The List: Upgrade Your Summer Wardrobe Instantly with Today’s Top Gear Picks

We’re telling you all about the versatile blazer you need for spring and summer — and plenty of other top gear picks.

Capalbio Linen Blazer — $300

A surprisingly field-ready — and travel-ready — blazer.

Not unlike a cool hybrid between a field jacket and a blazer, the Capalbio Linen Blazer is the most versatile jacket you can wear this spring and summer. Pairing it with a classic slub tee and light wash denim? Go for it. Trying it on for speed with a blue Oxford shirt and tan chinos? Bingo. Flipping up the collar as you layer it over a denim shirt, then using it as a travel jacket? Yes, the Capalbio Linen Blazer can do it all.

Braun BN0024 Leather Watch — $210

A watch so sharp, you might want to wear it every single day.

We applaud this stylish leather watch from Braun, at once minimal and pleasingly subtle in terms of its design. Quite possibly your new favorite leather watch, no matter the season.
Astorflex Campflex — $175

Durable, sustainably made and perfect for a spring or summer weekend.

True to form, we love Astorflex for making stylish, sustainable footwear — very much like the casual-yet-versatile, part moc-part chukka Astorflex Campflex. Wear these all weekend with slim light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley.

Old Enfield Supply Co. 48-Hour Duffel Bag — $175

The rugged duffel bag to take you everywhere this season.

There’s the bag you used to take on trips in high school and college, and then there’s one of the best weekender bags for your next trip — this Old Enfield Supply Co. duffel earns that distinction handily.

Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt — $128

The durable overshirt that’s going to take any look from 0 to 100 quickly.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you read this, the remarkable Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt in a handsome Charcoal and Rust Plaid pattern might be sold out. But if not? You’d do well to pick up this rugged overshirt for some extra protection on breezy spring and summer nights.  Wear it with the equally rugged Taylor Stitch Ranch Boots.

Uuni Koda Portable Pizza Oven — $295

The handy, essential outdoor oven to upgrade your “pizza game.”‘

Is this portable pizza oven a traditional menswear pick, per se? Not quite — but for all your outdoor adventure, camping & grilling needs, the Koda Portable Pizza Oven should come in handy.

Flint and Tinder Garment-Dyed Oxford — $118

The easygoing-yet-sharp shirt you’ll want to wear as often as possible.

So we talked already about your rugged overshirt — but what about a more casual, versatile everyday shirt? That’s this classic Oxford from Flint and Tinder; it’s the type of shirt to wear to the office or out to a weekend coffee date with ease.

Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Boxer Briefs — $28

Easily a new favorite pair of boxer briefs — right? Right.

Nearly $30 for a pair of boxer briefs? Yes indeed — these aren’t your standard boxer briefs. The Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Boxer Briefs blend technical savvy with a classic fit through a microfiber four-way stretch fabric and a moisture-wicking, anti-odor finish. The best boxer briefs you’ll ever own? Very nearly.

Howler Brothers Sunset Scout Shirt — $79

A laidback, easygoing shirt you can wear practically anywhere.

Your search for the perfect summer shirt ends right here — this classic, casual option from Howler Brothers features a timeless camp collar and breathable, textured cotton construction.

Bespoke Post Retreat Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

If you pick up the Bespoke Post Retreat Box, this could be you.

Another week, another essential Bespoke Post Box. As luck would have it, the Bespoke Post Retreat Box — equipped with an easy-to-carry hammock and blanket combo — is all you need for outdoor relaxation this summer.

Momentum Watches Torpedo Pro 44 — $129.98

The dependable watch to take you through plenty of summer adventures.

Finding a go-to casual watch at an affordable price is something that’s more difficult than you might expect. Not so with the Momentum Watches Torpedo Pro 44, potentially your new favorite field watch.

Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Crew Socks — $24

The comfortable, performance-ready socks you need in your wardrobe.

More gear from Mack Weldon? Yessir. That same excellent, durable, moisture-wicking, anti-odor AIRKNITx technology gets applied to a seriously premium, comfortable, breathable pair of socks.  Are you sold on these yet? You should be. I’d feel comfortable wearing these stylish socks for a long day of travel with your favorite pair of chukka boots — they’re that good.

Those are all of our new summer gear picks today. Did you have a favorite? For my money’s worth, I seriously love the rugged, versatille Taylor Stitch Moto Utility Shirt for all kinds of summer layering potential. Let me know your take on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

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The List: These Are Your New Favorite Summer Style Essentials

Let’s keep it casual, cool and breezy this summer with Taylor Stitch, shall we?

