See Now, Buy Now: The Spinnaker Watches Bradner Watch is The Coolest Watch to Buy For Spring

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A rugged-yet-dressy, durable leather watch you’ll find yourself wearing daily.

The time is upon us, quite literally, for you to find your new favorite watch for spring and summer. The kind of watch you can wear nearly anywhere, the kind of timepiece you can pick up and throw on at a moment’s notice with just about anything. Ladies and gentlemen, that watch is the Spinnaker Watches Bradner Watch, one of the best new men’s watches I’ve seen in some time (and that you’ve seen, I’d wager). Trust me when I say you’re going to want to pre-order this one. Spinnaker Watches, if you’re unfamiliar, is assuredly a watch brand worth having on your radar, and that’s an understatement. They’re based in Hong Kong and specialize in affordable dive watches, along wit making some of the best watches for men in general, all with durability, adventure, functionality and style in mind.

It’s a lofty goal to achieve, and to do so at a relatively affordable price point, but achieve it they do. Through stainless steel dive watches to dressy and bold leather and stainless steel watches like the Spinnaker Fleuss Collection, it’s a rare blend of accessibility, performance and great looks that you’re getting. These are all very good things, and that brings me back to the Spinnaker Bradner Watch. It features a Japanese automatic movement (this means the watch winds itself as the wearer moves their wrist) and is nicely sized at 42mm, a good fit for most wrists. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, folks.

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Spinnaker Watches Bradner Watch

A rough-and-tumble watch you can wear with outdoor gear or casual spring and summer style staples in equal measure.

The Spinnaker Bradner Watch has plenty going for it when it comes to stylish design, too. That makes it one of Spinnaker’s best-selling watches — note how nicely the tidal blue dial stands out with those gold accents. And helpfully, the Spinnaker Bradner Watch is set on a waterproof leather strap for functionality and handsome contrast alongside the blue dial. It’s also worth noting that this rugged leather dive watch is water-resistant to 180 meters. Go ahead and pick up a Spinnaker watch strap to give yourself even more versatility.

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All things considered, it’s easily your new favorite watch for spring and summer, and it seems to me like it’s calling out to be worn with subtly stylish looks, like your favorite T-shirt and light wash jeans. The crisp blue dial and contrasting leather strap on the Spinnaker Bradner Watch also make it more than wearable with your favorite Oxford shirt and dark blue jeans for high-low, casual office style (or Work-From-Home style, if you will). When you want a watch that can do it all and look more than great in the process, you want the Spinnaker Bradner Watch, easy as that.

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See Now, Buy Now: The American Trench Coat is one of the Best Spring Rain Jackets

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A classic and extremely well-made trench coat from an American-made brand.

As I’ve said before, it seems as though the search for seasonal essentials, like one of the best spring rain jackets, never quite ends, does it? After all, you might have a spring rain jacket you know and love, but is it quite as good as the ever-stylish, ever-functional American Trench Coat? My thinking is, it could be close, but it’s not anything like the American Trench Coat, an aptly named piece that helped launch this Pennsylvania-based brand back in the late 2000s. I’ve been a fan of American Trench’s stylish socks for years (dating back to 2015, in fact!), and this durable, stylish trench coat is one piece that’s also won the brand its fair share of admirers.

These days, this USA-made menswear brand has a slightly larger product assortment and is sold by more retailers (like UNCRATE), but the message and mission remains the same: Carefully crafted goods made in family factories throughout the U.S. Of course, the American Trench Coat is still one of the best men’s jackets for spring, period, that you’re apt to wear this season. In fact, it’s American Trench Coat 3.0, the third iteration of this must-have spring rain jacket. First things first: You should know that American Trench gear doesn’t go on sale very often, but trust me: Stylish rain jackets like this one are worth investing in(it’ll run you $849 at American Trench). So, back to the business of the American Trench Coat, ehh?

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The brand’s signature lining sets this coat apart, among other touches.

The thing is, before investing in one of the best men’s trench coats, it pays off to know what exactly you’re getting. And this stylish men’s spring jacket all starts with the right fabric, naturally. In this case, that means we’re talking about a ventile cloth shell finished off with a DWR coating for crucial, weather-ready performance. The American Trench Coat is also lined in cotton glen plaid check fabric for a touch of tailored style and some added warmth against a chilly spring day. The coat is cut trim but should work to layer up with your favorite blazer and a classic Oxford shirt underneath, according to the brand.

