Let's Hear it for the Boys

Spring is in the air, and with that said, I’ve been seeing a lot love going out for hues; starting with denim jeans, and now in a man’s everyday chinos. With the cooler temperatures, warmer colors have replaced brighter ones, giving men the chance to warm up to more subtle shades.

Chino pants are dressier than khakis and can be worn from work to happy hour, and they have great versatility. They can also be worn to professional events and on special occasions. Sounds classy and comfortable, right?

Layering also works really well with these stylish pants. A general note to keep in mind is to work with your lighter clothes first. This can be done by wearing a T-shirt underneath dress shirts, then adding on a cardigan and building from there. It’s key to lay out a foundation for your outfit.

Layers are great in any temperature because they will work for your environment. You can easily take them off to cool down, or add a bulky knit sweater for warmth. Buying weather appropriate fabrics are a must. Cashmere, wool and heavyweight cotton are going to be your cold weather essentials. Where chambray and lightweight cotton will work best during the summer.

Some Fashionistos just naturally seem to have style. For instance, this student wore an oversized cardigan for a more casual layering look. While working with his professional environment, he pairs his oversized sweater with a white oxford button-down, giving his outfit a touch of class. You can layer any combination to fit your style. Whether it’s a V-neck sweater over a dress shirt or a sleek sports coat on top of that sweater, you will be a pro when it comes to layering.

Now that you have that down, it’s time to add on accessories. This Fashionisto chose a warm colored scarf, some stacked bracelets, laced slip-ons and a leather belt to tie his outfit together. If you’re not a scarf lover, a tie will work perfectly well with your cardigan/T-shirt combination.

Hint: Embrace colorful fabrics but don’t overdo it. Throw a dash of color into your outfit, even if it’s just one clothing piece or an accessory. Too much black can be boring and dreary. Spring is all about getting out of your comfort zone.


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