Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

The perfect go-between when it comes to stylish summer shorts.

Surely, you’re not sick of hearing about the best men’s shorts for summer, are you? And surely, you’re definitely not sick of hearing about Taylor Stitch, everyone’s favorite, San Fra-based retailer … right? Well, that’s good, because we’re diving headfirst into both areas with today’s Style Pick of the Week, the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts. Again, there’s a difference between average shorts and between the best new shorts on the market — and these are up for your consideration in that category. The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts toe the line between casual and rugged, as fitting for a park stroll or a day hike as they are for grabbing a pint at your favorite brewery — and Taylor Stitch wouldn’t have it any other way. It starts with the old-school navy corduroy fabric, which is livened up for summer with 1 percent spandex — these aren’t stiff chino shorts, nor are they logo-heavy athletic shorts, and that means you can pair up the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts with classic white sneakers and your favorite T-shirt just as easily as you can wear them with a new hemp polo and leather moccasins.
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SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

Stylish shorts for whatever your summer holds — even skateboarding.

It’s tough to find shorts that again strike the balance between an active lifestyle and, y’know, actual style points, but the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts take care of that handsomely. The light rinse gives them the kind of comfortable, lived-in feel you love, right out of the box, while the front slash pockets and stitched-down front pocket bags bring the whole “field shorts” vibe home. Thnk of the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts like the old-school shorts your pops might have worn to go camping back in the day (again, ideally paired with classic leather mocs and a classic light beer). The point is, these are easy, breezy, super-stylish shorts, the kind you’d absolutely expect Taylor Stitch to produce — right? Right. And there’s still plenty of time to wear them for the rest of the summer, from bonfires to upstate camping trips and brewery visits. The 8-inch inseam should suit even the tall among us, too. What’s not to love about the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts? There’s a long list of positives — to say the very least.

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Style Pick of the Week: Wellen Wind Shell

This is the lightweight, dependable jacket to carry you through breezy summer nights.

If you’ve kept up with the happenings here at The Style Guide in the way of summer style essentials, you’ll probably recognize Wellen — and if you’ve dug into this stylish and sustainable brand, perhaps you even recognize the Wellen Wind Shell. We’ve previously covered the Wellen Hemp Polo, and the Wellen Wind Shell delivers on that same blend of eco-conscious style. It’s one of the best men’s jackets for your money’s worth, and although it’s July, that’s no time to scoff at this handsome piece of outerwear (especially considering it’s Fourth of July weekend and all). For breezy summer nights, rainy day hikes or chilly nights around the bonfire, the Wellen Wind Shell is what it’s all about when it comes to a versatile, stylish piece of lightweight outerwear.
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So, the specs of this durable rain jacket? We’re talking a lightweight stretch fabric that moves with you (not against you), the kind of jacket that should be quite easy to throw on as you head out the door, and even easier to pack in your go-to weekender bag before you hit the road. It’s equally parts functional and fashionable, and that’s something I always support.

SHOP: The Wellen Wind Shell

A no-frills rain jacket that’s going to go anywhere you go this season.

Crucially, the Wellen Wind Shell is a water-resistant jacket to shed light rain and splashes — the perfect jacket to throw on if the weather takes a turn after a day at the beach or an evening BBQ. But this isn’t just a rain jacket — it’s also something of a handy travel jacket, made with YKK zippers for added durability and featuring bar tacks at stress points for an even more rugged design. Mesh lining also provides critical breathability, so this isn’t simply a rain jacket that’s suffocating. Seriously, the Wellen Wind Shell defies all expectations of what a lightweight summer jacket should be, and that’s not a bad thing to have in your wardrobe. Cinchable hems provide additional protection from the elements, too. And perhaps the best additional feature? The two distinct, versatile, easily wearable colorways — the Deep Sea color shown in this post might just be the prime option to buy, but you can’t go wrong with the dark black-blue Carbon Wind Shell. Either would pair nicely with the kind of casual summer style picks you’ve hopefully got on hand, from slim light wash denim and a classic Oxford shirt to a rugged short-sleeve henley and the perfect pair of summer shorts. Add in the Wellen Wind Shell, and you’re truly all set for whatever the season throws your way.

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Style Pick of the Week: Bespoke Post Sol Box

The key to summer relaxation? Quite possibly the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

The perfect way to unwind on a summer weekend? Well, I can’t tell you what exactly is required there (cold beer and sunshine?), but I can indeed tell you that the Bespoke Post Sol Box is going to make your weekend a whole lot more relaxed — and a whole lot more stylish. That’s because the Bespoke Post Sol Box features some of the best espadrilles you can slide your feet into, made with handcrafted care and available for a very, VERY agreeable price. If you follow the blog, you absolutely know we love what you can find at Bespoke Post. Think of it as the thinking man’s monthly subscription service, delivering everything from everyday carry essentials to everything you need for a summer grillout — and of course, the Bespoke Post Sol Box falls within that same realm, and same low price ($45 when you sign up for the site). In short, what you’re getting with the Bespoke Post Sol Box appears simple at first, but can offer a whole lot more than that. Consider your alternatives to your sturdy leather boots and even your stylish suede chukka boots — you’ve got classic leather moccasins, of course, but how about we shake things up?

