Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt – Spring’s Best Men’s Overshirt for Rugged Layering

Best shirt jacket for men.

As I often say here on the blog, building a stylish wardrobe of menswear essentials is a bit like looking into the future: You need to be ready for just about anything, and that’s particularly true during the blustery days of spring. That means, to me, that if you leave the house on a sunny day wearing one of your favorite pocket T-shirts, you very well might need to layer up as the afternoon goes on and the day gets a bit more blustery.

What’s a guy to do? That’s easy, at least in my book. Shop one of the best men’s shirt jackets early and often, and do it from a brand you can trust: A brand like Outerknown, of course.

The company, founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater, has plenty going for it, including eco-friendly production through every step of the process. That goes for sustainable menswear essentials like one of the best crewneck sweatshirts, and it carries onward into today’s featured Style Pick, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt. It’s notably part of the Outerknown New Arrivals section, which is always worth a look if you want rugged, durable and versatile gear with a sustainable touch.

Most rugged shirt jacket for men.

What makes the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt such a winner in my book? There’s plenty, of course, starting with the fabric itself. It’s made from an organic cotton twill for a soft yet durable feel, the kind that wears easily as a shirt jacket atop a super-soft Outerknown T-shirt. It’s also not too far off from the much-loved Outerknown Blanket Shirt, which is one of my favorite shirts on the market. But of course, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt has plenty of character all its own, including eye-catching buttons made from nuts, plus a fit that’s easy to layer.

Notably, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt also comes in nine versatile, dusty colors, each of which have a pleasingly vintage look to them. This is the kind of rugged, durable shirt jacket you can toss on over your favorite henley for a day hike or a casual afternoon at your favorite brewery, and yet the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt is well-suited for everything from camping trips to cool evenings around the bonfire.

The chest pockets also turn the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt into a highly useful workshirt, and with its wrinkle-fighting design, the brand notes that it’s one of the best travel shirts for men, too. When you want eco-friendly design and plenty of durability to go along with it, opt for the essential Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt


Style Pick of the Week: Filson Ranger Anorak – Spring’s Best Rain Jacket for Men

Best men's rain jacket for spring.

Well, my friends: We aren’t quite yet out of the woods in terms of spring rain and foul weather, so that’s where some of the best men’s spring gear is going to come in mighty handy. If you read the blog, you’re well aware of the fact that a heritage outfitter like Filson is the place to go for the best spring style essentials, picks that will serve you well even if you deal more frequently with a city commute than days in the backcountry.

Either way, a pick like the rugged, rough-and-tumble Filson Ranger Anorak is sturdy, substantial and tough yet easy to wear — and it’s all part of the jam-packed Filson New Arrivals section, here just in time to outfit you for whatever spring adventures are still on your list.

Helpfully, the Filson Ranger Anorak carries on all the hallmarks of the brand you’ve come to know and love, whether you recently shopped the Filson Warehouse Sale or whether you’ve had some trusty Filson gear on hand for years now. With the Pacific Northwest outfitter, fabric is everything and the water-resistant waxed cotton of the Filson Ranger Anorak gets the job done, and then some.

Inspired by, as the brand says, vintage Arctic gear, this rugged anorak streamlines and lightens things up a bit, with design inspiration also coming by way of mountaineering and WWII-era artic smocks.

Best anorak for men to wear now.

Colors like Dark Navy and Olive Drab give the Filson Ranger Anorak a classic look and feel, but the Expedition Orange colorway (with contrasting white detailing) is also a standout touch if you like your outerwear with just a touch of flair on drab days. There are helpful touches like a front snap-button pouch pocket, plus a front kangaroo-style pocket, while the drawcord waist offers maximum coverage in rainy, windy conditions.

Plus, the double-layer back on the Filson Ranger Anorak adds durability, while the large drawcord hood turns this hard-wearing anorak jacket into a true foul-weather companion. For good measure, the Filson Ranger Anorak offers room to layer other essentials you need on a brisk day, from a rugged Filson henley to your favorite lightweight flannel shirt.

Luckily, Filson has each of those picks in spades, but it’s the Filson Ranger Anorak that’s going to offer up supremely effective coverage this season. Act accordingly and shop now, my friends.

See Now, Buy Now: Step Out This Spring with This Classic Billy Reid Linen Shirt

Best linen shirt for men.

When you really get down to it, you need workhorse pieces (true spring style essentials, indeed!) in your wardrobe that can move seamlessly from day to night, especially if you’re still getting in the mindset of heading back to the office (again). What’s a guy to do? Easy enough: Head over to a trusted retailer like Billy Reid, and look for something easygoing yet polished, especially in the realm of stylish men’s shirting.

