#OOTD: Your New Favorite Way to Dress for a Breezy Spring Day

You might have a picture-perfect idea of the type of day for which today’s #OOTD might fit. It’s a little bit brisk, but not too much so … it’s sunny … but it might rain later … and you’re looking forward to indulging in some early spring sunshine and perhaps, a classic spring beer. So, what are you wearing?  Well, let’s start things out with a stylish rain jacket that just so happens to be weather-ready, then let’s add a slim cashmere sweater, a classic Taylor Stitch shirt, and travel-friendly pants. How does that sound? Not bad, right? The key with dressing for a breezy spring day involves recognizing that you’ll need to be prepared for anything — brunch could lead to a farmer’s market trip, which could lead to patio beers. Or, heck, you might just be wondering what to wear to the office this spring. At any rate, I feel confident the below gear picks will suffice. That goes for the durable waterproof boots we’re recommending, along with the classic field watch on your wrist. I think you’ll be that much more ready for the season when you read all about the rest of today’s men’s style essentials below. Now, who’s ready for a Founders Solid Gold?

What do you get when you blend a lightweight, durable jacket with spring style essentials? This #OOTD, of course.

It’s not every day you get to put together an ensemble full of men’s style essentials to take you through plenty of different style situations — just like the picks shown above. It all comes together thanks to the functional rain jacket from Proof, perfect for taking on spring showers or simply serving as another layer when the temperature dips unexpectedly. From there, it only gets better: A slim cashmere crewneck is a lightweight, comfortable layer atop the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and if it gets too hot out? Simply ditch the sweater. The Proof Rover Pants are also a winning essential, made to move with you no matter where your day takes you. The same can certainly be said for the dependable, rugged leather boots from Tricker’s shown here — pair them up with a set of Topo Designs socks for all-day comfort. When it comes to your everyday carry, you can never go wrong with a tough field watch — ideal for the office or your favorite brewpub. And what to bring along to keep all your gear safe? That’s easy. Simply reach for what could be the the perfect spring travel bag from WP Standard. There we go! What’s your take on this early spring #menswear ensemble? Let me know via Twitter. Cheers!

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The List: Gear Up for Spring with Your New Favorite Daily Style Essentials

The reliable spring jacket you can count on — all tough style that you need, and not a thing you don’t.

There are certainly more than a few ways to layer up for spring, and I hope to cover off on a few of them today with our latest round of men’s style essentials. Case in point: The affordable, durable, remarkably tough Roamers Utility Jacket, among the best jackets to buy for spring — owing, of course, to its classic workwear silhouette and tough construction. As to the rest of what you’ll be wearing this season? Check out the newest edition of The List (and find out more about the Roamers Utility Jacket) below.

Roamers Utility Jacket — $90.98

A no-fuss silhouette that’s ideal for spring layering.

Dressing in style for spring really doesn’t have to be expensive — the Roamers Utility Jacket proves that quite handily. It’s a tough workwear jacket made out of equally tough canvas, all the better to layer over your favorite henley or a classic chambray shirt on a chilly spring morning. The utilitarian style also wears nicely with everything from slim chinos to dark indigo denim — and again, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — $148

A classic, slightly rugged, slightly refined shirt from Taylor Stitch.

We’ve written at length in previous editions of The List about the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and we’ve done it when it wasn’t even spring — so it only feels fitting to bring back this versatile, all-season shirt to welcome a new season.

Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo — $44.98

A crisp navy polo never fails, guaranteed.

Let’s dive right into spring style with the best new polo to buy now, coming at you courtesty of Flint and Tinder. This slim navy polo is probably an all-time classic … but you decide.

Faherty Brand Stitch Henley — $72.98

A seriously cool short-sleeve henley, practically made to be layered under a denim jacket (or worn on its own).

We’ve long admired Faherty Brand for the way they use excellent fabrics and excellent finishes, like this stylish indigo henley. It’s a contrast to the Roamers Utility Jacket pictured above, but what’s to say you couldn’t wear them both at once, ehh?

Taylor Stitch French Terry Crewneck in Heather Olive — $98

Taylor Stitch

There’s no way around it — this is the spring sweater you need now.

A reliable, no-frills, subtly stylish crewneck sweater from Taylor Stitch? Sign me up. It’s the perfect spring sweater to layer under your favorite trucker jacket, no?

Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots — $525

The dependable waterproof lace-up boots to carry you through spring.

If you read the blog, you’re familiar with Tricker’s. Now, just because it’s spring doesn’t mean your rugged leather boots should collect dust. No sir, not when they’re the fully waterproof, highly stylish Tricker’s Low Leg Logger Boots.

