The List: Bundle Up for Fall and Winter with My Favorite New Men’s Gear Picks

This tough shirt jacket is the lead-off pick in today’s rundown of the best men’s gear for Novmeber.

If there’s one essential you need on your shopping list right now, it might just be a rugged shirt jacket. OK,well, to be clear … there’s likely more than one item you’re going to want to add to your rundown of the best fall style essentials, and that’s where today’s edition of The List enters the picture. With Thanksgiving looming and chilly weather continuing to roll in, these are the right gear picks to bundle up with, hit the road with, or wear to get to work. Have any recommendations of your own to make? Let me know on Twitter!

Flint and Tinder Quilted Waxed Shirt Jacket — $248

A tough shirt jacket with the right chops for fall layering.

Lined in cotton flannel, this rugged shirt jacket from the American-made style purveyors at Flint and Tinder is not to be trifled with. It’s the kind of classic shirt jacket you can throw on and forget about, given that it’s made from weather-resistant waxed canvas to take you through tough fall adventures and nasty weather. Easily one of the best men’s shirt jackets, this is true.

Helm Boots Hollis Boots — $350

The best boots for the office and the weekend in equal measure.

It’s the perfect time of year to break out some rugged leather boots, and for the ideal mix of refinement and style, you can’t go wrong with Austin-based Helm Boots and the exclusive-to-Huckberry Helm Boots Hollis Boots. The captoe and rich leather give these a dressier feel — wear them with tan herringbone trousers and a classic Oxford shirt to the office. Speaking of …

Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in White Everyday Oxford — $98

One of the best Oxford shirts you’re going to find, and that’s a fact.

There’s truly never a bad time to recommend or wear a classic Oxford shirt from Taylor Stitch, especially as we roll into winter. This timeless white Oxford shirt is one you should wear with everything from a classic navy blazer and tan chinos to perfectly faded denim and durable leather chukka boots.

Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pants — $98

Classic corduroy pants that won’t miss a beat when it comes to essential fall style.

An ongoing favorite here on the blog, the Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pants are corduroys as you’ve never seen them, done up in a trim fit with rich fabric and top-notch quality. These are simply some of the best corduroy pants to wear to the office or out on a date, preferably paired with your classic Oxford shirt from Taylor Stitch.

Hill City Merino Cashmere Beanie — $48

The right way to keep warm and add some serious style points to your fall and winter ensembles.

This won’t be the last time we’ll talk about Hill City today on the blog, mark my words. The brand (an offshoot of GAP) focuses on stylish, performance-inspired menswear in sleek silhouettes, tested in San Francisco and worn the world over. This merino cashmere beanie is soft, comfortable & utterly critical for fall and winter — the pop of color doesn’t hurt, either.

Tuft & Needle California King Mattress — $750

A truly excellent mattress for a great night’s sleep.

Granted, it’s not every single day that you expect to see a Tuft & Needle mattress on a list of the best new men’s gear, but this just might be one of the best mattresses you can invest in now (and then reap the rewards later, of course).

Tincup American Whiskey — Starting at $25

A bold, rich whiskey that’ll warm you on chilly fall and winter nights.

In addition to stylish accessories, the right spirits can go a long way toward amping up your enjoyment of fall and winter evenings — and Tincup American Whiskey, with its bold flavor and modern approach to heritage whiskey, is the right way to go. Affordably priced for some of the best and most unique whiskey on the planet, Tincup takes its name from an old-school mining town (and the way in which miners would enjoy their whiskey). Using distilled Colorado water also gives this a remarkable flavor — it’s a new fall and winter favorite.

Hanwag Stulben II Boots — $306

Richly crafted leather hiking boots that won’t quit, no matter what.

Among underappreciated brands quietly making some of the best men’s hiking boots on the market, Hanwag might take the cake. These rugged leather hiking boots are dependable enough for the trail with your favorite chore pants, and stylish enough to grab a pint afterward.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket (Huckberry Exclusive) — $188

An eyecatching update to a classic Taylor Stitch silhouette.

