#OOTD: How to Wear Jeans to the Office this Winter

Perhaps you’ve got a stylish pair of black denim in your closet — perhaps you’re even wearing that pair now. But lest you think that classic black jeans only work on the weekends or as you dress to head to a rock concert … think again. It’s 2019, and with that, we’re diving in today to examine how to wear jeans to the office this winter. And our featured product checks all the right boxes — the Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans ($118are as good as it gets. Again, you’re not putting on just any old pair of jeans and calling it a day — wearing a stylish pair of black denim to the office only works if the jeans in question are sleek and well-fitting, not baggy or overly faded. And you’ve got to complement that outfit the right way — in this case, a classic sweater from Taylor Stitch stands in for a blazer in terms of cool-yet-crisp style, while rugged leather boots from Nisolo substitute for dress shoes. We’re also sticking with an office-ready watch, a slim brown leather belt, and — naturally — an investment-level peacoat. I’ll let you figure out the rest below, though. To see how I’m dressing for the office this winter, head to my Instagram. Thanks for reading!

Slim jeans, plus a dependable sweater and stylish leather boots, make for a perfect office #OOTD.

  • The Slim Black Denim: Flint and Tinder Jet Black Jeans, $118 — Every guy needs a pair of stylish black denim in his closet — and yes, with a slim cut and a cool color, you can wear ’em to the office.
  • The Sweater: Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater, $168 — Shake up your winter sweater game with a classic sweater from Taylor Stitch — attainable, premium layering for winter.
  • The Shirt: Faherty Brand Melange Oxford Shirt, $118 — Can’t get enough of Faherty Brand? Neither can I. This classic Oxford shirt is less refined than a dress shirt, yet still polished, so you can certainly wear it for a casual day on the clock.
  • The Peacoat: Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, $695 — How are you fighting winter’s chill on your commute or your lunch break? Answer: A classic peacoat from Billy Reid.
  • The Boots: Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots, $288 — Looking for sleek leather boots that are made to take on the weather? Nisolo has you covered.
  • The Stylish Casual Watch: Zodiac Chrono Quartz Watch, $495 — The right blend of office-ready style and everyday durability is a tricky one — this stylish casual watch from Zodiac checks all the right boxes, though.
  • The Socks: CHUP Fika Socks, $35 — We didn’t say you could skimp on your stylish socks, did we? CHUP makes some of the best pairs around — that’s a fact.
  • The Winter Grooming Essential: Bespoke Post Groomed Box, $45 — When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you get access to grooming essentials like these at a low price. You’re going to look great at the office in every possible way.
  • The Belt: Taylor Stitch Stitched Belt in Whiskey, $88 — As I say nearly every week, accessories shouldn’t fall by the wayside — this classic leather belt from Taylor Stitch proves that quite easily.
  • The Everyday Bag: Filson 24-Hour Tin Cloth Brief, $395 — Getting around in winter is a different beast — a rugged everyday bag from Filson is up to the challenge of the season’s worst.

Winter again demands that you navigate the chilly weather and nasty storms in style without missing a beat — that’s exceptionally true if you’re heading to the office. Again, that doesn’t mean you need to shelve your stylish black denim until the weekend. In fact, it means you need to step up the rest of your game accordingly. So, I’d recommend you throw on a classic peacoat from Billy Reid, then accessorize the rest of your outfit with pieces like the Taylor Stitch Rangeley Sweater — it’s a truly classic winter sweater that provides comfort and refined style. It should be complemented quite nicely by an equally classic Oxford shirt from our friends at Faherty Brand — the premium fabric and timeless silhouette are winners in my book. Need to go even more tailored? Add a navy knit tie.

On the footwear front, you’re tackling the demands of navigating winter streets and also looking sharp for the office — enter sleek leather boots from the good folks at Nisolo. Your wrist game also should reflect both winter weather and office style, and the handsome Zodiac Chrono Quartz Watch makes that easy to do. Believe it or not, stylish socks from CHUP can also work nicely at the office — both as a conversation starter and an added touch of visual interest. Throwing on a classic leather belt from Taylor Stitch ties this whole outfit together quite nicely — don’t forget to bring your rugged everyday bag from Filson to your next meeting, though. The key with getting dressed for the office in winter all comes back to reaching for the right gear — gear that blends functionality with clean, classic style.

