The Friday Read: Recuerdo Mezcal, The Strokes & The Best Double-Breasted Suits

My friends, it might be hard to believe, but if you follow me on Instagram, you know it’s the case — I’m on the road once again, and on my second jaunt to Mexico in just about six months! It’s a far cry from the pandemic times of last year and the year prior, and it’s every bit as exciting as my November trip to Tequila with Jose Cuervo. In fact, it’s different and yet the same, in some ways — I’m on the road to Oaxaca to experience the delight that is Recuerdo Mezcal, and I’m excited to take a deep dive into the brand for Maxim.com. That’s worthy of a toast, is it not??

Prior to this trip though, I simply had to add in another dash of Mexico-centric fun, and it had everything to do with one of my favorite bands: That’d be The Strokes, as I wrote about for Esquire last fall. As luck would have it, the famed NYC rockers just so happened to play in Mexico City last nite, the absolute perfect way to kick off a momentous Mexico trip. Suffice to say, it’s a show I’ll never forget. And again, that’s worthy of a toast, is it not?? With that being said: I’ve got some mezcal to taste and plenty of fun on the horizon. Cheers and thanks for reading!

  • Well, my friends: Do you have a summer wedding on your radar in the months ahead? Are you looking to make a major splash? I’ve got just the style move up for your consideration today. Over at SPY, I dove into the history of the double-breasted suit, including my picks for the best double-breasted suits. Shop carefully and shake up your menswear wardrobe in a major way.
  • Let’s go a bit more casual, shall we? If you’re less worried about how to dress for a summer wedding and more concerned about how to dress for your 9-to-5 grind, fear not: The good folks at Huckberry have come up with the perfect lineup of the best smart-casual essentials to shop now, and I wrote all about it here on the blog.
  • Here’s one more unique spring and summer style tip to consider embracing right now. Have you ever given white jeans a try? While they’re quite the bold style move, they just might work for you if you snag the right pair — with that being said, give my latest for AskMen a read if you feel like upgrading your style in a major way with a pair of the best white jeans. How about it, ehh??

Alright, my friends. I hope those three style tips and reads above were helpful — to say the very least. Let’s gear up for summer in style, and here’s to a fun-filled weekend in Mexico — be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with each step of the journey!

The Friday Read: It’s Always Sunny In Philadephia

My friends, welcome to another edition of The Friday Read as yet another sunny spring weekend rolls on. I’m keeping today’s post light and fun, and Philadelphia-centric — in keeping up with my onslaught of travel over the past month (which you very well might have seen on my Instagram), I’m on the road once more. This time, as you might have guessed, I’m in the City of Brotherly Love to celebrate my great friend Drew’s upcoming nuptials, bachelor-party style. I’m sure we’ll have a cold Philly beer or two, with much to reflect on and appreciate.

If you’d like to stay busy this weekend — but in a leisurely way — head over to check out my latest writing work over at Maxim, where I’ve lately covered everything from Bluetooth speakers to the coolest sunglasses for summer. I’ve also stayed plenty busy otherwise — I wrote about the best left-handed watches — yes, a watch designed for lefties! — over at SPY, which could be just the upgrade your watch collection needs. Hopefully, you’ll find the style upgrade you need.

For now, I’ve got a train to catch and some much-needed time with lifelong friends on the horizon. Cheers, and Godspeed!

The Friday Read: The 2022 Kentucky Derby, HIRSCH Whiskey & The Best Men’s Henleys

If you’re wondering why we’re here in today’s Friday Read at my daily menswear blog talking about the Kentucky Derby, well, keep on scrolling and welcome to the ride, my friends. Now, if you follow me on Instagram, you assuredly know it’s been quite the ride these past few weeks.

