30 Men's Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Fellas, stop putting it off. When it comes to your wardrobe, it's officially spring-cleaning time: You need to haul your sweaters to the dry cleaners, zip those heavy coats into garment bags, and retire the winter-weary boots. For the fellas, here's where we come in: We scoured the streets and the web to pull together an exhaustive, game-changing list of season-ready wardrobe essentials.
Whether you're a dude in need of a closet overhaul or a lady looking to revamp the man in your life, we've got plenty of staple wear-with-alls, plus some on-trend curveballs for the more fashion forward. The options — dudes, we know you love 'em! — don't stop there: With high and low price points for each of the 30 styles on offer, you're free to splurge or save. Procrastination time is officially over, boys.
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1. The Chambray Shirt — Not many pieces can boast comfort and versatility, but the trusty chambray shirt is our go-to for easy cool. Super-soft but still crisp, wear you 'bray with a suit and tie (holler, JT) or untucked over some khakis. And, if you dare, we're all for a seasonal Canadian tuxedo.

American Apparel Heavy Chambray Long Sleeve Button-Up, $60, available at American Apparel; Shipley & Halmos Button Down Clean Woven Shirt, $225, available at Shipley & Halmos.
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2. The Gingham Shirt — Go, go gingham! This staple is totally sharp — especially against a nice tan. But, really, when you want some country club swag, these guys go all the way. New England not your thing? Switch it up with a jean jacket or a contrast patterned tie.

Frank & Oak Hawkes Shirt In Sapphire, $45, available at Frank & Oak; Ledbury The Navy Parker Gingham Spread Slim Fit, $135, available at Ledbury.
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3. The Braided Belt — Don't be afraid to braid it up, err, belt-wise we mean. Always a springtime must, this timeless number can pair up with a rocker tee for a LES vibe, or with chinos and a fresh button-down for an East Hampton jaunt.

J.Crew Braided Leather Belt, $55, available at J.Crew; A.P.C Leather-Trimmed Woven Belt, $150, available at Mr Porter.
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4. The Suede Desert Boot — Suede can be dressy, but you won't overdue it thanks to this boot's more casual silhouette. Because there's no, you know, snow to worry about, you're free to brave sunnier days in this luxe fabric — just be careful of April showers. We suggest cuffing your pants for maximum showmanship, or even rocking them to compliment a nice pair of linen shorts.

Massimo Dutti Suede Ankle Boot, $175, available at Massimo Dutti; A.P.C Suede Desert Boot, $625, available at Mr Porter.
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5. The Luxe Weekender — Sometimes we like to be a little fancy-pants, and nothing quite brings the subtle bling like some luxe luggage. These bags are big enough to hold all your long-weekend essentials but not too hefty to require checking them before your (first class) flight. Just remember to attach a name-tag – we have a feeling you'll be getting some covetous looks.

Nudie Jeans Jon Weekendbag Leather Natural, $1,099, available at Nudie Jeans; Zara Bowling Bag With Zippers, $99.90, available at Zara.
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6. The Awesome Graphic T-Shirt — Graduate from graphic sweaters to graphic tees — now's the time to show off those guns you've been working on. We're not huge fans of the "message" shirts (you know, the "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" type of deal), so we chose a duo of toppers that are a bit more artsy — and look cool under a jean shirt or hoodie. Plus, they're a conversation starter!

Saturdays X Colette Blue & Black Slash T-Shirt, $40, available at Saturdays X colette; rag & bone Square Pocket Tee, $95, available at rag & bone.
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7. The Bright Casual Watch — Retire those wintery links and up your wrist game. These bright buckle-ups are heavy on the hues, but still preppy enough for the fellas. Peeking out under a khaki blazer or setting off your sun exposure in short seeves, we're sure you'll get a lot of folks asking you for the time.

Timex Weekender Green Blue Stripe Slip Thru Nylon Strap Watch, $44.95, available at Amazon; Jack Spade Conway 38mm Watch, $298, available at Jack Spade.
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8. The Cashmere V-Neck — With spring weather being so unpredictable, we're not leaving home without this versatile V. Lightweight enough to stuff in your bag or tie around your waist, you never know when you'll need some extra protection against the shade. Sport it with a collared shirt for an uptown aesthetic or with a tee to play it down, just don't not wear something underneath, okay?

Polo Ralph Lauren Cashmere V-Neck Sweater, $397.50, available at Polo Ralph Lauren; Charles Tyrwhitt Air Force Blue Cotton Cashmere V-Neck Jumper, $79, available at Charles Tyrwhitt.
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9. The Boat Shoe — While not for everyone, once the temps start climbing up, we can't resist slipping into something a bit nautical (we can almost pretend we own a yacht.) And, while you might not be facing any Perfect Storm-type scenarios, they're definitely equipped to handle some heavy puddle hopping. Plus, they're just so easy and comfortable — you can always throw 'em on sans socks. Ahoy!