Can you feel it in the air? The start of summer? Yes, we’re getting there — slowly but surely. For every bright and sunny day though, there’s bound to be a chilly night around the bonfire, beer in hand — that’s where the Taylor Stitch Big Sur Hoodie comes into play as today’s lead-off selection. You’ll find the rest of our picks below capture the right balance between casual and rugged, spring and summer … and you might find you want all of these new menswear essentials for yourself. Enjoy, and let me know what you think on Twitter.

Taylor Stitch Big Sur Hoodie — $168

stylish zip hoodie

The dependable zip hoodie you need for chilly summer nights.

Today’s top pick, and perhaps the best men’s hooded sweatshirt on the market. Even though we’re into May, there’s a chance that the weather could turn breezy. For all those nights — and summer bonfires aplenty — wear this stylish zip hoodie from Taylor Stitch.

Carpenter Watches G2 Brooklyn Gent — $724.98 

The undeniably stylish watch you’ll want to wear as often as possible.

We’ll pivot from a casual zip hoodie right into the refined leather watch you’ll want to wear to the office and to summer weekend cocktail parties time and again — the stellar Carpenter Watches G2 Brooklyn Gent is perhaps the best leather watch to get on your wrist.

Buckler’s Daily Defense Kit — $68

A handy trio of grooming essentials for any day of the week.

We’ve talked in the past on the site about the Buckler’s Daily Defense Kit, and although it might not be the middle of winter, men’s grooming essentials are no less vital. Use this as often as you can.

Mott & Bow Slim Mosco Denim — $96

The slim light wash denim to pair with your new navy hoodie.

How to best complement your new stylish zip hoodie in a way that’s casual and laidback? Why, slim light wash denim from Mott & Bow. Easygoing, comfortable and made for anything.

Clarks Wallabee Boots in Maple Suede — $140

The perfect middle ground between casual and overly rugged for spring.

A style as timeless as the Clarks Wallabee Boots demands your attention this spring and summer. Consider these classic suede boots a nice go-between from your sneakers and your heavy-duty leather lace-up boots.

mohinders City Slipper in Solid — $165

A one-of-a-kind pair of stylish summer slip-ons.

Listen, are these woven leather slippers from mohinders for everyone? Quite likely not. But if you want a pair of stylish slip-ons for summer, the kind you can wear with olive chinos and a white slub tee without missing a beat, these mohinders City Slippers are the way to go.

Taylor Stitch California Shirt — $125

The uniquely stylish shirt to wear all summer.

We’ve previously covered the incredible utility and style of the Taylor Stitch California Shirt here on the blog, and it’s back again — with good reason. It’s a one-of-a-kind shirt in a rich Indigo color, and you should wear this rugged indigo shirt  all the time with slim tan chinos. The perfect summer shirt, in short.

Topo Designs Wind Jacket — $149

The rugged-yet-versatile jacket to wear early and often this spring.

Looking for a durable spring jacket to carry you through seasonal day hikes and more leisurely pursuits (a la a trip to your favorite brewery?). The Topo Designs Wind Jacket is the one to buy now.

Grayers Newport Blazer — $195

A unique spring and summer blazer for standout seasonal style.

If you want to stand out the right way at a summer cocktail party or a summer wedding, you could do worse than to wear this classic cotton blazer from Grayers, right? Right. Pair it with slim grey chinos and a blue chambray shirt.

Huckberry Vintage Runners — $137.98

Retro-inspired sneakers to wear as much as you can this May (and beyond).

Early summer is nothing if not the perfect time to wear your new favorite sneakers. And those particular sneakers? They would happen to be the Huckberry Vintage Runners, and they’re perfect to pair with slim light wash denim from Mott & Bow.

Fjallraven Ulvo Rolltop — $135

The technical backpack that’s ready for anything this season.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m less of a “technical bags guy” and more of a “leather messenger bag” guy — but this Fjallraven Ulvo Rolltop is simply primed for summer adventures.

La Paz Ribas Henley — $76

The short-sleeve henley you need now, and in a perfect color for summer.

We’ll keep the versatile summer gear picks coming here today with this rugged short-sleeve henley in a bright, summer-friendly color. Wear this one with slim chinos and vintage leather sneakers to grab a pint or two.

