Gentleman before you start shopping for the next season, try to get your closet ready and organized and run it through my “Keep or Toss” checklist, and if you answer “NO” to any of the following questions, then you don’t have a keeper on your hands..
1) Do you love it?
2) Have you worn it in the last two years?
3) Is it still in style?
4) Does it fit?
5) Does it flatter your physique?
6) Is it in good condition?
7) Is it comfortable to wear?
8) Are you keeping it for any other reason other than gift-guilt?
9) If slightly damaged can it be fixed with minor alterations?
10) Are your shoes is good shape? Can they be saved with conditioning from a cobbler?
So now that we finished the list, let’s look at a few key trends for spring…
For Menswear, it’s all about tweaking things; you look back at the history of an item, bring it back to now and make it relevant again. Designers take something that already exists, they make small changes and it makes all the difference.
For instance, camouflage, like it or not its back! The typical forest/hunting/Duck Dynasty camouflage has been replaced this season with a more innovative design, mixing different textures and the blending of different fabrics, with slightly brighter colors…Fatigue shorts with sharp jackets and creamy neutrals were a big hit on the spring runways.
Blue…Leave the dull navy and monochrome for the colder months because spring demands a crisp new hue, brighter, providing a fresh, hip start to the warmer months. Keep in mind electric blue works in small doses and any more than that should be saved for holiday parties…
Stripes… Stripes are great and many designers have incorporated them into the spring 2014 collections. Varying different sizes, thickness and a few bold mixed prints offer a degree of visual appeal and texture. If you’re unsure about stripes, by keeping them up top on shirts, instead of pants, will be the most successful way to integrate them into your current wardrobe and get you used to wearing one of spring’s biggest trends.
Last but not least, keep in mind before you go shopping; make sure you’ve done a thorough inventory of what’s already in your closet. Jot down a list of what you’ve got and what you still need. Style starts with knowing yourself, try to think of what outfit or item are people always complimenting you on, colors others like to see you in the most, colors you feel most comfortable in, something you always wanted and never bought, what you keep buying too many of?
And if all this becomes too much for you, and you simply hate shopping or don’t have the time to invest in a new wardrobe, then feel free to call us, we are more than happy to help!