#OOTD: How to Wear a Crewneck Sweatshirt for Winter

Make no bones about it, folks: The new year is, as we’ve been saying, the best time to take stock of the men’s style essentials you can’t live without, and how you can make ’em all work for you in one seamless and stylish #OOTD. That’s where today’s main attraction comes into play: The Todd Snyder + Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt, a seemingly simple piece that’s as versatile as you make it. And believe me, you can make it plenty versatile when it comes time to brush up on how to wear a crewneck sweatshirt for winter. Life is still plenty casual for most of us, so this look is going to pull lots of duty this season, from Zoom calls to layered park strolls and the occasional to-go brewery outing. That’s why you’ll see it paired with other classic men’s style picks that you probably already have in your wardrobe, from a rugged quilted jacket to a timeless Oxford shirt. It all comes together in an ideal mix of classic looks, just enough cool style and plenty of functionality for blustery winter weather. If you live in a more temperate climate than your Brooklyn-based style writer, you can ditch the top two layers and wear the Buck Mason Oxford shirt as is. Any way you slice it, this look is as solid as it gets for a new year and a new you (or just an improved and more stylish you). Check out my Instagram account to see how I’m getting dressed in style this season with pieces much like the below.

A classic crewneck sweatshirt is just what the doctor ordered as far as winter layering.

  • The Sweatshirt: Todd Snyder + Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt, $98 — Here it is, one of the best crewneck sweatshirts for men on the market, if not the best. An undisputed *champion* when it comes to winter layering, folks.
  • The Jacket: Relwen Windzip Jacket, $258 — Stay warm in style with this rugged quilted jacket, an ideal casual-yet-versatile layer atop your Todd Snyder crewneck.
  • The Shirt: Buck Mason Classic Oxford Shirt, $95 — This timeless Oxford shirt for men is a stone-cold classic — unbutton the collar and roll up the sleeves for a bit of laidback, devil-may-care style this winter.
  • The Chinos: Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic British Khaki, $98 — It’s official: You’re keeping this outfit rolling the right way with a pair of the very best chinos for men, and that’s all there is to it.
  • The Chukka Boots: Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukkas Boots, $219 — These classic leather chukka boots are a hot seller, and for good reason. They’re also the best chukka boots you can wear with this versatile, everyday outfit.
  • The Watch: Timex Chronograph Leather Strap Watch, $139 — This crisp, laidback-yet-sharp Timex leather watch is a highly affordable timepiece to pick up and wear as often as you can.
  • The Socks: Dozy Sleepy Waffle Socks, $38 — Don’t skimp on the details, especially when it comes time to take off your chukka boots. These well-made men’s socks from Huckberry are the right way to go.
  • The Everyday Carry: Filson Medium Rugged Twill Field Bag, $350 — For all the EDC essentials you need these days, get this tough Filson tote bag, then use it for years and years to come.

That’s going to wrap up today’s versatile and ready #OOTD. It blends the best of the best when it comes to both basics (like those comfortable and cool Dozy Sleepy Waffle Socks) with, of course, the ultimate centerpiece: The Todd Snyder + Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt,  as ideal a crewneck sweatshirt as you’re apt to find these days. And when you layer it up with an iconic Oxford shirt for men, you’ve got the makings of a business casual, Zoom-ready outfit or a casual weekend ensemble in equal measure. The two real keys here are the rugged quilted jacket as a top layer (a jacket that’s more than ready for winter excursions), as well as your classic Taylor Stitch chinos for even more go-anywhere style. Toss on a pair of classic leather chukka boots to keep that stylish versatility and rugged appeal rolling right along, then accessorize accordingly with a Timex leather watch. And whether it’s a day trip or a safe return to the office, your EDC essentials are safe and sound (in style!) with a rugged and aptly named Filson tote bag. The next time you need an all-day outfit, look to these gear picks, my friends. See you out there!

