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30 Budget Spring Menswear Essentials

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There’s a famous saying about the weather in spring: if you don’t like it, just wait five minutes.

Of course, while it’s nice to know that a mere 300 seconds after being drenched by a monsoon you’ll be dried off by Sub-Saharan sunshine, it’s a less than ideal situation to dress for. Which makes getting your wardrobe in order all the more important.

And that’s precisely why we’ve put together a list of stylish and wallet-friendly buys to ensure dressing from now until June is as stress-, soak- and sweat-free as possible.

Unstructured Blazer

As the scion of its more structured forefather, an unlined blazer is a step down in formality. That doesn’t mean it compromises on style, though.

Chief among its merits is flexibility: it can be dressed up or down as any smart-casual invitation dictates. A neutral shade will increase the mileage too, as does buying five at a time. But that’s just us.

Buy Now: £79.99

Mango Slim-fit patterned cotton blazer

  • J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Garment-dyed Chore BlazerJ. Crew Wallace & Barnes Garment-dyed Chore Blazer
  • Zara Basic BlazerZara Basic Blazer
  • Uniqlo Men Jw Anderson Light Chino Tailored JacketUniqlo Men Jw Anderson Light Chino Tailored Jacket

Classic Sunglasses

Like haircuts, different shades suit different face shapes. You don’t need to have tried (and failed) to rock a man bun to know that.

Fortunately, the menswear gods have gifted us mortals with classic styles of sunglasses – think fuss-free Wayfarers and Clubmasters, preferably in black or tortoiseshell – that offer a face-based upgrade to just about any head.

Buy Now: £6.99

H&M Sunglasses

  • Topman Black Shiny 50s SunglassesTopman Black Shiny 50s Sunglasses
  • Selected Homme Eco Friendly Retro Sunglasses In TortoiseshellSelected Homme Eco Friendly Retro Sunglasses In Tortoiseshell
  • He By Mango Retro Style SunglassesHe By Mango Retro Style Sunglasses

Mid-Weight Cardigan

Describing layering as an ‘art’ is no overstatement. And like any great painter, you’ll need the right tools to mimic the Johannes Huebls and Richard Bieduls of this world.

Enter the mid-weight cardigan. Inconspicuous enough to slot under a suit when a coat is overkill, but light enough to serve as a top layer when things heat up; opt for a neutral shade that’ll chime with other wardrobe staples.

Buy Now: £19.99

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  • Next Navy Yarn Interest CardiganNext Navy Yarn Interest Cardigan
  • M&s Collection Pure Lambswool CardiganM&s Collection Pure Lambswool Cardigan
  • Shaker-stitch Shawl CardiganShaker-stitch Shawl Cardigan

Light Wash Jeans

For further proof that your old man is menswear’s new muse, you only need to look as far this season’s crop of light wash jeans. Cut with a slim or relaxed leg, they make your skinny jeans look like some outdated form of groin torture.

Opt for a pair with minimal detailing and wear them with simple canvas sneakers and other normcore staples to avoid premature ageing.

Buy Now: £35.00

Light Wash Stretch Slim Jeans

  • He By Mango Slim-fit Light Wash Jan JeansHe By Mango Slim-fit Light Wash Jan Jeans
  • Next Jeans With StretchNext Jeans With Stretch
  • Weekday Friday Best Blue JeansFriday Best Blue Jeans

Suede Jacket

As every well-dressed adult will know, the suede jacket (as well as its more affordable faux suede brethren) is having something of a moment.

Best described as a sartorial Swiss Army knife, bought in the right colour (we’re particularly fond of rich brown and biscuit shades), it can work over a shirt and tie for the office and with simple knitwear on the weekend.

Buy Now: £49.99

Zara FAUX SUEDE JACKET

  • M&s Collection Faux Suede Bomber JacketM&s Collection Faux Suede Bomber Jacket
  • He By Mango Faux-suede JacketHe By Mango Faux-suede Jacket
  • River Island Grey Faux Suede Racer JacketRiver Island Grey Faux Suede Racer Jacket

Oxford Shirt

As a staple unaffected by seasonal change (both the weather and the runway), the Oxford shirt is a year-round building block that can serve smart looks, casual looks, and everything in that dreaded space between.

