5 Best Budget-Friendly Spring Essentials

Finding the right budget-friendly Spring essentials is all about choosing the right affordable brands and focusing on the right accessories you can add to your outfit to really elevate your look and supplement your Essential Wardrobe.

Here are our picks for the 5 Best Budget-Friendly Spring Essentials for 2019!

 

  

1. Polo Shirts

We’ve always been huge fans H&M polos, the fit is great and they offer awesome bang for the buck. Get a range of basic colors (navy, black, grey, light grey) and wear them until Fall.

Picks:

Polos

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Alternative 2

 

2. Braided Leather Belt

A low-key way to mix up your belt style without doing anything crazy. These belts are best for casual looks and we recommend options in dark brown, light brown, or black.

Picks:

Belt 1

Belt 2

Belt 3

3. Silk Knit Ties

An easy, affordable way to mix up your tie routine. Silk knit ties add texture and a bit of casual flair that’s perfect for spring occasions (weddings/parties) or the office.

Picks:

My Favorite Knit Ties

Alternative Knit Ties

 

4. Chino Pants

Obviously, we love chino pants for Spring and Uniqlo chinos are the cream of the crop for budget-friendly options.  The fit and price are excellent and they even offer in-store hemming for free.  They come in slim and straight fits.

Picks:

My Favorite Budget-Friendly Chinos

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5. Canvas Sneakers

A classic casual sneaker option that’s both stylish and affordable.  Solid colors like white and navy are super versatile but don’t be afraid to mix it up with a fun checkerboard pattern or some color.

Picks:

Sneakers 1

Sneakers 2

Sneakers 3

Sneakers 4

Sneakers 5

The Best Men’s Lightweight Jackets For Spring 2019

Even though winter is over the temperatures in Spring can vary greatly.  So, that means having the right kinds of versatile, lightweight layers in your rotation.  Here are our picks for the Best Lightweight Jackets for Spring 2019!

We listed all of our favorite styles down below, check ’em out!

 

  

Lightweight Blazer

Super versatile and goes with pretty much everything, a lightweight blazer in cotton or a cotton/linen blend is the perfect way to dress up casual and business casual in different ways. Neutral colors like navy and grey match easily but you can also go for one in earth tones like olive or tan. Plus, these jackets transition into summer easily as well.

Picks:

Canali

LBM

Brooks Brothers

Banana Republic

J.Crew

  

Lightweight Bomber

Obviously, we’re huge fans of bomber jackets, they’re flattering for every body type and an absolute must-have for Spring. Look for one in a cotton blend or unlined nylon.  If you’re not risking rain, we recommend a light suede version as well.

Picks:

Paul Smith

Everlane

Gap

J.Crew

H&M

Suede:

Valstar

AllSaints

ASOS

 

Nylon Jacket

Look for a zip-up style that’s a bit sporty (anorak/tech style), Harrington style, or a bomber style. It works well with all types of casual looks and also is great for unexpected spring rain/weather.

Picks:

Patagonia

Hill City

Everlane

Uniqlo

H&M

Should You Wear A Polo Shirt Under A Sweater?

It’s officially polo shirt weather but you’re probably still needing a layer here and there. In this week’s edition of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re going over a few rules when it comes to layering a sweater with a polo shirt. Here’s how to do it right.

Layering Tips

  1. Skip the polo under a sweater
    Wear a button up dress shirt or an oxford underneath a sweater, a polo shirt shouldn’t be worn over a sweater as the collar of the shirt doesn’t have enough structure. This goes for all types of sweaters – crewneck, v-neck, and shawl collar sweaters.
  2.  Wear a blazer, bomber, or Harrington instead
    If you do want to add a layer over a polo shirt, try a bomber jacket or Harrington jacket instead, they are better suited to the style of a polo shirt.  A blazer can be worn over a polo but we recommend sticking to a polo that has a neat, structured collar and stays put underneath your jacket.

 

 

5 Men’s Spring Style Essentials For 2019

Spring is here and it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe. Depending on where you live in the country it could still be cool or already getting warm. That means versatile items that layer well to keep you warm or make it simple to dress sharply when it’s warm out.  Don’t forget to check out all of our picks below!

5. Chambray Shirt

One of my favorite essential pieces, its rugged look is perfect for the transitional wardrobe. Wear on its own with chinos or layer it under a sweater or a bomber jacket.

Picks:

Zegna

Saturdays NYC

Amazon Goodthreads

J.Crew

4. Leather Chukka Boot

The perfect versatile boot for your casual and dressy wardrobe.  I recommend dark brown leather (as opposed to suede) for versatility and protection against any spring rain.

Picks:

Clarks

Budget-Friendly Clarks

Johnston Murphy

Allen Edmonds

3. Lightweight Jacket – Denim or Nylon/Cotton Bomber

Temperatures can be unpredictable in Spring so a versatile, lightweight outer layer is just what you need.  These jackets work just as well with a button up as they do with a t-shirt.

