by DB Style Director, Jodi Taylor DB Special Comment: Jodi Taylor is a fashion designer and stylist living in New York City. She is also my roommate and business partner in our vegan, organic, dinner party catering company "Savory & Seed". Her comprehensive Spring 2008 Men's fashion report serves as evidence of her fashion expertise and as a tool to inspire fashion decisions based on current trends.
Springtime is always refreshing. Shedding the heavy winter jacket and lightening up the wardrobe with new spring looks can make you feel like a dapper gent.
This spring, my three favorite looks are Slim Lounge, Urban Sport & Back to Nature. All of these themes are easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe. Choose the one that suits you the best so you feel comfortable and confident…you want to own the style not vice versa. Here is how to keep up with the seasons top trends while staying squeaky-green!
- For this style, think 70’s lounge meets gangster with a little rock & roll .
- Wear a 3-piece suit relaxed, and unbutton the first few buttons of your shirt.
- Don’t be afraid of the ascot or a slim light cotton scarf. If you need a little help tying your tie or scarf click HERE.
- Try mixing a subtle print and texture as well as vintage pieces to your collection.
- Go thrifting and look for pieces to add to your wardrobe like a printed polo or a slim fit button up.
- If you wear a tie, do it skinny, easy to get vintage.
The 70’s lounge look is a little tricky, don’t overdo it otherwise it will end up looking a little too theatrical.
The color palette for this look should be subdued. Chose smooth and charismatic colors that will go from day to night; charcoals and shades of gray, navy, black and khaki. Add a little warmth to your ensemble with a muted lavender or teal.
Stay subtle in color and pattern, but combine it with a two-tone suit or a printed shirt under a plain vest or blazer to make a statement. Classic black & white also works for this look and is a simple solution that’s always in.
key items for this look:
- crisp button up with a more pronounced collar
- fitted slacks & blazer that give you a slim silhouette
- white jeans
- printed polo shirts
- tapered white pants
How to get it:
If you can’t find your 70’s style button up shirt vintage try this organic us made button down collar shirt at Boll Organic. I also recommend Ted Baker and Paul Smith for the best fit and hottest look.. don’t freak out - they're worth the price!
The printed polo – For the cool pastel print polo to wear with your black skinny jeans and plimsoles, get the placement print polo shirt at asos.com
Must have the Hot skinny jeans - Acne makes a great beige pair available at www.barneys.com Or for more texture I like these white painted jeans from topman.com
If you need a bag, like I do, complete the look with this faux-leather “Dirty Harry” briefcase by Matt & Nat.
2. URBAN SPORT
Spring is for Sport and getting in shape, so lets prep it up with comfy style and small pops of color. Think street sport meets country club. Achieve this look with casual knits paired with technical fabric pieces and carefully selected accessories. This easy to wear style is inspired by tennis, soccer and is a fusion of tough meets refined.
- layers and neutral base colors are key for this look
- tees and polos with trim, cropped, cotton trousers
- track jackets over washed button ups with scarves & gloves
- don’t forget a little aristocratic embellishment like a coat of arms patch or pin but do it vintage and apply it yourself for the best results!
This look definitely requires the right attitude, so wear the mood along with the look.
The colors for this look are the basic neutrals: black, gray, khaki and white used in combination with small pops of color that make the look, like deep red, blue, and yellow.
Essential items for this look:
- wind breaker
- crop pants
- track jackets
- no sox or ankle sox
- tennis shoes, shorts
- fun accessories like the fingerless gloves
- sheer textural summer scarf
How to get it:
I suggest you put this look together with these must-have items.
The Polo – Get this handsome fair trade, organic cotton slim fit “Jaguar Polo” at Adili.
The Pants and Shorts – Wear the tapered cotton trousers with a crisp or messy cuff. The cotton, 'Pringle of Scotland' pants are at Saks. The crop pant is more affordable at Topman. Get great navy seersucker shorts or if you would rather gray cut off sweat- shorts both cotton and both available at RPM Clothing. (Remember, cutoff sweats are cheap and easy to make yourself!)
The tee – Choose from Edun's wide selection of organic tees, I like the "Cameo" & "twisted tree" avaliable from Edun.
The Scarf – I love this white checker, light weight cotton “Wem” scarf at equip, or just get it from the street vendors on St Marks place if you're in New York.
The shoes – We saw chrome lace-ups on the runway for spring from Gucci.
You can work this look with the vegan slim shoe like the lace up canvas “plimsole” in silver or white from Asos.
Boat Shoe - On the Gucchi Spring '08 runway, we also saw these sporty, nautical themed shoes:
Go for the original (and vegan) classics at Sperry Top-Sider. Also available in white & khaki. *READER JASON informs us these have leather laces!! Yuck! steer clear.
The Gloves – Yellow cotton fingerless gloves can complete the look, get them at topman.
3.BACK TO NATURE
Take winter into spring with this seemingly effortless look…being green has never been so trendy. This season the raw, organic, recycled look is in with an influence of military styling.
- Be slightly disheveled, push up your sleeves don’t iron the shirt; relax because it just adds character.
- Go for oversize jackets, linen pants & raw denim.
- Feel complete in soft jersey henleys & the broken in button up.
- Accessorize with wooden prayer beads, ethnic scarves with coins and other worldly charms that you find along the way.
The color palette for this style is elegant, yet rugged - let the palette and textures of your wardrobe reflect the variegations and subtleties in nature and the city. Neutral & weathered gray, pale green & khaki work well and let you be a part of the city and nature at the same time.
The must have items are:
- the worn in blazer or coat
- the perfect long sleeve henley
- the linen cargo pant
- the ethnic scarf
- prayer beads
- a cool, conscious attitude
How to get the look:
Synchronize the style with the following items;
The Jacket – This piece will transition from winter to spring perfectly – “Warsaw” trench in olive, 100% cotton, or go for a lighter jacket like the Nice collective “Event Jacket” both available @ frankeys.com
The organic tee – hooded, washed & ready to go, get this shark gray cotton hoodie by NSF at Barneys.
The Linen Pant - give your legs some omega 3's with this organic cotton/linen(AKA flax) pant from Edun. The “shillingford” military pants available at Saks:
Organic Jeans – These Nudie, dry-aged organic jeans are a hit, get em at Tobi.
The Scarf – deep red check, light weight cotton summer scarf at topman, or if you live in New York, just get it from the street vendors on St Mark's Place for cheap.
The Beads – Support Tibetan artisans while relaxing and chanting your mantra of choice with this Dark bodhi Seed Mala necklaces at dharmashop.
The Bag – Feed Hungry children around the world with this cool “feed” tote that matches your style at amazon.com.