Tag Archives: Spring

Drizzle Does Not Mean Drab


I cannot say this enough: rainy days are not an excuse to abandon fashion! When you wake up and check the weather in the morning, and see a forecast of rain, you should not automatically run to your closet and pick out your drabbest, dreariest, least stylish items and assemble them into an equally drab, dreary, style-deprived outfit. Instead, choose a stylish outfit that you would want to wear on any other day and add appropriate outwear items to shield yourself and your wardrobe from the elements.

It is important that these items are seasonally appropriate, meaning that you probably should not be wearing the same outerwear in the months of April, May, and June as you had worn in the fall and winter months. In accordance with the weather, styles change also, meaning that the lined coats and thick rubber boots that served you well facing the winter elements are generally going to be too warm and heavy for the spring months. Additionally the spring demands a different color palette, one characterized by brighter, happier colors, even on days when the weather is less than cooperative.

Here’s a bit of inspiration!

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Trend Alert: Tropical Prints

Throwback Trend: Tropical Prints

Remember that shirt your dad wore to every backyard barbecue and pool party- the embarrassing  shirt with over-sized Hawaiian flowers, you know the one. As much as you may have tried and potentially succeeded at eliminating the painful memories and feelings of embarrassment at your dad’s summer wardrobe, there are undoubtedly reminders of the trauma nailed to the walls of your home in frames that read, “Orlando 2001”, or, “Family Vacation 1998.”  If you were, however, lucky enough to not have these experiences documented and made into a magnet for the refrigerator door, I envy you. However, those tropical shirts are hitting the shelves as a must-have summer staple. If you’re picturing a polyester oversized shirt with ketchup stains, I am happy to inform you that that’s NOT what I am referring to. What I am referring to is the ultra trendy, slightly less obnoxious, slim-cut tropical print shirts, shorts, and shoes that will decorate East Coast boardwalks all summer long. The throwback you

tropical prints

(Scotch & Soda, J.Crew, Bloomingdale’s)

How to wear this trend without being obnoxious…

Easy! Pair a tropical print garment with a more subdue complement. For example, take a floral print short-sleeve button down and pair it with salmon, khaki, navy, or chambray shorts and your favorite boat shoes or loafers. If it’s your shorts that are adorned with the tropical print, choose a classic white button-down or simple solid-colored tee. Avoid anything too bright- you don’t want your pieces to fight each other for attention.

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It’s Raining, Men

You all know the saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ You anticipate, at least mentally, that this month of the year will be reliably rainy, but I’ve noticed that mental readiness does not necessarily signify wardrobe readiness.

Dressing for winter and fall weather ailments is much different than dressing for spring and  summer ailments. In the fall and winter seasons, the primary focus in terms of outerwear is warmth, although there is a need to stay dry during winter weather storms. In the spring and summer, however, the focus is to stay dry and cool, so there is an inherent challenge for designers in the creation of, and for consumers in the choice of outwear during the warmer, wet months.

The obvious key elements to choosing outerwear for the warm, wet seasons is to choose something that is both waterproof and lightweight. Another element to consider that is often overlooked when buying rain gear is pack- or carry-ability. Because of the warmer temperatures, it is unlikely that you will want to keep any type of excess clothing on any longer than is necessary.

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(Steven Alan, Jack Spade, Barbour, Jack Wills)

In terms of jackets, choose items like unlined, waterproof parkas and zip jackets in neutral or cool colors like beige, olive green, mustard yellow, or poppy red. For rain boots (yes, men SHOULD wear rain boots), go for a basic rubber-sole rain boot in a dark color like navy, black, grey, or green as these colors are less likely to show dirt and mud residue.  As for umbrellas, yes. Please, for my sanity and for the sake of everyone around you, use an umbrella!

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(Sperry, Tommy Hilfiger, Hunter, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew)

 

 

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4 Chambray Must-Haves and How to Wear Them

Chambray transcends seasons. In the fall and winter, a chambray button-down perfectly complemented your navy cords or burgundy chinos, and an effortless element of chic. And now in the spring and summer, the light-weight linen finished garments, add style and versatility to both casual wear and sophisticated ensembles.

1. The classic chambray button-down. Pair it with your favorite salmon chino shorts, and a pair of boat shoes and you have the perfect casual, ‘weekend at the beach,’ look.

JWills
Jack Wills $89.50

2. The chambray short. Great for dressing up or down. For a daytime casual look, pair with a light-weight cotton v-neck tee in solid or stripe pattern and a pair of leather sandals. At night pair with a navy or white button-down and nice clean tennis shoes for a causal look, or a pair of leather loafers for a nicer look.

JCrewSHort
J.Crew $75.00

3. The essential chambray blazer. This item takes any casual summertime look and makes it sophisticated. Pair with a tee, shorts, sandals, and a fedora for a super trendy weekend outfit, or put it over a silk blend button-down and your favorite khakis for an outdoor evening party ensemble.

ScotchSoda
Scotch & Soda $215.00

4. The printed chambray tie. I love this tie paired with a white, salmon, or light blue button-down, tucked into a pair of chino style shorts or pants in a complementary color. Nothing says spring like a floral chambray tie.

JCrewTie
J.Crew $69.50

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It’s a Short Story

While the frigid temperatures and repetitive snow storms make it seem premature to start talking about spring trends and style advice, I think it’s only fair that I share this coming trend in advance as it may require some prep work. This spring it is not just women whose hemlines and shrinking and revealing more skin; men’s shorts are getting shorter as well.

For decades men’s shorts were cut at the knee or just above the knee, but this season shorts are getting a trim, being cut 3-7 inches shorter than what most of us are used to. If you were born in the 60’s or 70’s in which case this trend is just a throwback to the days of the jogger short, but if you were born in the more recent decades and fall under the growing “millennial” generation, this is going to be a major change, but definitely one to embrace.

shortshorts(Michael Bastian, Scotch & Soda, J.Crew)

Before you go out to a store and grab the shortest shorts you can find, take an honest look in the mirror and ask yourself if your thighs are ready for all the eyes they will inevitably catch. If the answer is no, it’s time to hit the squatting rack at the gym. Just a few short weeks of squats, lunges, and/or leg presses will have your legs looking more defined and certainly more ready for this season’s trend. If color is your problem (ie you’re pasty or have a distinct tan line left over from last summer) hold off on the short shorts until you have a chance to get some sun on those thighs.

Once you’re physically and mentally ready to embrace the trend, go for it. The great thing about this trend is that it is not restrictive to any one particular style. What I mean by this is that they come in a variety of styles and cuts and can be found at a variety of retailers and brands.

Here are some great ways to style short shorts…

shortsoutfit1Shorts, Top, Fedora all from Scotch & Soda, Shoes by Toms

shortsoutfit2Shorts from JCrew, Shoes by Sperry, Top by Wolf Vs. Goat

shortsoutfit3Shorts by Michael Bastian, Shirt by Peter Millar, Bow Tie from Beau Ties Ltd, and Belt by Salvatore Ferragamo

 
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