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February 24, 2015

Simplifying This Spring’s Trends: Top 10 Gents’ Work Essentials

Updating our work wardrobes each season with a few key items is more important than you may think. We present ourselves as professionals, but it would unrealistic not to acknowledge that looking appropriate, modern, and just generally pulled together always helps. As we talked about in Clothes & Conversation this week, a few key items go a long way. And while it may not always seem obvious figuring out how a trend can be “workplace right”, that’s what we’re here for.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back throughout the week. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we’re interpreting these trends for an evening out. And Thursday, it will be all about how to wear these Top 10 Spring Trends for any casual day. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hickey-freeman-beacon-b-series-classic-fit-wool-suit/3639540
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Hickey Freeman - Beacon - B Series Classic Fit Wool Suit
Beacon - B Series Classic Fit Wool Suit
Hickey Freeman
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1. The Iconic Blue Suit. While a blue suit is always a work staple, this season, they are all over the runways, making them an actual fashion statement – and making it the perfect time to invest in a new one. This impeccably made, classic fit suit from Hickey Freeman will take you from boardroom to a formal event, any day of the year – any year. Made in Rochester, New York, Hickey Freeman is renowned for its quality construction and fabrics and has been outfitting CEO’s and Presidents for almost 100 years. This suit is part of the Beacon B series, which has a modern attitude but retains a classic fit. You can bring it to your local Nordstom store or your favorite tailor to ensure a perfect fit – alterations are a key piece to a polished look. You will get return on this investment every time you wear it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-graham-chesterfield-classic-fit-sport-coat/3946797 Robert Graham - Chesterfield Classic Fit Sport Coat
Robert Graham - Chesterfield Classic Fit Sport Coat
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Robert Graham - Chesterfield Classic Fit Sport Coat
Chesterfield Classic Fit Sport Coat
Robert Graham
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2. The Relaxed Side of Tailoring. While tailored looks have become more important again, we are happy to say that there is a broader range in silhouettes and styles so it can work for every gent’s lifestyle. This Robert Graham unstructured blazer is a wonderful piece for the office in the summer. The colorful lining and white buttons add a seasonal look to the luxe cotton blend navy fabric. The fit is classic for a universally flattering fit that plays into the softer construction. Wear it with khaki’s or jeans and a pattern button up shirt for a comfortable and put together look. Nordstrom has it at such a great price, try Robert Graham's site if your size is sold out.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/weekend-sweater.html J. McLaughlin - Weekend Sweater
J. McLaughlin - Weekend Sweater
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J. McLaughlin - Weekend Sweater
Weekend Sweater
J. McLaughlin
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3. The Chic Leisure Statement. Classic, timeless pieces have actually become a trend, which basically just means that people are appreciating the value of having some good staples in their wardrobes. We’ve been there for years. This J. McLaughlin cotton v-neck sweater is a chic summer statement. The long staple cotton has been washed to give it a soft hand and lived-in look, with a polished and high-quality look that is ideal for the office. Wear it with your tan, stone, grey or olive cotton pants and pattern button up shirt. The classic fit layers effortlessly. This sweater looks great under a solid or pattern summer sport coat, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bugatchi-shaped-fit-print-sport-shirt/3882432 Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Print Sport Shirt
Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Print Sport Shirt
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Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Print Sport Shirt
Shaped Fit Print Sport Shirt
Bugatchi
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4. The Graphic Prints. Prints for the season are bold and full of visual interest. But some are not only appropriate for the office, they are must haves to update your casual Friday look (or any day of the week, if your office is more creative). Bugatchi’s exceptionally soft cotton is insanely comfortable, which will make any long day at the office feel a little better. The contrast trim on the under collar and cuffs grounds the pale blue brush stroke print perfectly, and pairs nicely with jeans or khaki’s. A cotton navy sport coat or sweater can be layered on for a more polished look. The fit is modern with some shaping, so it is a really nice fit for most gents.
http://www.zappos.com/agave-denim-nihilist-slim-cut-in-troubadour-troubadour-flex Agave - Nihilist Slim Cut Jeans
Agave - Nihilist Slim Cut Jeans
