The List: Get Ready for Winter with My Favorite New Men’s Gear Picks

Get these rugged hiking boots for winter — and then read the rest of today’s edition of The List.

Are we starting the countdown clock on winter a bit early, perhaps? Well, yes — so, let’s say this edition of The List (my handy series covering your favorite style essentials) is covering the best new gear for fall AND winter in equal measure. And my friends, you’re going to like what you see, from the best new hiking boots on the market to rugged everyday carry essentials. They’re all yours for the taking, and with Thanksgiving and the holidays on the way, you  best get a move on when it comes to shopping.

Vivobarefoot Tracker Boots — $240

Surprisingly sleek hiking boots made to get you ready for winter.

Get prepped to hit the trail and take on fall and winter with these rugged men’s hiking boots from Vivobarefoot. These are surprisingly lightweight hiking boots that take on everything you can throw at ’em, and then some. If your November and December plans involve going off-trail, these are the way to go.

Bespoke Post Gear Box — $45 (When Signing Up for Bespoke Post)

The right EDC essentials for the season.

We mentioned above that we’d get you geared up for the season with the best EDC essentials, and for one low price, you’re getting a heck of a deal with the Bespoke Post Gear Box, packed with goodies to bring on the go with your favorite hiking boots and tough camp pants.

Proof Rover Jacket — $168

A durable, lightweight jacket for when you need a quick and easy travel piece.

In the spirit of keeping your gear as rugged and streamlined as possible, reach for one of the best new men’s jackets, and a casually rugged one at that. When you need to haul your everyday carry essentials on a long trip, the Proof Rover Jacket is the easy, grab-and-go jacket you need.

Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1200 — $695

A rugged everyday watch with uncompromising style.

The impending depths of winter mean you need a rugged everyday watch that can take a beating — this new Luminox watch is precisely that timepiece. Made with stainless steel and 24-hour readability, it’s your new favorite watch to wear with a shawl collar cardigan and dark blue denim.

Slow and Low Hochstadter’s Rye Whiskey — Price Varies

A classic rye whiskey to enjoy on cold winter nights.

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the way, you’re going to want to serve up richly crafted fall and winter cocktails from your home bar — and it doesn’t hurt to have one of the best whiskies on hand. Slow and Low’s rye whiskey, available in can and bottle form, takes its cues from old-time saloon whiskey used to make the first Old Fashioned — and the results are remarkable. Head to GearMoose to read my full brief on Slow and Low whiskey

Taylor Stitch Camp Pants in Timber Boss Duck — $128

Ridiculously tough camp pants from a brand that knows how to make ’em.

If you peruse the pages of the old blog here from time to time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Taylor Stitch and specifically, the rugged Taylor Stitch Camp Pants. Particularly in the brand’s custom Boss Duck fabric (made with a remarkable blend of hemp, polyester, organic cotton and spandex), these are the best camp pants to buy for your next winter trip.

Topo Designs Mountain Shirt — $89

A classic chambray shirt made with the great outdoors in mind.

When you want the toughness of the outdoors merged with style that works in the city, that’s when you turn toward a rugged chambray shirt — and more specifically, the excellent Topo Designs Mountain Shirt. It’s done up for the fall and winter season with Western detailing and 100 percent organic cotton chambray fabric.

Rocky Mountain Underground BRFCS Travel Bag — $249

A tough everyday bag — and one made for weekend getaways, too.

Looking for a dependable travel bag to pair up with your Taylor Stitch Camp Pants for your next upstate fall or winter getaway? Look no further than this tough everyday carry from Rocky Mountain Underground, made with sleek reliability in mind.

Flint and Tinder Canvas Expedition Shirt — $118

Tough Panama canvas and spandex make for an essential fall and winter layer.

Whenever Flint and Tinder steps up to the plate, they’re guaranteed to knock it out of the park — baseball metaphor aside, that’s what they’ve done with the Canvas Expedition Shirt, a rugged men’s shirt for fall and winter that’s practically perfect to layer over your favorite henley.

Rhodes Footwear Huxley Boots — $220

Stylish Chelsea boots to wear to Thanksgiving (and beyond that).

Ever wondered how Huckberry and Rhodes Footwear can keep churning out some of the best men’s boots for any occasion? It’s a tall order, but they’re up to the challenge, and they’ve made some of the best men’s dress boots for winter right here — they’re also the perfect boots to wear for Thanksgiving, what with sleek style and an anti-shock foam layer built in. Well-done!