The key ingredient is quality. Once you’ve found a well-fitting example in a weighty cotton, get one in every conceivable colour and be done with it.

Buy Now: £24.90

MEN EASY CARE REGULAR FIT OXFORD SHIRT (REGULAR COLLAR)

  • Topman Grey Stretch Skinny Oxford ShirtTopman Grey Stretch Skinny Oxford Shirt
  • River Island White Long Sleeve Oxford ShirtRiver Island White Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt
  • M&s Collection Pure Cotton Tailored Fit Oxford ShirtM&s Collection Pure Cotton Tailored Fit Oxford Shirt

Desert Boots

One adventurer’s tread is another man’s treasure. But that doesn’t mean you have to dress like Indiana Jones to wear desert boots.

Defined by a soft suede upper and crepe rubber sole, this versatile kick is best worn in shades of dark brown and sand, which helpfully meld effortlessly with raw denim and neutral chinos.

Buy Now: £99.00

Clarks Originals Desert Boot

  • River Island Dark Grey Wide Fit Suede Desert BootsRiver Island Dark Grey Wide Fit Suede Desert Boots
  • Asos Design Desert Boots In Tan SuedeAsos Design Desert Boots In Tan Suede
  • Next Suede Desert BootNext Suede Desert Boot

Lightweight Knitwear

The spring months are notoriously indecisive weather-wise, which calls for layers that can be piled on and peeled off at a moment’s notice.

Lightweight knitwear can add ballast without too much bulk, and if you buy one in a breathable fabric like merino, it’ll ensure you don’t overheat either.

Buy Now: £29.90

Uniqlo MEN EXTRA FINE MERINO CREW NECK LONG SLEEVED JUMPER

  • Gap Crewneck Pullover Sweater In Linen-cottonGap Crewneck Pullover Sweater In Linen-cotton
  • H&m Merino Wool JumperH&m Merino Wool Jumper
  • He By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend SweaterHe By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend Sweater

Washed-Out Chinos

Neutral gear will always offer an easy ride when getting dressed in the morning, but some days call for a bit more colour.

To brighten up without going full Chuckles The Clown, reach for one of this season’s washed-out hues and put it to work on a pair of slim-fitting chinos.

Buy Now: £39.95

Original Khakis in Straight Fit with GapFlex

  • He By Mango Regular-fit Chino TrousersHe By Mango Regular-fit Chino Trousers
  • Next Stretch ChinosNext Stretch Chinos
  • H&m Linen-blend Chinos Slim FitH&m Linen-blend Chinos Slim Fit

Chore Jacket

Heavy on utilitarian design (clock the big, practical pockets and chunky button or snap-fastenings), a reassuringly sturdy chore jacket is this season’s hottest way to tap the workwear trend.

Look for smarter styles that can take the place of a blazer or go for overdyed twill designs to nod to the garment’s outdoorsy heritage.

Buy Now: £75.00

Dickies BROOKVIEW COAT

  • J. Crew French Rib Full-zip Chore JacketJ. Crew French Rib Full-zip Chore Jacket
  • Engineers Coat Summer JacketEngineers Coat Summer Jacket
  • Portuguese Flannel Labura Chore JacketPortuguese Flannel Labura Chore Jacket

Penny Loafers

Penny loafers are easily one most versatile footwear styles a man can own. But that’s not to say every iteration is worth your hard-won coins.

Leather should be your first preference. Not only is it hard-wearing, but it’ll clinch the cost-per-wear ratio for years to come. Then, consider colour. While black will sit pretty with tailoring, alternative shades like oxblood or navy can be recruited for off-duty looks, too.

Buy Now: £64.99

Base London TENOR WASHED

  • He By Mango Suede Leather MoccasinHe By Mango Suede Leather Moccasin
  • Topman Black Faux Suede Prince Penny LoafersTopman Black Faux Suede Prince Penny Loafers
  • M&s Collection Leather Slip-on LoafersM&s Collection Leather Slip-on Loafers

Vertical Stripe Shirt

Revise your approach to stripes this season by getting to grips with vertical lines. Think less burglar, more deck chair.

