When it comes to fashion and men, I don't know many of the male species that passionately following seasonal trends or bother to take their sartorial lead from the catwalks. Sure the average modern man may flick through the style pages of GQ and buy his clothes from MrPorter.com, but it is not so much about getting his manly hands on the new season must-haves but instead, investing in and building a wearable collection of trousers, jeans, shirts, t-shirts, jackets and coats.
With this attitude in mind, when it comes to the new season, the simplest and most failsafe way for a man to shop is to invest in classic designs and staples but with a contemporary twist, introducing new colours and prints, edgy fabrics and fresh up to date styles. So gents, if you want to update your wardrobe here's how to adopt that subtle sartorial edge this spring...
THE STYLE: Sporty minded
This should be music to your ears, as you don't need to smarten up your act just yet. Laidback sweats, sports inspired casuals and loose and louche separates are all on spring's radar. But this is no excuse to slouch around in tatty jogging bottoms. Spruce up your off duty wear with slick baseball shirts and jackets, leather bomber jackets, cool cotton joggers or play down smart tailoring switching formal stiff fabrics for the hi tech and louche.
Where to buy: Matchesfashion.com has launched its very own label Raey – we love their off duty cashmere sweaters, sweatpants and cardigans.
THE MATERIAL: Denim
Denim is the go to fabric this spring. Jeans in indigo, grey, black and washed denim, chambray shirts, distressed denim jackets, denim effect sweatshirts, seventies inspired denim coats, tailored denim blazers – you name it – its denim. And don't be afraid to double up on your denim – but keep your look sharp by teaming dark hues together and opting for slim tailoring.
Where to buy: MrPorter.com have an extensive range of denim loving brands this season including Ron Herman, Jean Shop, Burberry, Junya Watanabe, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saint Laurent.
THE JACKET: A statement blazer
A blazer is a prerequisite for the dapper gents wardrobe, or even the urban city mite's cool and eclectic closet. And for your latest investment, think classic British tailoring, but with a bold and nonchalant edge. This is Savile Row meets Shoreditch – crisp, tailored jackets but in a statement shade, boasting vertical stripes or finished with a bold trim and worn with contrasting coloured cropped chinos or preppy shorts.
Where to buy: Etro for a slice of expressive Italian flair, or for a blast of colour or print, head to Brits Paul Smith and Burberry Prorsum.