Spring fashion is about dressing with confidence. This year, add a few pieces to your wardrobe by shopping smart. Only invest in pieces that work double-time, that effortlessly can adapt from everyday boardroom/corporate situations to date nights and Sunday brunch.
Below are three key pieces I strongly recommend most of us should own this Spring 2016 for work and off-duty street styles:
1. Wear the Floral Print Shirt
Most gents are alarmed at the prospect of looking like a confused tourist when wearing a floral print shirt. But don't worry, my quick style-guide will ensure you look pretty dope:
Work — As a general rule of thumb, match your favorite floral print shirt (orchids, tulips, roses, carnations, etc.) with a clean-lined navy blazer and a navy twill chinos trouser. Very important to consider: shoes can make or break your look. So, choose polished black shoes to bring the look to a sleek, sophisticated finish.
Relax — Forget the blazer, roll-up your sleeves and add a Fedora hat to make a statement while sheltering from the sun. The Fedora hat is a great accessory because it suits short, long, round, and square faces. Finally, swap your patent-leather shoes for slip-on sneakers and enjoy brunch!
2. Wear Sweatpants to the office
Today is conceivable to get away wearing sweatpants from 8 to 5. The key is to make sure they are slim. Always opt for dark colors such as black, charcoal and navy; these can pass for real pants... and that's the goal.
Work — Wear black sweatpants; it will add character to an otherwise utilitarian office outfit. Choose a neutral color dress shirt in an effort to achieve a monochromatic look (button-down collars are best for matching with your sweatpants). Add an elegant suit vest to raise the formality of your outfit. Finally, don't forget to sport your Oxford shoes and help your HR department update their employee handbook. #PromoteYourself man.
Relax — Swap the dress shirt and suit vest for a comfy slim fitted v-neck shirt and wear your favorite black lace-up sneakers instead. Enjoy your weekend!
3. Wear The 1950s Inspired Relaxed-Legged Trouser
Maybe is about time to inject an old-world workwear vibe in your style. This vintage cut will definitely help you achieve the Don Draper look you are after.
Work — Just wear a classic navy relaxed-legged trouser with a blue point-collar dress shirt. Blue on blue will definitely make your brown shaded leather lace-up shoes stand out. This outfit will make you look smart and sophisticated if it is well-tailored. Remember: Fit is king.
Relax — Lose the dress shirt and add a gradient t-shirt for a casual look. You can keep the same shoes or swap for a different elegant option. Look casual, look smart.
Our favorite spring pieces should be those that work double-time, effortlessly taking us from a Monday morning client meetings to our favorite restaurants for Sunday brunch.
Whether you're working in a corporate setting, an advertising agency, or a start-up, these casual spring pieces can offer a rich array of functional options for the office or off-duty street styles.
Which of the spring options presented above are you already stoked to try out? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
I certainly hope this article helps you inspire the way you dress and approach style on a daily basis. If you enjoyed this post, I'd be very grateful if you would help it spread by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social platform. #PromoteYourself #DressWell man.