Thirsty Monk Trail Monk IPA — Price Varies

An IPA brewed with orange zest for a good (no, great) cause benefitting the outdoors. Photo courtesy of Thirsty Monk.

Here’s the thing about craft beer — if you’re willing to seek it out, you’re going to find excellent local and regional brews in plenty of places. And if you live in or near Portland, Asheville or Denver (three of my favorite cities!), you know the joys of the terrific “Belgian-rooted ales” being produced at Thirsty Monk’s brewpubs. That list includes the new Trail Monk IPA, made with orange peel and zest for a bittersweet zing at the finish. I had the chance to visit the excellent Asheville Downtown location, and I can’t recommend it enough — what’s more, portion of proceeds from sales of Trail Monk will benefit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in Asheville, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative in Denver, and Trailkeepers of Oregon. Craft beer that tastes great AND gives back? That’s nearly too good to be true!

Taylor Stitch Lodge Sweater in Army — $168

A seriously soft, one-of-a-kind Taylor Stitch sweater on tap.

Not to worry, we’re back to menswear here — but for when you want to layer up with your new favorite sweater to grab a delicious craft beer this winter, reach for one of the best men’s sweaters, as done up by Taylor Stitch (naturally, of course). Even better? It’s made with incredibly soft 100 percent baby yak.

Jumper Boxer Briefs — $25

The best boxer briefs on the market? Try them for yourself.

No matter the rest of your gear rotation, it’ll always pay off to ensure the details are taken care of — such as with a pair of some of the best men’s boxer briefs from Jumper. Comfort and breathabilty are what you’re getting here.

Billy Reid Louis Henley — $150

A premium henley that pulls no punches in terms of quality.

OK, last but not least, let’s wrap things up with a look at one of the best men’s henleys you’re apt to find in your shopping search. Billy Reid knows all too well how to upgrade your men’s basics, and this pleasingly rugged henley is old-school inspired and yet perfectly modern.

 

Which of the above best new men’s gear picks caught your attention the most? Perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying Slow and Low’s rye whiskey? Or maybe, you need to layer up with one of the best men’s henleys as shown from Billy Reid. Or perhaps you’ve got your heart set on picking up the Canvas Expedition Shirt from Flint and Tinder? Whatever floats your boat, let me know about it on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

The List: Bundle Up in Style with this Week’s Top Men’s Gear Picks

The casual. well-made zip hoodie you need for a winter weekend — beer not included.

By now, maybe you’ve grown sick of dealing with winter weather and dressing for the polar vortex — I know I have. That being said, you still need winter style essentials that take care of business, pieces that blend the casual with a new sense of refinement. Pieces not unlike the Flint and Tinder Zip Hoodie, a ridiculously well-made hoodie that’s surprisingly stylish. It’s perhaps the best hoodie to buy now, and we’re going to tell you just why you need it (plus other critical men’s gear picks) in today’s edition of The List. Feel free to let me know what you think on Twitter!

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie — $98

Flint and Tinder

Very nearly the best hooded sweatshirt on the market, with the chops to back it up.

If you follow the blog, you assuredly know that Flint and Tinder is no ordinary brand — and the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie is no ordinary hoodie, with a reputation for durability and quality that precedes it. Wear the Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie underneath a rugged denim jacket and slim tan chinos, or keep it around to layer up with a versatile jacket like the Flint and Tinder Rain Shell. Again, it’s a hoodie that’s actually styish — color us surprised there, but it could be just the layering piece you need to reinvigorate your winter wardrobe.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Hoodie 

Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots — $175

The rugged, warm boots you need for the rest of winter.

Look, it’s horribly, terribly cold and snowy outside. You need some of the best men’s winter boots, even if we’re nearing the end of February. And these rugged waterproof boots fit the bill quite nicely.

Portuguese Flannel Teca Flannel Shirt — $115

A versatile flannel shirt that’s cozy and comfortable.

Looking for a relatively affordable flannel shirt made with style and durability in mind? This stylish flannel shirt is just what the doctor ordered.

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

Bespoke Post

The right gear for whatever winter throws your way.

OK, here’s the deal: When you sign up for Bespoke Post, you get access every single month to curated men’s style essentials — kind of like the Bespoke Post Frontier Box, perfect for winter adventures.

Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Tobacco Waxed Canvas — $188

The details make all the difference when it comes to this exceptional Taylor Stitch jacket.

There’s a very good chance that by the time you’re reading this, the exceptionally stylish Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch (in a new, rich Tobacco Waxed Canvas) might be sold out. If you do have the chance to buy one still? Go for it — ASAP.

Upstate Eco Heather Flannel Sheet Set — $156

The right flannel sheets to upgrade your bedroom for winter.

It’s hard shopping for bedding for most of us guys — but luckily, Upstate is here with the best flannel sheets to buy now. They’re masculine, rugged & stylish, yet versatile — the perfect complement to the rest of your bedroom or apartment, most likely.

Levi’s 501 Jeans in STF Dark Rinse — $69.50

Classic men’s jeans from a classic brand, done in a clean dark rinse.

As to what you’re going to wear to complement something like the Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch, well … might as well make it a pair of the best men’s denim, right?

Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket — $138

A tough, warm shirt jacket to make the last few weeks of winter bearable.

Speaking of gear for winter adventures, well … this durable shirt jacket (available in other colors besides the blue seen above) gives you the versatility of two stylish shirt jackets in one handy, easily packable silhouette.

Fellow Stagg EKG+ Electric Kettle — $199

The best way to get the best cup of coffee, no doubt about it.

Use this kettle to bring your water to absolutely the precise temperature for the perfect cup of coffee or tea — a must-have on chilly winter weekend mornings.

1767 Designs Donoho Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging — $290

A seriously unique way to amp up your wall art.

OK, so we’ve talked about the perfect cup of coffee and also the best flannel sheets, so why not keep the home-centric goods rolling with this investment-level piece of reclaimed wood art from Donoho?

That’s going to close out this winter-friendly edition of The List. What’s on your shopping list now? I’m a big fan of the functionality and rugged style of the best men’s winter boots we featured in today’s post — those would be the Muck Boots Foreman Waterproof Boots, of course. Stay warm and stay stylish out there!

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear a Classic Henley for Winter (And Beyond)

If you keep up with the digital pages of your favorite menswear blog (this one!), then you know that we positively love recommending a stylish henley for many a situation — and this crucial piece of menswear is perhaps no more important than during the winter months. The right henley to buy now can in fact be used as a crucial base layer — particularly the stylish indigo henley from Faherty Brand that forms the foundation of this #OOTD. It’s the perfect piece to complement the other gear picks on display here — taken in total, this is a rugged, causal, warm ensemble that I could see working everywhere from a laidback weekend bar outing to a snowy winter hike. Again, it all starts with a great henley, that classic men’s style staple that started as a sporting shirt and has now evolved into the shirt that every guy needs (arguably). So, why does this entire outfit stand on its own? You’ll see why in just a second, but know that we’re teaming up our rugged henley with a classic flannel shirt, durable work pants and a pair of the best men’s boots for winter. It’s all topped off with — naturally — a seriously warm sherpa trucker jacket from Flint and Tinder. Now, let’s unveil the ensemble, shall we? To see how I’m styling a henley this winter, head to my Instagram.

An absolutely unstoppable winter style combo, featuring a rugged henley (of course).

OK, folks — what do we think of the choices for this rugged, casual, exceptionally timeless winter look? To me, the base layer of a stylish henley is what makes it all go — especially one from Faherty Brand, guaranteed to be comfortable and easy to layer. That’s all the better when you consider the stylish flannel shirt we’re wearing atop it, right? And things only get warmer and better-looking from there: The Flint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa-Lined Jacket really is as good as it gets. It’s the type of jacket that could take you on a brewery tour or through a museum trip, then out to a casual gastropub — the same can be said of the surprisingly versatile Union Work Pants from Iron & Resin.  The entire combo is elevated even further thanks to the tremendous Thorogood Beloit Boots (easily the best leather boots for the season). And your accessories will add some sheen to this outfit if you focus on picking up arguably the perfect casual watch — one that’s going to stand up to the challenge of winter weather and go-anywhere style. You could certainly say the same thing about your American Trench socks, which add another element of comfort and all-day performance. Again, trekking from a gallery to a brewery to drinks has never been so easy. Last but certainly not least, it really will pay off to put on a stylish beanie cap as temperatures continue to drop. Now, with all of that being said … where will this outfit take you? Let me know via The Style Guide Facebook page.

