Warmer Weather Gives Way to Dashing Choices for Springtime
Dapper Dans look about! Spring is upon us and it’s time to put your best foot forward while celebrating the sunlight and some long-anticipated warmer weather. As the trees start to bud, it’s time to pull out the stops to look your best. A great suit is an absolute must, no matter the season, but with warmer weather it can be tricky to find something comfortable that looks chic.
You want to look for fabrics that breathe. Nobody wants to button things up and head out only to feel like you’re overheating. Linens have been a reliable staple for warmer weather threads, but if you’re not careful, pieces can end up wrinkled in mere minutes after you’ve put them on. There are some great wares on the market for more dressy affairs this spring. We’ve done the leg work for you and have found some exquisite pieces to bring some excitement to the fancier side of your duds this season.
BLUE SUEDE SHOES
One for the money, but it’s definitely two for the show. Elvis might have crooned about them, but blue suede shoes can be a marvelous addition to an outfit that pops the overall look way out. Japanese-made kicks in blue suede, Ganryu’s version has stark white laces and a heft rubber crepe platform on the bottom for a jaunty-with-a-bit-of-fun waveform along the stitching. Del Toro’s Prince U Velvet Venetian Slippers, by contrast, will add some drama to every single one of your steps. The stacked heels and the grosgrain trim on the topline will hike the pizzazz will prove that you were made for walking.
OPT FOR OLIVE
There’s not a man who doesn’t look great with at least a touch of olive green in his wardrobe. Bonobos has a great pair of washed chinos, the Congos, which would add some earthy sleekness to a cocktail party or a Sunday brunch. Pair it with a white shirt, and the deep olive tones of these pants will turn some serious heads.
Luxury brand Ari has an exquisite olive accessory in the form of a deliciously creamy, soft, Italian cashmere scarf, perfect to accentuate a spring suit. For a weekend blazer, British clothier Gieves & Hawkes offers a stylish Olive Washed Cotton Unstructured Jacket. With a lived-in and relaxed feel, it’s an easy piece to throw on and add some class to a casual ensemble.
KILL THE COLLAR
Suits with a button down, while the standard for dressed- up occasions, don’t have to be the way to go for every event. Sometimes dressing in a blazer and some well-tailored slacks can allow for a fun, whimsical statement in the form of a t-shirt. A suit with a tee is a flirty and sexy way to cool off a more formal outfit.
If you’re looking for a sleek tee to pair under a blazer, Ari’s Black Slit Crewneck is a sexy solid with a small v-shape slit in the collar that allows for a bit of edge on what would be a streamlined silhouette. For a flashy twist on an exemplary suited look, Theory’s Neoprene Tee is a gloriously fine ribbed number with twice-ditched detailing along the bottom hem and the edges of each sleeve. It’ll add a bit of radiant luster to what would be a plain, ordinary black top.
Double up and add a bit of flair to what might be tired and boring. Whether you’re looking at a double-breasted jacket or a double-breasted coat, the look can go a long way to add some drama to the suave statements made with a blazer. Always a reliable place to go for the discerning gent, Brooks Brothers’s Golden Fleece line has unveiled a gorgeous Twill Sport Coat in stark white. With a sensuous blend of cotton and linen, this Italian-made masterpiece is light as a feather and solidly constructed so you can wear it anywhere, anytime. For a more traditional spin on the double-breasted option, their Country Club Saxxon Wool Double-Breasted Blazer is a deliciously dark stroke of genius with bright gold buttons and dependably wide lapels.