Yes, we’re back with another recommendation from Taylor Stitch,and more specifically, a new take on the coveted Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket. It won’t be the last time you see it this season, that’s for sure. Done up in a rich color and custom fabric exclusive to Huckberry, this is the perfect fall and winter trucker jacket — wear it with a white henley and inky blue indigo denim, plus some new leather hiking boots.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel — $139

A technical bag that’s streamlined enough to go off-road and beyond.

When you need a performance-minded duffel bag and don’t want to think about it too much, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel is the everyday carry essential you need.

Armor-Lux Heritage Henley — $109

A truly excellent henley for fall and winter layering.

When you’re getting ready to go off-road with, say, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel, make it worth your while — and stay warm in the process, with one of the toughest henleys your money can buy. That, my friends, would be the Armor-Lux Heritage Henley.

Hill City Thermal Light Shirt Jacket — $158

Another shirt jacket for easygoing layering potential.

Founded by former MLS player Noah Palmer and featuring a focus on mobile, comfortable, versatile gear for the modern man on the go, Hill City is an excellent new menswear brand worth your time if you want performance-ready menswear (like the Thermal Light Shirt Jacket) that’s not too fussy and doesn’t break the bank.

Marathon MSAR Watch — $795

A watch that’ll stay on time and keep you looking stylish all the while.

Speaking of a shirt jacket for the guy on the go, what about a rugged dive watch for the guy who never stops? Enter the dependable, tough Marathon MSAR Watch, uniquely suited to stand up to fall tailgates and winter snow in equal measure.

Truman Boots Service Boots — $420 

Tough leather boots that work as hard as you do.

We’ve sure covered a lot of ground today on the blog when it comes to the best men’s leather boots, but these Truman Boot Co. Service Boots are more than worthy of inclusion. Incredibly rugged and richly crafted, you can wear these all winter, day after day.

Billykirk x Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag — $250

The right way to haul your favorite red wine and cocktail essentials.

Here just in time for holiday travel and holiday spirits, meet a remarkable and essential addition to your home bar (and your traveling bar, too). The Billykirk x Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag blends the expertise and craftsmanship for which Billykirk is known with the high-quality approach to winemaking (aged in former bourbon barrels!) that separates Cooper & Thief from the pack. Taken together, this beautiful bartender bag is the right way to haul your favorite spirits and cocktail accessories to your next holiday party. Better still? It’s handcrafted and hand-numbered, and filled with some of the best cocktail tools around, and still leaves you with space for a bottle of Cooper & Thief wine. Cheers!

Barbour Flannel Shirt — $159

Wear this stylish flannel with your Barbour jacket — go for it!

So, last but not least … you know what goes well with your Billykirk x Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag? A rugged flannel shirt from a heritage brand — and specifically, this impeccable Barbour Flannel Shirt. Wear it with your favorite jeans.

 

OK now … did you find anything to add to your shopping cart or your wish list? Perhaps it’s the nicely updated Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pants that are next up for you to purchase? Or maybe the Barbour Flannel Shirt is the way to go? Oh, and let’s not forget about the Helm Boots Hollis Boots and other dependable gear picks like the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket — how about it? Who can’t wait to get out there this fall? That makes two of us. Cheers!

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Moto Boots in Weatherproof Suede

Impressively rugged, functional and stylish Taylor Stitch moto boots.

If you thought your closet was positively too full of gear from Taylor Stitch … well, think again. And if at the same time you’ve been looking for the perfect pair of fall boots, you’re in luck. The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots are here to save your day — and your fall and winter wardrobe — from certain peril in snowy and slushy weather. Now, you’ve read about these stylish moto boots in my guide to wearing black jeans, and they’re back again for good reason today. The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots carry on an impressive lineage of top-notch performance and effortless style from everyone’s favorite San Fran-based brand, and that’s all the more reason to snag your pair now. That is to say, everything that you love about Taylor Stitch‘s chambray shirts, handsome sweaters & rugged outerwear gets distilled into one of the best pairs of men’s boots for fall and winter. What makes the Taylor Stitch Moto Boots so essential, even in spite of a slightly higher price tag ($348, for those curious)? The difference, as ever, remains in the details — from the rich 4oz. snuff suede to the impressive Goodyear welt construction., made to be resoled when you need it the  most. And of course, these are highly unique in that they just so happen to be a truly weatherproof pair of suede boots, something not many other brands can say. Does that make ’em some of the best men’s boots? Yes, indeed it does — but there’s a whole lot more where that came from.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots

A tough sole and stellar design details put these Taylor Stitch boots a cut above the rest.