I took a quick hiatus from last week’s regular Friday Read, and from my daily writing duties at sites like Maxim, to head out to Las Vegas with the TAO Hospitality Group to review the stunning new TAO Dayclub — I previously visited the incredibly cool TAO Mohegan Sun property for Maxim, and this was another stellar trip opportunity! That brings me, of course, to the Kentucky Derby — quite literally, in fact. I’ll be onsite for a lifetime chance to check out the iconic Run for the Roses, and I’ll be there as part of my “day job,” believe it or not. Woodford Reserve might be the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, but I’m attending to taste and visit HIRSCH Whiskey in Bardstown, Kentucky — along with Derby Day festivities, of course!

Naturally, you can get a taste of HIRSCH Whiskey sent to your door in the meantime via Drizly if you’d like to try out yet another Derby Day Whiskey, but in the meantime, I’ll have more insight for Maxim next week. All of which leads me into the rest of today’s Friday Read for your weekend perusal and shopping enjoyment. I’ll be suited up on Saturday, so be sure to follow along with my Instagram. Cheers!

Best Taylor Stitch menswear
  • Now, Taylor Stitch menswear might not be the first thing on your mind as seersucker suits and the like take center stage this coming weekend. That being said, here’s your weekly (if not daily!) reminder to check out what the brand is doing, from substantial yet soft T-shirts to sturdy denim jackets and some of the coolest accessories you can shake a stick at — go give Taylor Stitch another look if you need a spring or summer refresh.
  • Another area in which to focus on a spring or summer refresh? Your basics rotation, hence why I wrote all about the best men’s henleys over at SPY.com, featuring favorites from Buck Mason and many more. It’s a list of the best of the best, in my humble opinion, and I recommend you hop to it to add a new short-sleeve henley or three into your life.
  • Here’s another style pick on a budget to get you thinking spring and summer upgrades. Over on the blog just earlier this week, I told you all about a great way to save on sneakers from Bespoke Post. The magic — and the deal — can be found within that post. Let’s get right to it and add to cart, my friends.

That’s going to wrap up today’s Friday Read, all in the name of enjoying the one and only Kentucky Derby — and of course, some finely crafted HIRSCH Whiskey. I can think of no better way to enjoy the weekend. We’ll see you out there and online, my friends!

The Friday Read: Spring Gear from Huckberry, A New Jacket from Buck Mason & The Best Slim Wallets

Best spring shorts for men.

Here’s to lounging all the way into a nice Easter weekend, right, my friends? And here’s to doing it in style with a pair of shorts like the Taylor Stitch Apres Shorts, which you can get right now at Huckberry. It’s not the last time you’ll be seeing these shorts on the blog, and it’s mighty fitting that they’re available in time for what’s shaping up to be quite the warm spring (at least in my neck of the woods). Do yourself a favor and go on: Get your new favorite shorts.

It’s the kind of style move I’ll be looking to make around Brooklyn myself this weekend, and it’s promising to be a busy one, at that. In addition to my ongoing writing work at SPY — more on that in a second — I’m going to be making the trek out to hip, industrial Brooklyn neighborhood Bushwick to see a show at eclectic venue Elsewhere. The show in question?

A concert by Scottish post-punk rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks, a band that I reviewed this past fall for Atwood Magazine. Give them a listen for a mix of alternately dreamy and sharp post-punk, and be sure to keep up with all the fun on my Instagram. Here’s to the rest of your weekend and your Friday Read below.

Best spring jacket for men.
  • If you’ve been on the hunt for a new spring jacket, I’ve found one of the best spring jackets to buy now, courtesy of the good folks at Buck Mason. It’s the Buck Mason Ghia Storm Stopper Driver Jacket, a play off the classic Harrington jacket that you can rock with just about any other casual spring style staples in your wardrobe. Shop accordingly, my friends.
  • Minimal, sharp and sleek style is the name of the game these days, and that’s no more true than when it comes to your everyday carry. Well, do I have something for you. My writing at SPY is one of the more fun parts of my weekly slate of projects, and I had a great time covering the best slim wallets for men. Upgrade your daily haul by slimming things down today.
  • Here’s a helpful one from this very blog if you need to upgrade your basics game as well as your daily carry: Head over to Arvin Goods — and check out this blog post on sustainable socks — to get the refresh (and the eco-conscious style!) your sock drawer needs.

