Men’s Winter LOOK BOOK: The Desert Bixby, The American Steeler, and The Urban Conductor

It’s the beginning of the year and the coldest  part of winter is about to hit. So, we wanted to suggest a few under coat layering options. I styled 3 looks on TUG ambassador Ben Swann to pay homage to early 1900s America, mixing hard edge workwear with southern sensibilities. 

A Man’s Winter. So what is a man’s winter? It’s stylish, yet simple. Detailed, but not ostentatious. It’s a layered tribute to his favorite styles. And it provides the opportunity to showcase his entire essence in one glance.

 

1: Desert Bixby 
Faded desert palette meets good ole boy. Stag Provisions, the company that provided our threads, is a Texas based company, so we mixed in a of bit southwest flavoring for the first look. The sandy coloring of the entire ensemble, the shirt pattern, and of course the desert boots gives us SW. While the shawl collar sweater, argyle socks, and fedora gives us classic casual 1950s southern gentleman. I especially love this look without the cardigan… its so simple and refreshing. Although many of us naturally wear dark colors in the winter, lighter hues display beautifully in crowds full of humdrum gray and black apparel. 

WINTER COAT: This look should be paired with a classic peacoat – navy, olive, tan, or beige. Scroll the options below:

 
STYLE DETAILS: Universal Works Olive Shawl Cardigan; Alex Mill Horizontal Donegal Shirt; Save Khaki Slub Twill Jeans; Yellow Luke Fedora; Clarks Desert Boot; Timex Weekender Watch; Garrett Leight Harding Sunglasses; Wooden TUG Pinback; Vinatage Beaded Bracelet; Bronze Pin. 
 
 
 
See the other 2 LOOKS and VIDEO below
 
 
 
 LOOK 2: American Steeler
Industrial steel worker meets  red, white, and navy blue. This is my favorite look. It’s just so.. hmm? Well, I’ll put it like this, for me it’s the kind of outfit that would make me do a double take if the guy was passing by. It’s masculine, clean, monochromatic, and stands out without being too showy. For me it exudes natural style. The thick gold chain underneath the collar gives the look an extra boost, which pops off the gold watch and, if you had a grill, it’d pop that off too…. like a chain reaction :).  
 

The wax jacket – wonderful unique addition to an Urban Gentleman’s wardrobe. However, please note that the fit of a wax jacket is a bit snug, there’s not much give. So if you’re thinking about investing in one, go one size up, unless you want a fitted look. Ben Swann, is a relatively slim guy and we had to work together to get it on and off. That said, once it wears it’ll loosen up some… so it's your call, depending on desired fit and patience. 

WINTER COAT: A bomber jacket, ideally a Starter jacket. Starter jackets are suspiciously light and keep you very warm, especially if you’re nicely layered underneath. We wore Starter jackets on our recent trip with Nike to Chicago, read more about it here. Scroll to see options below:
 

 

STYLE DETAILS: Rogue Territory Grey Supply Jacket; Penfield Brushed Flannel Shirt; Faherty Brand Calvary Twill; The Hill-side Socks; New Balance Sneakers; American Needle Snapback, Nixon Gold Watch. 
 

 
LOOK 3: Urban Conductor 
The clear inspiration for this is original American railroads. We took the country essence of overhauls and adapted it for everyday city swag. Railroad pinstripes pants with stripe shirt. Instead of a belt, braces are used to give the look a little more style. See, it’s the small things that make a difference. From there we did two takes on the look. In the first, we paired it with a heavy vest and skull red skull cap. In the second, we opted for a baseball jacket and 7 panel canvas baseball cap. We also switched from braces to a vintage canvas camouflage belt. Camouflage socks, a yellow silk handkerchief, and a few TUG pinbacks are used to for finishing touches.
 

STYLE DETAILS: Penfield Classic Red Beane, Universal Works Navy Chore Waistcoat, Penfield Brushed Flannel Shirt, Save Khaki Indigo Stripe Surplus Jean, The Hill-Side Indigo Chambray Ball Cap; Red Wing Round Toe Briar Boot; Alex Mill Chile Pepper Bandana; Camouflage Socks; LRG Camouflage belt; TUG pinbacks.

 

WINTER COAT: Heavy down coat or bubble/quilted jacket – red, olive, yellow, or navy. Scroll the options below:


EDITORS NOTES: This was a multi-tiered photoshoot and one of my favorites since we’ve come back from our 3 year hiatus. It started with the location, my friend Greg’s abode, which is literally an abandoned music store filled with treasures of yesteryear (he restores old buildings so his place looks like a movie set specially designed by American Pickers).

Then came the clothing. When I was hit up by Stag Provisions I instantly fell in love with the thoughtful curation of the Texas rooted store — I knew I had to get the clothing from them. The vintage American style fit Greg's decor perfectly.

Next came Ben Swann, he’s one of my favorite TUG ambassadors because his look is perfectly Urban Gentleman – he’s like a mash up of two ATLiens… Andre 3000 and Trey Songz, right? Plus he’s an extremely nice, hardworking, and humble guy… a perfect gentleman who doesn’t dare let a woman carry heavy loads or open doors.

All of this combined with a talented team. Duke of A Color Brown Shot filming the video + Chike, TUG managing editor, assisting… it was an all around win and great day. – Cindy Samoht

See the video, here.

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