Notably, these rugged suede boots can stand up to plenty of wear in nasty weather thanks to that durable weatherproof suede and Goodyear construction — they’re complemented by a tough Vibram outsole, to boot (pun very much intended). Make no mistake, these aren’t a pair of boots to be messed with, and that goes for whether you wear them with your favorite black jeans and a henley, or team them with slim navy trousers and a classic Oxford shirt after a snowy work day commute. Throw in waxed cotton laces for a bit of tailored appeal, then add in the fact that antique brass hardware finishes off the Taylor Stitch Moto Boots, and you’ve got a truly unbeatable pair of the best fall and winter boots — that’s not just talk. Perhaps the best part about these? They’ll work with the rest of your well-stocked Taylor Stitch wardrobe … so, what more can you ask for? Not a whole lot.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots

The Friday Read: Danner’s New Boots, the Best Oktoberfest Beers and Taylor Stitch Outerwear

The perfect fall weekend boots from Danner? Very nearly!

My friends, we’ve reached the end of another work week (at least, I hope that’s the case for you). If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your shopping cart full of fall style essentials as we patiently await the finest hour in menswear. And speaking of stepping into a new season, the rugged, versatile Danner Vertigo 917 Boots as showcased above could just be the perfect new addition to your closet. Danner makes all of its footwear in the U.S.A. with prime attention to detail, making the above pair some of the best leather boots (period!) that you can snag for fall. Now that we’ve covered off on the best boots for the weekend, what say we dive into something like … Brooklyn’s best new coffee shop? I’ve had the pleasure recently of checking out Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Brooklyn’s idyllic Park Slope neighborhood (as you might have seen on my Instagram), and I’m certainly a new fan! If ever you get to the borough, I can’t recommend you visit this spot enough. It’s a welcome addition to the Brooklyn coffee scene, seeing as the company was founded in my home state of Michigan, and it’ll be a crucial weekend stop for me tomorrow, too. As for the rest of my weekend, I’ll be taking in some college football action by my Michigan State Spartans, and enjoying a cold fall beer at Threes Brewing. How about you? Feel free to check in with me in the comments below!

  • Fall is well and truly here — at least, it’ll officially be here next week on the calendar (and hopefully soon thereafter in terms of the weather). With that in mind, I put the best flannel shirts to the test for GearMoose, and believe you me, there are some stellar options when it comes to fall’s perfect shirt. Layer it up with your favorite henley and tough camp pants, then get out there & get to work.
  • Speaking of essential fall gear, I sure do hope you moved quickly to pre-fund the excellent Taylor Stitch Mechanic Jacket. Crafted from the brand’s famed Boss Duck fabric, it’s a hard-wearing jacket that should arrive just in time for fall — read my full scoop on the best new fall jacket over at GearMoose, naturally.
  • Let’s turn once again toward this here blog, and our ongoing #OOTD series. There’s still time for you to get plenty of wear out of your favorite denim jacket — you just need to layer it up accordingly, and that’s why I recently covered how to wear a denim jacket for fall. There’s no time to waste, my friends.
  • And because it wouldn’t be a fall weekend without a little craft beer action, I rounded up the best Oktoberfest beers to enjoy as we move into this prime, prime season for hops-inclined refreshment. Again, I point you toward GearMoose for that briefing — cheers to Friday!

So, for old’s time sake, let’s close out today’s Friday Read with one last helpful #menswear reminder before the weekend — I’ll point you back to The Style Guide, and my take on the best hooded sweatshirt for fall. It’s just that good … believe me. OK, that’s all I’ve got today, folks. Enjoy the weekend!

