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March 29, 2016

13 Accessories for Your Instant Spring Wardrobe Update

In our Clothes & Conversation this week, “ The Gents’ Spring Accessories Edit” we broke down the key shoes, neckwear, and hat trends of the season that will give your favorite Spring pieces – new and old – the perfect finishing touch. So now that you’re here, let’s dive into our favorite Finds.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donald-j-pliner-hanley-sneaker-men/4258366
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Donald Pliner - Hanley Sneaker
Hanley Sneaker
Donald Pliner
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1. Shoes
Why is it a Find? The sneaker influence is pervasive in gent’s footwear this season and this Donald J Pliner shoe perfectly captures the modern blending of athletic and dress casual looks. The mix of brown leather with tan mesh and suede create a distinctive look that really steps up your sneaker game.
Wear it with: The upscale mix of leather and suede in sophisticated shades of brown makes these sneakers seriously versatile. For truly casual outfits, of course they work – khakis, jeans, shorts, even stylish sweats will benefit from these sneakers. And in today’s casual world, they will add a modern look to a cotton suit or sport coat outfit.
Fit Tip: Donald Pliner shoes fit a bit on the wide side, but generally true to size. If your foot is narrow, you may need to consider a heal pad or additional sole insert for a better fit.
Alternatives: These sneakers are also available in black and a lighter shade of brown at Zappos.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/new-styles/strandmok-2.0-suede-shoes/SF8250.html Allen Edmonds - Strandmok 2.0 Suede Shoes
Allen Edmonds - Strandmok 2.0 Suede Shoes
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Allen Edmonds - Strandmok 2.0 Suede Shoes
Strandmok 2.0 Suede Shoes
Allen Edmonds
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Why is it a Find? Allen Edmonds quality and comfort simply can’t be beat. But it’s the awesome pale grey suede with white rubber sole that makes these brogues such a Find. The result is a modern looking pair of shoes that is appropriate for the office, or with jeans on the evenings or weekends.
Wear it with: These versatile shoes add a little current fashion to your Summer suit, khakis, and your jeans. From desk to dinner, this perfect shade of light grey goes with most pants, especially in shades of blue, grey, tan, white and stone. Light color socks easily coordinate with these shoes, but they are also the perfect backdrop for fun pattern – like these Paul Smith stripe socks.
Fit Tip: The shoe is available in narrow, medium and wide widths. It fits true to size.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/magnanni-lemos-penny-loafer-men/4089052 Magnanni - Lemos Penny Loafer
Magnanni - Lemos Penny Loafer
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Magnanni - Lemos Penny Loafer
Lemos Penny Loafer
Magnanni
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Why is it a Find? An updated penny loafer is a fresh look for your less formal Summer suits, sport coats, or just any office look that needs a polished finish. Magnanni’s high quality is on full display, using luxurious burnished leather, leather lining and a leather footbed. They even have leather soles and heels. The end result is true quality and comfort in a handsome pair of shoes that you will enjoy for many years.
Wear it with: These shoes work effortlessly with wool dress pants – on their own or as part of a suit - and nice khakis. The rich brown color goes with pretty much everything, especially tans, greys, olives and blues.
Fit Tip: Magnanni runs true to size.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/sneakers/PRDOVR~C6165/C6165.jsp New Balance® for J.Crew - 891 Leather Sneakers
New Balance® for J.Crew - 891 Leather Sneakers
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New Balance® for J.Crew - 891 Leather Sneakers
891 Leather Sneakers
New Balance® for J.Crew
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Why is it a Find? These New Balance sneakers made exclusively for J.Crew takes hi-tops to the next level. Sneakers are being worn way beyond casual jeans and sweats these days. And the dark blue leather and contrast heavy white soles make these an easy choice to transition to “dressier” looks, with jeans or khaki’s for the office or a casual night (or day) out.
Wear it with: Not just an alternative to your basic sneakers, these can replace your lace-up casual oxfords, too. Get an instantly modern look when you pair them with any of your twill pants (any color) or your jeans, from dark to white.
Fit Tip: They run true to size.