On a shirt, go short-sleeved and Cuban collared or short-sleeved and an Oxford neck. Both will announce you as a menswear aficionado, not a hot and bothered IT technician.

Buy Now: £49.99

Mango Regular-fit striped cotton shirt

  • Topman Yellow And White Stripe Slim Fit ShirtTopman Yellow And White Stripe Slim Fit Shirt
  • River Island Bellfield Black Vertical Stripe ShirtRiver Island Bellfield Black Vertical Stripe Shirt
  • Reiss Vangundy Striped Grandad ShirtReiss Vangundy Striped Grandad Shirt

Henley Top

Started from the bottom, now it’s here. The Henley top may have begun life as an undergarment, but it’s now a bona fide wardrobe staple.

When shopping for yours, keep an eye on fit. Too tight, and you’ll look like you had a fight with the washing machine (and lost); too loose, and you’ll do nothing to flatter what those dumbbell exercises gave you.

Buy Now: £30.00

FatFace Dark Ink Lowick Hemp Henley T-Shirt

  • He By Mango Henley Cotton T-shirtHe By Mango Henley Cotton T-shirt
  • Navy Merino Henley Neck JumperNavy Merino Henley Neck Jumper
  • H&m Henley TopH&m Henley Top

Suede Derbies

Common thinking dictates that men value practicality above all else, especially when it comes to style. But, we challenge anyone not to desire the short pile pull of soft suede Derby shoes, even if they’re not all that great at dealing with rogue raindrops.

If you’re not au fait with proper shoe maintenance, opt for a pair in black or dark blue; but if you’re handy with suede spray, brown or tan are rarely a bad choice.

Buy Now: £45.00

Next Suede Derby

  • He By Mango Suede BlucherHe By Mango Suede Blucher
  • Asos Design Lace Up Shoes In Tan Suede With Natural SoleAsos Design Lace Up Shoes In Tan Suede With Natural Sole
  • River Island Tan Tumbled Lace-up Derby ShoesRiver Island Tan Tumbled Lace-up Derby Shoes

Nato Strap Watch

Much like a lot of what you’re probably wearing right now, the Nato strap watch started out as a piece of military kit. First issued in ‘Admiralty Grey’ and later in the colours of individual regiments, today this on-trend time teller is a must-own for style-conscious civilians.

All that aside, the fact that the nylon fabric keeps your wrists sweat-free in the heat should be reason enough to strap one on for spring.

Buy Now: £40.80

Timex Unisex Special Weekender Slip Through Quartz Watch with Analogue Display and Nylon strap

  • Avi-8 Mens Hawker Hurricane Nylon Nato Strap WatchAvi-8 Mens Hawker Hurricane Nylon Nato Strap Watch
  • Classic GlasgowClassic Glasgow
  • Mens Kennett Kensington WatchMens Kennett Kensington Watch

Casual Belt

Sure, the primary purpose of a belt is to keep you from unwittingly showcasing a builder’s bum, but on top of that, it can give lifeless looks a jolt of interest.

This season, buckle yourself in with a woven style. It’ll keep waistbands where they should be, and has the added advantage of coming in a range of colours.

Buy Now: £15.00

THE IDLE MAN Leather Plait Belt Brown

  • M&s Collection Stretch Woven BeltM&s Collection Stretch Woven Belt
  • Next Dark Brown Weave Leather BeltNext Dark Brown Weave Leather Belt
  • River Island Navy And White Woven Buckle BeltRiver Island Navy And White Woven Buckle Belt

Field Jacket

Unlike a peacoat, the field jacket is one piece of military outerwear that won’t retreat when the barometer switches direction.

A design that sticks close to the original (belted and finished with bellows pockets) is your one-way ticket to nailing that whole timeless men’s style thing.

Buy Now: £89.99

Mango Technical field jacket

  • Uniqlo Men Uniqlo U Field JacketUniqlo Men Uniqlo U Field Jacket
  • Rookie Heavy Weather Field JacketRookie Heavy Weather Field Jacket
  • Jack Wills Lindell Waxed Field JacketJack Wills Lindell Waxed Field Jacket

Baseball Cap

It’s all well and good spending the morning coiffing the perfect quiff, but if it’s going to get caught in a downpour, it’ll all be for nothing. Beat mother nature at her own game and chuck on a baseball cap.