The List: Shop the Best New Menswear Essentials — From Boots to Denim — Right Here

A new favorite winter layer is today’s featured pick.

Welcome back and thanks for joining us as we cover another all-new set of men’s style essentials for winter (and well beyond!) here at The Style Guide. Today’s focus remains on versatile, durable, tough gear that’s going to get you through winter (and perhaps Valentine’s Day) with style and functionality in mind. That’s where a piece like the Relwen Knit Jacquard Snap CPO is going to come in handy — part blazer replacement, part shirt, part jacket, it’s one of the best men’s winter outerwear pieces you can buy now. And you’ll find out all about it below. To shop for more winter style essentials, be sure to check out past editions of The List. Happy shopping!

Relwen Knit Jacquard Snap CPO — $238.98

Relwen

Dependable and smartly designed to layer with ease.

A richly crafted, stylish shirt jacket that’s exclusive to Huckberry is tough to pass up, right? Particularly one that’s made with military heritage and bombproof (yes, bombproof) construction in mind. The Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen is perfect to wear with slim grey chinos, tough moc toe leather boots and your favorite henley, naturally.

SHOP: The Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen

Fourlaps Rush Jogger 2.0 — $88

A pair of tailored joggers that function nicely for work or play.

Whether you throw on these sweats to take on a winter weekend 5K or perhaps a more leisurely park stroll, the Fourlaps Rush Joggers (2.0 Edition) blend sporty style with a tailored fit. The French Terry fabric blend is soft and cozy, another plus this winter. And if you fancy wearing sweatpants for travel, it’s hard to go wrong with this cleanly designed pair.
Bespoke Post Agenda Box — $45 (When You Sign Up for Bespoke Post)

Classic, sharp office style and organization essentials.

The good folks at Bespoke Post say that you can tell a lot about a man by his workspace, and they’re absolutely right. From a handsome leather desk pad to a sharply designed calendar, the Bespoke Post Agenda Box has the office essentials you need to upgrade your work day.
Santa Rosa Tahoma Moccasins — $280

Hard-wearing moc boots that channel throwback style.

From slim sweatpants right back to rugged leather boots we go. The Santa Rosa Tahoma Moccasins are made with some serious attention to detail, a quality that harkens back to the brand’s West Coast founding in 1906 (yes, 1906!). Try wearing these stylish moc boots with slim faded denim and a classic crewneck sweatshirt.
Luminox Xcor Aerospace Pilot Professional Watch — $1,900

One heck of an advanced-yet-stylish timepiece.

Is this technologically advanced Luminox watch a major splurge? Yes. Do you need it unless you’ve got a very adventure or day job? Perhaps not. But if you do, it’ll surely come through.
Faherty Brand Overdyed Denim in Faded Grey — $178

A nice switch from dark blue denim.

A new arrival to the Faherty Brand site, these slim overdyed jeans are a unique way to switch things up from inky dark denim. As always with Faherty Brand, the fit and fabric are on-point.
Bluegrass Barrels Black Hoop Aging Barrel — $60

A neat way to upgrade your home bar.

A premium aging barrel might not be the first thing you think of when you think of essentials for your home bar, but it’s one of the coolest and most underrated components — right?
Topo Designs Daypack — $169

A rugged backpack that blends functionality and style.

The use of handsome Horween leather makes this Topo Designs backpack go from good to great — like, really great. In short, the Topo Designs Daypack is the new backpack you need now, fit for winter travel or a casual weekend outing.
Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit — $150

A standout sweater from a brand that knows its heritage.

There are certain classic men’s sweaters that really embody winter layering at its finest. The rugged, throwback-inspired Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit is one such sweater.
Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic Ash — $98
Taylor Stitch review

A pair of classic chinos in a unique color.

Part of the excellent Essentials Collection from Taylor Stitch (year-round staples from a trusted brand), these Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos are a winter standout. Wear them with the Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit — plus brown leather boots — for casual office style.
Rhone Apparel Space Dye Henley — $78

An innovative henley that’s perfect for throwing on as a durable base layer.

Are you sensing a theme here? From the Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos to the Far Afield Tanner Ribbed Knit, the focus is on durable winter layering — a la this stylish henley from Rhone.
Mission Belt Full-Grain Italian Leather Belt — $74.95
Mission Belt

A new way to design and wear a belt, with a great cause in mind.

