What’s on the style spectrum this spring? It depends largely on who you ask. The runway results were nothing if not inspiring: bold, colorful, and adventure were the overarching themes of the day. It also emerged that the modern man is more than just fearless—he’s versatile, with more than just a smart sensibility that dictates his 9-to-5 and after-hours preferences. There’s a mix here. There’s sensuality blended with rugged authority. There’s heart and soul, and a little rock and roll.
That all leads to one very clear point: You shouldn’t be surprised by the surprises—because it’s precisely the vastness of options and the sheer wearability of them all that makes it one of the most exciting seasons yet. What to wear to welcome the first spring of the new decade? Here are a few looks to watch.
No longer are blazers relegated to the formal occasions in your life. The newest interpretations take their cue from the 1980s, when larger proportions were the norm. To bring these to life in the modern world takes very little effort. Throw one on over a pair of jeans and a button-down top for a crisp take on low-key polish, or try them with slim-fit trousers for a balanced look. Experiment with the collarless loose blazer from Maison Margiela (above) or the Theory Clinton Culver knit blazer to bring your look to life.
As ferocious as ever, the leopard print continues to reign. The fierce pattern prowled the Versace and Dolce & Gabbana catwalks, marking their territory in wildly imaginative ways. There were baggy jackets, crisp shirts, and animal-print ombré pants that made an immediate statement. If nothing else, it proves the print’s shocking versatility. It’s just as fitting on a pair of Fred Perry flocked leopard track pants (above) as it is on this Ovadia polo shirt.
The humble tunic will forever be associated with casual wear—and beach life, too. But the elongated top has deeper roots that go back centuries. It was standard garb in ancient Rome—a garment so versatile and comfortable that it blurred gender lines and emerged a favorite of both men and women. Today, designers have given it the all-important twist and brought new flavor to an already fresh piece. These interpretations are looser, cut thoughtfully leaner, and even better for helping you settle into that low-key look you crave during off-duty moments. Two to try: COS oversized cotton tunic (above) and the JW Anderson logo grid tunic.
We aren’t talking about the casual Breton stripes you see every year—although we’ll never say no to that old favorite. But the sharp suits that wowed on the runways were at once polished and laid-back, making them perfect for occasions both reserved and informal. In other words, you don’t need to work in an office to make the striped suit an integral part of your life. You could easily make this Lockstock Ascot striped suit (above) a key part of your off-duty routine.
Bottom line: Sometimes you need a better place to put your things than your back pocket. Spotted on celebrities and runways the world over, the crossbody bag has become the insta-fave of many—and for such good reason. They’re more than just practical. In the right hue and style, they can elevate your look dramatically and take something basic into a decidedly more fashion-focused direction. Keep it laid-back and sporty-cool with this take from Giorgio Armani ($825) slung over your body, or, for a burst of branded color, sling on this Givenchy 4G logo belt bag (above).
It’s easy to get lost in the rainbow of colors, especially when you’re craving something neutral. The spring runways showed its easy to tap into your staid side without sacrificing your innate sense of style, as models at Fendi and Jacquemus rocked decidedly earthier looks that held a certain grounded appeal. The Polo Ralph Lauren colorblock sportcoat offers a throw-it-on-and-go charm that’s irresistible when you’re just running out the door with little time to consider your sartorial choices for the day—and fortunately it’s pulled together enough to do all of the heavy lifting for you. These Stone Island cotton cargo pants also handle the look with ease and look right at home with everything from baggy coats to loose-fit tees.