Spring seems a far-off concept for those who have spent winter under Seattle’s almost perpetual gloom. In truth, however, spring is just around the corner. Whether you are planning a sunny vacation, a honeymoon or perhaps just looking forward to sunnier days ahead, it is time for a fresh take on things, minus the fleece.
Talk of trends can be overwhelming, but it is more simple than you might think. Incorporating lighter fabrics and fresh prints and stripes, for example, are simple ways to get a new perspective in your closet. Quite often, men’s styles are a reflection in what is happening in women’s fashion each season. Spring 2017 is no exception. We saw this on the men’s spring runways: salmon hues at Gucci and stripes for Fendi, both of which big trends for women as well.
I recently watched The Talented Mr. Ripley, set in Italy in the 50s, and I found myself inspired to give a contemporary spin on the masculine romance of that era. Working with S/S 2017 trends, my three stylings this month are inspired by the beautiful Italian coast, but you can wear these looks anywhere the warm winds blow. After all, there is nothing more “elegante” than a man in a perfectly cut summer jacket, a crisp shirt or casually elegant shoes.
The Beauty of The Beach
Nothing says vacation like a sunny, sandy beach. A bulky beach bag isn’t ideal if you are traveling on a plane to get there, so the Herschel Packable Backpack is the perfect solution. It fits in its own small bag for travel, and once at your destination, you can fill it with essentials, like a stylish pair of board shorts. J. Crew always does swimwear right, and their navy floral board shorts are right on trend.
First you have to get there, so travel in style in a pair of striped slim cropped pants from ASOS. Add a colorful Sunspot Riviera Polo Shirt in russet orange to brighten things up. Slides are the shoe to have this summer, and you can’t go wrong with this Prada pair. The Gucci D-Frame shades are a classic silhouette that never go out of style.
Last but not least…don’t forget to bring a towel! My favorite way to carry a beach towel or blanket is with a leather carrier strap from The Beach People. Being stylish was never so laid back.
All Work, Some Play
Whether it’s a work vacation or you want to look your best for dinner out, having a stylish light-weight suit is key. Brooks Brothers makes an amazing Glen Plaid suit that is on point for the vacation style game. Add an Express polka dot navy dress shirt to play off the plaid, but skip the tie. Some sweet kicks make sure that you’re not all-work-and-no-play, especially if they are these Balmain quilted suede pair. Add a floral pocket square for a little flair. Keep your phone, cash and cards handy and your style sleek and easy with this leather Sleeve Wallet Case by Aussie company Toffee. Nice work.
The Talented Mr. Vacationer
Inspired by the above-mentioned movie, this look is about timeless, effortless style. Start with a great pair of Levi’s, but not the pair you are used to wearing. Go for a lightweight chambray pair of Levi Utility Pants and roll those babies up to show off your classic sneakers by Fred Perry. Sport a Fred Perry Slim Fit Polo to keep that country club vibe going. The Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses are classics, and so is wearing a straw pork pie hat while you stroll the cobblestone streets of the seaside towns of Italy. If you need a good case for a quick weekend getaway, it doesn’t get much better than Uri Minkoff’s Wylie Weekender Bag.
Whether you are headed to a sunny vacation spot or just ready to shed some winter layers, lighten up your wardrobe with cool classics that will give you the upper hand in ruling spring style.