The Friday Read: The Best Adventure Sunglasses, The Best High-Top Sneakers & New Aether Apparel Gear

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Who’s ready to gear up for yet another fall weekend? I’ve got just the brand to help you do that, at least in my estimation. Whether your fall adventures involve a day hike, brunch, college football or yard work (I know, I know), the new Aether Apparel Fall Collection is packed with rugged gear for excursions near and far. These are durable, dependable pieces made with technical fabrics and plenty of style points, always worth adding to your own fall style rotation (call ’em the best fall style essentials if you must). It’s similar to the gear I’ll be wearing as I scout out Brooklyn beers, enjoy some college football and pack for a very exciting getaway early next week (be sure to follow me on Instagram for full details).

Yes indeed, I’ll be hitting the road to Kentucky next week for two days of special events with Horse Soldier Bourbon, as the veteran-founded brand breaks new ground on a distillery and offers up a tour of its current operations. It’s a trip perfectly timed with fall weather and fall whiskey, and I’m ever so grateful for the invite. Of course, I’ll be staying busy in the days before and after writing for sites like Fatherly and AskMen, so check out my bylines there, too. In the meantime, here are some top weekend gear picks from yours truly to keep the season rolling in fine fashion.

  • If you’ve been searching for some of the best adventure sunglasses, the type of sunglasses you can wear on the trail or on a run, and then to a brewery (to name but a few fall pursuits), then Nathan Sports has you covered. The Nathan Sunrise Sunglasses retail for just $50, blend stylish elements like a classic tortoise finish with polarized lenses, and look great for work or play. Don’t sleep on these durable outdoor sunglasses for the season ahead, my friends.
  • Speaking of my work at Fatherly, here’s a story I certainly feel is worth your hard-earned time and cash. The cult favorite basics brand Entireworld, known for its colorful sweats and T-shirts and founded by Scott Sternberg of Band Of Outsiders, is sadly going out of business. Fear not, because you can still score some stellar deals on the best basics, and I wrote all about the best on-sale clothing at Entireworld right now. Happy shopping, folks.
  • The headline says it all in today’s post, but right now truly is the season to step out in some transitional footwear, also known as the best high-top sneakers (in my opinion). Where can you find said sneakers? Why, via my latest roundup for The Manual. Time to step out in style, my friends.

I’ll let you cruise on into the weekend right now with those helpful style tips and shopping picks top of mind, but before I let you go, allow me to make one more recommendation: The best Chelsea boots from Nisolo are going to go a long way towards getting you around town in sustainable style. Read this blog post from yours truly for the full scoop. With all that being said: Enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: The Myles Apparel Fall Forward Sale, the Best Fall Boots & Philadelphia

My friends, welcome to another Friday, the last proper work day of the week and of course, the first day of October. We’re well and truly into fall right now, especially with the hint of a fall chill in the air. That must mean one thing: It’s time to throw on one of the best pairs of fall travel pants to hit the road. Those pants in question could mean the extremely travel-friendly, stretchy and durable Myles Apparel Tour Pants, right? If you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re a great place to start — particularly because this weekend, the Myles Apparel Fall Forward Sale wraps up. I talked about one of the best menswear sales out there previously on the blog, so if you act quickly (ideally, today!), you’ll have time to get deals on the best fall travel gear ASAP.

Speaking of fall travel gear, I’ve had plenty of fall mini-road trips myself, namely of the concertgoing variety. I’ve talked briefly about some of these jaunts — to Pennsylvania to see The Killers and to Detroit to see indie rocker Julien Baker — in my twice-weekly music and menswear newsletter (music is my other great passion in life). Now, of course, I bought many of these tickets months ago and have since planned out my travels, but the schedule has been jam-packed in between writing for sites like AskMen and Maxim. What does it all mean? Well, of course it means that I’m hitting the road once more this weekend, trekking down to Philadelphia to see indie rockers Big Thief! I’ve previously seen the band in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and even got to cover their set at NYC’s Governors Ball Music Festival, but a proper headline show (dressed in indie rock style — subscribe to my newsletter for more!) is always the right way to go about it. If you’d like to keep up with my Philadelphia trip, give me a follow on Instagram. For now, here’s the rest of today’s weekend roundup. Happy shopping and stay stylish!