The Sunday Sale: Take 30 Percent Off This Classic Todd Snyder x Champion Sweatshirt

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Score a great deal on a classic crewneck sweatshirt for a top NYC designer.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another edition of The Sunday Sale, where we dive into one great menswear deal (or deals) on everything from the best boots for fall to a cool jacket worn by James Bond, and all available at excellent discounts. Today’s pick is no less special or essential, seeing as it’s a stone-cold fall classic from Todd Snyder that you need in your wardrobe right now. That’s right: The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is here just in time for blustery weather, and it’s available for just about 30 percent off right now. The Todd Snyder x Champion line has been a longtime favorite of the blog, going back years, and it’s a rarity to see it on sale like this. If you read my piece on the best Todd Snyder sale picks earlier this summer, you  know that you’ve got to look far and wide to get discounts on the famed NYC menswear designer’s gear, and the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is now a downright steal in that regard. How about that, ehh?

SHOP: The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt

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Just one of a few colors in which you can get this iconic sweatshirt.

As it were, the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is quite simply one of the best sweatshirts for fall, featuring a heavyweight fabric blend, a neat and retro-inspired design, and of course, a range of cool, versatile color options to pair with style staples like Todd Snyder denim and classic leather boots. This stylish crewneck sweatshirt is available in classic colors like Navy, as well as the Salt and Pepper blend that happens to be my personal favorite.


It’s the kind of crewneck sweatshirt you can wear in a business casual way (atop a white Oxford shirt with tan chinos) or much more casually (with faded blue jeans and beat-up high-top sneakers. In short: There’s not another crewneck sweatshirt on the market like the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt, and that makes it an essential Sunday Sale pick-up. If you do snag it, be sure to let me know on Twitter.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt

#OOTD: How to Wear a Classic Crewneck Sweatshirt This Fall

My friends, today’s rundown of fall style essentials begs the question: Is there a way to wear a classic crewneck sweatshirt that’s more stylish than, say, the old-school gym class crewneck? The answer is decisively yes, so come along for the ride as we talk about how to wear a crewneck sweatshirt this fall. Yes indeed, join us once more another ultra-stylish #OOTD as we cover how to dress for fall for guys — the right way, naturally. It all starts with one of the best crewneck sweatshirts for men, and it helps if you know where to go. Today’s pick is from Todd Snyder + Champion, a fruitful collaboration that’s produced vintage-inspired menswear for the modern man over the years, including the Todd Snyder + Champion sweatshirt you’re about to view below. When you start with a rugged-yet-refined crewneck, then build around it, you’re going to love where you can go this fall. This #OOTD is the kind of look that works for a responsible fall bonfire, a day trip to your fall retreat or a day bumming around the yard and at home (consider adding a new record player to your cart for especially chilly fall evenings). When you see the supporting cast around this sweatshirt, including a one of the best men’s Oxford shirts, a James Bond-approved waxed jacket, expertly faded denim from Buck Mason and some of the best leather boots, you’re going to appreciate the ongoing arrival of fall. Happy shopping, my friends.

A classic crewneck sweatshirt, teamed up with all the best men’s gear for fall.

If you ask me, when it comes this stylish fall look, the gang’s all here. That includes subtle-yet-stylish supporting picks like denim from Buck Mason, all the better for essential, comfortable fall style, and it holds doubly true when you consider the start of the entire ensemble. I’m talking about the Todd Snyder + Champion Pocket Sweatshirt, an undeniably cool and rugged fall sweatshirt that layers with ease over your Everlane Oxford shirt for classic style any day of the week. Somehow, it all gets better and more fitting for fall, though. That’s because the Rogue Territory Supply Jacket — again, one of the jackets worn by James Bond in “No Time To Die” — makes a seriously cool appearance alongside slim, faded Buck Mason denim. Consider the perfectly ruggged the FRYE Logan Boots a key part of this look, too — they’ll take you anywhere you need to go this season, I guarantee it.

But of course, your mix of comfort and style wouldn’t be complete with a pair of the best men’s socks via the good folks at American Trench (your feet will thank you). Of course, the only way to accessorize is the right way: With a rugged leather field watch and a correspondingly handcrafted leather belt from Billykirk. Well-done, folks. That’s hardly it, though. Your Filson rugged twill bag is the perfect companion to each and every fall adventure you have in mind. If I had to guess, that list is growing by the day. For now, stay safe out there and thanks for reading!