Oh, and perhaps the most important part: This stylish trench coat is made in northern New Jersey by a luxury outerwear company, the right way. Last but not least: It also features a detachable hood, and you can pair it up with a quilted warm liner (sold separately) to finish things off in a way that’s as functional and cozy as can be. So, if you’ve taken stock of your spring outerwear rotation and decided an upgrade was in order, then the American Trench Coat is the right way to go.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Billy Reid Denim Shirt Is a Modern Menswear Classic

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An unstoppably cool denim shirt with the right specs to stand up to years of wear.

Do you have a shirt you can’t stop wearing, the sort of shirt  you positively love to wear as often as possible? For me, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt is precisely that shirt in my own wardrobe. I’m calling it a classic men’s shirt for a a good reason, seeing as it’s wearable in each and every season and as often as you want. That’s the case whether teamed with a lightweight T-shirt on a breezy spring day or layered underneath a timeless shawl cardigan in the winter months. As for me, I’ve worn my own Billy Reid Denim Shirt to menswear events around New York City, rock concerts in Brooklyn and the famed Austin City Limits music festival (I hope to wear it back there some day!). But back to your new favorite shirt in the meantime, ehh? Naturally, it’s part of a well-stocked and highly stylish collection of Billy Reid best sellers, the kind of heirloom-quality menswear that’s seemingly simple on the surface… but so much more than that. It’s in the DNA of this Florence, Alabama company, and Billy himself has decades in the industry.

Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that you can get this denim shirt in multiple washes, including a lightwash denim shirt option, but the quality never falters (I also have a Billy Reid black denim shirt — can you tell I’m a huge fan??). Lest you worry about spending too much hard-earned cash on this shirt (it retails for $198 at Billy Reid, after all), know that mine has more than held up through years of wear.

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Billy Reid Denim Shirt

Handsome details and rugged construction make this shirt a big-time style winner.

The Billy Reid Denim Shirt is quite possibly everything you could ever need in a casual men’s shirt, from the subtle yet noticeable detailing — note the contrast stitching and antique brass snaps — to the timeless fit. It’s neither too slim nor too baggy, meaning you can layer it atop a T-shirt or a henley as an overshirt just as readily as you can wear it all on its own to grab an ice-cold beer (I’m told Billy himself likes Miller High Life).

Part tailored jacket, part sweater, all versatility.

This classic denim shirt is as at home on a spring weekend stroll as it is grabbing outdoor brunch, manning the grill or packing up for a road trip (trust me — it’s breathable enough to be worn all day). Like all things denim, the Billy Reid Denim Shirt will also get better with age the more you wear it. If it’s an iconic everyday shirt you want, you’re in luck today, folks. Thanks to Billy Reid himself for knocking this one out of the park.

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See Now, Buy Now: Duke Cannon’s Classic Man Grooming Kit Is Packed with Grooming Essentials

Here’s the thing with a new season, like the season we’re currently in. As far as spring essentials are concerned, you’ve got to keep your grooming on point with a rotation of the best men’s grooming picks, right? Yes, that’s right. Enter Duke Cannon, a finely crafted, useful-as-heck men’s grooming brand here to save the day with the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit. Now, you assuredly know Duke Cannon from the blog here, what with the rugged essentials packed in the Duke Cannon Supply Drop and the refined utility of the Duke Cannon Solid Cologne, ehh? If not, consider the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit the perfect introduction to the brand. It’s packed with men’s grooming essentials for pretty much anyone and everyone, and it clocks in at an agreeable price, too ($49 at Duke Cannon). When you consider the products you’re getting in this men’s grooming bundle, it might feel like a downright steal.

Duke Cannon does more than just offer competitive pricing, though. From the masculine and crisp scents to plentiful product variety (think classic colognes, hard-working face moisturizer and oversized soap bars), it’s all worth checking out. Perhaps most importantly, Minnesota-based Duke Cannon works with veterans support organizations, donating proceeds and products along the way. I’d say you really can’t go wrong when you shop the brand. But back to the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit.