  • If you’ve not yet laced up a pair of the best fall boots, then now is the right time to get on that. As luck would have it, I wrote about the best men’s boots for fall just yesterday on the blog, so be sure to check out my deep dive into the FRYE William Lace-Up Boots right now. There’s still plenty of time to get into it, folks.
  • I mentioned above that I’d been keeping busy covering menswear for sites like AskMen, and I wasn’t joking. For the lauded men’s lifestyle site, I wrote all about the best waxed jackets for the season ahead. It’s worth your time to really layer up in style, folks.
  • Like I said, I’ve been plenty busy writing style dispatches for the busy fall season. With all that being said, here’s one additional gear dispatch you should dive into today. Head to the Huckberry Journal — the excellent blog of one of the best retailers for men — to find out all about the best men’s shirt jackets for prime seasonal layering. It doesn’t get any better than that, my friends. Better still, head to Huckberry to shop the best menswear for fall.

We’ll help you roll on into the weekend now with a few style tips and some shopping picks in mind — how’s that sound? Before I let you go, let me offer up one last fall style tip for men: A chambray shirt is the sort of rugged and go-anywhere essential you can style with a cardigan at the office or on its own over a henley through the weekend. And Todd Snyder’s chambray shirt is the perfect piece to head into the season in style, so do yourself a favor and click through to my blog post on the ideal fall shirt. Cheers once again, my friends! Enjoy the weekend.

The Friday Read: Governors Ball NYC, The Best Fall Beers & The Killers

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Who else out there is surprised by the fact that we already hit the first day of fall this week? To me, that means several things, like the prime opportunity to pop open one of the best fall beers (more on that in a second), to go along with the chance to layer up with one of the best men’s flannel shirts for the season, like the rugged and ready-for-anything Filson Field Flannel Shirt shown above. It’s not quite cold enough just yet in NYC for that shirt, but it’s never too early to start preparing for what lies ahead (I.E. Day hikes, beer garden brews and much more).

As to my own plans this weekend, there’s a little bit of everything going on, including some shopping for fall style essentials. And beyond that, well, like I said, there’s a bit of everything. It’s hard to believe, but it’s the long-awaited and incredibly exciting return of New York City’s best music festival, the much-hyped and much-loved Governors Ball! It’s being held this year for the first time at Citi Field, with a unique in-the-round stage set-up designed to utilize space and provide maximum sound quality. But it’s notable to me for another reason: It’ll be my first time attending and covering the festival with a press pass in hand! If you keep up with me on my music & menswear Twitter, you know that I contribute to sites like Merry-Go-Round Magazine and The Line of Best Fit, and I’ve also started contributing to excellent indie music site Atwood Magazine! It’s for Atwood that I’m attending the festival, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to safely attend this standout festival to cover bands like Future Islands, a personal favorite. In the meantime, I’ll be wrapping up some writing and planning for the season ahead. To plan out your fall shopping (and possibly provide some inspiration to visit your favorite beer garden??), here’s the rest of today’s Friday Read below. Cheers!

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  • Anyone else feeling thirsty? The time has never been better to stock your beer fridge with some of the best fall beers, which run the gamut from classic Oktoberfest styles to rich double IPAs and many more. To get you started, check out my guide to the best beers for fall at Maxim. Again, cheers!
  • I mentioned legendary heritage outfitter Filson at the start of today’s post, and if you ask me, there’s never a bad time to double-down and focus once more on an iconic brand for fall and beyond. Just yesterday in fact, I wrote all about one of the best fall jackets for men here on the blog. Check out that post, and then let me know in the comments below what you think of the tough-as-nails Filson 3-Layer Field Jacket. Happy shopping!
  • If the headline had you wondering when a certain band from Las Vegas might come up in today’s post, well, here we are. I had the really incredible and exceedingly rare opportunity to catch two shows in two nights by one of my all-time favorite bands, The Killers. I wrote in my twice-weekly newsletter about trekking down to Pennsylvania (first to Bethlehem, and then over to Philadelphia) to see this lifetime band play two shows prior to a headlining appearance at Firefly Festival in Delaware, and I’m so glad I took advantage of the chance to make my own schedule, hit the road and see them. Again, head to my music + menswear newsletter to get the full scoop.

