Our Fashion Director’s Favorite Things For Spring

New York is knee-deep in spring. The trees are flowering, birds are singing and Chelsea boys all over town are starting to emerge from their chunky winter cable knits. Yes, the city is starting to wake up from its winter doldrums, and even though the spring weather has a personality disorder that rivals Sally Fields in Sybil, the promise of summer is just around the corner. These fresh items are a great addition to any spring wardrobe and will transition really nicely for the summer months.

If you haven't heard, Jonathan Adler has a new line of ties and pocket squares—and yes, squirrel friends, there are squirrels on them along with other iconic Jonathan Adler prints and patterns reminiscent of his pottery. This reversible silk bow tie below has bold Americana stripes on one side and squirrels on the other—perfect to spruce up a spring suit with a classic color scheme that will see you through summer barbecues and picnics.

Jonathan Adler Reversible Stripe: $69.50

Available at http://www.jonathanadler.com



This cheery linen and cotton pocket square will add a fresh splash of color to a lightweight blazer and jeans for weekend brunches with friends.

Jonathan Adler Nixon Floral Pocket Square: $69.50

Available at http://www.jonathanadler.com



On rainy spring days, I love to see guys rocking out an L.L. Bean duck boot with a slim cut suit. But every now and then you don't want to be wearing a rubber boot indoors all day. Swims updated galoshes are a great streamlined alternative to bulky rain boots.  They're Incredibly practical and priceless for the amount of leather shoes you'll save when those unexpected spring showers hit. Available in fun fashion colors as well as work-appropriate neutrals.  

Swims 'Classic' Overshoe: $95

Available at http://www.allenedmonds.com and http://www.brooksbrothers.com



Field jackets are wonderful for that time of year when the weather is running hot and cold and you need an extra layer, but your down parka seems a bit overkill. Ernest Alexander makes one of the best field jackets I've seen in ages, with thoughtful details like a trim cut and plenty of pockets (including a back pheasant pocket to hold all your essentials). The jacket's wax coating adds an extra benefit of weather resistance, too!

Ernest Alexander 'Wooster' Field jacket: $455

Available at http://www.ernestalexander.com



Michael Bastian's inspiration this season for Gant was exploration. Even though prime beach weather is  a few months off, I can't help but fantasize about all beaches I'll be exploring in these swim trunks this summer.  

Gant by Michael Bastian swim trunks: $125

Available at http://us.gant.com


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