Spring is on its way bringing with it warmer days, and it’s time for you to shed the bulky winter layers. It’s the best time for you to start fulfilling your new year’s resolution of dressing better while getting out of the monotone trap of blacks and whites.
As you pack up your chunky woolen jackets and sweaters for storage, preparing yourself for the imminent warm weather doesn’t have to be a challenge. Spring is a somewhere-between season where it’s beautiful and sunny, but there’s also a little bit of chill in the air. So while you may be tempted to revisit your fall wardrobe, we have better alternatives for you. Get your hands on these spring essentials that complement a multitude of outfit ideas and will have you breeze through spring in style.
Here are our top 15 spring essentials that every man must have:
1. Linen Suits:
Nothing says spring like light-fabric, light-colored linen suits. They’re perfect for the weather as they are lightweight, aren’t restrictive or overly constricting and can also be worn separately. A perfectly tailored linen suit helps you maintain your elegance and style and can be worn all through spring and summer. They go from formal to casual and business to chic effortlessly. They can also be worn without a tie saving you the ordeal of having to find a tie that matches your suit.
One of the flaws of wearing linen can be that it wrinkles easily. Still, instead of looking at it as a flaw, you can accept it as one of its qualities that makes it one of the best fabrics for spring.
Opt for an unpadded and unlined linen suit like this one from J. Crew that gives you unrestricted freedom of movement.
We also love the Bonobos Lightweight Italian Linen Suit, which is a more fitted version of the suits that looks great and gives you enough room for breathing.
2. White sneakers:
White sneakers are a staple in every man’s wardrobe that everyone must own regardless of the season. And why not? They look great throughout the year and go well with pretty much everything. The classic white sneakers come in many forms and shapes but serve the same purpose: to get you looking casually sharp. With its ability to go from street-style to runway, we can all agree that white sneakers are here to stay!
Pair one with denim or chinos for a basic look that looks great on the go every day. For a smart-casual look, style one with an unlined suit worn with a t-shirt. Whichever way you choose to wear it, white sneakers can’t go wrong.
Our top pick is the Adidas Stan Smith for its versatility and style. With its color-padded soles, it stands out from the rest of the footwear and has a personality of its own. Pair these pristine and fresh sneakers with chinos for a casual everyday look.
For a more luxe look, invest in a pair of luxury sneakers that can help you master the smart casual style. We love the John Lobb Levah Cap-Toe Suede Sneakers that look great paired with well-tailored, trim trousers.
While some may think of perfumes as an accessory to a wardrobe, we like to think of it as more. A good fragrance can add layers to your personality. Come spring, it’s time to swap the layered musky winter perfumes with a fresh, breezier scent. As with all good perfumes, it’s best not to overdo it. Spritz lightly onto your shoulder blades or the nape of your neck for a smell that will last all day without being overpowering.
Pick a light perfume, like the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, which is a refreshing scent perfect for brunch or a day out. It offers a soft citrus fragrance with notes of rosemary and juniper, making it ideal for spring.
If you’re not ready to chuck out the musk yet, but are looking for a lighter and more suble version of a musky fragance, we recommend Prada l’Homme which is perfect for casual and formal events. With an aromatic fusion of cardamom and pepper in its head notes and sandalwood in its base, the Prada l’Homme can be your go-to fragrance this spring.
Swap the bulky, dark jeans for light fabric chinos that are lightweight and add a ‘spring’ to your step. Chinos are extremely versatile wardrobe staples that can be dressed up or down according to your sense of style and mood. A well-tailored pair of chinos are a man’s best friend, and one with a little bit of stretch will give you the perfect fit.
Perfect for work or the weekends, choose a pair of light-colored chinos that are slim to a skinny fit.
Our favorite pair of chinos is by Bonobos that are available in a staggering 21 colors and lets you choose pocket liners. With 2% lycra for stretchability, this may well be your favorite pair of chinos.
