See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch University Stripe Oxford is a New Essential

As far as the best men’s shirts are concerned, Taylor Stitch nearly has the market cornered, and it’s been that way for a good while now. The San Francisco-based brand, which you can also find my Shop By The Style Guide, has built a fervent following through attention to detail, solid construction, great fits and constant innovation. The latest result of the brand’s chase to build one of the best shirts for men? The Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt in Navy University Stripe. It’s one part preppy, one part classic and plenty wearable and stylish any way you slice it.

The brand has got a knack for doing plenty of different things the right way, be it the best adventure shorts or an investment-level jacket, and it certainly helps that they’ve long been making one of the most classic men’s shirts to pair with style staples new and old. The Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch is very easily the stuff of legend, and the kind of shirt you build a brand around (Taylor Stitch launched, after all, with a focus on making the perfect men’s shirt). They’ve definitely cleared that high bar with the Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt in Navy University Stripe, and it’s just the latest, coolest pattern to get the “Jack” treatment, if you will.

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The Jack Oxford Shirt checks off a few critical boxes as far as what you need in your Oxford shirt. It’s designed to be worn tucked in or untucked, making it ideal for business casual situations (tucked in, paired with tan chinos) or worn untucked with an expertly crafted pair of Taylor Stitch denim. Crucially, the Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch is built from a substantial but not overly heavy 6oz. 100 percent organic cotton, giving you some sustainability plus style. The Jack buttondown collar, another staple of this design from Taylor Stitch, is nicely sized and has a bit of a roll to it, like classic Oxford shirts.

Beyond that, the navy university stripes call to mind that classic all-American style of decades gone by, and yet, it’s a shirt that looks as fresh as anything out there today. The buttondown collar is a way to bring your suit down a notch (I’m thinking of a classic patch pocket khaki cotton suit, worn with a knit tie to an outdoor summer wedding). However you choose to rock it, the Jack Shirt from Taylor Stitch, especially in a preppy stripe pattern with natural buttons, is a suitably stylish way to cap off your next summer #OOTD. In fact, as far as shirts that make or break an outfit go, this one definitely helps take your look from good to great.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford Shirt in Navy University Stripe

Style Pick of the Week: Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts

It’s more than high time that you picked up a pair of the best chino shorts for men this summer, is it not? I’ll say, and that’s why we’re diving into the truly stellar Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts today on the blog. You surely know and love NYC-based Bonobos if you read the blog (at least, I hope that’s the case). They’re a brand that now does a little bit of everything as far as the best men’s style essentials are concerned, from one of the best jackets for men to an ideal pair of pants to wear to work from home (and beyond). Pay close attention to that last pick, because it’s menswear for your bottom half where Bonobos really excels.

The company launched in 2007 with a focus on some of the coolest men’s chinos, revolutionizing fit and fabric for guys everywhere. And helpfully, they’ve done the same thing with your new favorite pair of shorts. The Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts truly check every single box imaginable when it comes to an all-day, everyday set of shorts, and I’m not just saying that. For starters, Bonobos bills these as having the “same great fit of our chinos,” and that’s a great place to kick things off.

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Fit is certainly a crucial ingredient, and it only follows that you really can find the best-fitting pair of shorts for your lifestyle. The Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts come in three inseam lengths: An on-trend 5-inch inseam, an easily wearable 7-inch inseam and a classic 9-inch inseam (taller guys should like opt for the 7-inch or 9-inch pair, but the world is your oyster). You can also take your pick between Standard, Slim and Athletic fits, too. There are also waist sizes available up to size 40 at the moment. The fabric is a blend of cotton and stretch cotton twill, and things only get better from there. The Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts retail for an agreeable $79, so you can pick up a couple pairs. Why pick up more than one pair? Well, they come in a whopping 15 colors, and that versatility absolutely makes them some of the best shorts for men.

And because the design is both comfortable (thanks to the stretch) and modern (thanks to the relatively tailored fit), you can wear these stylish chino shorts with everything from a Bonobos polo to a stylish printed short-sleeve shirt (ideally also from Bonobos). You’re going to have a tough time finding shorts with so many customization options, from fit to color, at an agreeable price. In my book, that makes the Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts your next must-buy summer style essential. How about it?

