Finally some warmer weather here in Central New York has me thinking more about spring and summer, cookouts, drinks on the deck, breaking out the bike and….men’s fashion? Yes, men’s fashion. I typically struggle this time of year as I wrestle with whether or not to stock the closet with warm weather gear, store the cold weather outfits and permanently retire outdated styles from both seasons.
So what to wear for spring and summer 2014. Do we grab what we see on the mannequin or thoughtfully plan out our look for the season? Option A is easy and hit-or-miss at best. It requires you to trust that the store buyer is up on modern trend. Option B requires research. Have no fear though because I have scoured the interwebs for themes on men’s fashion trends for spring/summer 2014 and I, out of extreme generosity, will share them with you here.
The key for us hominids over 40 is to take these themes and fashion them to our own particular stage in life. Fashion is often a young man’s game so take the themes and apply them age-appropriately.
Theme 1 – The Whiteout
Head-to-toe white is a cool look for the summer. You can go all white or throw in a splash of color with a shirt or pocket square.
It’s a classic that’s always on time. Try pairing the blazer with a pair of shorts.
Theme 3 – Block stripes and color blocking
Theme 4 – Warm Weather Leather
Theme 5 – Floral Prints
Pants, shorts, shirts, blazers…I’m seeing it all.
Theme 6 – Sporty
The athletic motif is in this season. This doesn’t mean breaking out the old Penny Hardaway jersey. Be fashion conscious about working in the sport that you are fanatic about.
Joe’s wish list
I’m putting these reptile skin gladiator sandals on my list just because…I’m a bad mutha…..
Other things to keep in mind are colors for spring and summer 2014. A few previews have mentioned very light grey, various shades of pink and purple. Make it pop! Adopt a few of these to give yourself a fresh look this season and when we see each other, we will salute with the Man Up Hominid casual head nod.
Do any of these float your boat? I’m interested in knowing.