How to wear a brown suit

Brown suit

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As the last three posts in this Mad Men series have focused on small accessories that complete an outfit, this post is about something much more fundamental and classic: the suit itself. However, as the hit show has proven itself to be sartorially, just not any suit can make the cut for those mad men. It has to have something unique, intriguing and undeniably chic, something as unconventional yet totally elegant as a colour such as brown. Yes, only Mad Men can remind one of the inherently stylish nature of the brown suit.

Though, as stated in Real Men Real Style, “some conservative dressers still consider brown a strictly social color choice,” that most definitely not the case today. As demonstrated so expertly by Ken Cosgrove on Mad Men, a brown suit can be appropriate as both social and business attire. As a integral member of the family of earthy hues, brown is a tried-and-tested colour that can be complemented by a wide array of tones that range from warmer yellows and oranges to cooler greens and light blues. Despite it’s rather dark nature, brown still manages to stray away from the more forgettable neutral colours, and thus succeeds in setting one apart from the crowd, “particularly next to a room full of gray- and navy-suited Mad Men.”

With that said, those characteristics are certainly some of the most notable qualities of a brown suit: it’s versatile and sticks out for only the best reasons. This couldn’t be any more true when a brown suit is tailored in a streamlined fashion that can make any guy look more modern than ever. A slim-fitting suit is certainly the most adept at  interpreting the retro nature of brown suits in a more contemporary fashion.

Furthermore, another great benefit of brown for a suit is that it can be found in many different shades and natural materials. As mentioned in GQ, you can now find brown suits in “tobacco, copper, or coffee,” just to name a few, and in fabrics ranging from lightweight linen for the summer months to more durable wool and tweed for the colder, winter days. Hence, because brown comes in so many different variations in tone, it can be matched with as many different shades. This is especially important if you plan on wearing a brown suit with brown shoes, something I would certainly recommend. As suggested in GQ and masterfully demonstrated by Mr. Cosgrove, “to pull off brown, make sure the suit and shoes are different shades.”

All in all, the brown suit allows you to have a bit of fun with the classic suit offerings. Its timeless, understated, and incredibly suave. Just try it.

Style tip: bold cufflinks


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Following the last two posts in the Mad Men series, this week’s post is yet again about an understated accessory that was a quintessential element of 60s styling, despite its minute size. Though cufflinks and french cuffs have now practically been completely replaced by the practicality of shirts with sleeves that only needed to be buttoned, back in the days, they truly were all the rage. As a sign of status, cufflinks evoked success, and all its unattainability. Thankfully, with the recent rise in the popularity of everything menswear, cufflinks have returned to the limelight, and are now much more accessible to all who seek their lustre of triumph and prosperity.

 As mentioned in this previous Suit Upp post, “cufflinks have the unique ability of adding a subtle touch of suave elegance to any ensemble, be it a formal tuxedo or a functional business suit.” Evidently, cufflinks truly yield far more power in terms of style points when one steps out of their comfort zone and actually goes that extra mile to look that much better.

Thus, as stated in AskMen, “worn properly, they allude to an impeccable persona that’s buttoned-up and polished; worn improperly, they make you look immature and, well, almost ignorant.” With that said, cufflinks provide men with the unique opportunity of making a veritable impact style-wise with something as small as a pair of cuffs for your sleeves. Though, as their rather trivial function indicates, cufflinks play a purely cosmetic role that places form far above function, that certainly does not mean they are not functional in refining one’s style.

In the 60s, cufflinks were accessories that were admired and respected by all businessmen, from the Mad Men on Madison Avenue to the Money Makers on Wall Street. Accordingly, to ensure their style statement was clearly understood by all, those businessmen would rely on the instant charm and sophistication of cufflinks seeing as they never fail to catch of both types of potential partners. Cufflinks back then were bold, large and were often adorned by silver or gold trims, for that lasting effect.

Because cufflinks now play a more ornamental role in menswear, as stated in GQ, they are to be used in a fashion that enables “men to show off a bit of attitude without becoming tacky.” Hence, the best way to wear cufflinks is with the confidence of donning something as iconic and status-defining as them. The best example of such a demeanor is Mr. Draper himself who, according to Gentleman’s Gazette, “wears flat, rectangular, matte silver cuff links or rounded triangulars in gold. Also, he wears stones in black or even blue with his sportscoat in Rome.”