The Billy Reid Tuscumbia Shirt is already a certified modern classic, and it just got even better: Namely, the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Linen Shirt takes the timeless silhouette, does it up in breezy linen, then sets you on the path to effortlessly cool spring and summer style. How about it, ehh?

Sounds like a plan to me, and because it’s Billy Reid (one of the country’s best menswear designers!), you’re getting quite the value for the price — sure, the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Linen Shirt retails for $198, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.

Best men's linen shirt.

The build of the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Linen Shirt is, of course, 100 percent linen for plenty of lightweight breathability this season, and it’s also been garment-dyed for an even more laidback, breezy look. Mother of pearl buttons round out the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Linen Shirt in luxe fashion, while the brand’s signature ribbon placket detail is a nice touch that looks quite cool when this shirt is worn untucked (in my humble opinion!).

For good measure, the Billy Reid Tuscumbia Linen Shirt comes in a range of vibrant and classic colors, all the better to add a little flair to your spring and summer wardrobe (especially when you pair this stylish linen shirt with classic Billy Reid jeans or crisply cut trousers).

Because this well-tailored shirt is a pricier pick-up than other classic buttondown shirts, I’d wear it underneath a tailored cotton blazer at the office, and then out on the weekend with off-white jeans or chinos. Get the most out of your return to polished dressing this season, and your wardrobe will reward you in spades.

The Sunday Sale: Take 40 Percent Off This Breezy Faherty Brand Shirt for Spring

Best buttondown shirt for men this spring.

There are times as you curate (yes, curate!) your wardrobe of spring style essentials that it’s best not to overdo it, to not go too far into wild territory — sometimes, for example, you want a straightforward, stylish, comfortable buttondown shirt, not one with a bold print or pattern. And when that time rolls around, you should know where to look: The good folks at family-owned, New York-based Faherty Brand, of course.

Specifically, look into your closet, where you’ll find the Faherty Knit Seasons Shirt…if you act now and shop it on sale, of course. The Faherty Knit Seasons Shirt is a very agreeable 40 percent off right now ($89, versus $148), with all the plentiful style features and comfort you’d expect from a brand known for easygoing-yet-rugged picks. And this shirt (available on sale in two wear-with-anything colors — Blue Night and Pine Olive) handily gets the job done when you want the right blend of straightforward spring style and comfort.

Best casual shirt for men this spring.

In fact, the Faherty Knit Seasons Shirt could just be one of the best casual shirts for men on the market, with helpful front-button pockets that drive home that laidback style (and also turn it into more of a shirt jacket with extra everyday carry storage space). The key is the knit organic cotton for a soft handfeel, while topstitch detailing gives the Faherty Knit Seasons Shirt a nice touch of contrast, too.

It’s easygoing enough to wear over a henley or your favorite graphic T-shirt, but it’s dependable enough to wear untucked with your favorite blue jeans for spring weekends aplenty. And again, it bears repeating: The Faherty Knit Seasons Shirt is now 40 percent off

The Friday Read: Dining at Reyna New York & The Best Menswear for Your Weekend

Reyna New York City review

My friends, thanks for joining me here at The Style Guide this fine spring Friday. It’s been quite the bustling first full week of spring here in the Big Apple, as you very well might know if you follow me on Instagram, and I had the chance to switch things up just a bit.

Yes, I attended a press preview with excellent active recovery footwear brand OOFOS, and I caught up with some PR industry friends at the buzzy ’70s-style cocktail bar The Flower Shop, but there was one highlight of my week in particular that stood out as a bit different from the ordinary (an understatement).

I don’t consider myself a major gourmand by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what I love — a mix of hearty and refreshing dishes that put a new spin on the classics, and I found that in spades when I dined at NYC’s newest hotspot, Reyna New York (courtesy of Purple PR). I’m grateful I get to experience plenty of the best on offer in NYC and elsewhere, broadening my horizons (and my palate!) all the while through my freelance writing pursuits.

The Mediterranean tapas and cocktail bar is much-loved in Toronto, and I soon suspect NYC will join that list. We chatted all things spirits and menswear, of course, but the star of the evening was the meal itself. I’ll keep it brief right from the jump: Add it to your list the next time you visit The City That Never Sleeps.

Reyna NYC review

I especially appreciate a spot that makes rethink what I thought I knew about certain styles of cuisine, like the Mediterranean fusion emphasized throughout the menu at Reyna (which opened formally last fall). There’s a luxe feel to the space, communicated nicely through warm lighting, colorful banquettes and a detailed cocktail menu that doubles as an illustration book for each offering.

And the menu itself, from the Lebanese Tacos to a wonderful Paella dish (share it among friends!), is full of something for everyone. Take it from me: Get the Mezcal Smokeshow if you want to step into the world of Mezcal, and be prepared for a delightful array of small plates. Again, take it from: Reyna New York is a must-go on your next visit to the city. So, that’s but one recommendation to start your weekend.

