Sharp Casual Spring Basics in Ybor City

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A little texture, like a linen blazer, goes a long way in adding some interest to a classic foundation.

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White sneakers keep the casual in sharp casual.

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Details, details, details.

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Spending the day exploring the local cigar shops in Ybor City.

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Smart and classic.

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The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph

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Staying cool in the sun.

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If you live up north, it may be hard to fathom that spring is right around the corner. And although I’m quite fond of colder weather, I’ve been traveling down south for the past two weeks, which has been a nice respite from the cold and a good rehearsal for spring style. I’ve been hot on getting back to the basics over the past two years and this spring, I fully intend to keep that trend going. Here’s a simple and classic spring look I sported recently in Florida’s Ybor City (aka Cigar City).

| WEARING | Suitsupply blazer, Tommy Hilfiger shirt and pants, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Carl F. Bucherer watch, Common Project sneakers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

The foundation of any outfit begins with your shirt and pants. And there is nothing easier to put together than a classic blue button-down and navy chinos. There are very few brands that I can wear off the rack and know that I’m going to get a perfect fit and I have to say that Tommy Hilfiger is one of them.

The shirt I’m wearing is the Capote. 100-percent cotton. Super soft. Button-down collar. Rounded cuff. Classic fit. More and more, I look for clothing that fits well and that is super comfortable. The ultra-slim and fitted days are over, my friends. Time to get with the program.

Pants are always tough to find a great fit. Especially for me. And especially off the rack. Most of my trousers, including chinos, are tailored or have been altered in some way. The chinos here are the Flex Custom Fit. 97-percent cotton and 3-percent elastase.

Don’t let the “Flex” designation fool you–I hardly detect any “give” in the fabric though it has a very comfortable feel. Fit through the leg is great and the roughly 15-inch leg opening goes well with the more relaxed approach I’ve been taking recently.

With such a classic foundation, consider adding a little texture to keep things interesting. A linen blazer checks that box and ensures you’re going to stay cool when the sun’s out.

And to keep the casual in sharp casual, finish the look off with a smart pair of white sneakers.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter

    That looks like a slick hair cut. This outfit is so fresh and dapper. Your button up and your suit blends well together.

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  • bwarp

    Is there a link to that blazer? Wow that is sharp.

  • Jesse Spitzer

    Check out our polos and ties for a great mix of casual and formal spring/summerwear!

  • Marcia Alvarado

    OMG, YOU CAME TO MY BACKYARD AND I MISSED THIS. I wished we could have connected. I have been following for a long time and I just love your classy style. you have to let me know if and when you ever come back.

  • MensLifeStyle

    Thanks for pointing to suitsupply for the blazer. They have a really cool range of blazers. Did not know them until now.