After all, “aspiration is as good as perspiration.”

How to wear a pocket square

Pocket square

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Continuing along with the Mad Men theme that was central to last week’s post, this week’s entry is all about another classic accessory that was all the rage during the 60s, and is thankfully back to stay: the pocket square. Though this sartorial detail may seem like exactly that, nothing more than a detail, the pocket square is a subtle accessory that speaks far louder in terms of style than its small size would have you believe.

Seeing as the pocket square is an accessory that is simply intended to add an extra level of fashion-savvy to any outfit, as mentioned in GQ, therefore “it should simply complement your shirt and tie, not match them.” Thus, the key to choosing the right pocket square is simply experimenting in a manner that enables it to stick out, while still acting as the accent piece it is intended to be. Thus, when pairing a pocket square with something like a solid-coloured dress shirt, an adventurous move would be to use a pocket square with a pattern that features that same initial solid hue as the base tone. In this manner, you create a graphic interplay between solids and patterns all while sticking within the comfort zone of the shirt’s colour palette.

Or, you could also do the complete opposite and use your pocket square to completely break up the already-established colour palette, and add some sartorial intrigue into the outfit. Again, the best way to accomplish this look is by using patterned pocket squares seeing as the patterns add another dimension to your look by enabling a graphic interplay between solid colours and captivating prints. I would suggest following this tip in a situation where your entire outfit is nothing more than neutral colours that require an elegant accessory to break up the monotony. Thankfully, prints exist for a reason!

Furthermore, the great thing about pocket squares is that they are as stylish as they are versatile according to the seasons. Unsurprisingly enough, this retro trend is appropriate for both the summer and the winter seasons. With that said, during the warmer estival months, it is recommended to purchase a pocket square made in a light, summery fabric like linen, while the winter months demand a warmer and thicker material like wool. Thus, the pocket square is an all-season accessory that can make you look dashing year-round.

All in all, without a doubt one of the best qualities of the pocket square is how effective it is at adding a certain sartorial know-how to any outfit. In a rapid moment, a pocket square can transform a drab grey suit into a well-executed exercise in colour-matching and playfulness with prints. As mentioned on The Art of Manliness, “the addition of a pocket square adds some finishing panache to a good suit.” Even a white pocket square has the ability to add life to any outfit when it is folded in a neat manner, and allowed to peak ever so slightly above the breast pocket. That peek of colour (and patterns) never fails to attract the right kind of attention!

So, on a final note, if you are keen on trying out this classic look, please check out this great guide by GQ Australia on the best ways to fold pocket squares!

How to wear a Tie Bar?

Tie Bar

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So, now that I’ve spent far too much time watching the first season of Mad Men (late, I know), I’ve naturally developed something of a penchant for the splendid 60′s styling that makes this show such a sartorial treat for the eyes. With that said, one of the central characteristics of this “retro-dapper” look is the use of classic accessories that add that final touch to any suit, yet seem to have unfortunately gone forgotten today. A great example of such a staple accessory that deserves to be put back in the limelight is certainly the tie bar.

In short, a tie bar is exactly that: a bar that you pin to your tie. On top of pinning both the front and back ends of your tie together, a tie bar also fastens your entire tie to the placket of your shirt, the front part where the buttons are located. Thus, as simple as it may be, the tie bar truly is an efficient way of literally streamlining an outfit by ensuring your tie always stays in place, no matter what.

However, though the tie bar’s function may seem to be of a childish nature, there still are a few rules to follow when it comes to wearing this classic accessory. First, as mentioned in a great post by GQ, you should never wear a “tie bar too high or too low [as] it goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.” It really is as simple as that!

Furthermore, another rule when it comes to wearing a tie bar is that it should never be wider than your tie. Simply put, that just defeats the entire purpose of even wearing a tie bar. As an accessory that is supposed to be as minimal as it is functional, an excessively-wide tie bar creates an unwanted horizontal line on your tie, that people will most likely confuse for an ugly design detail. Though it may seem like a minute detail, it definitely does make a difference when your tie bar is narrower than your tie. First, it prevents there from being bunching on the entire width of your tie. And, second, it just looks better. Hence, as suggested in a post by Dappered, “get a tie bar that’ll cover no more than 3/4 of the width of your tie.”

