My Top 10 Men’s Spring Essentials
1. Lightweight, Spring Suit
Whether you go with a linen, cotton, seersucker, or lightweight wool suit, these options will make a statement and keep you cool throughout the Spring and Summer months.
2. Linen or Lightweight Blazer
These lightweight blazers are perfect for casual Fridays at work or heading to lunch or dinner with friends. They’re a great way to insert a stylish statement while keeping cool. Linen will wrinkle a bit, but that’s part of its character so embrace it.
3. Gingham Button Up Shirt
I love gingham shirts for the Spring because they can be worn dressed up with a suit or blazer or dressed down on their own or underneath a sweater. I included some great lavender, navy, and light grey gingham options below.
4. Silk Knit Tie
There’s no other brand that I love more than The Tie Bar. The quality, construction, and color/pattern choice can’t be beat by any other brand. Like I’ve always said, they’re not paying me to say this.
5. Polo Shirt
Polo shirts instantly make an outfit look more put together and Spring is the perfect time to start wearing them. I like John Varvatos, but be careful if you’re not in shape or have erect nipples because their silkier shirts will highlight these areas. The fit on Theory and Fred Perry polos is excellent and H&M is my go-to when I’m more price-conscious. You’ll need to replace those roughly every 8 weeks though due to fading.
6. Short Sleeve Button Up Shirt
Not only do short sleeve button-up shirts look stylish, but every man (regardless of age or body type) can wear these. There’s currently so many great options from J.Crew and come March/April, Topman will have an equally great selection.
$480 – Prada Slim Fit Star Print Cotton Poplin Shirt
$128 – Todd Snyder Short Sleeve Floral Print Shirt
$60 – J.Crew Short-Sleeve Shirt in Jungle Print
$60 – J.Crew Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirt in Blue
$60 – J. Crew Short-Sleeve Shirt in Striped Heather Poplin
$55 – TopMan Blue Abstract Print Short Sleeve Casual Shirt
7. Suede Bomber Jacket
I’ve maintained in some of my other videos and articles that you should save your suede for Spring. Well, it’s time to break out those items. I love the options below – you can choose from navy, light grey, and brown suede jackets. The A.P.C. jacket is a BIFL piece and will never go out of style.
8. Penny Loafers
Finally we’re entering ankle season, which means penny loafers can finally be worn. I love Ferragamo’s loafers (I got a pair for my fiance Dorian 2 or 3 years ago) and they’re totally worth the price because they definitely hold up and still look great after years and years of wear.
9. Suede Monkstraps
Suede monkstraps, whether you get a dark brown, grey, or navy pair, can just take an outfit to another level. It’s such a stylish touch to any outfit and can be worn with a suit, chinos, or jeans. Make sure to Scotch Guard them before you wear them for the first time – always gotta protect your suede items!
$698 – Brooks Brothers Navy Suede Double Monk Strap
$398 – Brooks Brothers Suede Double Monk Strap Shoes
$275 – Crosby Square Conley Double Monk Strap Shoe (Espresso and Navy)
$80 – H&M Suede Monkstrap Shoes
Chinos should only be worn in Spring, Summer, and early Fall and that’s it. They’re a great alternative for those days when you don’t feel like wearing jeans and when you want to just feel cool and comfortable.
Jordan’s 10 Men’s Spring Essentials
These as well as other great alternatives were included in my Summer Essentials E-Book. A lot of Jordan’s picks I actually included in that e-book so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already 🙂
2. Linen Suit
Linen, as well as the other lightweight fabrics I also included in my list, is very breathable and will keep you cool during the warmer months. Here are some of my favorite items currently available.
3. Panama Hat / Straw Fedora
Whether you need some extra sun protection or want to look stylish while staying cool, straw hats are super breathable and lightweight. Every year I get J.Crew’s panama hat, but it only lasts the season before it starts to fall apart. I’m currently eyeing Loro Piana, Brooks Brothers and Stetson’s hats because I know I can count on the quality and construction.
$735 – Loro Piana Laurence Straw Panama Hat
$298 – Brooks Brothers Straw Fedora
$287 – Lock and Co Napoli Hat
$105 – Stetson Men’s Centerdent Fine Panama Hat
$65 – J. Crew Paulmann panama hat with striped band
4. Basic Striped T-Shirt
Striped t-shirts are super easy to insert into your current wardrobe. They look great with your suits, blazers, bomber jackets or just on their own.
