Spring Basics

The arrival of spring means a shift in wardrobe. Time to put away the heavy coats and fabrics in favor of lighter pieces. And because it’s starting to warm up, it’s also time to begin doing more with less, which is why it’s important to have some solid and versatile spring basics. To get you going, here are four of my spring style essentials.

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

1. Lightweight Polo. The ultimate spring and summer shirt staple. A well-fitted polo looks sharp tucked in, relaxed when left untucked with a pair of shorts, and, as long as the collar is structured enough, perfect under a blazer for an evening of cocktails and dinner.

My pick: 1971 Breeze striped and textured polo from Reiss.

2. Badass Sunglasses. Definitely more of an all-season essential, but spring can be a good time to try out some new styles. Sunglasses are often the finishing touch on a look and can really help set the tone. Choose a pair that fits your face shape, can work in a variety of situations, and that make you feel good.

My pick: classic 0649 aviators from Persol.

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

3. Stone Chinos. Though khaki chinos are extremely versatile, a well-tailored pair of stone chinos can be even more so. Flat front and slim fit—not tight—will pair well with just about any color in your wardrobe, work in situations from casual to dapper, while the lighter color will make it easy to style those shoes you have a hard time fitting in elsewhere.

My pick: Wickham fine twill chinos by Reiss.

4. Suede Drivers. While there’s never a bad time to wear suede shoes—with the exception of the rain or snow—nothing says spring like a pair of suede loafers. A pair of suede penny driving loafers are relaxed, casual, and sophisticated.

My pick: the McKay suede penny driver from Coach.

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

Spring Basics - He Spoke Style

This Look: Shirt by Reiss – Chinos by Reiss – Watch by Timex – Sunglasses c/o Persol – Loafers c/o Coach

What are the foundations of your spring wardrobe?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

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  • http://www.bucketsandspadesblog.com Matthew Pike

    Mine’s a little more streetwear I guess you could say. I really dig your style though. I’d go for chambray shirt, raw denim or camo shorts, Nike trainers or Jack Purcell.

    Buckets & Spades

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I’ve been wearing my chambray shirt a lot recently as well. Thanks for reading, Matthew.

  • http://www.icelawblog.com ICELAW

    Been a blog reader for a while, this is the first time am commenting…all your outfits are cool

    http://www.icelawblog.com/2014/05/basic-white.html?m=1

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Welcome! Hope to see you around frequently!

  • Bill

    I really like Vineyard Vines, but so much of their stuff is “spring-colored” so I tend to put all my VV stuff away for winter. I’m a fan of their slim cut club pants. Brooks makes a similar pant and they have some pretty dramatic discounts at season’s end.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Oh yeah. Can’t beat an end-of-season Brooks clearance sale.

  • http://mylifelistproject.com Adolfo

    Like the look but somehow I can never manage to feel comfortable enough to wear a tucked in polo shirt. I don’t feel comfortable with shirts that are too tight or ones with extra fabric as I feel bigger in them.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      It’s definitely all about comfort and fit. What pants are you wearing with your polos? That can make the difference as to whether it’ll worked tucked in or not.

  • http://www.ten30.co.uk Alan Moore

    We get about 2 weeks of spring weather in Scotland. But in those 2 weeks and on vacation, my staples include boat shoes, loafers, chinos, light denim, woven leather belts, lightweight wristwatches and unstructured / half lined blazers, all in shades of navy white, mushroom and pastels.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Sounds like you’ve got all the bases covered, Alan. A great selection there. Got to make those two weeks count, right?

  • Mihir Shah

    I gotta pick up some Reiss stuff. Love the look of that knit polo. Nice clean classic look, Brian. Now you just need a boat to go along with it!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Mihir. You know what boat stands for, right? Bust out another thousand…

  • Allan

    Brian, did you modify the slimness of the chino legs like you do typically with your jeans, or are these as ordered?

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Allan, these are straight off the rack. Only alteration was the hem.

      • Allan

        Thanks. Appreciate it. Going to pick up pair now!

  • Allan

    Oops. Guess not. Only 30s left :(

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Bummer! Maybe try the Medways? They look quite similar.

      • Allan

        Actually a pair of 32s popped up on the website this week so I grabbed them! Just put them on and they are too big. Goes to show you, I should have tried the 30s to begin with. Hey, I have the opportunity to buy a stone-colored blazer by Theory at a very good deal. Do you think that is a good basic color to have in a blazer to build around?

        • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

          Allan, there’s actually a little size discrepancy between my stone and navy version of these chinos–both are 30s. Not egregious or really noticeable, but they’re not exactly the same.

          Interesting you mention Theory. I was just in their shop not long ago and was thinking about how great they are for more luxury basic pieces. A stone colored blazer will serve you well for the spring and summer and if it’s a good deal, I probably wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for something from Theory. Let me know how you make out!

          • Allan

            Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. I did in fact purchase the blazer ($498 list price Theory blazer for $170 at the Barney’s Outlet Memorial Day sale.) Score!

  • Yasin

    I’ve been going around your website a bit and I gotta say, I like your styles. thanks for sharing them.
    the only thing I don’t get though is stone and khaki, I never liked those colours, especially not in pants and blazers. although I have a couple of white/stone blazers, I never seem to be able to pull them off, like what colour shirts and trousers should one pick with them? in what places and at which times of the day are they ok to wear? I’m really great at pulling off navy and black blazers but I’ve been struggling with white for a while so your advice is appreciated. also, never got tucked in polo shirts either, guess my outfit choices are a bit too modern. I look forward to your reply, and keep up the great work.