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Just one favorite from the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit. Make it yours today, will ya?

It’s the kind of kit packed with nothing but the best grooming essentials for men, the sort of picks you’ll find yourself using on the daily. That’s the way the brand would want it, seeing as it runs the gamut of Duke Cannon best sellers. You’re getting four must-haves, from the Sandalwood and Amber Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant to the brand’s famed Bourbon Solid Cologne and two Big Ass Bricks of Soap: In Leaf & Leather and Bourbon scents. It’s enough to jumpstart your grooming routine in a big way. Seriously, I’m a huge fan of the Bourbon Solid Cologne on its own (and the brand’s soaps and deodorant!), but throw all four of these products together — and then knock $6 off the regular price — and you’ve got yourself a winning set of the best men’s grooming products for spring and well beyond. How about it, folks? If I wanted a grooming refresh in a hurry, a way to shake up my routine for an affordable price and with quality products, I’d add the Duke Cannon Classic Man Grooming Kit to my shopping cart in a hurry.

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See Now, Buy Now: Make This Everlane Chore Shirt Your Go-To Layer This Spring

Everlane Chore Shirt Jacket

A workwear-inspired shirt jacket that can go the distance this spring.

Shed those bulky layers, put away that shearling leather jacket or that suede bomber jacket, and get ready to welcome spring in style. The bells are ringing out (figuratively) as the thermostat slowly but surely climbs across much of the country, so how best to herald a new season? It’s simple, really: With one of the best men’s shirt jackets, one that happens to be durable, stylish and responsibly made — all at once. That’d be the Everlane Chore Shirt Jacket, yet another much-welcomed men’s style essential from the San Francisco-based brand. You might recall we talked about the seriously cool Everlane Sherpa Trucker Jacket for winter, so consider this a sort of antidote to cold-weather style. Now, you hopefully recall Everlane from my guide to the best gear to buy for the new year from the brand, and it’s always worth keeping an eye on the latest and greatest from California. In this case, the rugged, versatile Everlane Chore Shirt Jacket features a 100 percent cotton twill build, making it the perfect layer to throw on quickly over your favorite T-shirt or a thermal henley on a particularly breezy spring morning. That’s hardly the end of it though, folks.

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The second of two cool colorways in which you can score your new favorite shirt jacket for spring.

For one of the best shirt jackets for men, you’re also looking at a standout price. We’re talking $78 at Everlane, making this one of the most affordable shirt jackets on the market, too. Would you expect anything less from a brand focused on transparency and quality? Everlane famously cuts out the middleman in the process, selling picks like this rugged shirt jacket right to stylish customers like yourself.

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That makes ’em a winner in my book. Front-button chest pockets and two hip patch pockets provide that critical room for your everyday carry essentials, and it goes without saying that both the Ochre color and the handsome shade of Pine shown above will pair up nicely with everything from Everlane light wash denim to black workwear pants, T-shirts and perhaps even a classic crewneck sweatshirt if you want unique spring layering. Point being, whether you wear it as a blazer substitute on a Zoom call or throw it on to grab to-go beers, the Everlane Chore Shirt Jacket is, quite simply, your go-to spring layer.

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

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The perfect blend of technical fabric and classic spring style from Olivers Apparel.

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

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

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One of five sharp color options, and they’re complete with a comfortable elastic waistband.

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

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

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See Now, Buy Now: The HELM Boots Ryder Boots are the Best Boots for Early Spring

HELM Boots Ryder Boots

Your new favorite pair of rugged leather boots.

Is it hard to believe we’re now back in (gulp) March, a year on from pandemic life? It sure is, but that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here instead to talk about the best boots for men for early spring, a decidedly much more fun topic that’ll get you off your feet and looking towards the future (and new seasonal adventures, of course). The boots in question would be the HELM Boots Ryder Boots, a pair of rugged leather boots from the Austin-based HELM Boots team that’ll have you planning to go off-trail and off-road in a hurry this season. They certainly look like an updated take on the best hiking boots, but just know that you need ’em in your life either way. Of course, it’s a major benefit that you can get $50 off when you order your first pair from the brand. HELM Boots says that these are a pair of “contemporary boots for all adventures,” and based on what I know about the brand — I’ve published a HELM Boots review in the past, after all — it’s very hard to argue with that logic.

