5 Fashion Dos and Don’ts For Spring
By Leena Kay
If you’re like most guys, you don’t update your wardrobe with each season. In fact, you don’t update your wardrobe unless your clothes have holes in them, or don’t fit anymore. Since spring is here, it’s time to turn over a new leaf and get that closet cleaned out. So here are 5 spring wardrobe dos and don’ts to follow.
Here is what you WANT to do:
- DO Wear Bold, Vibrant Colors
Solid tops in colors like aqua, green or yellow are great choices for spring. Purple and pink are also spring shades, and it’s important to remember that you can wear pink. Fashion is about taking risks and stepping outside your comfort zone. You can wear a colorful polo shirt with khakis, jeans, or trousers. They are great for work, days on the golf course or even a casual lunch date with a hot lady.
- DO Choose Spring Patterns
Not every guy feels comfortable wearing florals. But you can wear other patterns that reflect the spring season. Even fun prints that resemble food or travel- like pineapples or Hawaiian style can be worn in spring. If you choose to wear something more untraditional like that, keep it casual. Hawaiian style shirts are usually casual button-downs, and those are a good choice for easy breezy spring events. Pair with some khakis or jeans.
- DO Sport Some Spring Footwear
When you are at the office, your probably have a dress code to follow. But if your employer allows for a more laidback look, or if you spend a lot of time outside of work socializing and traveling, you want a pair of shoes for spring that is stylish and cool. You can wear thong sandals, but a better choice is a pair of espadrilles. You don’t have to go with spring colors for your shoes, but something in a light neutral like tan or gray is good for spring.
- DO Accessorize
Spring is all about accessorizing. With amazing spring weather comes the opportunity to show more skin, which means more room to play with body adornments. If you aren’t the jewelry wearing type, no problem. You can accessorize with a classy watch or an awesome pair of shades. If you are the jewelry wearing type, spring is a great time to wear wrist jewelry. Bracelets made from materials like straw, leather or wood are more manly options that add some texture to your outfit.
- DO Layer Up
Winter is over, but spring can sometimes bring chilly weather. At night especially, you want to be prepared. All you need is a comfortable cardigan or lightweight jacket to throw over your clothes. A cardigan can be a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit, too. You don’t need to button it, just let it hang open.
Here is what NOT to do:
- DON’T Wear Dark Colors
Unless you are going to a funeral or work, keep those dark colors in hibernation until the fall. It’s fine to keep your pants darker, as long as you balance out the look with brighter tops. And shoes can be dark as well. You just don’t want to wear several dark pieces in one outfit.
- DON’T Wear Heavy Fabrics
Have you ever seen someone wearing a sweatshirt when it was hot outside? Yeah, don’t be that person. Keep your clothing light and breathable. Choose pieces made from lightweight fabrics like cotton. Knits, polyester and flannel are not good choices for spring. You want your clothing to be comfortable and conducive to the weather.
- DON’T Do Short Shorts
Seriously. The weather is nice and all, but keep those shorts below the thighs. Just above the knee is where most men’s shorts fall, and that’s the perfect length. If your shorts fall below the knee, they might be a size too big. Your shorts should be snug and fitted without feeling tight.
- DON’T Wear a Tank Top Alone
The only exception to this rule is if you are hitting the gym or the beach. Don’t bring spring break attire into your everyday wardrobe. Tanks are great to wear under other shirts, but don’t show them off on their own. If you need to layer with a tank, go for it. Just keep the top shirt buttoned so you can only see part of the tank underneath.
- DON’T Super Size Your Clothing
Since spring clothing is light, comfortable and flowy, it can be tempting to wear pieces that are too big. Not only does this make you look bigger, it makes you look sloppy. Pieces that are looser are more comfortable, but style isn’t always about comfort. If you want to dress to impress this spring, make sure your clothes fit.