MWC Watches British Army General Service Boots — $232.98 

MWC Watches

The best field watch to buy for spring? It could just be.

There are times when it comes to shopping for accessories — like a stylish field watch — when it’s best to not overdo it. For blending utilitarian style and a sense of history, it doesn’t get better than this vintage-inspired watch from MWC Watches.

Native North Bayden Corduroy Overshirt — $140 

A surprisingly bold spring layer from Native North.

This classic corduroy shirt is certainly a unique offering for spring — part corduroy shirt, part jacket, and done up in a bold spring color. Wear it with a crisp white tee, slim tan chinos and clean white sneakers.

Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit — $64 

A dependable dopp kit for travel from point A to point B.

Spring brings with it new beginnings, and of course, the chance to travel to new locales. For your grooming essentials (more on that in a minute), the Bradley Mountain Dopp Kit can get the job done.

Bellroy In-Flight Kit — $219

A sleek set of stylish travel essentials from Bellroy.

It’s tough to overstate the importance of organization when traveling — the Bellroy In-Flight Kit takes care of that for all of your everyday carry essentials, and looks great doing it.

Proof Rover Pants — $98

The stylish, lightweight, mobile pants you need for spring.

To be sure, we’ve talked a ton about the Proof Rover Pants here on the blog, but in this updated color for a new season, they could just be the best pair of pants for spring.

Raen Optics Aren 50 — $140

A sharp, subtly stylish pair of sunglasses available at a low price.

Finding stylish sunglasses that also happen to be affordable is one of the more challenging pursuits as we head into warm weather. Luckily, Raen Optics delivers on this seriously unique, well-made pair at a low price.

 

OK now, folks. We covered a bit of everything — or rather, a lot of everything — on the blog today. Can you get over the versatility, style AND affordability of the Roamers Utility Jacket? I sure can’t, and that’s why it sits at the top of today’s post. Alright, let’s get shopping!

 

 

The List: Step into Early Spring with the Best New Menswear to Buy Right Now

A durable, rugged military shirt-jacket from Faherty Brand — are you ready for early spring yet?

I can guarantee you this, my friends — the spring season is approaching ever more quickly, and you’re going to need versatile men’s style essentials like the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket to take it on. From functional rain jackets to a durable watch to a pair of the best men’s rain boots and one of the best men’s leather bags on the market, you can be sure we’ve got you ready for what lies ahead. Check out this week’s best menswear below, then let me know your thoughts via The Style Guide on Facebook. Cheers!

Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket — $188

A rich indigo jacket that plays off military heritage and modern style.

When looking for spring style essentials, you’d do well to turn toward Faherty Brand — these West Coast style purveyors nail that hard-to-find blend of functionality, rugged style & easygoing appeal in equal measure. Case in point: The Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket, perhaps one of the best spring jackets you can buy. This military-inspired indigo jacket is one of a kind, and would seriously elevate something as simple as a timeless white tee.

SHOP: The Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket

Bespoke Post Jet Set Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

The right travel gear for the guy on the go — that’s you!

If you’re a bit of a traveling man — I love me a good weekend trip — the Bespoke Post Jet Set Box is for you. From a handsome leather passport wallet to a portable charger and stylish socks, these are all the travel essentials you need now.

Lane Eight Trainer AD 1 — $140

Athletic-inspired sneakers you can wear with denim or chinos.

It wouldn’t be spring without a recommendation for some of the best men’s sneakers on the market, right? Sleek, streamlined, comfortable-yet-sporty, the Lane Eight Trainer AD 1 is a seriously unique, functional pair of sneakers to buy now — trust me.

Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell — $188

A durable, tough rain jacket from the folks at Flint and Tinder.

Now, we’ve talked about the Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell before on the blog (head here to read more), but it’s worth recommending again — it’s a stylish spring rain jacket that’s going to keep you dry … no matter how bad it gets out there.

Faherty Brand Slub Cotton Henley — $98

A suitable spring henley — to say the least.

Why yes, we’re recommending that you pick up this stylish henley from a brand that already appeared in this edition of The List. When it comes to quality fabric and construction, you can’t top this rugged henley.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle — $84.99

A sharp, functional duffle bag for spring travel and daily use.

The start of a new season is all about getting around in functional style — specifically, functional travel style. And luckily for all of us, Herschel Supply Co. comes through with a durable duffle bag that just so happens to look pretty sharp.

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt — $99.98

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt

A handsome, versatile shirt from a favorite brand.

Oftentimes, a new season often means simply refining your spring style essentials, and choosing to go with pieces you can wear anytime, anywhere. Kind of like the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, no? The silhouette is classic and the Charcoal color is on-point.

