As our region continues begrudgingly transitioning from snow capped nation’s capital to a sun drenched spring oasis filled with plants peaking to see if the coast is clear, so it is with my seasonal wardrobe.
Reluctantly, I gather my tweeds, flannels, cashmere, and the like, wondering if we will be delivered yet another reminder just how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. I must admit I am one who prefers dressing for fall and winter, but there’s something refreshing about the promise of spring and it’s bouquet of renewal that stands in the distance.
The question is how do we get from point A to B? It’s simple, this is a phase that calls for transitional layering. Today I will present 5 easy pieces (click here for a slideshow of choices) that will usher the style conscience gentleman into spring and beyond.
After the list, I will present a slideshow showing a varied selection for each prescribed piece. Here’s my list of sure-fire pieces with the versatility to get you to the other side.
- The Denim Trucker Jacket – This fashion staple has reached iconic status, and has become a key piece in the arsenal of dapper gentlemen across the globe.
How to wear it – The denim trucker jacket can be layered over a button-down oxford shirt, a long-sleeved t, or a vest and oxford combo. On cooler days the jacket can be worn over a v-neck sweater, a turtle neck, or layer under a trench, or light-weight peacoat. for classic look. Be sure to keep the jacket on the fitted side for a modern look.
Cotton Shawl-Neck Cardigan – The shawl-neck is one of my ‘go-to pieces,’ and that’s because of it’s versatility. This sweater is at home on the town, or for a relaxing day at the Smithsonian. This isn’t your grand father’s sweater!
How to wear it – Pair the shawl-neck cotton sweater with a white shirt, a bow tie and slim selvedge denim for a smart look.
- Cashmere Crewneck – The crewneck is a perennial favorite, and picking up a light-weight cashmere one in a spring appropriate pastel is a can’t lose proposition.
How to wear it – A pastel colored crewneck in cashmere paired with a gingham button down in the same (or contrasting) colorway and a pair of slim khakis is an all-american look, but the pastel color choice will serve up Italian bravado.
- Chinos – Chinos are quickly becoming one of the most versatile weapons in gentlemen’s trousers. Modern tailoring and an ocean of color choices makes the chino a sure choice for transitioning into spring.
How to wear it – Step to the edge with a statement color for your chinos to anchor a cardigan and a navy blue blazer for an affective ticket to casual friday.
- Cotton Scarves – A cotton scarf thrown around your neck on a spring day equals 1 part signature-style, and 1 part wise weather watching.
How to wear it – Use a cotton scarf to add form and function to a cotton business suit. The scarf will add a color / texture burst to a gentleman’s business attire.
The slideshow below will give you examples of the aforementioned selections, and where to purchase them.
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