When you come out of hibernation, there will be plenty of shopping to do for spring. A change of seasons calls for a fresh start to update tried-and-true basics that are sometimes more "tired" than new. Here's a shopping list of fresh fashion items to try for warmer days ahead:
— Short shorts. Think back to the '80s and the shorts that showed up on the tennis courts and the city streets. Then came the long and longer board shorts. So, of course, in fashion's repetitive cycle, the shorter shorts are back. You determine how short ... a trend many guys may want to skip this spring!
— Utility vests. Who doesn't like pockets and more pockets? These military-inspired vests and other jackets may become a favorite new basic in your wardrobe. With all the tech devices we carry around daily, this is one fashion trend that makes sense.
— Double-breasted sport coats. With tailoring making a comeback, the double-breasted jacket can give suits and trousers a debonair twist. In slightly oversized silhouettes, the double-breasted jacket is something to think about adding to your closet of classic staples. And you can decide whether to bare your chest under a suit jacket ... another new trend many may want to pass on.
— Leather anything. This is one trend you can start wearing now! Leather biker jackets, leather vests, leather trousers ... wear them separately or all together from head to toe. Embossed leather in snakeskin prints is also trending. This is the way to take your wardrobe into the rock star category — or at least give traditional clothing more of a stage presence.
— The patterned shirt. If you've been a stripes and checks kind of guy for the past few years, it may be time to give that up for a shirt with an artistic vibe. Think graphic patterns in colorful prints that will make your stonewashed jeans, leather pants or even suits come alive.
— The trench coat. This is your new overcoat for spring. In slightly slouchy shapes, the trench coat, especially in earthy tan or sage green colors, will be a go-to for years to come. The trench is easy to dress up or down with casual denim or more tailored pieces.
— Retro add-ons. What's old is new again: tie-dye prints, Day-Glo neons and lots of updates on the '90s grunge trend. Neoprene shines in patent pants, and chunky dad sneakers and white socks are still going strong.
— More accessory add-ons. Don't forget all the new extras! Accessories are the easiest way to update your favorite basics. From bucket hats to cycling sunglasses to "necklace" bags, cowboy boots and hiking sandals, these fashion signs all lead the way to sunny days ahead. Start your browsing now.
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