You may also opt for a moisture-wicking pair of chinos like the Lululemon Commission Pant Slim Warpstreme that has a four-way stretch making them incredibly comfortable. They also feature an ABC (anti-ball crushing) design that, let’s just say, is incredibly important for the men.
5. Polo shirts:
A classic. Polo shirts have been a staple in a man’s wardrobe for a long time and for a good reason. You can dress up your polo shirts with well-tailored pants for the office or wear one with shorts or chinos for a more casual look. On chilly evenings, they’re easy to style with a pair of jeans and sneakers. The possibilities are endless, and you will come out a winner every single time.
The Banana Republic Don’t-Sweat-It polo shirts are full-sleeved and made from a moisture-wicking fabric that is perfect for the kinda-hot-kinda-cold spring weather.
6. Printed shirts:
Let your fun side out this spring with printed shirts. Spring is one of the best times to add more colors into your wardrobe and a printed shirt is a great way to go about doing that. The thought of putting on a printed shirt may intimidate some, but you don’t have to go over and beyond your comfort zone while choosing one. You can easily find one that is fun and cheerful without being too loud.
Vacations aren’t only the occasion for you to embrace printed shirts. You can incorporate printed shirts into your everyday wardrobe as well.
Play it safe with this shirt from Gap that can easily be paired with shorts or chinos for a smart-casual look. Roll up your sleeves to up the cool!
For a smart-casual look, pair a modern-fit floral dress shirt like this one by Ted Baker with your linen blazers for a spring fashion trend that can’t help but impress. For a dressed-down suit, style it with a cotton or linen suit, and a pair of white sneakers sans a tie.
7. Leather jacket:
If a leather jacket can’t make you look cool, nothing will. This is one of the most practical essentials that will make your look go from zero to a hundred in a flash. Perfect to don on chilly spring evenings, on date nights, or a night out with your friends at the bar; leather jackets are the coolest outerwear you can own. They are a bit of an investment, but be assured; you get the bang for the buck. A leather jacket with a good fit for your body shape will undoubtedly be an attention grabber, so be prepared!
Invest in a leather jacket like this one from Celine which is made of 100% lambskin. Pair it with jeans and boots for a rock-star look or jeans and sneakers for an uber-cool look that everyone will love.
If you’re a bit wary about the leather jacket making a considerable dent in your pocket, we recommend the Leather Trucker Jacket by Levi’s. It’s effortless to style for an affordable price. You wear it exactly how you would wear a denim jacket, with a pair of jeans.
8. White T-shirt:
When in doubt, wear white. There’s almost something magical about crisp white T-shirts that the fashion police can’t pick on. Extraordinarily versatile and fresh, white tees are super easy to match with an ensemble of outfits. Wear one with a pair of shorts for a warm spring afternoon, style it with a pair of chinos for date night or wear it with a pair of jeans for a night out with your friends. Up your style quotient with a dressed down suit with a white tee and white sneakers.
Levi’s makes a great and versatile white t-shirt that has been tried and tested. Perfect for relaxing and leisure, pair this white tee with jeans for a casual look.
We also love the Gap Pocket T-shirt, which is affordable and functional. Pair it with a denim jacket, and you’re good to go.
9. Denim Jacket:
Speaking of denim jackets, here’s a wardrobe staple that’s as old as time. Denim jackets have been around forever and will stay around, you guessed it, forever. Sturdily built and long-lasting, chances are your dad owns one that you can borrow. The more rugged the look, the better. Style your denim jacket with joggers, a pair of jeans or a slim-fitting shirt for a fashion statement that is easy and casual.
Tommy Hilfiger makes a great denim jacket that’s going to add style to your wardrobe. We love the Tommy Hilfiger Classic Trucker Jean Jacket for its classic design that will never go out of style.
We can’t recommend the Levi’s Trucker jacket enough, which is timeless, rugged and edgy and will serve as the perfect outerwear for you this spring. Pair it with brown leather dress shoes to dress it up.
