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Archive for March 22nd, 2012

Rather than drawing out a bunch of trends I’ve been noticing through numerous posts, I thought I would present them together for everyone in one super post about upcoming trends for Spring.

First on the list (which we’ve already discussed) is the emergence of the brightly colored pant. Literally every store I’ve walked into has a pair of red chinos you can buy. So my advice is to go out and try and bunch on and see which one fits you the best. I really like these slim fitting ones from Brooks Brothers, and while I feel like anyone could pull the reds ones off if everyone else is wearing them, it takes some brass to rock the bright yellow ones.

Another item I’ve been seeing a lot is the return of the Chambray Shirt. Chambray is a lightweight cotton or linen fabric that almost resembles denim. A great Springtime shirt, these can have a western design to them, or a more plain option like this one from Lands End. Being a Dandy, not a cowboy, I prefer the latter. And again, pretty much every store has these right now, so find one with the right style and price for you.

Camo is also having a resurgence in menswear, showing up everywhere from khakis, shoes, ties and pocket squares. I prefer a more subtle option, like this handsome watchstrap from J.Crew. Slip it on your favorite watch face and you’re ready to brave the concrete jungle.

Working our way down to the feet with the latest trend in footwear: the colored sole. Leave it to Sperry to produce a very simple Top Sider with a splash of neon blue on the bottom. A perfect combo. Again, like most things in this post, nothing to overly flashy. Just some subtle highlights that can really bring your outfit to Dandy level.

Finish the whole thing off this nice braided cotton belt from Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, and you’re ready to start enjoying Spring in style.

Brooks Brothers Milano Garment-Dyed Twill Chinos $69
Lands’ End Button Down Chambray Shirt $50
J.Crew Camo Watch Strap $20
Sperry Cloud Logo Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe $90
Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Cotton Braided O-Ring Belt $65

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At long last the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club will be hosting their 3rd Annual Tweed Bicycle Ride this Sunday at noon. The wife and I have been coordinating our outfits for about a week, and with the weather dipping back down into the 50’s this weekend, it’s shaping up to be a perfect day for a leisurely bike ride through the city. If you happened to miss this past Summer’s Seersucker Ride, now is your chance to converse and partake in merriment with your fellow Buffalo Dandies. The event will kick off at 1 Naval Park Cove in downtown Buffalo by the Whipple Truss Bridge.

Be part of the Best Bike Ride in Buffalo (as selected by Buffalo Spree Magazine ’11) Join us for the third annual Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club tweed bicycle ride. Wear your finest woolens, dresses, knickers (please), etc. and enjoy a meandering ride along the waterfront as we make our way to Delaware Park and eventually the Essex Street Pub for toasts, poems and libations.

In order to be a part of the ride you need at least two of the following:
1) A bike – preferably a Penny Farthing
2) Like of cheese and cured meats – olives oils for the trendy types
3) Wear tweed – the more the merrier (mandatory)… woolens, dresses, knickers, bodice
4) Have luggage racks on your bike or your back
5) Know a poem or two… or able to give a toast (with jam not jelly)
6) Like picnics and pubs and ribbons
7) Bring a friend who is either a hopeless romantic or a bare knuckle shadow boxer

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