#OOTD: Try Out A New Way to Wear a Western Shirt for Spring

If you thought you had your spring style all figured out, well, think again. That’s not to say the menswear essentials you know and love for the season should be shelved in favor of today’s #OOTD — but consider this new guide to wearing a Western shirt as another addition to your arsenal of tricks (and great layers).Every guy needs to shake up his style now and then, even during a period of self-isolation, and this is but one way to do that. Simply put: Your new favorite spring shirt is coming at you courtesy of Taylor Stitch x Stetson, and features the rugged good looks and classic styling potential you need right now. Put simply, the below #OOTD is but another way to dress for both the work week (yes, even at home!) and the weekend — pieces like one of the best spring jackets for men help ensure that versatility, as do rugged leather chukka boots. This is a look that’s going to go over very well, whether grabbing to-go coffee or to-go cocktails these days. Consider this the perfect hybrid of both daily style and weekend-ready potential — the classic cool of a Western shirt is a unique change of pace from your favorite Oxford shirt (for example), but daily standbys like slim Mott and Bow chinos elevate things beyond the average. This is an ensemble you can throw on and then, well, forget about — but other people are going to notice, and in the right way. Casual, cool, rugged, versatile … can it get any better? Not quite. Check out the full look below, then let me know on Twitter where you plan to rock it.

Pairing up a rugged Western shirt with other menswear essentials.

There are quite a few ways to rock your new favorite spring shirt, and hopefully, this #OOTD has you thinking about how to take care of business. The key here has got to be the fact that this rugged Western shirt is just different enough from your standard fare, making it easy to wear at the office, on the weekend, at a spring music festival … and indeed, beyond that. When you pair up this Taylor Stitch shirt with the best men’s chinos and of course, one of the best spring jackets for men, you’re looking at the ultimate in go-anywhere versatility and style. To keep things moving forward in sharp style, throw on a pair of the most versatile men’s boots, then accent the entire look with the durable and affordable Timex Welton Watch — talk about a can’t-miss combo that’s both understated and extremely stylish at the same time. Topping things off (literally) with some Duke Cannon pomade keeps your hair sharp and in check, and you’re going to get around in functional, tough style with a rugged tote bag — again, go-anywhere versatility is critical. On the accessories front, this look wouldn’t be complete without some of the best socks for men — don’t overlook the little things, folks. Keep in mind that when your base is a tough spring jacket and a cool-as-can-be Western shirt, the world of possibilities is endless — well, nearly endless. To see what I’m wearing this spring, head to my Instagram.

The Friday Read: The Best Lightweight Shirts, A New Everyday Watch & The Ultimate “Bug-Out” Bag

Maybe you’re going to be working from home a lot more now? A stylish hoodie is certainly necessary, then.

We’re right at the start of another Friday Read and another spring weekend, and an unprecedented one, at that. These are trying times we live in, to be sure (you know what I mean). What’s a guy to do with myriad concerns swirling around, and without even a whisper of spring sports to watch in the meantime? And that’s the least of our worries, to be sure. In the midst of it all, know that I sincerely appreciate you reading this blog — it means an awful lot. Perhaps you’re working from home a ton right now — to be sure, that’s why you can view the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie at the top of the page. Along with suggesting you pick up one of the best men’s hoodies, well, might I suggest a few reads to take your mind off the rest of the news? That’s what I’m here for, at least. Perhaps consider reading up on this disaster gear kit as covered by Gear Patrol, too (seriously — those gear picks cover a variety of situations across the country and the globe).

The ultimate “bug-out”‘ bag, as Gear Patrol says, can come in handy in plenty of different seasons, too. If you or a loved one is dealing with a health crisis at the moment, I’m wishing you all the best — and a speedy recovery. If your work is impacted by today’s current events, I’m also wishing you the best. If you could use even more menswear features to take your mind off things, head to, well, last week’s Friday Read (covered: The best shampoos, a durable new watch from Huckberry, and spring outerwear). At any rate, hopefully, the below menswear reads can help you take your mind (momentarily) off what’s going on out there. If you want to talk all things #menswear for a change, head to Twitter or my Instagram. OK, let’s get this weekend rolling.