Those three quick hits above should carry you into the weekend quite nicely, right? That’s my hope at least, from the music of The Killers to the chance to stock your beer fridge with some excellent seasonal brews. Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram to catch all of the action at Governors Ball, but before you do that, I’ll leave you with one last shopping and style pick. A retro cardigan, like this Bonobos cardigan that I wrote about on the blog earlier this week, is truly unstoppable for autumn layering. One final time, enjoy the weekend and let’s keep it rolling! 

The Friday Read: The Myles Apparel Fall Sale, New Beckett Simonon Boots & The Best Automatic Watches

My friends, join me in another weekly recap via my Friday Read, and contemplate those rugged leather boots shown above as we get ready to kick off another weekend. Those are the Beckett Simonon Lopez Boots, some of the best boots for fall to get your hands on (and your feet into) right now. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your footwear rotation for the season ahead, allow me to wholeheartedly endorse some of the best men’s boots for pleasantly cool days and nights. The time is ripe, after all. And the time is ripe to really start dressin’ again, as the parlance goes. Even this week, I’ve had the chance to (safely) attend two concerts in NYC — the excellent Julien Baker and the seriously cool indie rock band Wild Pink — and I’ve even broken out some denim from Todd Snyder. Things are happening slowly but surely, so stay safe and stylish.

How else to stay stylish? With a few of my menswear reads and recommendations for your weekend. I’ve had a busy week wrapping up NYFW and working on my next AskMen story (specifically about fashion week), but if it’s new gear you want right away, I think you’ll find a few of these picks below are to your liking. I’ll be doing some digital shopping myself this weekend, and also visiting the famed NYC establishment McSorley’s for some Saturday beers. It goes without saying that I’ll be working on blog content, too. Keep it tuned right here in the meantime for a full weekend of fall fashion, and let’s get ready to step into the next season with some Beckett Simonon boots. You know the drill, folks. Cheers!

  • If you’re seeking some of the best deals on go-anywhere menswear, then it’s the Myles Apparel Fall Forward Sale you should be shopping. You’ll find versatile style picks like the durable Myles Apparel Tour Pants, which blend performance fabric and a clean cut, like your favorite chinos. Here’s the scoop: Head to the End of Season Sale page to get 30 percent off full price styles listed, and then up to 60 percent off already discounted items. It’s a deal not to be missed, so hop on it now. Oh, and the even better news? The Myles Apparel Fall Forward Sale runs through the end of the month! Not bad at all, ehh?
  • Let’s talk another shopping recommendation, shall we? To me, a wristwatch is one of the most valuable accessories you can add to your everyday carry, offering up a sense of purpose and style, as well as complementary appeal alongside outfits both dressy and casual. Luckily, there are watches for every budget and taste out there, too. With that being said, here’s where my latest guide for The Manual comes into play: Head over there to read my picks for the best automatic watches. Get to it!
  • I’ll leave you with one last shopping pick before we roll into the weekend. The power of a rugged, casual flannel shirt can’t be overlooked for fall – as in, the type of flannel shirt you can wear to the office or at home in equal measure. Here’s where the Bespoke Post Layers Box comes into play: It’s got both an essential fall flannel shirt and a toasty hat to keep you cozy all season long. Check it all out via yesterday’s blog post. Happy shopping!

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That’ll bring things to an end for today’s edition of the Friday Read. As always, we’ll get your weekend rolling in earnest with tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. If you missed last weekend’s style pick of choice, head over here to read about the best fall weekend pants: Those would be the seriously cool and comfortable Taylor Stitch Apres Pants. They won’t let you down, not in the slightest. Enjoy your Friday and we’ll see you back here this weekend!

The Friday Read: Buck Mason Sweaters, New York Fashion Week & New Laphroaig Whisky

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Folks, welcome once more to The Friday Read, where I give you the proper tools to head into your weekend in style. Considering that we’re rolling into early fall, at least on the calendar, I’d recommend you do yourself a favor in this shortened version of my weekly recap and pick up one of the best men’s sweaters from Buck Mason. Kind of like the vintage Buck Mason sweater seen above, yes? I’ll be adding that one to my wish list as we roll into the fall season in earnest.

