My husband is a basically a male fashion maven (right, honey?). He loves keeping up with the trends and fantasy online shopping. His tastes lean towards preppy/classic, which is great as most of his pieces end up being lifetime investments.
I thought it’d be fun if we partnered on a post to share some of his picks for men’s fashion this spring. The best part about spring and summer is that men’s fashion becomes much more casual. Winter is all about cardigans, pullovers, and suits. The shift to spring allows men to drop the formal jacket and incorporate lighter and brighter colors. Goodbye grays, hello yellow!
There are some go-to patterns and pieces that work for every guy, year after year. Grosgrain belts, and lightweight gingham shirts create a relaxed, yet pulled together look, that reminds me of our trip a few years ago to Folly Beach, South Carolina. The South does the casual yet polished look so well! Grosgrain belts are a great way to add a fun little pop of color to brighten up an outfit. We recommend finding one in a nice spring blue, green, or pink. Vineyard Vines has some good options. Without a jacket or sweater on top, having a smooth and wrinkle-free shirt becomes much more important – and no guy I know likes to iron. Brooks Brothers has some great non-iron gingham shirts, that are truly wash and wear.
Blue or white oxford shirts, untucked, are another classic spring staple. JCrew and Uniqlo have some good options. I have never met a man who didn’t look good in a blue oxford shirt. If your guy doesn’t have a couple in his closet, change this immediately. The nice thing about oxford shirts is that the cheaper brands still look good, unlike more formal dress shirts.
For nicer events, Nick’s go-to choice is seersucker. Pairing seersucker pants with a casual button up shirt makes it easy to transition from a Saturday morning spent at the farmers market to Saturday evening cocktails on a rooftop deck. Seersucker just takes things up a notch. For something more formal like a wedding, encourage your man to go all-out with a seersucker suit. The fabric is nice and light, so he can comfortably sit through the vows, while you take comfort in the fact that he is not only meeting but probably exceeding the dress code.
Finally, every woman knows that shoes are what really pull together an outfit. The same rule applies to men, although the men I know (barring my husband) seem mostly unaware of the importance of footwear. We suggest either boat shoes or stylish sneakers to finish out a look. Guys really have some striking options when it comes to casual footwear. I particularly love the ones that are coming out with a contrasting sole. Nick is a big fan of Lacoste‘s stylish yet comfortable options.
Overall, your man’s spring wardrobe should be focused around casual yet polished separates – pieces that are easy to wear and can transition from at meeting at the office to drinks on the patio.
What is your guy wearing this season? Is his style classic like Nick’s?
Jules (and Nick)