Spring is springing. Sure, there’s parts of the country that are covered in more white stuff than Tony Montana at the end of Scarface. But Daylight Savings Time is coming up in just a couple weeks. That means we’ll start seeing more sunshine and, before you know it, flowers will start blooming, outdoor drinking will start happening, and all will be right with the world again.
The change can be sudden, and you don’t want to be the guy that gets caught out in his massive puffy jacket on the first nice day. So while you’re still trapped inside, it’s a good time to start stocking up on some spring wardrobe essentials.
We gathered a bunch of timeless items that will look great this season and for springs to come. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to save some cash or want to splurge, we’ve got choices to fit your current financial situation.
WHITE TENNIS SNEAKER
Budget: Converse Jack Purcell Signature ($65, converse.com)
The classic white cotton upper with its signature stripe on the rubber toe pairs great with everything from tennis whites to a suit. It’s enough to make you forget that Purcell was actually a badminton, and not a tennis, player.
Baller: Common Projects Achilles ($400, mrporter.com)
With branding limited to a serial number and size stamped in gold lettering on the heel, the minimalist Common Projects Achilles is the preferred sneaker for fashion insiders from New York to Paris.
TORTOISE WAYFARER SUNGLASSES
Budget: Knockaround Fort Knocks ($25, knockaround.com)
These shades feature gold details inspired by the Fort Knox bullion depository, but they are not nearly as precious. They’ve still got tons of classic style though.
Baller: Persol Suprema Icon ($380, barneys.com)
Steve McQueen wore Persols. That should be all that you need to know. The glasses are handmade in Italy and feature Persol’s unique folding design for easy storage. (Word to the wise: folding shades are also easier to lose.)
STRIPED LONG SLEEVE SHIRT
Budget: Gap ($22.95, gap.com)
No yacht is required to rock a timeless long-sleeve t-shirt with a blue-and-white nautical stripe.
Baller: Commes des Garcons Play ($165, doverstreetmarket.com)
The distinct heart mascot on Commes des Garcons Play collection gives it a fun twist. You will probably want to get one in each color that these shirts come in.
LIGHT COLORED JEANS
Budget: Uniqlo Pure Blue Japan Slim Fit ($59.90, uniqlo.com)
As the weather starts to warm up you’re going to want to trade in your dark raw (not to mention hot-as-hell) denim for a more comfortable pair in a lighter shade. The slim straight fit on this pair from Uniqlo keeps them modern even with a more casual palette.
Baller: Jean Shop Light Abrasion #1 ($320, jean-shop.com)
Using selvedge denim, these jeans are made in the U.S. and are just the right amount of worn-in. Only slightly distressed, there is still plenty of room for you to break them in and really make them your own.
Budget: SuitSupply ($450, suitsupply.com)
With patch pockets and a soft shoulder, this suit is casual enough that you can rock it at a backyard BBQ, but it can be easily transformed with the right shirt and tie into something that would look dapper at a spring wedding.
Baller: Boglioli ($1,345, mrporter.com)
The unstructured design of this suit belies the impeccable tailoring. This suit oozes the nonchalant sophistication that the Italians like to call sprezzatura.
CHAMBRAY BUTTON DOWN
Budget: Old Navy ($29.50, oldnavy.gap.com)
Chambray is the ideal fabric for spring shirts. It dresses up and down easily. The subtle horizontal stripes on this version from Old Navy provide a nice detail.
Baller: Band of Outsiders ($295, stevenalan.com)
The contrasting indigo pocket on the chest makes this shirt. It’s the kind of touch that announces itself but doesn’t seem flashy. The combination cotton-linen fabric will keep you comfortable as temperatures rise and layers nicely when they dip.
Budget: H&M (69.95, hm.com)
The suede desert boot is one of the most versatile shoes a guy can own. They work with shorts, suits, and everything in between. H&M’s version has comfortable rubber soles so you won’t mind being on your feet all day.
