The winter wardrobe is the favourite season’s ensemble for many. We love all the layers and cosy pieces, but spring attire can be just as good. Still got those winter wardrobe blues? If so, check out this style guide on how to transition your wardrobe in time for spring with ease and style.
Time does not stand still and neither should the modern man. Menswear trends wait for no man, so as long as there is blood running through your veins, you have a vested interest in changing your fashion up with each season. It may still be a bit of a struggle to step foot out of bed in the morning and endure the brisk, cold commute to work, but the temperature will pick up and as it does, The Idle Man is here to help you prepare for spring.
It’s all too easy to sit back and say you’ll wait for the season to change before you make your first buy. I’m sure we’ve all been there and waited for the first sight of some sun to actually get off our backsides and get ready for spring. Just think of it this way: the sooner you assemble your spring collection, the sooner you’re able to walk through the high street and see everyone else scramble for spring apparel. Think ahead.
The modern man may have a refined taste but the reality is that we’re all on a budget. To keep your shopping list short as possible, there are a few items you should consider adding to your wardrobe for the transition into spring.
A patterned blazer will serve you well on a number of occasions, from a formal garden party to a trip abroad with the guys in the sun. Pair with slim or straight-fit chinos, rolling up the hem slightly to tease out the smart-casual potential. Throw in some loafers and a white shirt and you’re good to go. When you want to dress down, tag in a classic fitted crew neck T-shirt for the white shirt and swap the loafers for some plain white trainers.
You can’t go wrong with a printed shirt underneath a lightweight blazer or jumper, either. In fact, wearing a printed shirt on its own is still a statement piece. Just remember that regardless of the design, from a floral to a funky geometric print, you’ll need to keep everything else on the down low so your shirt is the show-piece of your outfit. For example, pair your bold shirt with a pair of black jeans and minimal black or white trainers. Don’t go for a colour or print that will clash with the shirt.
White trainers are the go-to shoe for every occasion – they always look great. If you can keep them clean, and they’re a fuss free addition to almost any outfit this spring. Winter boots can wait for another year, whilst a new pair of white trainers aid an array of smart, casual and (of course) smart-casual looks. Due to their neutrality, you could wear them with almost anything. Mix them with shorts and a T-shirt on warmer days, or stick them with a pair of chinos and white button-down shirt for evenings out on the town.
What spring collection is complete without a pair of denim jeans? Jeans are another ageless classic which may not come as a surprise addition but is always welcome during spring weather. Add a new pair of jeans to your wardrobe to go with a striped, checked or a plain blazer for a casual Friday at the office, or stick a crew neck jumper with your old faithful (we all know those indigo jeans we all have and refuse to replace).
Pastel leg-wear can often be passed off as a fashion no-go, however, some styles really aren’t all that bad. At one time, you may have thought that pastel colours were feminine, but now they’ve become unconventionally masculine (in the right shades). Embrace the new hues on offer. It’s worth noting that the lightweight materials used to make pastel trousers or shorts will be well worth it when you’re jetting off for spring vacation in the sun. Any of your mates taking the trip in their jeans will be jealous on arrival.
Stick to what you know
Don’t be so quick to dismiss the winter collection that’s served you well over the last few months, as there is still some cool weeks ahead. Spring can surprise you – one day you’re stuck in constant showers, the next you’re enduring a cold breeze and the day after you’re by the beach wondering what you’ve done to deserve the nice weather. Admittedly, this makes the transition into spring wear a bit of a headache.
Winter knitwear will keep you warm during the cooler weeks and is a great way of making the most out of your winter wardrobe. Replace a tailored jacket or coat with a piece of winter knitwear and you can add a smart, formal look to an outfit without relying on a structured blazer.
How to Nail That Spring Wardrobe with Ease
- Winter fashion may be great, but spring fashion can be, too. Don’t be afraid to follow the current trends when the weather gets warmer.
- Blazers are great to smarten up an outfit. You can get a whole load of blazers that are made of a lighter material to see you through those hot commuting days.
- Layering shirts is a classic spring style. Wear a shirt undone over a plain T-shirt for a relaxed and casual attire. Don’t be too scared to go for the bolder printed shirts, either.
- White trainers are the go-to spring/summer shoe. You can dress them up or down and they’ll go with pretty much everything.
- Never forget your jeans. Even if it’s spring, some angle length jeans are a winner.
- Coloured trousers shouldn’t be ruled out. Try going to pastel coloured chinos or shorts to capture the spring mood.
On That Note
Transitioning into spring can be tough. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for all eventualities. By all means, re-use some winter wear in the colder spring weather to make the most out of your wardrobe, but a few new additions as outlined above can really make the difference when things start to heat up. So, get moving and get your spring essentials now.