Now that heavy winter coat season is over, it’s time to pay attention to what’s underneath, namely your spring wardrobe. Those who know me, realize that I recommend building your wardrobe gradually, season by season, not all at once. This will ensure you have a mixture of current and classic pieces, and can experiment with various styles without having a large budget outlay. As you’re beginning to shop for spring, here are my suggestions for five items for men and women that everyone can use.
First for men:
- Plaid sport jacket. A sport jacket will take you many places, and is a versatile addition to anyone’s wardrobe. A plaid pattern willlook current and fresh. Wear it to work with a shirt and tie, at a networking event or business dinner without the tie, and on the weekend with a more casual shirt, and jeans.
- Pocketsquare. I have been selling a lot of pocketsquares recently, as they look bright and colorful peeking from a suit pocket. They can be worn with a complementary tie, a bowtie, or on their own. Don’t try to match the tie exactly.
- A shorter all-weather coat. A water resistant three-quarter length coat in a neutral such as black, tan or gray will work with both a business casual outfit, or a suit, and is convenient to wear during changeable spring weather.
- Nicely fitting jeans. There are so many jeans out there that it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a pair in a good quality dark wash, that fit well. Try Hiltl or AG (Adriano Goldschmeid) if you are having trouble.
- Updated Eyeglasses. Glasses have become a tremendous fashion statement. Find a pair that complements the shape of your face and picks up either your eye or hair color.
Five Spring items for Women:
- Navy Jacket or Blazer. This would normally be on the men’s list, but navy is so big this season that I am recommending it as a starting point for women. Ladies, your navy jacket can be worn with khaki, gray, or white pants, along with jeans, skirts and dresses.
- Longer Skirt. A longer skirt or dress will be a welcome change from pencil skirts, and can be finished off with a jewel neck top and jacket, or a mid-length belted cardigan.
- White or Pastel, Top or Jacket. An easy way to update your spring wardrobe is by adding a pastel top, or white or light colored jacket. Choose lavender, pale blue or light pink, and wear with black, brown or navy for a warm-weather look that still has an edge.
- Comfortable shoes. New lower-heeled shoes can be medium height or flat. Try them in a fresh color, or with interesting details like a laser-cut edge, applique or bow. For office shoes try a two-toned look, and for casual I love the new brightly colored Prada loafers.
- Knit scarf or shawl. Knit scarves in cotton or linen can add a playful edge to a casual outfit. A knit shawl will finish off a sheath dress or short-sleeved top and skirt. Choose a complementary color with edge details or fringe.
You can see there is some overlap with the men’s and women’s wardrobe lists. Guys can certainly choose a navy blazer, colorful loafers, or knit scarf, and ladies, it’s always a good idea to consider #5 for men, and update your eyeglasses.