The List: Power Through July (And Beyond) With the Best New Menswear

All smiles because you just bought one of the best shirts for summer … or you will have, at least.

The time has come to keep gearing up for summer, seeing as the Fourth of July is on the way. As a matter of fact, perhaps you’ll find some Fourth of July style essentials below — and essential men’s gear for beyond this (socially distanced) holiday, as well. We’ll talk about one of summer’s best shirts right off the bat, and we’ll keep things rolling with new menswear from Todd Snyder, some of the best men’s shoes and plenty more. To check out past editions of The List, head here. Thanks for reading!

Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Navy Plaid — $125

The perfect summer shirt in a cool fabric and pattern from Taylor Stitch.

The time has come to snap up one of the best shirts for summer — if you haven’t already, that is. Taylor Stitch excels at making shirting with a just-right fit (thanks to the chest sizing system they use), along with a breezy cotton-linen fabric blend in the case of this rugged-yet-versatile Taylor Stitch California Shirt.

Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Tab Front Stretch Chinos — $118

Slim chinos from one of the best men’s style brands around.

The ideal pairing with your Taylor Stitch California Shirt for perfect summer style? Why, it’s assuredly got to be some of the best men’s chinos for the season from top menswear designer Todd Snyder.

SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons in Pavement Suede — $98

Stylish, laidback summer slip-ons for everyday wear.

It’s summer, it’s hot out and you need some of the best men’s slip-ons to keep cool in style this season. Start with the well-made and affordably priced SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons, folks, then rock them with some of the best men’s chinos.

Buck Mason Draped Twill Short-Sleeve One-Pocket Shirt — $85

A cool-as-can-be short-sleeve shirt from one of your favorite brands.

For long summer days and nights aplenty — even if you’re just working from home and then catching some rays on your patio — a stylish short-sleeve shirt like this rugged-yet-cool number from Buck Mason goes a long way.

Billykirk No. 404 Memo Holder — $115

A durable way to organize your EDC and take down good notes on the fly.

For jotting down notes and keeping your to-do list top of mind, you need the right everyday carry essentials, like this easy-to-carry and stylish leather memo holder from my good friends at Billykirk. You might be surprised at how often you use it.

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee — $32

A classic tee inspired by classic vinyl.

Forty Five is the latest in-house launch from the good folks at Huckberry, and as you might have read about, they’re focused on one thing — making the best men’s T-shirt. So named for 45RPM vinyl, which revolutionized music by featuring one hit single, this American-made T-shirt is as stylish as it gets. Maybe pick up one in every color?

Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts — $158

The coolest shorts to pick up for summer? Very likely indeed.

Here’s the deal: You’re looking for some of the best men’s shorts for summer. The kind you can wear with your American-made T-shirt and SeaVees slip-ons. The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts are the pair you need ASAP.

Marathon MSAR Watch — $850

Rugged, tough and ready to go — that’s what this watch brings to the table.

If you’ve visited the blog in recent weeks, you know we’re all about a rugged dive watch for summer (and beyond). Marathon specializes in rough-and-tumble watches that go the distance, and the Marathon MSAR Watch is certainly no exception.

GREATS Royale Nero Sneakers — $179

Surprisingly sleek black leather sneakers from Brooklyn’s GREATS.

The alternative to a pair of the best men’s slip-ons? Why, a set of sleek, stylish black leather sneakers to add a bit of attitude to your summer ensemble. We’ve previously talked about how to wear white leather sneakers, so consider these GREATS Royale sneakers a nice change of pace.

Relwen Finespun Stripe Polo — $98

An utterly classic, breezy polo for the summer months.

Make no mistake, this won’t be the last time we talk about Relwen on the blog today, so get used to it. Here, the rugged men’s gear brand has made one of the best men’s polos for summer, a pleasingly functional, lightweight polo shirt to wear with slim light wash denim. On that note …

Mott and Bow Warren Slim Denim — $128

Slim denim in an essential wash from Mott and Bow.

If you read the blog, you know that the best men’s light wash jeans for summer  are a consistent recommendation by yours truly — and these Mott and Bow jeans, done up in a pleasingly faded wash, are no different.

Danner Caprine Boots — $150

Dependable, lightweight hiking boots for a summer adventure.

