For anyone who lives in a temperate climate, hemophilia one that go through almost bipolar weather changes in a span as short as a week — snow, ailment then sun, medicine then freezing, then not — the countdown to spring has no doubt already begun. If you’ve got a mile-long “to buy” list of new purchases just waiting to be acquired, then it goes without saying you’re counting down the days until you can actually wear them. But  in our enthusiasm to forget about the cold, the grey, the black cashmere and the sturdy coats, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the beginning of springtime isn’t actually that warm.

Often overlooked as must-have items are those transitional outerwear pieces that are functional, lightweight, and above all else, packed with stylish potential. In the spirit of ditching winter’s doldrums, here’s a look at the best that Spring has to offer.

viral fashion 2012 shopping mens fashion rick owens spring summer trends jacket bomberThe Blouson – It’s probably safe to say that the blouson is considered so cool thanks to one man, and one man only; James Dean. The red blouson he immortalized in Rebel Without a Cause elevated what is actually a fairly plain and boring style to unparalleled levels of awesome. While the wrong one may conjure thoughts of a day spent on the golf course, when done right The Blouson is a simple, casual option. While you may be tempted to emulate Dean’s legendary swag with a red one for yourself, it may be too literal a take on the look. Opt for something a bit more contemporary with details like heavy duty zippers and a slimmer fit.

viral fashion 2012 mens fashion shopping trends spring summer raf simons jacket mac raincoatThe Mac – A fairly minimal take on rainy-day outerwear, The Mac is for those who can’t be bothered with all of those excess buttons and belts that come with the more traditional Trench. Cut straight, with a single row of buttons to close it and a small pointed or notched collar, it may seem like the less exciting option, but because of it’s spare design The Mac affords designers more room to play with detail, as is the case with Raf Simons nylon variation in a broken tartan pattern. Impossible not to notice (for all of the right reasons) it’s as fashionable as all-weather gear can get.



viral fashion 2012 mens fashion shopping trends burberry london trench coat spring summerThe Trench – The trench coat is to outerwear what jeans are to casualwear; a piece so classic, so iconic and so steeped in history that people often take it’s inherent style for granted. But style is only part of the equation; substance is just as important. Historically developed for officers in the British military and quickly appropriated off of the front lines, the Trench is quite possibly the most elegant all-purpose jacket you can find. Burberry is widely considered the authority on trench coats, and while there are plenty of other options out there, you can’t do much better than the experts.



viral fashion 2012 michael bastian jacket spring summer shopping trends mensThe Utility Jacket – Some are called a Field Jacket, others a Safari Jacket, still others don’t get a fancy name. Whichever variation you choose of these multi-use, multi-functional outerwear options, it’s bound to look good. Combining the rugged stiffness of heavy-duty cottons or cotton blends in a multitude of different finishes — waxed, washed, crinkled, the options are endless — with the ease of an unstructured silhouette, The Utility Jacket is as easy as it is practical. With all of those pockets, you’re not likely to be at a loss for where to put your things, and their light-to-medium weight makes them perfect for layering. So whether you’re tackling the urban jungle or the battlefield of Fashion Week, The Utility Jacket has got you covered.

viral fashion 2012 versace mens shopping trends jacket windbreakerThe Windbreaker – Easily the sportiest of spring’s outerwear options, The Windbreaker has officially been elevated from the ranks of mere performance gear and has become something of a cult piece. Taken out of it’s expected context (you know, running shorts, sweat pants and sneakers) it lends an unexpected edge to your look. Paired with clashing pieces like skinny chinos, selvedge-washed jeans, gingham shirts and derby shoes, the effect is just unusual enough to say “fashion”. The array of colors available out there makes it an easy pop of color, and the fact that the humble windbreaker is also practical is an added bonus.

by Justin Friedman