The popularity of the hooded sweatshirt isn’t fading anytime soon. For an effortlessly chic look that will keep you warm as well, hoodies are the way to go. They come in different shapes, sleeve lengths, sizes, and colors and aren’t difficult to choose.
A good rule of thumb is if you’re of an athletic build, get a fitted hoodie, and if you aren’t, pick one that won’t draw attention to your waist. Simple.
This spring, get a highly rated fleece hoodie like this one from Gildan. Available in all shades of the rainbow, this is one of the most comfortable hoodies you can lay your hands on.
For a casual and sporty look, we recommend this one from Nike. Featuring a ribbed hem, cuffs, and a minimalistic design, the Nike Men’s Club Fleece Pullover hoodie is your spring fashion go-to.
11. Light jeans:
Just because warmer days are here doesn’t mean you need to pack up your jeans. They can pretty much be worn throughout the year, although we do suggest swapping the dark denim with lighter colors. Slim-fit jeans that are made of a moisture-wick fabric help you look sharp while keeping you fresh in spring.
We love the Levi’s Men’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jean for their stretchable and breathable fabric that is soft and comfortable. Don’t trust us? Trust the word of more than 10,000 people who have rated this pair of jeans a 4.3 on 5.
Opt for washed jeans like this one from J. Crew that doesn’t scream for attention but functions impeccably. It features 1% elastane that gives your jeans good stretchability without being restrictive, and a slim-fit design to flatter your body.
Embrace the chilly spring evenings with a stylish windbreaker. Lightweight and versatile, windbreakers come in various designs and colors that keep you protected and maintain your casual sporty look. Whether you’re headed for an adventure to the woods or simply lounging around, a windbreaker is an absolute necessity come spring.
We love the dependability of the Columbia Challenger windbreaker that is lightweight and water-resistant. It’s also an incredibly affordable and high-quality option available in the market.
The Adidas Tiro Windbreaker that features a minimalistic design and signature three stripes is perfect for spring. Wear it to the gym or simply throw it on when the weather demands it.
13. Button-down shirts:
If you’re looking for a way to look casual and upkeep a professional appearance at the same time, look no further than button-down shirts. They keep you looking relaxed and sharp without being stocky or restrictive. Unlike a dress shirt, look for a button-down shirt that is a loose fit and gives you some room around your chest and waist for a casual look.
For a button-down shirt that provides comfort and style, we recommend the Huckberry marled travel shirt. It is made of a Coolmax cotton blend that is specifically designed to regulate your temperature and built to withstand heat in warm spring days.
You can also opt for affordable linen shirts like this one from Uniqlo. Made of 100% French Linen, these shirts are sure to provide you with extreme comfort even in the hottest of days without compromising on your style.
Sunglasses add an oomph factor to your wardrobe that is sure to turn heads everywhere you go. We love that it protects our eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun but love it more for the personality it adds even when we’re strutting around in tees and shorts. Also, it doesn’t give away our stayed-up-all-night-binging-on-Netflix eyes.
The Krewe Active Audubon Sunglasses in the color matte gunmetal is a spring fashion essential. Its frames are made of titanium that assures durability over other sunglasses.
Invest in a classic piece of sunshades like the Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm that have endured the test of time and have come out strong.
15. Mac Jacket:
Waterproof and lightweight, the mac jacket is an absolute necessity in spring, where there are chances of a drizzle. They are a neat piece of outerwear that can be layered over a suit or your basic tees and jeans and will protect you from the rain while keeping your look stylish. When not in need, they’re easy to put away in your bag as they are lightweight and won’t wrinkle easily.
Get a check print mac jacket like this one from A.P.C., which is made from an Italian blend water-repellant fabric that adds extra oomph to your wardrobe. Wear it over a suit or a pair of jeans; this jacket is sure to complement anything at all.
Opt for a budget option like this one from Uniqlo that comes in a basic A-line design and color that flatters your body type and looks great over everything.