We’ve talked before on the blog about the Danner Caprine Boots, and how they just so happen to be some of the best hiking boots for summer — that being said, they’re back on the blog in a big way today. They’re perhaps the best lightweight boots for your next hike, and that’s just a fact.

Faherty Brand Short-Sleeve Heather Henley — $78

A rugged henley you’ll want to wear all summer.

If you don’t yet have one of the best short-sleeve henleys in your summer style rotation, consider this a chance to fix that. Faherty Brand uses high-quality fabric to deliver one of the best henleys for seasonal layering (try it with one of summer’s best shirts for an added bit of visual interest).

King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash — $12.99 

No better lineup of heritage-quality grooming products on the market right now.

If this brand name looks familiar to you, well, that’s because … it is. But not in the normal way — no sir, King C. Gillette is the recently launched heritage grooming offshot of the historic Gillette line, paying homage to the founder himself. Gillette has focused on innovations in shaving and men’s grooming since, oh, well, about 1904, so why this new launch? Easy. The entire line, which features a whole host of men’s grooming essentials, is meant for the guy who wants to care for his beard and his face with ease, style and heritage quality in mind. They don’t make ’em like they used to … except now, King C. Gillette does.

Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater — $145

Tough, hard-wearing swim trunks for summer excursions.

Leave it to Outerknown and surfing legend Kelly Slater to come up with the best men’s swim trunks for all your summer adventures — talk about a guy who knows a thing or two about crafting the best men’s swimwear, ehh??

Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid — $240

The right bag for rugged summer adventures.

In similar fashion to the functional swim trunks shown above, you assuredly need one of the best men’s shoulder bags to haul your everyday carry this summer and beyond. The Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid (an exclusive to Huckberry) is the right way to go here.

It’s always tough to pick out a favorite when it comes to the best men’s gear picks, right? What’s going to be on your shopping list now? Will Todd Snyder’s slim-fit chinos make the cut? Are you going to step out in style with an EDC essential like a stylish leather memo holder from Billykirk while rocking a pair of the SeaVees Hawthorne Slip-ons? Heck, maybe you want to go full-on rugged with the Mystery Ranch Mission Hybrid? Either way, feel free to let me know on Twitter what you’re digging this season. Cheers and thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

Stepping out in cool-as-can-be summer style with Taylor Stitch.

Before we dive into today’s post, thank you for stopping by the blog during these challenging times. If you’ve ever cruised through the digital pages of this site, then you well and truly know how much your Brooklyn-based author loves what the great team across the way at San Francisco’s Taylor Stitch is doing. They’ve been a consistent, longtime favorite of this blog when it comes to producing men’s style essentials — the right way — for any season, including summer style gear. And here’s the kicker: Right now during these difficult and unquestionably times — when small businesses can use our help more than ever — you can get 20 percent off your first order of all Taylor Stitch gear. Which brings me to my main point: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans, as seen at the top of the page, are some of the best men’s jeans to buy now, then wear all summer (and fall, and winter). Rest assured, we’ll get into the indigo dye later on, but you should know that when Taylor Stitch sets out to produce something, they do so with the mindset that it should be a piece you can have in your wardrobe for years to come. This leads us to the excellently curated Taylor Stitch Staff Essentials Collection, naturally. You could readily put together a cool outfit for summer using only picks from that collection (including a classic T-shirt and rugged leather boots), but let’s focus on the Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans for just one second, shall we? It might seem pretty odd to be talking about indigo denim while we’re in the throes of summer, but rest assured, the TS gang does things differently.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

The customary San Fran map pocket detailing and durable copper hardware from Taylor Stitch.

These slim blue jeans are exquisitely crafted, made with a fit that rivals that of the excellent Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos (and if you’ve tried a pair, you know they really are exceptional). The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans are crucially made with a blend of hemp and organic cotton for sustainability and a lighter weight than jeans made from, say, pure Japanese selvedge. A button fly and rivets made from tough YKK copper shanks only add to the durability of these surprisingly rugged blue jeans — yet, it’s that critical  fabric  blend that makes these a pair of blue jeans you can wear during summer.

