On spring weekends, most American guys break out a combination of Americana and classic prep: jeans, a polo, Chuck Taylors, maybe a work shirt. And there's nothing wrong with that—but it's time to aim higher. This season, pay attention to the way many European (especially Italian) men infuse their casual outfits with elegance and panache. Note the clothes worn by the men on this page: the richly hued braided belt, the well-cut safari jacket, the sumptuous tee that's never been worn to the gym. These guys are paying attention to fit, fabric, and quality. This is the look you should aspire to during off-hours. Here, 31 surefire ways to achieve it.
Spring Fashion Special: 31 Luxe Upgrades
We bring you a step-by-step guide to better-looking casual wear.
Rule 1: Fit is everything.
Bring a tailored aesthetic to even your most easygoing clothes to inject the sophistication of a more formal outfit.
From left: Blazer ($2,460) by Brunello Cucinelli, shirt ($195) by Burberry London, jeans ($442) by Etro. Sweater ($240) by Ami, shirt ($210) by Acne, pants ($400) by Salvatore Ferragamo, belt ($525) by Brunello Cucinelli. Jacket ($1,395) by Z Zegna, T-shirt ($275) by Etro, pants ($198) by Marc by Marc Jacobs.