Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker

A cozy, rugged jacket you’ll want to wear all winter long.

Striking the right balance between cozy and comfortable, rugged-yet-stylish, and also sustainable-yet-fashionable … well, it’s a tough act to conquer. And yet, that’s what the good folks at Outerknown have done with the Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker, a perfectly rugged winter jacket that delivers all the warmth and style you could possibly need. Crucially, it’s also a refreshing change of pace from a bulky winter parka or a thermal puffer jacket (although you very well might need both of those in your rotation, too). The Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker is an ideal jacket when you want to toe the line between office-ready (as a commute-friendly layer atop a crisp Oxford shirt and navy knit tie) or outdoor-minded (worn with tough chore pants to truly take on the elements). It’s the kind of workhorse jacket you won’t regret having when it comes time to head out on a Friday night — the classic trucker jacket silhouette is timeless and nearly speaks for itself. Yes indeed, the Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker is stylish without going too far over the top, and that’s exactly the kind of jacket we so love here at The Style Guide. Oh, and in terms of sustainable style? Outerknown continues to take the cake.

SHOP: The Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker

Available in two versatile, neutral colors.

Outerknown crucially focuses on amping up the classics with materials like organic cotton and a focus on using less water in its production — the result is gear that’s as eco-conscious as it is stylish. Case in point: The hemp they’ve used to make this corduroy fabric is both durable and yet perhaps the perfect crop, given that it strengthens the soil in which it’s grown. Heck, the polyester fill and sherpa lining are also made from recycled materials — when’s the last time you heard of a rugged winter jacket that can do all of that at once? Oh, and it goes without saying that the Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker also looks as great as you’d expect — wear this tough trucker jacket atop your favorite henley and a classic flannel shirt for plenty of warmth and winter-friendly style, or keep the Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker handy with a timeless chambray shirt and expertly faded denim. The trucker jacket styling is akin to that of a trusted denim jacket, so you can rest assured that it wears with most of your closet with relative ease — and that’s what you want from one of the best winter jackets, after all. Bundling up with sustainable style in mind? That’s as good as it gets for winter.

SHOP: The Outerknown Paz Cord Trucker

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Ambassador Blazer

The rare blazer that’s suited for the office, holiday travel and everything in between.

 

If you’ve previously thought of your winter blazer as a “one-trick pony” of sorts, able to be worn only to the office or in more dressed-up situations, think again. Yes indeed, the Outerknown Ambassador Blazer, one of the best men’s blazers on the market, is here to make you rethink your blazer game (and not a moment too soon with the holidays quickly rolliing by). It’s the  perfect blazer to wear to a holiday party, but it can also pull that crucial double-duty at the office, and even as *gasp* a stylish travel blazer. Yes indeed, it delivers the goods. But why Outerknown? Allow me to enlighten you. The Outerknown brand is one born of a two-fold approach, that of the mind of legendary surfer Kelly Slater and menswear designer John Moore (as you’ve previously read about on the blog) — that means you’ve got both laidback cool and modern style covered in one fell swoop. In short, pieces like the Outerknown Blanket Shirt are as at home when worn after an early-morning surfing session as they are around a roaring fire this holiday season — and the rugged-yet-versatile Outerknown Ambassador Blazer toes that same line handsomely, too. Again, it’s one of the best blazers for men, but it’s also got plenty more going for it — starting with the fact that it carries on Outerknown‘s crucial approach to sustainable style.

SHOP: The Outerknown Ambassador Blazer

A tailored-yet-easygoing silhouette for perfect fall style.

