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Oliver Spencer tells you how to dress for Spring
Men's Health: Spring/Summer is a time when people move away from the monochrome of winter. But that puts you at risk of loud shirts and heavily printed tees. What are the best style rules to follow when it comes to colour and pattern selection between shirt and tees, and when is it best to deploy them?
Oliver Spencer:In my opinion, richer, warmer summer colours are best worn in the spring time and pastel colours are best worn in the summer. I love colour as a small detail, as this can always be used to make a statement – a pop takes your outfit to that next level. It doesn’t need to be much: the small red button loop on our Portland jacket is a good example.
MH: Trouser shape is currently going through a transition from skinny through to straight and wide-legged. Is this a style all guys should adopt or are there men better suited to certain trouser shapes?
Certain shape trousers are better for certain shape legs. Opting for a straight, easy fit suits most leg shapes [MH note: useful for men who spend time in the squat rack and struggle into skinny trousers]. For high summer and holidays I would recommend a pair with a very relaxed but structured fit. Saying that, I also love a pleated trouser, and currently my favorite is a tapered version in our Bowen Navy.
MH: The same goes for trouser length. To roll up or not to roll up? Or is it better to simply choose a shorter length trouser? And does this differ depending on shoe selection from boot or brogue to sneaker?
OS: I love a rolled up trouser, you'll never see me without one. I like to pair them with a pair of longwing brogues or, more casually, our Beat shoe. I'm not a fan of short trousers without a turn up, but I do however love long wide trousers that drape all over the shoes, as seen in our recent AW16 catwalk.
MH:When the weather starts to warm up most active men probably dream of spending the summer in pool sliders. What are the three essential shoe styles for this time of year to fend off this faux pas?
OS: I’d say the deck shoe is essential for the conservative guy, which is easy, super comfy and always looks good. Our new shape slip-on suede trainer works great with shorts, or a pair of sandals like Birkenstocks look brilliant with rolled up trousers - you just cant go wrong with this look.
MH: Can a man ever look cool in shorts? And if so, what does he have to wear on his feet (in terms of both socks and shoes) to get away with it?
OS: Yes of course a guy can look cool in shorts. A slip-on suede trainer can be worn with shorts, or go for a more formal look with a Dover shoe. Although, I’d say it’s best to wear the shoes with pop socks to avoid an awkward ankle tan.
MH: What type of outfits/fabrics should men take to their office to look the business without sweltering? (For those lucky enough not to wear suits every day, that is)
OS: A really nice shirt goes a long way. In the height of summer, I’d suggest wearing linen woven, which allows the body to breathe and allows you to keep cool. Linen trousers also look great paired with a white tee. If you want a more formal look, you could wear an unstructured jacket, which is somewhere between a jacket and shirt, and wear it with our Kildale Indigo Judo Pant, which has a very relaxed but structured fit.
MH: British summer can often be a constant battle between being too hot and too cold. Mainly because no man has the right jacket. What style and fabrics are worth investing in to keep the cold out when it clouds over, but is light enough to carry with you if the sun makes an appearance?
OS: A short, lightweight jacket is a key piece for year-round layering – especially if it’s water and wind resistant. Look out for styles that are light enough to throw over a T-shirt on a chilly spring morning, but also roomy enough to accommodate a thick jumper as the nights draw in.
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