SHOP:The Bespoke Post Sol Box 

One of two versatile colorways when it comes to the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

I’m talking, of course, about some of the best slip-ons for men, an option not considered often enough — but then again, not every pair of espadrilles is as stylish as the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles as found in this Bespoke Post Box, right? Exactly right.

This pair is handcrafted by artisans in Spain, and it reflects the laidback style of the Mediterranean. Wear these with your favorite pair of linen trousers and a camp collar shirt to head to a lovely evening of dinner and drinks, or just throw on the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tailored shorts and a classic slub tee every single time you please. The cotton canvas upper is breathable and comfortable, while the use of natural jute is sustainable and again, highly stylish. Plus, you can throw the espadrilles from the Bespoke Post Sol Box into your weekender bag with ease as you hit the road — talk about packing light. And while you can’t exactly pair these with your classic business casual suit, you should feel free to wear the Visgata Sitges Espadrilles with tan chinos and a tailored white Oxford to dinner on your next vacation. The key to summer relaxation? It’s gotta be the Bespoke Post Sol Box.

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Style Pick of the Week: Howlin Light Flight Short-Sleeve Shirt

The unique short-sleeve shirt to wear all summer.

How much of your summer to-do list have you checked off to date? Have you enjoyed a summer happy hour (in style, of course) or an outdoor concert? How about a visit to your favorite brewery? And most importantly, what are you wearing to tackle each and every single one of these pursuits? Answer: A stylish short-sleeve shirt like the Howlin Light Flight Shirt has to be the menswear essential you need — that’s a fact. It’s an investment at $140 as sold via Huckberry, but this is practically a do-it-all shirt. While at first it might seem like too much of a departure from what you’re used to wearing for off-duty style (perhaps something as simple as a USA-made T-shirt), give the Howlin Light Flight Shirt a try when you want that same laidback comfort — and just a bit more polish. That’s what makes it one of the best short-sleeve shirts for men this season; it’s all about balance, and all about not overdoing it. What I mean to say is, leave the starched dress shirt at home for Casual Friday, and head into the office wearing the Howlin Light Flight Shirt, plus some slim tan chinos and suede chukka boots — then, get yourself to your favorite bar for happy hour after work. Made from a breezy cotton-polyester blend, it’s the laidback short-sleeve shirt that’s got more in common with a simple tee than anything else — for summer, that’s great news indeed.

SHOP: The Howlin Light Flight Shirt

The Howlin Light Flight Shirt looks a little bit like something Mr. James Bond himself would wear on a tropical getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for you — even if you’re only wearing it to grab a round of rooftop cocktails. The classic free collar is a retro-inspired touch, akin to a camp collar shirt, that looks refreshingly modern today, particularly if you pair this navy short-sleeve shirt with off-white chinos and brown leather loafers for a bit of dressy appeal. Plus, the Howlin Light Flight Shirt  just so happens to be made in Belgium — it can handle a hot European summer or a breezy NYC day with ease. And if you’re searching for a shirt to keep you cool underneath a classic cotton blazer, take a style hack from the old blog and try the Howlin Light Flight Shirt under said blazer — you’ll be grateful you did as the thermostat climbs. Your search for the perfect summer shirt is finally over, just in time for the weekend.

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Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans

The perfect light wash jeans for summer.

We’ve told you in the past here on the blog how vital and stylish Flint and Tinder jeans can be — if you still don’t believe me, well, we’re going to change all of that today. Namely, I’m telling you all about how the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans are some of the best light wash jeans on the market (on the planet?), and how you should go ahead and snag a pair as soon as humanly possible (as in, right now!). If ever you’ve searched for the best jeans for summer, hunting for a pair that’s both lightweight in construction and yet sleek and stylish, the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans are the pair for you — no doubt about it.

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So, this all sounds great, right? Or too good to be true? It’s not — Flint and Tinder delivers on made-in-America quality and attention to detail in each of its products, from its stylish denim shirts to classic Oxfords and of course, these summer-ready light wash jeans. That’s great news for all of us, because you’ll likely want to wear them as often as you can. It’s a good thing they pair up easily with everything from a dark denim shirt and a crisp white tee (just add suede chukka boots) to a white Oxford shirt, leather loafers and a classic cotton blazer (perfect summer office style).

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans 

The details make the difference with every Flint and Tinder offering.

