Light Looks: 25 Men’s Spring Style Essentials

Aug 6, 2018

Category: Style

Spring is as much a celebration as it is a season. After months of doing little more than hustling from one heated area to the next, people slowly venture out to eat their lunch outside, spend an hour or so on a cafe patio, or even lay out a blanket in the park to read a book on during weekends. Of course, we do a whole lot more than just stay out a little later and soak up more sun during the Spring. We throw on new threads.

The best spring clothing does more than just adjust for warmer weather. It also embodies the kind of unspoken but very real levity that comes after a long, cold winter. It’s light on your shoulders, light to the look, and playful in its own right. You don’t have to throw on flowery shirts and Bahama shorts. Just something a little less severe than the winter clothing you buttoned up for the past 4 or so months. To give you some ideas for this new, more lighthearted season, we pulled together a list of what we think are some of the best men’s spring style essentials.


Lightweight And Breathable Threads

Whether you’re looking for a springtime shirt for wearing to work, or something you can throw on for drinks after you clock out or trips on the weekend – we have a few fun picks for you to consider. While we have a decidedly more blue look here in this section, don’t let that hem you in. All of the brands here have similar examples in a number of different, equally attractive colorways. Scroll through, click around, and see for yourself what we think are some of the best men’s shirts for spring.

H&M Regular Fit Short-Sleeve Shirt

You don’t have to actually be at the beach to dress like it. This shirt from H&M channels a northeastern coast vibe to it with its thick blue bars, cotton and linen blend fabric, and rounded hem. A fun pick for warmer days to be sure.
Purchase: $25

Buck Mason Tri-Blend Curved Hem Tee

OK, so we’ll admit that t-shirts aren’t necessarily seasonal in the same way a short-sleeved button up or pair of espadrilles are. Yet, with that being said, we couldn’t help but include this white t-shirt from Buck Mason. The pre-shrunk tee is made in America and features a soft, worn-in feel you’ll be happy to throw on right off the rack.

Purchase: $30

Banks Pedal To Metal Shirt

For those looking to amp up the vibrancy in their outfit, there is this floral shirt from Banks. Cut from a yardage printed cotton gauze fabric, it has a lightweight feel to match its psychedelic look. A top tier pick to be sure.

Purchase: $60

Todd Snyder Champion Striped Tee In Admiral Blue

Horizontal striped tees are nothing new. That’s maybe why we like this 100% cotton slub jersey from Todd Snyder and Champion. The classic tee, with its subtle patch logo on the sleeve hem, is built to go well with just about any casual men’s outfit.

Purchase: $70

Bonobos Washed Linen Shirt

For those who prefer to keep it buttoned up for office hours, but don’t want to wear the same old shirts they did during the winter but without a sweater and coat on top of them, we have this pick. The linen and cotton blend shirt is built to stay sharp and keep you cool even on the warmest of spring days.

Purchase: $98


Shorts And Slacks For Balmy Weather

Pants can be tricky during this time of year. Yeah, it may be sunny, but there is usually still a bit of bite around the edges of the day. That’s why we tend to stick with things like slacks, chinos, and jeans. But we don’t rule out shorts. In fact, we never really rule out shorts. For those few days during spring that are just too nice to cover up your legs, we included a couple pair we’re pretty fond of.

United By Blue Hoy Short

If you live the kind of life where you’re not quite sure whether or not you’re going to jump into a river or stream, but want to keep the option open anyway, these shorts from UBB are for you. Essentially board shorts disguised as a pair of normal, workaday bottoms, they’re ideal for casual adventuring.

Purchase: $64

Everlane Midweight Straight Chino

Chinos are built for the spring. Well, not really. But you know what we mean. This particular pair from Everlane is made from a 5.7-ounce cotton fabric that has been given a little bit of a stretch thanks to some elastane. As a result, these pants will never leave you feeling constricted and overheated. A solid pair of chinos to be sure.

Purchase: $68

Civic Lloyd Short

Sure, cotton is nice and all, but what about merino? The magic fabric sourced from sheep’s wool will keep you nice and cool while hustling to work on your bike, or heading off to enjoy a few beers on the patio with friends.