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#OOTD: Shake Up Your Summer Style with the Best Men’s T-shirt

Right off the bat: You’ve probably got a ton of T-shirts in your drawer, right? But do you have the best men’s T-shirt (or at least, arguably the best)? That’s where we’ll begin today’s #OOTD — with a Todd Snyder x Champion T-shirt that’s actually anything but basic. Consider it a rugged T-shirt for summer that you can wear on its own (in the case of today’s look) or layered up underneath, say, a denim shirt or your favorite trucker jacket. But the key with making the seemingly humble T-shirt work for you — be it for back-patio beers or a trail hike — is to pick the right one (again, Todd Snyder x Champion has you covered), and then add the right summer style essentials around it. That means we’ll go with a pair of the best men’s shorts for lightweight functionality and dependability, then we’ll accent ’em with a pair of eco-friendly sneakers for feel-good fashion and functionality. What looks seemingly simple on the surface can actually be stylish as all-get-out, but you’ve just got to know where to start. It’s breezy, it’s cool, it works for a hot summer day or an unexpectedly chilly night — it’s a must-have. For the summer months, the best T-shirt for men can certainly put in a lot of work for you. Here’s how to wear it (oh, and if you like this look, let me know on Twitter).

A simple T-shirt, worn in a stylish and effective way.

As you can hopefully see from the ensemble above, finding and wearing the right T-shirt for summer doesn’t have to be boring or standard. In fact, with just a few tweaks and some additions via the best men’s gear, the Todd Snyder x Champion T-shirt shown above stands out from the pack even more. It’s a bit of an investment, but ultimately, it’s an affordably priced tee given the long-lasting quality you’re getting — and it looks particularly great for casual weekend style with the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts, which are well-suited for both back-deck weekend hangs and socially distanced hikes. Add some eco-friendly sneakers into the mix via SeaVees, and you’ve got the makings of a very stylish #OOTD for summer. There’s more to this look though, starting with the rugged dependability of a stylish everyday watch from Buck Mason — it’s understated yet stylish, perfectly well-suited to teaming up with the functional Huckberry Canvas Snapback shown above. See, you’re looking great AND keeping the sun off your face. Naturally, you’ll also be staying hydrated with one of the best growlers via the good folks at GrowlerWerks. How can it get better than that? In my mind, well, with the sun at your back and some excellent tunes playing through your Sennheiser headphones, it can’t be topped. Stay stylish and stay safe out there, friends.

See Now, Buy Now: The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is a New Winter Classic

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A newly iconic winter sweatshirt from Todd Sndyer and Champion.

Let’s get right down to business: The Todd Snyder x Champion line is, without a doubt, a prime way to upgrade your casual style with plenty of cozy, rugged appeal. That’s the bottom line. And more specifically, the excellent Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is going to help you do it. This garment-dyed cotton sweatshirt is, simply put, leading the way when it comes to the best men’s winter sweatshirts — again, that’s the bottom line. We’ve talked in past years about the timeless design of the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt (namely, in this post), but it’s always worth revisiting an iconic piece if you need to refresh your wardrobe. And at this point in the new year, I’d wager you do. Available in striking colors like Navy and Black, I think you’ll find this rugged sweatshirt is a new go-to. 
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There’s something both reassuring and refreshing about a classic piece like the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt — you know it’s going to hold up over the long haul, and you know it’s going to look great in the process. You should also rest easy knowing that, unlike purchasing from a fast-fashion retailer, your hard-earned cash isn’t going to waste; again, the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is built to last. Made from soft fleece and constructed in a family-owned Toronto factory, this sweatshirt is a winner. The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt blends what you know and love about Todd Snyder — his modern take on the classics — with what you know and love about Champion: Rugged sportswear heritage.

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Your author’s favorite color of this classic sweatshirt

The resulting sweatshirt is one that works just as well with your favorite pair of jeans and suede chukka boots — perhaps atop a classic T-shirt — as it does when layered with a classic chambray shirt, slim tan chinos and brown leather wingtips. A piece as timeless as the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt lends itself to being worn in unexpected ways, too — you could even layer it with a navy flannel suit and brown suede Chelsea boots, if you felt so inclined. So, what’s the bottom line? The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt is your new winter layering essential.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt


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The Friday Read: A Taylor Stitch Giveaway, Portland Travel Tips and Stylish Sweatshirts