Picks:

Levis

J. Crew 1

Topman

APC

Gap

J.Crew 2

Bonobos

Paul Smith

2. Sweatshirt

A baggy hoodie is not what we’re talking about, we mean a well-fitting crewneck sweatshirt. It looks great casually with chinos and denim and is a great alternative to a sweater.

Picks:

J.Crew

Everlane

Todd Snyder

Rag & Bone

1. Chinos

Your go-to pants for Spring, they’re super comfortable and durable. There are versions at every budget and come in stretch and non-stretch varieties these days.  Go with basic colors like khaki, navy, grey, and olive for maximum versatility.  For more tips, check out our full chino rundown.

Picks:

Rag & Bone Fit 2

Bonobos

Uniqlo

J.Crew

Gap 

What To Wear To An Interview [2 Minute Tuesday]

You all know how important it is to look great at a job interview but you also want to be dressed appropriately. So, in this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re addressing a question from our viewer Joe about What To Wear To An Interview.

Extra special thanks to our friends at The Tie Bar for sponsoring this video! Don’t forget to check out all our outfit picks for each type of interview below.

As an overall rule, keep things simple and understated.  You don’t want to stand out in a negative/showy way.

Formal – Banking, Law, Medicine

The most conservative look, you definitely want to stick to a charcoal or navy solid suit, white shirt, and simple navy, grey, or brown tie. Understated is the move here.

Outfit Picks:

Charcoal Suit

Navy Suit

Shirt 1

Shirt 2

Tie 1

Tie 2

Semi-Formal – Sales, Standard Office

Wear a suit but you don’t need to go as conservative. Stick with a solid suit but mix up the shirt and tie a bit with some pattern – try a polka dot tie, for a little bit more personality.

Outfit Picks:

Charcoal Suit

Navy Suit

Shirt 1

Shirt 2

Shirt 3

Tie 1

Tie 2

Tie Bar

Casual – Startup, Creative

Potentially the most confusing type of interview to dress for, it can be tough to figure out how casual to go. You want to dress up but not too much, you don’t want to seem stuffy. It’s better to be slightly overdressed than totally underdressed. Try a bomber or a blazer with denim or chinos. You can wear a tie, but it’s not necessary.

Outfit Picks:

Dress Shirt

Bomber

Blazer

Tie

Sneakers

Jeans

Shop everything from The Tie Bar right here:

The Tie Bar Shirts

The Tie Bar Ties

Weight Loss Style Tips [2 Minute Tuesday]

On this week’s 2 Minute Tuesday, we answer a viewer question from Luis about how to handle wardrobe challenges when you’re on the road to significant weight loss. 

Thanks to Luis for the question! If you’ve got a question for us, make sure to drop it in the video comments section!

Style Tips For Weight Loss

  1. Look at wardrobe upgrades as a reward for your hard work.
  2. A always, getting the proper fit is key so make sure to check out our Fit Guide.
  3. Streamline your wardrobe.  Keep things simple and affordable with our Essential Wardrobe.
  4. Invest once you’ve reached your stable weight.

Style Tips For Men Over 50 – Things To Avoid [2 Minute Tuesday]

You’re an elder statesman now, it’s time to start looking like one. – Classy, poised, confident.  Basically, you need to dress your age, but what that means is probably not what you’re thinking.  In addition to cultivating a timeless Essential Wardrobe, here are some things to look out for and avoid as you cultivate your style as an older gentleman.

 

Things To Avoid:

  1. Anything with logos unless it’s a sports team at a sporting event or a band tee at a concert
  2. Excessive jewelry or cologne
  3. Anything distressed
  4. The classic white or grey old man, bulky sneakers (New Balances, Nikes). There’s way better-looking options that are just as comfy
  5. Anything loose or baggy. Fit is key, so check out our Fit Guide!
  6. Anything that fits too tight. Clothes should hug your body, not strangle it.
  7. Sandals of all kinds unless you’re swimming or by a body of water.
  8. Leather jackets – biker, cafe racer – it’s way too mid-life crisis. Always opt for a classic suede bomber.

Greats vs Koio vs Common Projects – Which is Best?

We’ve talked about how important white sneakers are to your casual wardrobe.  In our latest video, we compared 3 of our favorite white sneakers, Greats, Koio, and Common Projects, to find out which ones we liked best.  They all have their pros and cons so tune in to the video to see which ones we liked best! Don’t forget to check out the special offer below from our friends at Koio.

Common Projects

Pros:

  • Clean, minimal design
  • High-quality leather

Cons:

  • High price

Koio

(Use code ASHLEY at checkout for a free pair of shoe trees with purchase!)

Pros:

  • Clean, minimal design
  • High-quality leather
  • Suede accent adds a unique touch
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Moderately high price

Greats

  • Classic design
  • Lowest price

Cons:

  • Poor value
  • Comfort / inside seam issues