#OOTD: How to Dress for The Office Any Day This Spring

So, it’s the night (or the morning) before another day at the office, and there you stand … with nothing in your closet to wear. Well, those days are gone. Today’s #OOTD will take a deep dive into how to dress for the office this spring, particularly if you work in a  modern office — one where you might have to suit up for a big client meeting, but where you can get away with *gasp* slim dark denim and other polished, business-casual style staples the rest of the week. Now, we already talked about how to wear jeans to the office during fall and winter, so consider this a seasonal update. Take our picks below, from the classic Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt to a stylish spring blazer from Grayers — you see, it’s all about finding versatile pieces you can wear in more than one way. For instance, you could even wear the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt all on its own, sleeves rolled, if need be. But that’s not why we’re here today. No sir, we’re telling you all about the best spring blazer and how to wear it, and it’s being paired up with stylish Chelsea boots, a pair of the aforementioned classic indigo denim, and other picks you might not think can work at the office … but absolutely do. How do you take on the challenge of stepping out in style for spring? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

A mix of old and new favorites to get you ready for the office in style.

  • The Shirt: Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in White Reverse Jacquard, $125 — As essential for on-the-clock style as it is for off-duty relaxation, the collar roll of this classic shirt means you can wear it with or without a knit tie.
  • The Blazer: Grayers Newport Blazer, $195 — From the Dusty Olive color to the cotton-spandex blend, this could be the best spring blazer for your wardrobe.
  • The Office-Ready Denim: Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans in Sol Selvage, $178 — Believe it or not, you can wear jeans to the office — these slim Taylor Stitch jeans are a perfectly dressy inky blue color & made with cotton and linen.
  • The Boots: Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, $348 — We’re not out of the woods in terms of spring weather yet, so these stylish Chelsea boots from Taylor Stitch blend form and function admirably — and they’re seriously sharp for the office.
  • The Watch: Carpenter Watches G4 Brooklyn Gent, $724.98 — A refined, classic leather watch like this handsome timepiece from Carpenter Watches never fails — especially at the office … oh, and don’t worry about matching up your leathers precisely.
  • The Belt: Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey Eagle, $88 — A perfectly rugged yet versatile, stylish leather belt from Taylor Stitch — it pairs nicely with those Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, too.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon Solid Cologne in Bourbon, $25 — Just one of many men’s grooming essentials you need from Duke Cannon, the Duke Cannon Solid Cologne is the right way to upgrade your scent for the office (it’s important!)
  • The Finishing Touch: Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Boxer Briefs, $30 — When is your underwear more than just underwear? When it’s made with possibly the world’s best fabric, Smartwool Merino. Perfect any day of the week.

Hopefully by now, you see the right way — or at least, one way — to make office dressing work for you. We’re not doing anything too fancy here, just pairing up a great spring shirt (theTaylor Stitch Jack Shirt) with a  stylish spring blazer from Grayers for no-fuss, no-frills style that’s still a cut above the rest. And keep in mind that when you step out in slim Taylor Stitch jeans in an inky indigo color, you’re absolultely going to be polished enough for the office — the difference is that rich, dark blue color. As ever, stylish Chelsea boots from Taylor Stitch strike the right balance between rugged, casual & perfect for the office — especially if it’s a breezy, rainy spring day. And your accessories are keeping things nice and sharp, too.  Take the office-ready nature of the stylish leather belt shown here — it’s as simple as that, and the combo looks even better when paired with a classic leather watch, specifically one that wears well at the office. The little details really do matter, which is why we’re recommending comfortable, durable Smartwool Merino boxer briefs, not to mention the right scent for any occasion — the Duke Cannon Solid Cologne in Bourbon. All told, this combo is the perfect way to dress for your office, no matter what day of the week. And again, yes … you can wear jeans to the office. Give it a try!

 

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See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are The Best Boots to Buy for Spring — Here’s Why

Dependable, rugged & essential — that’s the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots for you.

