If you haven't noticed, it's been a super strange spring and summer weather wise (let's face it, a super strange year in total). We've had everything from "warm & sunny" to "muggy & humid" and it's a little confusing. But the sun will come out tomorrow (or the day/ week after). And when that happens, you're going to need looking your best for the occasion. As such, here are my loose recommendations taken from the designers' collection for Men's Spring 2012.
1) COLOR. COLOR. COLOR.
The use of color & color blocking is important as ever this spring. From Tommy Hilfiger to Perry Ellis, everybody is utilizing some pretty bold hues. Color is a great way of adding interest to any outfit—have fun with it and try not to go overboard. You don't have to go with super bright colors either. Pastel and slightly dulled colors will work well if that's where your comfort zone is. Solid colored shirts work well—they're simple but classy at the same time. Graphic colored shirts can work too—just be weary that it isn't too loud (which can make you look like a middle schooler real quick). Polos, crew cuts, or v-necks all go nicely, so take your pick.
Also, don't forget the white shirt. If used properly (see below), it is another really great and bright option for paring up with some colorful items.
Light (as in material) jackets were a huge trend playing across Spring 2012. When it's not too hot outside, they really add a great touch to any outfit. Go for linen jackets or a baseball/sports jacket with a pair of nice shorts.
Chino shorts and almost any light pant will work fine. GO FOR COLOR. I know it's a step out of some guys' comfort zones, but colored pants/ shorts are trending seriously right now (especially red). They look sweet and will make you stand out in a noticeably great way.
So I know I've been stressing color like a madman this article BUT a word of caution. If you go for a really bright whatever (say pants), make sure that you match that with a dulled color/ white top. For instance, take the guy in shades with the blue jacket/ the guy with the purple polo above. They both have something bright that is contrasted with a dulled tone/ white. If you are wearing colors that are dull to begin with, you don't have to worry about this too much (see guys below in the red shorts).
4) Mix- match colors
Shopping for the spring/summer can be cheap. Try mix-matching different combinations of colorful shirts, shorts, pants and jackets. This may sound elementary, but if you invest wisely in a few great shirts, jackets and shorts/pants, you just got yourself an amazing collection of endless outfits.
Flip-flops, boat shoes, derbys. They all work. Just avoid anything super clunky or with ankle high tube socks. DO NOT HOWEVER forgo socks. I know some guys do this with boat shoes or their canoe shoes (there is a difference). It's a challenge, hiding your sock while not submitting to smelly feet. However, there are doodads called invisible socks. They give you the comfort (and hygiene) of a sock without showing it.Guys, this is a great investment to look into.
I love sun glasses. I think that one of the best parts of a sunny day is putting on a pair and just taking a stroll. Everybody has a pair that goes with their face. Experiment as necessary.
So there yah have it dudes. Follow my tips and you guys should be looking your best for the warmer and sunnier weather. Some guys are afraid of color and limit their wardrobe to black, grey, and other dark colors. BE BOLD and TRY COLOR if you haven't. Trust me. Take a leap of faith (inception status) and you'll be really glad you did.