Spring Fashion Special: 31 Luxe Upgrades

We bring you a step-by-step guide to better-looking casual wear.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

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.

Rule 28: Follow the Gospel of Gosling.

With his outfits and life philosophy in Crazy, Stupid, Love, Ryan Gosling stood for one message: be the best possible version of yourself, and don't settle. The actor has clearly taken that message to heart offscreen. Heed his example.

Credit: The Everett Collection
Styling by Eugene Tong. Grooming by Staci Child at DeFacto using Dior Homme Cosmetics. Casting by Edward Kim at The Edit Desk.
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