SHOP: The Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Shorts

See Now, Buy Now: The Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt is the Most Rugged Shirt for Summer

It’s really hard to go wrong with a brand like Filson, right? Even when it comes to making one of the best chambray shirts for men, yes? That second part might seem a little odd — after all, doesn’t Filson have a heritage and a knack for making some of the best outdoor gear for men? In that case, what do chambray shirts have to do with it? Well, actually, they’ve got more to do with it than you might think. Filson‘s reputation as a Pacific Northwest outfitter with more than 100 years of rock-solid production is quite admirable, and that’s led to some innovations, twists and turns along the way. Filson certainly makes some of the best men’s gear for summer, and some of the best lightweight short-sleeve shirts for seasonal adventures aplenty. And on top of that, they make reliable, durable and surprisingly stylish off-duty gear, like the Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt. Unexpected? Sure. But no less well-made than any other piece of Filson menswear, right? That’s 100 percent correct, my friends.

When you want to go with something more rugged than refined, something with more guts and grits than wearing your favorite polo shirt, a chambray shirt is just the way to go. The textured weave of a chambray shirt makes it harder-wearing and better-suited for use in, say, a workshirt, which is exactly what sets this Filson long-sleeve shirt apart from the pack. And this certainly isn’t any old, flimsy shirt either (hey, not all chambray shirts are created equal).

SHOP: The Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt

No sir, Filson makes “unfailing goods” (the brand’s famed tagline) for a reason. Now, the Light Indigo Chambray iteration of the Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt has been a hot seller, but who says you always have to go with blue shades of chambray? Opt instead for the Oxford shirt-esque, yet extremely rugged, White Chambray version of the Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt , then reap the rewards. The 5oz. cotton chambray is a nice mid-weight that should provide protection from the elements on your camping trip or in your garage, and it should also still prove easy to layer atop a classic Filson men’s T-shirt. The open chest pocket and button-down collar are also style moves that make the Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt more akin to an Oxford than a workshirt. But since it’s Filson, you can wear your new favorite shirt any way you please this summer. That’s the Filson way, and the brand doesn’t offer up anything less than the best.

SHOP: The Filson Chambray Buttondown Shirt

See Now, Buy Now: The Mott and Bow Broome Jeans are the Best Men’s Jeans for Summer

Does the idea of wearing jeans in the summer sound unappealing? If I may, that could just be because you haven’t found some of the best jeans for men in the form of Mott and Bow men’s denim. To get even more specific, the lightweight and stretch-filled Mott and Bow Broome Jeans are the perfect pair of jeans to wear for summer, especially if you’re the type of person who simply can’t stop wearing denim (guilty as charged). You’ve very likely read all about Mott and Bow here on the blog through the years. The brand has been a longtime favorite, makers of everything from classic blue jeans to surprisingly stylish men’s chinos, and then some. The Mott and Bow Broome Denim, so named for Broome Street in a nod to the brand’s NYC roots, carry on the upstart denim brand’s focus on quality and accessibility, to say the very least. And again, if you’re the type of person who simply loves to wear denim on the daily, then you’re in luck.

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Mott and Bow has, after all, been making some of the best men’s jeans for years now, and they’ve perfected the right blend of quality and value. That’s probably an understatement, but it does shine through indeed with the Mott and Bow Broome Jeans. It all starts with the fabric, a 12.8oz. stretch denim that gets a boost through 360-degree, four-way stretch technology. That sort of stretch is going to make these jeans buoyant, not heavy, and it’s going to allow you to get around on the go in style. For guys who love wearing jeans even through the hot summer months, every bit of comfort is essential. Of course, it also helps that Mott and Bow makes stylish men’s T-shirts in ultra-lightweight fabrics, because a T-shirt and jeans on a hot summer day is about as all-American as it gets.

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It also all comes down to the fit and feel of these jeans. The Mott and Bow Broome Jeans are available in three crisp and cool Mott and Bow fits, including Slim, Straight and Skinny. I prefer the Slim fit myself, but the great thing is, Mott and Bow offers free shipping and returns, as you very well know if you’ve shopped the brand in the past. Select the wash, fit and size, and then be prepared to be mighty pleased with the results. The Medium Wash finish is also ideal for summer, when light wash denim is naturally easier to wear and all the more stylish on hot summer days.