In this case, the brand looks to make its products with less water and less waste than other fashion brands, and in an industry known for its pollution, that approach is critical. It also helps that pieces like the Outerknown Ambassador Blazer are highly stylish, too. Soft brushed wool and an unstructured design give this classic men’s blazer plenty of layering potential — the lack of rigid structure means you can wear this blazer with everything from a rugged henley and faded denim to a crisp Oxford shirt and grey chinos. It’s one-of-a-kind in terms of its rich Pine color, too — perfect for the holidays when worn with slim tan corduroys, as well. And back to what we said earlier about this being the ideal blazer for holiday travel. The patch pockets lend it a more casual feel (stow your everyday carry essentials in them), while the easygoing silhouette means you can slip it on and off with ease. It’s always the little details that make the difference, and Outerknown knows this. You do now, too — happy holiday dressing!

SHOP: The Outerknown Ambassador Blazer

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Highline Shirt

A rugged flannel shirt that’s surprisingly easy to layer.

As evidenced by the ever-changing pages of this blog, the search for fall style essentials like the best men’s flannel shirt never really ends, does it? No, sir. It’s a topic we’ve covered with growing frequency as we move into colder weather in earnest, and we’re back again today with the Outerknown Highline Shirt — it’s as pleasingly rugged and sustainable as you can get when it comes to the best flannel shirts out there. If you follow the blog, you’ll recognize Outerknown (just head here to read about one of the best fall jackets from the brand, for instance). It’s the brainchild of legendary surfer Kelly Slater and menswear designer John Moore, and Outerknown blends a distinctly laidback, West Coast and surf culture-inspired ethos with the sort of functionality that’s much-needed during the colder months. To that end, the Outerknown Highline Shirt checks all the right boxes in terms of dependable style and rugged appeal. It’s perhaps the perfect shirt for fall layering, given that it features a blend of organic cotton and linen — that means you should take the Outerknown Highline Shirt for a spin atop a thermal shirt or your favorite henley, or wear it underneath a navy herringbone blazer to blend high-low style with ease.

SHOP: The Outerknown Highline Shirt 

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Just one of three versatile colors in which you can snag this Outerknown shirt.

So this rugged flannel shirt is actually easy to layer, and it’s also easy to wear in a variety of style situations … but which one of the richly crafted patterns of the Outerknown Highline Shirt should you pick up? The answer could be … all three? I’m personally a fan of the Curry Shady Plaid variety seen at the top of the page, but the choice is yours. Either way, this is a laidback, classic flannel shirt that’s primed to wear with expertly faded jeans and classic high-top sneakers for a fall weekend. The benefits of this shirt don’t stop with the styling potential, however. As you might expect, Outerknown emphasizes using organic materials that benefit the enviroment  — so the Outerknown Highline Shirt has all of that going for it, too. The bottom line is quite simple: When you want to wear the best men’s flannel shirt for a weekend brunch or to a casual office, you’ll want to make it this one.

SHOP: The Outerknown Highline Shirt 
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The List: These Are All the Crucial Men’s Gear Picks You Need for Fall — ASAP

A rugged Western shirt you simply won’t be able to stop wearing this fall.

So, feeling ready for fall yet? Did it sneak up on you? We’re here to help you get prepped today with the best new men’s fall gear, starting first and foremost with the rugged Western shirt from Outerknown x Levi’s as featured above. It’s become one of my favorite shirts to wear and test as of late, and it’s part of Outerknown’s ongoing efforts to deliver sustainable, stylish gear — gear made the right way, at that. You’ll find plenty of like-minded brands and options in today’s edition of The List. No more time to waste: Fall is upon us. Cheers!

Outerknown x Levi’s Wellthread Western Shirt — $128

The classic Western shirt gets a sustainable upgrade.

The Outerknown x Levi’s Collection continues to pay serious dividends for lovers of sustainable, rugged, classic style. Take this handsome Western shirt, the perfect shirt to take you into fall — casual enough to be worn on its own, versatile enough to layer up over your new favorite henley, and even a unique shirting option to be worn with a worsted wool suit, sans tie (seriously, try it on for size).

Martenero Ace Watch — $370.98

A top-notch accessory to throw on your wrist this fall.