Alternatives: Dutch shoemaker, Blackstone, makes a version in a cool, high gloss leather in navy and in brown.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-sneaker-men/4269959 Converse - Chuck Taylor® All Star® '70' Sneaker
Converse - Chuck Taylor® All Star® '70' Sneaker
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Why is it a Find? You’ll never go wrong with a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors. Even when they’re not “in”, they’re cool. And with the popularity of sneakers right now, well, it’s a no-brainer. Unlike the typical canvas version you already know, this pair is made from an oiled, distressed white leather so it has a broken-in, vintage look and a little more structure.
Wear it with: These are the perfect sneakers for everything casual - jeans, cotton twill pants, shorts, you can even wear them with your swim trunks. You can wear them barefoot, but if you want to add socks, make it these no-show ones from Smartwool.
Fit Tip: Converse runs large. If you are between sizes, we suggest ordering a half size down.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Zappos has a similar pair of leather Converse.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306421114&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446876925 Eton of Sweden - Mini-Dot Silk Tie
Eton of Sweden - Mini-Dot Silk Tie
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Eton of Sweden - Mini-Dot Silk Tie
Mini-Dot Silk Tie
Eton of Sweden
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6. Neckwear
Why is it a Find? An elegant tie that can be worn to the boardroom and to an evening wedding (or any formal event) is always a good Find. This blue microdot silk tie from Eton of Sweden has the presence of a solid tie but the interest of a pattern. Eton’s quality is superb and the 3” width is modern without being skinny.
Wear it with: It is an elegant match to all of your dark grey and navy suits. Because the tight microdot pattern creates a solid effect, it can be worn with patterned shirts, like this dressy stripe. And, of course, you’ll never go wrong with a crisp white shirt.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-seersucker-tie/4300570 Rag & Bone - Seersucker Tie
Rag & Bone - Seersucker Tie
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Rag & Bone - Seersucker Tie
Seersucker Tie
Rag & Bone
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7. Neckwear
Why is it a Find? Cotton ties always pair well with cotton or linen suits, sport coats or sweaters. This narrow stripe tie from Rag & Bone has such an incredibly modern look, using neutral grey and white to create a serious pop in such subtle and sophisticated colors. The 2 ½” width is a perfect companion for suits and jackets with narrower lapels that are so appropriate now.
Wear it with: Wear it with cotton or linen suits, sport coats and sweaters; to the office, or to summer events, like a wedding shower. The grey and white stripe is the perfect accent to navy, grey, tan and olive – and looks really sophisticated against a solid white or blue shirt.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexander-olch-gingham-linen-bow-tie/4225516 Alexander Olch - Gingham Linen Bow Tie
Alexander Olch - Gingham Linen Bow Tie
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Alexander Olch - Gingham Linen Bow Tie
Gingham Linen Bow Tie
Alexander Olch
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Why is it a Find? There is something about a gent in a bow tie that attracts attention – in the best way possible. The blue and white gingham, in a gorgeous linen with pointed ends, is simply made for summer dressing. Alexander Olch is known for his special fabrics and patterns, and this bow tie does not disappoint.
Wear it with: Bow ties look so dapper with cotton and linen suits and sport coats. And this blue gingham is especially smart with tan, navy, grey and olive. It looks great with a white shirt but the tight, small scale of the pattern also makes it easy to wear with stripe, tattersall and other pattern shirts. The key is contrasting the scale of the pattern – they shouldn’t be too similar in size or design. This is a self-tie bow tie, so you get to add your own personality and create the bow yourself. Don’t know how? Check out this video.
Fit Tip: It adjusts to fit all neck sizes.
Alternatives: If you prefer silk rather than linen, this Ted Baker London’s bow tie uses a couple of shades of blue in a silk fabric for a dressier feel.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexander-olch-plaid-pocket-round/4225437 Alexander Olch - Plaid Pocket Round
Alexander Olch - Plaid Pocket Round
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Alexander Olch - Plaid Pocket Round
Plaid Pocket Round
Alexander Olch
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9. Pocket Square
Why is it a Find? Pocket squares go hand in hand with ties, and are an important accessory on their own. And hey, who says they have to be square? Alexander Olch updates this accessory with a fresh round shape that is a must-have for the pocket of all of your Summer suits and jackets. Pocket squares are best when they compliment but don’t match your tie or shirt. The bold orange pattern is an easy compliment to solid ties, suits and jackets.
