Spring fashion for the guys
A year ago, GQ lambasted Boston men, calling us “fashion troglodytes” for watching the game instead of runways (Who knew having so many winning franchises could be a bad thing?). Let’s prove the naysayers wrong, shall we? As temps heat up, break out these nine fresh picks — Chic specs! Shocking soles! — from local shops and stay fashion-forward. — SIAN-PIERRE REGIS
Embrace the bright trend with this durable Freitag messenger bag. It’ll fit just about everything you need for a relaxing weekend away: shorts, sandals, suntan lotion, beer, etc. And since the bags are made from recycled materials, each one is unique.
Freitag “Dragnet” bag, $245, Uniform, 511 Tremont St., Boston, 617-247-2360, uniformboston.com
Style is all in the details — roll up the sleeves of this blanket-lined denim trucker jacket from Levi’s for a pop of vibrant tribal print.
Denim jacket, $450, Levi’s, 131 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-0135, levi.com
Glasses have come a long way from the days of the bifocal. Men with fresh frames are fast becoming the coolest kids on the playground at the bar. Acetate frames will hit the scene hard this spring in clear and translucent colors (think Key lime green and Yves Klein blue).
SALT. “Yates” acetate frames, $369-$469, Eyes Over Copley, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-859-0630, eyesovercopley.com
You didn’t pack in long hours at the gym this winter for nothing. Show off a little bit of muscle with trunks that lay just about two inches above your knee. See? All those squats will pay off . . .
Orlebar Brown “Reef” swim trunks, $250, Louis, 60 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-262-6100, louisboston.com
Punchy Patterned Pieces
Prints go beyond paisley this season. Add flair to a simple t-shirt and khakis with an ikat scarf.
“Bandaras” cotton scarf, $49.50, Lucky Brand Jeans, 229 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-0102, luckybrand.com
Do your shorts fall past your knees? Grow up and ditch the board shorts for a pair of well-cut, rolled-up khakis that’ll keep you looking both chic and casual come summer.
Cotton shorts, $155, Vince, Copley Place, 617-236-5535, vince.com
A toned down moto-jacket — like this goat-suede and leather bomber from UGG — is perfect for Saturday’s jeans-and-tee brunch. And c’mon, if it’s good enough for Tom (as in Brady, the face of the brand), it’s good enough for us.
“Cornell” leather jacket, $650, UGG Australia, 75 Newbury St., Boston, 617-657-0622, uggaustralia.com
Who says work attire has to be staid? Opt for bright soles: It’s business on top, and one hell of a party down below. ColeHaan’s newest spring Oxford packs a comfy, colorful punch that’ll turn heads in the office and out on the town.
“LunarGrand” suede shoes, $248, Cole Haan (available March 28), 109 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-7826, colehaan.com
Rose Gold Watch
A little wrist bling never hurt anyone. But, please, skip Diddy-like diamonds dripping from your cuffs in favor of rose gold. The metal is tonally warmer than stainless steel, and the hue is unexpected.
“Bubble” bracelet, $250, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 81 Newbury St., Boston, 617-425-0404, marcjacobs.com
(All photos are courtesy.)
Sian-Pierre Regis is the founder of style website Swagger: New York. Born and raised in Copley Square, SP also handles correspondent duties at MTV ACT.