And as you know with Flint and Tinder, it’s the normally overlooked things that set these slim light wash jeans apart from the pack. Of course, there’s the quality fit — slim but not too restrictive, complete with room to move. And there’s the material — cotton with 1 percent stretch. Then, there’s the fact that the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans are cut, sewn & finished in Los Angeles, quickly becoming a denim hotbed.

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Of course, the pleasing stone wash gives them what the brand calls a “lived-in look and feel” — this means they could become your new favorite denim right out of the box. And that easy wearability gives you a ton of options as far as styling them. Heck, wearing the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans with a slub tee and suede chukka boots is about as good as it gets for summer happy hour style. And of course, the Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans can be worn on an easygoing day at the office with an American-made Oxford and … yes, you guessed it … classic suede chukka boots. These jeans will go anywhere you want them to go — you need only buy them first.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Light Wash Jeans 

 

 

 

Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown BBQ Shirt

The perfect blend of style and casual cool for summer.

Is there a more fittingly named short-sleeve shirt for summer than the Outerknown BBQ Shirt? Perhaps not — but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Finding one of the best short-sleeve shirts for the warmer months can be a tall order; some are too baggy and overly loud, some are too slim or not breathable enough. And yet, the Outerknown BBQ Shirt is far from that, combining the laidback cool that you need for your next BBQ with the sort of refinement that makes it easy to wear beneath a classic cotton blazer at your next summer wedding (a little style hack there for you). The Outerknown BBQ Shirt comes to you from a favorite brand here at The Style Guide (perhaps you recognize this post on how to get a discount at Outerknown, in fact). From the mind of legendary surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore sprang a new lifestyle brand that encompassed the surf-ready nature of Slater’s background and the A-plus designs chops of John Moore — plus, a serious commitment to sustainability. All of this is to say, the Outerknown BBQ Shirt is made with durable, breathable hemp and organic cotton — a one-of-a-kind blend that makes this a pinnacle of sustainable menswear.

SHOP: The Outerknown BBQ Shirt 

 

The small details set this shirt apart, easily.

Again, if you want a shirt that toes the line between too dressy and too casual, this stylish short-sleeve shirt really is the way to go. Witness the durable, pleasingly refined corozo buttons — no shoddy plastic white buttons here, folks. Plus, the breathable construction is deisgned not to cling to your body, no matter how hot it gets around the grill. And when worn the right way (I.E. With a lightweight cotton blazer), you could easily team this shirt up with slim stone chinos and leather loafers for a sharp-yet-casual Friday of travel or meetings. The hits really keep coming with the Outerknown BBQ Shirt, as we say — in this case, the shirt itself is printed on the interior for a look out of the box that mimics your favorite broken-in T-shirt. In total, it’s one of the cooler shirts your author has seen in some time; that means you’re liable to be one of the only people (the only person!?) at your next get-together wearing it. All that remains is for you to grab a six-pack of your favorite beer and get to where you need to go.  With the Outerknown BBQ Shirt, it’s more than possible.

SHOP: The Outerknown BBQ Shirt 

Style Pick of the Week: Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants

Entirely classic and yet modern, these are the best twill pants to buy now.

Every guy — yes, even you — needs a pair of classic twill pants in his wardrobe for spring and summer. The kind of hard-working, hard-wearing khakis that your father or grandfather likely favored, yet done up in a fit and fabric befitting the modern man (again, that’s you). And the great thing about the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants? Although they come from a retailer that stocks designs that tend to be a little more fashion-forward, these are perfectly classic and utterly stylish — with no pleats to be found. Yes indeed, these are some of the best pants for summer, and that’s all there is to it. All the right details are in place to make these stylish khaki pants an easy go-to, from the classic mid-rise to the durable fabric, just the way they made ’em in the old days (yet with a decidedly more modern fit and wearability). The Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants could (and should) become an essential at the office and beyond, offering the sort of upgraded business casual style you expect from your favorite brands.

Be it that essential mid-rise or the pleasingly tapered fit — with pressed creases for a more dressy feel — the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants check all the right boxes while offering slightly more unique style than other chinos on the market (witness the styling in the above photo, for one). Front slash pockets also keep things nice and tidy when it comes to the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants — that means you can easily wear them with a classic cotton blazer and a blue Oxford shirt to the office (paired with brown leather brogues), or alongside your favorite T-shirt and suede chukka boots on the weekend, cuffs rolled. Searching for the right pair of twill pants is as easy as buying this pair. Although they start out with a bit more of a tailored look thanks to the pressed leg creases, you can break them in and make them all your own over time. Feel free to wear them with a light wash denim jacket, a crisp white tee, and your favorite henley to grab a post-work pint — these aren’t your dad’s chinos, that much is true. The formula for success when it comes to crafting a pair of the best men’s chinos is tricky to unlock … yet the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants do just that.