Wear it with: Wear it with any neutral solid suit or sport coat- navy, grey, blue, tan, black or olive. It works with solid ties or ties with a neat, smaller pattern. And it’s especially good for occasions when you are not wearing a tie.
Fit Tip: The round shape results in a “pocket square” with less fabric, and therefore, less bulge in your pocket. Fold it in four or just tuck the sides under – you can have some fun with this one.
Alternatives: If you like the orange pattern but are not sold on the round shape, Barney’s New York has a great madras plaid square.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/hats/PRDOVR~C8140/C8140.jsp Paulmann™ - Panama Hat with Indigo Band
Paulmann™ - Panama Hat with Indigo Band
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Paulmann™ - Panama Hat with Indigo Band
Panama Hat with Indigo Band
Paulmann™
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10. Hats
Why is it a Find? Originally woven from leaves of a palm-like plant in Ecudor in the 1600’s, and popularized by President Roosevelt during a visit to the Panama Canal in 1904, the Panama hat is a Summer classic. J.Crew’s Panama hat is mady by Paulmann Hats & Accessories – one of the authentic makers of this style. It’s handmade with natural toquilla straw and sports the classic higher pinched crown, flat brim and natural color. The cotton indigo band is a nice finishing touch.
Wear it with: Wear it with everything, and with confidence. It is particularly dapper with a cotton or linen suit or sport coat, and also lends a stylish air to casual outfits - even shorts and a short-sleeve button down. It is even a favorite on the golf course, thanks to the sun protection provided by the all-around brim.
Fit Tip: Available in two sizes, it is a good fit for most every gent.
Alternatives: If you are ready to make an investment in this style, go for it with this Tommy Bahama Panama hat.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/goorin-brothers-steve-b-driving-cap/4173162 Goorin Brothers - Steve B Driving Cap
Goorin Brothers - Steve B Driving Cap
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Goorin Brothers - Steve B Driving Cap
Steve B Driving Cap
Goorin Brothers
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Why is it a Find? Goorin Brothers driving cap is the baseball cap’s more sophisticated older brother. The cotton and linen fabric – especially in this neutral suntan brown color - is designed for Summer wearing, with a soft interior sweatband that just adds to its comfort. The 2 ½” brim will help protect you from the sun, too.
Wear it with: Driving hats add the perfect air of “dressy casual” to your nice polo shirts or button downs and twill pants, And it’s a debonair finish to you sport coats and Summer suits for an outdoor party when the sun will be beating down.
Fit Tip: It’s available in three sizes to accommodate every gent’s size.
Alternatives: Brixton has a linen version in a truly classic driving cap shape.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/hats/PRDOVR~F0539/F0539.jsp J.Crew - Japanese Cotton Bucket Hat
J.Crew - Japanese Cotton Bucket Hat
12. Hats
Why is it a Find? Bucket hats have always been a Summer staple and this season, they hit the fashion runways, too. J.Crew’s all cotton version is a timeless staple that will protect you from the sun and help keep you cool on hot days. The special indigo dyed Japanese fabric gives the navy color a broken-in, vintage look that will get even better with every wear.
Wear it with: The all-around brim makes it good for the golf course, the beach, and other all day outdoor activities.
Fit Tip: It is available in two sizes – one for every gent.
Alternatives: Scottish hat maker Hancock makes waterproof version. When you’re braving a downpour to finish your golf game, you’ll be happy you have it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/converse-core-twill-ball-cap/3902651 Converse - Core Twill Ball Cap
Converse - Core Twill Ball Cap
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Core Twill Ball Cap
Converse
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13. Hats
Why is it a Find? Combining the best of the classics - a baseball cap style, and the Chuck Taylor All-Star logo – this pop of color will be your weekend go-to. It’s made of a great twill that will just keep getting better with age.
Wear it with: Throw it on with all your weekend gear – shorts, jeans, swim trunks, t-shirts and khakis.
Fit Tip: It has a back buckle strap to ensure a proper fit.
Alternatives: We love the featured orange, and it comes in a bunch of great colors through the ‘shop it’ button, as well.
 

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