Wellen Organic Jeans — $88

Another edition to your rotation of light wash jeans this season.

What could be better than a pair of the best light wash denim to wear all spring and summer? How about a pair like the Wellen Organic Jeans, made with 100 percent organic cotton? Bingo.

Huckberry Blue Hour Growler — $55.98

A tough, well-designed growler to keep your favorite beverage cold.

It wouldn’t be spring and summer if we didn’t discuss one of the best craft beer accessories to bring with you on camping hikes and day trips aplenty. We first introduced you to this Huckberry Blue Hour Growler in this list of 2018 men’s style essentials, but we’re bringing it back today — ’tis the season.

 

Alright, so that was quite the list of spring men’s gear picks, was it not? Do you have a favorite? To me, it’ll always be tough to pass up something as critical and yet underrated for summer as the Taylor Stitch Big Sur Hoodie, or else the Huckberry Blue Hour Growler (what can I say, I love me some craft beer!). Let me know your picks over at The Style Guide Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

The List: These are the 10 Best Spring Style Essentials to Shop This May

Kicking things off today with a breezy-yet-functional, seasonal layer.

Is getting ready for a new season difficult or fun? Is it more enjoyable to wear your favorite style essentials, or pursue them? Well, seeing as it’s May, perhaps you’ve long been in pursuit of some seasonal wardrobe upgrades, and now … you’re ready to make it happen. We’re serving up the 10 best spring style essentials to make your wardrobe that much more fashionable this season. As I always say, there’s something for everyone in this edition of The List. Get acquainted now.

La Paz Baptista Shirt Jacket — $200

Pleasingly rugged and made to layer, this shirt jacket is a surefire spring style move.

There’s still the odd day where it can get a little breezy — this indigo shirt jacket is a natural go-between layer, and would wear perfectly with a white slub tee and slim tan chinos.Plus, it’s an able travel companion with enough room for your everyday carry essentials.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee — $68

The exceedingly comfortable, performance-friendly tee for all your spring pursuits.

To nicely complement your indigo shirt jacket, reach for the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee, made to wick away sweat and perform all day long. The range of colors is more than agreeable, too. All in all, it could just be your new favorite T-shirt.

VANS Classic Slip-ons in True White — $50

A tried-and-true classic when it comes to your sneaker rotation.

If you’re looking for a classic pair of summer slip-ons, the kind you can wear for days on end without missing a beat, you could do worse than these VANS slip-ons in a white canvas that almost looks better scuffed up.
A.P.C. Washed New Standard Jeans — $220

A happy medium between inky blue denim and too-light jeans.

Searching for the right balance between full-on “Dad Jeans” and a heavy indigo pair of denim for allow? These A.P.C. Standard Jeans are a reliable classic, and assuredly one of the best pairs of light wash denim out there.

Billy Reid Marine Plaid Shirt — $148

The throwback-inspired short-sleeve shirt to wear as often as you can this spring.

Never underestimate the utility of a stylish short-sleeve shirt — especially the Billy Reid Marine Plaid Shirt. Wear this retro-inspired short-sleeve shirt under a blazer for a bit of “devil-may-care” work week style, then wear it out to your favorite patio bar on the weekend.

Bespoke Post Cantina Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

The essentials to make some of the best fajitas you’ve ever had — guaranteed.

A traditional menswear staple? Not quite. Still necessary? Yes. In honor of the quickly approaching Cinco de Mayo holiday, serve up some sizzle of your own with the Bespoke Post Cantina Box, a perfect way to upgrade your skills in the kitchen.

Faherty Brand Ventura Shirt — $148

A seriously cool shirt you can wear to all your spring and summer happy hour festivities.

Want the perfect shirt for spring and summer? Something that’s laidback and casually cool, featuring some of the best fabric  (a lightweight twill) that I’ve seen? That’s the Faherty Brand Ventura Shirt.

Filson Tablet Briefcase — $275

The tough briefcase you just might use every single day.

Getting around efficiently and in style is critical no matter the season — for work trips and weekend getaways alike, the Filson Tablet Briefcase keeps this crucial piece of tech in fine form. The rest of the time, use it to carry your other travel essentials.

New Balance M998 Sneakers — $180

A classic pair of sneakers that just so happen to be made in America.

Retro sneakers really are all the rage these days, but here’s the thing: New Balance has been making sneakers like the M998 for years now. Maybe it’s time you got a pair and rocked ’em with rolled chinos and a navy tee?