#OOTD: How to Wear Your New Favorite Jacket … Just About Anywhere

We might be on the cusp of Labor Day weekend — and today’s #OOTD can certainly function well in that setting, too — but it’s also prime time to look toward early fall. Critically, how to dress for early fall is something we’ve been driving home these past few weeks on The Style Guide, and today’s #OOTD is no different. To wit: We’re taking a rugged camo jacket (perfect for long weekend travel or as a casual, cool blazer replacement) and matching it up with the kind of men’s style essentials you’d be proud to wear any time of year (but especially as the weather gets chilly). Trust me: It could be your new favorite jacket. And what about the rest of this look? You’ll find the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee below, along with some of the best men’s pants for fall — the goal here is casually rugged style that works from the coffee shop to the open road (and maybe even your office, if you can get away with it). The focus is this: The right gear picks speak for themselves, so when wearing a more flashy camo jacket, you should tone down the rest of your #OOTD accordingly. And because we’re moving ever-so-slowly into fall, that means the introduction of rugged leather boots — the kind you wear to your favorite distillery or for a quick weekend hike. It’s all about gear that can go anywhere, so mix and match these picks as you please. Alright, without further ado … here we go.

The perfect combination of rugged and casual for Labor Day weekend & well into fall.

  • The Jacket: Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket in Camo Wax, $198 — Here it is, your new favorite jacket. Consider it the perfect go-between layer for breezy early fall nights. This rugged camo jacket is both subtly stylish and distinct enough to work everywhere from a rock concert to a weekend brunch.
  • The Classic White Tee: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, $45 — Now, is this a full-on white tee? Not quite. And that’s OK! The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee is A) Sustainably made and B) More durable than a thinner white tee — just what you need heading into September (and beyond).
  • The Pants: Proof Rover Pants, $98 — If it’s a pair of the best men’s pants for fall that you seek, then perhaps the oft-recommended Proof Rover Pants are your best bet. Sharp and stylish, yet easily paired up with one of the best white tees out there.
  • The Boots: Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chelsea Boots, $240 Stylish Chelsea boots that just so happen to be rugged and versatile? It’s possible thanks to these rugged leather boots — they’re also lightweight and not overly clunky.
  • The Watch: Jack Mason Diver Watch, $282.98 — You’ve got your rugged camo jacket, you’ve got your Red Wing Heritage boots … might as well throw on a classic dive watch as a complement to this #OOTD, ehh? Indeed!
  • The Grooming Essential: Saturdays NYC Clay Pomade, $24 — We’re leaving your stylish ballcap at home on the shelf in favor of a slick, sharp hairdo via the Saturdays NYC Clay Pomade, the latest grooming essential from one of your favorite brands.
  • The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Canvas Travel Bag, $215.98 — Need to hit the road in a hurry for a fall weekend trip? Need to haul a change of clothes to the office? This rugged shoulder brief is the way to go.
  • The Everyday Carry: Studebaker Workshop Keyholder, $58 — Never lose track of your keys again, no matter the style situation, with this crucial everyday carry upgrade.

OK, let’s recap it all, shall we? The goal here is transitional fall style that you can even make use of during Labor Day weekend. So, a rugged camo jacket from the good folks at Taylor Stitch takes care of business for breezy fall nights, as does the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee — a one-two combo that’s subtly stylish and eyecatching. Some of the best men’s pants for fall act as another reliable outfit anchor, with the type of fabric and cut that works for fall travel or a fall day on the job. And it’s always tough to go wrong with rugged leather boots, particularly the kind that feature tough suede and sleek-but-hardworking construction. To haul your daily essentials, grab  tough-as-nails, rugged shoulder brief, but not before you’ve done up your ‘do with the Saturdays NYC Clay Pomade — it’s an immediate hair upgrade that adds some refinement to this look. Don’t forgo your everyday carry, either. And last but not least: Be sure you’ve accessorized accordingly with a classic dive watch to round things out. Is this the way you’d style this #OOTD? You can always let me know on Twitter. Cheers!