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On another note, it was a short but very busy week in New York City, one that rolls on right now: It’s New York Fashion Week once again. After a year-plus of virtual shows, it’s been thrilling and fun to safely get back out there and see everything from emerging designers at New York Men’s Day to the inspiring gala put on by Runway of Dreams last night. As it were, I have plans to attend more shows yet today, so stay tuned to my Instagram for more NYFW highlights. In the meantime, here are a few brief highlights from this week in the world of menswear and writing by yours truly. Cheers!

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  • The headline mentions Laphroaig whisky above, so that’s where this entry comes into play. More to the point: I had the chance to review the latest Laphroaig whisky launch following a summer road trip upstate to experience outstanding Scotch and outstanding community, and you’d do well to add some to your bar cart via my latest dispatch for Maxim.
  • Let’s keep it a bit more casual in today’s shortened NYFW dispatch. Head on over to The Manual to get my guide to the best, coziest and most stylish sweat shorts to wear to work from home and lounge around in comfort this weekend. It’s really that simple!
  • Here’s one more recommendation before I let you go for the weekend: The latest and greatest from Faherty Brand is absolutely worth your time. It’s a rugged shirt jacket that’s perfect for layering, so be sure to check out my guide on the best shirt jacket of the moment, and be sure to shop accordingly.

Folks, that’ll do it for today’s Friday Read in the midst of a jam-packed New York Fashion Week. Stay safe, stay stylish and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: The Best Labor Day Sales, Taylor Stitch Shirting & Rugged Fall Menswear

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If you ask me, it’s pretty hard to believe we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. Where did the summer go? I spent a solid chunk of time in Michigan, took trips upstate with Laphroaig and Eddie Bauer (geared up accordingly) and yet, here we are talking already about the best Labor Day sales and fall menswear from brands like Taylor Stitch. I’ll have a full list of standout long weekend sales to shop below, but it’s the San Francisco-based retailer I’ve been especially impressed with as of late. In fact, if you need new Taylor Stitch menswear, the long weekend is an ideal time to get it: The long-running brand is offering 20 percent off sitewide (including new releases) and giving you an additional 20 percent off its already-discounted Taylor Stitch Workshop. These deals won’t’ be around for long (try next Monday the 6th), so you’d do well to load up that shopping cart with a few of my favorites from Taylor Stitch.

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Besides shopping for some early fall style favorites (most of which you can also find my Shop By The Style Guide), I’ll be staying busy this weekend writing about one of my other passions – music – for an upcoming piece on a post-punk album by a Scottish rock band… any guesses?? Look for it soon at Merry-Go-Round Magazine. I’m also hoping to take advantage of what should be a more dry weekend than wet and wild weather that hit earlier this week via the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida. On the docket for me? Raising a beer at a Brooklyn brewery (follow along on Instagram to find out which!) and wrapping up work on my latest music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief — folks, it’s free to subscribe! In the meantime, I’ll give you plenty to pique your interest this weekend via the best Labor Day menswear sales.

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The best men’s style essentials await

How’s that for the right way to kick off Labor Day weekend? Shopping and stocking up on new fall gear and end-of-summer style essentials is but one of the things to focus on this weekend. Elsewhere, I hope you get some time to kick back, relax, reflect on the summer (safely) with friends and family, and perhaps enjoy a cold beverage of your choice. I know I’ll be making an effort to do so, without a doubt. For now, thanks for reading and thanks for supporting The Style Guide!

The Friday Read: The Best Stores Like Zara, New Menswear from Todd Snyder & Fall’s Best Boots

Todd Snyder Fall 2021: 15 Can't-Miss Buys From the Latest Drop | GQ

It’s hard to believe, seeing as I just talked about the best discounts on menswear at Todd Snyder last weekend, but it’s already time to start thinking about the best fall menswear from the lauded designer (and plenty others, of course). Labor Day is right around the corner, and you’d do well to outfit yourself in some of the coolest transitional outerwear, lightweight, easy-to-layer sweaters and expertly faded jeans, among the latest and greatest from the Todd Snyder Pre- Fall Collection. The choice is yours (and you can also find plenty of fall style staples at my Shop By The Style Guide), but Todd Snyder menswear is one heck of a place to start.

