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Men's Spring Wardrobe Updates: 7 Style Essentials for Guys This Spring

Look your best this season with a few key purchases

Our Spring Style Guide is presented in partnership with Uniqlo USA, dedicated to creating clothing that never stops evolving because your life never stops changing. Simple apparel with a not-so-simple purpose: to make your life better.

Updating your wardrobe for a new season doesn’t need to be a dramatic—or expensive—affair. Save the all-day shopping sprees for your next movie montage moment (or when you’re moving somewhere with a totally new climate, or starting a job with a dress code drastically different from your current gig).

Think of these style glow up’s like the toppings on a salad. With just a few changes, you get a totally different meal. One day? Sun-dried tomatoes and feta! The next? Goat cheese and cranberries. Mmm…okay, this might not be the right metaphor, but it’s definitely time for lunch.

Below, the seven men’s spring wardrobe updates you need in 2018:

1. “Fun” short-sleeve button-up shirt

Why it’s essential: Everyone at SG HQ loves a man in a short-sleeve button-up. Thankfully, spring is the perfect time to find a never-ending assortment in different colors, prints, and patterns.

What to look for: A short-sleeve button-up should be easy to move around in and super-low maintenance. This Uniqlo style not only looks good, it’s also wrinkle-resistant with quick-drying technology for crazy-easy care.

2. Retro sneakers

Why they’re essential: This season, we’re all about a retro sneaker. Yes, every guy needs a classic white sneak for his repertoire, but so long as you’ve got that covered, it’s time to have a little #throwback fun with your footwear.

What to look for: Catchy colors, designs that scream #tbt, and a style that speaks to you.

3. White crewneck t-shirt

Why it’s essential: Every guy needs a quality white crewneck tee in a stylish slim fit. 100% Supima cotton takes it from basic to “basically never taking it off.”

What to look for: Skip the bells and whistles in favor of a simple crew neck design for a wardrobe staple that’s extra versatile. Dress yours up under an unstructured blazer, or down with jeans and sneakers.

4. Unstructured blazer

Why it’s essential: An unstructured blazer in jersey knit might just be the unsung hero of a guy’s springtime wardrobe. It’s adaptable to nearly any occasion, from date night to a long day of travel. Think of it as the dressed-up version of a hoodie sweatshirt, and just as comfortable, we swear.

What to look for: You want something that’s soft, light, and wrinkle-resistant. Uniqlo’s comfort jacket has a form-fitting cut, with a lower sleeve cap, narrow lapels, and less-visible stitching for a look that’s both stylish and modern.

5. Ankle-length dress pants

Why it’s essential: This spring, ladies want to see some skin…we’re talking about your ankles, of course. The clean, ankle-length silhouette on these wool-like trousers pairs well with sneakers, leather dress shoes…even sandals (if you dare).

What to look for: A low-maintenance material with the premium feel of wool, for pants that look dressy but will get way more wear in your wardrobe thanks to a coveted machine-washable status.

6. “Don’t Think Twice About It” dress shirts  

Why they’re essential: Like the contents of your medicine cabinet, it’s a good idea to do a full sweep of your workwear wardrobe at least every few seasons. Especially dress shirts. Not sure what to toss? Target those shirts with fraying collars, yellow armpits, and bodies that billow (or are too tight). Sorry, but they gotta go.

What to look for: You can bring in new colors and patterns into the rotation, or keep things simple with traditional workwear hues. Hey, if it ain’t broke…

7. Anything linen

Why it’s essential: Okay, yes, this one’s a little…shall we say, broad, but there’s freedom in choices! Whether you decide to snatch up a long- or short-sleeve linen shirt, or linen pants or shorts this spring, you’ll be well on your way to Breezyville USA, population: you.

What to look for: The most comfortable linen comes with a pre-washed feel for a truly luxe linen-wearing experience.

 

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