Admittedly, winter is a great season for guys who love clothes. Hefty, luxurious coats, along with the array of accessories needed to brave the cold, make for enjoyable dressing—at least in the beginning. By this time of year, though, most men are sick of piling on the layers.
Luckily, warm weather is right around the corner—and with it, the opportunity to literally throw off the thick, dark trappings of winter. As fashion blogger Derek Guy (of Die, Workwear! and Put This On says, “Spring is the time for men to reintroduce color into their wardrobe. Brighter colors and linen are to spring what earth tones and tweed are to fall.”
The season of new beginnings is also a great time to push the fashion envelope—just a little. Certain tried-and-true menswear pieces are classic for spring, and with good reason. But this year, why not try putting a new spin on traditional favorites? A new suede loafer (worn sockless, of course) looks even newer in an unexpected color combination: bold navy with a shocking yellow sole. And traditional khaki chinos get a big style boost in their newest incarnation: slim cargo trousers.
Of course, trying something of-the-moment shouldn’t have to mean skimping on quality… so we’ve collected pieces here from brands that take their craftsmanship seriously. We wouldn’t be surprised if they become wardrobe staples for the next spring—and the next.