Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The basics of spring

It's hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner.

As with early autumn, spring — specifically the period between Easter Sunday and Memorial Day weekend — is a great season for the discerning gentleman.

Unlike the warm months of summer or the coldest months of winter, when weather considerations come first, the mildness of this time of the year allows for the sartorialist to wear just about whatever he wants.

A free spirit must, however, get the basics right before experimenting with such fineries as seersucker or Oxford cloth suits.

Among the warm weather basics in every gentleman’s closet are the following: A seasonally appropriate blazer — think linen, chino pants (be sure to have a good tailor remove the belt loops and use leftover cloth from hemming to make side-tab adjusters), loafers, a well-fitting shirt and a pocket square that can do functional duty should the allergies kick in.

PHOTOS courtesy of Uniqlo, Club Monaco, Lands' End, Frank & Oak and Ratio Clothing.

Pictured from top left: Uniqlo premium 100% linen blazer ($79; available here), Club Monaco floral print bandana ($24.50; available here), made in America Ratio Clothing blue check shirt ($125; available here), Lands' End Fulton penny loafers ($149; available here), and Frank & Oak Newport chino pants ($50; available here).

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