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Spring Forward: Your Head-to-Toe Transitional Guide

Spring Forward: Your Head-to-Toe Transitional Guide

Sure, there might still be snow on the ground now, but by next week it will be March—and just slightly warmer. And the week after that... just slightly warmer, even. And the week after that... still March. But from here on out, it can only get more spring-like with each new day.

So, to help you transition your wardrobe as the ground thaws and flowers begin to bud, we’ve put together this handy head-to-toe guide.

The New Cycling Menswear to Consider for Spring

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The seasonal shift is already under way: flowers are budding, the heavy wools are being replaced by cottons and raw silk, and soon enough you’ll be tuning up the old two-wheeler.

Luckily, there’s plenty of handsome new menswear hitting the market for spring that’s geared toward the active yet refined sport of urban cycling: performance material with a British-minded cut, jeans with secret stretch and moisture-wicking shirts—just to name a few. As for the rest:

Here is all of the handsome new cycling menswear to consider for spring...»

Five Masterly Dapper Green Blazers

Green Blazers

It’s easily the most stylish trophy in sports: the Masters’ green jacket.

Coincidentally, a green blazer also happens to be the perfect spring accomplice—especially if you can find one in an airier weave, with softer shoulders and in a less glaring tone than the mostly ceremonial number slung over the winner’s shoulder each April. Luckily, with a little digging, we’ve found a surprisingly plentiful spectrum of solid options out there right now, from pale to Rockham green, Gucci to Woolrich, that you can wear today, without having to beat out Tiger in a shootout down the back nine. (Though we’re not saying you couldn’t.) So, without further ado:

Five green blazers that’ll crown you the champion of spring.»

The Lion’s Share at Lyonstate

We’ve just got word that Alabama menswear shop Lyonstate is taking all of the handsomeness they’ve already got on their web shop, putting it on sale, and then slashing off an additional 25% (with the secret code “TAKE25”). Which puts some of these prices at the lowest we’ve seen for stuff from brands like Our Legacy (like this double-breasted blazer), Rachel Comey (like these oxford shoes) or Oliver Spencer (this fisher jacket, for instance) go for. There’s plenty more where that came from, so get after it, gentlemen.

Take a closer look at our favorites, after the jump.»

A Vault Full of Dapperness for the Taking

For those of you lucky enough to be in New York City this weekend, we have some really, really ridiculously good-looking news.

Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy are hosting a two-day, whiskey-infused extravaganza of dapperness called the Vault on Saturday and Sunday in SoHo (70 Wooster St, to be exact).

In said Vault will be untold wonders of menswear from the likes of Michael Bastian, Slowear, Oliver Spencer, Richard James, Barker Black and more, at unheard-of prices—camelhair chesterfields from MB, gray hopsack suits from Richard James Savile Row, the coveted Incotex pants line from Slowear...

As with any good celebration of handsomeness, the scotch will be flowing freely. And if you happen to be in the giving mood, they’ve also set up complimentary on-site gift wrapping. (Just remember to act surprised when you open them later.)

See the flier with all of the pertinent information, after the jump.»

Surviving the Summer Games

Olympic excitement has risen to a rolling boil across the pond, and the latest result is this Olympic Survival Kit from British designer Oliver Spencer. It’s a well-appointed selection of essentials (a change of T-shirt, a weather-resistant windbreaker, aftershave, a London city guide and more) for braving the 2012 Summer Games all tucked into a Seil Marschall mini canoe pack that will come in handy long after the competition has come and gone. No word on whether they’ll leave the bag for you at Olympic Stadium’s Will Call.

The Ties of Spring

With winter safely in the rear-view mirror, there’s a whole new breed of tie up for grabs. Forget the gray wools and somber brown hues. Now that the sun is out, we’re more partial to raw silks, textured cotton and madras ties—the rare breed of neckwear that actually looks good on a beach. And in case you want to join in the celebration, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite examples after the jump.

See a few of our favorite spring ties»