The weather is finally warming up a touch and it's the perfect excuse to add some color and pattern to your wardrobe and take things up a notch in a subtle and casual way. That winter puffer is a distant memory and now you have a chance to dress like you mean it. Here are a few of my favorites to get you amped up for spring….  

The Tan Suit

If you don’t have a sharply tailored tan suit to get you through the spring and summer, now’s the time to get one. You can wear it to work, to a wedding, out to dinner, or wear just the jacket paired with jeans for a date. You can dress it up or down. Tan is so neutral that you can wear it with white, turquoise, lavender, powder blue – it’s hard to mess this up. It’s the one suit you should invest in now.

From left to right:  J. Crew,   Suit Supply , J. Crew

From left to right: J. Crew, Suit Supply, J. Crew

Cotton Ties

The lighter, more casual look and feel of a cotton or linen tie is perfect for hot summer months and it’s the ideal companion to your new tan suit. Buy a solid, a stripe and a plaid and you’ll be set for the season.

Watch Strap

Keep the watch, change the strap. Just as you might switch the silk tie for a cotton or linen tie in the summer, changing the strap on your regular watch from leather to a nylon NATO – aka military style – gives you a more sporty, summery look. Plus change is good. Don’t worry, your good old leather stand by will be waiting for you in the fall.

Nato Straps  on Classic Watches

Nato Straps on Classic Watches

Summer Shoe

The rules have changed when it comes to loafers. Previously a no-no with suits, they are now permitted and more versatile than ever. In fact you can wear the same loafer to the office with a suit as you can on the weekend with jeans or linen pants. For suits, opt for a brown leather with a high vamp (the vamp is the leather on the front of your shoe). A low vamp looks old-manish, shows too much of your foot and makes your feet look small – and what part of that is good? A high vamp is much more attractive, modern and sleek.

Another more casual option is a suede driving shoe. Suede is everywhere in men and women’s fashion this season. An orange or blue suede-driving shoe can add a nice pop of color to a casual outfit. Wear this as you drive with the top down along Montauk Highway, or Pacific Coast Highway, or whatever coast you may be cruising on the weekends.

Bally  Driving Shoe

Pocket pop

Prints and pops of color are just as important for a man’s wardrobe as they are for women this season, but in a much more subtle way. A pocket square is the perfect way to add a pop of color or pattern and it can breath new life into a suit or sport coat.  We’re not talking poufy or triangular. For a modern take on the pocket square simply fold in three and tuck the end under. Insert the folded end into your pocket so that just half an inch of the rectangular pocket square is showing. Personally I love this look with an open collar no tie for a perfect spring vibe.

Pocket Squares all by  J. Crew

Pocket Squares all by J. Crew

If your spring wardrobe needs an upgrade ASAP, give me a shout and I'll help you out.