On a final note, one of the other great benefits of the tie bar is that, on top of providing you with some retro allure, it also enables you to experiment with different colour combinations in the most subtle of manners. For example, though the quintessential colour for a tie bar is classic silver-chrome finish, you can still experiment with different colours, like navy, black or even white, that would subtly contrast with lightly-coloured ties. This style tip is especially relevant during these hot summer months that represent the perfect opportunity to add some life into your wardrobe by wearing more lively colours and patterns.

All in all, wearing a tie bar in is without a doubt an easy and effective way of channeling the inherent suave charm of Mad Men and all of its dashing characters. Inspiration at its finest!

Wearing pastel accesories this Spring season

Pastel accessories for Spring

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With Easter having only just come and gone this past weekend, Spring is definitely in the air everywhere at the moment. Though the sporadic temperatures aren’t much of an indication of the good times to come, the sartorial zest with which people are embracing this change in season is certainly a testament to Spring’s optimism.

Accordingly, as discussed in this previous Suit Upp post, one of the easiest ways of marking an easy and effective welcoming of Spring is by updating the colours in one’s wardrobe, so they can reflect the sense of life and joie de vivre that is commonly associated with this season.

When it comes to the exact palette of pastel colours in question, I’m generally referring to cheery colours like lavender, light mint, blush pink, and even baby blue. Because these colours are so refreshing and lively in their light airiness, they can be paired with a wide range of suit colours. From black to navy to grey by way of more summery light beiges, pastel tones are surprisingly almost as versatile as neutrals! However, the only warning I must give when it comes to wearing pastel colours with suits is that they aren’t at all appropriate for matching with more earthy colours like deep beiges and chocolatey browns. With that said, I would strongly suggest sticking to the aforementioned darker range of neutrals for everyday suits, or a light summer beige in the case of a quintessential linen suit.

As light and airy tones that truly look good on any skin tone, a quick update of one’s wardrobe to pastel colours is the easiest and most cost-effective manner of letting everyone know you’re ready to live and little, and enjoy life. When it comes to accomplishing said task, the simplest manner of going about it is honestly through one’s accessories. This post places such an important focus on accessories because not everyone is really up to wearing pastel blazers and pants on a regular basis during this season. Thus, though menswear isn’t really known for its abundance of accessories, there nonetheless are many items that men can wear in a subtle manner that demonstrate sartorial playfulness and expertise, without necessitating a complete overhaul of one’s closet.

As stated in this past Suit Upp post, my favorite of all men’s accessories is definitely the modern, vividly-coloured or boldly-printed pair of socks. Because they are so subtle yet can still make such a sartorial statement, socks will always have an special spot in my menswear-loving heart. Accordingly, pastel-coloured socks look incredibly dapper under darker colours like navy and black, and also lighter neutrals like light grey, especially when they peek ever so slightly under the hem.

Other accessories that look great in pastel colours are certainly the classic tie, a complementing pocket square, and a pair of elegant cufflinks. As mentioned above, when these accessories are juxtaposed over a dark and solid colour, the contrast this inevitably creates is incredibly sharp and classy, and emanates much-appreciated vibes of a general suave allure and  nonchalant refinement. For cufflinks, ties and pocket squares, you can also play with white as a pastel colour seeing as it harmonizes so well with the rest of the palette.

So, in conclusion, if you’re not ready to update your entire wardrobe to Spring colours, you might as well just update your accessories! The contrast they uniquely create makes them as effective as they are subtle! Can you ask for anything better?

How to wear Desert Boots with a suit

Desert Boots with a suit

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Now that all the snow has finally melted away and Spring has officially begun, it’s become time for you to retire your heavy-duty winter boots, and instead embrace something that is more geared towards the warmer temperatures. With that said, one of the most Spring-appropriate styles of men’s footwear currently on the market is undeniably the classic Desert Boots.

Having been designed over 60 years ago by Nathan Clark (yes, of Clarks shoes), the Desert Boot is certainly one of the most timeless styles of men’s footwear out there. Because of its rooted history as a classic in a wide range of menswear styles across the decades, the Desert Boot is as versatile as it is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. As mentioned in a post on Aquila, “the desert boot is practical and the fact that it can be worn with almost any outfit through all seasons cements it as an all-purpose wardrobe staple.” With that said, though the desert boot is often viewed as a more casual style because of its classic construction that consists of a simple suede upper and crepe (or rubber) sole, it can still be worn with suits in a business environment, if done the right way of course.