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Naturally, that light wash also lends itself quite readily to plenty of easy and breezy summer style staples, be it a lightweight short-sleeve shirt or one of Mott and Bow’s men’s T-shirts. Either should prove soft, versatile and casual. The list goes on as you consider picking up a pair of the best men’s jeans, because you can also wear these with an unlined cotton blazer and a crisp Oxford shirt for business casual days at the office or even a night on the town, Old Fashioned in hand. The best men’s jeans for summer are yours for the taking, so don’t waste any more time shopping ’em.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Broome Jeans

See Now, Buy Now: The Wellen Seawool Hoodie is the Best Lightweight Hoodie for Summer

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My friends, if you read the blog, you know I’m of the opinion that all of your gear should be of the highest quality, and that even includes something as simple and seemingly casual as your lightweight summer hoodie. If you think this that one of the best men’s hoodies is a category that you can simply overlook, I’m here to tell you that once the sun goes down at the beach bonfire and you’ve only got your T-shirt for comfort (no matter how stylish it might be!), well, you very well might want to plan ahead — the Wellen Seawool Hoodie is here to save the day. It’s one of the best men’s hoodies for summer and for breezy weather aplenty, with the right specs and the right build to make it a new casual menswear essential. In fact, it’s made for more than just nights at the beach and on the water. The stylish and reliable Wellen Seawool Hoodie is built to act as a performance sun hoodie — it’s lightweight enough to wear during the day and comfortable enough to wear at night, too.

It’s all part of the magic that you might expect from Huckberry, longtime favorites of the blog and purveyors of some of the best menswear essentials for summer (and well beyond that, naturally). If you’re not familiar with sustainable menswear from Wellen as of yet, well, you’re in for quite the treat. I’ve talked about Wellen here on the blog in the past, and it’s through products like the Wellen Seawool Hoodie  that the brand just keeps getting better and better.

SHOP: The Wellen Seawool Hoodie 

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The magic of the covetable and cool Wellen Seawool Hoodie lies in the unique fabric blend that they’ve dreamed up. Recycled plastic bottles and oyster shells make up the build of this breezy hoodie, meaning it’ll prove mighty comfortable even under the summer sun. It’s also designed to regulate your temperature and breath easy, and that’s great news for all of us who want protection from the sun without overheating. The Wellen Seawool Hoodie is also quick-drying, and that shaped hood (sans drawstring) makes it casual and comfortable to wear.

Throw this one on with your favorite pair of swim trunks, or toss it over a Flint and Tinder polo alongside your favorite chino shorts for post-beach drinks. The world of possibilities is nearly endless when it comes to the Wellen Seawool Hoodie, and if you ask me, that’s great news for the summer months ahead. Shop accordingly, and get prepared the right way.

SHOP: The Wellen Seawool Hoodie 

See Now, Buy Now: This Filson Feather Cloth Shirt is the Perfect Shirt for Summer Adventures

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If you want one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer adventures, well, folks, you’ve come to the right place. The shirt in question today is the Filson Feather Cloth Short Sleeve Shirt, a shirt that’s both rugged and well-built, yet breezy and lightweight. Yes, it can do all of that at once, which makes it one of the best short-sleeve shirts for men at this moment. It’s especially handy if you value a shirt you can wear from sun up to sun down without missing a beat (more on that in a second). Now, if you read the blog, you know that Filson doesn’t settle for anything less than the best, whether that involves crafting the best summer travel jacket or one of the best workshirts for men on the market. That’s also the case, as you might expect, with this Filson Feather Cloth Shirt.

 Think of this dependable, lightweight short-sleeve shirt as the perfect style move if you want something buttoned-up (literally), yet also breezy and casual. It’s the sort of rugged shirt you can throw on to head out on a day hike or wear as you pack up the cooler to head out of town. And even when it’s brutally hot outside, the Filson Feather Cloth Shirt is going to be the light-as-air shirting option you can turn towards time and again.

SHOP: The Filson Feather Cloth Short Sleeve Shirt

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The magic of the Filson Feather Cloth Shirt lies in the, well, feather cloth fabric that Filson uses. It’s but one of the many standout fabrics the legendary Pacific Northwest retailer has made its own through the years. In this case, it’s lightweight 100 percent cotton that clocks in at just 3 oz., all the better for plenty of dependably breezy style. It’s also heavily pre-washed, giving it an even lighter, more comfortable feel. Throw in the fact that it’s made with two handy front-button chest pockets — for your everyday carry essentials — and you’ve got a rugged short-sleeve shirt that you can wear all day long, even atop a T-shirt.

 It’s also available in a range of fun summer colors, including the colorful Green and Gold Plaid option shown at the top of the page. When you want a dependable shirt to wear all summer long on adventures aplenty, consider the Filson Feather Cloth Shirt your new go-to move: It’s as dependable as it gets, no matter how high temperatures climb.