That’ll bring this suitably spring style read to a close today: Stay safe out there, stay stylish and hey, Happy Easter!

The Friday Read: The Best Men’s Chinos, New Spring Sneakers & New Luxury Timepieces

Best men's chinos for spring.

Let’s step on into the weekend accordingly wearing some of the best men’s chinos for spring, shall we? The pair you see above comes from one of the best online menswear shops out there, one you know all too well if you read the blog regularly: Of course, that’s Huckberry, and those are the Relwen Flyweight Flex Chinos, some of the best chinos for men to wear all spring. Shop accordingly to start your weekend, the right way, my friends.

I’ll be doing some shopping of my own this weekend, of course, but I’ll also be ringing it in the right way with some seasonal beers around Brooklyn and some jaunts around the borough, of course (weather permitting). I’m coming off a pretty momentous week, including an early-week trip to Boston to see NYC dance rock legends LCD Soundsystem — not once, but twice! — and I also saw another huge concert, a rescheduled Brooklyn concert by early-aughts rockers and personal heroes The Strokes! To see them in Brooklyn after a rescheduled New Year’s Eve show was a true joy. For now, I’ve got some more stories to knock out (a few of which you can read below!), and I’d encourage you to start spring in style. Cheers, my friends.

  • Here’s another essential spring style pick to start your weekend — head back on over to one of the best online menswear shops to stock up on the best men’s sneakers for the season ahead (and the rest of summer). From canvas kicks to leather-accented low-top sneakers and stylish high-top sneakers, believe me when I say the Huckberry Sneaker Shop won’t let you down.
  • It’s been a big few weeks in the world of luxury watches, which you surely know about if you follow me on Instagram or read my work at sites like Maxim. In that regard, I also wrote about the most affordable watches from the luxury watch extravaganza that is Watches and Wonders — read and shop my latest over at SPY, my friends.
  • I’ll leave you (briefly) with one more shopping pick for the weekend. It’s still plenty breezy from time to time, which makes it all the more crucial that your wardrobe is stocked with the right layers. Just yesterday on the blog, I wrote all about the best shirt jacket for spring from the trusted retailers at Bonobos. Make it yours ASAP.

That’s going to put a bow, so to speak, on the latest Friday Read. Be sure to keep it tuned here to shop the next Style Pick of the Week (coming up tomorrow!) and an outstanding Sunday Sale, all the better to shop and save. Cheers, my friends!

The Friday Read: New Spring Gear from KUHL, Watches and Wonders 2022 & A Myles Apparel Sale

KUHL gear review.

Has there ever been a better time than right now — an early spring weekend — to embrace a return to the great outdoors? Even if the “great outdoors” happens to be, say, your favorite local park, the right rugged menswear — like the best performance gear from Utah-based brand KUHL — goes a long, long way. If you’re not familiar with KUHL, now is also a great time to get acquainted. They make premium, eco-conscious picks, like the best men’s waxed jacket, durable hiking pants or soft flannel shirting — and they do it all with an ethos that your clothes should last a long time and look great no matter where you go.

It’s an inspiring approach, one that I love — I love it so much, in fact, that I featured KUHL in my guide to the best waxed jackets for spring at AskMen. I think you’ll love ’em as much as I do, so take a look and let me know if you like what you see. So, with that new gear recommendation in mind, I think it’s high time we got the rest of this weekend’s Friday Read rolling.

You can venture back here tomorrow for the latest Style Pick of the Week, and in the meantime, I’ll also be working on new content for sites like SPY. I’m doing it all, of course, before I head north to Boston to see legendary NYC dance rockers LCD Soundsystem play two shows at Boston’s newest venue, Roadrunner. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of the fun, and keep your weekend moving swiftly in style with the rest of my top picks.