When it comes to wearing desert boots with a suit, one thing I would recommend is making sure you pair your neutral-coloured desert boots with a neutral-coloured business ensemble. Because the contrast between the casual nature of the shoes and the business-ready, more formal nature of the suit is naturally evident, there’s no point really emphasizing it further with an excessive contrast between colours. Accordingly, for this summer, if you’re looking for a classic desert boot in neutral hues of taupe and beige, I would strongly suggest pairing that model with a light summer suit of the same colour.

Another benefit of wearing desert boots with a suit is that they have the potential to tone down the formality of any suit, while still ensuring the entire outfit is still business appropriate. This classic look was notably very popular during the Mod-era of the 50s and 60s, where men in London were often seen wearing desert boots with sleek suits. As discussed on The Stylish Mr. Gordon, though to this day desert boots are still normally seen paired with a casual pair of cuffed jeans, “the supporters [of desert boots] feel that a great composition is struck between the  the formal suit against and the casual dessert boot.”

Because the desert boot is such a versatile piece, it can be found in a wide array of different colours and prints that are appropriate for different seasons. Accordingly, for this Spring/Summer season, as aforementioned, I would certainly recommend purchasing a pair of desert boots in a classic earthy hues like beige, taupe, camel or even brown. Other all-season colours that would look great year-round are navy, black, and even the more elusive grey. The great thing about these colours is that they can also be found in more daring leather. Accordingly, they can add a bit of textural intrigue to any business outfit.

In summary, all I can say is have fun this season, and add some “Spring to your step” with the help of a new pair of desert boots! Be it for work or for play, these shoes will definitely fit the bill!

How to wear contrast-collar dress shirts

Contrast-collar shirts

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With Spring having officially started yesterday, it’s finally time to start drop everything and anything winter-related, so as to embrace the good weather that imminently awaits. With that said, preparing oneself for the general blissful vibes of Spring also means stowing away the winter classics in one’s wardrobe, and consequently making way for the lighter seasonal garments that have been longing to be worn.

A formal style in menswear that, in my opinion, is a classic of Spring/Summer business fashion is the modern contrast-collar dress shirt. As its name indicates, the contrast-collar dress shirt is one that features exactly that, a collar that is a different colour from the rest of the body, contrasting collars. Furthermore, this style of shirt also often features contrast cuffs that concord with the colour of the collar. So as to place an emphasis on the contrast between both elements of the dress shirt, the collar is usually white while the rest of the shirt is typically a light Spring/Summer friendly colour, such as pastels like lavender, mint, and baby blue .

One of the greatest qualities of the contrast-collar dress shirt is that it is appropriate for both the spring and fall season. As a simple style that goes a long way in reviving any drab business suit, the contrast-collar shirt is extremely versatile seeing as it is featured in a wide array of colours that span the entire range of colours from the lighter spring hues to the more sombre fall palette. It’s notably this element that has permitted the contrast-collar shirts to be updated and modernized from its more trite beginnings as a Wall Street classic.

Accordingly, on top of being featured in many different colours, the contrast-collar dress shirt can also be found in different business-appropriate prints like classic gingham, to the more traditional pinstripe, by way of more subdued checks. As mentioned on Fashion Beans, “the classic light blue shirt with white collar is an iconic style that is very easy to pair against your black, navy or grey suits.” Thus, when paired with solid-coloured suits, the interplay between the dark body of the suit, the pattern of the shirt and the contrast of the collar will definitely create an eye-catching, modern appeal.

Another splendid characteristic of the contrast-collar dress shirt is that it’s as appropriate for more formal, business occasions as it is for more casual, night-on-the-town soirées. So, be it paired with dress pants or jeans, this shirt will act as an effective sartorial complement that can add life to any outfit. As mentioned in AskMen, with a light Spring palette, “choosing a contrast-collar shirt, especially one of a darker color like black, as your going-out option with dark rinse jeans will be a wise decision” seeing as the contrast between the main body of the shirt and the jeans will harmonize and emphasize the original contrast of the collar.

