When mild weather arrives, men hang up their wool three-piece for the season and make a fresh start in lighter fabrics. But looking great in a spring suit isn't just a matter of wearing one. In order to put together an outfit that is, in equal turns, casual and formal, men need to pay close attention to the details – and have some fun with it.
First and foremost, spring is about color. No one is suggesting that you wear pastels, but adding something from the spectrum banishes the drab solemnity of winter, especially when it comes to your socks, ties, shirt, or pocket square. Lighten the mood and avoid appearing dandy-ish by sticking to one palette (think: saturated greens or light blues instead of earth tones). Self-control is important - if somewhat overrated. Put on some cool shades. Hell, put a flower in your lapel if you think you can pull it off.
Eager to make the most of our spring suit, we asked a group of menswear designers and experts to weigh in on what we need to look our best. They told us to think of spring dressing like spring cleaning: Out with the old; in with the new.
A Simple Tie
The secret to getting away with punchy colors for spring is to keep the design simple. A solid-colored silk tie or something with a small pattern will balance out however festive you feel like getting with color. If you're into playing a bit with texture, consider the range of linen ties currently available. The idea is to let your neckwear take center stage without being over-dramatic.
Spring's warmer weather also makes going tie-less an acceptable option. But if you're going to go sans tie, you must make sure the rest of your look is put-together. There is a fine line between rocking a smart dishabille look and looking like you just don't know how to tie a tie.
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