Is it just me, or has it been a long week? For your Style Guide author at least, it took a bit to recover from a fun trip out West to the lovely city of Portland! That’s  a long flight back to Brooklyn, but while in the City of Roses, I visited som excellent craft breweries, dined at a few great restaurants and took in a live show by the excellent synth pop band Future Islands! Again, you can read my trip recap and get some travel style tips of your own at that link. All very cool, exciting things to do on the road — and a nice way to cap off a month of travel, which also included a weekend trip to Nashville! Given all the hustle and bustle over these past few weeks, I’m definitely looking forward to a relaxing weekend exploring Brooklyn and of course, working on more #menswear content while listening to some excellent tunes and perhaps enjoying a refreshing cold brew. On that note, The Killers released a  new album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” last week — despite some mixed reviews, it’s on track to be the band’s first No.1 album in the U.S. How about that? Maybe give that a listen as you dive into the below men’s style news? And most importantly, enjoy the weekend and check out tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week. Cheers!

  • Let’s kick things off with news of an important giveaway — perhaps the most important giveaway you’ll enter all week! No, definitely the most important giveaway you’ll enter all week. GearMoose is giving you the chance to win a Taylor Stitch giveaway featuring pieces from the stellar Good Acre Collection. That includes a durable Chore Shirt or two, hard-wearing Chore Pants and plenty, plenty more — enter the Taylor Stitch giveaway at GearMoose and you’ll (hopefully) be rewarded! A heads-up — it runs for two weeks, so you’ve got plenty of time to again, enter this stellar Taylor Stitch giveaway.
  • What’s more quintessentially American than the crewneck sweatshirt? With athletic roots and a heritage that’s decidedly not high-fashion, this staple has stuck around for decades — and the stylish crewneck sweatshirt is being brought back in all kinds of forms by designers and brands new and old. You probably even know some (including the Todd Snyder x Champion Classic Pocket Sweatshirt, yes?). That’s why it was such a treat to write about the best men’s crewneck sweaters for The Manual — shop away and enjoy!
  • With roots in sporty and collegiate style — at least where I’m from in the Midwest — a stylish hooded sweatshirt can be tough to come by. But a hooded bomber jacket is an easy, grab-and-go piece that can actually look pretty smooth in more casual style situations — don’t take my word for it, though. Style Girlfriend tells you all about how to wear a hooded bomber the right way this season. It can indeed be done, friends!
  • Let’s end on another music-related note. Here in Brooklyn earlier this week, I had the pleasure of seeing the fantastic, fun and bright British pop duo Oh Wonder. They dropped their second album, “Ultralife,” earlier this summer, as it were — it’s filled with vibrant hooks, beautiful singing by Josephine Vander Gucht and some great live tracks. It’s an unexpected second album from a duo that never intended to make an album in the first place, and this Toronto Star profile captures the innovative, fun spirit that went into this album (and a heck of a show at Brooklyn Steel!).

We’re going to get the weekend started a little early today, my friends — we’ve got the Michigan State-Iowa football game coming up tomorrow, and I’d wager that we’ve got some men’s style and craft beer adventures around Brooklyn on the way, too. Follow along on Instagram for more, check back tomorrow for a new Style Pick of the Week and make sure you see us on Sunday for another See Now, Buy Now entry — #SundayFunday style.

Thanks for reading!

-Beau

#OOTD: A New Way to Wear Your Favorite Graphic Tee For Summer

We’ve all got that one perfectly broken-in T-shirt we love to wear — right? A well-worn, well-loved tee that’s likely seen a lot. And yet … what if I told you that same style was available in a distinctly modern (and likely less hole-y) T-shirt from your favorite menswear designer? Yes indeed, folks. Today’s #OOTD is all about how to wear a graphic tee for summer… for grown-ups. That means one of the best T-shirts for men, crucially. So, no loud or ostentatious designs, no bright or overly flashy colors … just a simple, well-made and vintage-inspired tee paired up with like-minded essentials. Think American-made denim, stylish leather sneakers and a rugged leather watch.

This right here is the sort of outfit you can wear to your favorite brewery, your favorite coffee shop or your favorite deli — you name it, it’s nearly perfect for laidback, easygoing summer days. Just add a stylish jacket and consider yourself set for days and days of fun in the sun. I promise you, it’ll all work out. Shop the #OOTD below, chime in with your thoughts on Twitter and check out my Instagram account for more ways to stylish your new favorite tee. See you out there — cheers!

