#OOTD: How to Dress for an Outdoor Adventure During Early Spring

The fun part about the slowly changing seasons has to be the potential for renewed energy in what you’re wearing — and what you’re able to do outside. Been feeling cooped up inside all winter? Today’s #OOTD on how to dress for spring (or early spring, at least) is downright essential and just plain fun when it comes to outfitting you in the men’s style essentials you need. It all kicks off with the need to layer up the right way, whether your idea of a spring adventure means a visit to your local park or a day hike upstate. For that, we’re turning toward the Topo Designs Field Shirt and some essential outdoor pieces (like the Topo Designs Field Pants, as luck would have it). A rugged parka made from waxed canvas helps keep you dry in the elements, while we’re accenting the rest of this outfit with durable leather boots, a field-ready watch and plenty (believe me, plenty) more standout picks. It’s just a matter of mixing and matching them for the occasion — and again, the slow transition into a new season brings with it a host of opportunities to dress for exploration. A new coffee shop?A new outdoor art exhibit? Add in a few craft brews, suit up with the below spring style essentials, then call it good.

A mix of rugged, outdoor-ready pieces and versatile style for spring — get out there.

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  • The Parka: Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka, $398 — A rugged, tough parka that’s going to stand up to rainy, blustery weather and keep you warm — well-done as always, Flint and Tinder.
  • The Shirt: Topo Designs Field Shirt, $89 — If you’re going to take on a spring adventure (be it a day hike or a casual park stroll), you might as well dress the part with Topo Designs — the rich Plaid pattern is cool without being too outdoors-y, while the organic cotton features a soft brushed interior for easy layering.
  • The Pants: Topo Designs Field Pants, $89 — More gear from Topo Designs? Indeed. The Field Pants feature midweight organic cotton twill for durability, plus a classic straight fit for ease of movement. Wear them to your favorite brewery after.
  • The Rugged Boots: White’s Boots MP-M1 Boots, $600 — These rugged leather boots can work out in the field or in the city, heading out on a short hike or heading out for an Old Fashioned — easy as that.
  • The Adventure-Ready Watch: Jack Mason Field Camp Watch, $175 — You need a stylish field watch that can handle anything your spring adventure throws your way, and Jack Mason has come through with one that’s understated and functional.
  • The Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino Crew Socks, $32 — How hard can it be to find comfortable, stylish socks? Quite hard — these Proof Merino Socks solve that problem for all of your spring excursions, though.
  • The Durable Bag: Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Canvas LAND Duffel, $395 — Maybe your spring adventure involves a picnic or hauling a ton of gear, or some rough-and-tumble chores in the yard. Either way, the Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Duffel is ready for all of it. Talk about a durable everyday bag, am I right?
  • The Hat: Corridor Natural Vege Suede Cap, $45 — In the event of too much rain or too much sun, this American-made cap from Corridor again marries function and style nicely.

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It truly wouldn’t be the start of a transition to the new season without rugged, go-anywhere layering pieces like the Topo Designs Field Shirt,  would it? The same can be said for the rugged, dependable Topo Designs Field Pants — and those two pieces are stellar building blocks for the rest of this ensemble. You’re getting a dose of weather-ready style & versatility via a rugged, tough parka from Flint and Tinder, too — versatility in spades, my friend. Heck, it’s that kind of easy wearability that would allow this outfit to work in a variety of places, from an art gallery visit to a hike to an early spring rooftop happy hour. Complementary items like the Jack Mason Field Camp Watch drive that point home nicely, too. What’s more, rugged leather boots give you crucial performance you’re going to need during all sorts of spring excursions, from your local park to that new distillery in town. And although they can be hard to find at times, comfortable, stylish socks pull the whole outfit together, allowing you to stay on your feet for hours at a time. Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention the importance (in matters of both functionality and style) of an American-made cap from Corridor. The whole ensemble also gets a nice, functional lift from the Bexar Goods Co. Waxed Duffel, which is well-suited for travel or for everyday adventures. The only question now is where exactly this #OOTD is going to take you.

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The Friday Read: What to Wear to Coachella, Spring Style Tips and Tommy Hilfiger

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here.  

Is anyone else feeling ready for the weekend? Tell you what, this #menswear writer sure is. Unlike last week’s Masters 2016-centric Friday Read, we’re back to basics here on The Style Guide. This post in particular caps off a week filled with the best suede chukkas to buy now, plus a SprezzaBox giveaway –a HUGE thanks to all who participated! Outside Style Guide HQ, things were hectic but incredibly rewarding, as myself and my colleagues at Coyne PR headed to the great city of Boston to run a brand event on behalf of Timberland (catch a behind-the-scenes look at the action on Twitter). Although our time in Boston was too brief, our evening at the excellent Row34 was well-spent as we dined with some of Boston’s best style bloggers and media. With such a quick trip in the books, I definitely need to get back!

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If you have any recommendations as to other travel stops in Boston,  let me know about it at The Style Guide Facebook page! As to other happenings during the week, I was excited to be able to check out the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2016 line of Troubadour — are you familiar with these guys? I was more than pleased with my first look at the brand’s excellent, modern leather weekender bags, backpacks and tote bags, some crafted from rich leather and others using a blend of leather and waxed canvas.  We’re talking pieces that are clean, minimal and yet handsomely done. Look for more on The Manual soon! With all of that being said, it’s about time we head into the weekend — yes? Whether you’re heading to Coachella or knocking back a few at a patio bar crawl, the Friday Read has you covered.

  • Tommy Hilfiger takes you back in time with a collection inspired by the 9os — are you a fan of the brand? Or do they get a thumbs-down? For lightwash denim that might be more your speed, click here.
  • This post ran late last month, but we’re digging it back up for posterity, because you don’t need that many steps to upgrade your style this season. In fact, Men’s Health covers off on three tips to upgrade your spring style.
  • And as this weekend is the first of two out west, let’s get to it. Get Kempt tells you exactly what you should be wearing to Coachella — and it’s a heck of a lot more stylish compared to a regular festival kit.

Not done reading about #menswear? Continue below.

  • As summer travel looms, we should all be focused on the little style details that make or break an ensemble — including your dopp kit. I covered the best dopp kits for men over at GearMoose, and had a heck of a time doing it!
  • We’re revisiting an older post here — the folks at Minimum Squared, makers of simple, effective and stylish wallets for guys, just received the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design, celebrating the company’s perfectly minimal, refined and soundly designed wallets. Read more on Minimum Squared at VOUCH Mag!