GBX Fidlar, $65, available at GBX; Thom Browne Leather Brogue Boat Shoes, $520, available at Mr Porter.
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10. The Denim Jacket — Dean, James Dean. The jean coat never goes out of style, and for spring we're donning versions fabricated in a lighter color. We dare you to put that chambray shirt on and go for the denim-on-denim look.

Topman Oversized Denim Western Jacket, $90, available at Topman; J Brand Owen Denim Jacket, $295, available at J Brand.
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11. The Dressed-Up Sweatpant — We're guilty of rocking this trend a little too hard at work. But, getting to wear sweats in the middle of the day? Priceless, we say. Opt for a more pant-like silhouette and fool your boss by pairing the tailored cotton with a real shoe (as opposed to those ratty gym sneaks). No one will ever know.

Zara Plain Trousers, $59.50, available at Zara; Acne John Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants, $210, available at Mr Porter.
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12. The Baseball Cap — Now that there's actual sun on the horizon, it's time to grab a simple cap to fight those rays. Get a little playful with a blue-and-red American version, or stay traditional with an all-navy number.

Topman Blue And Red Snapback Cap, $10, available at Topman; Gents The Director's Cap, $48.50, available at Gents.
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13. The Easy Pullover — There's nothing like slipping a super-soft, super-comfortable sweatshirt on over your tee when the sun goes down — or when the AC starts blasting your desk. These two pullovers are casual, yes, but still nice enough to wear when you don't want to be too scrubby.

Alexander Wang Loopback Cotton-Blend Jersey Sweatshirt, $195, available at Mr Porter; Joe Fresh Hoodie, $29, available at Joe Fresh.
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14. The Khaki Suit — Probably one of the most useful items on this list, you can never go wrong with a khaki suit. Spring and summer weddings? Check. Power conference with the boss? Uh-huh. This baby goes all the way, and the best part is that you can rock the pants or blazer separately. You'll thank us later.

Bonobos The Fairfax, $425, available at Bonobos; Club Monaco Windowpane Grant Suit Jacket, $495, available at Club Monaco; Club Monaco Grant Trouser, $245, available at Club Monaco.
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15. The Linen Tie — If weather.com is predicting a cold front, you can still channel spring with a light and breezy tie. These gray guys are still elegant enough to wear with a dark suit, but also not too formal if you happen to be on the jeans and a white oxford shirt tip.

Burberry Linen And Silk-Blend Tie, $150, available at Mr Porter; J.Crew Thin-Stripe Tie, $59.50, available at J.Crew.
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16. The Oxford Shorts — Sure, it's not shorts' season yet, but oh man is it coming. And, nothing beats the heat while still looking sharp than a pair of oxford shorts. We prefer the traditional blue color way, with its ability to mix 'n' match with almost everything in your closet.

Gant Rugger Glen Plaid Shorts, $125, available at Barneys; RVCA Oxo Short II, $54, available at Need Supply Co.
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17. The Nautical Cardigan — We know you've stashed your heavy wool sweaters under your bed by now (right?), but you'll still want a top that can go the distance when Mother Nature's throwing some shade. The cables on these two options make them more seasonally-appropriate, while the buttons make for easy access when you're ready to strip off a layer — or two.

H&M Cardigan, $39.50, available at H&M, 505 5th Avenue (at 42nd Street); 212-661-7012; Vince Cable Cardigan, $385, available at Vince.
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18. The Selvage Jean — Selvage denim is all the rage right now, and we can see why. Dark, a little stiff, and very durable, the fabrication is meant to be broken in over time. Bonus: The sheen gives them a dressed-up look for those days when you want to be business on top, party in the...bottom?

Jack Spade BT-02 Slim Selvage Denim, $245, available at Jack Spade; ASOS Slim Raw Selvage Jeans, $67.82, available at ASOS.
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19. The Colorful Sneaker — Though we're not ditching our high-tops, we still think it's time to invest in some amped-up sneaks to really celebrate the bright days headed our way. While these pairs might be too fashion-forward for some men (and we respect that), we think that if you match 'em with a neutral palette on top, they make for extra fun in the sun.

Clae Gregory Ruby Mesh, $95, available at Clae; Vans Van Doren Era, $55, available at Vans.
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20. The Navy Blazer — Where would we be without this piece? Seriously, these blazers are so optimal because you can stuff them in your bag and smarten up a look in a snap. A favorite travel companion, we also love the navy blazer's timeless aesthetic and ability to slim down any extra-poundage you may still be Barry's Bootcamping away.

