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 29: Know where to go to build your luxe-casual wardrobe.

These stores offer the high-quality pieces you need to achieve this unfussy but polished look:

Andrisen Morton, Denver
Located in the fashionable Cherry Creek North neighborhood, the luxury department store emphasizes tailored sophistication: Loro Piana cashmere sweaters, Paul & Shark blazers, and Angelo Nardelli dress shirts. 270 St. Paul St.; andrisenmorton.com

Louis Boston, Boston
Head to this local institution's new waterfront location for a classic selection of Kiton ties, Harrys of London dress shoes, and Marni pants. 60 Northern Ave.; louisboston.com

Mark Shale, Chicago
Famed for its bespoke suiting, the Michigan Avenue store brings the same refined sensibility to casualwear with a selection of established brands like Fašonnable, Hickey Freeman, and Corneliani. 900 N. Michigan Ave.; markshale.com

Mitchells, Westport, Conn.
This family-owned store casts a particular eye toward Italy, offering Brunello Cucinelli crewneck sweaters, Zegna suits, and Ferragamo loafers. See its sibling shops in Greenwich, Connecticut; Huntington, New York; San Francisco; and Palo Alto, California. 670 Post Rd. East; mitchellstores.com

Sid Mashburn, Atlanta
The store's house line offers old-world-gentleman's staples that improve with time: button-down and spread-collar oxfords, cashmere V-neck sweaters, and button-fly wool trousers. 1198 Howell Mill Rd.; sidmashburn.com

Stanley Korshak, Dallas
The luxury retailer, widely considered the best in Texas, sells Pantherella socks, Isaia blazers, and handmade Bontoni shoes in a beautiful 65,000-square-foot complex inspired by classic Parisian architecture. 500 Crescent Ct., Suite 100; stanleykorshak.com

Courtesy of Ami
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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