$90 – Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Striped Cotton T-Shirt
$88 – Todd Snyder Fine Stripe Button Pocket T-Shirt in Maroon
$60 – J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Indigo T-Shirt in Stripe
$45 – J. Crew Garment-Dyted T-Shirt in Microstripe
$35 – TopMan Selected Homme Navy and Off White Stripe T-Shirt
5. Long Sleeve Henley Shirt
I like long sleeve henleys when they’re worn as a layering piece, so underneath a casual button down shirt paired with some dark wash jeans and boots or sneakers. If you’re a slim or wider gentleman, I highly advise against wearing henleys on their own because they emphasize your body size even more (and not in a good way).
6. Denim Jacket
If you’re new to wearing denim jackets, I suggest going with a black or dark grey version because it’ll be a lot easier to wear, especially if you wear jeans a lot because you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a Canadian tuxedo.
7. Lightweight Jacket
On those windy or rainy days, having a lightweight jacket that can combat the elements while looking stylish is always what I strive to find.
$280 – Saturdays Travis Windbreaker (Sage or Clay)
$200 – J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket
$160 – Under Armour Sportswear Meters Panelled Shell Hooded Jacket
$40 – Uniqlo Lightweight Packable Hooded Jacket
8. White Sneakers
I have a whole video and article dedicated to white sneakers because I truly believe every man, regardless of age or body type, should own a pair.
9. Classic Timeless Pair of Sunglasses
Be sure to check out my Sunglasses story for specific options I recommend based on your face shape.
10. NATO Strap
Interchanging your watch straps is an easy way to insert some fun and personality into your outfit.
Here’s a great place for straps that I love – these are my favorite for Spring:
$8 – Navy Perlon Nato Strap
$8 – Navy and Grey Nato Strap
$8 – Dark Brown Perlon Strap
$8 – Grey Perlon Strap
$9 – Black, Red, And Green “JAMES BOND” PVD Nato Strap
As far as watches go, see my Watch article/video.
I was so excited to find a lightweight snorkel jacket that fit the bill perfectly. A snorkel jacket is basically a parka. It’s a 3/4 length jacket hitting mid-thigh and has a drawstring hood that can tighten so your entire face is covered except a small breathing hole, hence the name snorkel. A lightweight jacket, like the one in the image, will also take you through Spring and is easy to layer under.
In the image, the jacket is layered over a striped long sleeve shirt, but you can also wear a grey, navy, or burgundy sweatshirt or crewneck sweater.
$168 – Todd Snyder Italian Silk-Cotton Striped Sweater
$95 – Vince Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt
$60 – J. Crew Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt in Heavyweight Jersey
$35 – TopMan Selected Homme Navy and White Stripe Long Sleeve T-Shirt
A suede jacket is perfect for Spring and Summer and will look great on every guy, regardless of age or body type. But if you’re not into suede, or like other styles, look no further than the Harrington jacket or a wool bomber jacket.
The plaid shirt underneath the grey sweater can be switched out for your classic white or blue oxfords or other fun colors or patterns like navy and/or green plaid or gingham.
$188 – J. Crew Albiate 1830 Ludlow shirt in red plaid
$139 – Steve Alan Masters Shirt
$92 – Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Milano Fit Mini-Madras Sport Shirt
$85 – TopMan SELECTED HOMME Navy And Grey Check Button Down Shirt
On warmer days, you can ditch the crewneck sweater and just wear a collared shirt.
$298 – Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece 3-D Knit Fine-Gauge Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
$158 – J.Crew Lightweight Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater (in heather dove)
$40 – TopMan Grey Ripple Textured Raglan Slim Fit Sweater
As for chinos, Spring and Summer is when you pull these bad boys out or you can swap them for a pair of dark wash jeans as well.
2. Prompt & Punctual
Has good manners (i.e. holds door open for a woman, knows to not eat before a woman, polite to others). You’d be surprised how uncommon a well-mannered man is.
4. Smiles a Lot
This indicates a man is friendly.
5. Good sense of humor
6. Maintain a nice conversation
7. Good Listener
A man who has his finances in order and keeps good relationships with family and/or friends.
Being confident in yourself and everything you do is a huge turn on for women. This can make up for lacking in the good looks department.
10. Constant Learner
11. Takes Care of Himself
i.e. grooming, healthy lifestyle habits, being well-dressed.
12. Ambitious & Passionate
In all that you do, including your career.
1. Gaudy Rings & Pinky Rings
2. Too Much Cologne
3. Socks with Sandals
4. Sandals In General
5. Shorts That Go Past Your Knees
6. Old dirty shoes
7. Cartoon printed boxers
8. T-Shirts with Brand Logos
9. Baggy, Ill-Fitting Clothing
10. Tank Tops
11. Skinny Jeans
12. Pointy & Square-Toed Shoes
13. Deep V-Neck T-Shirts
14. Big, Square, or Monogrammed Belt Buckles
15. Leather Bracelets
16. Elongated Shirts
17. Soul Patch
19. Earrings and Facial Rings
20. Short-Sleeve Sweaters
21. Dress Shoes with Tennis Shoe Soles
So I polled all my female friends and came up with an actual list of 6 signs a woman will give when she’s truly into you.