Let’s talk about the indigo dye, too. It’s done twice, making these a richly crafted pair of jeans that are dressier than light wash denim (although you need a pair of each in your wardrobe!). When it comes to styling the Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans, well, that’s up to you. Be careful about excess dye rubbing off, but go forth and wear them with everything from a charcoal Oxford shirt and suede chukka boots to your favorite T-shirt and high-top canvas sneakers. Available at a great price for the moment, you’re going to get outstanding quality and versatility out of these stylish men’s jeans, no questions asked.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Slim Indigo Jeans

 

#OOTD: How to Wear Your New Favorite Shirt for Summer

When you want summer style that’s both inspiring and functional, you’ve sometimes got to take a new approach — that’s what Taylor Stitch has done here with one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer via its Taylor Stitch West Winds Collection. For starters, the collection also features unique, desert-inspired artwork from artist Shane Miller, so that’s pretty darn cool. We’ll get to the classic short-sleeve shirt you need this season in just a second, but know that Taylor Stitch used the inspiration of the desert itself to craft a perfectly garment-dyed short-sleeve Oxford shirt you can rock with your favorite summer style staples. It pays to have an #OOTD that’s different than average, even in these strange quarantine times, so that’s why you’ll see we’re pairing up the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt with cool, corresponding pieces that are anything but normal. Take a stylish light wash denim jacket and mix it up with classic men’s chinos from the good folks at Buck Mason,  then throw on some suede chukka boots — boom, there’s your next summer ensemble (for now and later). This is the type of ensemble that’s going to serve you well when you want to freshen up at home for an evening of grilling and porch beers, and it’s going to put in equal work when you head back into the outside world to fill up your favorite growler or pick up some cold brew coffee. Heck, if I were you, I’d rock the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt  just about as often as possible in place of a T-shirt for casual-but-cool spring style. The choice, though, is up to you. How are you going to style this unique short-sleeve shirt? Check out the full look below, and feel free to get in touch with your thoughts on Twitter.

The stylish short-sleeve shirt to wear all summer — part of a new Taylor Stitch collection.

If you want to freshen up your short-sleeve shirting game this summer and perhaps add a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork to your home, turn toward the Taylor Stitch West Winds Collection — it delivers in more ways than one, starting with the best short-sleeve shirt for summer. This shirt is breezy, colorful and as easygoing as your favorite T-shirt, so feel free to pair it up with rugged style staples aplenty, like the Levi’s Trucker Jacket and Buck Mason chinos. Talk about a one-two punch, right? Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt is as cool as can be, but the whole look doesn’t work without the right accessories, from the rugged appeal of the Tanner Goods Classic Belt to the dependable durability of the Timex MS1 Maritime Sport Watch.  And even if it feels odd to put on proper footwear at the moment, a pair of classic suede chukka boots is going to prove plenty reliable now and through the summer months (and on into fall!). Keep track of all your musings and your future plans using a stylish leather journal from Billykirk, and protect your eyes from the sun with some of the best sunglasses for summer. If you haven’t yet given much thought to your summer shirting rotation, now’s the time to start. Luckily, you know just how to wear the Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt for the months ahead.

 

The Friday Read: Memorial Day Weekend, The Best Summer Shirt & Craft Beer Delivery

A classic adventure shirt you can wear all through summer, starting today.

Thanks for joining us again for another Friday Read.  We’re on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, so welcome. Although it looks mighty different than years past, I hope you find ways to celebrate with family and friends (socially distanced, of course). What’s on your plate (besides shopping for summer style essentials)? Maybe you’ll be spending some time outside with family or heading out on a hike? Or perhaps, you’re just focused on making the perfect summer meal and enjoying a classic summer beer? At any rate, I’d bet that the excellent Western Rise Limitless Merino Shirt (as seen above — it’s one of the best shirts for summer I’ve tried) is going to get where you need to go.

When we return from Memorial Day weekend, it also happens to be one of the best shirts to wear to work from home, what with its 4-way stretch and use of merino wool and polyester. A performance Oxford shirt you can wear all day? Sign me up. In fact, there’s a very good chance I’ll be wearing some of my own Western Rise gear to get out and about as much as possible in Brooklyn — the quiet confines of Marine Park near my humble abode sound pretty ideal right now (I’ll be wearing a camo mask from Ball and Buck, as it were). I’ll also be fueling my day with plenty of coffee, and I’m naturally going to make some time to listen to a vinyl record or three (if you happen to be a vinyl guy yourself, you might want to check out one of the best record players). In the meantime, start your weekend right here, right now — today’s Friday Read is packed.

Just one pick from one of the best Memorial Day sales around.

A neat play on the San Fran flag by Anchor Brewing and artist Jeremy Fish.

