We might be blessed with warm weather all year round, but as far as the rest of the world is concerned, spring has officially hit the stores this month.
Here is a definitive guide to finding your signature style as you’re shuffling through the print infused shelves and bright coloured racks.
From small wardrobe updates to a full-fledged overhaul of your persona, it is time to decide which trends work best for you:
1. KEY COLOUR: NECTARINE
Spring is the season of bright colours and tropical fruit, and Nectarine is the fruit that’s getting the most attention. Show your bold side by adding this vibrant colour to your office look by pairing it with a more classical hue, such as grey, navy or even white.
Dior Homme, Tangerine Dress Shirt: AED1,500
Gucci, Suede Horsebit Loafers in Tangerine: AED2,200
Gucci, Shawl Collar Cardigan: AED6,000
Gucci, Orange Dress Trousers: AED1,900
Gucci, Striped Tie: AED750
2. TIE IT DOWN WITH A BLOOM
Never admit that they are flowers, they are simply an abstract take on your blossoming career. Matching prints can be tricky, so the safest way to bringing this trend to life is by placing it against a solid suit and shirt.
Duchamp London, Floral Ties: AED520
Tom Ford, Floral Print Ties: AED800-920
3. PAIR A PALE SUIT WITH A BRIGHT SHIRT
Or vice versa. Steal the spotlight by adding a sizzle to your everyday look. Balancing hue saturations in your overall look is key to getting boardroom ready without going over the top. Reach for an energizing bright blue shirt to go with your pale grey suit.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Blue Knit top: AED2,230
Salvatore Ferragamo, Blue Dress Shirt: AED1,650
Salvatore Ferragamo, Pale Grey Suit
Suit Jacket: AED5,450
Suit Trousers: AED2,180
4. HUGH HEFNER SHOES
Hugh Hefner had it right all along. An upgraded version of his legendary slippers have graced the Spring/ Summer catwalks of this year. This modernized version can be worn from day to night. So do it like The Hef and suave on.
Alexander McQueen, Beige Suede Tassled loafers: AED2,265
Guiseppe Zanotti, Tassled Loafers in Blue or Brown: AED2,380
5. THE MAGIC FORMULA: ELECTRIC BLUE AND GREEN
You will definitely get some heads turning while wearing this dynamic duo. This combination of colours is very flattering to the mind, body and soul. Give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Brioni, Two Button Blazer: AED14,500
Brioni, Green Cashmere Cardigan: AED2,600
6. SPIRIT OF WARFARE
Or in office jargon, some “healthy competition” goes a long way. So bring in the big guns by sporting some camouflage print this spring season.
Valentino, Khaki Viscose Bomber: AED11,500
Valentino, Military Green Tote: AED9,500
Valentino, Military Green Trainer: AED2,650
7. IN THE LAND OF OPULENCE
In the world of fashion, there is always a new buzz word that catches on and spreads like wildfire. This year, it’s all about the power of the “Sartorial”, also known as tailoring. Make a memorable impression by investing in a finely tailored suit that can step up any executive event to a new level.
Brioni, Suits: AED17,500 - 23,500
8. NAUTICAL BLUES
Staying authentic is key to looking cool this summer, and a good way to convey this attitude is by embracing this vintage inspired trend. A fresh take on Nautical stripes can be found in both high street and designer stores, making it easy to incorporate in any man’s wardrobe.
Dolce & Gabbana, Linen Panel Shirt: AED1,850
Dolce & Gabbana, Stripped Linen Shirt: AED2,150
Dolce & Gabbana, Handkerchief Lambretta Shirt: AED3,450
Tommy Hilfiger, Runway Blazer: AED2,650
Tommy Hilfiger, Slim Fit Polo: AED460
Tommy Hilfiger, Striped Shirt: AED550
Tommy Hilfiger, V neck Striped Sweater: AED615
9. THE RISE OF THE PREP: CARDIGANS & KHAKIS
Pairing up khaki trousers with a cardigan or lightweight knit top can make an effortless statement that is as powerful as your tux. Don’t just think of your average beige khakis, this season, they come in all the bright colours of the rainbow.
Gucci, Blue Fine Silk Cardigan: AED3,000
Gucci, White Cotton Five Pocket Trousers: AED2,200
Paul Smith, Textured Sweater: AED1,450 Dhs
Paul Smith, Slim-fit Cotton-Blend Trousers: AED1,200
10. THE SHREWD PROFESSOR
Add a pair of tortoise rimmed specs to a textured elbow patched blazer and you’ll be one professor that’s too cool for school.