1. Plays with her hair
This is a flirtation tactic women love to use. Most times it’s out of nervousness, which is a great sign. Women don’t get nervous around people they’re not interested in.
2. Finds an excuse to touch you
The touch is everything! This instantly means she likes you.
3. Laughs a lot
Whether it’s at a joke or just throughout the conversation.
4. Smiles throughout conversation
This shows that she’s engaged and having a great time.
5. Answers texts promptly
Again, this shows she’s engaged and digging you.
6. Makes time for you
Regardless of whether she’s busy or not, if she still finds time to fit you in and make plans – she definitely likes you.
1. New Pompadour
It’s a modern take on the classic Pompadour (make this a link to a classic pompadour pic) but there’s still going to be that signature volume on top. I find this hairstyle very sexy, especially when the hair’s finger-combed back so that it looks a little “piecey” and not so perfect – every woman will want to run her hands through your hair.
Characteristics of the New Pompadour
- When the cut is tight and tapered on the sides, but longer and textured on the top.
- The top will be either swept back, like the James Dean picture below OR back and to the side, like the Justin Timberlake picture. You’ll maintain this direction and high volume on top with a blow dryer and some wax or pomade.
2. Freeman’s Cut (Undercut)
When I see this hairstyle on a man, I instantly think he must be a badass and could give two shits. This haircut isn’t for someone who wants to blend in, so it’s actually a really easy way to fake being cool, or add a dimension of personality that women will be attracted to.
Characteristics of the Freeman
- When the hair is cut really short (using a 1 or 2 on your clippers) or shaved on the sides and back of your head, but left about 2-4 inches longer on top.
- The top of your hair is going to be swept straight back. The styling is really quick and easy.
3. The Crew Cut
This haircut is also known as the “Ivy League Cut.” It always looks great and is super low maintenance, so it’s a favorite of a lot of men, and I don’t blame them.
Characteristics of a Crew Cut
- Tight on the sides with a natural fade of the sideburns and back of the head. The top will be a little bit longer and even length across the whole top of the head.
- In terms of styling, there’s really not much to do except brushing the top front area up.
4. The Quiff
- There’s lots of different variations of the quiff, from short to longer versions, and a cleaner, more controlled styling to a messier, tousled look. This is another haircut that makes me want to run my hands through your hair. I love when it’s styled a little messy because it looks really sexy, masculine and cool.
Characteristics of the Quiff
- When the top of your hair is on the longer side and the sides and back can vary in length but it should always be kept shorter than the top so there’s a definitive contrast.
- This kind of haircut will work perfectly on men who have naturally curly or wavy hair.
- To achieve the volume on top you’ll want to blow dry the top of your hair and then add some styling product to push the hair back and to the side.
5. Classic Businessman
Also known as the Don Draper haircut from Mad Men, it’s a classic taper haircut with a side part hairstyle. I love this timeless and formal hairstyle which looks great in all settings.
Characteristics of the Businessman
- The top is left up to 2 inches long and the sides and back are tapered with scissors or hair clippers.
- To get the hairstyle, take your hair product of choice and run it through your hair while it’s still damp. Take your comb and create your side part. Then create a small wave on the front of your hair by combing your bangs up and back towards either side. Comb back the sides of your hair.
- If you want a little messier than use your fingers as a comb when pushing the top of your hair to the back towards the either side.
- If you want a wet finish, use a pomade with a bit of shine to it.
Stop saying ‘Maybe’
Whenever you’re making appointments, don’t say, “Do you maybe want to grab drinks or dinner?” Instead, take charge and be more direct – “Let’s grab drinks!”
Witty and Sarcastic Humor
Even if the humor is a little mean-spirited, but not directed towards us, we’ll find you more attractive due to your sharp wit.
Roll up your sleeves
If you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt, I’m talking about literally rolling up your sleeves in front of us. Our eyes will instantly go to your forearm which we find very sexy.
Good w/ kids & elderly
Women are always going to find this attractive because it’s show us what kind of partner and family man you’ll be in the future.
Not always available
It’s good to be available, but just don’t be so available. We respect a man who has a busy schedule and isn’t always free to hang out at the drop of the hat.
Not ashamed of hobbies
Women find it very endearing when a man gets really excited about a quirky hobby or similar things that you wouldn’t have guessed by looking at him. Just don’t go over the line with something creepy like, My Little Pony.