We’re back in today’s See Now, Buy Now series with high praise for one of my favorite brands — that’d be Taylor Stitch — along with high praise in particular for what just might be the best boots for spring (and beyond). Ladies and gentlemen, those particular boots would be the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots, a one-of-a-kind pair of rugged leather boots that are made for, well, just about anything in this new and exciting season.

Everything that the TS brand does — from the Taylor Stitch Indigo Waffle Shirt to the brand’s handsome, stylish leather brogues — is made with that indelible quality and attention to detail you really only get from a brand that’s focused on doing things right. And again, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are done the right way, through and through. In fact, they could just be your new favorite Chelsea boots — but more on that in a second.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

A sleek profile, mixed with a rugged lug sole, helps get the job done.

The changing of the seasons necessitates you upgrade your boots accordingly, so you best reach for a pair (like the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots) that can do more than one thing at a time. That is to say, these stylish Chelsea boots are made for the road — thanks to the Goodyear welt construction and the Vibram inset mini-lug sole — and equally at home at the bar or your favorite coffee shop. Truly, if you want a pair of boots that can do it all, the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots are for you. Saddle Tan leather and a sheepskin lining mean you’re getting a tough exterior (made to break in over time), plus a soft, comfortable fit — heavy-duty ankle elastic adds another durable touch to some of the best leather boots to buy right now. What’s more, Taylor Stitch has partnered with a Gold Rated Mexican tannery to make these incredible boots. Need to know more? Well, head to the Taylor Stitch Web site, then think about getting yourself a pair. But don’t think for too long — they might sell out.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots

#OOTD: Your New Favorite Way to Dress for a Breezy Spring Day

You might have a picture-perfect idea of the type of day for which today’s #OOTD might fit. It’s a little bit brisk, but not too much so … it’s sunny … but it might rain later … and you’re looking forward to indulging in some early spring sunshine and perhaps, a classic spring beer. So, what are you wearing?  Well, let’s start things out with a stylish rain jacket that just so happens to be weather-ready, then let’s add a slim cashmere sweater, a classic Taylor Stitch shirt, and travel-friendly pants. How does that sound? Not bad, right? The key with dressing for a breezy spring day involves recognizing that you’ll need to be prepared for anything — brunch could lead to a farmer’s market trip, which could lead to patio beers. Or, heck, you might just be wondering what to wear to the office this spring. At any rate, I feel confident the below gear picks will suffice. That goes for the durable waterproof boots we’re recommending, along with the classic field watch on your wrist. I think you’ll be that much more ready for the season when you read all about the rest of today’s men’s style essentials below. Now, who’s ready for a Founders Solid Gold?

What do you get when you blend a lightweight, durable jacket with spring style essentials? This #OOTD, of course.

It’s not every day you get to put together an ensemble full of men’s style essentials to take you through plenty of different style situations — just like the picks shown above. It all comes together thanks to the functional rain jacket from Proof, perfect for taking on spring showers or simply serving as another layer when the temperature dips unexpectedly. From there, it only gets better: A slim cashmere crewneck is a lightweight, comfortable layer atop the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt, and if it gets too hot out? Simply ditch the sweater. The Proof Rover Pants are also a winning essential, made to move with you no matter where your day takes you. The same can certainly be said for the dependable, rugged leather boots from Tricker’s shown here — pair them up with a set of Topo Designs socks for all-day comfort. When it comes to your everyday carry, you can never go wrong with a tough field watch — ideal for the office or your favorite brewpub. And what to bring along to keep all your gear safe? That’s easy. Simply reach for what could be the the perfect spring travel bag from WP Standard. There we go! What’s your take on this early spring #menswear ensemble? Let me know via Twitter. Cheers!

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 

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater

Wear this sweater any way you want — it’s that well-made.