 

 

The List: Buy This Week’s 10 Best New Menswear and Gear Picks for Summer

Roll up those sleeves and get to work this season with Taylor Stitch.

If you keep up with our ongoing series The List, covering the very best new menswear and gear on the market, you’ll probably recognize the brand at the top of the list — that’s right, it’s Taylor Stitch. We’re making the case today that a brand like Taylor Stitch can be worn all through the rest of summer, especially when accessorized appropriately. On that note, check out my full suite of picks below — thanks for reading, and enjoy summer!

Taylor Stitch Western Shirt — $125

A new take on the Western shirt from your favorite menswear brand.

As we said above, this stylish Western shirt will still work for summer. In fact, it’s hard to go wrong with nearly anything from Taylor Stitch, especially a rugged Western shirt that’s also surprisingly lightweight. Wear this with black jeans and your favorite leather boots to grab a cold one at a rock concert.

Roark Revival Porter Pants — $60

The breezy, cool pants to take you through summer.

See, we told you when it comes to accessorizing a stylish Western shirt, it’s all about finding seasonally ready components to match it up with — like these slim summer pants from Roark Revival, perfectly breezy and ready for travel or a summer happy hour.

Karl Strauss Boat Shoes Hazy IPA — Price Varies

A bright and sunny IPA with a friendly name and cool can design.

I have good news and I have bad news: The good news, first, is that this hazy IPA nails everything you’d want from the Hazy IPA “trend” (if you can call it that). It’s imminently crushable, with a summer-friendly name and a cool can design. However, it’s only available in California within the brewery’s distribution footprint. If you have a trip planned out there soon, look for it! Speaking of boat shoes …

Yuketen Ox Mocs — $300

The casual, dependable summer moccasins to wear any time happy hour rolls around.

OK, while these aren’t technically classic boat shoes, the Yuketen Ox Mocs are perfect for easygoing summer style, and quite possibly the perfect pair of summer footwear to slip into as you sip on the Boat Shoes IPA.

Luminox Xcor Aerospace Pilot Professional Watch — $1,520

An investment-level watch that’s both incredibly expensive and incredibly worth the coin.

OK, is this tough Luminox timepiece truly the definition of an investment-level watch? Yes. Absolutely — but will you ever need to buy another rugged field watch again? No, sir.

Armor-Lux Breton Long-Sleeve Tee — $70

The breezy, casual, cool shirt to wear on a chilly summer night.

We’ve talked in the past about Armor-Lux and the brand’s certified iconic shirts — like the Armor-Lux Breton Long-Sleeve Tee, in fact. Wear this with tan chinos to a breezy beach bonfire.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack (30 Liters) — $290

Make waves and carry all your gear at once with this outstanding backpack from Peak Design.

You need a dependable everyday backpack for summer adventures — specifically, you need the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, a highly rated and much-loved bag for your next getaway.

Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka — $230 

Dependable chukka boots to wear even when it’s hot out.

You’ve probably noticed the Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka pop up before on previous editions of The List, but we’re including it this time around because it’s among the best chukka boots for summer — lightweight, rugged & wearable with chinos or jeans.

Lisboa Francisco Brushed Oxford — $118

A new summer shirt that’s destined to become a go-to.

There are going to be times where you want to switch things up from the rugged Western shirt we talked about earlier — and for all those times when you want to keep it casual with light wash denim and perhaps some of the best chukka boots for summer, you need to reach for the Lisboa Francisco Oxford.

Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Tee — $35

A dependable, rugged and classic men’s tee for summer.

There comes a time in every guy’s life when he just wants to wear a classic men’s T-shirt and maybe some slim chino shorts — for all those times, there’s the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Tee.

The Best Basics. Summer Ready.We’re ending on a high note today with a classic men’s T-shirt — it’s always tough to narrow down these lists. What’s your favorite selection? For me, I always love a stylish Western shirt from Taylor Stitch, of course. Let me know your favorite pick on Twitter — thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is a New Winter Essential

A new take on the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, essential fabric and all.

