The Elements of Spring Style

What makes a good spring look? Here are five elements I’m using to step up my spring style this season.


| WEARING | Brooks Brothers blazer, Al Bazar shirt, Reiss chinos, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Timex watch, Giles and Brother cuff, J.Crew braided leather belt, To Boot New York suede loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Cotton. As I mentioned earlier this week, choosing the right fabric makes all the difference for seasonal dress. Light, breathable, and comfortable, cotton is a go-to spring fabric. I’ve been most excited to break out my khaki cotton blazer from storage this spring.

One less button. It’s warmer, so it’s time to start building in some extra ventilation. Leaving an extra button unbuttoned will definitely do just that and gives of a casually cool and confident vibe.

Classic shades. Nothing beats a classic Clubmaster style. If you’ve been a longtime HSS reader, you know that in the early days I was rarely seen without my Ray-Ban Clubmasters. Though I still sport them frequently, I’ve been favoring Oliver Peoples’s take on the style recently.


Hanging loose. A braided leather belt can really make a spring/summer outfit. Let it hang loose to help dress down a look with a blazer and chinos.

Suede loafersSuede is often thought of as a fall fabric, but I’ve always considered it season-neutral. Time to start debating the perennial socks or no socks question. Of course, you always have the option of no-show socks. I’ve got several pairs from J.Crew.


Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • The Kentucky Gent

    Spring looks just aren’t the same without a classic pair of sunglasses. I can’t seem to part with my Black Ray-Ban Aviators.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

    • Brian Sacawa

      It’s nice to have a go-to fair for sure.

  • Julien

    Nice outfit Brian!

    I think clubmaster-style sunglasses aren’t an easy style choice because it’s such an original style that you need an already surefire outfit (which isn’t a problem in your picture, obviously), kinda like a fedora (or any sort of hat for that matter).

    For the loafers, I’m not sure I agree with you on the fact that it is season-neutral as suede is very sensitive to water and dirt. It might depends on where you leave but I think spring showers are an enemy here…
    I dig the no-sock look by the way and I’ve struggled with no-show socks as they do not stay in place… (Damn thin heel) I just ordered some solesocks (they got a new campain on Kickstarter) so I hope this will do the trick and make me forget about socks during warmer month.

    That was a very long comment and I’m sorry but thank you for reading it all if you did.


  • DJ Hargrave

    Navy and Camel/Khaki is classic! You can never go wrong with it, especially with the right fabrics in the spring.