UNIMATIC U3-A Watch — $615

The hard-wearing watch to upgrade your spring style instantly.

Spring and summer adventures call for a ridiculously dependable dive watch that stands up whatever you throw at it. The UNIMATIC U3-A Watch is that watch, complete with 300 meters of waterproof functionality.

 

So, now that we’re through with today’s rundown of the best new gear for spring, which entry did you like the best? Maybe, with Cinco de Mayo on the way, you’ll be picking up the Bespoke Post Cantina Box? Or perhaps, you’ll be looking to snag a pair of the A.P.C. Standard Jeans? Whatever you do, do it in style. Thanks for reading!

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!

The List: These Are the Best New Men’s Style and Grooming Essentials of the Season

It’s high time you geared up for spring, is it not?

Still searching for the best spring rain jacket, like the Relwen Packlight Shell as shown above? Or perhaps you’re after other crucial pieces among a host of men’s style essentials you need for the season? We’ve got you covered with today’s new, spring-forward edition of The List — from a slim, sustainably made new polo to a crucial facial moisturizer crafted for daily use, enjoy all the gear you need now. Oh, and as ever … keep your credit card handy. You’ll need it.

Relwen Packlight Shell — $228 (Huckberry Exclusive)

The breathable, packable, functional shell that’s going to take you through spring.

As sold by the good folks at one of my favorite online shops, this stylish rain jacket is also seriously functional — it’s maybe the perfect spring jacket wear all day, every day (or at least on rain days, that is).

Colchester High-Top Sneakers — $79.98

The classic basketball shoes you didn’t know you needed.

We go from a stylish rain jacket right into the high-top sneakers you need now. These are a seriously affordable, subtly cool pair of high-top kicks you’ll want to wear with … well, everything. They also happen to be a remake of the original basketball shoe. Too cool.

Luminox Atacama Field Automatic 1900 Watch — $890

A durable, tough, insanely well-made field watch to wear on the daily this spring.

The search for a functional, rugged & classic everyday watch is over — the Luminox Atacama is made for the field, but polished enough for a day of spring travel. Potentially an investment-worthy watch to splurge on? You better believe it.

Flint and Tinder French Terry Pullover Hoodie — $88

The casual, cozy, cool hoodie you need in your spring rotation.

Speaking of crucial spring layers, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite hooded sweatshirt. Able to be worn quite nicely with slim light wash jeans and vintage sneakers this spring, don’t you think?

Bespoke Post Crema Box — $45 (When Signing up for Bespoke Post)

This could be the best way to make espresso at home, take it from me.

Searching for perhaps the best way to make espresso at home? For a price that’s incredibly affordable? The Bespoke Post Crema Box is here to help you upgrade your coffee this spring.

Outerknown Dune Jersey Polo — $68

The breezy polo to wear all spring and summer.

You surely know Outerknown and handsome, trusty spring style essentials like the Outerknown Puffer Jacket. (An important note: You can use the code STYLEGUIDE25 to get 25 percent off any full-priced Outerknown item). Now, meet your new favorite spring and summer polo, the Outerknown Dune Jersey Polo. Made to feel a much-loved T-shirt and yet finished with the classic design details of a traditional polo, the use of garment-dyed Supima cotton (and Fair Trade craftsmanship) sets this stylish spring polo apart from the pack.
Flint and Tinder Heavy Slub Tee — $38

A classic T-shirt you’ll want to wear all spring.

From polos to T-shirts — and yes, more gear from Flint and Tinder. Thing is, we’re back this time with the best new T-shirt to buy now. How can you not love the slub texture, the pleasing spring colors, and the excellent versatility?
Faherty Brand Overdyed Denim — $178

Richly crafted and yet pleasingly faded — a new spring go-to.

Stop searching for the best men’s jeans for spring and summer, because this particular pair — always well-crafted from Faherty Brand — could be just the ticket. Wear them with that Outerknown polo shown above.
Cardon for Men Daily SPF — $20

A well-made moisturizer and SPF combo that seriously delivers.

Finding a simple, go-to product to add to your grooming routine for spring and summer can prove tricky — after all, the men’s grooming landscape is surprisingly crowded these days. That being said, Cardon for Men might be onto something. They’ve worked with some of Korea’s top skincare manufacturers to deliver a daily SPF and moisturizer that’s not oily or overly fragrant — in fact, it’s one of the best moisturizers for men that I’ve tried. Get a tube for yourself now via the brand’s Web site. A reminder that you can find them on Instagram right here, too.
Bradley Mountain The Rambler — $285

The exact bag you need for all your spring and summer adventures.

