So one of my favorite new blogs to read was actually started by a good friend of mine. Creighton writes about all things men's fashion just like I do, but with a strong focus on watches, all while showcasing his own unique style. He is my go-to watch expert whenever I have questions and knows more about that subject than anyone else I know. So, I highly suggest everyone check out Quintessentially Timeless and drool over some beautiful watches.
Just a sneak peak of some of the pieces he has covered so far:
For all of college and until recently, I was over the backpack. After wearing them endlessly through years of school, I was ok with never owning one again. Well, that changed last summer when my messenger bag strap broke while I was in Paris and I needed a replacement when I got back to school in the Netherlands. I was walking around town and came across a menswear store that carried a backpack that I loved (The Fjall Raven Kanken), and I bought it right then and there, and haven't looked back since. And probably the best part switching to a backpack is no more shoulder pain from a single messenger bag strap.
So for those of you who don't own a backpack, or don't think they can look cool after middle school, here are a few recent ones that I really like and think you might too:
Sometimes you just need a watch that you don't give a shit about. I picked up a pretty inexpensive River Island watch earlier this year before a long trip abroad, because I didn't want to risk losing or damaging my nicer watches, and two months of heavy travel is not easy on a watch. After logging thousands of hours on that watch, it's starting to look a little beat up and the strap is starting to fray, but who cares? I paid $35 for it and it still gives me the correct time. What more do you need from a watch when you are looking for a casual one that you can let get beat up?
Here are a few options that look great, and won't upset you if you lose or break them:
Now available on the A.P.C. website, the Spring 2012 Resort Collection and as always, it excels at what A.P.C. does best: simple, classic, and wearable. This collections definitely gives you the feeling of breaking out your Spring clothing for the first time in a year, and is heavy on lighter shades of blues and cream colors.
'Boeing' Sweatshirt - $135
Army-Style Bomber Jacket - $385
Minimalist Shawl-Collar Pullover - $400
Boat Sole Moccasins - $310
Gym Bag - $120
This collection definitely reminds you of warmer times and is full of great looking and simplistic casual wear. You can check out the entire Resort Spring 2012 Collection here.
Maybe the cold weather has got me longing for some summer sun, because for the last couple of days I've been attempting to talk myself out of purchasing a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. While they definitely are more expensive glasses, they blend perfectly between the vintage stylings so loved here at Young Gent's Guide, and modern updates and colors. Oliver Peoples began when it's owners got ahold of a collection of vintage eyewear from an estate auction in 1986. They opened up a boutique to begin selling this collection, and quickly began designing their own frames inspired from these vintage glasses.
We all know boots are a necessary staple. Everyone should own at least one pair. But what I want to talk about today is boots where function is more important than form. I decided to write this post because this morning we got the first snow of the season. Two days ago, it was 65 degrees and sunny out and serious winter boots sounded like a far off concern. Well, the reality that winter is just around the corner came crashing down today and the winter boots had to make an appearance.
So when I look for a winter boot, I want something that can stand up to long walks in snow and wet weather without any leaking. I also want a boot that will last, so if it's leather, it has to be high quality and preferrably oiled, so it can easily be maintained to keep them waterproof and looking good.
Here are a few pairs that should live up to those standards, while still looking good:
Red Wing 1907 Classic Moc Boot - This was the pair I picked up this year and so far I love them. They are incredibly sturdy, yet incredibly comfortable.
These L.L. Bean boots will survive almost any weather with all the rubber, and the dark browns and navy will look great while at it.
Cole Haan Air Hunter Hiking Boots - Thick rubber soles with giant treads are a must for bad weather, and the red laces and plaid accents are a nice touch on top of it.
Superdry Swamp Boots - Once again, treads are important, this boot will be great for any wet weather, but might not quite have enough tread for those serious snow storms
Sorel 1964 Premium T Boots - Serious tread, serious waterproof materials, serious style, exactly what you need to look for.
When looking for a heavy-duty winter boots, construction matters. The last thing you want is a poorly put-together boot that leaks all over. Treads are key, avoid at all costs anything with a leather sole. You want some type of rubber with deep treads to avoid slipping.
If you have any recommendations on boots or tips for shopping for winter boots, share them in the comments!
I recently picked up the following coat of ASOS. After a weekend of wearing it, I'm not sure I'm going to ever wear my old winter coat again.
Gloverall Made In England Boiled Wool Short Monty Duffle Coat
For the last few years, my go-to winter coat has been a charcoal peacoat. It has had a great run and proved to be incredibly comfortable and versatile. But it was time for a change. I've been looking at duffle coats for a while and came across this. Camel colored coats have been making a come back this season, and it's definitely one trend I'm really enjoying. Camel coats are classic, just look for a modern cut and fit.
Gloverall Made In England Melton Wool Cropped Duffle Coat
Paul Smith Jeans Melton Wool Duffle Coat
Burberry Double Faced Wool Duffle Coat
Duffle coats are classic look that stand out from a sea of standard coats and peacoats that everyone seems to have these days. So if you are in the market for a new winter coat, check them out and see if it's the right style for you.