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Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Winter Grooming Products to Buy

Gather ’round and step on up for another edition of the Online Shopping Picks series on your neighborhood #menswear blog, The Style Guide.  Just a few weeks ago, we were slammed with another Polar Vortex, and that made dressing for winter weather quite difficult indeed. As I trudged through the snow  — raise your hand if you had the same problem — it got me thinking about other essentials that we forgo during the winter season from time to time. Sure, we’re all likely loaded up with warm winter accessories and probably a tough pair of winter boots, but what about your grooming routine? Yes, skin care in the chilly weather is actually pretty vital. And if you let things run wild, your skin care situation can quickly take a dive. Caring for your hands, face, beard — the whole nine yards — is something to pay extra attention to, and as you’ll recall from last year’s winter grooming essentials round-up, there are a ton of products geared to help you out. So, read this year’s refresh below and chime in on Twitter (or follow yours truly on Instagram) for all your style needs.
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The Moisturizer: Tread for Men Firming Moisturizer — $15

An easy pick-up at a great price.

An easy pick-up at a great price.

There are certainly a whole host of products you could buy to jumpstart your grooming routine, but the folks at Tread for Men know how to get the job done effectively and affordably.  This moisturizer — conveniently sized to sit in your medicine cabinet or travel in your favorite dopp kit — really does make a noticeable difference in terms of skin quality, and eliminates dryness that plagues so many of us during the winter months.

The Lip Balm: Way of WILL 18 Hydrating Lip Balm — $17.98

Never lose that tube of ChapStick again with this handy three-pack.

Never lose that tube of ChapStick again with this handy three-pack.

What’s the most-overlooked item in a guy’s medicine cabinet? Is it lip balm? Maybe? Just maybe. Never forget a tube of ChapStick again with this handy three-pack from Way of WILL, designed to end chapped lips once and for all. It’s a small touch that’ll help avoid cold sores and, of course, dry lips. Oh, and you can shop around Huckberry while you pick up that lip balm, too.

The Hand Cream: Baxter of California Hydro Salve Hand Cream — $16

The more you use this, the more you'll wonder how you survived without it.

The more you use this, the more you’ll wonder how you survived without it.

Yet another underrated grooming product seems to be hand cream. But seriously — your hands take a beating when it’s cold outside, regardless of how often you break out stylish and functional winter gloves. This hand cream is made with utility and affordability in mind — you’d be surprised how often you’ll use it once you’ve got it. And we all know that the fine folks at Baxter of California do a tremendous job with top-notch grooming products for men.

The All-in-One Kit: Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit — $43.98

All the essentials you need in one handy kit.

All the essentials you need in one handy kit.

Sometimes, it helps to keep everything in one place in terms of your grooming essentials. And needless to say, you certainly get that functionality with the Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit, a heck of a handy product sold by our friends over at Huckberry. The touches in this kit are definitely unique, from a cleansing face stick to an odor-blocking deodorant and eye cream. Plus, the fact that you can snag the Athlete’s Grooming Kit for under $50 is a nice steal.

The Face Wipes: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes — $24

A small package that packs a big punch in terms of utility.

A small package that packs a big punch in terms of utility.

You never know when you might be in need of a refresh — especially after a long flight or a long day at the office. Ursa Major takes care of the hard work for you with its handy Essential Face Wipes, made with cleanser, exfoliator, healer and hydrator for maximum utility. They’re again another smaller, underrated touch that’ll make a big impact. Feeling fresh yet?

The Deodorant: AXE 48-Hour Charge Up Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick — Price Varies

So, AXE is back in the grooming mix? Absolutely — the brand has grown up and revamped its image, its look and its product. Make no mistake, this deodorant isn’t the spray can of yore — it’s got a clean, crisp scent and it really is effective. It’ll leave you smelling great, and that’s something you shouldn’t let fall by the wayside even in winter. Ya dig? Good.

If your medicine cabinet and dopp kit aren’t restocked yet, hopefully you take care of that soon. The above picks certainly don’t cover the full spectrum of grooming products you could bring along for the ride, but there are certainly more than enough choices to help you tackle winter grooming problems head on. A handy kit like the Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit  is a perfect pick-up if you need everything in one place, while hand cream, moisturizer and a great deodorant should definitely be part of your daily grooming routine. What are some of your favorite grooming products? Let me know in the comments below — stay warm out there!

-Beau

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#OOTD: Dressing for a Casual Christmas

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.