  • With all this talk about disaster gear, let’s stick to the everyday for a minute, shall we? Namely, your timepiece collection needs an upgrade, to say the least. I wrote about an iconic new everyday watch at GearMoose — the Szanto x Roland Sands Icon Signature Watch is durable enough for the field, smart enough for the office, and ready for a bit of everything in between.
  • There’s plenty going on out there, but I’d bet you haven’t completely given up getting dressed in style … have you? There’s little that a stylish spring shirt can’t help you fix when it comes to your daily ensemble, so read up on my guide to lightweight spring shirts at The Manual, featuring brands you know and love (like Billy Reid and more). Let’s get to it.
  • Yet again, I’m here to tell you that spring style shouldn’t fall by the wayside — composure is key, after all. That’s where my guide on how to wear the best men’s chinos comes in handy. Simply click over to that post and check out the right way to wear (among other style picks) the Flint and Tinder Selvage Chinos. There’s really no wrong way to style ’em.
  • Last but certainly not least, because you could probably use a little something else to read, let’s stop back by The Manual to check out a neat music — the 7 most influential record labels of all-time. How cool is that? I’m going to be spinning some vinyl this weekend, that  much I know.

Before we take off for the weekend — or more likely, kick back and relax — how about reading all about the must-have shirt jacket you need for spring? It comes from my friends at Billy Reid, who know a thing or two about getting you ready for the season in style. Alright, my friends — that’s all for today’s Friday Read, but we’ve got another Style Pick of the Week incoming tomorrow. Be sure to stop by — oh, and take care out there (and wash your hands!).

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

#OOTD: How to Dress in Versatile Style for Early Spring

Early spring is a time to break out all those spring style essentials you kept stored away during the chilly winter months, from lightweight, stylish everyday pants to other classics that play well with steadily warming (but occasionally rainy or breezy weather) — and that’s where today’s #OOTD rises to the top. If you’ve checked your calendar, you know it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and although you might be spending it at home given all that’s going on out there these days, the goal with today’s look is the ultimate in versatility. It all starts with the new Western Rise Diversion Pants, which blend comfort and style easily. They work for a day at the office (you’ll note the Taylor Stitch short-sleeve shirt below) to a day of kicking back, cold beer in hand (hence, the comfortable Proof Elements Jacket and classic spring sneakers). Of course, if you’ve got to get out and about on a rainy day, then this look also works just fine — check out the tough rubber-strap watch and some of the the toughest EDC gear, for starters. If things warm up unexpectedly, you can ditch the jacket and rock the band-collar shirt on its own (more on that in a second). We’re all about easygoing-yet-polished seasonal style, and this look checks all the right boxes — plus, it’s hard to knock the fact that the weather finally allows you to wear your favorite sneakers again, ehh? To let me know what you think of these gear picks, find me on Twitter.

Durable, versatile pants and comfortable classics pave the way for your next spring #OOTD.

The proper blend of comfort and flexibility starts from the ground up here with the Western Rise Diversion Pants, namely. With a DWR finish and plenty of pockets for your everyday carry (like the Bellroy Minimalist EDC Set), they’re perfectly ready for spring style and plenty of adventures. The polished-yet-cool nature of this outfit is taken up a notch with a stylish short-sleeve shirt, one that you can even wear to the office. And for your commute to the office, you’ll find no better, tougher jacket than the Proof Elements Jacket — it’s dependable, it’s easy to wear for travel (when we’re able to travel again, that is to say), and it pairs quite nicely with the North 89 No-1 Sneakers for crisp-yet-casual seasonal style. It’s the blend of a unique band-collar shirt, combined with travel-ready pants from Western Rise, that gives this look a sense of day-to-night style (when you can get back outside, that is). Be sure to pair up those trousers with a stylish leather belt, too. Of course, accessories also elevate this look, and a tough rubber-strap watch keeps things from getting too stuffy. Taking care of your mug doesn’t stop now that it’s spring, either, so make sure one of the best face cleansers for men is part of your daily routine. All of your bases are covered when it comes to versatile spring style, that much is true. To see how I’m dressing for the season, be sure to head to my Instagram.

The List: Get Ready for a New Week with the Best New Menswear

The perfect sweatshirt to step into early (early) spring? Quite nearly.