Yield Design Co. Amber Double-Wall Glasses — $50

Surprisingly stylish cocktail glasses to add to your home bar.

Hey, there’s never a wrong time to upgrade your home bar with the best bar essentials, including handsome glasses from Yield Design Co. Grab a glass, pour your favorite cocktail, and kick back.

MWC Watches A-17 Korean War Issue Watch — $287.10

A remarkably classic, functional spring watch.

Given that spring can be demanding in terms of weather (and style), you need a stylish watch you can trust in terms of dependability. This Korean War Issue Watch from MWC Watches fits the bill.

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos — $98

Slim, stylish chinos that’ll help you step into spring.

The time is almost upon us to break out your new favorite chinos — if you haven’t yet tried the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, well, you’re in luck. They’re one heck of a pair of slim chinos, made with breathabilty and mobililty in mind. Wear them with the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket and perhaps a rugged henley for spring style that can’t be topped.

Huckberry Duck Boots — $180

Durable duck boots that offer style and functionality in spades.

To be fair, we’ve previously discussed the stylish durability and versatility of the Huckberry Duck Boots here on the blog, but it’s worth revisiting them as we head into the rainy season. These are some of the best men’s rain boots, and they’ll go anywhere you go, with ease.

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel — $400

A rough-and-tumble leather bag that’ll only get better with age.

Last but certainly not least when it comes to today’s list of the best men’s style essentials, I give you the WP Standard Boxcar Duffel — it’s a stylish leather bag that’s more than deserving of daily use, and it’s one of the best men’s leather bags on the market … I know from my experience with the brand (as you might have seen on my Instagram!).

 

OK, so do you feel more ready for the start of spring now? Have a favorite of the above spring style essentials? I can’t recommend the durability and versatility of the Faherty Brand Indigo Corporal Jacket. Feel free to keep the conversation rolling on Twitter!

 

#OOTD: A New Way to Wear Your Henley this Spring

So, you think you’ve got your transitional spring style all figured out, ehh? Maybe you’ve even picked up a rugged henley for the new season from a trusted brand like Flint and Tinder. But how to wear it? That’s why we’re here today, folks. Something as classic as a slub waffle henley can be easily overlooked when it comes to your rotation of spring style essentials — especially if it’s subtly stylish and doesn’t call attention to itself. That’s why we’re amping things up today with a new way to wear your henley for spring. Make no mistake, this isn’t an ensemble you would wear if you want tips on how to dress for the office — this outfit is perfectly rugged and ready for a spring weekend. Again, it all starts with a versatile henley and builds from there, including unique layering pieces like an indigo denim trucker jacket from Levi’s, tough workwear pants and naturally, rugged leather boots. I think you’ll find the overall effect is pleasing and unique, without straying too far into fashion-forward territory. So, let’s dive into the rest below, shall we?

The right way to pair up a classic henley with other men’s style essentials.

When you start out your #OOTD with a men’s style essential as reliable and classic as the timeless men’s henley, you’re guaranteed to like the results (at least, that’s what I think). The henley really is a go-anywhere piece. All that being said, we’re not exactly reinventing the wheel here … and there’s nothing wrong with that. Teaming up your henley with a classic trucker jacket from Levi’s is but another way to freshen things up. The same can be said for the choice to throw on rugged workwear pants instead of slim tan chinos or charcoal five-pocket pants (although both would work well here, too). And on the footwear front, I’m always a proponent of rugged leather boots — the boots pictured above make this ensemble one that’s fit for a weekend burger bar outing or a casual Sunday brunch (or an early morning coffee run, or even a concert … you get the picture). What’s more, reaching for a stylish leather watch from Carpenter Watches upgrades this outfit even further, taking it from, well, just good … to great.

Accessories that get the job done, from the Topo Designs Town Socks to the durable Bexar Goods weekender bag, are critical in any outfit, much less a versatile pairing like this one. Top it all off and look your best with men’s grooming essentials from Bespoke Post, then call it a day. Or, actually, don’t. You’ve got plenty of places to go wearing your new favorite henley

The List: Get Ready for Early Spring with the Essential Menswear Picks for the Season

We’re going in-depth with a slim pair of new Levi’s denim and more spring style essentials today.

We’ve probably got a ways to go before it really starts feeling like spring, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your search for spring style essentials today. And oftentimes, the best men’s spring gear should start with pieces you might normally overlook — like the slim black jeans from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line pictured at the top of the page. Which is to say, if you focus on quality basics, the rest of your spring style needs will fall into place — that goes for upgrades to your home bar and even the purchase of a new, stylish wool utility jacket. Without further ado, let’s look toward a new season.

