#OOTD: How to Wear a Classic Oxford Shirt for the Rest of Summer

If, for some reason, wearing a classic Oxford shirt — even a Flint and Tinder Oxford shirt — sounds a bit boring or stale to you, well, we’re here to change all of that today with a new #OOTD for your summer style pleasure. The basics of the classic Oxford shirt stay the same, and yet the wearing occasions and the way it’s being worn are different here. Namely, we’re mixing it up with lightweight slim chinos and classic chukka boots — that way, you’ve got the option to wear it out to the bar on the weekend or head to the office on a laidback day (or, both!). Again, it’s all about the way you’re wearing a classic Oxford shirt, and in this instance, it’s not stuffy in the slightest. Throw in a pair of the best men’s sunglasses, and this #OOTD is even cool enough (literally and figuratively) for a first date. Again, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Oxford shirt — it’s cut slim and tailored, and in a lighter, breezier fabric for summer (undoubtedly critical). The Oxford shirt has remained a style staple through the years for a reason, and it’s long past its preppy roots — heck, unbutton the buttondown collar if you’re feeling a bit adventurous (wink, wink). The way this outfit is put together, it’s ready for whatever you’ve got in mind this season. To see how I’m wearing my Oxford shirt, head to my Instagram.

A fresh-yet-classic way to wear your Oxford shirt.

Ideally, this look is shaking up the way you think about your Oxford shirt — I know it’s made me see it in a different light. In the case of this Flint and Tinder Oxford shirt, it’s the right way to start an outfit, featuring lightweight summer fabric and a breezy-yet-tailored fit. In short, it’s the perfect pairing with stylish slim chinos, which makes this combo again ready for the office or for your favorite craft beer bar. But what really takes it from good to great are your accessories, selected with eyecatching versatility in mind. Take a pair of the best men’s sunglasses and mix ’em in with the stunning, sharp new Lonegrade HDR140 Watch, and you’ve got pieces that reflect your personality while looking stylish as heck at the same time. That’s also where subtly stylish printed socks come back into play, even in the summer months. They will sit especially nicely atop classic chukka boots, too. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks on their own, but paired up together? Talk about a major win, right? And for when you need to take your favorite craft beer on the go in style, finish things off with an ever-crucial accessory — a stylish water bottle. It’s a thing, I’m serious! And lest we forget, a stylish leather belt is really going to go a long way toward tying this all together. How about it? Who’s ready for the rest of July? Good answer.

 

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#OOTD: A New and Improved Way to Wear Shorts This Summer

Do you ever find yourself struggling with how to wear shorts? As in, how to find the right cut, color & fabric, and then wear ’em in a way that’s unique to you … yet still friendly and fashionable (but not too fashionable) for a summer weekend? That’s what we’re here today to discuss, and we’ll start by digging into the stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder that are going to set you apart from the pack. Looking for slim, tailored shorts that hit above the knee is the first critical step, and then finding the right summer men’s style essentials — like a classic navy polo and a pair of the best men’s sneakers on the market right now. It’s not just about grabbing a great pair of shorts, then throwing on whatever is in reach. In fact, each of these picks are just a little more stylish and visually interesting than the gear you might be used to wearing with shorts, and that means you can take this #OOTD a heck of a lot of places. Which is to say: For a relaxing summer day at home or on the road, the Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts are only the start of a stylish, fun day. BBQs, breweries, summer celebrations aplenty … this is how to wear shorts for all of those occasions.

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The very best way to wear shorts? Well, it’s certainly one way!

  • The Shorts: Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts, $78 — These stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder live up to their name, easily. They’re laidback and ready for … the weekend.
  • The Polo: Relwen Stripe Slot Pique Polo, $98 — How can you not love Relwen’s take on the classic navy polo? This is a visually interesting change of pace as far as the best men’s polos go, and it pairs perfectly with new & improved shorts.
  • The Classic Sneakers: SeaVees Legend Chambray Sneakers, $88 — When the weather gets nice and breezy, you should turn toward some of the best men’s sneakers on the market, this time in a summer-friendly chambray.
  • The No-Show Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino No-Show Socks, $29 — Let’s account for all the small details with these stylish no-show socks from Proof, shall we?
  • The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses, $135 — These are no run-of-the-mill sunglasses here, no sir. These are some of the best sunglasses you can reach for this season, blending modern style and old-school cool.
  • The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Canvas Travel Bag, $289 — Be it a trip to the store or a trip to the park, this dependable everyday bag from WP Standard can hold all the gear you need — and then some.
  • The Wallet: Filson Bi-Fold Wallet, $135 — Whether you hit up your favorite BBQ joint or grab a scoop (or four) of ice cream, this Filson wallet is going to carry your cards and cash in style.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, $14 — Hey, summer is no time to let your grooming slip — use Duke Cannon essentials, like this great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, to take care of business.