All in all, the contrast-collar dress shirt is the best way to add an element of visual intrigue to any outfit, be it for the day or the night. Remember, this Spring, it’s all about making your looks “pop!”

Also, make sure to check out this image gallery for great examples of contrast-collar dress shirts!

How to wear loafers this Spring


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As what has been hailed as the “it” shoe of the upcoming Spring season in menswear, loafers have definitely having their much-deserved moment in the sartorial spotlight. Though loafers truly are a timeless classic that will certainly never go out of style, it’s great to see them finally being recognized as the menswear staple they have and will always be.

As aptly stated in GQ’s Spring 2013 Menswear Trend Report, “until now loafers have been saved for more casual occasions, but the newer breed is dressier” and far more modern than it has ever been. Because of that, loafers are now the ideal footwear choice for both casual weekend outfits, and more formal business attire. Furthermore, their leather construction notably contributes to their impressive versatility.

As someone who spent his past summer in loafers pretty much every single day, I can certainly testify to how appropriate loafers are for any outfit. Be it with rolled-up pants or even with shorts, my single pair of loafers were my go-to shoes that I knew would always add that je ne sais quoi element to my outfit. I wore them so much last year that, still to this day, I am seriously considering getting a second identical pair!

When it comes to more casual outfits, the loafer is definitely the classic item to top off any look. Its traditional styling adds an unmistakable touch of refinement to any outfit, without taking it overboard. As mentioned on Esquire, “a pair of plain brown loafers look as good with blue jeans as they do with corduroy or flannel trousers, and once you break them in, they’ll feel almost as comfortable as your favorite pair of sneakers.” Accordingly, a simple pair of classic penny loafers will certainly suffice for a more laid-back outfit with jeans. However, I wold strongly recommend nonetheless taking the time really find a pair of penny loafers that feature a sleek and modern fit around the feet. Often, you can distinguish the cheapest pairs but how horribly they fit: the wider, the worse.

When it comes to pairing loafers with more formal, business attire, I would then definitely suggest investing in a pair of loafers that feature an impeccable leather construction, one where the leather can be polished to prevent buffing (i.e. the bane of my footwear-existence). As discussed in AskMen, “a well-made men’s loafer constructed of polished leather may be dressed up with a sports coat and tie for almost any occasion.” The important thing to remember when wearing loafers in a business setting is that the fit is undeniably what matters most. So, it’s crucial to stay away from anything ill-fitting like the cheaper, square-toe variations. As mentioned in GQ, “the key to remember when getting a pair of your own is choosing ones with a higher vamp (top part of the shoe) that elongates the foot.” (click here for a clear definition of the vamp) Though this may seem like a trivial detail, it makes the world of a difference when you’re trying to achieve a streamlined and modern look conducive to an image of confidence at work. Remember, it’s all in the details!

On a final note, another particularity with loafers is that they can be appropriate both with socks and sock-less! In my opinion, an easy rule is that socks should naturally ALWAYS be worn in a formal, business setting, while it is mandatory on the weekend when the cuffs are rolled up and life is more enjoyable. Also, if ever you plan on wearing you loafers with shorts this summer, NEVER wear socks. It’s summer, live a little!

Wearing shoes with coloured soles this Spring

Shoes with coloured soles

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With Spring rapidly approaching, now is the best opportunity to start thinking of new ways to welcome the breath of fresh air that this change in season represents. As the third part of the mini-series in adapting one’s wardrobe for the upcoming Spring season, there is no better way to “add a little bit of Spring to your step” than by embracing the growing trend that are shoes with coloured soles.

Despite the fact that this style first appeared a couple of seasons ago, only now has it truly been recognized as a veritable trend  in menswear. Though you’ve probably already seen an example of it, essentially all that this trend really consists of is the use of vividly coloured soles to liven up any pair of shoes, be they sporty sneakers or formal lace-ups. As concisely stated in The New York Times, the best way to describe this novel trend is “in short, color. It’s everywhere. On dress shoes. For grown men.” Furthermore, “everyone’s buying them, [from] young street-wear guys [to] conservative Wall Street types.”

