Pairs Well With: Sinn U1 S E

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A few weeks back, we took a look at the Sinn U1 S E, a dive watch with a robust, yet ruggedly elegant design. Though Sinn typically specializes in pilot’s watches, their spin on the traditional diver retains its individuality, but it doesn’t stray far from Sinn’s signature look. Today’s Pairs Well With keeps aligned with the U1 S E’s rugged, yet contemporary appearance and keeps in mind spring fashion trends and style.Pairs-Well-With Sinn U1 S E

1. Penfield Barnes Jacket

A watch meant to withstand the high seas certainly needs a jacket to match, right? When it comes to classic, American-styled outerwear, Penfield’s offerings rarely disappoint. The Barnes Jacket is the quintessential synthesis of form and function, resulting in a piece of outerwear that’ll keep you protected from the elements while staying cool–both figuratively and literally.

Pairs-Well-With Sinn U1 S E - 5The Barnes Jacket is lined with a breathable mesh to prevent your torso from overheating, and it’s lightweight enough to quickly pack away in a ruck and be on your way. The shell of the jacket is constructed of Nylon Taslan, a synthetic fabric meant to emulate the feel of cotton while retaining the durability–as well as the odor and wind resistance–of traditional nylons.

To better combat wind and rain, the jacket is treated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating, which aside from keeping water out, prevents the coat’s exterior from becoming waterlogged and clinging to your skin. The Barnes Jacket has two hand pockets along with an inner compartment for items like keys or a wallet. A light hood is built into the coat’s collar and can be zipped away when the weather permits. The Barnes Jacket is an all-around solid bang-for-the-buck piece, and it’s a stylish lightweight addition to any man’s spring wardrobe.

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2. Batch Freelancer Utility Shirt

The saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what if you could improve it? That’s exactly what the group over at Batch shirts have done with their line of refined garments handmade in small quantities (as the brand’s name implies). The Freelancer is a more utilitarian take on the classic button down, though it’s far from being a rugged shirt. It’s made from cotton that’s 100% mercerized, which is a treatment that modifies the chemical framework of the cotton fiber. This results in a softer, stronger, and a more reflective cotton garment. The shirt has what Batch calls a “modern tapered fit,” with more space through the chest and shoulders. Instead of regular plastic buttons down the placket, the Freelancer employs Mother of Pearl buttons, which are made from the inner layer of pearl oysters (fitting for a shirt paired with a dive watch). The Freelancer retails for $84 with free shipping, but a 15% discount is available through an email signup.

3. Naked & Famous Slim Stretch Twill Chinos

I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many khaki pants. They’re a definitive classic and can be dressed either up or down. This pair comes to us from Naked & Famous, a legendary denim manufacturer that puts out some very intriguing jeans such as Kevlar-lined and hemp-infused denim.

These are constructed from twill with a bit of stretch for added comfort. Pair them with some clean sneakers or some contrasting boots for a cool, casual look.

4. Fjällräven’s No. 21 Daypack

Fjällräven’s mission of providing tools to better enjoy nature began over 50 years ago in Sweden. Since then, Fjällräven bags have garnered praise for their durability and minimalist design. The Daypack is the perfect companion for everyday use, whether it’s a hike in the woodlands or for going out in the city. It’s made from a blend of polyester/cotton treated with a water-resistant coating. The pack features a leather snap closure system, laptop padding, and a special pocket to keep a bottle or thermos upright. The No. 21 daypack is offered in 13 colors and three size capacities. Exact dimensions are available on Amazon, but do note that the “small” size is, in fact, very small.

Whether you’re seeking Scandinavian-inspired gear or just a versatile, good-looking pack, the No. 21 is a strong contender for having your back.

5. Astorflex Greenflex

This environmentally friendly lace-up chukka boot is handmade in Northern Italy by a family-owned bootmaker going back six generations. The leather is aged for a month in a special blend of water, oak bark, and powdered mimosa, which softens the naturally tough hide. The result is an exceptionally supple suede that forms to your foot with wear. Completing the boot is a contrasting round lace that ties the form together brilliantly. It’s planted on a 100% natural crepe sole to provide support without bulking up the slim profile of the boot. Be sure to pick up a suede brush for any suede footwear, and if you’re so inclined, some suede protectant.

Frank was born, raised, and currently resides in Philadelphia. He has a passion for menswear, watches, and the great outdoors. Frank is an active member of Reddit’s r/watches and r/malefashionadvice communities and manages @stylesofman on Instagram as a means of providing inspiration to young men looking to better their fashion sense.
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  • Andrew Hughes

    I really like the pairing of colors… nice.

  • NC

    I love the watch, but I’d never wear any of those preppy clothes.

    • leo tam

      You used to have your watch geeks, and you used to have your style geeks – now that the two have become the same, you got this…

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