Let's Hear it for the Boys

For many University of Michigan students, spring break is a time to bask in the sun, enjoying lovely conversation and even lovelier mint mojitos. For the rest of us, it’s a week at home without tests, 8:30 a.m. bio lectures and showering with flip-flops. I belong to the latter category and I am more than thrilled to use this time for some much needed R&R (read: New York Bagels, Gossip Girl and reconnecting with friends). Spring break may be a time to unwind, but that doesn’t mean that your aesthetic needs to suffer. I’ve said it time and time again, casual and put together are not antonyms, and spring break is no exception.

Unfortunately, suburban New York is not exactly the tropical Mecca that many of my peers are enjoying. The gray skies and wind chill are starting to be reminiscent of Ann Arbor, but it’s nothing fashionable college students can’t handle. This Fashionisto shows his take on spring break attire in an area susceptible to the winter blues.  To start off, he wears tan leather Clarks. I’m a huge fan of this brand for men. Clarks are stylish, enduring and have products for every budget and price point. They also transition seamlessly from fall to winter, and even into the drab early days of spring. He pairs them with jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch. The pants are slightly faded in the knee area and tapered throughout the leg, simultaneously smart and relaxed.

To liven up the basics, he incorporates pattern and color. To combat the less than desirable weather, he layers a bright turquoise fleece pullover and a red and white gingham button-down from Gap. The two pieces have great juxtaposition, muted and bright with a  “tastefully patriotic” color scheme. The shirt is a flexible cotton material that could easily lend itself to a preppy Fourth of July ensemble or be dressed up for a business casual event. To top it all off, he wears a toggle coat from H&M’s satellite brand, the Label of Graded goods. You all know how I feel about men’s toggle coats, loyal readers. This is a really interesting label; it’s H&M’s most popular department in Europe, though little-known in the US. While this exact piece is not available in stores anymore, there is a similar coat in the store’s spring line.

Hint: Even if it doesn’t feel like it, spring is coming! Fashion is largely dictated by weather conditions, but slowly incorporating lighter and more vibrant pieces can help you get in the spirit.


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