The Explorer’s Uniform
Volume is a newsletter where I share my thoughts on men’s style.
This week I’m breaking down my favorite items that make up the uniform of the modern day explorer.
The Alden Indy Boot
Perhaps the most famous fictional explorer ever, Indiana Jones, wore these boots so much that Alden named them after him. For me, the best version is the 404’s in dark kudu brown and with a vibram lug sole. They can easily handle rain, snow, or sand while providing hours of comfort for your feet.
The Casatlantic Trouser
I’ve mentioned before that the El Jadida’s trousers have been one of my favorite pair of pants ever. Since purchasing my original pair back in 2020, I’ve since added five more to my wardrobe. Honestly, it’s the perfect pairing of fabric, fit, and colors that keeps me coming back for more. They also cleverly name this style as the “Explorer’s Cut” which inspired this week’s newsletter.
The Double RL Thermal
Again, given the colder weather we’ve been experiencing here in San Francisco, a thermal is usually the best choice whenever leaving the house. My favorite thermal is from Ralph Lauren’s Double RL label. The fabric quality and fit is what does it for me. I bought one second-hand off eBay, and unfortunately it fits much larger than I expected due to the stretching from the previous owner. I plan to replace it with a brand new one soon in Paper White.
The Eddie Bauer Jacket
This will be the most difficult to find on this list. I recently found a vintage, down-filled, Eddie Bauer jacket that is the perfect outer layer as San Francisco transitions from the chilly 40º nights to the 55º foggy days nearly all year round. I also feel like I could take this to any cold climate and always stay warm. If only I had found this before my trip last year in NYC, I may have been able to handle the cold better as I explored the city.
The Drake’s Lambswool Cap
Now, I don’t own this beanie yet. I own a black lambswool cap from Sunspel, but I just ordered this one in taupe, made in the UK by Drake’s. In my experience, lambswool is the best material year around for the climates I’ve lived in and explored. It’s warm enough for cold days, but also doesn’t overheat my head on slightly warmer ones. Also, the quality of lambswool varies. The one I own is soft, made from 100% lambswool, and has held it’s shape for the past few years. I’m expecting the same for the Drake’s version.
The Rolex Explorer
Specifically, the 124270 reference released last year. It’s 36mm in size, which fits my wrist like a glove, and is simple enough in it’s design that it doesn’t stand out as a flashy piece of jewelry. It’s the final touch for completing the outfit of a person ready to explore the world. One additional watch to consider, is the Rolex Explorer II, which has a GMT bezel, allowing you to keep time across multiple time zones.
Thank you for reading! I’m looking forward to sharing more with you all next week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you’re able, I hope you can explore the world sooner rather than later.