Of course, I’ll leave you with a menswear recommendation you can find more close at hand (in your wardrobe soon enough, if you order today!). If you keep up with the blog — and I’m certainly hoping you do! — you might have seen this one coming, but as spring rolls into town, there’s perhaps not a better brand to shop than Taylor Stitch.

It’s a simple enough recommendation, to be sure, but whether you seek the classic Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt or a super-soft, lightweight and breezy polo, the Taylor Stitch New Arrivals section will certainly outfit you handsomely — especially if you have spring or summer plans to visit New York City and dine at Reyna! In the meantime, let’s gear up for spring the best way possible: With a gear refresh and a few fun plans on the horizon. Cheers and thanks for reading, my friends!

The Thursday Buy: This Rugged Faherty Shirt Jacket Is Your Favorite New Spring Layer

Best men's shirt jacket for spring.

Shifting into a new season is all about preparation, curating a wardrobe filled with spring style essentials that you can reach for at a moment’s notice without thinking twice about it. That means shedding the bulky layers of winter in favor of something more light and airy, yet no less rugged and durable. It’s a tricky balance to strike, but that’s what Faherty Brand does so well.

The brand specializes in pieces like the best everyday shirt, made with super-soft fabrics and plenty of stretch. That carries through across the entire Faherty line, particularly when it comes to the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket.

When you want to leave behind your winter parka in favor of a grab-and-go classic, look for a piece like the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket — the brand says it “blends the best of two worlds,” with soft cotton jersey fabric and yet the hard-wearing design of a traditional military overshirt. The Surplus Olive color is ideal for spring, especially when paired up with your favorite blue jeans, of course.

Oversized matte military buttons give it a true shirt jacket feel, a casually rugged piece you can wear buttoned up over a henley or unbuttoned atop your favorite graphic T-shirt. The flap chest pockets also lend the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket a highly useful look and feel, as do the side seam pockets — talk about a perfect amount of storage space for your everyday carry, right?

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Naturally, the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket also boasts contrast textured fabric detailing at the collar and cuffs, an extra detail that proves Faherty doesn’t cut corners. When spring rolls into town in earnest, you’ll be nothing short of prepared with the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket — that’s one heck of a great way to welcome spring.

See Now, Buy Now: This Outerknown Pocket Sweatshirt is the Laidback Layer You Need This Spring

Best sweatshirt for men.

If you ask me, part of the fun that comes with building a wardrobe of menswear essentials is stumbling across a piece that looks like it’s already a much-loved favorite, already a piece you’ve had for years on end. Take the Outerknown Sur Pocket Sweatshirt. It’s got plenty of the right style details going for it, starting with the garment-dyed finish for what the famed sustainable brand calls a “soft, lived-in feel.”

That alone makes it one of the best sweatshirts for men, especially in terms of laidback spring style, but as with all things Outerknown, there’s plenty more to love about this ultra-sustainable brand.

Hopefully, you’re at least a bit familiar with Outerknown, the brand founded in part by surfing legend Kelly Slater — and founded with a fierce mission to produce some of the best sustainable menswear on the market, no less. They’ve done that through using upcycled and recycled fabrics, plus eco-friendly materials, including hemp (which grows with far less water than other crops) and organic cotton (which cuts out harmful chemicals in the production process).

Both of them are front and center in the Outerknown Sur Pocket Sweatshirt, and you can also find a similarly sustainable approach when it comes to the famed Outerknown Blanket Shirt and one of the brand’s stylish polos, to name but two Outerknown must-haves.

Best sustainable menswear.

The entire Outerknown Men’s Collection is focused on that sustainable approach, which just so happens to yield some seriously stylish results, for good measure. The Outerknown Sur Pocket Sweatshirt, available in five pleasingly faded colors for utterly classic warm-weather style, looks just like a classic sweatshirt you’d find tucked away in a lakehouse closet or at a vintage shop, with all the right details (including raglan sleeves and that useful chest pocket).

It’s made from a 55 percent hemp-45 percent organic cotton blend, with the kind of soft, easygoing feel that pairs up perfectly with everything from tailored joggers to chino shorts for a spring bonfire. It just doesn’t quite get better than the Outerknown Men’s Collection, this sweatshirt very much included, so upgrade your spring layering game in eco-conscious fashion right now.

The Sunday Sale: Save Nearly 30 Percent On these Rugged Chukka Boots from Huckberry

Best chukka boots for spring

When the time finally comes to stow away your hard-working winter boots in favor of something more lighter and easier to wear, well, you’re going to want to be prepared. What’s a guy to do? For starters, you’re likely aware (if you read the blog on the regular!) that you can head over to Huckberry to stock up on all your spring style essentials.

