LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Chukk It

Let's Hear it for the Boys

It seems to me that I always start a post with a recap of the weather for the past week. Why change things up? Today will be no different, seeing as the weather here in Montreal generally dictates what you’ll be wearing. From the frigid cold of the winter to the scorching heat and humidity — two things I’d actually kill for right now — of the summer, dressing to the weather is important in such extreme climates. It’s warmed up considerably from the -20 degree weather of last week to a relatively toasty 20 degrees this week, which is still technically below freezing, but way warmer compared to that God-awful negative sign.

With the warming comes lighter-weight jackets to keep you warm without feeling like a potato in the oven. Patagonia’s Hi-Loft down jacket is perfect for such an occasion. You can also opt for the cheaper Nano Puff jacket, a favorite of mine. The outdoor and performance based brand is rooted in Ventura, California, and puts function before style, yet creates some of the most visually appealing outerwear for men. They’ve steadily been killing it with collaborations and a plethora of flagship stores across the globe. The label’s mass appeal is seen in their stickers, which are all identical from each store except for the location detailing. The Boston based flagship store has “Boston, Massachusetts” at the bottom, while the Tokyo-located store is branded with “Tokyo, Japan.” They’ve done a great job expanding into the streetwear industry by simply producing quality apparel with great designs, and by doing some nice collaborations. The simplicity of this change serves to highlight the immense popularity of the brand and showcases its worldwide growth.

The dark brown hard-bottomed Chukka boots work well with the hickory colored jacket, while the red laces take this outfit to the next level. Over 9,000! Chukka boots are extremely versatile, able to be worn as warm-weather winter boots in this instance, while also being stylish enough to wear to business-casual events. Cole Haan produces wonderful, if expensive, chukkas that you might want to check out, and you can even up the ante with some dope wing tips. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also cop their lunarlon cushioned midsole, courtesy of their former parent company Nike. The lunar cushioning adds comfort to a typically less responsive sole, while also adding that aggressive color pop.

Hint: Detailing is a beautiful thing. As mentioned earlier, the red laces are a great touch to the otherwise subdued outfit. The Patagonia label doesn’t hurt either and the two details work really well in concert.

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