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I’ve got new fall gear on my mind this week, even as I close out a family vacation in Michigan (I’ll cover my trip a bit more in my weekend newsletter) — I’ll be back in NYC in early September, and ready to ring in the season, as it were, with rugged henleys, waxed jackets and more. You can check out all my favorites for the season ahead, once again, at my Shop By The Style Guide , but you should also keep an eye on my writing at sites like AskMen, where I’m also covering plenty of seasonal style staples. But enough about fall. Right now, I’ve got some sun to catch in Michigan this weekend. And the rest of your Friday Read? You can find it all below, folks.

  • If you read the blog earlier this week, then you’re hopefully well-acquainted with the boots shown above. If not, well, it’s never too late (or too early) to start shopping for the best men’s boots. Head over to Bespoke Post — after reading my blog entry, that is — to shop the most rugged men’s boots for fall from Red Wing Heritage. It’s really that simple.

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Lace ’em up for fall this instant
  • Let’s shift gears quickly to your home, and the goods within that home. It’s about time you invested in the best, is it not? That’s where Shinola’s partnership with Crate & Barrel comes into play. It’s part of the just-launched effort from the Detroit watchmaker to open its own home goods store and expand upon its current line of stylish desk accessories, record players and more — naturally, I wrote about my favorite Shinola For Crate & Barrel pieces over at Maxim this week. Happy shopping!
  • The headline mentions that I’ll be talking about the best stores like Zara, and that’s precisely what I’m doing here by way of my latest Effortless Gent feature covering the top alternatives to Zara. It’s long been an affordable bastion of high-fashion style, and it’s an ideal place to go if you want everything from a camel topcoat to slim denim in your rotation for the season ahead. Head to Effortless Gent — a site for which I’ve been writing for eight years! — to check it out.

Hopefully, a few of those picks have you thinking about how best to dress and accessorize for fall. I’m getting ready slowly but surely for the season ahead, and it’s with that approach in mind that I’m recommending you stock up on the best transitional outerwear, like this Flint and Tinder indigo trucker jacket that I covered here on the blog earlier this week. Again, it’s never too early to get ready for what lies ahead. Stay stylish and thanks for reading!

The Friday Read: Filson New Arrivals, Aether Apparel’s Sale & A Michigan Getaway

My friends, welcome back to another edition of The Friday Read, your guide to the latest and greatest menswear and gear for your weekend. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly got rugged menswear top of mind this weekend, and for a couple reasons. In dealing with the heat in NYC and Michigan (as part of a family vacation I’m taking Up North!), I’ve been adding some items from the Filson New Arrivals section to my wish list — I’m not sure about you, but I’m definitely coveting some of the best fall menswear right about now. Do you have any favorites from the venerable Pacific Northwest retailer?

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Rugged fall gear awaits you

That brings me to another point, and one that’s especially fitting given the Filson heritage of making durable outdoor gear. I’ve got some essentials packed with me this weekend to head “Up North,” as we call the northern Lower Peninsula of my home state of Michigan. It’s my first time back in a year, and quite a bit has changed since on, well, all fronts. I can’t wait to see family (and some college friends prior to that!), and I’ll be outfitted the right way all the while (head to Filson to outfit yourself for the season ahead, while we’re here). Beyond that, I’ll highlight a few of my favorite seasonal picks below. And one last word to the wise: If you prefer your menswear shopping with a side of music and craft beer, as I do, then I’d head over to my music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, which features a bit of all three (and Saturday’s will take a look at the new album from The Killers. one of my favorite bands, in particular). The choice is all yours, but I don’t think you can go wrong. In the meantime, here’s the rest of your Friday Read. Cheers!

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  • Now, it’s not every day that one of the best menswear sales comes around. And it’s not every single day that Aether Apparel, makers of some of the best rugged performance menswear out there, drops a sale that’ll make you sit up and take notice. The brand, which I talked about here in a piece on the best men’s gear for spring, is offering up to 60 percent off jackets, sweaters, vests, tees, pants, bags, and more for men (and women), now through August 15th. It’s a sale packed with quality essentials that’s truly not to be missed. Start shopping!

