The Friday Read: The Best Summer Style Essentials, Timex x Todd Snyder’s New Watch & Taylor Stitch

The right sneakers for your next workout or your next summer trip.

How is your summer rolling along, friends? In need of new summer sneakers? Step into the weekend with the YORK Athletics Mfg. Henry Low Sneakers as seen above. With any luck, you can wear those stylish sneakers to either A) Get a workout in or B) start to check things off your summer to-do list, from festivals to craft beer tastings & summer travel. If you’ve attended a music festival or still have one on your radar, perhaps my music festival style tips ought to do the trick (Think: Rugged and casual, not sloppy). And if you still need more of the best gear for summer, well, click right through that hyperlink.


OK, now onto business — what’s on your weekend agenda? For me, it’s a rather packed one in Brooklyn — tonight marks the second night in a row I’ll be at my favorite music venue in NYC, the famed Brooklyn Steel! The occasion? A second show in a row by my second-favorite band, Local Natives! If you recall, I trekked to Portland earlier this spring to see this excellent indie rock band play a barnburner of a show behind the new album “Violet Street,” and I even met lead singer Taylor Rice out in PDX! And, last night was the first of a two-night run showing off those same tracks in Brooklyn, and with a varied setlist and stellar live sound, it was everything I thought it would be! So, if you want to follow along with tonight’s fun, join me on Instagram. The rest of my weekend is set to include a fun craft beer tour by bike with friends in Queens — and hopefully, some rest & some work on my Instagram! Again, if you care to join me on another social media platform, it’s appreciated. Now, I’ve got some work to do before the weekend. Cheers!

With that, I’ll be closing up shop for the weekend (well, until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, at least). Until then, I’d urge you to shop for your perfect summer T-shirt, or else find your new favorite pair of summer shoes. That’s all I’ve got today! Cheers.

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The Friday Read: The Strokes, OluKai Sneakers & Memorial Day Weekend

The dependable sneakers to wear all summer long.

Looking to get acquainted with perhaps the perfect pair of summer sneakers? A pair that’s going to outfit you for anything and everything you need, from outdoor grilling to early morning training? It is Memorial Day weekend, after all. In that vein, turn toward the OluKia ‘Inana Sneakers (as seen above) this weekend — they’re some of the best new sneakers to throw on your feet. Now that you’ve got your stylish sneakers sorted out for the weekend, let’s turn toward the matter at hand — as we mentioned, it’s Memorial Day weekend! This long weekend marks the official (unofficial?) start of summer, plus a great opportunity to head to the beach or pool, open up your cabin for the season, and naturally … shop some of the best summer style essentials around. My travels won’t quite be taking me to a lake, though.

A legendary band returns to the U.K. for the first time in four years this weekend.

I’m actually heading across the pond yet again this year to take in the newly icnonic All Points East Festival, headlined by none other than world-famous rockers The Strokes! My last trip overseas took me to chilly Dublin, but I expect a warm London weekend brought in by an iconic rock band this time around. The Strokes were a seminal band for me during college and beyond, and it didn’t hurt that they defined the sound of the early-’00s NYC rock revival! It’s fitting that they’re joined at this festival by none other than post-punk rock champions Interpol (another favorite!) and … *cue the applause* Jack White’s The Raconteurs! It’s an action-packed lineup for one heck of a great price at All Points East, and the perfect chance for me to explore London (and particularly the cool Shoreditch neighborhood near the festival) for a few days. Care to follow along? Head to my Instagram or my Twitter to check out all the action. Maybe throw on some tunes by The Strokes as you do. Now, that’s all I’ve got today — I’ve got a flight to catch!

  • If ever you peruse the pages of this blog, or the pages of one of my other favorite sites (GearMoose!), you might know I love recommending a stylish polo for summer. In that same vein, I wrote about the Wellen Hemp Polo, a sustainable and well-made menswear essential that’s going to keep you cool, yet sharp, as the thermostat climbs.
  • Every week, we (and by we, I mean me) try to tell you about the men’s basics that aren’t so, well, basic. On that front, I can’t recommend the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee enough — I wrote about it recently here on the blog, and it’s surely worth your time if you want a dependable summer T-shirt that gets the job done.
  • Style and toughness is the name of the game when it comes to the best men’s dive watches — wouldn’t you agree? It’s with that approachable aim in mind that I wrote about my favorites for my friends at The Manual.  Taking on summer just got a whole lot more stylish.