Make no bones about it, we’ve featured this rugged leather watch from Martenero on the blog in the past, but it’s making a triumphant return today. With the rich brown leather strap and striking dial design, it could be the best watch to wear for fall.

Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots in Oak Suede — $198

Sleek-yet-casual suede chukka boots in a perfect shade for fall.

You’re going to be reading a heck of a lot about the best men’s chukka boots as shown above — the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots, as sold by Huckberry, are richly crafted, endlessly versatile, and done up in a rich shade of suede for the fall season.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Heather Ash Waffle — $125

The perfect fall shirt? Very nearly. Find out for yourself.

Let’s keep talking about stylish fall shirting, shall we? The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the stuff of legend when it comes to the perfect fit and in this case, fabric. The texture in the Heather Ash Waffle Jack Shirt is simply ideal for the season. Wear it with slim dark denim and the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots.

Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket — $147.98

The tough fall jacket to wear on chilly weekend nights.

You very well might recognize the Flint and Tinder Mill Jacket from this very site (in this Style Pick of the Week entry), or from my Instagram. Either way, it’s a rugged fall jacket that’s making a lauded return just in time for chilly weather. Don’t sleep on this one.

Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans in Drifter Tapered Fit — $148

A new pair of fall-centric denim to shake up your wardrobe.

Outerknown’s S.E.A. Jeans are yet another way to inject your fall wardrobe with some stylish sensibility and sustainability, made to reduce the amount of waste & water used in crafting a typical pair of fall denim. Oh, and the Fatigue color seen above would pair nicely with a rugged chambray shirt, no?

Faherty Brand Canyon Overshirt — $168

An overshirt with a unique pattern to really shake things up.

Can’t get enough of Faherty Brand? Neither can I — this classically cool brand makes retro-inspired men’s gear that’s just different enough to stand out. Take this rugged fall overshirt, which you should certainly wear over a natural henley on a fall weekend.

Whiskey Peaks American Mountains Glasses — $65 (Set of 4

Nothing better than a nice pour of your favorite whiskey after a long fall day, ehh?

What pairs better with a rugged fall overshirt than a rich glass of your favorite whiskey? Sipped out of some of the best whiskey glasses for your home bar, at that. A tremendous pairing.

Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans — $128

The classic denim you’re going to want to match up with everything this fall.

Some of the best jeans for fall are often some of the more unassuming — take these slim stonewashed jeans, long a personal favorite from Flint and Tinder. Ideal to wear with your favorite crewneck sweater on a very cozy fall weekend.

Grifter Company Crockett Denim Gloves — $72.98

These durable leather gloves are made to take care of business this fall.

You might not need them right this second, but these functional leather gloves are rugged and road-ready.

Alex Mill NY Cord Baseball Cap — $40

The surprisingly fall-ready ballcap to throw on with any of these gear picks.

Looking for the right ballcap for fall? One that combines rugged texture with laidback style? Meet the Alex Mill NY Cord Baseball Cap.

Huckberry x Adler Custom Hatchet — $109

Bury the … hatchet? Handy to have around!

We told you we’d be all about the best fall gear picks today on the blog, didn’t we? And while you might not have match daily use for a rugged hatchet, it’s a handy accessory to keep around the campsite, the pole barn or your cabin.

Madewell Men’s Denim Chore Jacket — $145

Yet another enviable jacket to amp up your fall in style.

Fall is well and truly in the air right now — and on that note, this classic denim chore jacket from the excellent Madewell Men’s fall line is the perfect jacket to wear in place of  a blazer or as you head out to a leisurely seasonal brunch.

Mori Mori LED Lantern Speaker — $110 

For camping trips and tailgates, bring along this stylish LED speaker.

The next time you set up camp, host a bonfire or head to a tailgate, bring along this rugged, stylish LED speaker from Mori Mori — you’ve never seen anything like this.

Alex Mill NY Buffalo Plaid Chore Shirt — $115

We’re all about the layers today — and so is Alex Mill.

