Spring Style Essentials

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Emerging from a long, cold winter can be both refreshing and somewhat daunting — especially in terms of your wardrobe. There’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had, from lingering sunsets to patio drinks, campfires and the promise of (hopefully) several months of sunshine ahead. So, that’s where the refreshing part comes into play. The daunting part? Well, racing to shelve your cold-weather gear for tank tops and swim trunks just doesn’t work out sometimes. You need key pieces that make that transition smoother and slower — think a tough-yet-refined leather jacket, a go-anywhere T-shirt or a bag that can carry all that gear no matter where you go. When you look for timeless pieces that are crafted well and built to last, therein lies the real fun of creating unique spring style.

Unlike maybe any other season, spring brings with it the potential for beach breezes one hour, and a spot of rain the very next. That means everything from dependable outerwear to a versatile shirt (or two, or three) can help you make the seasonal transition in style. And you’re going to need other essentials, too — losing gas-station sunglasses over and over again is certainly no fun. And other pieces that can withstand a beating, like a rough-and-tumble watch, are going to be just as much of a necessity. It goes without saying, then, that great style this season starts from the ground up, and boils right down to the details. Shop on.

Taylor Stitch Slim Chino

Taylor Stitch Slim Chino

Perhaps the biggest part of getting your spring wardrobe in gear is going to be finding the right pair of pants — yes, truly. Wool trousers are out of the equation, and there are times where you need something a bit more refined than dark denim. Enter chinos crafted from brushed Spanish twill and finished with crucial style details like a vintage map print on the interior of the pockets. – $98

K-Way Claude Jacket

K-Way Claude Jacket

To top off all those rugged-yet-sharp style essentials, you’re still going to need some strong outerwear. The folks at K-Way are making it considerably easier to move around in versatility and ease. The Claude Jacket is a classic silhouette that’s windproof and waterproof, and the fact that it comes in a neutral grey color is icing on the cake. – $35+

Greats Royale White

Greats Royale White

Just as you’ve shelved that winter jacket and wool trousers, find some time to give your tough work boots a bit of a break. White leather sneakers are the new answer to old-school black or brown wingtips, particularly when they’re constructed from crisp Italian leather and finished with minimal branding. – $159

Breda Belmont Watch

Breda Belmont Watch

It can be a tricky search indeed to find a right watch with the balance to carry you through multiple situations. Cutting down your quest to affordable timepieces (say, under $100), used to be darn near impossible. That search just got a lot shorter, as Breda’s Belmont Watch features crisp and almost-limitless styling at a great price. – $70

Topo Designs Mountain Shorts

Topo Designs Mountain Shorts

For those spring excursions when you find yourself up and down trails, to the beach and everywhere in between, a classic pair of shorts with a tailored fit is going to suit you just fine. Topo Designs has done up its Mountain Shorts in a lightweight nylon and versatile Olive color for the perfect blend of style and function. – $89

Todd Snyder Leather Jacket

Todd Snyder Leather Cafe Racer Jacket

Tired of your wool topcoat? Solve the age-old question of what to wear next by snapping up a vintage-inspired racer jacket in a stunning shade of olive leather. It’s the perfect rugged neutral, cut slim and ready to rock over a white Oxford at the office, and on top of a natural henley throughout the weekend. – $1,695

United By Blue Standard V-Neck

United By Blue Standard V-Neck

Pairing up a crisp leather jacket (or even a sharp, slim blazer) with a v-neck t-shirt is a modern style move that’ll suit you perfectly this spring. Luckily, the team at United By Blue offers up the perfect tee to finish off that ensemble. Made from organic cotton and recycled polyester, its Standard V-neck is anything but ordinary. – $34

Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag

Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag

Bomber & Company definitely doesn’t mince words when it comes to its Barrel Duffle Bag. How’s that so? They call this piece the “best damn duffle bag ever made,” and it’s got the specs to prove it. Made from ultra-quality Ripstop nylon, this bag is lightweight and features military-grade clips plus a super-sleek black color fit for your travel needs. – $100

Taylor Stitch Everyday Oxford in Army

Taylor Stitch Everyday Oxford in Army

Everyone loves a classic Oxford shirt — right? Sometimes, spring style is all about taking a beloved classic and giving it a bit of a shoot in the arm. Take the Everyday Oxford in Army from Taylor Stitch — just like your favorite plain Oxford, but injected with an excellent olive color and made from classic Japanese-milled rugby Oxford fabric. That’s a keeper, without a doubt. – $98

Bellroy Low Down Wallet

Bellroy Low Down Wallet

While you’re going to need plenty of other accessories this spring, there’s nothing like carrying a dependable wallet as part of your everyday carry. Bellroy’s wallet is remarkably no-fuss, built in a super-slim iteration for U.S. and Australian dollars and complete with space for some cards, too. The handsome navy color should adequately complement a nice suit or a rugged pair of black jeans. – $80

J.Crew Jack Sunglasses

J.Crew Jack Sunglasses

Is there any style of sunglasses more revered than the classic Aviator, or more timeless? Perhaps not. In the latest shake-up to the sunglasses market, J. Crew’s new take on the silhouette features stainless steel black frames, rich brown lenses and the durable quality you’d expect from the venerable retailer. At under $100, you’d be remiss not to pick up a pair. – $98

Lacoste Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt

Lacoste Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt

As spring-ready and iconic as any item on this list (or out in the wider world of men’s style, for that matter), this Lacoste cotton-piqué polo shirt delivers a trim fit and classic color. Rock it with slim chinos and white sneakers on the weekends, or swap in some brown chukka boots for the office. Add in an olive leather bomber to top off the look in a razor-sharp way. – $90

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