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Score great deals on the best menswear
  • Speaking of great deals on great gear, how’s this for one of the best new menswear collections around? Just as we talked about earlier with Filson, it’s high time to start planning, slowly but surely, for early fall. Head over to Grayers, makers of classic chinos, tailored Oxford shirts and super-soft flannel shirts, to get some of the best early fall gear right now. It’s hard to pass up rugged henleys, easy-to-layer shirting and timeless chinos, right? There’s no wrong way to go with Grayers New Arrivals, in my opinion.
  • Speaking of rugged henleys, here’s yet another way to outfit yourself in style this season. Over at Fatherly, a really great parenting and lifestyle site for new dads and guys of any age, I wrote all about the best henleys for early fall from some of my favorite brands, including Buck Mason and seven other standout favorites. Shop accordingly, my friends.

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Add a prime fall layer to your closet

So, that’s where we’ll leave things in today’s Friday Read — that gives you more than enough time to shop for the weekend, does it not? I’ll give you one last recommendation before Friday kicks off in earnest. You’re going to want to keep your grooming on-point from summer into fall, and you should do that by checking out my guide to the best natural deodorant from American Provenance over in this blog post. Keep it classy and sharp, folks. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week!

The Friday Read: Mott and Bow Men’s Jeans, Buck Mason Trail Shorts & the Best New Overshirt

Mott & Bow: The best jeans for men and women at a fraction of the price |  CNN

There’s no time to waste on a summer Friday, so thanks for joining us for today’s Friday Read. I’ve certainly kept busy on the writing front this week (check out my latest for The Manual and Maxim here), but as ever, that’s no excuse not to dress in style. If you agree, and I think you should, (that’s why we’re here with today’s blog, after all!), then there’s one place to go to stay cool and stylish in the heat this weekend. That’d be with a pair of Mott and Bow men’s jeans, a nicely priced, super-premium way to get jeans in multiple fits (from Slim and Straight to Skinny) and washes for every occasion and wardrobe. Consider this my recommendation to start your weekend, one you’re likely familiar with if you caught my post on the best pocket T-shirt for summer earlier this week. It’s always worth reconsidering a brand that does one thing so well, so think of this endorsement like my own Mott and Bow review. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking, and so is the time to start planning your own stylish weekend.

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Now, onto the next order of business here in my weekly recap. I’ve got another recommendation for you to kick things off, especially if you’re inclined to tune in to some music throughout the weekend. As you very well might know, I author a twice-weekly music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief, which covers my favorite bands and my favorite menswear in turn (bands like The Strokes, essentials like a stylish denim jacket). It’s worth subscribing if you pull your style inspiration from the stage, or if you just want a listening recommendation and a new beer to try throughout the weekend.

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I’ll be working on the next edition prior to tomorrow morning, when it’ll hit your inbox. I’m also going to take the rest of the weekend to write, pack and relax (hopefully, in that order) — I’m hitting the road for a family trip to the great “Up North” of Michigan. To see how that trip goes next week, be sure to give me a follow on Instagram! As for now, here’s the rest of today’s recommended Friday reading and shopping. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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  • No summer adventure, and least of all not in a place like Michigan (or really, anywhere with idyllic lakes and wide-open spaces) is complete without the right pair of shorts. Buck Mason has solved this quite handily, as you’ll see in its New Arrivals Section. The Buck Mason Barstow Trail Roam Shorts are a new step into rugged, sporty and ever-so-slightly outdoorsy territory for the famed American retailer, makers of some of the best men’s jeans. Made from a four-way stretch nylon blend, they’re meant to mimic standard issue Marine Corps shorts. They also feature a hidden zip cord pocket and a mobile-yet-tailored fit. They’re your new favorite pair of shorts, no doubt about it.
  • Here’s another recommendation that works both right now and later on this fall and winter. This certainly won’t be the last time you read about the rugged, durable and seriously cool Filson Denim Work Shirt, which is the type of layer you can wear atop a Filson T-shirt for later summer, then continue wearing with a hard-working Filson thermal shirt when temperatures cool off. I’m excited to get my hands on one for testing soon, and you can be sure the results will be hitting the pages of this blog sooner rather than later.