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Before you head to your next BBQ or casual weekend brunch, are you feeling more acquainted with how to wear shorts? Namely, new & improved shorts from a favorite brand like Flint and Tinder? Starting with a foundational item as great as those shorts, what with their weekend-ready vibe (literally!) only sets you off on precisely the right foot. The right supporting cast also makes all the difference, which is why we’re recommending you wear a classic navy polo with just a bit of a twist — the same can be said for those SeaVees sneakers, assuredly some of the best men’s sneakers you can pick up at the moment. Of course, it’s critical that you pair up those sneakers with stylish no-show socks to keep your feet & your sneakers in great shape. And no matter where you go (the beach? a road trip?), a dependable everyday bag from WP Standard is one way to carry your everyday essentials while standing out from the pack. The little details, as ever, also matter — you won’t be leaving behind your Filson wallet anywhere, I can guarantee that. And if you choose to outfit yourself with some of the best sunglasses your money can buy, then your #OOTD gets all the more stylish and summer-ready. But really, things get off on an even better foot when you use a great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, then dress accordingly with stylish shorts. How do you plan to wear this #OOTD? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading! 

#OOTD: How to Dress for Your Next Summer Wedding

So, the date’s long been set, your travel plans are in order, the room is booked, the gift is bought … that being said, what are you going to wear to this summer wedding!? Fear not, folks — The Style Guide is here to help in a pinch. How to dress for a summer wedding is really a conundrum any way you slice it; it could be outdoors and it could be hot, you could be in a more casual location … the answer, my friends, can be found in the #OOTD below, featuring a classic navy blazer from the likes of Taylor Stitch, plus stylish leather loafers, classic tan chinos and plenty of other #menswear fun. We’re toeing the line between formal and too casual, as it seems most weddings do these days. Let’s not overthink it too much, and after all, you’ve got more important things to worry about (celebrating the wedding!). That being said, you’ve still got to look sharp – that’s where a classic leather watch comes into play, not to mention some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste — more on the specifics in a second. Again, we’re keeping it casual but crisp, and ready to take on the heat — wait until you see the summer style hack we deploy below. Check out the full #OOTD and feel free to let me know what you think over on Twitter. Cheers!

A solid mix of the best essentials for a summer wedding, don’t you agree? 

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, $298 — There’s no wrong way to wear stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, and the Telegraph Jacket is handsome, sharp & not over-the-top — plus, it’s lined in cotton chambray for breathability.
  • The Shirt: Wellen Double Cloth Short-Sleeve Shirt, $68 — Bear with me here. The wedding is outside. It’s hot. There are very few ties being worn. And to stay cool before you ditch your suit jacket for the dance floor? Wear this stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Chinos: Mollusk Surf Shop Chinos, $98 — Like I said, we’re keeping it casual — these slim chinos are breathable and polished enough for a more laidback wedding (not too laidback, though!). Plus, they’ll look mighty fine with your
  • stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen.
  • The Dress Shoes: Astorflex Patnoflex, $175 — Leave the lace-up dress shoes at home (or at least consider it), because these stylish leather slip-ons are all you need to nail a casual wedding look.
  • The Watch: Timex x Todd Snyder Welton Bi-Metal Watch, $158 — There’s something pleasingly sharp and refined about this throwback-inspired watch — the perfect dress watch for a summer wedding.
  • The Sunglasses: Pacifico Optical Buckler Sunglasses, $164.98 — Like we said, if the wedding or cocktail hour is outdoors, you’ll need the right gear — like stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical, ehh?
  • The Pomade: Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste, $26 — Showing up to a wedding isn’t about just rolling out of bed — it’s about looking your best. Hence, this Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste. Perfect for a fresh summer ‘do.
  • The Travel Bag: Filson Dryden 2-Wheel Carry-On, $295 — Hey, you’re going to need at least one bag to get to the wedding,and this tough two-wheel suitcase is the way to go (A tip: Wear the Telegraph Jacket onto your plane, paired with slim dark jeans and a light blue Oxford).