  • Speaking of San Francisco, lauded & pioneering craft brewer Anchor Brewing is doing plenty to help the local community during these trying times (in addition to brewing some incredibly delicious beer). The brewery partnered with artist Jeremy Fish to refresh the exteriors of boarded up-bars and restaurants across the city with special artwork — putting a modern twist on the SF flag — as part of the Stay Strong SF campaign. Even more critically, every poster has a QR code that directs you to donate to the United States Bartenders Guild.  Even cooler?  The posters are available to download for free at www.AnchorBeerToGo.com — while there, you can also purchase a T-shirt (which will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the USBG). And if you live in the area, you can get your favorite craft beer via curbside pick-up on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Sounds great to me, right? (Speaking of craft beer, shop for your favorite growler while we’re on the subject).

  • Want to shake up your weekend while giving back to a good cause? Check out Schick Xtreme’s Shave The Day mobile video gaming, where you can play as XtremeMan to shave people’s heads (a fitting quarantine haircut!) to earn Bald Bucks — those Bald Bucks are being turned into real dollars that Schick will donate to St. Baldrick’s Foundation (up to $25,000) to assist with fighting childhood cancer. Hey, you’ve got the extra time this weekend, so you might as well turn your energy toward a great cause.

Alright, that’s going to do it for today’s edition of The Friday Read. But one last thing for you — given that it’s a long weekend, with plenty of potential for lots of laidback relaxation, I’m going to point you toward my guide on how to wear a T-shirt this summer. Seriously: A T-shirt is so much more than just a T-shirt when you rock it the right way. OK, folks. That’s all I’ve got today. Have a great and safe long weekend, be sure to check out tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, and thanks — as always — for reading.

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

A seriously cool, modern men’s polo from Taylor Stitch.

What if I told you that, in addition to its full lineup of some of the best menswear around, the good folks at Taylor Stitch were now busy cornering the market when it comes to crafting the best men’s polo for spring and summer? That’d be pretty remarkable, right? Remarkable and almost too good to be true? Well, that’s not the case anymore: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is everything you need in a stylish polo for spring and summer, and it’s arrived not a moment too soon. The best men’s polo can be worn to work (in your home office, that is) just as readily as it can be worn to have a back patio beer (again, at home for now). And when you finally do get the chance to gather with friends again, you’re going to want to be wearing something as stylish, cool and laidback as the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo. Plus, you can get your new favorite polo for up to 30 percent off right now (no code needed!), and you’re also getting $20 in Common Club credit for orders over $200. Not bad at all. True to what one expects from Taylor Stitch,  this classic men’s polo is almost more like a T-shirt than a stuffy, preppy polo of years gone by. It starts with the use of upcycled cotton and polyester for a breezy, breathable fit — you should check out the full line of Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag knitwear while you’re at it, too. But back to what makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo so great.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

Also available in a neat, classic navy colorway.

First off: Classic color options like Navy and Natural place this classic polo as a must-have in your spring and summer wardrobe — heck, buy both those colorways of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo, and you’ve got versatile outfit options aplenty. Try the navy polo with slim tan chinos and white canvas sneakers, and pair the Natural Heavy Bag Polo with some of the best men’s shorts and stylish leather slip-ons — talk about easygoing spring style at its finest, right? The three-button placket on this classic men’s polo gives it some dressy polish, enough that you could rock it with a unstructured navy blazer for that Zoom call if need be. The tailored fit also makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo one of the best men’s polos on the  market — believe it. And one last kicker here: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is available for $68 right now — that’s a heck of a deal. At that rate, you’re going to get more than one polo … correct? Correct. Head over to Twitter to let me know if you pick it up.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

The Friday Read: The Best Comedies on Amazon Prime, A Faherty Brand Sale & Supporting Small Businesses

