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The Andrew Woj Spring 2011 Style Guide – ONLY on MTM

February 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Mary Note: Guys, pay attention to Andrew’s notes for your spring style below.  If you chose to accept his advice, you’ll spend less time shopping (which I know you love) and save a huge chunk of change (which I know you love more!) in the long run.

— Andrew Woj, the Straight Guy’s Stylist

Men’s fashion trends are subtle, which is why you guys have to make them your own.  Anyone can wear a pair of skinny jeans and a hoodie, but the trick is doing it without looking like Justin Bieber.  Here are six spring pieces that are trendy and mature enough to make you stand out from the crowd without looking like a teen sensation.

Get a weave.

Woven belts are straight out of the 90s but they’re making a huge comeback.  Maybe you’re not the same size you were in the 90s – I totally get that.  Luckily, this is one fashion trend that defies time and waistlines.  People are making big mistakes by donating their worn in weaves to thrift stores because they think the look is outdated.  I recommend looking for a bargain at Goodwill or the Salvation Army before springing for the full-price designer version.

Walk in the rain.

Judging by the bounty of high tops and spring friendly boots, ankles are certainly out this season.  My favorite footwear for the spring is the suede dessert boot.  I know what you’re thinking – Andrew, it’s springtime, it rains nearly every day.  You can’t be serious about suede! Oh, but I am.  The rain is part of the process to make them look worn in.  Check out fellow men’s fashion blogger, Will, in his distressed desert boots.  Please also note pink watch – he’s taking the pop-of-color trend and making it his own!

Go for an authentic boot, like the Clarks Desert Boot on sale at Zappos for only $100.

Color it camel.

Don’t miss out on the hottest trend for spring and summer: camel.  You’re used to wearing neutral pants, so why not try a shirt?  You can pick up a truly trendy and  affordable version like the one seen on Kid Cudi at Banana Republic for only $60!

Let your pants do the talking.

This spring it’s time for you to have a little fun with your pants too!  If you already summer in New England, than you probably have your Nantucket Reds out of storage and waiting in the wings for some play time.  If you’re unfamiliar with colored pants, get some and start exploring this spring.  They’re going to be everywhere!

A couple helpful tips:

  1. DO – make sure they fit well.  Go for something more streamlined like a straight leg or slim fit
  2. DON’T – grab denim (colored denim is tacky and unnatural).

Check out a few trendy pairs at Land’s End Canvas for $39.50.

Get in the trenches.

This is a classic piece you’ll be wearing for years, so don’t feel bad about splurging.  However, you can also find affordable styles.  DistrictCut recently posted on the hottest spring to summer trench coats and the best part is that you can find them all for under $200.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with this one: go with a classic trench and don’t be afraid to spend a little closer to the $200 mark – your trench will always be in style and if you invest, you won’t be buying a new one every year!

Look like a player.

A rugby player, that is!  Rugby shirts are huge for spring.  You can get a pre-made or completely customized (and 100% authentic) rugby shirt from RUGBY by Ralph Lauren.  If you’re in DC, be sure to check out the Rugby store in Georgetown because there is endless outfit inspiration.  If you’re not as fortunate to have a store in your town, you can shop online.  Don’t forget to look in your college book store for vintage inspired sweats and rugbys as well.

You’re all set to hit the stores.  I know this will never happen, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.  Send me a pic of your new spring look and we’ll post it (from the collar down).  And if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below.