Are you sensing a theme here when it comes to rugged fall layers? The new fall collection from Alex Mill NY takes rugged style staples and shakes them up with some city-inspired sensibility —  you can wear this tough plaid chore shirt from the city out to an upstate day trip, no questions asked.

Vulcanizer Work Oxford Low — $92.98

The perfect pair of fall sneakers to finish off a cozy, casual ensemble.

It wouldn’t be a roundup of men’s fall style essentials if we didn’t include a pair of rugged leather sneakers from Vulcanizer, correct? These are the perfect leather sneakers to wear with any number of these gear picks, including the best jeans for fall.

 

Alright, so did anyone else have a tough time sorting through these stylish gear picks? What was your favorite? I personally can’t get enough of the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots, as sold by Huckberry — maybe you feel the same way? Happy shopping out there!

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown BBQ Shirt

The perfect blend of style and casual cool for summer.

Is there a more fittingly named short-sleeve shirt for summer than the Outerknown BBQ Shirt? Perhaps not — but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Finding one of the best short-sleeve shirts for the warmer months can be a tall order; some are too baggy and overly loud, some are too slim or not breathable enough. And yet, the Outerknown BBQ Shirt is far from that, combining the laidback cool that you need for your next BBQ with the sort of refinement that makes it easy to wear beneath a classic cotton blazer at your next summer wedding (a little style hack there for you). The Outerknown BBQ Shirt comes to you from a favorite brand here at The Style Guide (perhaps you recognize this post on how to get a discount at Outerknown, in fact). From the mind of legendary surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore sprang a new lifestyle brand that encompassed the surf-ready nature of Slater’s background and the A-plus designs chops of John Moore — plus, a serious commitment to sustainability. All of this is to say, the Outerknown BBQ Shirt is made with durable, breathable hemp and organic cotton — a one-of-a-kind blend that makes this a pinnacle of sustainable menswear.

SHOP: The Outerknown BBQ Shirt 

 

The small details set this shirt apart, easily.

Again, if you want a shirt that toes the line between too dressy and too casual, this stylish short-sleeve shirt really is the way to go. Witness the durable, pleasingly refined corozo buttons — no shoddy plastic white buttons here, folks. Plus, the breathable construction is deisgned not to cling to your body, no matter how hot it gets around the grill. And when worn the right way (I.E. With a lightweight cotton blazer), you could easily team this shirt up with slim stone chinos and leather loafers for a sharp-yet-casual Friday of travel or meetings. The hits really keep coming with the Outerknown BBQ Shirt, as we say — in this case, the shirt itself is printed on the interior for a look out of the box that mimics your favorite broken-in T-shirt. In total, it’s one of the cooler shirts your author has seen in some time; that means you’re liable to be one of the only people (the only person!?) at your next get-together wearing it. All that remains is for you to grab a six-pack of your favorite beer and get to where you need to go.  With the Outerknown BBQ Shirt, it’s more than possible.

SHOP: The Outerknown BBQ Shirt 

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Puffer Jacket

One jacket, two versatile color options, and plenty of standout style from Outerknown.

There are brands that quickly become an easy go-to in the way of winter style essentials — or essentials for any season, for that matter. Over the past few years, Outerknown has become one such brand for yours truly, renowned for blending sustainability and style in equal measure. And that’s where the Outerknown Puffer Jacket comes into play, with its unique mix of easy wearability and eco-conscious production. You might even recognize the brand from this post covering the best gear for winter, but we’re taking a bit of a deeper dive today.

It all starts with the design ethos behind the brand, coming specifically from the mind of surfer Kelly Slater and lauded designer John Moore — we’re talking men’s style gear with a unique spin. Gear that’s inspired by the water and able to be worn near it, and yet gear that at the same time harnesses rugged, perfectly classic style (take the Outerknown Blanket Shirt as seen in this post). The Outerknown Puffer Jacket channels that overall approach nicely — it’s casual & easygoing, yet functional, the type of jacket you very well might wear after a morning surf. But make no mistake, the Outerknown Puffer Jacket  has also got the capability to handle your commute, thanks to the use of ripstop fabric made from recycled polyester.