Folks, thanks once again for swinging through to check out another Friday Read during evermore strange, trying times. If you’d like to take your mind off the news — and who wouldn’t, at this point?? — I submit to you one of the latest spring style essentials from Buck Mason. The Striped Field-Spec Cotton Surplus Crew is a perfect casual spring layering pick, one you can certainly wear atop a stylish Oxford shirt on a casual day  working from home, a solitary stroll or perhaps, a quick jaunt fo fill up your favorite growler at your favorite brewery. At least, I certainly hope that’s something you can access at the moment. As for me, I’ve been spending lots of time listening to my favorite records, drinking coffee, writing, and of course — during the week — holding down the fort at my social media agency day job (from afar, naturally). My writing work is ongoing at GearMoose if you’re of the mind to stock up on some new EDC essentials or other key gear picks, too. In fact, I just wrote about some of the best hand creams for men, a crucial necessity as we all head to the sink more and more to keep our hands germ-free. Today’s Friday Read is going to focus on a healthy dose of menswear, but I’m also of the mind that you can do that while giving back. We’re looking at brands you know and love like Taylor Stitch, and maybe one or two you’re not as familiar with. If you want to keep up with what I’m reading and enjoying at the moment, follow me on Instagram. In the meantime, stay safe & thanks for reading.

Kick back and shop this standout menswear sale for a limited time.

  • Let’s dive into one of the best men’s sales to shop now, shall we? We all seem to have quite a bit more time to shop online these days, so why not check out the excellent Faherty Brand sitewide sale. In fact, you  can start with the outstanding Faherty Brand Movement Shirt, pictured above. Sitewide sales are a rarity coming from a retailer that makes some of the best men’s casual gear, so get ready to take 25 percent off SITEWIDE for a limited time, with the discount automatically applied at checkout. It’s a standout sale that’ll pay serious dividends in terms of breezy spring style essentials (as shown above!), so start shopping. Again, 25 percent off at Faherty Brand … it sounds great to me.
  • We’ve all been talking a lot lately about “flattening the curve” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and I’ve no doubt you’ve been doing your part. But what if … you could do more? Shop and give back at the same time, that is to say? Well, men’s lifestyle and golf brand Linksoul has launched a charity T-shirt campaign to give back to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and you’d do well to get acquainted with the cause. How does it work? Pre-order a limited-edition Linksoul T-shirt (designed by brand co-founder and artist Geoff Cunningham), and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the CDP. The limited-edition graphic T-shirts will ship out at the end of April, and right now, who couldn’t find a spot in their closet for a stylish tee that gives back? Do your part by visiting Linksoul online this weekend.
  • In the way of other neat and surprisingly positive news related to COVID-19, my good friends at Taylor Stitch have launched a new social campaign — #StandSmall — to support their favorite small businesses and encourage their followers do the same. The campaign features a #StandSmall directory that the brand is updating, and they’ll add your recommendations to the list! Be it through online or delivery orders, merch purchases or donations, I’m willing to bet your favorite local coffee shop, bar or restaurant is doing something to support its community  and its employees during this time.  On that note, Taylor Stitch launched a seriously cool coffee and menswear collab with Arizona creative shop and cafe FourTillFour that’s worth your time (I have some of the coffee on the way!).  Oh, and another note on Taylor Stitch: They’re running an indefinite 25 percent off sale. Get your hands on the best new men’s gear now.
  • To close things out: I’m guessing we could all use a little something to lift our spirits, yes? In that case, I’d suggest checking out the best comedies to watch on Amazon Prime (if in fact you have it) — Vulture curated this list, and there are some old-school throwbacks (pre-World War II) and new, under-the-radar sleepers (literally — “Under the Silver Lake” was a highly enjoyable watch for me last weekend). Enjoy!

That’s going to cap off this edition of The Friday Read. Ideally, you’ve got something new to watch, read or shop this weekend. I’d also recommend you check out the always-excellent mix of spring style essentials on display at Huckberry — they’ve not lost a step yet. Of course, the Huckberry Journal is a never-not-interesting take on what to read, shop and listen to during these trying times and weekends at home — I can’t recommend it enough for when you think you’ve run out of things to read or ways to enrich your mind. Alright, my friends: Be good to each other, stay safe, take care of yourself, and we’ll see you here tomorrow for my Style Pick of the Week. Thanks for reading!

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: These Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots are Classic Boots for Spring

Stepping out in style this spring with rugged chukka boots from a classic brand.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you’ve got quite the affinity for gear from San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch — from the brand’s rugged denim jackets to stellar shirting, these gear purveyors have been a longtime favorite of yours truly (going back to the early days of the blog, in fact!). And now, they’ve done it again with some of the best chukka boots for spring — heck, some of the best chukka boots on the market, period. As we work to transition our wardrobes slowly but surely toward warmer weather, classic leather chukka boots are as reliable a footwear option as it gets. Maybe you won’t need them right  now during these wild times of COVID-19 (yes, sorry, I went there!), but you will soon enough. Rest assured, you’ll hear plenty more about this style in the weeks and months to come, but for now, let’s talk about the Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona — again, folks, these are your new favorite chukka boots … easily. With a lighter weight than your tough snow boots, and a bit more polish than your favorite sneakers, there’s no question that these Taylor Stitch chukka boots (made from positively beautiful, supple 4oz. Sedona leather) check all the right boxes in matters of style and functionality.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

The difference is in the details with these Taylor Stitch boots, per usual — and that’s a great thing indeed.