As seen on Shark Tank, Mission Belt really is like no other belt company out there, from the fact that its belts have no holes (they use a neat slide-and-clip mechanism instead!) to the fact that a dollar from every belt goes toward micro-loans to help entrepreneurs in developing countries. After testing it recently, I love the Cognac Italian Leather Belt as seen above.
Ash & Fir Upstate Candle Trio — $54

Three candle choices that mimic the scent and feel of lovely upstate New York.

Especially as we roll through winter, don’t overlook the importance of stocking up on the best candles for your home or apartment. You get three nicely scented candles here from Ash & Fir, luckily.
Outerknown Local Straight Denim — $128

A pair of jeans that look great and help the environment? That’s more than worthy of a purchase.

We’ll close out today’s edition of The List by looking at stylish men’s denim that’s also made with a mission in mind — Outerknown’s Local Straight Denim is sustainably made, and the handsome Faded Indigo wash is a new way to wear your favorite denim that’s much better for the environment. Plus, this stylish pair of jeans features a classic (not too skinny or baggy) fit.
So, from slim jogger sweatpants to an incredible technical watch from Luminox, we really covered something for everyone today, did we not? Which pick was your favorite? As we talked about at the top of the post, I can’t get enough of the Knit Jacquard Snap CPO from Relwen. Let me know how you feel about the rest of these picks on Twitter. Cheers!

The Friday Read: New York Fashion Week, Huckberry x Danner & Revtown Denim

Lace up your boots and hit the road this weekend.

Now, the question on your mind today should be: What stylish leather boots am I going to wear this weekend? And where will they take you? When you lace up a pair of boots like the Thorogood Dodgeville Boots, you can really go just about anywhere on this fine February weekend. So, let’s get down to business. We’re capping off a busy whirlwind of a week here in NYC — things really took off in earnest on Monday, as I attended New York Men’s Day, an initiative designed to showcase emerging designers as part of New York Fashion Week (one of my favorite times of year, assuredly!). Things kept rolling with a busy double bill on Monday night, as lauded American menswear designer Todd Snyder (my menswear hero!) showed his excellent Fall/Winter 2019 collection to kick off NYFW. Naturally, the evening was followed by quite the afterparty!

Other activities throughout the week included the Grungy Gentleman Fall/Winter 2019 runway show, a collection of athleisure-heavy, sport-inspired gear blended with tailoring (think French terry blazers and slim jogger sweatpants). It’s with all of that behind me that I’m very much looking toward a relaxing weekend in Brooklyn and Manhattan. On the docket for me — besides quite a few cups of coffee and some tasty craft brews — is a concert by NYC indie singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, in support of her excellent January album “Remind Me Tomorrow” — the fact that it’s taking place on Saturday, and at the historic Upper West Side Beacon Theatre is icing on the cake! So, that’s the rundown of things in my neck of the woods. I’ve got some more menswear writing to do in the meantime, but for now, enjoy the best men’s style news of the week.

  • Stop searching for your next pair of denim — I think I found it, and I think they come from Revtown. I covered this versatile, durable denim brand (based in the Rust Belt cities of Pittsburgh and Baltimore) for The Manual, so you’d do well to dive into why the brand is making your new favorite pair of jeans.
  • It’s never too late to start the hunt for the best sneakers for spring — just like the pair I wrote about recently! Grab the Huckberry Vintage Trainers now, then keep them handy when it warms up!
  • Speaking of the best new menswear, I’d urge you to act quickly — very, very quickly — to get a pair of the excellent new Huckberry x Danner Vertigo 917 Goldrush Boots, which I wrote about for Effortless Gent last month. As great as it gets for winter, assuredly!

Still not finished with your pre-weekend reading or shopping? We’ve got just what the doctor ordered — start with the best new chukka boots to buy now. Or, keep things cozy and laidback with a classic henley from Faherty Brand. Last but not least, go for rugged, classic style with the Todd Snyder x Champion line and the Todd Snyder x Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt. That’s all I’ve got for you today — cheers & enjoy the weekend!

 

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa-Lined Trucker Jacket

A stunner of a jacket, from a well-respected brand, to boot.

