I already have 6 of Details’ Top 10 Spring 2009 must-have items for men.
Time for my own TOP TEN MUST-HAVES FOR SPRING 2009:
AVIATORS: BLACK, SILVER, GOLD
I’ve always loved Wayfarers. My grandfather and my grandmother wore them. But we need to give him a rest.
Every time I see a 19 year-old wearing Wayfarers, I’m gonna show them this:
Kind of like a fashion Care Bear staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare…
To which he will respond, “Wow, you are old.”
Hopefully, people will start wearing different sunglasses. There are plenty to choose from!
My father wore aviators from as far as I can remember. They’ve had been adopted by trendsters until they got so tacky that they sort of fell off the radar. But once again, they are making a comeback. The classic aviator. No plastic, no Kanye, no flash, no diamonds, no eurotrash details…
Vintage Porsche aviator set:
When I make some more money from selling some sweaters online, I am going to get these from a contact of mine. $40 for this whole set. I’m this close.
A COLOURFUL CASHMERE V-NECK
This might sound sarcastic but when times are tough, fashion seems to go the opposite way by trying to find the silver lining in the clothing clouds. After 9-11, keen trendspotters noticed more prints and electric colours. Now that there’s a looming recession (even I’m cutting back on purchases this year but only because I’m saving up for a China trip), designers are running to bigger brands such as Walmart, Puma and Target to create colourful and affordable pieces for the mass populace.
Cashmere is also getting more affordable these days with wool blend options at Banana Republic, Uniqlo and Club Monaco that are just as soft as the real thing. So cheer up. Things are looking brighter soon.
Sometimes I reread my own fashion writing and I want to vomit all over Plum Sykes’ Chinese Laundry sandals.
A SHORT TRENCH
I recently attended the Bustle show at Toronto Fashion Week and you can see my review here. Though a little underwhelming, there were a few key pieces that impressed me.
Like this wonderfully short double-breasted trench.
A play on the new length from Fall/Winter 2008’s peacoats, this trench will stand out in the sea of khaki and black rumpled trench coats that every magazine is predicting.
I have a whole selection of khaki and neutrals in my wardrobe but for some reason, I never wear any of them together. I’ve recently started pulling creams, lavenders and olives out of my closet and incorporating them into my weekday wardrobe:
I mean, why buy a purple shirt and not wear it?
But of course, male models always look better in everything. Especially the ones who are sporting just got off a long flight hair, the new do for Spring 2009.
Odd combinations of neutrals and muted layers are a great way to show a more feminine side without looking effeminate. When in doubt, pair it with a light grey.
A BOLD VINTAGE WATCH
I had mentioned a Mondaine that my friend Deep purchased recently and it really is my favourite watch right now. And for under $300, it’s an incredible buy. But rather than repeating myself, may I suggest a vintage Mondaine like this one?
Regarded as the producer of the official Swiss Railway watches, Mondaine has been in the business of watches since 1951. The one pictured is not a railway clock design, but is still a nice looking sports hand wound chronograph, built to a high specification.
Even J. Crew of all places was selling vintage Rolex oyster watches on their website last fall:
No longer available, of course.
If you can’t afford a vintage Rolex, try this alligator Seiko from the 70’s:
Either way, for under $300, one can have a great collector’s piece that will remain timeless. *whon whon*
A SLIM LAPTOP BAG
I think those $675 Prada women’s laptop sleeves are just ridiculous. For guys, I would go with this gem from Acme:
Acme “Cargo” laptop bag in grey flannel, around $250 available at Henry’s.
Flannel ain’t just for carpet munchers anymore.
Acme slim laptop bag, all bags start from $149.
Jack Spade nylon laptop bag on sale at Jack Spade’s website for $68.
DARK STRAIGHT LEG JEANS
What will I be wearing with my colour v-neck sweaters? Brand new dark denim straight leg slim (NOT skinny) jeans with a slight sheen. Leave the button pockets at the discount designer outlet. Get expensive looking straight leg jeans. Trust me. They will go with everything.
I wore it all winter formally to be a rebel. But seersucker is sleek but eccentric. Classic but quirky. Clean but old-fashioned. Light but masculine. It’s a breath of fresh spring air. Pair it with shorts if you can pull it off. Or if you’re hosting a party on a boat.
Seersucker is also going to be huge with people with vaginas but this is a mens fashion site so let’s not go there.
A SNAKESKIN BELT
A few seasons ago, I saw ONE $100 real snakeskin belt at Zara and when I returned a week later to look at it again, it was gone. And never seen again.
A real snakeskin belt can run up to $800 (Jil Sander makes an incredible orange one) but no slithery serpents need to die for your style this spring. Get a print like this one:
Sophisticated and totally PC, only a cow needs to die. Steaks for everyone!
I predicted these in my mind but then started seeing these in magazines this month… So I’m not jumping on a bandwagon or anything. Honest.
Try a non-suede pair in a colour other than khaki like these ones from Clarks:
So I’m definitely looking forward to spring. The fresh air, the sunshine, the flowers, the birds chirping and of course, putting away the winter coats and starting fresh with a new wardrobe.