OK, do you at least feel a little more prepared when it comes to what to wear to your next summer wedding? Undoubtedly, you’re going to want to stay cool and sharp — a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Wellen could be the key to achieving that, and no one needs to know you’ve ditched your sleeves. Elsewhere, it all starts out up top with stylish suiting from Taylor Stitch, the ideal way to meet any dressy occasion if you prefer to not be so stuffy. The choice of pants matters here, too — avoid pleats in favor of slim chinos in a classic material and color — they’ll sit nicely atop your stylish leather slip-ons, again a reliable choice in the warm weather for keeping cool. Leave your sport shades at home, too — a pair of stylish sunglasses from Pacifico Optical are going to look nice and refined as the topper on this #OOTD. Perhaps the real topper, though? Your fresh summer haircut, finished off with some Hardworking Gentlemen Medium Hold Paste.Naturally, your watch is every bit as crucial as the other components of this look, so aim for the perfect dress watch, here made perfectly by Timex and Todd Snyder. And to make sure all your gear (and your gift) gets to the wedding in one piece? Grab a tough two-wheel suitcase for the jaunt. If you follow these tips, I can’t guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed guy at the wedding, but you’ll be quite close. Again, cheers!

#OOTD: Wear Your New Favorite Chinos This Way for Summer

The simple pleasures are really what summer is all about — like wearing a pair of the best men’s chinos to do, well, whatever it is you please. From preparing a lovely meal on your patio grill to spending long hours with friends and family on your back deck or on vacation, summer seems primed for those types of opportunities — especially if you wear the proper men’s style essentials as outlined in this #OOTD, including, again, some stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder (more on why you need that exact pair in a second). The right pair of lightweight, stylish chinos can step things up a notch from shorts — no matter how stylish your shorts might be, it’s sometimes a nice gesture to shake things up a bit and go just a touch dressier. And for an easygoing summer evening, we’ll balance things out with a stylish short-sleeve shirt (leave the blazer at home), to go along with a classic NATO strap watch. The overall impact of this #OOTD is one that nods toward casual style and great times, without being too bold or over-the-top — the absolute perfect balance for summer, in my mind. No matter where your plans take you, that sounds agreeable to me. To see how I’m dressing for summer, head to my Instagram — and to get the full ensemble, read below!

A mix of easygoing refinement and summer style staples. Tequila not included.

Are you onboard with this #OOTD for a casual summer night? When you keep the focus on simple, classic men’s style essentials — I.E. stylish men’s chinos from Flint and Tinder — the rest of your ensemble can truly shine. And lightweight chinos are going to provide a perfect counterbalance in terms of style when paired up with a stylish short-sleeve shirt from Lisboa — see, you’re already all set for your next rooftop or backyard party. Throw in some summer-ready touches, like your new favorite casual watch and a pair of the rugged-yet-cool Yuketen Canoe Mocs, and you’re breezy and well-dressed (possibly the best-dressed guy at the entire affair??). Summer calls for on-point accessories across the board, including stylish sunglasses and a stylish suede belt  — it’s all about keeping things casual yet still sharp. Whether you host or spend the evening with friends, I’d also wager just about anyone can appreciate something like a make-your-own margarita glass set, ideally filled with a homemade recipe.  Last but not least, to tie things all together … put on a richly scented solid cologne from Duke Cannon to really drive home the easygoing-yet-stylish appeal of this #OOTD. That’s about everything you need for a great summer day or night, correct? Correct. Enjoy the season, folks!

#OOTD: How to Wear a Short-Sleeve Henley All Summer Long

What’s your perfect summer day like? That’s a tall order, but  before we get too sentimental: Maybe it involves plenty of relaxation, some delicious iced coffee, and then a delicious summer beer or two to take the afternoon away. Perhaps, it also involves wearing your new favorite henley to enjoy it all the while. That’s where we’ll start today’s #OOTD — as we all know, even casual style situations demand only the best summer style essentials you can buy. Plus, an occasion like kicking back on your patio with your buddies, beer in hand & rock on the radio, is a chance to wear, well, whatever you want to wear. That being said, we’re raising the bar, starting with a rugged short-sleeve henley to keep you cool, followed in short order by Camp Shorts from Taylor Stitch, then finished off with classic Sperry sneakers. Throw in a tough field watch and some of your favorite tunes, then consider your day sorted out quite nicely. Plus, this still leaves plenty of time to grab an afternoon nap and catch that ballgame on TV later — no fancy outfit swap needed. It’s the small details in style that make an outfit, and it’s the little things in life that really matter, like enjoying a favorite brew wearing your favorite style essentials. Too sentimental for you? Too late! Read about the full look below.

Laidback, easygoing, pleasingly rugged — all in a day’s work when it comes to summer style.

