Men’s Spring Wardrobe Updates: 7 Style Essentials
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By Megan Collins | Last Updated: May 3 2021

j.crew liberty camp collar shirt

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, 7 men’s spring wardrobe updates for 2021:

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1. Camp collar shirt

Buck Mason kauai draped twill vintage camp 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.

That’s why we’re glad a camp collar style continues to be cool in 2021.

What to look for: A short-sleeve button-up should be easy to move around in and super-low maintenance. The Buck Mason style above not only looks cool, it’s also crazy-easy to care for.

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2. Drawstring pants

j.crew factory drawstring pants

Why it’s essential: We’re not going to engage in any body shaming or self-hatred around any weight gained during this global pandemic. Nope, we’re just going to say, thank goodness that drawstring pants (and shorts!) are all the rage for Spring 2021.

The streamlined silhouette on the J.Crew Factory trousers above pair well with sneakers, suede desert boots…even sandals (if you dare).

What to look for: A low-maintenance material in a trouser-like cut, for pants that look dressy but will get way more wear in your wardrobe thanks to a coveted machine-washable status.

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3. Birkenstock sandals

birkenstock arizona eva black sandals

Why they’re essential: Look, IYKYK.

Team SG’s actually been on Team Birkenstock since the cold weather months! That’s when we started hyped the brand and its iconic (and newly-relevant-thanks-to-WFH) Boston clog for guys.

What to look for: The one and only Birkenstock sandal. They come in different colors and materials, but the style’s the same. We like the Arizona style above, which comes in at a cool $45 as a gateway sandal.

Leather’s a great choice too, though you’ll spend a little more cash, and spend a little more time breaking them in.

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4. A striped tee

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Why it’s essential: Every guy this spring needs a quality striped tee (long and short-sleeved, preferably) in a stylish slim fit. Since you probably have a white version covered, why not opt for something a little more “Look at me” this spring?

What to look for: When you’re wearing a print or pattern on your shirt, skip any other bells and whistles in favor of a simple crewneck design.

Dress yours up under an unstructured blazer, or down with dark-rinse jeans and sneakers.

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5. Everyday jewelry

Mejuri men's box chain bracelet

Why it’s essential: The smallest accessory just might be the unsung hero of a guy’s springtime wardrobe.

Everyday jewelry—think, a small bracelet, chain, or ring—can help take an outfit up a notch.

What to look for: Opt for understated pieces made of quality materials.

Thankfully, there’s lots of interesting new DTC (direct-to-consumer) retailers offering fine jewelry at surprisingly accessible prices.

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6. A “Fun” Chore Coat

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Why it’s essential: If you’ve already bought in on the chore coat trend, might it be time to have some fun with a second style in a fun color or surprising texture?  

What to look for: A spring hue that makes you feel happy.


If you already have a chore coat in a neutral shade like navy or tan and love its versatility, then why not add to your outerwear repertoire with a light jacket in a sunny yellow or fresh grass-colored suede?

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7. Western-inspired denim shirt

todd snyder denim shirt

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 casual 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: This spring, try swapping out your tried and true gingham and oxford shirts for a structured denim shirt.

We’re calling them Western-inspired, which hopefully makes you not-too-scared that you’ll look like you’re wearing a rodeo costume when wearing one. 

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Ready to reboot? SG can help

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Can’t wait to update your wardrobe but dread the thought of shopping for new clothes? Let Team SG shop for you! You deserve to feel like the best version of the awesome guy you already are; leave the leg work to us.

Ready to seriously improve your closet and your confidence? Give us a shout.