Bought in a textured fabric, this sporting hero is smart in more ways than one: equally capable of topping off a tie-less shirt and jacket combination or a simple hoodie.

Buy Now: £12.00

River Island Green khaki wasp embroidered baseball cap

  • Topman Stone Curve Peak Cap With Quilted LiningTopman Stone Curve Peak Cap With Quilted Lining
  • H&m Cotton-blend CapH&m Cotton-blend Cap
  • Zara Basic CapZara Basic Cap

Open Collar Polo Shirt

Polo shirts don’t do moderation: they either come in the brash ‘lads abroad’ variety or with a satisfyingly strong whiff of Dickie Greenleaf.

To side with the latter, lose the buttons, swerve baby pink and instead look for an open collar design in a neutral colour that’ll slot effortlessly in with the rest of your rotation.

Buy Now: £29.99

Striped open neck polo shirt

  • Reiss Howden Open Collar PoloReiss Howden Open Collar Polo
  • H&m Premium Cotton JumperH&m Premium Cotton Jumper
  • Burton Navy Open Collar Knitted Polo ShirtBurton Navy Open Collar Knitted Polo Shirt

Rugby Shirt

It’s not hard to remember a time when the kind of guy who wore a rugby shirt to the pub (providing he didn’t actually partake in the sport) was also likely clad in bootcut jeans and pointed leather dress shoes.

As ever, it’s all change in the fashion world. This season they’re a bonafide staple, best worn with mid-wash jeans for a retro look that’s a straight-up style try.

Buy Now: £27.00

Jcrew rugby shirt

  • H&m Cotton Rugby ShirtH&m Cotton Rugby Shirt
  • Long Sleeve Rugby ShirtLong Sleeve Rugby Shirt
  • Next White Stuff Green Crossfield Long Sleeve Stripe Rugby ShirtNext White Stuff Green Crossfield Long Sleeve Stripe Rugby Shirt

Invisible Socks

Along with our underwear, socks are one of the first things we put on in the morning so don’t make them the afterthought they often are.

If you plan on showing any ankle cleavage over the next few months, you’ll need some invisible socks that give the illusion without any stank arising from your shoes.

Buy Now: £8.99

5-pack shaftless socks

  • River Island Black Invisible Liner Socks Five PackRiver Island Black Invisible Liner Socks Five Pack
  • Next Invisible Socks Five PackNext Invisible Socks Five Pack
  • Foreng SocksForeng Socks

Chunky Sneakers

Fresher than a muh’ sneakers are the ultimate go-with-anything footwear. But this season, chunky trainers are muscling in.

To avoid going full hypebeast, cop a pair that packs minimalist colours into a bulky profile. Then simply park them underneath tailored trousers and throw on a sweatshirt to stay in safe territory.

Buy Now: £39.99

trainers

  • Zara Maxi Sole SneakersZara Maxi Sole Sneakers
  • New Balance M991nv – Made In EnglandNew Balance M991nv - Made In England
  • Nike Air Force 1 07Nike Air Force 1 07

Colour-Block Windbreaker

Being called an anorak is no longer devastating for your street cred because functional coats have finally had an overdue facelift.

A narrowed profile and new colour-block designs have fast-tracked the windbreaker away from trainspotter territory while still holding on to all its performance abilities.

Buy Now: £45.00

Jack & Jones LIGHT WINDBREAKER JACKET

  • Topman Colour Block Overhead Windbreaker JacketTopman Colour Block Overhead Windbreaker Jacket
  • Reebok Retro WindbreakerReebok Retro Windbreaker
  • Columbia Challenger WindbreakerColumbia Challenger Windbreaker

Logo Sweatshirt

Spring’s crop of logo sweatshirts is the perfect way to show off your brand allegiance with all the subtlety of a brick through a window.

That’s not carte blanche to go full maximalist, though. Team your sweatshirt with a pared-back supporting cast to ensure that branding that takes centre stage.