Myles Apparel menswear review.
  • Here’s another gear recommendation you’ll love if you’ve been wanting to get back out there in style. It’s time for the Myles Apparel Spring Sale, another excellent way to save on the best performance menswear for a limited time. The Myles Apparel Spring Sale runs through April 3rd, and they’re offering 50 percent off the best stretch chinos, moisture-wicking shirts and more with the code SPRING50. Current sale pieces are also now going for up to 75 percent off. Now through Sunday, shop and save on standout gear, my friends.
Billy Reid spring menswear.
  • As the headline mentions, it’s been a big, big week in the world of watches, all thanks to the 2022 edition of the luxury watch trade show Watches & Wonders. It’s the best way possible to see an array of astoundingly cool new releases from the world’s top watch brands, and on that note, I wrote about the best new Rolex watches — with input from none other than the watch experts at Bob’s Watches. Check it out at Maxim and add a watch or two to your wish list.

That trio of reading and shopping selections will bring this week’s edition of the Friday Read to a close. Do you have any new items on your wish list or in your virtual shopping cart already? I certainly hope so, whether it’s a pick from the Myles Apparel Spring Sale or something from the endlessly cool Billy Reid Spring 2022 Collection. Let me know in the comments what you’re picking up, and here’s to a safe and stylish spring weekend.

The Friday Read: The Bonobos Sitewide Sale, Flint and Tinder’s 10-Year Collection & OMEGA x Swatch

Best deals on Bonobos menswear.

Now is as good a time as any — on a fine spring Friday — to jumpstart your weekend with the best deals on menswear, is it not? And I’ve got just the way for you to do that: With the Bonobos Sitewide Sale, of course. It’s a true rarity to get deals sitewide on the best Bonobos menswear — although you find some of the best chinos for men under $100 to begin with — but to knock those prices down even further on a wide array of style essentials is quite the treat. Here’s the catch: The sale starts next Friday and runs through April 3rd, but be sure to shop the rest of the Bonobos Sale Section in the meantime to save on new spring style moves.

Shopping should be on your weekend to-do list, and it’s on mine, too — at least, adding to my style wish list is near the top of my latest round of “to-do’s.” Elsewhere, I’m going to be keeping busy writing for SPY — one of my new favorite Web sites at the moment for the best men’s gear. I’ve also got quite the listening recommendation for you: If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of my favorite bands of the moment, Aussie rockers Gang of Youths, soar on into your weekend with my Atwood Magazine interview with the band’s bassist, Max Dunn. That’s hardly all I’ve got for you coming up. The rest of today’s Friday Read will sort out your weekend in fine, rocking fashion, too. Thanks for reading!

Flint and Tinder gear review.
  • Speaking of Flint and Tinder, here’s another recent release from the famed in-house brand at Huckberry that I simply can’t get enough of — and I think you’ll feel the same way. It’s the Flint and Tinder Fatigue Jacket, as covered by yours truly on the blog, that’s got the potential to become your new favorite spring jacket. Seriously. Read all about it and let me know in the comments below if you like what you see. Happy shopping!
  • If you keep an eye on the world of watches, as I do, perhaps you had your world rocked by an out-of-this-galaxy collaboration. Announced just yesterday, OMEGA and Swatch are teaming up on 11 new models of the iconic OMEGA Speedmaster. OMEGA x Swatch is one of the best watch partnerships I’ve seen in some time, so be sure to give my latest for SPY a deep dive — and keep an eye out for a Swatch store near you.
Best Shinola watch for men.

Here’s one more for all you watch lovers out there. It’s no secret that I can’t get enough of stylish Shinola men’s watches, and I particularly love the Shinola Runwell Watch. This classic timepiece got an update via a new edition of the Shinola Runwell in Matte Gray, which I happened to cover on this very blog just yesterday. If you’re in need of a durable, rugged and affordable new watch, I’d say that’s the one to buy. Alright, onward to the weekend. Make it a great one!