These are quite simply some of the best men’s leather boots, what with bountiful craftsmanship and attention to detail. HELM makes some of the best men’s Chelsea boots and the best plain toe boots, too, but the HELM Ryder Boots are a different breed (in a great way, that is).

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These tough leather boots are ready to go just about anywhere this season.

The versatility and craftsmanship of the HELM Boots Ryder Boots starts from the ground up with HELM’s Stavos rubber sole for maximum traction and durability. The Blake Rapid Stitch construction sews the upper to the top of the sole for more flexibility and a smooth ride, and the D-ring lacing gives them that hiking boot feel. For even more comfort, they’re lined in smooth black leather.

These are rugged leather boots you can wear plenty of different places this spring, be it to an outdoor beer garden or for a park stroll (to name but a few favorite spring pursuits). The HELM Boots Ryder Boots, especially in the handsome Dark Natural Babbo leather, should pair well with everything from classic light wash denim to olive chinos and more. Up top, these dependable, classic leather boots are practically begging to be teamed with essentials like your favorite T-shirt or a timeless chambray shirt. Wear ’em casually or team the HELM Boots Ryder Boots with a white Oxford shirt and tan chinos, for starters. The end result is nothing less than your new favorite pair of boots for your spring wardrobe. Let me know on Twitter if you do lace ’em up.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots are the Best Boots to Wear Now — and Into Spring

Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots

A durable-yet-dressy addition to the Wolverine line of stylish men’s boots.

Have you ever come across a pair of rugged leather boots that seem to fit in with your lifestyle so well, you’ve got to have ’em in your wardrobe and on your feet instantly? The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots could certainly be the next pair of boots to fill that void in your collection, and having tested them out myself since the launch of the Wolverine BLVD Collection, I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. Think of the Wolverine BLVD Collection as a more refined and yet no less versatile and rugged offering than Wolverine‘s main line, particularly the much-loved Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection. You also likely know and love Wolverine leather sneakers, so it should come as no shock that the brand can really do it all.

These durable leather boots are ever-so-slightly more dressy and more easily wearable with, say, wool trousers or classic chinos, yet there’s no denying they carry on the Wolverine pedigree quite handsomely. And here’s the thing about the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots: They’re the type of rugged yet easily wearable boots you can throw on now (with classic dark denim and a shawl cardigan) and keep wearing on into spring (when you should pair them with your favorite light wash denim and one of the best men’s T-shirts). Don’t believe me? You best try ’em out yourself. Oh, and here’s another kicker — among many that we’ll cover shortly — you can get free shipping on orders of $120 at Wolverine right now. Sounds pretty great, yes?

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One of seven stylish colorways in which you can pick up the BLVD Cap Toe Boots from Wolverine.

The Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots — priced quite nicely at $199 via Wolverine — carry on that same tradition and commitment to quality, starting with the fact that these timeless leather boots feature a relatively sleek profile and hand-burnished leather. These Wolverine men’s boots also feature a sheepskin lining for maximum comfort and just enough warmth on cold winter days — these boots won’t leave your feet out in the cold. The rubber outsole is toned-down and not overly bulky, yet still provides excellent grip on slippery streets. And the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots are also built with Goodyear welt construction, meaning they can be resoled after plenty of wear. Throw in the fact that seven leather colorways are up for grabs, and you just might want to get more than one pair (I personally love the Tan option shown here). Wear ’em with slim blue jeans and a refined winter topcoat for outdoor dining or a safe seasonal road trip, then keep the Wolverine BLVD Cap Toe Boots handy come spring — you won’t regret it.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Filson Scout Shirt is the Perfect Shirt for Casual Winter Style

Filson Scout Shirt

One of the more durable, stylish men’s shirts you can wear this winter.

