1 Look, 2 Budgets: Desert Hues

1 Look, 2 Budgets: Desert Hues
A rugged style with refined elements makes this a comfortable casual outfit for the rest of winter.

Wool Blend Top Coat

If you're only wearing your overcoats when you're dressed up in the winter months, you're massively wasting their potential. Sure, they're stock gentleman over a suit, but they're also a rakish way to upgrade an otherwise outdoorsy outfit away from Dick's Sporting Goods and more towards Taylor Stitch.  The one shown is a favorite out-of-production budget pick from Kenneth Cole that I've been featuring for over 4 years.

top coat


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Buttoned Down, $83

An impressive material composition of 76% wool, 18% cashmere, and 6% nylon, this thigh-length overcoat is a no-brainer from Amazon's dressier house line Buttoned Down.

bonobos topcoat


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Bonobos, $299

Fully lined with a notch lapel, the Italian Topcoat is a lifetime piece currently 40% off.

The Sienna Flap Pocket Shirt

Many men will pass right by an orange button up shirt thinking it's far too flashy of a color. But, interestingly, it wears very much like an earth tone when paired with more subdued colors. So go on, add some sneaky color to your wardrobe.

The shirt shown here is the legendary Sweater Shirt from Faherty. It is spendy, for sure, but very likely one of the most comfortable button up shirts you can buy, with the outside having a soft, textured, stretch feel and the inside having a very smooth t-shirt feel. Altogether it's a lightweight all-day comfortable shirt that justifies it's price tag when you divide it out by its inevitable cost per wear.

orange flannel shirt


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Amazon Essentials, $20

faherty sweater shirt legend


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Faherty, $178

Raglan Sleeve Henley

Andrew Snavely wearing a casual outfit in the desert with a topcoat, fatherly legend sweater shirt, cloud henley, gray denim, and brown Chippewa boots

The staple that can be worn a million ways. Raglan sleeves – those that are connected at the neck instead of the shoulder – add a touch of interest and complements the chest with a flattering shape.

target white henley


Budget
Target, $14

Few places beat Target's Goodfellow brand in terms of availability and price.

faherty cloud henley

Shown
Faherty, $98

The Cloud Henley was the first thing I owned from Faherty and is what convinced me to try the Sweater Shirt. The most expensive henley I've owned truly does have a cloud-like quality to it. It's almost more like a squishy foam than a t-shirt. That probably doesn't sound too appetizing but it really is a delight to wear. Does it justify the $80 difference in pricetag from the Target option? Few henleys could, but if you're already spending ~$70 on premium henleys, the extra step up to the Faherty provides a noticeable difference.

man standing in desert with dog and jeep in the background

Tapered Faded Black Denim

More so than any other shade, including dark indigo, a faded black or charcoal pair of jeans is easily my most worn and purchased color. It's easy to dress up or down, and when going for a pair with the worn faded element, it can de-crisp an outfit with darker jet black jeans.

Faded black jeans from Old Navy

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Old Navy, $26

100% cotton and currently on sale. If you need a pair of jeans you can burn through until they're unwearable, Old Navy, as always, has your back.

faded black jeans by banana republic

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Banana Republic, $120

Upgrade to Banana Republic, the sister-brand of Old Navy, with their tapered Watershed Mill Valley stretch denim, made of a blend of organic cotton receiving stretch from polyester taken from the plastic of 4.3 bottles.

Brown Leather Boots

Brown leather lace up boots. The staple of staples. The classics of classics. These more rugged-soled boots are my Chippewas that I've had for over seven years. I've had them so long (and are still one of my favorites), that mine have seemingly outlasted the model's production. While the 121 year old American company is still in business, it appears they have phased out their lifestyle selection while dealing with the market and production side effects of the last couple of years.

golden fox boots


Budget
Golden Fox, $160

However, Golden Fox comes through with a similar style. They're one of the most budget-friendly American-made boot brands you can find and are regularly recommended as cost-effective substitutes for brands like Red Wing and Wolverine.

wolverine axel boots


Spend
Wolverine Axel Boots, $399

The now-classic 1000 Mile silhouette gets beefed up with a chunky Vibram sole. They're a recreation of an original 1914 design and are made in the US with American-made Horween leather.

What do you think of this outfit? Chat with me in the comments!

a Joshua tree in California
An eponymous Joshua tree
Andrew Snavely

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.