 

A smart-looking graphic tee, this time paired up with American-made denim, clean sneakers and a tough leather watch.

The Tee: Todd Snyder x Champion Track Graphic Tee, $60— Yes, it’s true. Todd Snyder makes a heck of an essential graphic tee, what with a simple-yet-interesting design in cool color combo that’s relatively easy to wear.

The Denim: Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans in Slim or Straight Tapered, $88.98— Whichever fit and wash you like, feel free to take those jeans and mash ’em up with this outfit. For what it’s worth, your Style Guide author loves the fit and fabric of the Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans.

Nautica

The Sneakers: JAK Empire Sneakers, $119.98 — JAK is a brand that you might say has flown under the radar, yet these classically inspired sneakers in a crisp silhouette team up quite nicely with the easygoing graphic tee and slim light wash denim.

The Socks: Arvin Goods No-show Socks, $30 (Exclusive Three-pack)  — Your Style Guide team of one continues to go to bat for the sustainably made, comfortable and easy-to-wear  Arvin Goods No-show socks. You’ll need a pair — or three — for the rest of the summer.

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The Belt: Sturdy Brothers Everyday Belt in Chestnut, $80 — A rugged belt built with casual, sturdy style in mind is exactly what you need to offset an outfit that’s equally rugged and casual. Sturdy Brothers does the trick.

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The Watch: Halios Laguna Watch, $675 — If you want a remarkably striking, tough and well-crafted watch, you’re going to want the Halios Laguna Watch. The bold style of this timepiece offsets the simple tee quite nicely.

The Sunglasses: Steven  Alan Bristol Sunglasses in Brushed Dark Gunmetal, $265 — A vintage-inspired tee, tough American-made denim and a stylish leather watch call for suitably striking accessories, like the utterly classic Steven Alan Bristol Sunglasses.

The Hat: FairEnds Brushed Cotton Ballcap in Beach Olive, $48 — Whether you’re hopping from patio to patio or bar to bar, a simple cotton ballcap shields your face from the sun and adds a nice topper to this casual outfit.

That’ll do it for today’s #OOTD. When wearing something as pared-down as a vintage-inspired graphic tee, standout complementary pieces really get the chance to shine. So, that puts the focus squarely on your stylish leather sneakers (how about those JAKS Empire Sneakers, ehh?), as well as handy everyday essentials like the handsome Halios Laguna Watch.  Let’s not forget slim denim, though — Flint and Tinder makes some of the best men’s jeans around. Finish it off with the ever-stylish Steven Alan Bristol Sunglasses and a casual ballcap, and I’d wager you’ll be set for a couple rounds at your favorite craft beer bar.  What’s your take on this #OOTD? Will you be adding any items to your rotation?

Thanks again for reading — stay stylish!

-Beau

Style Pick of the Week: Todd Snyder Nylon Deck Jacket

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Potentially your new favorite spring jacket? Oh, yes.

OK, everyone — now that we’re past tax season and you’ve just locked in that refund, why not turn around and spend it on the Todd Snyder Nylon Deck Jacket? Who’s with me? Even if you  go the responsible route and sock that money away, a stylish spring jacket is absolutely something you need in your closet — to say the least. And what better place to go for one than an excellent, lauded American menswear designer like Todd Snyder? He’s a designer who does so many things well — at least in the eyes of your Style Guide writer — and excellent, functional and plain great-looking outerwear like the Nylon Deck Jacket fits the bill quite nicely. It’s the sort of piece that feels at once vintage and current — it’s the ideal blend of clean looks (no logo, a neutral navy color) and heritage style that the designer nails perfectly in other pieces like the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt.  And if you’re in the market for a functional, well-designed and versatile spring jacket, the Nylon Deck Jacket is exactly what you should look for. It starts with the double-faced nylon, which adds durability while keeping the silhouette lightweight. Add in the fact that it’s got a quilted wool shell liner — also  removable — and it’s really two layering pieces within one. Given its naval inspiration, it’s even fitting that the front buttons are made from melanine — the strongest type of material for buttons used by the military. Not bad, ehh? So, the Nylon Deck Jacket has the specs to stand up to spring rain and look great in the process — but how exactly should you style this piece, you ask? Simple, my friends.

