Gate Men’s Spring Fashion Fling

Jeans that haven’t been washed for two weeks. T-shirts with odd sayings. Oversized zip-up hoodies. Sweatpants?! Unacceptable. Come on guys, you go to one of the most elite schools in the country. It’s time to start dressing like it. Spring is a time of growth, new beginnings and rediscovery; if you can manage to step up your style by the time you get back from break, we can wipe the slate clean and forget about the fact that, for some reason, you thought it was okay to wear faded Abercrombie polos and Colgate track pants.

The spring collections have sprung and you’re sure to look hot in the crisp, cool looks that designers strutted down the runways. Clean-cut classic, nautical and retro-British are the three styles you should be searching for this spring, so clean out your closets and start shopping because your look most likely needs some spring cleaning.

Classic is the key no matter what look you’re trying to pull off this season. Creased pants, pressed polos and pastel and primary colors all come together to create spring’s casual classic look. Everyone from J-Crew to Ralph Lauren is saying out with jeans and in with chinos and tailored trousers. Slightly slouchy and softly pleated styles are springing up everywhere. Khaki is always a safe choice, but try some new shades like bright blue, or pastel orange paired with a soft yellow or dark navy sweater.

Cabled V-neck sweaters make for a preppy country club classic. Take a peek at Banana Republic’s heritage cricket V-neck: this limited edition cotton-linen blend V-neck sweater is cabled with striped detailing around the neckline. Perfect with a polo and chinos. The classic crewneck sweater is certainly something that will supplement any wardrobe. Have a spring fling with Polo Ralph Lauren’s luxury cotton crew neck. Offered in every color from navy blue to pastel pink, this sweater tops the rest with its hardy three-gauge jersey stitch. The large stitching gives the sweater a more masculine look than most cotton pullovers. Pair it with a solid or lightly checked button-down and some colored chinos.

The nautical look takes classic clothing and steps it up a few knots. Red, white and navy are the shades to wear if you’re planning on being the captain of the style ship. Steer towards big metal buttons and bold stripes when looking for shirts and sweaters. Ralph Lauren Purple Label’s classic fit Bengal polo will turn you into one suave sailor. You’ll look too good to swab the decks in this red or blue and white stripped polo and a pair of tailored white pants. Throw a chunky navy cardigan over your shoulders and slide on Purcell’s navy blue sneakers and you’ll be head to toe nautical chic.

The British are coming! The British are coming! Don’t fight it; swanky retro-British styles invaded spring runway shows with fitted argyle sweaters, paisley print button-downs and tailored trousers. J-Crew’s brightly colored argyle sweaters in Racine or cashmere are brilliantly British while maintaining an air of New England Prep.

Argyle is definitely in style, but tight button-down cardigans with heavy brass and silver buttons, paired with patterned button-down shirts make for a British infused style that is fit for a king.

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey broke out a style that’s beautifully British. The Burberry spring collection featured classic trenches, blazers and suits paired with printed shirts and ties that look like the came straight from the 1970’s. Miuccia Prada also played with prints, creating a 70’s style that is distinctly hers. Shirts covered in stars and hearts peered out from under suit jackets and classic V-neck sweaters.

Spring is the time for fresh starts, so start shopping and freshen up your style. We know you can do it boys, so surprise and shock us. Sharpen up your wardrobe and give everyone something to look at for the rest of spring semester!