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12 spring style essentials you need to own

From shirts to trainers, we've edited the best style pieces every discerning gent should own for the new season....

With spring finally here, now is the perfect time to transition away from hibernating in dull greys and blacks by injecting some colour in the most refined sense. And as any gentleman would know, keeping it simple is always the most elegant way to be, so with this in mind gentlemen, we’ve listed 12 key pieces that will sail you through the new season…

Hackett

The quintessential denim shirt is a smart-casual staple for the on-duty and off-duty style. In the office, pair them under a navy blazer with smart brogues or Chelsea boots and opt for contrast denim or chinos to finesse gentlemanly elegance.

Hackett London Slim-Fit Cutaway-Collar Textured-Cotton Shirt in light blue

Jaeger

Crafted using a cotton nylon blend, Jaeger’s reversible mac allows you to sport classic navy or light blue, so whatever your outfit and mood, you decide. It’s lightweight and smartens up any outfit – and its minimal single-breasted design means it’s set to last for as long as you need it to.

Jaeger London reversible mac mens in navy and blue

London Undercover

A native Brit will know all too well how unpredictable springtime is, and leaving your home without a brolly could leave you drenched before you arrive to the office. And so, London Undercover’s maple wood-handle twill umbrella features a discrete reverse Japanese wave print that’s quite simply elegant.

London Undercover walking umbrella navy

Turnbull & Asser

Whilst the new season is here, the days can still be on the chilly side, so it’s always a good idea to invest in a cashmere crew neck. Turnbull & Asser’s turquoise option is made in Scotland, and is undoubtedly versatile – wear it over a button-down shirt on chillier days, or simply on its own with the sleeves rolled up for those warmer days.

Turnbull & Asser cashmere crew neck jumper in turquoise

Ray-Ban

Arguably the most recognisable sunglasses ever made, the best part is, they suit almost all face shapes and outfits. These Clubmasters are Ray-Ban’s proud classics for over 60 years and are the essential investment to see you through many seasons.

Ray-ban Clubmaster Square-Frame Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses

Timex

Timex’s ‘Archive’ project celebrates the American brand’s rich heritage which spans over 160 years – and they’ve spawned the weekender stainless steel and webbing chronograph which we believe adds timeless elegance to any outfit this spring. Whether you chose to pair it with your casual office attire, or for those weekend days, this watch is one of our no-fuss favourites.

Timex Weekender Stainless Steel And Webbing Chronograph Watch with navy strap

Reigning Champ

A quality white t-shirt needs no introduction, and it’s probably the one item of clothing you’ll rotate the most, and for good reason because there are 101 ways to wear this timeless shirt. Made in Canada, Reigning Champ’s t-shirt is handmade from soft, lightweight ring-spun cotton-jersey and cut for a comfortable fit.

reigning champ white t shirt mr porter

Levi's 511

The most discerning gentleman knows how to live in jeans and a shirt with style. And a good way to master this combination is to invest in the most recognisable of brands – Levi’s 511 slim fit jeans, with just enough stretch more comfortable and modern silhouette. If you’ve yet to own a pair, you should, as they’re guaranteed to last for many years and only get better with age.

Levi's 511 mens slim fit stretch blue denim jeans

Anderson’s

Sometimes, you just need that one accessory to really bolster your smart-casual look, and Anderson’s woven elasticised belts are the perfect way to add some spring colour without over-doing it. Pair them with navy chinos or denim and keep your shirt and shoes muted – so your belt takes centre stage.

Anderson's woven elasticated belt multi-colour

Thomas Pink

Known for their impeccable dress shirts, Thomas Pink have also established themselves as the coolest supplier of eclectic socks – which add a charming flash of colour to an otherwise plain business suit. Wearing their Bewick Check socks is a gentlemanly nod to the new season and will certainly attract intrigue – the next time you sit down on your daily commute or in the office.

Thomas Pink Bewick cotton socks in pink/blue

KG by Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger’s suede loafers feature a slightly pointed toe that commands attention, while the subtle penny trim injects a professional tone that creates a versatile shoe that pairs just as well with a navy suit as it does with classic chinos.

KG by Kurt Geiger brown suede loafers

Tod's

The humble white trainer has established itself as the wardrobe essential for the modern gent who traverses the urban landscape. And investing in a quality pair, such as Tod’s Italian-made tennis trainers will be the most versatile investment this season. Paired with almost any shade of denim, chinos, shorts, or your suit (yes, your suit) an all-white pair will help finesse your spring wardrobe for seasons to come.

Tod's leather tennis trainers in white

Sperry Top-Sider

Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has specialised in high-quality men’s deck shoes, which speak of preppy East Coast style. These ‘Authentic Original’ boat shoes are made from classic navy leather, finished with hand-sewn moccasin-construction stitching for durability and a considered, artisanal look.

Sperry Top-Sider authentic original leather boat shoes

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