Spring Style Manifesto: Essential Extras
True style is in the details. Any man could wear a necktie, but only the truly discerning can spot a seven-fold silk creation. The heat makes layering less of an option in spring, so accessories play an even greater role in your wardrobe.
Accessories don’t change very much in men’s fashion – it’s more about the classics than the trends, after all – but there are a few pieces each season that manage to stand out. The great thing about accessories is that you very rarely have to worry about size and fit; as long as you maintain proportions, there’s really no need to have things altered or tailored.
Leather Strap Sandals
Neck ties and suits are probably the last things on your mind when spring arrives, and nothing says ‘warm weather’ like a pair of open footwear. Flip-flops are cheap and practical, but you run the risk of looking like a college undergrad on spring break. Take the more mature road and spring for a pair of leather strap sandals or, even better, a pair of nice leather loafers.
Although they all fall under the same category, leather strap sandals actually run a wide range of styles from the South American huarache to the hybrid strapped thong sandal. The idea behind leather strap sandals is to have open footwear that’s as close to your formal shoes as possible. These sandals stick to your feet and keep a slim, subtle profile instead of flipping and flapping all over the place like a pair of slippers.
It should go without saying, but bears repeating anyway: wear these barefoot. Any other layer – like, heaven forbid, white gym socks – only defeat the purpose of open footwear. Show off your feet! Get a pedicure if necessary; it’s a common hygiene practice even for non-metrosexual straight men nowadays. Otherwise, you’re better off wearing shoes. On a final note, avoid sandals that look too Granola. A pair of Birkenstock’s for example might be good for your foot’s arch, but will be an eyesore for the fashion aficionado.
Style trends in men’s accessories change slowly, and the eyewear department changes even slower than average. We’ve been seeing this throwback trend for a while, and it looks like it’ll stay firmly on the fashionable public’s nose bridge until further notice.
Aviators and readers have had their fair share of time in the spotlight. This season, the trendy shades are curved readers – they have softer curves than their straitlaced siblings – and clubmasters, which have a prominently thick frame on top but next to nothing down around the lenses.
Like most trends in men’s fashion, established brands like Ray-Ban are at the front line of the trend. One great thing about accessories, though, is that not many people can tell what brand you’re wearing from afar. If you don’t feel like investing in the craftsmanship of a label, the bandwagon isn’t completely closed to you. Just pay attention to the lens’ UVA and UVB protection.
Square and Gray
Timepieces are another slow-moving portion of the men’s fashion market, but gray square-face watches have been getting a lot of exposure lately. What’s not to like about them? Formal and businesslike, they send off a quirky authoritative vibe, whether you pair them with jeans or your sharpest office slacks.
Squared watches, however, usually fall out of style favor rather quickly, so you may want to either stick to your classic round face or try a more affordable brand before plunking down several Benjamins on a horology piece. Although some call the watch a mere accessory, they’re one of the few true investment pieces in men’s fashion, and is a choice that’s not to be taken lightly.
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