We get it. Most men would rather watch re-runs of Tintin than go out shopping for a new wardrobe. Thankfully you’re not most men. And you have some desire to look damn good when it comes to pulling a decent outfit together.
A little help can go a long way these days so we’ve taken the liberty to hit up five of Australia’s most respected names in fashion to provide us with their exclusive tips for dressing right this spring.
Listen and learn, you sweaty Magnificent Bastard.
Kim Payne – Stylist & Fashion Director
Kim Payne is one of the country’s foremost authorities in men’s fashion with countless campaigns under her belt as well as being Men’s Style’s Fashion Director.
What’s her exclusive tip for dressing cool this spring? Keep the garments well within the shades of blue.
“This season, the shades of blue hold court yet again from super bright to subtle baby blues. Mix them up tone-on-tone and keep adding denim.”
“This season, the shades of blue hold court yet again from super bright to subtle baby blues. Mix them up tone-on-tone and keep adding denim,” she says. “But make sure those jeans are white!”
White jeans may seem daunting for a lot of men but as we’ve noted before, white pants are actually surprisingly versatile nowadays – they can be dressed up or dressed down, paired with almost any other colour, and worn in all kinds of weather. So be a bit audacious this year and hunt down a nice fitted pair.
Also on the hit list this season are ties which are moving back towards a wider and longer look for a more classic approach to a modern fit.
When it comes to accessories, Payne says that men should be looking at suede loafers sans the socks if they want to score the timeless Italiano look.
Roger Shamoun – Expert Tailor
Suiting is an essential part of every man’s wardrobe and it’s crucial to get this part right in spring if you don’t want to be left dripping in sweat at your next board meeting or date.
Shamoun is the founder and head tailor at Sydney’s Zimma Tailors. He believes that this season’s hottest suiting looks is about bold colours and texture in the ties.
“I’m seeing suits to be more airy and deconstructed. Think seersuckers, mohairs and even silk blends with wools.”
“I’m seeing suits to be more airy and deconstructed. Think seersuckers, mohairs and even silk blends with wools,” he says.
More importantly Shamoun says that suits should be kept dusky and drawn in colour, with nothing too “fandango”. That’s Spanish for complicated for those playing at home. He’s also an advocate of loafers and ankle freezers in the spring footwear department.
Chris Burt-Allan – Australian Fashion Blogger
Local talent Chris Burt-Allan has one hand on the world’s style pulse and the other firmly on Sydney’s fashion scene. This has allowed him to amass a respectable social media following alongside his endless curation of fresh looks.
This spring, Burt-Allan is betting his money on perforation and embellishments.
“Embellishments is my number one pick for spring because it combines technological advancement, craftsmanship and self-expression.”
“This is my number one pick for spring because it combines technological advancement, craftsmanship and the opportunity for self-expression and personalisation,” he says.
In laymen terms, embellishments can mean patches, embroidery, beading or just a cool little hack like adding a keychain or bandana to a look.
“Choose your symbol and choose your item – perhaps ornamental keys on your belt or an octopus on your high-tops.”
As for perforations, this is simply holes on garments made for ventilation – a perfect accompaniment to the warmer seasons.
Heading into the print department, florals continue to remain a great opportunity to showcase a man’s confidence and fashion acumen. Floral print is notoriously versatile and can be worn by just about any man, according to Burt-Allan.
Geometrics will also be a new trend on point for this season. “The fun thing about geometrics is that it’s not a reborn trend – it’s happening for the first time, especially in the 3D or textured format.”
Jeff Lack – Stylist & Author
Australia stylist to the stars and author Jeff Lack has his eyes set on bomber jackets making their cross-seasonal transition into spring. Given the bomber jacket’s massive popularity during Winter, it’s a simple case of trading those up lighter variants during Summer.
“Japanese influence and 70s styling is all back this spring.”
“Look for loud embellishments, embroideries, appliques (smaller fabrics attached to larger fabrics) and prints,” he says. “Japanese influence and 70s styling is all back this spring.”
Lack also predicts that separates will be huge this season in the tailored space, with Spring Carnival looks moving towards a mix-matched tailoring style. Think navy/tan, black/grey or burgundy/white suit combos.
On the accessory front, lapel detailing is moving beyond the realms of convention with ornaments other than flowers making a style move.
“It’s everything from studs and feathers,” says Lack. “Whatever shrapnel you can find on the side of the road, you can stick in your lapel. It’s kind of cool.”
Dalton Graham – Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
Fashion blogger and founder of The Tailored Man Dalton Graham is going against the grain this season and says that men should opt for more softer pastel and Earthy tones this year.
“Pale blues, browns and burgundy are some colours to watch out for and even some to consider when you do your spring wardrobe top up.”
“I think this spring there will be a drift away from the boldness and a refreshing change,” he says. “Pale blues, browns and burgundy are some colours to watch out for and even some to consider when you do your spring wardrobe top up.”
For a more detailed look at what to wear to the Spring Racing Carnival, head here. For everything else in more detail for spring wear, check out our five fashion trends to rock now.