What to wear this spring: Eight essentials for men

Updated classics for spring, worn by Vinnie (62 Models). Pictures / Babiche Martens

From short suits to stripes: make a statement this season with these updated classics.

Picture / Babiche Martens.
1. The classic suit
Vinnie wears a Crane Brothers jacket, $1895, shirt, $395, and silk pochette $69, ring models own.
Picture / Babiche Martens.
2. The chambray shirt
All men look good in a casual chambray shirt. Explore its versatility with a tailored jacket in a tonal blue for that perfect blend of high and low dressing. Topman chambray shirt $75, jacket, $195, and trousers, $115, from The Department Store. Gubb & Mackie knit tie, $129, from Crane Brothers.
Picture / Babiche Martens.

3. The short-sleeve shirt
A relaxed short-sleeved shirt is a good addition to a weekend wardrobe. With its boxy 50s-style cut and worn tucked in with a pair of tailored trousers, this is a look that nods to retro holidays at an idyllic island resort.


Workshop Denim hand-dyed shirt, $398. I Love Ugly trousers $149.

Picture / Babiche Martens.

4. The bag
This well-sized Greenwich tote from Louis Vuitton is available in the damier cobalt canvas colourway. It's a compact tote, large enough for business use and can combine laptop and documents with ease. Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt $159, from Workshop. Topman trousers, $115, from The Department Store. Holeproof socks $50. Working Style shoes $599.
Picture / Babiche Martens.

5. The crew neck jumper
A fisherman-style crew-neck jumper is an easy item to wear. Look to lighter colourways for the season ahead and pair with equally light bottoms from blue denim to navy or beige chinos. Topman crew neck jumper, $80, and trousers, $115, from The Department Store. Holeproof socks $50. Working Style shoes $599.

Picture / Babiche Martens.

6. The short suit
A summer short suit is the best compromise for a tidy casual dress code. This tan suit from Marc by Marc Jacobs works well with a soft linen shirt or a crisp white T-shirt underneath. Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, $698, and matching shorts, $298, from Workshop. Calvin Klein singlet, $35, from Smith & Caugheys.

Picture / Babiche Martens.

7. The smoking jacket
The "Magnum" jacket from Crane Brothers is the perfect way to stand out at any formal event in pristine white silk and contrasting lapel. Crane Brothers smoking jacket $2295. Calvin Klein singlet, $35, from Smith & Caugheys. Working Style boxer shorts $49.

Picture / Babiche Martens.

8. The casual stripe shirt
The classic stripe is a failsafe print that works with pretty much anything due to its preppy look. This long-sleeved rugby style shirt by Moreporks comes in an easy-to-wear navy and white stripe that will stand the test of time. Moreporks rugby shirt $279.90. Gubb & Mackie trousers $275.

Photographer Babiche Martens.
Stylist & words Dan Ahwa.
Model Vinnie Paunovic from 62 Models. 
Grooming Katie Melody Rogers. 
Stylist assistant Anna Lee.

Crane Brothers (09) 377 5333, Holeproof bondsoutlet.com, I Love Uglyiloveugly.net, Louis Vuitton (09) 358 0422, Moreporks moreporks.com, Smith & Caugheys (09) 377 4770, The Department Store at The Men's Department (09) 4899 202, Working Style workingstyle.co.nz, Workshop workshop.co.nz

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