Finding the right bag for spring and summer travel was just made a heck of a lot easier, thanks to the Bradley Mountain Rambler; it’s made with both waxed canvas and bridle leather for outstanding looks and tons of durability.
Blundstone Super 550 Boots — $185

A classic pair of Australian boots that are now quite the style statement.

We’ve certainly talked in past editions of The List about how Blundstone boots might just be the best boots to buy for rainy weather. And well, that’s why they’re featured here again today.
Zeal Optics Windsor Sunglasses — $149

The right way to shake up your sunglasses rotation.

We’d be remiss not to include a pair of the best men’s sunglasses in this edition of The List for you, seeing as how summer is creeing every closer. And the Zeal Optics Windsor Sunglasses are highly unique and affordably priced, to boot.
Now, that’s going to wrap up today’s post. Do any of the above make your list of new menswear essentials? For me, I’d say you can’t go wrong with the perfect spring jacket — that’d be the Relwen Packlight, as pictured above. Feel free, as always, to let me know your thoughts via Twitter. Thanks for reading!

The List: Here are the Best New Gear Picks to Buy For the Month Ahead

We’re stepping fully into spring today with Taylor Stitch — and plenty of other men’s style essentials, of course.

It’s hard to believe that we’re into April already — how wild is that!? It’s fitting, then, that we’re telling you all about the best new men’s gear for the season today. To wit: We’ve got gear picks from some of my favorite brands, like Taylor Stitch (as seen above), and gear picks from top online sites, like Huckberry, too. You need a one-stop shop of sorts to revamp and refresh your men’s style essentials (and home goods, and camping gear), and that’s what this edition of The List sets out to do. Cheers!

Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve California Shirt — $98

Your new go-to short-sleeve shirt.

Just as you would expect, Taylor Stitch delivers on the season’s must-have short-sleeve shirt. Echoing the fit of the iconic Taylor Stitch California Shirt but in a short-sleeve cut, this classic short-sleeve shirt is a new essential from the TS brand, made with breezy fabric that’ll keep you comfortable for more than a few rounds at your favorite brewery. It’s also made with an organic cotton blend and would wear nicely with, yes, Taylor Stitch chinos. Perfection.

Portuguese Flannel Linen Shirt — $115

Every guy needs a breezy, easy-to-wear linen shirt for spring and summer.

Linen shirting exudes laidback cool — and the best linen shirts, like this handsome, refined-yet-easygoing number from Portuguese Flannel, can even be worn underneath a classic khaki suit this spring and summer.

Levi’s Made & Crafted 501 Original Fit Denim — $148

Classic jeans for any season, including spring and summer.

While you might associate spring with light wash denim — which is perfectly fine! — the Levi’s Made & Crafted line is worth adding to your consideration set. That’s especially true given that these indigo jeans are an update to the classic Levi’s 501 Jeans.

SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand — $3,695

Simply a beautiful way to store your new favorite records — worth every penny.

OK, bear with me here. Maybe it’s the fact that I recently got a new record player, maybe it’s the fact that I’m coveting a unique way to store records … but the SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand is simply exquisite, the ultimate home audio upgrade if ever there was one.

Vessi Footwear Waterproof Knit Sneakers — $129 

Sporty, sleek, stylish spring sneakers.

If the name of the game is stylish spring sneakers — and it is — then the Vessi Footwear Waterproof Knit Sneakers are the way to go. Light as air and functional to boot, they’re the perfect travel sneakers this season.

Traveler Guitar Camper CS-10 Guitar — $254

Bring along this lightweight guitar to your next bonfire or camping trip.

While not what you might consider a traditional menswear pick, the aptly named Camper Guitar from Traveler Guitar is a heck of a neat camping essential to bring along on your next trip — and even if you can’t play, I guarantee someone else in your group can.

Pakt Pakt One 35-Liter Travel Bag — $325

A sharp, sleek bag made with rugged functionality.

When it comes to your everyday carry essentials, nothing but the best will do. And the Pakt Pakt One Travel Bag, although a little more minimal than the gear I feature on my Instagram, could just be your new go-to travel bag.

MWC Watches G-10 Watch — $172.98

The durable, lightweight spring field watch you need now.