There are jackets that immediately get your attention, jumping off the screen and easily grabbing a spot on any list of the best men’s winter jackets — are we on the same page so far? Good, because the exceptional Flint and Tinder Type 3 Shera-Lined Trucker Jacket is a sight to behold, and I personally think it could be your new favorite denim jacket. That might be my bias talking — I sure do love the American-made style purveyors at Flint and Tinder — but if first glances say anything, then the Flint and Tinder Type 3 Shera-Lined Trucker Jacket is going to be mighty, mighty impressive. Much like its warm-weather counterpart, the Flint and Tinder Denim Trucker Jacket, the Sherpa-Lined Trucker delivers rugged, classic style in spades — starting with that iconic silhouette. It carries through to the stonewashed cotton fabric from which this tough denim trucker jacket is cut (not all that dissimilar from the Flint and Tinder Stonewashed Jeans, come to think of it). That sets the tone for a tough jacket that’s also surprisingly easy to layer. It’s ready-made to wear with all sorts of men’s style essentials, from a classic flannel shirt to a slim henley on your top half.  
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SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Type 3 Shera-Lined Trucker Jacket

Flint and Tinder

All the right details in all the right places here.

But, wait just a second … there’s more good news when it comes to this outstanding jacket. The use of one percent stretch should provide even more comfort and mobility, while the deep-pile sherpa lining gives the Flint and Tinder Type 3 Shera-Lined Trucker Jacket its name. Quilted polyester sleeve lining also makes it easy to slip this jacket on and off — it’s suitable to wear outside in chilly winter weather, yet shouldn’t prove too sweltering once you’re seated at the bar of your favorite brewery. And that’s another huge selling point when it comes to the Sherpa-Lined Trucker. The blending of a classic trucker jacket design with warm sherpa fabric means you can wear this as a winter travel jacket (thanks to the front-button chest pockets) or as a cozy extra layer atop a classic crewneck sweater during a weekend coffee date. To top it all off, custom hardware gives the Sherpa-Lined Trucker a unique, handsome finish. Oh, and it’s entirely made in the States, an extra touch that lends it that special feeling. Hopefully, you feel that way every time you put on the Sherpa-Lined Trucker. Don’t take my word for it, though. It’s yours for the taking.

SHOP: The Flint and Tinder Type 3 Shera-Lined Trucker Jacket


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#OOTD: A New Way to Layer Your Favorite Shawl Collar Cardigan This Season

Ready to layer up for winter? In particular, ready to wear your new favorite cardigan to power through the rest of the season? We’re kicking things off with an extremely luxurious, investment-level cardigan from my friends at Buck Mason — if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve surely seen how I’ve been wearing it. And now, we’re telling you how to wear it for the weeks and months ahead. It’s an extremely easy cardigan to layer, particularly when you pair it with a stylish flannel shirt from Flint and Tinder, along with an equally classic henley from that same brand. Slim denim from Bluffworks — launched earlier this year — keeps this #OOTD crisp and casual. Rugged leather boots give you the option to stomp through the snow on the weekend, or head to the office on a casual Friday (more on that in a second). And again, it all comes back to this stylish, rugged cardigan — this is the type of piece that a style icon like Steve McQueen might have worn, and it’s ably complemented by a classic casual watch and other winter-ready favorites. The only question is, where the heck are you going to wear it? It’s simple, trust me. So, without further ado … here we go.

A classic, premium cardigan, accented by a rugged flannel shirt & tough leather boots. Hello, winter.

Now, the thing about wearing a classic, rugged cardigan like this one from Buck Mason is that it gives you the ultimate in versatility. Use it as a top layer with a scarf for a Sunday park stroll on a warmer-than-expected winter day, or wear it to the office in place of a blazer — the rest of the pieces in this #OOTD can help you there, too. That process starts with a stylish flannel shirt from the great men’s style purveyors at Flint and Tinder, and carries through to the  slim, comfortable denim on tap from Bluffworks. You can choose to keep the stylish henley as part of this outfit (for a casual weekend brewery outing) or you can lose the henley and perhaps throw on a textured slim wool tie if you need to class things up for the office. Step into a durable pair of leather boots — I.E. The outstanding White’s Boots shown above — and then round out your ensemble with stylish patterned socks and a warm winter cap from Faherty Brand. It’s a can’t-miss combo that only gets better when you wear the Zodiac Grandville Watch.Keep your mug looking fresh with some of the best men’s winter grooming picks, and then be sure to reach for the handy, essential Hitch and Timber EDC Slip — all of that, to me, sounds like the makings of a new favorite winter outfit. To keep up with how I’m getting dressed for winter, be sure to follow me on Instagram. Thanks for reading!

-Beau