As nature transitions to spring and summer, fashion follows its lead with plenty of opportunities for wardrobe freshness and renewal. Here are a few of our favorites:
Shift into Neutral
Neutral colors are nothing new in fashion. They have always provided a foundation for each season's new accents. This season, neutrals take center stage. Cream, all shades of khaki and beige, and the newest for spring, grey, become a deceptively simple, yet sophisticated way of dressing head to toe. Vary the tones and textures (a light khaki shirt with a darker khaki slack) to bring life and interest to monochromatic dressing.
With an emphasis on neutrals this season, grey, that traditional standby of a man's winter wardrobe, hits the light of day this spring. Wear either monochromatically or as a backdrop for the vivid blues, turquoise and corals that are the season's big accents. Even jeans and accessories, aren't immune from the fact that grey matters.
A Call to Arms
Once relegated to the realm of geekdom, the short sleeve dress shirt becomes sleek and sophisticated. The key is fit, tapered through the torso with a slimmer sleeve width. The sleeve length should hit mid bicep, any longer and you might as well add a pocket protector, any shorter and you're trying too hard. Another reason to load your guns is the relaxed tank top. Cut wider at the shoulders and a little relaxed through the torso, it's a great way to keep your cool and your sophistication.
The Bermuda Angle
In a trend that started last year, the tailored short really sets sail this summer. Cut just above the knee and trim through the leg, the dressier short is now a wardrobe basic. When done in premium fabrics and paired with a crisp short sleeve shirt and a thin belt, you've hit the key look in summer fashion.
Washed, Raw and Lived-in
Style and comfort should always lead in fashion, but even more so in spring and summer. Natural fabrics, with their inherent breathability, are now often pre-washed and/or distressed for a comfortable lived in feel. Linens and paper-thin cottons are staples. Add a pair of distressed canvas sandals or sneaker and you are ready to beat the heat and look put together doing it.
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About His Stuff
Men in the Andersonville neighborhood and across the Chicago area make their way to His Stuff (5314 N. Clark St.) to find distinctive clothing and accessories that are wearable and well made. Ralph Fasano and Jeff Worth, the owners of His Stuff, are expert trend-spotters who comb the world of men's fashion to bring their customers only the best brands, in a neighborhood storefront that's cool, casual, and comfortable. The store offers all the "stuff" a guy needs to feel confident and look great in any setting—from work to working out, from hanging out to going out. For information, call (773) 989-9111.