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It’s the only denim shirt you need this instant
  • I talked above about the importance of finding one of the best pairs of jeans for men, but it can be easier said than done at times. That’s where my latest guide for Fatherly — a really excellent parenting and lifestyle site for guys (and really, anyone!) comes into play. I covered a crucial ensemble, the best jeans and T-shirt combinations for men, with enough picks at every price point and to satisfy every taste and style. Let me know what you think of my picks on Twitter. Cheers!

As I’ve said in the past, covering lots of ground in the menswear world can be daunting. Allow me to help, particularly with my recent guide to the best menswear to buy now at Taylor Stitch. We’re talking versatile, well-made men’s style essentials you can either buy or pre-fund now, and then wear to your heart’s content season after season. Once again, if you take the plunge with menswear from Taylor Stitch, let me know on Twitter. That’ll wrap up today’s’ Friday Read. Enjoy the weekend, my friends!

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The Friday Read: A Huckberry Giveaway, New Myles Apparel Swimwear & A Caldera + Lab Review

We’ve certainly got lots of ground to cover as we dive into another edition of The Friday Read (your weekend guide to the best menswear sales, reads and more), so let’s not waste another second. I’ll start off my weekly recap by drawing your attention to the frankly incredible Huckberry One-Bag Travel Giveaway running this weekend. From now through August 1st at 11:59 p.m. PST, all orders placed are in the running for this Huckberry giveaway, and here’s the scoop. The insanely cool Huckberry One-Bag Travel Giveaway provides you with some exceptional gear, to say the least. You’ll get a One-Bag Travel Kit worth $1,300, featuring the Black Diamond Stonehauler Bag (of course), a Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo and the exceptional Proof Rover Pants, the Proof Meridian Pant, the Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts (more on the brand in a second!) and the much-loved Naglev Unico Hikers. On top of that, you’ll also get an AirBNB certificate worth $500. It’s all the gear you need for an incredible weekend getaway, so why not pick up a favorite Huckberry essential and give yourself a chance at winning?

That’s not the only exciting thing I’ve got my eye on this weekend in the menswear world (and beyond). A word to the wise: The time is now to buy a breezy cabana shirt, seeing as I wrote about my favorite cabana shirts at Maxim this week. It’s similar to a style I’ll be wearing this weekend to stay cool in the Brooklyn heat. For another prime menswear pairing, consider picking up the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants via my blog post guide to, well, your new favorite pants. And if you could use something to listen to along the way, consider hitting “Subscribe” on my twice-weekly music, menswear and craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief. I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy in there. We’re just getting started this weekend, so let’s talk more shopping, grooming and menswear below. Cheers!

The Good

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  • Still on the hunt for some of the coolest swim trunks for men this season? I think you’re in luck, because the new Myles Apparel Swim Collection just dropped, and it’s got two standout swim trunks for guys up for grabs. There’s the Sutro Swim Trunk, a tailored and remarkably James Bond-esque pair of refined yet functional swim trunks, the kind that 007 himself would be proud to wear. You’re also able to snap up the Seacliff Swim Shorts, which are a neat hybrid short meant to be worn both in and out of the water. The sub-$80 pricing is agreeable, the versatility is much appreciated (I love the fact that you can wear the Sutro Swim Trunks to the beach bar), and the functionality is top-notch. Surf’s up, folks. Best of all is the fact that you can get 10 percent off with the code MYLES10. Happy shopping!

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  • Here’s a fun way to close out today’s Friday Read. In search of some unique summer headwear, the kind that’s fashion-forward yet functional and just a bit unique? Step right up and head on over to The Manual to cruise through my guide to the best bucket hats for men, a nice way to switch up your headwear as you soak up some sun and surf.

Just this past Monday, I talked about where you should be shopping, and what you should be buying, right now. The answer is obvious, but it’s also worthy of closer inspection. It’s San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch, long one of my favorite menswear brands. I wrote all about the five best menswear picks to buy at Taylor Stitch, and you’d surely do well to check them out in a hurry. That’s all I’ve got for you today. One last fun reminder: If it’s weekend listening you seek, there’s my newsletter The Style Guide In Brief, but I’d also urge you to consider following me on Spotify. Here’s a playlist for all those WFH days and weekend hangs ahead. Cheers and thanks for reading!