Purchase: $118

Lululemon ABC Pant Slim Swift Cotton

For those who like the technical approach, but don’t necessarily dig technical fabrics, there is this pair of pants from Lululemon. The water-repellent cotton fabric doesn’t constrict where it counts most, and the hem even has a reflective detailing on it.

Purchase: $128

Bonobos Travel Jeans

Black jeans are never really out of season, so long as you have the right pair. This particular example from Bonobos has a stretchy fit paired with a classic look. Solid for wearing during the Spring even as the mercury starts to climb.

Purchase: $128


Kicks For Pounding Springtime Pavement

The most dramatic change when it comes to switching out your seasonal clothes is the swap from winter boots to springtime sneakers. It’s like going from driving a tank to pushing around in a little convertible sports car. While really any sneaker is fair game this time of year (good riddance, puddles and slush piles), we threw in a few we have our eyes on for the coming sunny season.

Seavees Legend Sneaker Standard

Want a classic canvas sneaker but don’t really feel like lacing up a pair of Vans? Consider Seavees. They have the same old-school look and heritage as the better known California competitor, but with a more grown-up heir about them.

Purchase: $78

Allbirds Wool Loungers

Silicon valley’s darling shoe company recently introduced a new, lower profile silhouette. Just as comfortable and made from the same wool upper as their runners, the shoes are perfect for lazing around the apartment during the weekends or for jaunting out for drinks or a picnic.

Purchase: $95

Adidas Samba Sock Primeknit Shoes

A fun combination of the classic Samba silhouette and Adidas’ primeknit technology, this airy, lightweight sneaker from the brand is perfect for those looking to keep cool but don’t want to slide into a pair of sandals. You can pick them up in either white or black.

Purchase: $110

Shoes Like Pottery 01JP High Sneaker

Nothing says springtime like a pair of white lace-ups. This particular pair of sneakers is made in Japan using a special vulcanizing process and a small set of skilled manufacturers. A great set of shoes to pair up with some raw denim jeans.

Purchase: $155

Anderson & Sheppard Espadrilles

The slip-on’s slip-on, the espadrille is a perfect pair of shoes for relaxing afternoons off, or late evenings pent out. Made in Spain, the shoes feature a rust suede upper and comfortable rubber soles.

Purchase: $205


Wear A Little Something Extra

It stands to reason that if you’re going to switch up your outfit you may at least want to consider throwing in a few extra items like a wallet, pair of sunglasses, or a fresh new Timex watch. We included those here, along with a couple of other fun items for blocking the sun and showing the sun a little something to shine on.

Ebbets Field Flannels

Baseball caps are a dime a dozen. Or at least that is the case for every cap other than those made by Ebbets Field Flannels. The brand has made a name for itself by taking old or out of use logos from major, minor, and defunct teams and throwing them on their finely made wool caps.

Purchase: $50

Spy Hi-Fi Sunglasses

Spring is usually the time of year that one realizes they’ve misplaced their sunglasses at some point during those cold, snowy months. If you’re looking for a re-up, this pair from Spy optics is worth considering. They’re made from a Grilamid frame, use a 4-base polycarbonate ARC lenses, and boast 100% UV protection. Oh, and they look pretty damn good, too.

Purchase: $65

Pioneer Carry The Matter 10XD Bifold

The Pioneer wallet is a rare example of a high-end wallet made from something other than leather. Made from a special 10XD ripstop fabric that is 10 times stronger than steel, it is more than durable enough to be used every day, and it’s a touch lighter than the thick, heavy leather billfold you’ve been lugging around in your back pocket.

Purchase: $80

Timex Waterbury Watch

Looking for something fun to strap around your wrist but don’t quite want to part ways with thousands of dollars? Take a look at this watch from Timex. It has a sharp, classic design to it that goes well with casual or even more formal outfits.

Purchase: $105

Miansai Klink Sterling Silver Cord Bracelet

For those who want a little something extra to throw on their wrist, there is this bracelet from Miansai. Designed to fit snug around the wrist, the attractive piece of jewelry has a high-end look and feel without being needy for attention.

Purchase: $495

50 Best Men's Wardrobe Essentials

Looking for more threads to fill your closet? We have it all and then some in our roundup of the best wardrobe essentials for men. Take a look and see for yourself.

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