Beyond that, you’re going to find precisely what you need within the affordably priced, well-stocked and yet fast-selling Huckberry Sale section. And let’s take it one step further: You’re going to find the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots — some of the best chukka boots for men — within that sale section, and up for grabs at a discount right now for more than 25 percent off.

Best men's chukka boots for spring.

That knocks the price of the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots down to $131 from $175, a downright steal in terms of the right blend of quality and affordability. Crucially, like other Rhodes Footwear styles (including a pair of rugged Chelsea boots), the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots hit all the right marks in terms of spring-ready boots, from the versatile ankle boot chukka design to the sturdy yet comfortable rubber wedge sole.


Beyond that, the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots boast a refined toe shape that puts them right at home with either the best men’s blue jeans or your favorite chinos and an Oxford shirt, while the waxy leather will develop its own unique patina over time.

The sole itself on the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots is also slip-resistant, while the overall look is about as versatile and high-quality as it gets for the price. Again, the Rhodes Footwear Tyler Chukka Boots can be yours for just about 25 percent off, and that’s as worthy a deal as any this season. Lace ’em up and we’ll see you out there.

See Now, Buy Now: Throw On the Faherty Short-Sleeve Knit Seasons Shirt for Effortless Style

Best short-sleeve shirt for spring and summer

When it comes to developing the perfect spring and summer wardrobe, there are brands you need to be able to rely on beyond just the current season at hand — still with me on that? Take NYC-founded Faherty Brand, which already makes one of the best winter shirts and is now here for you to lean on when the thermostat starts to climb, too. How exactly does that work out? Easily enough, when you consider the appeal of the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt. It’s a short-sleeve version of one of the brand’s best-selling long-sleeve shirts, and believe you me when I say your wardrobe is all the better for it.

The key with the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt? It carries on the same level of craftsmanship you’d expect from the brand in the colder months, too — again, brands you can trust are never a bad thing to have in your corner. It’s truly billed by the brand as the short-sleeve version of one of its best-sellers, with soft stretch fabric and a relaxed, breezy fit that mimics the look of classic Hawaiian shirts (yet in an array of subdued colors). The organic cotton fabric is also a sustainable, comfortable touch, always nice to have in your array of spring style essentials.

Best floral short-sleeve shirt for summer.

In fact, speaking of classic Hawaiian shirts, you can also find the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt in a suitably cool, breezy and subdued floral pattern, the kind that’s more toned down than other Hawaiian shirts for an effortlessly sharp style. The array of dusty color options gives the Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt a timeless look you can team with everything from light-wash jeans to your favorite lightweight stretch chinos and of course, some of the best men’s shorts for spring and summer. It’s worth noting that this stylish short-sleeve shirt is pricier than an option from a fast-fashion brand — it’ll run you $118, although plenty of Faherty menswear essentials can be found on-sale, too.

The great news is, if you’re already a fan of Faherty Brand, then you know exactly what you’re getting with the short-sleeve edition of this shirt. If not, now is a great time to pick up your new favorite short-sleeve shirt for spring and summer days aplenty: The Faherty Knit Short-Sleeve Seasons Shirt is yours for the taking in whatever color you please.

The Sunday Sale: Get 30 Percent off the Best USA-Made Menswear at American Giant

Best USA-made menswear and gear.

As we power through March, it’s more crucial than ever that your wardrobe is well-stocked for every possible situation, be it days working from home, spring weekend getaways or even days spent back on the grind in a casual office. What if I told you there’s one place to go to get on-sale menswear essentials made right here in America? Better still, what if you could shop a brand you love, a brand known for making the best American-made menswear on the planet — from the best work pants to an iconic winter sweater? That’s where you’re in luck, to say the least, with today’s Sunday Sale: Head on over to the American Giant Almost Gone Sale to get up to 30 percent off the best spring style essentials. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not in the slightest. The inventory selection is packed with casual style moves aplenty, from one of the best henleys for men (made from premium cotton) to some of the best men’s T-shirts — and more — on the market. Now, sizing can be limited, so act quickly if you see something you like.

The American Giant Almost Gone Sale has all the variety your wardrobe needs, both in terms of the essentials themselves (T-shirts, hoodies, twill jackets and sweatpants) to the sort of durable design you require on the daily. The deals are outstanding in their own right, with items knocked down to prices well below $100 and $200. If you want to put together an entire look using only American Giant menswear — at sale prices, to boot — the American Giant Almost Gone Sale is an ideal resource these days. Select the colors you love, the styles you need and the essentials you’ve got to have, all the while saving some serious cash with the American Giant Almost Gone Sale. It’s yours for the taking, my friends.