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29 October 2020

The Must-Have Spring Menswear Capsule Wardrobe

Sunnier seasons call for new wardrobe essentials.

Spring is an alluring season. As we stumble out of our winter hibernation – torpor made worse by lockdown – we step into the light, warmth, and possibility of sunnier days. Refreshing your style can be as simple as investing in one or more staples to elevate your current collection, or giving your wardrobe a cosmic overhaul.

Words By Eva Marchingo

Relaxed Shirt

A lightweight, relaxed-fit shirt is the quintessential staple for every easy-going guy out there. Tap into the autumnal-tones trend with neutral colours, or express yourself with a bold print.

A relaxed shirt will take you from day to night regarding both dress code and weather. From luxury linen to cotton poplin, a cooling fabric will keep you feeling fresh throughout the sunnier seasons.

Not only is a relaxed shirt a transeasonal piece, but with its easy-wearing fit, it gently falls in line with the spring/summer menswear trend for oversized clothing.

Capture the essence of spring with a relaxed shirt worn over shorts, undo the first few buttons and feel the cool breeze on your chest as you enjoy a vino in the park.

Loewe Paula’s Ibiza Patchwork Printed Shirt, $905, My Theresa

Relaxed Shirt


A time-honoured staple, the overshirt is a brilliant and underutilised garment. Give your weekend look a sophisticated lift by donning a structured over-shirt.

The overshirt allows you to dip into both the work-wear and utilitarian trends without being too casual or too bold. It can aid any look, whether you’re a hype beast or classic white-collar worker out of the office.

There are plenty of incentives to invest in a high-quality overshirt. They are lightweight enough to be an enticing option for spring layering, and they’re heavy enough to be worn as a shirt during the cooler months.

The overshirt is not a trend in and of itself, it is a style choice; a timeless garment made to elevate any outfit or wardrobe, regardless of the wearer.

Isabel Marant Joario Corduroy Overshirt, $745, My Theresa

Drawstring Trouser

A perennial pant, if dogs were not man’s best friends, the drawstring trouser would be. Placing versatility above all else, these pants are designed to seamlessly slide into any outfit.

Comfortable yet polished, the drawstring trouser can take your from a Sunday morning hangover on the couch to Sunday roast at the in-laws.

The best part of this type of pant is the variety. Within this staple, you can explore a multitude of trends; dabbling into the 40s-inspired high-waisted pants, to sporting an overuse of visile pockets.

Go for a relaxed look by pairing a linen pant with a slouchy white t-shirt and converse, or elevate your look a notch by layering with an overshirt and swapping out the sneakers for a leather boot.

Rick Owens Cropped Drawstring Crepe Trousers, $980, Matches Fashion

Drawstring Trouser
Short Shorts

Short Shorts

Men’s short hovering on either end of the extremes this season, with trends favouring both long shorts. On one hand, basketball-style shorts and wide-leg shorts channelling the feminine skirt. On the other hand, the super short shorts reminiscent of the 70s and 80s.

Shedding off your winter coat, it’s time to show some skin and soak up as much vitamin D as you can. Channelling the intimate nature of both boxer shorts and swim trunks, the short shorts encourage both softness and ease in the wearer.

Don’t be afraid to pair your short shorts with an oversized shirt and casual sandals, or wear some box-fresh sneakers and a sweater once the night gets a little cooler.

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE Pleated-gingham Shorts, $539, Matches Fashion

Two Strap Sandals

Spring marks a time of great experiences: football grand finals, picnics, cricket beginning, longer days, and carefree times. And when you need to jump from one thing to the next and still have time to stop for a minute and feel the ground beneath you, you need a comfortable and convenient shoe.

A sandal can look great in any outfit, and you can take them off with ease to feel the spring soil between your toes. Sandals come in many styles, but this year the two-strap sandal is making waves.

In 2020, trends are veering away from the one-strap slide look and instead opting for a less casual sandal, meaning you can get away with wearing them to more places. A Birkenstock can be worn anywhere; taking out the bins and end-of-year celebrations alike.

Dries Van Noten Black Leather Sandals, $920, SSENSE

Two Strap Sandals

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