Have you been searching high and low for men’s style essentials from one go-to brand? A company that makes things easy and stocks a wide range of basics that … aren’t quite so basic? A brand like Taylor Stitch, naturally? You’re in luck, because everyone’s favorite San Francisco-based menswear purveyor is now stocking gear like the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt in a simple, aptly named collection called Taylor Stitch Essentials — consider your winter shopping sorted, to say the least. The Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is part of a well-curated collection of pieces that are going to work in any season and virtually any style situation, exactly what one would expect from the fine folks at Taylor Stitch. That means you can pair it with other like-minded pieces from the brand, like slim tan chinos or inky selvage denim — all the while, the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is going to break in handsomely thanks to that indigo texture.

A richly textured indigo shirt, made for winter layering.

Garment-washed cotton brings out the rich texture and stylish nature of this shirt, which should fit perfectly and wear nicely right out of the box. That’s because Taylor Stitch has its shirting dialed in to fit most (if not all) guys perfectly — the use of exact chest measurements (I.E. A size 40 chest equates to a medium) takes care of that. The Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt also features a pleasingly rounded button-down collar and a visually interesting front chest pocket. Those two touches put this shirt squarely in casual territory, yet it’s able to be worn easily with something like a charcoal herringbone blazer and burgundy corduroys at the office. The fit and fabric of the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt also lends itself to being worn as laidback as possible — think expertly faded denim and rugged leather chukka boots, sleeves rolled and stylish leather watch on your wrist. The refreshing thing about the Indigo Waffle Jack Shirt is that it’s going to work as hard as you do — it won’t fall apart like a cheaply made shirt from a fast fashion retailer. If you ask me, that’s all you need to consider when shopping for your new favorite winter shirt.

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch California Shirt Deserves A Space In Your Closet for the Holidays

Taylor Stitch

The timeless California Shirt, done up in a winter-friendly brushed cotton. Holidays, here we come.

Ready or not, the holidays are … essentially just days away. How are you dressing? And what are you gifting? As we’ve talked about this week, you might want to use this time to kill two birds with one stone, as they say. In my estimation, that means picking up a stylish Taylor Stitch shirt for yourself … and perhaps for someone else, too.  Yes, we’re back at it again with the lauded California-based menswear brand, makers of plenty of classic men’s shirts — and the one you see at the top of the page in particular. That shirt, my friends, would be the remarkable Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Ash Windowpane ($128), a rugged winter shirt that more than rises to the occasion. Santa himself would be envious of this shirt. It’s that good. Made with 100 percent organic cotton that’s brushed for an incredibly soft feel, it checks all the boxes one might expect from any number in the Taylor Stitch shirting lineup.  I’m always consistently impressed with the fit and feel of these shirts (A note: I wear a size 40 at 6’1″). We’re talking a tailored-but-not-tight fit, plus that signature California collar — it’s substantial without being too wide, yet it’s got a nice construction that frames your face. Sounds like a great shirt to gift or wear this holiday season, right?

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch California Shirt 

Taylor Stitch review

The addition of front button chest pockets is handy and useful.

And the specs make it more than worth spending a little extra on. Again, it’s coming from Taylor Stitch, so you’re getting durable touches like lock-stitched buttons and buttonholes, plus double-needle felled construction and that crucially tailored fit. I told you the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Ash Windowpane checks plenty of boxes. It’s rugged without going over the top — the windowpane pattern is nicely muted atop the ash fabric. The Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Ash Windowpane is the kind of shirt you’re going to want to throw on with a classic white T-shirt and some slim tan chinos  for a casual evening at home. Yet, you can also dress it up under a navy herringbone blazer. An added benefit? The tail of this shirt is the perfect length be worn untucked (with slim faded denim) or tucked in (perhaps with the Taylor Stitch Telegraph Trousers). Can the Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Ash Windowpane do it all? Gift it to someone — or snag it for yourself — and find out.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch California Shirt