Spring calls for evaluating your wrist game as well as the rest of your wardrobe, and if it’s a durable field watch you seek, turn toward the real thing with the MWC Watches G-10 Watch.

Fourlaps Relay Track Pants — $74.98

Sleek sweatpants to wear to the gym or to a casual coffee outing.

As we start a new season, I’d wager you’re going to want to get outside more — the comfortable, mobile Fourlaps Relay Track Pants (also available via Fourlaps.com) are the way to go. See, you can find functional and stylish sweatpants if you look long enough.

Proof 72-Hour Merino Long-Sleeve Henley — $98

A comfortable, mobile henley for breezy spring nights.

We’re moving our way through spring, and that means you can expect blustery days and breezy nights. This stylish long-sleeve henley from Proof should suit you well for travel and a spring bar crawl alike.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones — $300

These are the functional, sleek headphones to carry you through your commute.

There are the AirPods or regular headphones you pop in every day, and then there’s these high-quality headphones from Bang & Olufsen. Go on, treat yourself this spring.

Ekster Parliament Minimal Wallet + Tracker Card — $99.98

The functional wallet that provides security and durability, all in one.

Let’s keep talking about the everyday carry essentials you need for spring — for both security and style, this card tracker and wallet combo from Ekster gets the job done.

Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest — $73.98

The understated layer to go with all your spring outerwear.

If layering up with a vest is more apt to make you think of “Back to the Future” than anything else, think again — the Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest is the stylish spring layer you need right now. Wear it over a denim jacket if you wish (wink, wink).

Portuguese Flannel Pop Brick Shirt — $61.98

This is the printed shirt to shake up your spring style.

We’re back again with another highly stylish spring shirt from Portuguese Flannel — the seriously cool Pop Brick Shirt, to be more specific. Wear this printed short-sleeve shirt with light wash jeans and leather loafers to steal the show at your next spring backyard BBQ.

 

Alright, we’re all squared away with today’s edition of The List. Did any of the above gear picks catch your eye? If you want a functional spring layer, you can’t go wrong with the Proof Nova Series Insulated Vest. If you want a durable spring timepiece, you can’t go wrong with the MWC Watches G-10 Watch. And if you want to splurge a LOT? Well, you can’t go wrong with the  envy-inducing SYMBOL Audio Unison 52″ Record Stand. As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

The List: Shop the Best New Men’s Style and Lifestyle Gear, from Denim to Meal Prep Kits

A unique offering to add into your purchasing consideration set.

We’re kicking things off a little differently today on the blog — while we’ll still be telling you all about the men’s style essentials to buy, we’re talking about what you should be cooking instead. In this case, we’re going to tell you about Sun Basket Meal Plans, an easy, fresh way to upgrade what you’re putting on your table every day. Making a fresh, delicious meal really is easy with these meal plans, as I’ve found out — and I’m certainly no gourmand. That being said, putting a bit more attention into the preparation of your food isn’t all that different than paying attention to the brands you shop and wear. With all that being said, let’s start this post off right — happy cooking (and shopping)!

Sun Basket Meal Plans — Starting at $71.94 for 3 Recipes/Week

Just one of the many ways in which Sun Basket Meal Plans can deliver excellent, quality meals on the daily.

We’re kicking things off on a different note than our usual menswear missives. OK, now I’m no gourmand, but I’ve been trying my hand at cooking better meals for myself quite a bit more recently — Sun Basket Meal Plans have been a HUGE help in that endeavor. And even if you fancy yourself a pro in the kitchen, it’s always neat (and fun!) to look at meal prep in a different way. Sun Basket Meal Plans really do offer an excellent opportunity for you to do just that, with plans that allow you to pick from dozens of healthy, fresh nutritious meal options via their various plans — all of which offer something for every type of diet and lifestyle. It’s seriously a gamechanger for me personally, and I think you’ll find the same. Plus, if you’re short on time or have lots of hungry mouths to feed, these easy-to-follow recipes, delivered in simple, fresh kits, are an amazing option.
Zodiac Grandville Watch — $495

A dependable, durable watch for any occasion.

Let’s get right back into menswear, shall we? After all, as you meal-plan with Sun Basket, you’re going to want to stay on time, right? The Zodiac Grandville Watch is a handsome, classic timepiece to wear with everything from slim faded denim and a white tee to a navy cotton suit.

Everlane Cotton Crew in Goldenrod — $20

A classic tee made with sustainability and style in mind.