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A clean, simple silhouette that belies its functionality and design chops.

Add to that an easy-to-style design — one that goes with a rugged thermal henley and slim faded denim as readily as it does a classic Oxford shirt and chinos — and you’ve got a winning piece of winter outerwear. But back to the brand’s larger mission: It’s on display here as well, as they’ve used responsibly sourced duck down in the Outerknown Puffer Jacket. That means this slim puffer jacket is a step above the other crop of down jackets out there.

The use of that duck down insulation also results in extreme warmth, a much-needed bonus given that we’re still working our way through a chilly winter. The hits just keep on coming, too — it packs within itself via the inside pocket, making the  Outerknown Puffer Jacket the perfect jacket for stylish winter travel (or heck, spring or fall travel for that matter). It’s the little things that really do end up becoming big things — like the sourcing of responsible down and the use of recycled polyester — so it’s refreshing to see things come together in style with the  Outerknown Puffer Jacket. What’s your take on this crisp-yet-easygoing winter must-have? Let me know on Twitter!

The Friday Read: New Style for a New Year, the Best Cup of Coffee for 2019 and Outerknown

No matter how you take your coffee, the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit can help you brew a better cup. Image courtesy of Bespoke Post.

So, my friends — welcome to the first Friday Read of 2019! Pour yourself a cup of coffee using the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit, kick back & enjoy the start of the weekend. Enjoying a rich cup of craft coffee is a favorite weekend starter for me, and if that’s the case for you, the Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit might brew the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. But, you’ll need to try it out for yourself. 
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Believe you me, that Bespoke Post Coffee Starter Kit is going to come in handy. After all, we’ve got some men’s style essentials to discuss. It’s truly wild to be starting 2019, and with that comes reflection in terms of how you’re dressing and how you’re approaching your wardrobe. We’re in the depths of winter (well, some of us are), and that calls for throwing on warm-yet-stylish layers — take a classic navy peacoat or an elbow patch sweater, then add rugged leather boots to fight snow and slush. Don’t forget stylish leather gloves, either. So, as you can see, there are opportunities aplenty to step your game up in ways big and small. Hopefully, you’ll learn about a few below. Aside from reading about the best men’s style picks, what’s on your weekend to-do list? For me, I’m looking forward to exploring Brooklyn (and the Interboro NYC brewery), plus … yes, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee (or two). Let’s get to the rest of today’s featured style picks in the meantime — thanks for reading!

  • There are certain times where you just need a grab-and-go jacket — maybe you’re late for work, maybe you’ve got to dash out the door with the kids, maybe you’ve got to catch the second half at the bar. Whatever the case might be, the Outerknown Puffer Jacket — a recent GearMoose feature by yours truly — is the jacket for you.
  • Looking for a cozy and minimal winter layer? That’s where the new line of Mott & Bow Cashmere Sweaters comes into play. Wear any of one of them atop a classic T-shirt for a cozy, stylish winter weekend — but first, read all about ’em at The Manual.Shop Faherty Brand
  • OK, so if you read the site or you follow me on Instagram, you assuredly  know I’m a huge fan of great craft beer. In the spirit of looking back to move forward, the excellent craft beer and lifestyle site October published a recap of the best hazy IPAs of 2018. Perhaps there’s a beer on the list you enjoy? You can never go wrong with a standout IPA.

Still in need of something else to read? Check out more of the best rugged winter gear picks to kick off your year the right way. Or, read more about the best shirt jacket to buy now, this one from Faherty Brand. Last but certainly not least … it’s chilly out there. Make sure you know how to dress for a winter weekend with comfort and style in mind. Cheers! 
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