Spring style isn’t just about quickly putting aside your sturdy boots, tough denim and thick sweaters. Rather, it’s about recognizing that before the heat of summer rolls in, times might still be a bit breezy, chilly and rainy (or all three). With that in mind, it’s high time to stock up on pieces that work for both right now — and when you want to escape the heat of August.
Modern updates to tried-and-true classics are the way to go, from durable (yet tailored) chinos to a sleek pair of boat shoes to sunglasses guaranteed to turn heads. There’s no wrong way to go when you pick up a few items off this list — and even with one or two well-timed buys, you can change your whole spring wardrobe. Gear up, get ready for the season ahead and grab our Spring Style Essentials below.
Taylor Stitch x Mission Workshop Meridian Jacket in Forest
Your new favorite jacket for rainy weather (and even the transitions in between) comes courtesy of two brands that live up to their ethos of producing high-quality, durable and stylish goods with a modern edge. This jacket is the technical merger of the each brand’s style, crafted from a PolarTec NeoShell fabric that’s waterproof, breathable and packed with tons of additional features. Those features include a removable, helmet-compatible hood, and zippered cargo pockets. Plus, It’s got an internal media pocket and zippered underarm ventilation areas — you won’t overheat during your commute, and you’ll certainly keep your favorite shirt dry enough for a day at the office and anything after. – $398
Jack Erwin Cooper Boat Shoes
Just itching to get on (or near) the water but want a boat shoe that’s a significant style upgrade from pairs you’ve had in the past? That’s where the new Cooper from Jack Erwin comes in. It’s sleek and stylish, built on a loafer last for an elongated look and complete with a crisp white sole. Part sneaker, part boat shoe and available in three crisp colors — Caramel or Slate Nubuck, and Navy Leather, it’s a stunner. The tonal stitching helps them blend in seamlessly with khaki chinos and a navy blazer at the office, and they’ll look just as flawless navigating the city afterward. – $125
Buck Mason Chinos
There might not be a more fitting pair of chinos for spring than the new ones being offered by the made-in-America purveyors at Buck Mason. Known for their high-quality knitwear and denim, the brand’s chinos carry much of that same quality made from a durable 10oz cotton twill.. They feature a classic yet nicely tailored fit — whether you pair them with white sneakers or a slim pair of brown leather loafers, they’re sure to fit right in. And the made-in-America construction simply can’t be topped. The three additional color options — Iron, Black or Olive — are ready for anything, as is the classic Sand colorway shown here. – $135
AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II
With so much of spring style centered around getting out and active — be it a stroll through the park or a trip to your local cafe — you need a watch that can stand up to the test. AVI-8 builds its timepieces with tons of heritage history in mind — a good thing if you’re looking for an addition to your watch arsenal. The Hawker Harrier II takes its name and rugged looks from the Harrier Jump Jet, planes used in intense airborne combat. Think this watch can stand up to its name? Between the beefy 45mm case diameter and the stainless steel case, that much is certain. – $165
Bridge & Burn Crewneck Sweater
Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean there won’t be a fair amount of breezy, chilly nights. Bridge & Burn takes a classic American style staple — the crewneck sweater — and injects it with a bit of personality in the form of a cool graphic. It’s made by Columbiaknit from 8.5oz French terry cotton, so it’s the perfect blend of function and form. Slip it on over a blue Oxford and khaki chinos for a casual office look and pair it with a simple white tee for when you step out on the weekends. It might be pricier than a standard sweater, but it’s worth it all the same. – $120
Someday Somewhere Maximus Sunglasses
When you’ve got the rest of the basics covered — from a stylish rain jacket to sharp chinos and a classic crewneck sweater — the only thing you need left is a cool-as-heck pair of shades. Sunday Somewhere has earned a reputation for eye-catching (pun intended) styles that bridge modern and classic, and the Maximus definitely holds up that bargain. These sunglasses are at once rugged and refined, perfect for rocking atop a henley and khaki chinos or a slim suit for an outdoor wedding. They’re a bit more fashion-forward than a standard pair, but the results will definitely pay off when you’re the best-dressed guy on the beach. – $270