So with that, it’s time to wrap up today’s edition of The Friday Read — before you head out for Memorial Day weekend, I’d advise you to check out my #OOTD (quickly!) on the best travel gear to wear for spring and summer. You won’t regret it. Until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: Layer Up for Spring with the Unbeatable Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee

A dependable, substantial T-shirt to separate you from the pack this spring.

I always say that the little details, the really basic things, often make a difference in matters of men’s style, and so it goes with the best men’s T-shirts — like the exceptional Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee. Like I said in the headline above, it’s unbeatable, Although at first it looks like a simple pocket tee, this incredibly well-made number has the potential to be your new favorite T-shirt — and it certainly lives up to that potential. The Heavy Bag Tee clears the high standards set by Taylor Stitch across the board with each of its releases, from the Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots to the indigo shirt that’s one of my all-time favorites.  But again, if it’s just a T-shirt, then what’s the big deal? Not so fast, my friends.
In short, the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee delivers the goods if you want a substantial, stylish and well-crafted tee that’s a step up (a serious step up) from your standard fast-fashion tee. Taylor Stitch knows how to deliver on quality, and the durable upcycled cotton-polyester blend has some heft to it without being overly hard to layer underneath a classic chambray shirt or a rugged trucker jacket. That versatility is good news, because you’ll want to wear the Heavy Bag Tee all the time — the range of colors, from Cypress (as seen at the top) to Cypress Stripe (as seen below) & classic options like Navy are only huge positives. Small details like the rounded chest pocket and taped shoulder seams ensure everything is in its proper place.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee

But one of the range of color and pattern options you get with the Heavy Bag Tee.

The truly great thing about the Heavy Bag Tee is that thanks to the durable fabric and excellent fit, it almost doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a T-shirt. That is to say, this stylish T-shirt has enough visual interest and heft to wear on its own or layered under something as spring-friendly as a classic cotton blazer at the office. And for your off-duty ‘fits, it teams reliably with your favorite pair of denim and new suede chukka boots. The thing about a shirt as reliable as the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee is that it can be worn just about any way you please — it’s more than just your average tee.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee

The List: Upgrade Your Spring Wardrobe Right Now with the Best New Men’s Style Deals and Steals

This is the easygoing, laidback hoodie that’s actually quite the upgrade over your standard hoodie.

If at first it feels odd to see a hooded sweatshirt at the top of this post — it’s nearly May, after all — well, bear with me. Today’s list of men’s style essentials makes complete and total sense, I swear. The hoodie in question comes from Flint and Tinder, and it’s the perfect layer for breezy spring days and nights. In fact, most of the new men’s gear in today’s post serves a dual purpose: That of style AND functionality for spring.  With that in mind, we’re highlighting picks from the likes of Need Supply Co., a retailer that comes through with premium, slightly more elevated takes on men’s classics from brands like A.P.C.and Common Projects. Check it out yourself below.

Flint and Tinder French Terry Pullover Hoodie — $88

A new classic, made with care by Flint and Tinder.

As comfortable as can be, Flint and Tinder delivers with this sportswear-inspired French Terry Pullover Hoodie. It’s got the potential to be your new favorite hooded sweatshirt — it’s surprisingly stylish and also logo-free. That makes it crucial for grabbing beers with the guys or hanging at home.
Uniform Wares Rose Gold Leather Dress Watch — $700

An exceptional, highly stylish leather dress watch you can wear in any season.

The great thing about an investment-level watch — like this Uniform Wares watch — is the timeless style and versatility you get from it. This handsome leather dress watch is suitable in any season, but particularly this spring; try it with a khaki cotton suit or with your favorite T-shirt.

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boots — $319.99 

The toughest pair of quality boots your money can buy.

Is there ever a bad time to buy a rugged pair of leather boots from Red Wing Heritage? In short: No. Even though we’re rolling through spring toward summer, I’d wager you can definitely still get plenty of wear out of these Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots before the weather shifts.
A.P.C. Petit Standard Jeans — $210

A crisp, classic pair of slim blue denim from A.P.C.

Every guy needs a pair of dark blue slim denim, and A.P.C. is the way to go — these will only get better with age, and you can wear them with classic sneakers all spring and summer long.
Clarks Beeswax Wallabees — $135

A timeless classic on the men’s footwear front.