With spring weather starting to roll in now — finally — a classic cotton tee is an essential to wear on its own (with slim grey chinos) or layered underneath a light wash denim jacket. The fact that this Everlane cotton tee is made with transparency and sustainability is also a bonus — and hey, it’s only $20.
Helm Boots Pablo Boots — $399

Sleek spring boots you didn’t know you needed.

Your rotation of stylish spring footwear could use a shot in the arm (the foot?). While it’s tough to argue with the versatility of, say, classic chukka boots, the Helm Boots Pablo Boots are an entirely unique, seriously cool pair of spring boots.
Madewell Men’s Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers in Canvas — $68

A new favorite pair of spring sneakers, easily.

Clean, classic, made with tough canvas and done up in a white-gum rubber combo — that’s what you’re getting with the first-ever set of sneakers from Madewell Men’s (the full line launched last fall & was covered by yours truly on The Manual).
Deus Ex Machina Looper Cap — $28

The cool, laidback cap you’ll get plenty of wear out of on spring weekends.

Maybe it’s the return of spring weather, maybe it’s my inclination toward sitting on brewery patios, but the Deus Ex Machina Looper Cap could be just the perfect ballcap for spring and summer, what with its easygoing look and feel.
Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Long-Sleeve Polo — $68

Another stylish spring layer to add to your shoppping list now.

Spring layering is about more than just T-shirts and henleys (although we’ve got those for you, too). No sir, a stylish long-sleeve polo — like this one from Flint and Tinder — can prove to be a unique change of pace on a breezy day.
UNTUCKit Jamet Short-Sleeve Henley — $49

A performance-minded henley made for spring layering (or wearing on its own).

Super soft and cut with every bit the same quality and fit as UNTUCKit’s dress shirts (seriously, try one out sometime), the Jamet Short-Sleeve Henley is the rugged henley you need for every outdoor craft beer festival or concert this spring and summer.
Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka — $230

As essential a pair of chukka boots as you’re apt to find.

Rugged chukka boots — especially a pair from Red Wing Heritage — belong on your feet this spring, no doubt about it. This pair in particular has long been a favorite of the blog. And the Weekender Chukka wears especially well with light wash denim and a slim henley.
Everlane Chore Jacket in Pine — $88

A well-made chore jacket at an affordable price? Sign me up.

Everlane strikes again. What could be better than an affordable, durable chore jacket? Especially one from Everlane? For easygoing-yet-sharp spring layering, there’s not much that tops this radically transparent, seriously stylish spring jacket. Made with 100 percent cotton twill, this is the perfect weekend layer to wear with a rugged henley and slim indigo denim.
Relwen Micro-Thermo Popover — $168

A performance-minded popover that’s perfect for spring travel.

If you haven’t caught on by now, we’re all  about getting you layered up for spring the right way. Specifically, the Relwen Micro-Thermo Popover is casual, yet performance-ready, made for breezy spring mornings.
WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote — $289

The go-anywhere bag that’ll carry you through spring.

When winter finally starts to thaw out, I’d wager it’s time to gear up and hit the road — the WP Standard Canvas Travel Tote is potentially the perfect spring travel bag.

Outerknown S.E.A. Shirt in Pacific Treeline Stripe — $88

A sustainably made shirt that’s perfect for easygoing spring style.

You know Outerknown for the brand’s versatile, modern-yet-easygoing design and a paramount focus on sustainability. Take the S.E.A. Shirt (that stands for “Social & Environmental Accountability”). That means this subtly stylish shirt is made with midweight organic cotton, plus a cool stripe pattern and mother-of-pearl buttons. Perfect for wearing with light wash denim this spring. Speaking of …
Everlane Slim Denim in Mid Blue Wash — $68

Utterly classic light wash denim for spring from Everlane.

Yes, let’s make it three-for-three with men’s style essentials from Everlane. This pair of essential slim jeans feature all the right attributes, from the agreeable fit to the rich Mid Blue Wash (perfect for spring & summer) to the terrific price. Should you wear your Everlane chore jacket, pocket tee & denim all at once? I don’t see why not!
OK, so that was likely a lot to digest today in terms of spring style essentials, ehh? From slim Everlane denim to the perfect spring travel bag (my personal favorite) and easygoing spring shirting, there’s something for every taste up above — including Sun Basket Meal Plans! What do you think of today’s picks? Drop me a note in the comments below!