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February 26, 2015

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

When the weekend comes, we all want to just be comfortable. But we think that can be done with a little style. You might just be carpooling and running errands, or catching up on some work. You may have more fun things in mind, like watching the game at a bar or hanging out with the family. As we talked about in our Clothes & Conversation this week, incorporating new style in to our wardrobe is all about keeping things simple. Finding a few new pieces that will update your existing wardrobe. So, in our last installment, we’re taking the Top 10 Spring Trends and we’re doing just that.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed the top 10 spring essentials lists for work (Tuesday) or after 5 (yesterday, Wednesday) earlier in the week, check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
http://www.vince.com/cotton-cashmere-jaspe-stripe-crew-neck-sweater-/invt/vnm24336146
1. The Bold Stripe. Bold stripes look fresh and new this season. This blue two bar stripe sweater from Vince is updated, and appropriate – some stripes can get very youthful, but this one is ageless. It will be your “everything-and-everywhere” weekend sweater. Wear it with jeans, shorts, cotton twill pants or even your sweats. Wear it over a white or heather grey t-shirt. However you wear it, you will look great, and feel the same.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-mulligan-stripe-moisture-wicking-stretch-polo/3900914 Peter Millar - Mulligan Stripe Moisture Wicking Stretch Polo
Peter Millar - Mulligan Stripe Moisture Wicking Stretch Polo
2. The Chic Leisure Statement. The golf season is approaching, gents. And it’s the perfect place to implement a little stylish chic leisure (that’s just a phrase the fashion powers that be are using this season to say that timeless, classic pieces are “in”.) This polo style knit from Peter Millar has a classic look but is full of modern technology. The fabric is moisture wicking, with great stretch and the best part…built-in 30+ UV sun protection. It is perfect for the golf course. And the narrow blue stripe pattern and soft self-collar looks great with all your neutral golf pants and shorts.
http://www.7forallmankind.com/Luxe_Performance_Standard_Classic_Straight_in_Blue_Mist/pd/np/44/p/9603.html 7 For All Mankind - Luxe Performance: Standard Classic Straight Jeans
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Luxe Performance: Standard Classic Straight Jeans
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3. The New Look of Denim. We’ll be talking about jeans in more detail next week, and one of the things we’ll be talking about is the perfectly broken-in and faded washes that continue to look fresh, especially for the warmer months ahead. 7 For All Mankind uses an Italian cotton denim that has a touch of stretch to help retain their shape no matter how long you have worn them. The model we're featuring is called The Standard, which is classic fit with a modern look. The wash and faded color looks effortless with white, so pair with your white t-shirt, white button up shirt or very light grey sweat shirt for the easiest, most confident looks of the season. If you want a contemporary fit, this one also from 7 For All Mankind, is great.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bobby-jones-quarter-zip-pullover/3947498 Bobby Jones - Quarter Zip Pullover
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4. The White Revival. This classic fit pullover from Bobby Jones is a great weekend item. And in the crisp white color option, it is stylishly updated. The bright white with grey detail is endlessly versatile for spring and summer - wear it to the golf course on a cool morning; or, with your jeans for your afternoon errands; and then, with your khaki's or jeans to your favorite casual restaurant in the evening.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/teesfleece/Bottoms/PRDOVR~08341/08341.jsp J.Crew - The Un-sweatpant
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5. The Sporty Inspiration. Sweatpant influences continue to be important this season. And while we love the idea of feeling comfortable, we still want to ensure there is a polished element to our casual style. And J.Crew has the same idea with their “un-sweatpant”. It combines the comfort of an all cotton pair of sweatpants (elastic cuffs, drawstring waistband) with details of a casual pant (side entry and back pockets, a faux fly). And J.Crew’s modern fit ensures they will look slouchy, but not sloppy. The navy color perfectly plays in to the casual look and goes back to almost any top in your wardrobe– as does the black, which is also an option through the ‘shop it’ button. Wear it like sweatpants with a t-shirt or like casual pants with a button up shirt or casual sweater.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Shirts/View_All/PRD_T310280/Capri+by+the+Sea+Camp+Shirt.jsp Tommy Bahama - Capri by the Sea Camp Shirt
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6. The Graphic Prints. Tommy Bahama is known for their camp shirts and boldly casual prints they are offered in. And now that kitschy style sense is all the rage, we can all enjoy the fun. While this one comes in a couple of shades of blue that are great for a summer vacation or day by the beach, the muted modern abstract print is stylishly neutral in this grey/ivory combination. The silk and cotton fabric is soft and comfortably lightweight. Wear it with tan, stone or white cotton twill shorts for a great weekend outfit. (And of course, you can bust out your favorite broken-in jeans with it, too.)
https://bonobos.com/products/washed-chino-shorts?color=grey&fit=11%20in Bonobos - Washed Chino Shorts
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7. The Long of the Shorts. Shorts are getting less short….we are delighted. The Bermuda short, first worn by the British army in World War II, with a 9 to 11 inch inseam is a trend this season. So, whether you were just waiting for them to come back or you’re just ready for a change, these 11-inch cotton twill shorts from Bonobos are the ones to get. The washed fabric, modern fit, and stylishly neutral grey are the perfect package. You’ll wear them all summer long – with a button up shirt, a light sweater, or any t-shirt. They come in a ton of colors, from neutral to summery pops – at this price and style, go for more than one. If you are looking for a more classic fit, this Brooks Brothers option is the way to go.
http://www.eastdane.com/overdye-oxford-shirt-gitman-vintage/vp/v=1/1507111310.htm Gitman Vintage - Overdye Oxford Shirt
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8. The Blue Ribbon. From sky blue to classic, deeper shades, there are a lot of strong blue options. Gitman Vintage’s overdyed cotton oxford cloth shirt jumps to the front of the line, though in a rich, dark blue that captures the season. The contemporary fit, with a short button down collar looks smart, but is coolly casual when you roll up the sleeves and wear it with your tan, white, stone, grey or olive cotton twill shorts or pants. The soft fabric will even work with your grey sweatpants for a very comfortable and casual weekend outfit.
http://www.eastdane.com/kanken-backpack-fjallraven/vp/v=1/1594764460.htm Fjallraven - Kanken Backpack
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9. The Must-Have Bag. This nylon backpack from Fjallraven will take care of all your weekend needs. And once the weather warms, we seem to always be on the go. The nylon shell is lightweight and durable and the main compartment has a built-in sleeve that fits a 13” laptop, which is great for a day at the park when you still need to get some work done. The front zip pocket is perfect of all your personal tech gear. It has shoulder straps and a top handle so you can easily carry it or wear it. The graphic, yet subtle, color contrast of the black/graphite combination is our top pick, but there are several great ones to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/theliquorstore/PRDOVR~B7307/B7307.jsp The Hill-side® - Selvedge Indigo Panama Cloth Sneakers
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10. The Finishing Touch. The sneaker continues as the “go-to” shoe for weekend casual. While classic white and black sneakers are still strong, these indigo dyed sneakers by Hill-Side® have retro style written all over them, and that’s a great thing. They are not your everyday sneaker, and we were excited to find J.Crew selling them. They are handmade in Japan with brass eyelets, a rubber toe and vulcanized rubber soles. The rich indigo blue color is striking. You will be wearing these sneakers for many years, with jeans or khakis, and all your shorts.
 

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