Today’s edition of The List is going to get right to the point — nothing but the classics, the greatest hits, the best takes on the best new menswear to be found on the Internet (OK, that’s a stretch … but still). Early March is an interesting time, especially in Brooklyn — any day could bring everything from rain to warm breezes to (gulp) snow … so you’ll find one of the best crewneck sweatshirts in the mix as seen above, along with plenty of your new favorite menswear picks (again, all classics). OK, let’s go to work.

Flint and Tinder 10-Year French Terry Crewneck — $88

A classic crewneck that’s as versatile as it gets.

When the folks at Huckberry and Flint and Tinder put their minds to releasing one of the best men’s crewneck sweatshirts, you can be sure they’re going to, well, succeed. The 10-Year French Terry Crewneck will last at least that long, so be prepared to get plenty of wear out of it.

HELM Boots Railroad Boots — $395

Durable, rugged boots that’ll only get better (and better) with age.

OK, so you know what goes exceptionally well with one of the best men’s crewneck sweatshirts? A great pair of rugged leather boots, particularly from HELM Boots. These are built for early spring and beyond, and there’s no doubt that the HELM Boots Railroad Boots will only get better with age. Better still? If you’ve never bought from the brand, you can get $50 off your first purchase with HELM Boots, plus free shipping, right now.

Faherty Brand Movement Shirt — $148

A tailored, versatile everyday dress shirt from Faherty Brand.

Every guy needs a versatile everyday shirt — the kind you can wear with, say, a stylish crewneck and leather boots as well as with a slim spring blazer and chinos (more on your blazer in a second). The Faherty Brand Movement Shirt is, in that regard, the perfect everyday shirt.

Vetra Broken Twill Blazer — $135.98

A classic, casual-yet-versatile men’s blazer for spring.

In the way of men’s style essentials, it’s tough to top a lightweight blazer for spring. Apt for wearing with your favorite Oxford shirt or else layered up with a classic crewneck sweatshirt for casual style, the Vetra Broken Twill Blazer just gets the job done.

Mott and Bow Laight Slim Jeans — $118

The slim light wash jeans you’ll want to wear all spring.

As we move into spring, there’s one style of essential men’s jeans that begins to separate itself from the pack — a pair of stylish light wash jeans, especially a well-made and reasonably priced pair from Mott and Bow.

Taylor Stitch Piston Jacket in Indigo Corduroy — $188

A classic and seriously cool jacket from Taylor Stitch.

Can the team at Taylor Stitch ever stop churning out some of the best new menswear on the planet? Apparently not, because the Taylor Stitch Piston Jacket, featuring a classic bomber construction and rich indigo-dyed corduroy for spring layering … is simply one of the coolest men’s jackets your author has seen in some time.

Jack Mason Aviator Watch — $195

The tough construction and easily wearable watch to buy now.

With a rather unique design — white dial, black leather strap, eye-catching orange dial markings — the Jack Mason Aviator Watch is just different enough. Consider adding this versatile, tough timepiece to your collection for a new season.

Western Rise X Cotton Everyday Tee — $48

A classic cotton tee made with innovative fabric.

Is it T-shirt weather yet? Maybe so — and that’s why you need one of the best men’s T-shirts, particularly this versatile piece from Western Rise. It’s made from cotton, polyester and spandex, making it perhaps the perfect T-shirt for travel (and of course, the everyday).

Duke Cannon Great American Beard Oil – Made with Budweiser — $30

Beard oil made with Budweiser? You better believe it.

You can’t end an edition of The List without talking about the best men’s grooming essentials — namely, the Great American Beard Oil from Duke Cannon, made with Budweiser (yes, Budweiser). The cedarwood scent is excellent, and that’s only part of what makes it the best men’s beard oil out there.

Hawthorne Face Lotion — Price Varies

Some of the best face lotion to buy right now.

The folks at Hawthorne — who I’ve previously covered at The Manual — continue to expand their line of men’s grooming essentials with a seriously effective moisturizer, made in part with shea butter. It’s some of the best moisturizer I’ve used in some time, so I’d say you should take the brand’s quiz to tailor your skincare routine expertly.

Billy Reid Louis Henley — $150 

Your new favorite henley? Quite possibly.