  • The Henley: Proof 72-Hour Merino Short-Sleeve Henley, $74 Proof makes menswear that’s as versatile as it is performance-ready — this rugged short-sleeve henley will keep you cool during a marathon craft beer session.
  • The Beer: Funkwerks Saison, Price Varies— A light, herbal, crisp & refreshing backyard sipper that’s pleasingly flavorful & perfect for summer.
  • The Classic Shorts: Taylor Stitch Camp Shorts, $88 Taylor Stitch makes gear that’s as fit for an adventure as it is for kicking back with the guys — the Camp Shorts embody that approach nicely.
  • The Sneakers: Sperry Cloud CVO Deck Sneakers, $75 — A mere $75 for a classic pair of sneakers you can wear all summer? These Sperry CVO Sneakers truly are timeless (and perfect to wear while enjoying a brew or two!).
  • The Watch: VAER Watches Field Watch, $169.98 — An afternoon enjoying your favorite beer calls for a tough field watch from VAER Watches, does it not?
  • The Sunglasses: Sunski Yubas Sunglasses, $58 — Leave the expensive sunglasses at home for this outing — this pair from Sunski represents some of the most affordable sunglasses you can wear this season.
  • The Audio Essential: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1 Speaker, $250 — For an afternoon in the sun with a tasty brew, grab this portable speaker for hours of listening enjoyment.
  • The Vintage Ballcap: Seager Co. The ERA Ballcap, $32 — Keep the sun off your face and do so in stylish with this classic ballcap, fittingly named for that all-important baseball stat.

Can’t you just taste the delightful flavor of that Funkwerks Saison? How can it get any better? Answer: Sipping on that beer while wearing  your new favorite henley, naturally. As we all know, a rugged short-sleeve henley is almost a ridiculously easy way to look great, thanks to its sporting roots and modern-day appeal. It’s all about going beyond casual gym shorts and sandals, and turning things up a notch — in an authentic way, of course. This casual #OOTD is primed for summer relaxation at home or during a weekend way, helped along by durable Taylor Stitch shorts and of course, iconic men’s sneakers made for hours upon hours of warm-weather style (plus, they look even better with a bit of dirt on ’em).

A seasonally friendly beer should make it easy to enjoy the sun without overdoing it, and naturally, you’ll be staying on time with a tough field watch from VAER Watches that can handle some grilling, some beer-sipping, and maybe even a light game of catch. Lest we forget, a portable speaker is really critical here — great beer calls for great music, and a day in the sun also calls for stylish sunglasses from Sunski (remember, these are perhaps the most affordable sunglasses you’re apt to find on a given day, so don’t worry about getting ’em a bit dinged up). To top things off, throw on a classic ballcap, then get ready for one heck of a stylish, laidback summer day. That’s all there is to it.

#OOTD: How to Wear White Sneakers This Summer

You could say a pair of classic white sneakers is akin to a true summer style essential, something that can be worn every day and in nearly every single style situation. So with that variety of options, how is anyone to say what the best way to wear white sneakers could be? Well, I’d like to give it a shot with today’s #OOTD, here just in time for summer weekends aplenty. We’re starting out with SeaVees canvas sneakers, a more casual pair that you should feel free to utilize in off-duty style situations galore, from a long weekend away to a lazy brunch at your favorite farm-to-table restaurant. You’ll note the rest of the #menswear picks below give this outfit a similar go-anywhere vibe, from the rugged denim shirt to a classic slub tee — think easy-to-wear summer weekend style. We top it all off with slim, lightweight chinos and of course, a VAER Watches timepiece for maximum versatility. From grabbing beers with the guys to grabbing a coffee with your partner on a breezy summer Saturday, this is the best way to wear white sneakers this summer. Or at least, I think it is. Get the full scoop below!

Start with classic white sneakers, then add more casual pieces this summer.

The amazing thing about a pair of sneakers — in fact, your new favorite sneakers — is the variety of ways in which they can be worn, even just beyond this #OOTD. Here, as we mentioned, we’re keeping things much more casual with a denim shirt and of course, an essential, made-in-America T-shirt from Huckberry. Pieces like slim, lightweight chinos give this ensemble a bit of a more polished feel, as at ease strolling around the park as when worn to your favorite coffee shop — similarly, a pair of the best men’s sunglassses add some polish & instant cool. This outfit is casual but subtly stylish, all the better when it comes time to leave your house for the day (or early evening). And if you fancy loading up your laptop and getting some work done on the weekends, well, a durable Filson bag fits right in with the more rugged confines of this look. You can also never go wrong with a stylish leather watch — especially if you’re headed to a BBQ or rooftop happy hour. If you’re sensing a theme here, it’s that classic white sneakers can be worn nearly any way you can dream up. Be sure to use some Duke Cannon face lotion to keep your skin sharp and at its best, too. Again,classic white sneakers really don’t mess around when it comes time to step out in style. Have any thoughts on this ensemble? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