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5. The New Look of Denim. Dark indigo washes continue to be an important look for the warmer months ahead. We really like this polished and modern appearance, especially when wearing denim for work. These Agave’s are enzyme washed to give them a dark, rich indigo color. The fit is classic yet modern, taking out the extra fullness in the seat and thigh. So, it’s the perfect choice for any gent looking for a classic fit, but needs that updated look necessary to keep his "jeans game" looking modern. Know anyone that fits that description? These are the jeans.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-graham-hook-classic-fit-sport-shirt/3864571 Robert Graham - Hook Classic Fit Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Hook Classic Fit Sport Shirt
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Robert Graham - Hook Classic Fit Sport Shirt
Hook Classic Fit Sport Shirt
Robert Graham
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6. The White Revival. A white button up shirt looks so crisp and professional. And with white being one of the most important colors of the season, it’s a great time to stock up on new ones for work. There are various options out there, from basic staples, like we featured in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, and ones with a understated touch of flare that are still completely work appropriate – like this one from Robert Graham. There is a very subtle paisley pattern woven into the white Italian fabric that adds just the right interest to a sport shirt for a casual office day. (Zoom in through the 'shop it' button for a better look.) Roll up the cuff to show off the subtle silver detail, and wear it with dark jeans, khaki’s, or grey flat front trousers. While sporty, it is still perfectly appropriate under a sport coat. The fit is classic – ideal for any gent.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Michael-Kors-Slim-Fit-Pindot-Chambray-Sport-Shirt/prod178230222_cat21150732__/p.prod Michael Kors - Slim-Fit Pindot Chambray Sport Shirt
Michael Kors - Slim-Fit Pindot Chambray Sport Shirt
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Michael Kors - Slim-Fit Pindot Chambray Sport Shirt
Slim-Fit Pindot Chambray Sport Shirt
Michael Kors
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7. The Blue Ribbon. With the importance of blue as a color, chambray and denim button up shirts are returning to designer lines. Michael Kors interpretation is work-right in a polished cotton with a pindot woven fabric and spread collar. The contemporary fit lies beautifully under a sport coat with a knit tie. It is also great with jeans or khaki’s and any sweater that needs a solid blue shirt underneath.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Half-Zip-Sweater/MS00592,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Half-Zip Sweater
Brooks Brothers - Half-Zip Sweater
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Half-Zip Sweater
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8. The Sporty Inspiration. Athletic inspiration continues into spring and summer, and this classic fit cotton pullover from Brooks Brothers interprets it to subtle work perfection. The stripe details in the neck give it the sporty look that is invading men’s sportswear, without giving off a sweatshirt feel - even in grey heather, which is our favorite color of the bunch. It goes with your tan, stone, navy or white cotton twill pants for a casual day at the office. Wear it over a white polo knit shirt for a business casual look.
http://www.eastdane.com/smoky-way-briefcase-porter/vp/v=1/1589914106.htm Porter - Smoky 2 Way Briefcase
Porter - Smoky 2 Way Briefcase
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Porter - Smoky 2 Way Briefcase
Smoky 2 Way Briefcase
Porter
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9. The Must-Have Bag. Clothes make the man, and so do his accessories. Having an updated, and still functional work bag is key to looking dapper and appropriate when walking into the office or an off-site meeting. Known for blending form with function, Porter has been making top notch bags since 1935. We are obsessed with this almost indestructible ballistic weave one. It’s got loads of interior and exterior pockets, with pen loops and all of those functional bells and whistles. Simply put, it can hold a lot of stuff. The navy color takes it out of the ordinary and sets it apart, while the top handle and shoulder strap just add to the versatile functionality. It is both casual and appropriate for any important business meeting.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trask-fiske-longwing-men/3983713 Trask - Fiske Longwing Shoes
Trask - Fiske Longwing Shoes
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Fiske Longwing Shoes
Trask
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10. The Finishing Touch. Contrast soles add a new look to dress shoes, and we highly recommend adding this modern look to your work shoe repertoire. Trask’s wingtip brogue combines a classic brown leather upper with a mixed rubber and leather sole resulting in a very comfortable, and perfectly updated, pair of shoes. Wear them with your khaki’s or jeans and your outfit will instantly take on a new appearance.
 

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