Not Business as Usual
By Jessica Mehalic Lucas
Designers got creative with men’s suiting for Spring—playing with color, proportion and interesting accents. Sneakers or sockless with loafers? Why not? Whether you want to be an office style hero or up your night-out game, there are plenty of cool new looks to try now.
Are you all about killing it in a tailored suit? Canali stays true to its signature design philosophy, adding interest with textured fabrics and a secondary pocket square at hip level. Tie not required with this elegant ensemble.
The double-breasted suit is making a comeback, but it’s more dapper-in-Italy than preppy-in- Nantucket. Brunello Cucinelli nails smart-cool by pairing this light brown number with a linen sweater and calfskin kicks and topping with a suede jacket.
A punchy Kiton jacket exudes Italian swagger. Dress it down with denim and on chillier days, throw a sporty lightweight jacket on top. Layering with a cool, technical coat is a look that’s all over the street-style scene.
Shades of stone and tan were all over the men’s runways. No complaints: the color family works on just about everyone. For a suave spin on the trend, slip into this tawny linen look from Ermenegildo Zegna—an admirable endorsement of the loafers-with-no-socks look.
Stripes of the vertical variety were another big thing for Spring. Channel Salvatore Ferragamo’s sophisticated adventurer with this softly tailored wool suit, worn casually with a silk sport shirt and sandals.
Stylishly adventurous types will be excited by the high-impact prints firing up wardrobes this season. Ermanno Scervino’s eye-catching jacket was styled with matching cropped trousers (flood pants are everywhere, in case you haven’t noticed), but would also work with jeans or solid-colored slacks.
Strong-shouldered suits flexed their sartorial muscle at Balenciaga and Giorgio Armani. Donatella Versace added relaxed appeal to this silk tie print jacket by styling it with pleated twill trousers and chunky leather sandals. Hey, if anyone can make socks with sandals look manly, she can.