Windsor Custom For Safira Nautical Blazer, $675, available at Safira; Frank & Oak Terry Blazer in Navy, $95, available at Frank & Oak.
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21. The Lightweight Chino — Uh, duh. Don't think these pants are just for pointdexters and Kennedys — we rely on chinos for their lightweight breathability as well as their ability to look cooler with age. Go for the full prep effect or throw on some dunks and well-worn boots...either way, we think you'll like what you're seeing.

Bonobos Spring Weight Italian Chinos, $158, available at Bonobos; Dockers Alpha Khaki Chambray Cuff, $98, available at Dockers.
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22. The Extra-Large Tote — When you're not quite in need of a duffle or weekender, but can't fit all your stuff in a backpack, you'll start recognizing the beauty of these oversized totes. They hold a seemingly endless supply of all the crap you need for a couple days away, plus, for some reason, they never really feel that heavy. We suggest buying one with a zip so you're boxers don't end up flying out on a bumpy Jitney ride.

Barbour + Jack Spade Waxed Canvas Tote, $350, available at Barneys; L.L Bean Hunter's Tote Extra-Large Bag Zip-Top, $39, available at L.L. Bean.
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23. The Polo Shirt — These shirts are one of our favorite parts about April and beyond — they're comfortable without being sloppy. Button 'em up to the top for that hipster look, tuck 'em into some jeans to go Southern gentleman, or wear 'em loose with shorts — no matter how you slice it, the polo will ensure you don't look like a schlub.

Bonobos Belmont Slim - Piqué Polo, $55, available at Bonobos; Paul Smith Polo Shirt, $185, available at Paul Smith.
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24. The Varsity Jacket — We were into these jackets for fall, and we're still feeling their lighter iterations circa now. There's something so cool about these athletic toppers (high school glory days flashbacks, perhaps?), and they're ideal to reach for when you're confused about what Mother Nature has in store for the rest of the day.

ASOS Varsity Jacket, $67.82, available at ASOS; Sandro Yankee Navy Varsity Jacket, $515, available at Sandro.
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25. The Bleached White Jean — While the all-white jean can be a little in-your-face, there's something to be said for its less blinding cousin, which is more south of Houston, less Argentinian polo player. Great with white sneaks and a white tee, they also play nice with some dessert boots and a denim topper.

Levi's 511 Slim Fit WasteLess Jeans, $78, available at Levi's; Nudie Jeans Thin Finn Org. Bleached Jean, $199, available at Nudie Jeans.
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26. The Striped Sweater — Nautical stripes just happen to be our go-to warm-weather top: They're fresh and clean looking but still add a little variety to any outfit. We're steering clear of the St. Tropez, blue-and-white version and slipping on some horizontals in grays and blacks for a more urban experience.

American Apparel Knit Small Stripe Sweater Crew Neck, $31, available at American Apparel; rag & bone Sierra Crew, $275, available at rag & bone.
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27. The Swimming Trunk — Okay, it's not quite beach time yet, but we're using our April weekends to take advantage of the swe-et Kayak deals to, say, South Beach. Plus, you'll be wearing these so much sooner than you think. Memorial Day ain't that far — at least that's what we're telling ourselves. Our bathing suit picks are not too short, not too long, meaning you'll avoid both looking like a frat boy or Euro trash.

Saturdays Schulze Stripe Trunk, $75, available at Saturdays; Vilebrequin Moorea Mid-Length Swim Shorts, $180, available at Mr Porter.
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28. The Tortoiseshell Shades — Trust, it's all about tortoiseshell. Carey Grant-esque and luxe-looking, the speckled brown frames give you a certain swagger no matter what the rest of your outfit may be. We're into options with an aviator look, so you can look fly strolling on Bedford Avenue, brunching at Extra Virgin, or keeping a low-pro on your flight to L.A. You're a big deal.

OAK A.OK Spectator Sunglasses Tortoise Shell, $28, available at OAK; Retro Super Future Ciccio Havana, $175, available at The Monocle Order.
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29. The White Button-Up — No. Brainer. Seriously. While you should already own one (or three) of this timeless staple, we like to restock each spring to combat wear-and-tear, fading, and all the Shake Shack stains we accumulated last year. Promise, you can never go wrong with a nice, white shirt.

Ernest Alexander Benjamin White Oxford Shirt, $135, available at Ernest Alexander; Massimo Dutti Plain Slim Fit Structured Shirt With Elbow Patches, $69.50, available at Massimo Dutti.
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30. The Wind Breaker — Unfortunately, wind chill is not going away, no matter the time of year, so we say you should beat Zeus at his own game with a wind-breaker that's spare enough to wear with something a lil' dressy, but also able to do double-duty for everyday breezy situations.

Sandro Wind Navy Windbreaker, $515, available at Sandro; Topman Red Polka Dot Print Bomber Jacket, $120, available at Topman.