Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren proclaimed “Spring Prep” in Magnificent Mile and Union Square shop windows, indicating to passersby that the 2013-2014 polar vortex was history. Speaking of history, the message conveys that fashion history isn’t really history at all. That is, the ’80s preppy look is back and blue is where it’s at.
Spinning the color wheel
Bloomingdale’s confirms true blue is the spring trend among its designers, covering shades from “ultramarine to ink to indigo.” Esquire editors ponder whether it’s “blogger blue” or “Dodger blue.” Yes, it’s true that cobalt blue was trending in 2013; it still is. Cornflower blue is a dominant shade paired with complementary shades of muted coral, pale yellow or sea green.
The current all-American look says ivy style, country club, New England yachts. Add a pair of classic boat shoes, break the bank on Gucci slip-ons or be sensible in $100 Bass Weejuns, the world’s first penny loafer, made in Maine since 1876. Or, refer to the stockist list for Alden’s, handmade in New England since 1884. Avoid black and skip the socks.
Blazing a trail
Not every man would consider a Burberry or Hugo Boss navy blazer with peak lapels and mother-of-pearl buttons worn with an chic pocket square. But, blazers are big. They’re any shade of blue and they’re double-breasted. Button just the middle button when you’re on the move and go with or without a tie. If you’ve got the obligatory navy blazer hanging in the closet, pull it out and dust it off. Upgrade the shoes to lace-ups and don’t skip colorful socks.
Update the look with mirrored lens sunglasses and a chic leather bag if you want to look like you just flew in from Paris, London or Milan. For casual days, perfect your hand at hem turn ups, consider an Indian madras plaid sportsman shirt and, as spring turns into summer, embrace linen.