#OOTD: Wear This New Menswear to Your Next Coffee Date

Just getting back into the dating game (or still hanging in there?), and wondering what to wear on your next coffee date? Or, looking for a way to switch up your dating routine — in style? Today’s #OOTD has you covered. We’ll start things off with a versatile denim jacket from Taylor Stitch, and then go from there. Depending on where you live — even neighborhood by neighborhood here in Brooklyn — maybe you’ve got a favorite coffee shop; maybe, you’ve also got a partner (or a new potential partner!) who’s a coffee aficionado. Thus, hit up that coffee shop, dive into your favorite coffee, listen to some amazing music, and enjoy yourself — dressed in style, of course. It’s a casual, laidback setting that still requires you put your best foot forward, and today’s menswear essentials certainly reflect that.
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Since it’s likely a weekend date, we’re going with casual, cool picks that exude versatility and confidence — nothing too fancy, nothing too over-the-top. Take a rugged denim jacket, then pair it up with pieces you’ve likely already got in your closet: Your favorite Oxford shirt, a classic pair of tan chinos, and stylish chukka boots that can go anywhere. I think you’ll find this is the sort of outfit you can mix and match — switch out the classic Oxford shirt for a chambray shirt or a stylish graphic tee, if you feel so inclined. Just remember: Confidence often starts with what you’re wearing and how you’re feeling — dress accordingly, and good luck out there!

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The casual, cool, confident #OOTD to wear on your next coffee date.

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Organic ’68 Selvage, $188 — Exceptionally versatile, casual and cool enough for a coffee date, and quite possibly the best denim jacket on the market — that’s Taylor Stitch for you.
  • The Shirt: Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford, $108 — With just enough polish and plenty of casual style thanks to the garment-dyed finish, this classic Oxford shirt is almost a no-brainer for a casual coffee date.
  • The Chinos: Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, $98 — Just as with your classic Oxford shirt, a timeless pair of American-made chinos are a fool proof way to stand out quietly and stylishly.
  • The Classic Chukka Boots: Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, $165 — A pair of durable, stylish chukka boots are another menswear classic that just make sense if you want to project a confident, stylish vibe (which, yes, you do!).
  • The Watch: Jack Mason Solar Field Watch, $375 — This solar-powered watch is a total head-turner and conversation starter, in a good way — people certainly notice if you’re wearing a stylish watch, and this one just so happens to be quite unique.
  • The Everyday Bag: Filson Dryden Ballistic Nylon Brief, $175 — Let’s say this coffee date is the first stop on the day’s errands or work — haul your everyday carry essentials in this durable Filson brief (plus, it’s another head-turning accessory).
  • The Grooming Essential: Bespoke Post Lather Box, $45 — If you feel so inclined, you can sign up for Bespoke Post and get the keys to a clean shave for your next date — crucial, if you happen to be a non-beard wearer.
  • The (Other) Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon Big Ass Bear Soap, $9.50 — You want to look, feel & smell your best every day — particularly on a first date, even if it’s just an afternoon at the coffee shop. This Duke Cannon soap, made with Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA, is essential.

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We threw a lot at you there, from a stylish outerwear upgrade to some new grooming essentials — how do you feel? Ready for that coffee date? The key is dressing for the occasion in a way that’s authentic and true to you — leave the dress shirt at home, and instead, switch things up with the best denim jacket on the market and corresponding gear that’s laidback, cool & ready for — perhaps a second date. In that case, I’m talking about a classic Oxford shirt and tan chinos, plus stylish chukka boots— to me, these are the building blocks of an outfit that’s going to look great nearly anywhere (and they let your personality do the talking, crucially). Accessories like an eye-catching solar-powered watch and a durable Filson brief are nice touches to add to this #OOTD. And because grooming is so critical, the Bespoke Post Lather Box is the perfect way to clean up your stubble or your beard — of course, a date all starts with how you prepare, and Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Beer Soap is one way to feel refreshed and smell great on the daily (coffee date included). Keep in mind that these are essentials that’ll work anywhere, and especially for a lovely afternoon at your favorite coffee shop. Have any feedback on date outfit suggestions? Reach out on Twitter. Thanks for reading!