Levi’s Made and Crafted 511 Slim Fit Denim — $168

A slim pair of timeless black denim from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line.

When it comes to making stylish men’s denim, Levi’s is perhaps the foremost American expert on the category — and it’s helpful that the Levi’s 511 here gets an added upgrade via the excellent attention to detail from the Levi’s Made and Crafted line. Wear these slim black jeans with an inky blue indigo denim jacket and a rugged short-sleeve henley this spring.

SHOP: The Levi’s Made and Crafted 511 Denim

Bespoke Post Parlor Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

A wortwhile way to upgrade your home bar.

You might associate this home bar essential with the depths of winter, but bear with me. Early spring is actually as good a time as any to upgrade your home bar — after all, spring and summer call for plenty of party-hosting and plenty of cocktails. The Bespoke Post Parlor Box has you covered.

Portuguese Flannel Street Shirt — $115

A lightweight flannel shirt to wear as a nice mid-layer this spring.

Now’s not the time to stow away your classic flannel shirt just yet — this soft flannel from Portuguese Flannel should prove reliable and warm through spring rain.

Carpenter Watches G1 Brooklyn Gent Watch — $825

A slim, dressy leather watch to wear all spring and summer (and beyond).

A refined, stylish leather watch works well, no matter the season, but the G1 Brooklyn Gent from Carpenter Watches seems well-suited to work with a khaki blazer and light wash denim this spring.

Todd Snyder x Champion Popover Hoodie Sweatshirt — $138

A bright, spring-friendly hooded sweatshirt from a famed design partnership.

Speaking of essential spring layers, consider this seriously stylish hooded sweatshirt from Todd Snyder x Champion — this is the type of casual hooded sweatshirt you could assuredly wear over your classic flannel shirt.

Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos — $98

The best chinos for spring? Certainly among them, that much is true.

Now, let’s pivot from slim black denim to a pair of stylish chinos for spring and summer — yes, the Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos are made specifically for warmer weather, and you can team them with a stylish hooded sweatshirt or a white Oxford in equal measure.

Arvin Goods Gym Socks — $12

Well-made, sustainable socks from Arvin Goods.

Hey, it’s not all about $825 watches here on the blog all the time — sometimes, you just need a pair of stylish, affordable socks, like this pair here from Arvin Goods. Wear them with your new favorite spring sneakers (more on those in a second).

Native North Utility Jacket — $200

Inspired by workwear and fit for the present day.

Because it’s going to be a while before it warms up well and truly, this stylish wool utility jacket is a one-of-a-kind option to wear with slim black denim and black combat boots.

Orvis Heritage Field Coat — $219

A tough field coat you’re going to reach for time and again this spring.

Speaking of jackets for spring weather: The Orvis Heritage Field Coat’s rugged style and legendary performance precedes itself. It’s one of the toughest field jackets you can buy, thanks to weather-ready waxed cotton canvas and features like reinforced elbows. It’s a coat that’s built for the field, and yet works in the city — I should know, seeing as I took it on a recent trip to Dublin and really can’t say enough about it!
SeaVees Legends Sneaker in Pig Suede — $72

A versatile, understated pair of sneakers for many a a spring outing.

Quickly, let’s talk about your new favorite spring sneakers — there’s a good chance they could be these very sneakers seen here from SeaVees.
Relwen Stretch Windpant — $188

Add these to your list of essential spring gear.

In keeping with the theme of gear to get you ready for wet and wild weather, these functional, stylish sweatpants from Relwen fit the bill quite nicely. Could they be your new favorite sweatpants? Maybe.
Astorflex Pantoflex — $155

Sleek leather loafers that’ll work for that first warm day of spring.

Nothing says spring weather and spring style quite like a pair of stylish leather slip-ons (able to be dressed up or down) from Astorflex, right? Indeed!
So as we get ready for spring (slowly but surely), which of the above picks tops your own list? For me, it’s still the Levi’s Made and Crafted line and the 511 Denim as shown above. Versatile, essential & timeless. Feel free to pop in the comments and let me know! Thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Dublin, Teeling Distillery & Arkells

Exploring Dublin Castle wearing the Orvis Heritage Field Coat and Tech Chambray Shirt, plus a classic Shinola Runwell Watch and new frames from Aspire Eyewear.

There are certain trips that leave an impact on you for days, weeks, months & yes, years to come. I’ve had the great fortune to take quite a few, and I know my trip this past weekend to Dublin is one of those such trips. It was certainly quick, but I had just enough time to get a feel for this historic city, complete with plenty of thankful reflection (and lots of on-foot exploration wearing my Orvis Heritage Field Coat!)

