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!

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#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

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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 

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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 

The Friday Read: Duke Cannon, Summer Style Essentials and New Denim from Taylor Stitch

Folks, how was your Fourth of July?? I hope it was filled with plenty of fun, relaxation, some summer style essentials for the holiday … and, yes a cold brew and a tasty hot dog or burger (or two or three!) on the grill. I’ve actually  been  on vacation myself in the rolling countryside of Zeeland (Michigan!) these past few days celebrating the holiday with my whole family — my brother, his wife and four children, and my mom and dad. I truly can’t wait! It’s been a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of NYC, but I’ve still found the time to unplug, kick back and dress in style (check out my Instagram for more there). I hope you have, too. On another note, we’re also going to ensure your weekend starts off the right way, including recommendations for grooming essentials and stylish new denim aplenty. What could be better? We’ll see you for tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and I’m wishing you a great weekend!

  • Perhaps you, like me, are constantly in search of a grooming refresh. If that’s the case, I can’t recommend the work being done by Duke Cannon enough. I’ve had the chance over this past week to continue exploring the brand’s line, from the refreshing Solid Cologne to the sharp News Anchor Forming Cream, which helps me style my ‘do in new ways (I’ve recently been trying out what you might call a “hard side part”). I also love the lightweight finish and refreshing feel of the Standard Issue Face Lotion, along with the essential Best Damn Beard Oil. It’s really a comprehensive approach that’s super high-quality.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can expect to see new content featuring their durable products very soon. Again, I’d wholeheartedly recommend the dependable quality and agreeable pricing that you’re getting with Duke Cannon.

 

  • Allow me to offer up another recommendation here when it comes to men’s style essentials — you can’t beat hard-working basics. Pieces that work every day and in every season. And you really can’t beat hard-working basics from a brand like Taylor Stitch. I’m going to be testing out pieces like the  Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee and the incredible-looking Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans in Cone Mills Standard — you can expect lots more on those stellar, essential basics in the coming weeks here on The Style Guide and via my Instagram.
  • Now, we’ve talked before about how necessary and essential a pair of stylish light wash jeans can be, even in summer. With that in mind, here’s a refresher on my favorite light wash jeans for The Manual.

That’s going to close out today’s Friday Read, folks. I hope you all have a safe, fun and enjoyable holiday weekend! Cheers!

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: You’ll Be Glad You Bought the Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater This Fall

Shop this sweater now, and thank me when fall shows up.

Among brands that we know, love and hold dear here at The Style Guide, Taylor Stitch just might top the list. For the past several years, the folks at San Fran-based Taylor Stitch have churned out a steady stream of menswear essentials, no matter the season. It’s with that consistent excellence — yes, excellence — in mind that I’m recommending the Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater … although the thermostat is still quite high. Trust me, though: The Rangeley Sweater is available via Huckberry right now — and it’s worth the investment. Just like the brand’s Leather Brogues or the classic Triblend Tee, you’re going to be glad you took the plunge on potentially your new favorite fall sweater.  Getting the look you want for a new season is all about planning ahead, and it’ll seriously pay off come chilly temperatures. Do yourself a favor and invest in the Rangeley Sweater. Can’t bear to think about putting on an extra layer — much less spending your hard-earned cash on a sweater — in all this heat? Stick with me, my friends. Perhaps most crucially, you’re saving yourself some hassle now by buying the durable, stylish and exceptionally handsome Rangeley Sweater. It’s the perfect way to transition into fall — without a doubt.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater

The Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater certainly has plenty going for it when it comes to outstanding specs and even better styling potential — as one might hope. It’s made from a blend of merino wool and cashmere that’s been dubbed CashMerino by Taylor Stitch. What does that mean for you? It means exceptional quality, nice durability and the chance to layer up the Rangeley Sweater over everything from a garment-dyed long-sleeve tee to a classic Oxford shirt. If you’re still not sold, Taylor Stitch says the Rangeley Sweater works in all four seasons … and given that the brand hasn’t steered me wrong yet, I’m inclined to believe ’em. How about you?

Who else loves this rugged sweater as much as I do? Are you going to order it? Let me know on Twitter

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater