SBM is excited to announce our partnership with talented Mr. Christian Law, also known as @FreshChrisLaw. We’re looking forward to Chris bringing his sartorial expertise to the site with weekly posts keeping us abreast of all the latest happenings in men’s (and maybe sometimes women’s) fashion. To learn more about him, check out his bio below, visit his awesome site and follow him on twitter.
What’s going on good folks of SBM. I too am excited about this partnership. I’ve been a long time reader of the site and am excited about the opportunity to present the black male perspective on fashion and accessories. My goal is to help SBM’s readers develop their own sense of style by incorporating the classic, classy fashion sense our men have traditionally displayed with the latest and greatest trends straight from the fashion week runways.
Today, I want to talk about spring and summer fashion. Here are a few things I think we should all be aware of as April showers shift to May flowers and we rejuvenate our wardrobes for this warmer weather.
Everyday Color Blocking
The last couple seasons we’ve seen the popularity of color blocking has increased exponentially. While you may not be ready for a neon green pant, red shirt and orange jacket, it doesn’t mean that you have to rule out the trend altogether. There are some subtle ways to create this trend in your wardrobe. By adding a pop of color like a fire engine red in your outerwear or in your footwear, you’ll slowly be adding color blocks in to your everyday.
Adding print to your collection is a much-needed addition to your wardrobe. Whether its plaid, tribal prints, or Baja Navajo, prints are very important and necessary for the spring. For example, you can rock a plaid shirt with a mismatch tie, or a plaid blazer with a printed pocket square. Get creative and push your own envelope.
All Blue Everything
Blue is becoming such a important and popular color … and not just because of Blue Ivy’s birth, but instead due to what’s been trending from fashion week. Whether it’s a blazer, a tie or pair of socks, garments in variations of blue: like cobalt or navy are the greatest way for you to start your spring collection correct.
Whether it’s a blazer for going out on the weekend, a suit for your job interview or a casual suiting look for a summer wedding, your suit jacket should always be tailored to your frame. Women love a man in a suit, but all fitted suit results in ill fate. Pay the extra set of dollars and get your blazer tailored.
The blazer is key staple in any men’s wardrobe. I’m not talking about the suit jacket from the suit you bought for a wedding 3 years ago and never wear. I’m not talking about the denim blazer you inexplicably still have from a clearance rack from Sean John. I’m talking about a power blazer, the kind of blazer you can rock with khakis and jeans. The blazer should fit you well (see previous statement) and should vary in color, print and style. Double-breasted blazers are a great addition as well. You can rock it buttoned up with a colored pant or unbutton with a t-shirt and jeans.
You’ll happy to know that the skinny pant is on its way to leaving. Sure, there are some slim fit pants still lurking here and there, but the ultra skinny is officially on its way out. What you will need for this spring is variety. Check out some options and find out where in pant city, you will live.
A: Colored Pants
One the more important and worthwhile trends in current men’s fashion are colored pants. The degree to which you colorize your pant collection go is ALL based on your comfort. Whether you rock an alpha khaki from Dockers which is relaxed and slim through the leg, a pair of colored jeans from GAP or a white chino pant from Club Monaco, a colored pant takes a regular outfit and gives it a bit of extra freshness.
B: The Return of the Cargo
Cargo Pants have made a return to men’s wardrobe. No longer just for the grungy mall kid, the cargo pant has been slightly updated. The pockets have been moved up and the leg fits a bit slimmer and true to form. Add a pair of these and pair with a rugby styled shirt or a crispy white v-neck tee or button down for a perfect, casual summer look.
Best Foot Forward
Generally, men’s shoes have remained consistent. Check out some the additions necessary for your collection this spring.
A) Suede Bucks:
Suede bucks are a must add to your collection. In addition to being affordable, comfortable and available in wide amount of color ways, the shoes are great way to transition your look from day to night.
B) Boat Shoes:
Boat shoes are often refered to as topsiders or deck shoes are such a staple in menswear. Again, available in array of colors and price points, the boat shoe is a necessary item to have in your collection. Whether it’s a rooftop party with friends, or a weekend at Martha’s vineyard, ditch the Adidas sandals with socks and don’t be afraid to rock the boat … shoe.
There’s a bit of bragging that goes on with footwear. Your feet are probably the place you will spend the most money on. Spring allows to you show off what’s on your feet. Monk strap shoes are a fresh way to get dressed up. While they maybe a little more expensive the laceups you currently have, they are investment piece worth getting. Drivers or loafers are also great for the spring. Get creative bychoosing a pair in a bright color or cool print. Either way, they always say you can tell by the shoes … this is especially true for the spring.
So there you have it folks. My first post on SBM. Going forward I’ll do my best to keep you all fresh. Feel free to email me any questions you might have. I’d like for this to be an interactive section where we can discuss any sort of thoughts you might have on how, when, and where to wear certain items. Hit me up and let’s get the conversation started.