While the weather may not be quite warm enough to start thinking about summer, winter is officially over, so now is the time to embrace the spring. Men’s spring fashion for 2014 is a mix of wearable and not-so-wearable pieces – running the gamut from preppy athletic looks to bold printed trousers and plenty of attention-seeking suit jackets. If you want to give your wardrobe the spring once-over, take a look at the seven top trends for the season.
1. White Suit
White suits were all over the catwalks at the end of last year. White suits can look stylish, edgy, and interesting – or tacky and dated. The trick to pulling off a white suit is to make sure your fabrics contrast in terms of texture – for example, by wearing a linen suit with a white cotton shirt, or a white T-shirt with a white silk suit.
2. Double-Breasted Jacket
The double-breasted blazer is back, in 2014 style. If you want to embrace this trend, think modern rather than retro – make sure the jacket fits well and is not too loose. A baggy double-breasted blazer can be more reminiscent of a bad 80s night than high fashion, so tread carefully. Hugo Boss menswear from www.thackerays.co.uk features some good versions of the suit jacket for men looking to make an impression at work or on a formal occasion.
3. Patterned Jacket
As with the double-breasted jacket, it can be easy to get this look very wrong. Don’t go with all-over patterns, or you’ll confuse the eye – pair a patterned jacket with solid-coloured trousers in neutrals, or wear a plain pair of trousers, a patterned jacket, and a shirt in a contrasting pattern for extra style points. Different patterns to look out for include plaid, floral, and camouflage.
4. Printed Trousers
Are you courageous enough to wear this spring trend? Trousers are patterned with all kinds of items, from flowers to polka dots. This trend is bold and playful. Keep things minimal and make sure the trousers are well-fitting and tailored in order to avoid the embarrassment of looking like a clown or people thinking you’re wearing your pyjamas to work.
5. Colour-Block Shirt
Colour blocking on shirts or T-shirts is an easy way to inject some spring style into your wardrobe. Colour blocks can be in vertical, horizontal, or striped patterns and are worn with shorts and jeans.
6. Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets can look great if you choose a jacket that is well made with slightly short sleeves and a slim silhouette. Chose a bomber jacket in leather or go for something in wool – or combine two trends into one and buy a colour-block bomber jacket.
7. High-Rise Trousers
This look works well with jeans or casual chinos, and it is easy to wear. Just pick a pair of trousers that fit and roll up the legs, or buy jeans with turn-ups, and wear a decent pair of shoes or trainers.