SHOP: The Filson Feather Cloth Short Sleeve Shirt

 

See Now, Buy Now: Buck Mason’s Linen Shirt is the Best New Summer Shirt Out There

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Have you been counting down the days to the official start of summer and using my ongoing See Now, Buy Now series to stock up on essentials like the best summer shirts for men? If you answered yes, you’re in good company, and as ever, Buck Mason is here to save the day with the new Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt. It checks all the right boxes, and then some, and then some more, as far as your search for one of the best lightweight shirts for men is concerned. The kicker here is that it retails for $95 at Buck Mason, a steal when you consider the quality and great looks you’re getting.

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That’s great news for you and me both, as we join the crowds heading to the park, the beach or the brewery — or all three — this summer. And if you want a casual, cool shirt to wear back to the office (perhaps an office with a summer-friendly dress code), then this camp collar shirt is a perfect alternative to the more traditional polo. With style points aplenty and breezy fabric top of mind, Buck Mason has made one of the best short-sleeve shirts, right in line with its focus on producing the best T-shirts, the best summer shorts and much more. Why a camp collar shirt, exactly? I’m glad you asked, my friends.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt

Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt

A camp collar shirt is a retro style that’s come back into vogue in recent years, from the runways to your closet now. It was the kind of easygoing shirt you’d see dads of the ’50s and ’60s wear on more casual outings (a la camping trips!), designed to replace dress shirts. It helps that the Buck Mason take on one of the best lightweight shirts for men is breezy and laidback, yet well-fitted and not baggy. Oh, and the fabric is another major bonus as you search for additions to your rotation of the best summer shirts for men.  A 55 percent linen and 45 percent cotton blend gives the Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt structure and yet breathability. Small touches like horizontal, rather than vertical, button holes, offer you greater range of movement, too.

Wear the Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt unbuttoned atop a crisp white T-shirt, like your dad or grandfather might have done, or else button it up and team it with Buck Mason Deck Shorts on the weekends. When the work week rolls around, you can also team it with classic Buck Mason chinos to head to the office in breezy fashion. Plus, three colorways — including Ocean Breeze shown above — make it easy to find a favorite, as does the $95 price tag. Your new favorite summer shirt is up for grabs, folks.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Cotton-Linen Camp Collar Shirt

See Now, Buy Now: The Satchel & Page Gladstone Weekender is the Best Summer Travel Bag

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The hour draws ever closer. That is, the time to hit the road again in style with one of the best weekender bags for men will soon be upon us, and if you’ve been reading the blog, I hope you’re prepared for what lies ahead. I mean that in the best way possible — hitting the road again, even in a car or via a quick train (or bus) trip should be enjoyable and just plain fun. It’s made all the better by the most crucial ingredient of all as far as your summer travel gear is concerned:

The Satchel & Page Gladstone Weekender is one of the best weekender bags on the market, ready for quick getaways and rugged adventures alike. If you’ve kept up with the blog, you also recognize Satchel & Page from a weekend style guide or two, but it’s always worth revisiting a brand making heirloom-quality leather goods of all types, including this refined leather weekender bag. Why go with a bag like this one instead of, say your tried-and-true athletic logo weekender? The proof is in the pudding, my friends, and that means this bag has plenty more style points and even more functionality than the bag you’ve been lugging to the gym — it’s made specifically for weekend getaways, season after season. It gets even better when it comes to your new favorite weekender bag, though.

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The list of positives about the excellent Satchel & Page Gladstone Weekender goes on and on, and on. It features a lifetime warranty, for starters — the sturdy brass frame won’t give out or buckle under pressure, either. It’s also made with handsome Italian, vegetable-tanned leather, making it one of the best leather weekender bags you can possibly buy right now. Tobacco suede lining ensures your valuable gear won’t get dinged up or scuffed, and brass hardware drives home the rugged durability of this handsome leather weekender bag.


Think of it like an accessory that’s as stylish as your road trip #OOTD, and then some. Two interior pouch pockets and one zipper pocket offer crucial space for your everyday carry essentials.  The rugged Satchel & Page Gladstone Weekender is, without a doubt, the kind of bag you can pack up to hit the road at a moment’s notice. And if you need to leave from the office for your weekend getaway, it helps that this bag is quite stylish, unlike a plain old gym bag. It’s an investment for the price ($625 at Satchel & Page), but it’s got dependability and serious style going for it — unlike any other weekender bag on the market. Safe travels, folks.

SHOP: The Satchel & Page Gladstone Weekender

See Now, Buy Now: This Free Fly Henley is the Best Men’s Henley This Season

The perfect henley for warm summer days aplenty.