The Friday Read: The Best Harrington Jackets, A New Buck Mason Shirt and Spring Activewear

Best new Filson gear for spring.

My friends, join me in another edition of the Friday Read as we step into spring in rugged fashion — not unlike that Filson jacket shown above, and not unlike the well-curated New Arrivals section at Filson. From waxed outerwear to lightweight shirts and hard-wearing henleys and T-shirts, I’m sure you’ll find the best new menswear that you need for the season ahead, all thanks to the venerable Pacific Northwest gear outfitter. I’ve definitely got my eye on some new style moves for spring, as crucial a time as any to make sure you’re ready for, well, anything from — from breezy spring days to sports bar beer sipping as you watch March Madness this weekend.

My agenda this weekend mixes both work and play, as I’ll be writing more menswear and gear stories for SPY.com (be sure to check out my byline!), not to mention taking in some long-awaited college basketball action featuring my alma mater, Michigan State! It really doesn’t get any better than that — be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep track of all the fun (and all of my writing work, too!). In the meantime, get into the spirit of the weekend (it’s still St. Patrick’s Day weekend technically, right?) with my picks for the best style reads and sales of the week.

Rugged Western shirt for men.
  • Here’s a great way to start your weekend — by picking up a rugged new Western shirt from Buck Mason, of course. The ideal Western shirt — like the one shown above — is light enough to be worn on its own, yet durable enough to style with one of your favorite T-shirts, and it looks great with black jeans, tan chinos or even olive joggers. Get yours from Buck Mason now.
  • Alright, here’s a standout sale for all your budget-conscious shoppers (guilty as charged). The good folks at elevated performance menswear brand AETHER Apparel are running an End of Season Sale now through March 28th. Click through to get up to 60 percent off men’s gear, jackets, shirting, footwear and more — you won’t regret the savings or the style points.
  • Moving on from rugged menswear, spring is a time to get back out into the world with comfort and style in mind. That’s why it was so neat to write all about the best activewear joggers and jackets over at Maxim — these picks are anything but sloppy, my friends. Upgrade your wardrobe ASAP.

I’ll leave you with one last cherished, helpful style read before heading into the weekend. The Harrington jacket has an illustrious history and plenty of utility and heritage to go along with it. It’s one of my favorite styles of jackets, and that’s why it was so cool to write about the history of Harrington jackets over at Fatherly. Layer up in style, my friends! Cheers!

The Friday Read: Darn Tough Socks, A New Buck Mason Promo & the Best Chambray Shirt for Spring

Best everyday socks for men.

It’s a bit of a different Friday than usual here at The Style Guide — for one, I’m not in Brooklyn, prepping for a weekend rock show or brewery visit, but I’m en route as we speak to the lovely, wooded north of Vermont, where I’m spending the weekend visiting Darn Tough Socks. Yes, that’s right: I’ll be getting an inside look — factory tour and all — at some of the best USA-made socks on the market (if not the best). I’ve worn Darn Tough socks myself for years, and I’d encourage you to check the brand out if you need new socks to wear with your favorite boots, for instance. In the meantime, be sure to follow along with all of the sock-making, Vermont beer-sipping fun on my Instagram.

I’ve stayed plenty busy this week in the days leading up to my trip, be it writing about the best work jackets at SPY.com or covering a seriously cool new Bushmills x Peaky Blinders partnership at Maxim. Of course, there are also a few more blog posts coming your way at this site in the days ahead, but for now, I’ll get your weekend going with a few choice shopping picks from some of my favorite brands. Cheers, folks!