Now that we’ve hit December — seriously, check your calendar! — you would do well to start adding some of the best men’s sweaters into your winter looks. In fact, a stylish winter sweater can serve as a centerpiece for all of your other men’s style essentials this season — in the right fit and fabric, the best men’s sweaters can be dressed up or down., worn with chinos or faded jeans in equal measure. Take the handsome Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater, for instance. It’ll set you back a pretty penny, to be sure ($228 via Bespoke Post), but it’s an investment that pays dividends right away, from the refined profile to the rugged appeal of sheepskin leather elbow patches and the neutral Olive color. This is certainly the kind of sweater you can wear in more ways than one, and you should expect nothing less from the fine folks at Taylor Stitch. If it was possible to call a sweater “beautiful” — which it certainly is — mark my words, the Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater would definitely qualify. Made from pure cashmere, hence the hefty price, this sweater should feel soft and cozy no matter if you throw it on over a classic white T-shirt or decide to pair it with a crisp white Oxford and a silver knit tie.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater

This sweater checks all the boxes — casual, rugged, classic, versatile.

That’s another selling point of this sweater, particularly one cut in a classic crewneck style with old-school elbow patches — it works at the office (seriously, your co-workers might dig the elbow patches) and it works at home or on a winter weekend retreat. When you’re shelling out more than $200 for a sweater, it pays to have one you can wear often. That’s just part of the reasoning behind buying the Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater.It’s also helpful that the TS team makes gear that everyone from your father to your grandfather to your brother can appreciate — these are pieces that don’t demand attention, yet still manage to stand out quietly. And since it’s the season of both holiday parties and holiday gifting, I’d urge you to consider splurging on the Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater for yourself or someone else. We haven’t even covered the real Donegal flecks — that’s a unique a fabric as any out there. Are you convinced yet?

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Cashmere Elbow Patch Sweater

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket

Will you look as good as this dude, or Steve McQueen, or Daniel Craig, wearing a Harrington jacket? Maybe?

When it comes to menswear essentials, there are certain critical pieces that really never go out of style. The classic Oxford shirt. Slim blue jeans. The perfect white T-shirt. And now — especially for fall and winter — the iconic Harrington jacket. And if you think you know everything there is to know about this essential piece, think again: The  Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket, exclusive to our friends at Huckberry, is here to shake up what you thought you knew about this style. Favored by menswear luminaries and rugged gentlemen like Mr. Steve McQueen and Mr. Daniel Craig as James Bond, the iconic Harrington jacket — and more specifically in the case of today’s post, the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is a tried-and-true style that works well in inclement weather, layers up with ease, and goes with just about anything in your wardrobe — more than worthy of today’s entry as the coveted Style Pick of the Week, right? Certainly.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket via Huckberry

A handsome, rugged and stylish jacket. Perfect, right?

In the case of the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket, it starts with the cotton-nylon shell, made to ward off weather and layer up over a rugged crewneck sweater or a classic chambray shirt. The beauty of the classic Harrington jacket is in its versatility — the style is laidback enough to wear with something like a rugged henley, and yet it looks equally sharp atop a slim dress shirt or an essential Oxford shirt. And of course, the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is among the finest options you’ve got on the market for a classic style that works any day of the week. The custom Taylor Stitch print on the interior lining — 100 percent cotton, mind you — offers extra warmth in the fall chill, while the corduroy-lined collar calls back to classic field jackets. The stand-up collar is also another signifier of a classic Harrington jacket, which makes it an easy and polished option to wear for all manner of style situations — including fall and winter travel, or a laidback weekend coffee run. The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is every bit as stylish and versatile as the rest of the brand’s gear — it even features handwarmer pockets, making it more hard-wearing than other, more lightweight Harrington jackets. What could be better than that? Well, if you’ve made it this far, then it’s worth pointing out that the handsome Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket will set you back just $149.98. Yep. Under $150 for a stylish fall jacket that wears easily with your favorite men’s style essentials, from dark denim to flannel shirting to rugged leather boots. The point is this: The classic Harrington jacket is a seasonal style must-have. And the Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket is the one to buy. Bingo!

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Montara Jacket via Huckberry