6 Tips for Turning Up the Volume on Your Spring Style

Our apologies to T.S. Eliot, but it’s our contention that April is in fact the coolest month. Why? In addition to music festival season kicking off in earnest (with crowds descending on Indio to see if Daft Punk will actually make a cameo at Coachella), it also signals the proper start of the spring style season. Now’s the time to shelve those musty woolens and embrace duds meant for windows-down weather. If you’ve been stuck on plaids and pinstripes in the past, take a risk on a new pattern. Here are six surefire tactics for turning up the volume on your spring wardrobe.

Head Game

Head Game
Catching our eye these days: headgear that goes way beyond the baseball diamond, with out-there fabrics that lend a bit of swagger to Saturday-morning uniforms. LA-based label The Quiet Life turns out five-panel hats printed with galaxies and contrasting brims in Tequila sunrise stripes. On the other side of the country (and price spectrum), New York City’s Ale et Ange serves up printed caps coveted by guys like rapper/actor Yasiin Bey, who has collaborated with the brand.

Blaze a Trail

Blaze a Trail
Here’s a foolproof, and cheap, formula for breathing new life into a plain navy blazer: Pick up a fresh set of chalk-white buttons and a pair of dusty green suede elbow patches, and take them to your tailor. (Just make sure he stitches as close to the edge of the patches as possible.)

Layer it On

Layer it On
You don’t need a long raincoat to keep warm in blustery weather. Take a page from all those street style blogs and neatly sandwich a denim jacket between a shirt and a blazer instead.

Sock it to ‘Em

Sock it to ‘Em
In the days when you aren’t going sockless, your ankles are the perfect place to flash a bit of color. Los Angeles brand Richer Poorer’s seasonal designs are good for dress shoes and sneakers alike. Just make sure to nail the pant roll.

Flower Power

Tread Brightly
Microflorals are making a big comeback. Think of them as the refined and subdued version of a Hawaiian shirt for 2013. These plucky patterns, made famous is the ‘60s by Liberty of London, now appear on everything from shirts to ties to pocket squares. If micro isn’t your style, go big with one of Hook + Albert’s lapel flowers.

Tread Brightly

Tread Brightly
Why should your torso have all the fun? Treat your feet to a pair of Cole Haan’s LunarGrand wingtips with contrasting orange, yellow, or azure soles, or kick it luau style with classic Van Doren plimsolls in reissued patterns. For the affordable version (no new shoes required), just thread some new laces through those eyelets. Benjo’s makes waxed cotton laces in all sorts of colors for shoes and boots alike (as well as brightly painted pennies for your loafers).

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