The great thing about this footwear trend is that it is incredibly easy to adopt and adapt to one’s particular preferences. Because so many different and distinct styles of shoes now feature this sartorial detail, notably business-ready dress-shoes, there’s been a veritable merger of formal austerity with casual playfulness. Consequently, with such a diversified selection, it’s never been easier to choose a pair of lace-ups that are appropriate for both work and the weekend! Again, as mentioned in The New York Times, the undeniable appeal of shoes with coloured soles can mostly be attributed to the fact “that as colorful as the shoes are, they’re versatile, nicely dressing up a pair of khakis or shorts or adding a flourish to a summer suit and tie.”

When it comes to wearing such a style of footwear with a suit, I would definitely recommend sticking to a pair with a black leather upper, so as to conserve the formality of the occasion, while still placing an emphasis on the vivid tone of the sole. If ever that contrast is too much for your work environment, then I would also suggest trying a pair of light grey shoes seeing as it acts as a light neutral that complements while still effectively toning down the colourful hues.

Another important benefit of wearing shoes with brightly coloured soles is that, you guessed it, they stick out like nobody’s business. However, it’s important to note that they stick out in only the best way possible! Naturally, by featuring a sole that is in an eye-popping hue like Kelly green or canary yellow or even royal blue, the contrast between the sole and the upper of the shoe is one that definitely won’t go unnoticed. This eye-catching quality is even more obvious when you consider the fact that the workplace is pretty much a sea of boring hblack shoes on boring black soles

Nevertheless, with all that said, one crucial thing to remember is because this style of shoe is so in-your-face with it’s unique styling, not everyone will necessarily find it appropriate for everyday wear. For most, this footwear trend is what you fall back on those days when you want your appearance to reflect your cheery mood. One can only hope that’s every day!

All in all, now that we’ll finally soon be entering the joyous season that is Spring, you might as well invest in a pair of shoes that testify to your reinvigorated sense of life, especially at a place like work where the dreariness of business is the rule. This Spring, let’s live a little!

For more examples of shoes with coloured soles, you should also check out these great posts: click here and here!

How to update winter colours for Spring

Camel and Deep Purple used in a Spring outfit

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Now that’re we’re getting closer and closer to the long-awaited end of Winter and the imminent beginning of Spring, it’s time to start thinking of which winter colours can be incorporated into a Spring wardrobe. Thankfully, because we have yet to fully commence Spring, it is still possible to incorporate items from the Winter season in a seamless and truly economic manner. Following last week’s post on wool jackets as the ideal transitional pieces, this is the second installment in this mini-series on updating one’s closet for the warmer Spring temperatures.

Of the many items that compose a winter wardrobe, the one that can probably be integrated easiest into a Spring closet is most definitely the classic pair of winter boots. Though many traditional winter boots are still made in a manner where function undeniably trumps form, recently there has been a veritable explosion in the number of winter boots that, while still protecting you from the adversities of Winter, nonetheless enable you to look refined and modern. Accordingly, these winter boots are the perfect type that can also be worn during the Spring season where endless amounts of snow is replaced by excessive quantities of rain.

The great thing about this new breed of stylish-yet-functional boots is that they often come in contemporary colour palettes where camel, burgundy and deep purple are central. An excellent pair of boots that I recently saw, and consequently currently covet, featured a thick  and rugged sole perfect for both flattening the life out of snow and splashing away at whatever remnants of watery slush that may stand in your unstoppable way. For style, they also featured a fashionable strap-buckle that run the upper, laced-up half of the boot. Though purely for form, that element certainly excelled in its task.

When it comes to incorporating winter garments into a Spring wardrobe, I would again recommend sticking to items in either camel, burgundy or deep purple. The breadth of the spectrum between those to central hues ensures that there are many colours that are appropriate for both Winter and Spring, from classic beige to earthy terracotta by way of fruity raspberry. With that said, those colours are notably some of the few hues that can be used both during Winter and Spring because, while still acting as neutrals, they are nonetheless able to reinvigorate and bring life to any outfit. They are classic tones that can act as complements to any colour scheme without becoming the central point of focus. The use of these colours is especially recommended when it comes to wearing Winter accessories on a need-only basis during the first weeks of Spring when the weather can still be slightly chilly.

Clearly, there are truly a plethora of items in classic wintry hues that can still be worn this upcoming Spring. These versatile colours transcend seasons and, when used with the right items, can seamlessly merge function with form.