What’s more, some of the best men’s chukka boots will have serious staying power starting right now in early spring, then carrying over into summer & back to fall. Truly, you can rock these rugged chukka boots with the basics (I.E. A classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt & slim chinos) and with more luxurious items (a breezy khaki cotton suit, for starters). And if you feel like keeping things casual & rocking these with a cotton pocket tee and faded blue denim? That’s a style move you should certainly make, no questions asked. The Vibram sole and Goodyear welt construction provide that crucial blend of durability and comfort — there might be a brief break-in period, based on my past experiences with Taylor Stitch boots, but once you’ve started wearing these classic chukka boots, you’ll find it tough to stop. And as with other Taylor Stitch menswear, you’ll assuredly find they get better the more you wear them. Don’t waste another second — shop these right now.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

 

#OOTD: Refresh Your Spring Wardrobe with the Best Men’s Chinos

As spring weather starts to roll into town — slowly but surely — it’s time to turn your attention toward the menswear classics that are going to work for you this season. To wit: Today’s #OOTD dives into the classic chinos you can wear all season, paired up with both rugged and refined style picks. Chinos started as a military staple, then transitioned into off-duty wear … and they’ve remained a constant ever since. Think of the Flint and Tinder Selvage Chinos as shown below (spoiler!) as a true workhorse pair of pants, able to be worn at the office and at happy hour — and on the weekend with your favorite T-shirt — in equal measure. The use of tough, cool selvage fabric gives them that old-school feel, too. They’re more polished than sweatpants or even a classic pair of dark denim, especially when you wear them the way today’s post is guiding you to do — with a rugged Western shirt from Taylor Stitch, not to mention equally rugged leather chukka boots from HELM Boots. All told, these are just a few of the pieces you can use in a spring-friendly #OOTD — comfort, style and versatility take center stage here. Naturally, it helps if you finish the entire ensemble off with one of the best men’s spring jackets — but I won’t spoil the exact pick just yet. If you have questions on how to wear your new favorite chinos, hit me up on Twitter.

You can wear these classic chinos just about anywhere — along with other menswear staples.

The thing about some of the best men’s chinos is, again, that mix of versatility, rugged appeal & classic style. The trappings of spring are, of course, in full swing (say that five times fast) when you change up the pace and swap in a Taylor Stitch shirt in place of your more classic Oxford shirt — and that entire combination stands out quite nicely when your outer layer is a  classic waxed jacket from Belstaff — for pairing up with iconic chinos, you should reach for an iconic men’s jacket (investment-level, yes, but worth it). The right footwear makes all the difference when it comes to all-day style and dependability, so you might as well reach for classic leather chukka boots, the kind that’ll break in over time and get better as they go. The right accessories help classic pieces stand out stylishly, so a vintage-style leather timepiece is the right move on the accessories front. Similarly, who can argue with one of the best men’s leather belts — and from the same brand that’s crafting your chinos? To switch things up in a way that’s unique and fun, reach for the Duke Cannon and Budweiser solid cologne shown above — it’s a nice grooming essential for spring to add to your arsenal. Last but not least, you need a tough bag to carry your EDC picks on the daily, and Billykirk x Flint and Tinder have delivered exactly what’s required this season. Again, if you have any further questions, you know where to find me — on Twitter! Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the Best Oxford Shirt Right Now

The best Oxford shirt? I’ll let you decide, but in short … yes.

Let’s be real here: When we (and by we, I mean me) step out and call a shirt the best Oxford shirt, you can rest assured there’s some serious thinking (and research, and testing!) that goes into it. And with that being said, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt (specifically, the Jack Shirt in Maroon Brushed Oxford) is the best Oxford shirt to buy right now. It’s certainly been a hot seller on the Taylor Stitch site, so if your size is sold out, rest assured, the entire run of Taylor Stitch shirting in alternate fabrics and fits offers up that same blend of quality & durability. The right Oxford shirt for winter weather should fit slim, but not too slim (check), it should be able to pull double-duty with your favorite winter blazer as easily as on its own with slim faded jeans (check), and it should be ready for season after season of wear (again, check!).