Best weekend sweats for men.
  • Here’s a deal you’d do well not to miss if you want to upgrade your weekend sweatpants for spring. Over at Buck Mason, you’ll find an exceedingly rare Buck Mason promo running this weekend only: Get 20 percent off a men’s sweat set when buying a hoodie and sweatpant combination. The brand takes great care to make some of the best sweatpants for men, and now is a truly solid time to save some hard-earned cash while upgrading your laidback loungewear game.
  • Denim lovers, this one’s for you. Now through March 12th — that’s tomorrow, my friends — head online to L.A.-based denim brand DSTLD, makers of the best men’s jeans and more (as you’ve hopefully read on the blog, of course). While there, use the code WOW50 to take 50 percent off everything from the best chambray shirting to essential denim and more. It’s not going to be around the entire weekend, so do yourself a favor and start shopping ASAP.
  • I mentioned that you should know DSTLD if you read the blog, right? Well, here’s as good a way as any to get properly acquainted — just yesterday, I covered one of the best chambray shirts to buy now and wear all spring, especially with a pair of well-made DSTLD men’s jeans. Oh, and that discount? You should make good use of it starting in 3…2…1.

Before we head into the weekend, and before I bundle up to enjoy Vermont, here’s one more helpful style suggestion for you. The place to go this season, starting right now, to upgrade your spring jacket rotation? That’s Huckberry, makers of some of the best waxed jackets and a whole lot more. In that vein, I wrote about the best waxed jackets at Huckberry earlier this week — get ready to add to your wish list ASAP. Cheers and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: New Buck Mason Spring Gear, Sustainable Shirting & The Best GMT Watches

Best new spring shirt for men.

As we launch into Friday, I’ve got my sights set on rugged new spring gear — even if the temperature in NYC leaves a little something to be desired. I’m specifically loving the standout new Buck Mason Western Denim Shirt, made from handsome yarn-dyed indigo cotton in a slim fit, and made to break in over time the more you wear it this season. If you’ve read the blog, you know I love Buck Mason menswear, especially its go-anywhere versatility heading into a very early spring weekend — a new season marks a time for new wardrobe upgrades, wouldn’t you agree? And you can’t go wrong at all with Buck Mason.

As luck would have it, I’ll be wearing some of my favorite Buck Mason essentials this weekend, seeing as I’m back in Brooklyn from a Florida trip (as you saw on my Instagram) and I need to layer up accordingly. In fact, I’m heading out this evening to indulge one of my other passions — music, of course (perhaps you saw my latest story for SPIN?). I’m seeing the legendary, long-running indie rock band Guided By Voices at NYC’s iconic Irving Plaza — a show that’s been pushed back twice for me since last September! I’m going to outfit myself accordingly, and for your own weekend pursuits, I suggest you do the same — here are a few of my top selections to keep your Friday rolling.

Billy Reid menswear review.
  • I talked in my last Friday Read about needing to shop the new Billy Reid Spring Menswear Collection, and I’m back in full force recommending you check out the famed Alabama designer’s wares. The offering includes breezy cotton tees, a rugged trucker jacket, lightweight sweaters, durable jackets and overall, well, some of the best new spring menswear to amp up your wardrobe. Go to it, folks.
Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley
  • How’s this for making an impact beyond menswear? Known as the “Gangsta Gardener,” Los Angeles legend Ron Finley debuted the Ron Finley Project to bring vibrant nature and healthy, locally grown food to the people of South Central Los Angeles back in 2010. Now, he’s partnering up with San Fran’s Taylor Stitch on the Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley Capsule Collection, updating some of the brand’s most iconic and rugged staples with his own vibrant, nature-filled spin — the collection is up for pre-order right now, folks.
  • Functional style is the name of the game with a GMT watch — known as Greenwich Mean Time. These watches, seemingly complicated on the surface, offer both bang for your buck and go-anywhere dependability, and they can do an awful lot to upgrade your watch collection. On that note, I wrote for SPY.com on the best GMT watches, so consider adding one to your collection ASAP.

Here’s one final style move to get your weekend started off the right way. Just yesterday, I wrote about one of the most sustainable shirts on the market from Outerknown — it’s your new go-to spring layer, so read all about it here on the blog. Have a great weekend and as ever, thanks for reading!