Simply put, the Clarks Wallabee are a truly timeless pair of men’s footwear — they’re quite well-suited for the breezy days of spring and summer, too. Wear them with slim tan chinos and your favorite chambray shirt for the perfect off-duty uniform.

Mott & Bow Liam Cotton-Wool Crew — $119

A classic, casual sweater from the makers of your favorite denim.

It’s true, folks — Mott & Bow, the makers of your favorite pair of denim, can also compete with the best of ’em when it comes to well-fitting, stylish sweaters, T-shirts and the like. The Liam Cotton-Wool Crew is the latest entry into the brand’s arsenal, made from Supima cotton and wool in a reverse-jersey knit for plenty of laidback comfort. The perfect spring sweater? Nearly.
Common Projects Original Achilles Low — $411
In looking through the digital archives of this site, I’m not sure I can say we’ve ever recommended Common Projects.  But in these trying times, stylish leather sneakers can pass for dress shoes when worn the right way (with slim tan chinos, a white Oxford and a navy blazer). With that in mind, the Common Project Achilles is an investment-worthy winner.
Status Audio BT One Wireless Bluetooth Headphones — $120

The coolest pair of Bluetooth headphones your money can buy.

Whenever I travel, I’ve simply got to bring along a pair of stylish Bluetooth headphones — kind of like the Status Audio BT One. No, exactly like these. They’re affordably priced, yet engineered to deliver crystal-clear sound without the hassle of cords.
Rogue Territory ISC Work Shirt — $210

A crisp, tough overshirt made for spring layering.

Remember: Just because it’s spring, doesn’t mean you should put away all your rugged overshirts just yet. This one from Rogue Territory makes for perfectly minimal styling atop a classic pocket tee. Speaking of classic pocket tees …
UNTUCKit Garment-Dyed Pocket Tee — $39

The classic pocket tee that’s comfortable enough to wear all summer.

I’d wager you know UNTUCKit from the brand’s commitment to making perfectly fitting casual shirts — and that same approach also extends to this super-soft garment-dyed pocket tee. It’s the ideal summer T-shirt when worn with tan chinos and white canvas sneakers, especially in the Ozeki Teal color, and it looks great … untucked. It’s the type of tee worth investing in.
VANS Authentic Sneakers in Black — $50

Stand out in subtle style with these classic sneakers.

There’s no way around it: VANS makes some of the best men’s sneakers out there, especially now that we’re properly getting into spring and summer. Wear these with your dark blue slim denim.
Jack Henry Clay Pomade — $22

A cool new way to upgrade your haircut this season.

So, you’ve got your new spring sweater and a pair of the best men’s sneakers all figured out. How about that haircut? There’s a new sheriff in town via the Jack Henry Clay Pomade. Old-school Western references aside, this pomade is the real deal, made with bentonite clay for extra texture and hold — casual, cool and no-fuss.’
R.M. Williams Black Yearling Comfort Turnout Boots — $495
Don’t be dissuaded by the price of these stylish Chelsea boots from R.M. Williams. For breezy spring days where you still need to look sharp, these can handle just about anything (including an after-work rock concert). That’s what you get when it comes to the best men’s boots for spring.
Foehn Apparel Collins Flannel Shirt — $99.95

A seriously unique, innovative flannel shirt.

Part classic flannel shirt, part all-day performance piece, Foehn Apparel has hit the nail on the head when it comes to a shirt that performs on the trail and the ridge as ably as it performs back in town. Comfortable fabric and two-way stretch set things apart here.
Topo Designs Global Shorts — $59

The versatile spring and summer shorts you can’t live without.

In the spirit of multi-faceted, versatile outdoor gear, let’s turn back toward Topo Designs (as previously covered on the blog). The Topo Designs Global Shorts are as the brand says, “go-anywhere” shorts you didn’t know you needed, featuring quick-drying, lightweight fabric and a range of outdoor-friendly colors, plus a hiking-friendly 7-inch inseam. Easy to pack for travel and even easier to wear when you get there.
New Republic Mason Suede Cap Toes — $85

Slightly edgy and slightly classic dress shoes for spring and summer.

Courtesy of the fine folks at The Menlo House comes an essential pair of men’s dress shoes from the Mark McNairy-led New Republic. Crisp, ever-so-slightly irreverent, and perfect to wear with light wash denim or grey chinos.
OK, now. Did you have one style essential that stood out from the crowd in today’s post? After all these years, I’m still coveting a rugged pair of leather boots from Red Wing Heritage — what about you? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

#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!

 

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!