You know the feeling well, you can be anywhere and it can hit you: the first day of spring. Sure there's an almost certain week and a half immediately afterwards that makes you think "well that was short lived" but you know it's here. It happened to me today. I was on my way from one place to the next and smelt cut grass and there were no clouds in the sky. I smiled. I also felt distinctly over dressed and wintery. I was wearing dark colours and a lot of wool and I thought to myself "new season means new clothes". So I began to make a shopping list in my head - the money is no object kind, also known as the best kind - and I thought that I would share with you what I came up with. You see this is in some places blue sky thinking and is in no way meant to be definitive, rather purely inspirational, so please have a look and have a think:
If you're unsure what one of these is then it's one of those shirts with the slightly hidden to one side collar that looks better open than closed. It feels more comfortable that way too. These are going to be everywhere from the high street to high fashion; they'll be in both KFC and Chiltern Firehouse. If there's anything to definitely, 1,000%, absolutely get this spring it's one of these shirts. Like this one from CMMN SWDN available at Oki-ni.
The trend that seemingly never dies at the moment they're come in all shapes and sizes and colours. This one from Agnes B by Jerome Pierre is particularly lovely (as lovely as the man himself - check the interview we did out here). A fashion version of the military classic these are lightweight and comfortable and are often exactly the right balance between warm and too warm in our insipid English pre-summer. This one from Alpha Industries is the real deal.
Trousers have slowly risen in popularity in recent seasons, by which I mean as opposed to jeans rather than nothing on your legs at all, though that would perhaps be nice. No, trousers are the one this season and the cropped variety is surely the thing to have. It's all about getting your ankles out and showing off all of your shoes whether they're Stan Smiths or a naughty Prada number. These ones from WOOYOUNGMI are what to aim for when purchasing yourself a pair.
You won't be able to feel optimistic about the sunshine without a pair of sunnies. Otherwise how would you rue leaving them at home on the day you thought it would be overcast or vice versa when you brought them out (and insisted on wearing them) when the sun is not in sight at all. When you do get it right though it is oh so satisfying! This pair from Our Legacy is available from Oki-Ni now.
The footwear choice of Jesus and until recently poorly dressed dads on holiday everywhere the sandal is having a bit of a renaissance. Whether you're finding some from Suicoke for a few hundred quid or copping a pair of NikeLab ones from Dover Street Market they're an important spring item. Sure you might end up only wearing them for two weeks on holiday in a few months time but they'll be worth it. Bearing that in mind though it may be prudent to go for these Teva ones - classic, versatile and under £50.
Fabric of the season. Get anything you like in this material as long as you have something. Whether it's a bag or shoes (cop out) or something more of a statement like a shirt or a jacket. Anything made from this wonderfully textured material will be ruined in the rain so wear only when dry or when you're staying indoors. Nothing wrong with looking great at home. Have a thought along the lines of this one from Maison Margiela; the tone of the colour is beautiful and the detailing is minimal.
A final entry in this list for those of us that might have to wear formal attire to work. Admittedly this is not myself but hey, there's nothing wrong about thinking about other people. This one in particular from Reiss is very lovely and is tonal enough to keep you looking smart but still summery. It's a fine line and it rides it well. There is also an option for shorts instead of trousers should you be that way inclined.
Whilst we did say that trousers were the thing to have adorning your legs if it must be denim, and for some it simply must, then make it a wider legged pair. It doesn't have to be in blue either. Simply not skinny will do and slim is fine but for the adventurous among you go wide wide and take, for example, this pair of wonderful Edwin regular straight jeans. Sometimes you have to outsource to get results and outsourcing your denim purchase to a Japanese company is a very sensible thing to do.
Ah the roll neck, to some a design classic, to others what James Bond wears but this season a lightweight knit is the thing that will keep it smart casual - work social events, meeting parents, parties you're going to attend that might up your social standing. Pick a darker colour or tan, nothing too mad but the thing is to pick a colour. You may need to trim your beard to fit it in but you will look great. More Steve Zissou than an art critic from a sitcom. This Wood Wood one is Scandinavian and has cool details on the cuff and the neck.
Whilst in the middle of the whole EU in/out Brexit talk that has been swirling around the country you should consider that there are a lot of great things that are made in this country, as well as on mainland Europe of course, and it is well worth paying a little bit extra to support it. There are a few brands that are leading the charge in British manufacturing like E. Tautz, Margaret Howell and Realm & Empire but for this exercise let us look at this jacket from Private White VC. The cotton is woven in Lancashire and the garment is put together and then garment dyed and washed in the brand's Manchester Factory to get those rich tones.