When you want premium menswear that’s rugged and classic at the same time, you want Billy Reid. Specifically, you want one of the best men’s henleys from the brand, the kind you can wear with nearly anything else on this list (stylish light wash jeans included).

LSTN Sound Marquee Wireless Speaker — $89

The stylish, effective speaker you need for your home now.

Let’s pivot to the best wireless speaker for your home, office, den or … next road trip. That’s the LSTN Sound Marquee Wireless Speaker, made with sleek design and stylish looks in mind. Available now from Bespoke Post for a downright steal.

Danner Ridge Boots — $380

Tough leather hiking boots from Danner? Sign me up.

For all those times you want to get out of the house and out on the trail, you need rugged leather boots. More to the point, you need the ridiculously tough Danner Ridge Boots.

Pacific Shaving 3-in-1 Everyday Beard Care — $21 (Two-Pack)

Upgrade the way you groom your beard right now.

Keeping your beard groomed is an ongoing task — be it winter or spring. Do it right with this effective 3-in-1 beard care, made in the U.S.A. and made to moisturize your beard.
Raen Optics Dodson Polarized Sunglasses — $175

Durable sunglasses that add a dash of effective style to your spring ensembles.

You’re going to be needing a pair of the best men’s sunglasses before you know it — might as well pick up the Raen Optics Dodson Polarized Sunglasses, ehh? They’re the ideal way to top off a spring-centric outfit (think stylish light wash jeans and one of the best men’s T-shirts).
Banana Republic Slim Dry Indigo Traveler Jeans — $128

Classic denim in an expert wash — made with less water, too.

We talked previously about stylish light wash jeans, so let’s go with a darker shade for the rest of you out there — a pair of slim denim that’s sustainable and well-made, no less. BR’s new line of Dry Indigo denim is made using 99 percent less water and 65 percent less energy, so they’re more than worth your time and energy.
OK, folks — I think we covered a ton of ground today, did we not? From the best men’s crewneck sweatshirts to a great pair of rugged leather boots, I hope these essentials give you something to think about (and shop, and wear). The impending spring weather also gives you the chance to break out classics like stylish light wash jeans or one of the best men’s henleys — we’d also be remiss to leave picks like the best men’s beard oil. So, what say you? Let me know your take on Twitter.

 

 

The Friday Read: Timex Watches, Tread By Everlane & the Best New Spring Gear

Another pair of durable, lightweight Danner boots to take you into the weekend.

Folks, it’s time — well and truly time — to step into the weekend with a pair of the best men’s boots from Danner (as seen above). To me, there’s no better way to close out the week and look forward to the weekend than with a lightweight, versatile pair of boots like the Danner Caprine Boots (aside from listening to The National and enjoying a great cup of coffee, that is). On that note, what’s on your weekend agenda? I’m very, very excited to welcome my parents back to Brooklyn for the first time in more than a year! It’ll be a fun-filled and busy weekend, highlighted by a trip to the Brooklyn Museum’s Frida Kahlo exhibit and of course, plenty of great coffee and brunch. We also plan to experience the mysterious, classic NYC production Sleep No More, an immersive storytelling experience that promises twists and turns around every corner. It’ll be a first for myself since moving to NYC! You can follow along with all the fun on my Instagram, per usual. And for your own weekend planning, I’d suggest you start with the below menswear reads and news pieces — they won’t let you down, trust me.

  • Perhaps you regularly read the digital pages of GearMoose, one of my favorite sites (and not solely because I contribute there frequently!). On that note, I covered an essential spring and summer watch, the Timex Archive MK1 Watch — it’s durable, affordable and made to last. Pair it with your favorite T-shirt and a perfectly broken-in pair of chukka boots for easygoing summer style.
  • If you’re not yet aware, the great folks at Everlane are doing a decidedly stellar job when it comes to crafting the best new pair of sustainable sneakers on the market — that would be the Tread by Everlane Collection, as covered by yours truly at The Manual. In fact, the great thing about these sneakers is how well they pair with the brand’s perfectly cut Oxford shirts and slim dark denim.
  • In my mind, these sorts of things are always worth a reminder and a refresher — that is, you need to check out my guide to the best spring style essentials to buy now. Hopefully, these weekly entries more than get the job done when it comes to upgrading your personal style.

