Another Look for Early Spring

Apr 16, 2011

This spring I've found myself getting into more earthy tones and that lemon sort of yellow. It seems appropriate for the season, so I whipped up a look using some of the season's best offerings in the color palette:

— Chauncey Breton stripe cardigan, $239 at C'H'C'M
It seems the Breton stripe's time has lingered for about as long as the whole nautical trend. It's still certainly a flattering look on most people and I will always love it. I chose this piece from Chauncey for the features that set it apart from the pack. This particular cardigan is woven in a thick and very substantial cotton. Unlike the typical white/navy Breton stripe we're all used to, Chauncey use ecru and charcoal to subdue the contrast and provide a more pleasing appearance. Elbow darts, patch pockets and brown buttons (corozo nut I'm presuming) finish off the best cardigan I've seen anywhere.

— Norse Projects Elka solid raincoat, $190 at Norse Projects
You know that perfect yellow raincoat you've been searching for ever since you saw that photo of the kids in Take Ivy? This is it. The PVC fabric is actually lightweight and not as stuffy as you'd think. Packable and very well-constructed, this is a jacket I would permanently store in my bag just to keep prepared.

— Visvim Lamina 20L Kudu backpack, available at NOTE
Visvim is one of those brands you either love or hate. They definitely tend to overdesign certain pieces, especially footwear. Their 20L backpacks have a very well-balanced designed though, and the brand often uses the highest quality materials available. This particular model is made using kudu leather and cordura nylon.

— Blanc & Noir brushed twill cargo pant, $207 at Four Horsemen Shop
Slim-fitting cargo pants are hard to come by, and may not be something everyone is willing to attempt. Blanc & Noir's take features a single cargo pocket and a hefty brushed twill fabric. The bellows pockets allow the wearer to fit whatever they may need to carry without sacrificing the slim silhouette. The price is also a bit more attainable than similar past offerings from Michael Bastian and Brunello Cucinelli.

— The Hill-Side selvedge chambray tie, $83 at C'H'C'M
By now everyone knows The Hill-Side's selvedge chambray products, thanks mostly to J.Crew. I really like this "turmeric" color, it's unique but will still pair well with a large variety of colors and fabrics.

— Patrik Ervell standard buttondown, $220 at Patrik Ervell
My favorite club collar shirt in a classic color not oft seen anymore. If off-white shirting was good enough for Bond, it's good enough for me.

— Sanders suede chukka boot, £165 at Sanders
The British shoemaker responsible for Mark McNairy's namesake footwear line has some excellent offerings themselves. This piece, with its thick crepe sole and rich chocolate color is the type of shoe I associate with contemporary Neopolitan style and British and American style icons of yore. It stands out in such a subtle way, it's sort of like a dressier desert boot.


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