A new season means fresh styles and new interpretations of the classics. There’s no need to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, rather a few simple style upgrades will leave you ready to take on the season ahead with gusto. Give your wardrobe a fresh, spring feel with these 8 instant style upgrades.
1. Blazer + jeans + tee combo
Nothing says spring cool and expresses the carefree nature of the season like a blazer, jeans, and tee combo. When it’s done in the right, fitted, and sophisticated way, this smart combination can really up the ante to your everyday work wardrobe or even causal Friday. Always go for a plain, neutral color fitted — but not overly fitted tee — a slim dark pair of jeans, and a perfectly tailored linen or tweed blazer, and you’re good to go.
2. Suede slip-on sneaker
A slip-on suede sneaker that you can also wear to work? Sign us up. The wear-your-sneakers-wherever-you-want trend is not going anywhere anytime soon. That said, for spring, it’s time to try something different from your fresh canvas Vans and turn it up a few notches with a luscious pair of burnt orange/brown suede Vans Classic Slip-Ons that are sure to impress wherever and whenever you choose to wear them. Keep your original pair of canvas’ around on the weekend and then swap them for these babies during your Monday morning commute.
3. Monochrome neutral from head-to-toe
Spring neutrals don’t have to be boring or predictable, they can in fact be very exciting. One of our favorite trends of the season, the bomber jacket, which is popularly seen in a classic military green color, though there are numerous designs with every color on the spectrum, the olive green bomber remains the classic and traditional color of the piece and is great to try from head to toe. Make sure that when you try this head-to-toe color, you only wear one military-inspired piece at a time so you don’t risk looking like a soldier. Do as Zayn Malik does in GQ, and start with our favorite olive color bomber of the season from Topman. Keep it cool with a pair of olive color sweats and a tee, finishing it off with high top sneakers. Steer clear of boots at all costs.
4. Camo jacket
Keeping with the military trend is the incredibly cool camouflage jacket. What’s great about the camo jacket is that it circles in and out of style, so it’s a solid investment piece. This season’s camo is a little different though, accented with patches all over the jacket. Incorporate this one into your spring jacket rotation and try the Saint Laurent Camouflage-Print Cotton Field Jacket.
5. Modern fanny packs
Yes, you read that correctly. On the runway, Coach dubbed them “belt bags,” whereas Valentino called them “waist satchels.” Call them what you may, but they’re still fanny packs. Here’s what you need to wear this questionable style, as per the men’s spring runways: Confidence, a designer pouch option, slouchy tailored pants, a nice bomber jacket and a clean pair of minimal white trainers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
6. White jeans
We’re also realistic to your shopping habits: Some of you gents may not do any extensive spring shopping, probably picking up a few new tees and jeans. White jeans are perfect for the man with the uncomplicated wardrobe and a really quick and painless upgrade to your spring wardrobe. Just trust us on this one. White jeans are an easy swap for your go-to blue denim.White denim has a way of turning a basic outfit into something worth noticing. Get a slim fitted pair or slouchy and tapered to get noticed, and embrace the lightness of the season.
7. A strap watch
The easiest thing you can do to refresh your wardrobe for spring is to get a new watch strap. When you’re off duty, a nylon strap interchangeable watch color strap can add a fresh look at the right price. With a variety of colors, you can mix and match them with anything you like.
8. Color laces
In that same vein, add some color to work attire by easily upgrading any pair of dress shoes by swapping out the laces. For spring, you can get away with some fun lace colors.