With a versatile, clean silhouette, the Nylon Deck Jacket is wearable with just about anything in your rotation — particularly a rugged chambray shirt and slim khaki chinos (both everyday essentials that work for a business casual office or a weekend coffee date. And the great thing is that you can also layer it over even more laidback pieces — try a slim  Todd Snyder pocket tee and slim light wash denim, to start. But the essential nature of the Nylon Deck Jacket doesn’t stop with its clean, simple looks. Handy design touches like an interior cell phone pocket help your essential everyday carry pieces stay dry in the rain, too. The fit should also be slim and reliable — perfect for layering up with the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt and hitting up your favorite bar or grabbing Sunday brunch. That versatility — combined with its stylish silhouette — is crucial. As we always say here at The Style Guide, it’s an investment worth making — preferably as soon as you can. And don’t forget other ways you can wear it — say, with a marled long-sleeve henley and chino shorts for a grab-and-go outfit after hitting up the beach. Of course, it’s the type of functional jacket that also works as you dress for spring break — again, grab and go. Alright, ready to spend that refund? Of course you are (wink, wink). If you want more spring style inspiration, follow yours truly on Instagram or Twitter.

See you out there, and stay stylish!

-Beau

Style Guide on The Road: A Florida Spring Break

Casual style fit for beach adventures. Striped tee and swim trunks by JackThreads. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Military Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder. Sunglasses by Nautica. Explorer’s Cap by Huckberry. Bracelet by Miansai.

So, welcome back to another Style Guide travel post! It’s become a custom these past few years for me to make a spring trek down to Florida in mid-March, right around the Big Ten Tournament (featuring my beloved Michigan State Spartans) and right around my dad’s birthday (hey, Dad!). And so it was the case again this past weekend, as I got out of the hustle and bustle of New York City for some birthday celebrations with my dad and some much-needed Florida beach time. I had the chance to spend a week down south as I celebrated a Fort Myers Christmas in style back at the end of December, but this trip couldn’t have come at a better time, what with cold temperatures returning to Brooklyn this past weekend. My packing list was different than my recent winter trip to New Haven, but I focused on spring style essentials and my favorite #menswear picks for the road nonetheless. Join me, and bring that bottle opener — will ya?
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Transitional gear for temperate NYC and sunny Florida. Trucker Jacket by Levi’s. Garment-dye oxford by Abercrombie & Fitch. Stretch twill pants by Kit Culture. Greenflex Chukkas by Astorflex. Watch by Timex for J. Crew. Sunglasses by MVMT Watches. Flight Brief by Owen and Fred.

It was a temperate early morning in NYC as I hit the road, so I had to dress with transitional travel style in mind. For me, that meant an Abercrombie & Fitch Garment Dye Oxford Shirt, layered up with my Levi’s Trucker Jacket. Of note, that oxford is a very affordably priced, great-fitting and seasonally appropriate shirt. Just as with my New Haven road trip, I stepped into my extremely comfortable, slim-fitting and travel-ready stretch twill pants from Kit Culturethe five percent stretch proved perfect for a plane ride. Equally perfect for travel style? A sharp pair of sustainably made Astorflex chukkas — the Greenflex in Dark Khaki provided a stylish contrast to my Timex for J. Crew watch,. And with its minimal case size and durable NATO strap, the latest Timex for J. Crew timepiece is an affordable casual watch you should buy as soon as you can.  To haul the rest of my gear, I relied on both the Owen and Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender and the  Owen and Fred Flight Brief in Midnight ; each proved stylish and durable, what with handsome leather accents and a canvas exterior.

With my travel gear in tow and nothing but sunny skies in the forecast, I landed in Florida looking forward to some serious fun in the sun — and that’s certainly what you get in Fort Myers. With a delicious lunch at Summerlin Jake’s in the books — waterfront view and all — it was high time for an afternoon spent at my parents’ pool (one of the more scarce things to find in New York City, truly).  Topped off with a delicious dinner and some choice brews at The Grill in Fort Myers, it was a much-needed day of relaxation that couldn’t have worked out any better.

