The best of men’s fashion

With so many trends on the runway, it can be difficult to pick and choose which ones to go after this spring, especially for the men out there. So to make that job a little bit easier for the men, you’ll find top trends and how to wear them in this post. That way, more spring and summer days will be spent relaxing rather than stressing about what to wear.

Trend #1: Bright & Classy

Photo taken and illustrated by Leila Durmaz

The brand we’ve known since our childhood days, Gap, has grown up with us from those colorful sweatshirts with “G A P” boldly placed across the front to the perfectly classic look. The brand is always on top of trends and always classy, so what better way to introduce men’s fashion that someone who works with the iconic brand.

San Luis Obispo Gap sales associate, Daniel, gave me some insight into what all men should have in their closet this spring:

“Definitely a plaid button down shirt in a bright color, because it blends in with the spring atmosphere and it’s classy.”

Although he’s “not really a fan of the bright colors,” a plaid button down shirt can add a subtle pop of color that is wearable for any guy.

Cal Poly freshman David Jang wearing a subtly bright plaid button-down. Choose colorful button-downs and pair with khakis or jeans.

Callie Gisler, a writer for CollegeFashion and the author of her own blog, Coffee and Cardigans, agrees with Daniel on a button-down being a staple item for men this spring, especially for men in college.

“There is nothing I love more on a guy than a classic button-down with jeans for a casual look. It might not be a fashion breakthrough, but it’s a classic staple that never loses it’s appeal.”

Don’t really know how to work a button-down without looking too dressy? Gisler advises you to:

“Roll up the sleeves, leave the top button undone, and you won’t need to worry about being mistook for a stuffy overachiever.”

From the Perry Ellis Runway. A clean button-up with shorts - a perfect, comfortable outfit for spring/summer. Photo via GQ.com

Trend #2: Ocean Blues

What else do think of during spring and summer besides flowers? The ocean. Ocean blues made their way into the Spring 2012 runways and they’re making a splash.
University of Nevada, Reno freshman Kevin Cleary loves spring.
“I like being able to wear short and a nice tee with a light jacket. I especially love wearing blue.”

This outfit from the J.Crew runway is another great outfit for warm days. The blue light jacket adds to the outfit. Photo via GQ.com

Blues are easy to incorporate into an outfit because it’s such a simple and widely worn color. But for spring, try to stick with blues that make you think of the ocean; bright, pastel, and watercolor blues are perfect.

If you’re looking for:

If you’re shopping locally in San Luis Obispo, it can be difficult to find decent places to shop for men. So here’s a map of a few key places you should check out in SLO:

Happy spring shopping!

XO, Leila

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