What if I told you there was a way to get the best men’s henley in your shopping cart and in your summer wardrobe right now? It’s true, and with summer ramping up in quick succession, that’s why you’re going to want to stop by Free Fly Apparel ASAP for the Free Fly Heritage Short-Sleeve Henley. That’s right: A short-sleeve henley. Ditch the extra fabric and keep your long-sleeve henley in the closet, because a rugged short-sleeve henley, as we’ve talked about in the past here on the blog, is every bit as essential to keep in your rotation as, say, one of the best men’s T-shirts. The short-sleeve henley looks good on every guy, it’s a casual step up from a T-shirt that looks even cooler than you might imagine, and yes, the Free Fly Heritage Short-Sleeve Henley is the one to buy now.

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SHOP: The Free Fly Heritage Short-Sleeve Henley

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An affordable and functional henley that looks great with plenty of casual summer style staples.

You won’t often find such a stellar henley for under $50, especially not one that comes in a versatile range of colors, from Black to the Light Heather Grey shown above. And about that innovative fabric blend: Your new favorite henley is made from a stretch-filled, breathable blend of 50 percent viscose from bamboo and 50 percent cotton. Plus, you get UPF 50+ sun protection, which could make this the best henley to wear outdoors this season (just make sure you get sunscreen on those arms).

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Better still, consider bringing along your Free Fly Bamboo Hoodie if you’re planning for a long time in the sun. Either way, with the Free Fly Heritage Short-Sleeve Henley, you’re getting a piece you can wear with your favorite shorts and leather boat shoes as easily as it can be paired with the best men’s jeans for spring and the best leather high-top sneakers. Yes, it’s that versatile and comfortable. Heck, layer it underneath the best men’s bomber jacket when the sun goes down, too. The bottom line is that no matter how you choose to wear the Free Fly Heritage Short-Sleeve Henley, it’s going to prove breathable, moisture-wicking, supremely comfortable and… supremely stylish. Start shopping ASAP.

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See Now, Buy Now: Get this Organic Cotton Shirt from Pact For Summer Style Points

Have you been on the hunt for a no-fuss, no-frills shirt that looks great with everything, works as hard as you do and can pair up with just about anything in your spring and summer wardrobe? Have I got just the shirt for you: The Pact Clothing Essential Vintage Snap Down, a go-anywhere shirt you can wear all on its own, as an overshirt, underneath a chore coat… you name it, this rugged snap shirt can do it. We’ll get into that more in a moment, but how about Pact Clothing, ehh? Consider this your introduction to the eco-conscious brand, one that I’ve been testing out lately (and I’ve been very pleased indeed, to say the least). The best organic cotton menswear is the name of the game when it comes to Pact Clothing, after all, with very stylish and eco-friendly results top of mind. That eco-conscious approach extends across basics, outerwear, T-shirts and more.

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But let’s get back to this stylish spring shirt. It’s a unique one for plenty of different reasons, starting with the fact that it’s a hybrid shirt that’s easygoing enough to wear all on its own, snapped up, or it can be layered atop, say, a Pact organic cotton T-shirt without missing a beat. It’s really two shirts for the price of one, and that’s versatility you can’t beat (especially when you consider that, at full price, it retails for $90 at Pact). Plus, the Pact Clothing Essential Vintage Snap Down is made with 91 percent less water, thanks to the use of that crucial organic cotton fabric. It’s the details that make the difference, as we all know, and the fact that this rugged overshirt is made in a Fair Trade Certified factory is also a major bonus. It gets better though, folks.

SHOP: The Pact Clothing Essential Vintage Snap Down

It’s also helpful when one of the best shirts for men comes in multiple versatile colors, like the Maritime Navy shown above (I’ve been testing out the Thyme colorway shown at the top of the page). Plus, the garment-dyed cotton is what really seals the deal as far as classic style and comfort is concerned. You can definitely throw the Pact Clothing Essential Vintage Snap Down on right out of the box without missing a beat. I also found it a great pairing over a Pact organic cotton T-shirt, and that’s really what it’s all about as far as style and sustainability is concerned.

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Crucially, you can wear your new favorite spring shirt with all the other trappings of the season, including light wash jeans, classic chinos or even slim chino shorts in equal measure. It’s a grab-and-go shirt that, thanks to the two patch chest pockets, can also function as a way to store some small everyday carry items if need be on spring and summer road trips. In short, the Pact Clothing Essential Vintage Snap Down is going to be as reliable as you need this season, and you can feel great wearing it — knowing what you know now, of course. Get this new essential for $90 at Pact and reap the rewards.

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