Highlights included the Teeling Distillery (go to the upstairs Bang Bang Bar, get the “New” Fashioned, thank me later), stellar menswear at Indigo & Cloth (packed with contemporary menswear brands like Norse Projects and Our Legacy) and the cozy, authentic confines of Bowes Lounge (get a pint of Guinness and take in the crowd). Fancy a bit of record shopping? Duck into the Sound Cellar — it’s next to a Subway shop & across from Trinity College, but that’s all the better!

Among the hustle and bustle of the city, I had two stellar Irish Breakfast platters (Canal Bank Cafe, near my quarters in Ranelagh, makes a great one!), I drank my weight in Guinness at the iconic Guinness Storehouse, and I had the chance to see one of my favorite bands, Scottish synth pop heroes CHVRCHES, play a powerful Friday night show at the iconic Olympia Theatre. If ever you get to Dublin, I can’t recommend sampling a little bit of everything this wonderful city has to offer — it’s a city and an experience I’ll always remember fondly.

As it were, I’ve got another quick weekend trip in the mix — similar to my quick jaunt to Vancouver to see Canadian rock stars Arkells, I’ll also be hitting the road to see them tomorrow! The trip is a much quicker one — a mere train ride to Philadelphia to see this powerful band play Underground Arts! My last time seeing this remarkable band (at the massive, sold-out Pacific Coliseum) was impressive, powerful & life-affirming, so I expect a similar showing this time, but in a much smaller setting! Start your own weekend with this week’s edition of The Friday Read, then coming back around tomorrow for our Style Pick of the Week. Thanks for reading!

  • I always talk about the little details making a difference in terms of the way you get dressed every single day — it’s with that in mind that I rounded up several of my favorite everyday carry essentials for The Manual, from a refined leather watch to a durable phone case.
  • The work being done by the team at Buck Mason is really never not Buck Mason Bruiser Bomber JacketGearMoose worth a look — case in point being the remarkable , one of my favorite leather jackets of the moment. It just so happens to be the subject of one of my latest features, too!
  • Let’s turn back to GearMoose for a menswear feature I had some serious fun writing — the Todd Snyder x Timex partnership always yields some fruitful, stylish results. On that note, it’s been enjoyable to test out the refined, slim Todd Snyder x Timex Mid-Century Watch, a sleek timepiece that calls to mind old-school watches. Again, head to GearMoose to check it out.

As we again transition slowly but surely into spring, I have one more menswear recommendation for you today — namely, check out this rugged workwear jacket from Flint and Tinder to take on all your weekend adventures. That’s all from me for today!

See Now, Buy Now: The Victory Sportswear Classic Runner Is Your New Must-Have Sneaker

A retro-inspired pair of runners that manage to look decidedly modern nonetheless.

If you don’t have a pair of the best sneakers for men in your closet — or on your feet — by now, what are you thinking? That’s a blunt question, of course, but the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are thankfully here to solve any sneaker shopping woes you might be experiencing this spring and summer. There’s a wave of retro sneaker inspiration sweeping the menswear world at the moment, mainly focused on chunky sneakers made by designer brands, sneakers that are meant to look, well … ugly. Thankfully, the Classic Runners aren’t a designer set of sneakers, nor are they ugly. They’re just an affordable pair of spring and summer sneakers that can be worn darn near any way you please in the months ahead. They’ve got handmade, New England pedigree — similar to sneakers from fellow Style Guide favorite Rancourt & Co. — and they’ve got comfort, good looks and style to burn. All positives if you’re looking to round out your list of spring style essentials with a pair of classic men’s sneakers.

Quite simply, the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are a must-have set of sneakers for the spring and summer, and all the fun you’re going to have out there. They’re a bit more visually interesting — actually, a lot more visually interesting — than classic white sneakers, so they’re a neat alternative if you want to switch up your sneaker game. And the specs are on point, too. The Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature top-shelf pigskin suede, plus sporty mesh panels, for construction that’s refined and yet still laidback. Heck, even the outsole is made with carbon rubber — all the better for added durability as you wear the heck out of these sneakers. Oh, and that’s another positive — the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature styling potential that’s unlike any other set of kicks in your closet. Wear these with slim light wash jeans, a white henley and a military pilot watch for easygoing off-duty style. Then, turn right around and pair up the Classic Runners with a navy cotton blazer, dark denim and a grey pocket tee for classic, casual office style. Sneakers that work at the bar and in your cubicle? Sounds like exactly what you need for spring and summer.

Will the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners be joining your rotation anytime soon?