Here's what you should be wearing this spring
Dressing for springtime friends-and-family gatherings often presents more pressure than it needs to.
You want to look nice, but don't need to be in full formal wear. Still, your relatives would be very happy to see you in a collared shirt. Here's how to dress for some of the situations you might find yourself in this spring—no matter what they are.
To a brunch
You can wear a collared shirt and a jacket without having to wear a suit. This button-down is super versatile, the chinos have just a little bit of interest to them with the subtle pleating, and the blazer is basically a sweatshirt. A pair of black Chelsea boots and a zip wallet keep the look clean and easy.
Flannel Shirt ($68) by Everlane, everlane.com; Charcoal Felted Chore Coat ($195) by Buck Mason, buckmason.com; Assembly Trousers ($150) by Folk, mrporter.com; Pebble Grain Leather Wallet ($240) by NN07, mrporter.com; Chelsea Boots ($609) by Common Projects, endclothing.com.
To an in-law party
You want to look nice around the (current, or potential future) in-laws, but don't want to feel uncomfortable. A lightweight sweater, chinos with a touch of stretch, and beloved white high-top sneakers are the perfect way to do it. A dark gray jacket and Timex watch make it a full, no-fail outfit.
Slub Melange Cotton Blend Sweater ($110) by Club Monaco, mrporter.com; Melange Felt Blouson Jacket ($610) by Mr P, mrporter.com; Slim Fit Stretch Cotton Twill Chinos ($90) by J.Crew, mrporter.com; RB1 High ($350) by Rag & Bone, rag-bone.com; MK1 Aluminum Chronograph Watch ($135) by Timex, endclothing.com.
To a classy lunch
And for those occasions when you do indeed need to wear a suit, here's how to keep it easygoing. Many spring events don't require dark, heavy suits, so there's no need for you to wear one. Instead, a lightweight grey feels much less formal but looks just as put-together. Pairing it with a polo and Chelsea brogue boots gives it a stylish, completely un-buttoned-up edge. Add sunglasses for good measure.
Unstructured Ludlow blazer ($168) by J.Crew, jcrew.com; Ludlow Slim Fit Pant ($68) by J.Crew, jcrew.com; Pique Slim Polo ($35) by Everlane, everlane.com; Henry Brogue Chelsea Boots ($485) by Tricker's, endclothing.com; Round Frame Gunmental Sunglasses ($150) by Ray-Ban, mrporter.com.