That’s going to close out today’s Friday Read — if you’re still searching for something to read (or for one of the best men’s T-shirts to round out your wardrobe), I’d suggest you check out this piece on your new favorite tee. Cheers!

The List: These are the 10 Best Spring Style Essentials to Shop This May

Kicking things off today with a breezy-yet-functional, seasonal layer.

Is getting ready for a new season difficult or fun? Is it more enjoyable to wear your favorite style essentials, or pursue them? Well, seeing as it’s May, perhaps you’ve long been in pursuit of some seasonal wardrobe upgrades, and now … you’re ready to make it happen. We’re serving up the 10 best spring style essentials to make your wardrobe that much more fashionable this season. As I always say, there’s something for everyone in this edition of The List. Get acquainted now.

La Paz Baptista Shirt Jacket — $200

Pleasingly rugged and made to layer, this shirt jacket is a surefire spring style move.

There’s still the odd day where it can get a little breezy — this indigo shirt jacket is a natural go-between layer, and would wear perfectly with a white slub tee and slim tan chinos.Plus, it’s an able travel companion with enough room for your everyday carry essentials.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee — $68

The exceedingly comfortable, performance-friendly tee for all your spring pursuits.

To nicely complement your indigo shirt jacket, reach for the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee, made to wick away sweat and perform all day long. The range of colors is more than agreeable, too. All in all, it could just be your new favorite T-shirt.

VANS Classic Slip-ons in True White — $50

A tried-and-true classic when it comes to your sneaker rotation.

If you’re looking for a classic pair of summer slip-ons, the kind you can wear for days on end without missing a beat, you could do worse than these VANS slip-ons in a white canvas that almost looks better scuffed up.
A.P.C. Washed New Standard Jeans — $220

A happy medium between inky blue denim and too-light jeans.

Searching for the right balance between full-on “Dad Jeans” and a heavy indigo pair of denim for allow? These A.P.C. Standard Jeans are a reliable classic, and assuredly one of the best pairs of light wash denim out there.

Billy Reid Marine Plaid Shirt — $148

The throwback-inspired short-sleeve shirt to wear as often as you can this spring.

Never underestimate the utility of a stylish short-sleeve shirt — especially the Billy Reid Marine Plaid Shirt. Wear this retro-inspired short-sleeve shirt under a blazer for a bit of “devil-may-care” work week style, then wear it out to your favorite patio bar on the weekend.

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

The essentials to make some of the best fajitas you’ve ever had — guaranteed.

A traditional menswear staple? Not quite. Still necessary? Yes. In honor of the quickly approaching Cinco de Mayo holiday, serve up some sizzle of your own with the Bespoke Post Cantina Box, a perfect way to upgrade your skills in the kitchen.

Faherty Brand Ventura Shirt — $148

A seriously cool shirt you can wear to all your spring and summer happy hour festivities.

Want the perfect shirt for spring and summer? Something that’s laidback and casually cool, featuring some of the best fabric  (a lightweight twill) that I’ve seen? That’s the Faherty Brand Ventura Shirt.

Filson Tablet Briefcase — $275

The tough briefcase you just might use every single day.

Getting around efficiently and in style is critical no matter the season — for work trips and weekend getaways alike, the Filson Tablet Briefcase keeps this crucial piece of tech in fine form. The rest of the time, use it to carry your other travel essentials.

New Balance M998 Sneakers — $180

A classic pair of sneakers that just so happen to be made in America.

Retro sneakers really are all the rage these days, but here’s the thing: New Balance has been making sneakers like the M998 for years now. Maybe it’s time you got a pair and rocked ’em with rolled chinos and a navy tee?

UNIMATIC U3-A Watch — $615

The hard-wearing watch to upgrade your spring style instantly.

Spring and summer adventures call for a ridiculously dependable dive watch that stands up whatever you throw at it. The UNIMATIC U3-A Watch is that watch, complete with 300 meters of waterproof functionality.

