The essential item to invest in this spring is a light blazer. Choose one that can be layered with thicker items on colder days, or worn with a shirt or T-shirt when it’s warmer and dressed up or down as required. Here are three ways to wear the ultimate spring investment. So pack up your dense winter coats, stick your cashmere in the deep freeze (seriously; it stops moths ravaging it) and stow away your hiking boots. These are the spring style tips you need to step forward into next season.
1 Spots (above)
Patterns are big news, and spots — easier to wear than paisley and more interesting than stripes — are the best way to wear the trend. Keep them small and sparse for a smarter look, or larger and high-contrast to make a statement. This jacket, from the new Jigsaw Man collection, works well with chinos and a button-down shirt.
(Navy/white cotton polka dot jacket, £380, by Jigsaw. Navy cotton V-neck jumper, £150, by Thomas Pink. Red cotton shirt, £145, by Paul Smith. Beige cotton trousers, £100, by Dodd Clothing. Tan leather brogues, £175, by Grenson. Purple socks, £20, by Bresciani)
The puckered cotton fabric is redolent of summers spent chowing down on fried chicken and corn cobs in the Deep South, but these days it’s more of a preppy statement than anything. Wear your unlined seersucker blazer in shades of pale blue or mauve, teamed with a soft knitted polo shirt. Shorts can work well here or, alternatively, team with selvedge jeans.
(Navy wool polo shirt, £135, by Sunspel. Burgundy and white seersucker jacket, £399, by Boss Black. Sunglasses, £119, by Police. Navy denim jeans, £225, by Red Seal by Replay. Tan leather loafers, £800, by Berluti)
3 Bright blue
It would be far fetched to suggest blue is a new trend - one member of the Esquire staff has been wearing exclusively navy for years - but the bold bright blues on this season’s catwalks are fresh and vibrant. Keep the colour block, the style simple and wear with other solid, slightly more muted tones.
(Turquoise linen shirt, £85, by Tommy Hilfiger. Blue silk jacket, price upon request, by Brioni. Tan leather holdall, £675, by Dunhill. Beige cotton chinos, £89, by Reiss. Blue leather lace up shoes, £375, by Z Zegna)
Photography by Studio 33