Fashion Forward on the First Coast

What’s in store for men this spring?

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Looking forward to a warm weather look to put a little spring in your step? This season, men’s fashion is all about function without forgoing style, thanks to some innovative new fabrics and textiles hitting the market (also some old ones that are making a comeback).

It’s time to toss your cargo shorts in the trash because slimmer and shorter is hitting the North Florida’s fashion scene.

Tie Dye is making its way back to men’s wear but refrain from a full technicolor dream coat. Instead, opt for subtle, ombre patterns. Earthy tones and neutrals can add an interesting detail to an outfit without being overpowering or garish.

As formal and casual wear blend together, workwear is becoming more versatile. For a pant that transcends both the office and the weekend, opt for a five-pocket trouser. Made from a bi-stretch wool mixture, these ultra-comfortable pants keep stylish elements of jean while being suitable for a work environment. These days, just because you are a dad doesn’t mean you have to look like someone’s dad.

Just as women’s fashion is seeing some come backs from the 60s and 70s, men’s fashion is welcoming back cords. While not as clunky as they were in the past, corduroy is great for both preppy and casual attire. Pair with a jean jacket for a hip night out or with a blazer for a more formal take on the trending fabric. Avoid looking like a disheveled college professor by forgoing patterns and baggy outerwear when donning a cord. Like a black bear coming out of a long winter hibernation, corduroy doesn’t work in packs and hates competition from other bulky fabrics.

If you live in Florida, you get a pass to wear baggies outside the beach. Perhaps some would argue against it, but it’s not changing the fact that everyone does. Rather than fight it, be friends with the right pair of trending baggies that says, “I care if not a lot.”

Retro is all the rage for shorts, so make sure your baggies are not too, well…baggy. Color blocking and a seam that hits above the knee will channel an old school surf vibe perfect for North Florida. Oddly enough men have started saying OK to elastic waistbands again, however, that doesn’t mean you should make a mad dash for a clearance rack at Walmart’s swim section.

Make sure all the style boxes are checked before opting for the comfort of an elastic band.

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