 

So, now that we’re through with today’s rundown of the best new gear for spring, which entry did you like the best? Maybe, with Cinco de Mayo on the way, you’ll be picking up the Bespoke Post Cantina Box? Or perhaps, you’ll be looking to snag a pair of the A.P.C. Standard Jeans? Whatever you do, do it in style. Thanks for reading!

#OOTD: My Guide to Wearing a Polo Shirt This Summer

Perhaps thinking of a polo shirt conjures images of baggy, overly stuffy iterations you wore back in middle school or high school — rest assured, that’s not the classic navy polo we’re talking about today. No sir, today’s #OOTD on how to wear a polo shirt this summer is all business, and we mean that in the best way possible. The key with taking on the polo in these trying modern times starts with finding one that’s versatile, functional & stylish — decidedly not like the first polo you ever wore. Take the Proof Merino 72-Hour Polo as seen below, a performance-minded polo that really doesn’t look all that different from the navy polo worn by James Bond back in the day. We’re mixing and matching it with other rugged, casual-yet-sharp pieces, from a washed denim jacket to stylish canvas slip-ons, all the better to help you “choose your own adventure,” as it were. What I’m trying to say is, you could reasonably wear this classic navy polo to the office and to happy hour during the week, or else out to a sharp weekend brunch or a round of afternoon cocktails. All these pieces work together in harmony (I think), so that’s to be applauded. See how it all shakes out below.

 

 

There’s the normal way to wear your polo shirt, and then there’s THIS way.

  • The Polo Shirt: Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo, $78 — Think of the classic navy polo, and then think of a merino polo that’s made to wear for travel and a day at the office, all thanks to its breathability and performance.
  • The Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket, $89.50 — Want to switch it up from your typical blazer or spring windbreaker? A rugged trucker jacket from Levi’s — in a spring-friendly light wash — is the way to go. Perfect for lightweight layering.
  • The Chinos: Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, $98 — Shake off the overly preppy connotations of the polo-chinos combo by reaching for these slim chinos from our pals at Flint and Tinder.
  • The Sneakers: Vulcanizer Canvas Slip-Ons, $125 — Another way to shake up this outfit? Throw in some stylish slip-on sneakers that you can slide right on (use this foot powder from Duke Cannon before and after).
  • The Watch: Uniform Wares Rose Gold Dress Watch, $700 — Am I recommending you splurge on this stylish leather watch? I am, precisely because Uniform Wares has succeeded in making one that’s both casual and sharp — like this #OOTD.
  • The Sunglasses: Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47, $340 — In keeping the whole theme of “casual-cool” going, reach for these Garrett Leight sunglasses, probably some of the sharpest on the market.
  • The Pomade: O’Doud’s Standard Pomade, $12.98 — Because this is the type of outfit that can pull double-duty at the office and on the weekend, reach for some of the best men’s pomade to complement the sharp styling accordingly.
  • The Grooming Essential: Ursa Major Daily Force Field SPF, $54 — Among men’s grooming tips you can’t go without, using a daily moisturizer or sunscreen like Ursa Major’s Daily Force Field is seriously underrated  (but critical).

So, what’s the verdict on this #OOTD? Where would you wear it? And do you think all the parts work together quite as nicely as I do? The idea of taking something as simple as a merino polo is only amplified by the equally versatile pieces with which you pair it.. Add a rugged trucker jacket from Levi’s, as we’ve done here, and you’re good to go to the office or the bar (swap in a blazer if you feel so inclined). On that same note, slim chinos in a unique shade of Rust shake off the preppy vibes one gets from a polo and chinos typically. You’re also getting unique style and plenty of comfort from stylish slip-on sneakers — another change of pace from leather loafers or brown brogues . But remember: Don’t forget to use this foot powder from Duke Cannon before and after. The beauty of a go-anywhere ensemble like this one has to be the fact that a stylish leather watch can dress it up as you  please — the Uniform Wares watch showcased above is seriously sharp and office-ready, should your day require it. Particularly if you find yourself hanging out on a rooftop patio for hours on end, you’re going to need the Garrett Leight sunglasses seen above, and you’re particularly going to be thankful you used Ursa Major’s Daily Force Field before heading out the door.  The last step in this equation? Nailing the perfect haircut with some of the best men’s pomade your money can buy. Do you feel ready to take on spring and summer yet? One can only hope.