Tom Ford, Round Frame Havana Glasses in Tortoise: AED1,225
Tom Ford, Large Havana Glasses in Tortoise: AED1,700
Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Elbow Patch Blazer: AED9,800
Z Zegna, Elbow Patch Blazer: AED6,020
11. GO BIG OR GO HOME
Make a statement with a pair of oversized shades. Whether they be square rimmed or aviators, stick to matte and avoid the metallic frame this summer.
Gucci, Aviator Acetate Sunglasses: AED920
Gucci, Tortoiseshell Aviator Acetate Sunglasses: AED1,230
Bottega Veneta, Aviator Sunglasses: AED1,350 Dhs
Bottega Veneta: Marble Aviator Sunglasses: AED1,350
12. KEY ACCESSORY: WORK BAG
Keep the heat off your body while on the go by carrying all your gizmos in a trendy tote. As long as yours has a leather strap, rugged canvas and a medium size, you’ll be right on the money.
Gucci, Leather & Raffia Hold All: AED7,800
Bottega Veneta, Coated Linen & Leather Tote Bag: AED10,300
Lanvin, Twill Tote Bag: AED2,400
Dolce & Gabbana, Leather Tote Bag: AED4,400
13. GEOMETRIC CONSTRUCTS: PILLARS & STRIPES
Stripes are back with a vengeance. Create a strikingly visual impact by adopting the colour blocking use of this trend. A more classical version of it can also be expressed through the pinstripe pattern seen in high end designer collections.
Canali, Striped Trousers: AED1,700 – 2,850
Canali, Striped Suit Jacket: AED5,540
14. PUT A CASUAL SPRING IN YOUR STEP
Sneakers go serious in a second when worn with a tailored look. Try a pair of high end sneakers while dressing up and bring your urban side to life.
Valentino, Khaki Suede with Rubber Sneaker: AED2,200
Salvatore Ferragamo, Running Style Sneaker: AED2,450
15. WIN THE LIMELIGHT
Step ahead on the trends by getting in on the neon & metallic rage. It can be a subtle incorporation, like a metallic iPad case or an exciting summery piece , as seen on Hermés’ catwalk.
Hermés, Chasmere Print Cardigan: AED5,500
Hermés, Fitted Shirt: AED1,700
Hermés, Lime Green Trousers: AED3,400
Burberry, Metallic Leather Digital Case: AED2,850
16. SIMPLY WHITE
Timeless and uber sharp, you can never go wrong with just classic white. This impeccable shade looks good in any season and can be easily paired with anything. Think beyond the plain white shirt, and experiment with blazers, shoes, trousers and ties.
Givenchy, Cotton Poplin Sleeveless Slim Fit Shirt: AED1750
Givenchy,Two-Button White Suit: AED5,600
Etro, Indian Style Blazer: AED9,390
Etro, Indian Style Trousers: AED1,850
Etro, White Sandals: AED1,750
17. ROLL WITH IT: CUFF YOUR PANTS
The perfect spring time pant is a slim fit khaki with rolled up cuffs, which can go from desk to dinner. For formal occasions, dress the part with a pair of neatly cuffed tailored trousers.
Brioni, Khaki Trousers: AED2,100
18. THE BOMBER JACKET
Summer heat outside means blasting AC inside. Once the AC in your office kicks in the bomber jacket comes in handy. The most popular version of this jacket is seen in light weight leather and denim fabrics, both dubbed as the freshest work attire this season.
Valentino, Leather Sleeves Bomber: AED11,500
Calvin Clein Collection, Denim Jacket: AED3,400
19. GO THE EXTRA MILE IN YOUR LOAFERS
Lose the socks in the warmer months and walk into work with a relaxed jive in your step.
Jimmy Choo, Sloane Camouflage Pony Skin Slippers: AED2,700
Gucci, Horsebit Leather Loafers: AED2,350
Alexander McQueen, Skull Embossed Leather Loafers: AED2,300
Alexander McQueen, Leather Penny Loafers: AED2,500
20. CHALK IT UP: PASTELS ARE STILL A SUMMER STAPLE
The volcanic days when your tie feels more like a lasso are approaching. One way to keep it cool while at work is to dress up a white coloured polo with a pastel coloured blazer that comes in breathable fabrics such as linen and ultra-fine wool.
Tommy Hilfiger, Runway Blazer in Pink and Grey: AED2,650
Tommy Hilfiger, Runway Trousers in Pink and Grey: AED1,050