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No better place than Florida for a nautical-inspired tee and some crisp kicks. Striped tee by JackThreads. Stringer Dune Shorts by Bridge and Burn. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Military Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder. Sunglasses by Nautica. Brass bottle opener by Owen and Fred.

With a fun Thursday in the books, a weekend of kicking back was really just getting started. That’s not to say it wasn’t busy — and that’s not to say I didn’t dress in style, either. Naturally, I had to grab warm-weather gear from perennial Style Guide favorites JackThreads, including a nautical-striped tee. Hot temps also meant it was time to ditch my classic blue denim (finally!) for a pair of Bridge and Burn shorts. For exploring Fort Myers, I also had to reach for stylish accessories (enter my Nautica Square Sunglasses) and comfortable, versatile footwear — that’d be the Brooks Heritage Renshaw  from the brand-new Brooks Heritage Grand Slam Collection. For grabbing donuts at the legendary Bennett’s Fresh Roast, the extra  comfort provided by those kicks was crucial — as was staying on time, thanks to my Timex + Todd Snyder Military Watch. And wouldn’t you know it, keeping track of the clock helped us squeeze in some much-needed beach time before a great home-cooked meal (I’d highly suggest you ask me for my dad’s rib recipe). MSU’s Big Ten Tournament loss aside, it was a heck of a nice day to be in Fort Myers.

Taking on the heat — and bar-hopping — in style. Marco Polo by Life/After/Denim. Premium Washed Khakis by Dockers. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Calypso Watch and Runaway Aviators by MVMT Watches. Bracelet by Miansai. Glasses by Frameri.

As the sun rose on Saturday, it hit me that I still had two full days left in Florida — that’s quite the treat, and it made it all the more enjoyable to get out and enjoy more sun on Saturday. As you’d expect, I tried to make it a point to bring along my best spring bar crawl gear . For stops at the seriously cool Bury Me Brewing (themed like a craft beer graveyard) and a quick pint (and tasty chicken wings!) at The Lodge, pieces like my Life/After/Denim Marco Polo proved well-crafted to beat the heat. I kept things equally casual on my bottom half, opting for a new pair of the Dockers Premium Washed Khaki in a mobile Slim Tapered fit. Featuring washed stretch twill and a Florida-friendly shade of light blue, I’d opt you reach for a similar pair when you want to look put-together, yet feel casual and relaxed.

Does it get any better than hanging out in the beautiful Florida sun? Marco Polo by Life/After/Denim. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Calypso Watch and Runaway Aviators by MVMT Watches.

On the footwear front, the crisp Brooks Heritage Renshaw  was again my pick, not least for the way it added a bit of sharp style to the combo. And for getting around Fort Myers and heading to evening dinner at the terrific Courtney’s, my MVMT Watches Calypso Watch and MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators proved to be prime accessories picks. Given the cold weather that swept through NYC this past weekend, I was more than happy to have some ample outdoor time sipping on tasty craft beer and wearing my favorite new warm-weather menswear. Not bad, ehh?

Beckett Simonon

The right way to finish off a Florida trip. T-shirt by Todd Snyder x Champion. Ace Shorts by Mack Weldon. Legend Sneakers by SeaVees. Calypso Watch and Runaway Aviators by MVMT Watches. Explorer’s Cap by Huckberry

Even with Saturday in the books, I still had nearly a full day in Florida prior to my evening flight back to chilly New York City. So, what else to do but grab comfortable, casual style essentials?  For yours truly, that tends to start with a well-fitting tee — is it any wonder that Todd Snyder x Champion T-shirts fit the bill perfectly? And what better way to soak in some sun than with the tailored-yet-casual Ace Short from Mack Weldon? Of course, I find that SeaVees sneakers are the perfect way to complement a casual outfit, especially the spring-ready Legend Sneaker Regatta. And to take on a great lunch at Big Blue Brewing, there were no better picks than my MVMT Watches Calypso Watch and MVMT Watches Runaway Aviators, along with my Huckberry Explorer’s Cap.  Unfortunately, the day drew to a close all too quickly — with slightly chillier temps in the forecast, it was time to trade in my Mack Weldon shorts for stretch twill pants and swap my sneakers for chukkas.