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Yes indeed, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt reliably checks all of those boxes, and that’s why you need it now. Did I mention it’s made with organic cotton and features real dark horn buttons? The hits, they keep rolling with Taylor Stitch shirting, this much is true.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt 

A dependable, classic Oxford shirt — one of several options available from Taylor Stitch.

But let’s get back to why it pays off to have a closet stocked with at least one of the best Oxford shirts for men, shall we? Think of an Oxford shirt as a sort of nice go-between when you want to upgrade your style from your favorite henley to something with a bit more polish — yet you don’t want to feel stuffy or constricted (the way a standard dress shirt might leave you feeling). That’s where your new favorite Oxford shirt comes in — throw it on with slim tan chinos and classic leather chukka boots to hit up your favorite brewery, or else pair it with your favorite winter blazer and slim blue denim to head to the office. The great news is, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt can do all of that and more — without missing a beat. Doesn’t that sound like the kind of shirt you need in your life ASAP? I thought so. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt 

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The Friday Read: Philadelphia, New Taylor Stitch Boots & How to Dress for a Weekend Getaway

Heading into the weekend with selvedge chinos from Flint and Tinder.

Ready for the weekend? Who isn’t? Hopefully, you’re going to be kicked back and relaxed with some of the best men’s chinos, a truly all-weather pair from Flint and Tinder — trust me when I say the Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos put in work all day, every day. That should be the case whether you wear these stylish slim chinos with a winter blazer for date night, or decide to throw ’em on with your favorite henley. So, that’s my first piece of menswear advice for you heading into this January weekend — rest assured, we’ve got plenty more coming in today’s Friday Read. Of course, we’ll have another Style Pick of the Week heading down the pipeline tomorrow. But first, I’m very much looking forward to what’s on my weekend slate.

To celebrate my birthday (28 on the 28th!) a bit early, I’m trekking down to Philadelphia on Saturday morning to see one of my favorite bands — esteemed California indie rockers Local Natives! — play the fun Radio 104.5 Winter Jawn, an outdoor shindig held at Xfinity Live (yes, outdoors). It promises to be part of a day of super-fun, enjoyable music, also helped along by AJR (headlining) and Sub Urban. The rest of my weekend jaunt, I plan on taking in all that Philly has to offer in the way of history and naturally, craft beer. I’ve previously explored neighborhoods like Brewerytown, and I’m turning my attention this time to neighborhood spots like the Khyber Pass Pub and of course, the much-lauded Monk’s Cafe (featuring a positively huge selection of rare beer). It should be a fun and fitting way to kick off the birthday “weekend” — I’ll never pass up a chance to hear Local Natives play classics like “Breakers” and new favorites like “Garden of Elysian,” and when you throw craft beer in the mix … that’s a huge positive! I hope your weekend is similarly filled with fun, great food, delicious beer and excellent music. OK, let’s get into today’s Friday Read.

  • If you follow the blog — and especially if you follow me on Instagram — you know one of my passions here in NYC is live music. From festivals to indie rock club shows, I’m always on the lookout for art and music that moves me & impacts my life. Since moving here, I’ve found the Governors Ball music festival to be a reliably fun and jam-packed way to get my needed dose of high-quality, soulful and meaningful music. That’s why I’m pretty excited about the Governors Ball 2020 lineup, as released last week! With sets on the way from Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend and the legendary Stevie Nicks — not to mention a packed undercard featuring the likes of Bleachers, Charly Bliss, British rockers Foals and more. Needless to say, I’m already anticipating early June in NYC. What do you think of the lineup? Let me know on Twitter.

OK, my friends — we covered a lot of ground here, from a terrific NYC music festival to winter style essentials for your upcoming weekend. Before I get ready to hit the road to Philadelphia, I’d implore you to prepare for the polar vortex (or similarly cold winter weather) with one of my recent roundups of the best new men’s gear for the season. We’re talking a rugged shirt jacket, tough leather boots, a handsome watch and plenty more. I hope you find what you’re searching for — be sure to check back here early and often for my top men’s style picks. Until next time, thanks for reading!