OK, so we’re coming at you with a Thursday edition of the #OOTD series. Namely, we’re just a few days out from Christmas — that came up quick, yes? Hopefully, you turned to The Style Guide (or another one of your favorite menswear blogs?) to knock out your holiday shopping. Still need a gift for her? Fear not. Or maybe you want to add an item or two to your holiday men’s style wish list? Easy does it. Oh, and that leaves another crucial question — what are you going to wear for the occasion? Whether you’ve got one last holiday party to dress for or if you’re approaching the day with a bit more formality, we’ve got you covered when it comes to dressing for Christmas. And that’s why today’s #OOTD covers another potential holiday style scenario: the casual holiday. Maybe you’ll be spending the day at your house and venturing out later for a movie or a drink with friends, or perhaps you’re taking it easy while on a holiday trip over the river and through the woods– either way, dressing with some polish is key. We’re not talking about going overboard — leave the velvet dressing gown at home. No, we’re talking about a crisp, casual outfit that looks stylish, fits great and is a bit better-suited for venturing out in public than your pajamas. If you choose to stay in your PJs all day — hey, nothing wrong with that. But if you want to look a bit more cleaned up while still feeling comfortable? I’m your guy … or rather, the below #OOTD is the one to shop.  Chime in over on Twitter if you’ve got questions, additions or deletions when it comes to this look. Hit me up on Instagram if you want to see how I’m styling my Christmas Day #menswear picks, while we’re here.

Cozy, casual, comfortable and yet ... quite put-together.

Cozy, casual, comfortable and yet … quite put-together.

The Cardigan: Abercrombie & Fitch Belted Shawl Cardigan, $75 –We’re kicking things off with a really unique, effortlessly stylish sweater from the new and very improved Abercrombie & Fitch — the Camel color is eye-catching and pairs nicely with our other casual picks.

The T-Shirt: Barking Irons Brando Tee, $49 (2-Pack) — You could always reach for a classic chambray shirt if you wanted something a bit more cleaned up, but a textured cotton tee with unique design details — like a scalloped hem and slightly raised sleeves — is a cool, effortless pick.

The Denim: Mugsy Jeans Kinzie Denim, $98 — Who said denim has to be uncomfortable? Mugsy jeans are built with more room in the crotch and a ton of flexibility for a great — plus, the light wash is more casual, and these jeans look a bit more crisp than tailored sweats.

Beckett Simonon

The Watch: Timex + Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph in Grey, $158 — Even if you’re just hanging around the house, it can be fun to throw on a stylish casual watch — especially one from Todd Snyder.

The Belt: J. Crew Factory Braided Leather Belt, $29.99 — Let’s keep it casual on the accessories front — a trusty braided leather belt is comfortable and mixes in some cold-weather texture.

The Socks: CHUP Churro Socks, $35 — Limited edition, nature-inspired prints on a comfortable pair of CHUP socks? Sign me up. They’re pricey, but very well-made and eye-catching — perfect holiday style, in short.

The Sneakers: SeaVees White Walls Mid-Cut Wintertide Sneaker, $98 — Sneakers in the winter? Yes, sir. You can always grab a pair of durable leather boots if snow is in the mix, but if it’s simply a bit chilly? These casual-yet-crisp mid-top sneakers are made with navy flannel fabric and blend right in with this ensemble.

The Grooming Kit: Harry’s Deluxe Truman Set, $35 — Just because it’s a casual Christmas doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get cleaned up a bit, ehh? This deluxe shaving set has everything you need to look great through the new year.

OK, we’ve got your unique, modern and comfortable belted cardigan, your classic T-shirt and slim stretch denim. Those are the building blocks of a nice cold-weather casual ensemble  in fall or winter, yet they work particularly well for lounging around — yet looking great — this holiday season. When you complement those pieces with a durable leather watch and a pair of premium patterned socks, you’re set with a look that’s versatile and sharp. Navy flannel sneakers are a unique finishing touch, too. Of course, putting in a little extra effort when it comes to winter grooming essentials is a solid move, too — and if you happen to be spending some time with your significant other on Christmas, they’ll appreciate it. How will you be dressing for a casual Christmas? Or do you still have some holiday shopping to finish up before you worry about what you’re wearing? Again, check out our women’s holiday gift guide for quick and easy picks.

Stay stylish and enjoy the season!

-Beau