Buy Now: £11.20

MAN SIGNATURE EMBROIDERED SWEATER

  • H&m Printed Hooded TopH&m Printed Hooded Top
  • Topman Nicce Navy Logo SweatshirtTopman Nicce Navy Logo Sweatshirt
  • Reebok Classic Logo Crew SweatReebok Classic Logo Crew Sweat

Relaxed Denim Jacket

Designers losing their menswear-y minds over all things nineties is not something that’s going away anytime soon.

Not that we’re complaining. It’s the perfect excuse to loosen up the fit of your denim jacket. Just go easy on the logos and rips – it’s not the actual nineties.

Buy Now: £25.99

Pull and Bear Dark blue denim trucker jacket

  • Zara Basic Denim JacketZara Basic Denim Jacket
  • 4 Pocket Denim Jacket4 Pocket Denim Jacket
  • H&m Denim JacketH&m Denim Jacket

White Crew Neck T-Shirt

Not every essential spring buy has to be an entirely new addition to your wardrobe. Take the white crew-neck T-shirt, a reliable partner for everything from pyjama bottoms to raw denim.

Owing to the aluminium in your antiperspirant, it’s not uncommon for these to yellow from one season to the next. Start spring with a fresh batch (we recommend having at least three to hand) and rest easy knowing you’ve got the basis of most outfits sorted.

Buy Now: £5.90

MEN DRY CREW NECK SHORT SLEEVED T-SHIRT

  • Topman White Classic T-shirtTopman White Classic T-shirt
  • Next Crew Neck T-shirtNext Crew Neck T-shirt
  • River Island White Slim Fit Crew Neck T-shirtRiver Island White Slim Fit Crew Neck T-shirt

Checked Tailored Trousers

Tailoring may have taken a backseat to souped-up sportswear recently, but this spring checked trousers are putting in a decent effort to help to smarten up guys’ wardrobes again.

Whether you opt for a windowpane, Prince of Wales or glen plaid design, when it comes to fit make like Goldilocks and go for the middle with cuts that don’t trap your legs in a vice nor billow in the wind. And don’t be afraid to mix patterns.

Buy Now: £35.00

River Island Grey check tapered trousers

  • Topman Navy Check Tailored Fit TrousersTopman Navy Check Tailored Fit Trousers
  • Burton Blue Check Slim Fit TrousersBurton Blue Check Slim Fit Trousers
  • Zara Check TrousersZara Check Trousers

Patch Pocket Overshirt

No matter what this spring unleashes, be prepared with a patch pocket overshirt.

With enough room for everything and the kitchen sink, it’ll have your back covered figuratively and literally. The fact that it looks good (particularly in shades of military green) is simply a bonus.

Buy Now: £35.00

Topman Khaki Four Pocket Overshirt

  • He By Mango Herringbone Structured Linen OvershirtHe By Mango Herringbone Structured Linen Overshirt
  • Zara Quilted Overshirt With PocketsZara Quilted Overshirt With Pockets
  • Carhartt Master OvershirtCarhartt Master Overshirt

Wearable Luggage

Don’t fancy the hassle of weighing up a weekender or a manoeuvring a messenger bag? Strap up in some wearable luggage and get ready to sail through the season hands-free.

A cross-body bag in a dark, neutral colourway can give a subtle streetwear lean to tailoring or opt for a punchy print to lift your transitional looks.

Buy Now: £27.00

The One Concrete Grey

  • Zara Mini Double Pocket Crossbody BagZara Mini Double Pocket Crossbody Bag
  • H&m Waist BagH&m Waist Bag
  • Champion Black Sling Cross Body BagTopman Champion Black Sling Cross Body Bag

Trench Coat

It’s hard to imagine the trench coat as something born out of practicality, but before becoming a marker of classic spring style, this menswear hero earned its credentials as a mudguard on the front line.

For maximum versatility, choose a design in a neutral colour then layer up with a hoodie or deploy it solo over a T-shirt when the weather’s looking more optimistic.

Buy Now: £75.00

Stone double breasted smart belted mac

  • H&m Twill TrenchcoatH&m Twill Trenchcoat
  • Zara Water-repellent Trench CoatZara Water-repellent Trench Coat
  • He By Mango Technical Fabric TrenchHe By Mango Technical Fabric Trench

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