Guest Post: Spring Men’s Wear Picks by Muscles and Tussles
Fashion blogger and well-dressed man Abdulla Khatib shares his favourite pieces for spring.
It’s that time of year again where we want to update our wardrobes for the warmer weather! You might have some staples from last season, but it’s always nice to add some fresh new picks to your style arsenal. Simple enough, right?
We often find ourselves gravitating towards choices that we’re comfortable with and while there’s nothing wrong with that, there are also many versatile options out there that can work well with your style, regardless of what it is. You might be curious about trying a certain colour for example or a certain type of fit in pants—just give it a shot; now’s the time!
I find that adding new and exciting pieces to my wardrobe isn’t just about change, but variety. When faced with the common dilemma of “I have nothing to wear, I need new clothes,” you can simply tweak your usual get-up and—voilà—new outfit. Most people don’t even notice if you wear something more than once a week, so it doesn’t hurt to have more pieces that can work well with anything you own.
Below, you’ll find a few examples of my favourite go-to pieces as well as my picks for the season. This will give you a better idea of how to mix and match. Keep in mind, these suggestions can be used as recommendations or simply as inspiration, because everyone has different taste!
This patterned shirt is everything you want for spring. The fresh colour combinations are versatile for any look, whether it’s dressed up or casual. It’s also a slightly heavier cotton oxford, so you won’t be feeling cold on chilly evenings. I paired it with a Ralph Lauren Stretch Cotton Sport Coat to create a more sophisticated look, while still looking fun for spring. Colour goes a long way!
This pair of casual boots works best with a pin-rolled dark rinse denim jean, but can also go really well with chinos. They come in a variety of colours, so you can get a little creative with your combinations. They’re also extremely comfortable, so you’ll find that you can go hours in these without having to take them off. Sizing wise, they run a little large, so you’ll want to go down a size (sometimes half a size).
A great pair of neutral corduroy pants goes well with literally anything. This pair also has a stretch to them, so you’re not feeling constricted. I chose brown simply because it’s different than my usual choice. They’re also super comfortable!
This amazing colour piece will keep you warm (without being itchy) and stylish throughout the rest of the spring. You’ll find this looking a little preppy with pastel colours, but you can opt for more common or neutral colours for a simpler look. I’m a big fan of quarter-zip sweaters and I think this one by Polo is a wardrobe staple!
If you haven’t experimented with monk-strap dress shoes, now is your time to do so. Although they’ve been around for a while, I find that most guys stick to traditional lace ups. Monk-straps are a stylish addition to any guy’s wardrobe and this pair is affordable yet solid. I have to also mention that they look great with a pair of jeans, so you can totally wear them in a casual outfit. This cognac colour is also perfect for spring!
I decided to add this because every guy at some point needs a “big boy” umbrella that doesn’t break the bank. This very solid umbrella won’t be blown away by heavy winds and you’ll find yourself extra stylish (and dry of course) with this guy. It’s a good investment, but make sure you don’t lose it (I’ve lost many umbrellas before)!
—Abdulla Khatib, Editor and Publisher of Muscles and Tussles