Well, here we are: Past mid-February on the calendar, and yet with the long slog of the rest of winter still in front of us. What’s a guy to do? Why, that’s easy. Check out today’s See Now, Buy Now entry to stock up on one of the best men’s shirts for winter and beyond — the Filson Scout Shirt. It’s the kind you can wear in casually rugged fashion for the rest of this season and on into spring, to say the least. Plus, the brown-and-gold plaid color shown above is seasonally friendly and classic. Now, if you read the blog on the regular, you know that the Pacific Northwest heritage outfitters at Filson routinely come up with some of the best gear for men, period, from the classic Filson Tin Cloth Jacket  to the unstoppably cool Filson Moleskin Shirt we talked about earlier this winter. On that note, the Filson Scout Shirt really does pass muster.

And as luck would have it, the Filson Scout Shirt carries on the same tradition of quality and rugged style (plus performance) that you’d expect from a brand that’s been around more than a century. How does that all work out, exactly? Reader, I’m glad you asked. Of course, the brand starts with a lightweight-yet-durable and easy-to-layer cotton twill for maximum versatility (think neither too burly or too lightweight on the fabric front). It only gets better from there as far as one of the best men’s winter shirts is concerned.

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Filson Scout Shirt

One of three rugged and essential colorways as far as this durable men’s shirt is concerned.

We previously talked about the versatility of the Filson Scout Shirt here on the blog for the warmer months, but believe me when I say it’s got plenty going for it as far as cold-weather layering is concerned. The cotton twill fabric of this rugged men’s shirt means you can wear it easily atop a classic Filson henley or a Filson thermal shirt for cold winter days in the yard or the garage, and you can even layer that combination beneath a waxed Filson jacket for maximum warmth. The military-grade buttons ensure years of durability, and the yarn-dyed fabric is made to resist fading over time.

The fit should prove easy to move around in and layer without being too baggy or too tight, either. Any day of the week (even for a Zoom call when worn atop a Filson pocket T-shirt), the Filson Scout Shirt  simply comes through in the clutch. One last styling tip: Wear it with Filson men’s jeans for the ultimate in all-day style, including a coffee run, a park stroll and brewery to-go beers. I’d call that one of the best men’s winter shirts, wouldn’t you?

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See Now, Buy Now: This Everlane Fleece Denim Trucker is the Perfect Casual Winter Coat

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A rugged, classic denim trucker jacket to wear all winter long.

Let’s get right into it today. If you read the blog, you know that San Francisco-based Everlane delivers on some of the best men’s style essentials across the board, be it a classic cardigan for men or a rugged flannel shirt. Add another item to that list today however, because the Everlane Fleece-Lined Denim Trucker Jacket is, as the headline so wisely points out, quite possibly your new favorite casual winter jacket.

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That’s a lofty title to claim, to be sure, but as with all things Everlane, it sseems to live up to that billing. Keep in mind that this rugged fleece denim jacket is nearly sold out, so you’d better act quickly if you hope to scoop it up, but know that other Everlane men’s denim jackets are just as ready for winter layering — perhaps even atop your favorite hooded sweatshirt). The point is, this classic denim jacket amps things up a notch from the typical silhouette for the winter months, what with its warm polyester fleece lining, and that makes it a worthy change of pace from, say, your classic navy peacoat from time to time.

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A seriously cool, tough denim jacket to wear the rest of winter.

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The Everlane Fleece-Lined Denim Trucker Jacket is every bit as well-constructed as your standard issue denim jacket, featuring a rich blue 100 percent organic cotton exterior and classic trucker jacket styling. Contrast stitching and hardware make this jacket decidedly more casual than, say, an all-black denim jacket, but that’s not a bad thing. The warm fleece lining also means you can wear it as your sole outer layer, whereas an unlined indigo denim jacket might work more as a mid-layer (again, perhaps underneath your classic navy peacoat).

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But yet again, the Everlane Fleece-Lined Denim Trucker Jacket comes through in the clutch, giving you the kind of layering ability other jackets only dream about. Wear this atop a rugged thermal henley with black Everlane jeans and tan boots for a rugged change of pace, or go just a bit dressier by teaming the Everlane Fleece-Lined Denim Trucker Jacket with your favorite chambray shirt and grey cotton chinos. The best casual winter jackets for men have plenty of special qualities that elevate them above the everday, and this classic denim trucker jacket certainly checks all the right boxes. With that in mind, go ahead and shop accordingly, folks.

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