap this one up now — time to prep for fall, ehh? Transitioning from the heat of summer is all about reaching for pieces that are suited for all your fall adventures. Take rugged desert boots and a stylish casual sweater and wear ’em through plenty of weekends, for starts. And those everyday carry pieces that you can’t go on a trip without — like a uniquely stylish dopp kit — are going to serve you well, too. And then … because it’s fall … there are tough-as-nails pieces of gear that are just pleasing to have around. Take the Slightly Alabama leather flask as seen above, or the rough-and-ready Sturdy Brothers Firewood Carry.  After diving into this post, I’m certainly ready for a little early fall fun. How about you? You can check back here next week for our full Fall Style Wish List. Up next: A new See Now, Buy Now  post! 

Stay stylish!

-Beau