Baller: Clarks ($130, clarks.com)
These are the originals, beloved by everyone from war correspondents to reggae artists. To mark the 65th anniversary of Clarks desert boots, the company is releasing a pair in the iconic maple suede with sapphire (the 65th anniversary gemstone) blue laces.
Budget: Seiko Prospex ($395, seikousa.com)
The classic styling of a dive watch combines with the advanced technology of solar power in the Prospex. The chronograph is powered by light energy and has been tested to 200 meters underwater.
Baller: Rolex Submariner ($8,550, rolex.com)
Rolex’s claim that the Submariner is “probably the only divers’ watch that you can wear with a tuxedo,” is accurate. The classic dive watch dates to 1953 and is still one of the most popular luxury timepieces. The crown secures down like the hatch of a submarine making it waterproof to 300 meters.
Budget: Hanes ($24 for 3, hanes.com)
The classic Hanes undershirt also makes for an ideal t-shirt without any layers over it. Supreme even collaborated with Hanes on a 3-pack of shirts which is the ultimate co-sign.
Baller: James Perse ($95, jamesperse.com)
Yes, $95 is a lot to pay for a t-shirt. But once you put this on, you’ll never want to take it off. So the price-per-wear is actually quite low. The cotton is dyed with extra softeners to give it the perfect feel.
Budget: Vans ($32, vans.com)
This reversible bucket hat can switch from light blue to dark blue, so you can sync it up to match with your outfit.
Baller: BWGH ($125, store.hypebeast.com)
With an all-over Hawaiian print, this bucket hat from French label Brooklyn We Go Hard will help you channel gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson
*Budget: Adidas Team Tabela ($34.99, eastbay.com)
The soccer jersey is one of the few jerseys in sports that can be worn outside of a stadium or sports bar and still look cool. Even if you don’t have a favorite Premier League side, this basic Adidas jersey with the classic three stripes down the sleeves is worth having in your closet.
*Baller: Nike U.S. Men’s National Team Replica ($90, nike.com)
The new away jersey for the US MNT has a gradient blue design that goes well with just about everything. And the breathable Dri-Fit will keep you cool no matter what activity you’re doing.
Budget: Zara ($45.90, zara.com)
The stripes on this polo shirt collar and sleeves have a mod vibe that looks sharp regardless of whether or not you own a Vespa scooter.
Baller: Boast ($108, boastusa.com)
First off, that insignia is a Japanese maple leaf, not a pot leaf. A country club staple for years, Boast polo shirts have been rediscovered by a hipper clientele who still appreciate the brand’s penchant for not taking itself too seriously.
Budget: H&M ($59.95, hm.com)
It doesn’t matter if you can’t hit a ball off a tee, you still are going to want a baseball jacket this spring. H&M has one in a deep navy that almost looks black. The imitation leather details on the shoulders are key.
Baller: Golden Bear ($875, unionmadegoods.com)
This is the ideal weight for a spring leather jacket. Throw it on over a t-shirt when it’s warm or layer it over a button-down and sweater when it’s cool. Either way, you won’t have to beg coach to put you in.
Budget: Beckel War Bag ($75, beckelcanvas.com)
There aren’t many frills on this heavyweight canvas duffel from Portland, Oregon-based Beckel, but it’s got plenty of room and can take a beating.
Baller: Jack Spade Dipped Leather ($698, jackspade.com)
The subtle contrast between the black and brown leather on this weekend bag will help it stand out from the pack. It offers plenty of organizational pockets so that the things you need are easy to grab on the inside and outside of the bag.
Budget: Uniqlo Slim Fit ($39.90, uniqlo.com)
Even though these pants have a slim fit, Uniqlo incorporated stretch into the fabric so that you’ll have no problem moving around in them. The faded blue color is perfect for spring.
Baller: Band of Outsiders ($265, bandofoutsiders.com)
The army green color on these Band of Outsiders pants gives them a casual feel that pairs well with a simple white t-shirt. But they are also tailored enough that you can dress them up with a button down.