Greats

It’s always such a treat to head down to Florida and get some great time in the sun and sand — even if it’s only for a quick weekend. The chance to catch up with family and celebrate my dad’s big day was fantastic, too. From the beautiful beaches of Fort Myers to the great craft beer and food scene downtown (and throughout the city), this trip really had it all. Of course, we’re back to the grind today in NYC (follow along on Instagram to see how I’m fighting the chill). With that being said, I already can’t wait to get back to Fort Myers. In the meantime, you can check back here tomorrow for a new St. Patrick’s Day menswear ensemble, and you can join us on Wednesday for a look at what to wear for March Madness.

Until the next trip — thanks for tagging along!

-Beau

#OOTD: Everyday Spring Style

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD series will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

Thanks for joining us again today on The Style Guide — let’s get to it! Alright, who’s excited that it’s March? I sure am. Namely, that means we’re transitioning into a great season for menswear, and that also gives you plenty of chances to break out everyday spring style looks. We’re talking versatile, comfortable pieces built for layering — yet these are also pieces that work on their own, and can be added or subtracted depending on the weather.  Whether that means dressing for spring rain  or heading out on a weekend coffee date, we’ve got pieces you’ll recognize, want to buy and want to wear.  That includes classic pieces (cough, the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt, cough) and slightly edgier staples. OK, all good? Keep up with other #menswear inspiration on the daily via Instagram or Twitter — and weigh in on this look via the comments, as always.

Working in the versatile, the classic and the new into one outfit.

Working in the versatile, the classic and the new into one outfit.

The Sweatshirt: Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt, $98 — Recognize this sweater? Of course you do — right? Todd Snyder is an American menswear luminary precisely for pieces like the lauded Pocket Sweatshirt, and it’s a nice, easy-to-wear spring layering option.

The Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch Two-Pocket Chambray Shirt, $39 — There’s really never a bad time to wear a classic chambray shirt, is there?  This one is laidback, casual and versatile.

The Pants: Life/After/Denim Classic 5-Pocket Pant in White, $148 — White pants — even in a straightforward five-pocket silhouette — can be a bit of a leap stylistically. Don’t worry here, though — the tailored fit and use of other classic staples (like the Pocket Sweatshirt) helps dial these in.

The Boots: Astorflex Bootflex in Dark Khaki, $169.98 — A recent release from Astorflex by way of Huckberry, these lace-up boots are high-quality and no-frills — exactly what you need for stomping through inclement spring weather (just be sure to waterproof ’em).

The Belt: Abercrombie & Fitch Woven Leather Belt, $44 — We’re dialing in casual style right down to the last detail with this #OOTD — a woven leather belt provides some nice texture & casual style to complement the Astorflex Bootflex in particular.

The Watch: Timex + Todd Snyder Military Watch, $138 — What better way to complement the Pocket Sweatshirt than with another stylish, sharp and durable Todd Snyder piece? The Military Watch could be your new favorite casual watch — trust me.

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The Hat: Huckberry Explorer’s Cap, $39.98 — Told you we were keeping things laidback, didn’t I? Now, you can’t wear a ballcap every day, but if you’re checking out of the office early on a Friday (for example) … toss on the Explorer’s Cap as you head to a patio lunch.
Beckett Simonon

The Bag: Nisolo Lori Tote, $134.98 — When you want a durable yet easy-to-carry bag, reach for the handsome Nisolo Lori Tote. It’s handmade with minimal construction and beautiful leather that should develop a nice patina.
So, with that — let’s wrap up this #OOTD, shall we? Comfortable layering pieces like the Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt are easy to wear no matter the season, and a slim chambray shirt perfectly complements the more fashion-forward white 5-pocket pants. Given the company’s reputation for quality, sustainability and durability, the Astorflex Bootflex in Dark Khaki should also be an extremely reliable spring footwear pick, finished off handsomely by the excellent Timex + Todd Snyder Military Watch. Of course, keeping your accessories in line is crucial, and the textured Abercrombie & Fitch Woven Leather Belt is a nice way to do that — as is the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap. Got that all together? Shopping cart full? Join us tomorrow for a helpful Spring Style Wish List — and we’ll see you out there this spring!
-Beau