Spring is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a whole new wardrobe. All you need is to do is cop that one thing that can update your look without even trying. Here are a six items trending hard this spring, including a few that every guy should have for when the weather gets warmer.
The printed sweat
This staple of this spring’s new weekend uniform may be casual to the extreme, but that doesn’t mean you should shell out $300 for just any pair of grey sweats with a dope label. A printed pair will set you apart from the crowd. Here, Greivis Vasquez got his hands on a pair from MyVice that’ll look great paired with contrasting basics. Note the slim cut—that’s money right there.
The chunky cardigan
As temperatures approach “cooler” rather than “colder,” enter the humble shawl collar cardigan. Turkoglu Hedo grabbed this number with piping details along the placket and wore it over a shirt and tie for a spot-on office look. The best part is that sweater is heavy enough to keep the last of winter’s chilly bite at bay worn under a lighter jacket.
The knit tie
Mo Williams’s sock game has been on fire, but if you take a look at the rest of the accessories he wears you can see he’s ready for the season. Knit ties are a perennial classic that can instantly add some swagger to a casual suit. Horizontal stripes are your friend, as are lightweight, natural fabrics such as silk that you can rock well into summer’s warmer climes.
The leather jacket
Taking the James Dean approach is yet another perennial method to achieving success in spring style, year after year—which is exactly why leather jackets are one of the best investment pieces you can pick up. They also open up many opportunities for effortless layering. Whether you prefer a classic or a motorcycle-inspired jacket with a diagonal zipper like Serge Ibaka’s, buy one this year and spend the next decade breaking it in.
The denim shirt
Shirts made from the ubiquitous workwear fabric have always been in season come spring, but these days you’ll be seeing denim shirts in more than just indigo. Saturated blues like Tristan Thompson is wearing here are heating up, but you can also find them in other fresh hues such as orange, red and emerald. If you grab one now, you can rest assured it will be a soft second skin in a few months.
The better leather dress shoe
Kick off winter’s obsession with black from the feet up. Ryan Anderson recently went on a shopping spree in Atlanta and picked up several takes on the classic brown dress shoe. Each hue can tell a story of its own, ranging from deep, earthy tones to bright, sunny yellows perfect for the warm days ahead. If you look hard, you can see two pairs of loafers—if you want to grab some now, you only have to weather the weather a few more weeks before you can kick off the socks, too.