Men's style: Key new season pieces for spring 2019
by Zoe Dickens
While they may be yachting wardrobe essentials, any well-turned out gent's closet extends far beyond the best sunglasses and swim shorts. Make sure you're wearing the best this spring with Zoe Dickens' pick of fresh styles and classic updates for the new season.
A good suit is a perennial must-have so it's no surprise when they crop up on the menswear catwalks but SS19 was notable for the sheer volume of elegant tailoring sent down the runway - with even streetwear stalwarts such as Virgil Abloh offering up some in his debut collection for Louis Vuitton. Be prepared for warmer climes with Larusmiani's lightweight seersucker take on the classic two piece.
Handmade seersucker suit, €4,255, Larusmiani
You As shirt
If you were a strong proponent of last summer's Hawaiian shirt trend then you'll be pleased to know it lives on for SS19 with a more carefree, any-print-goes vibe. Be bold with your pattern choice - You As' stormy take on a tropical island offers a darker take on the trend which, if you're feeling particularly bold, you can pair with matching shorts.
Printed woven shirt, £270, You As at Mr Porter
Emporio Armani shorts
It's time to hit the superyacht gym because hemlines are on the rise for men this season. Prada, Dries Van Noten and Louis Vuitton all offered up short shorts in a range of dizzying colours and patterns but we suggest you ease yourself in with Emporio Armani's more subtle, smartly tailored pair.
Cotton twill shorts, £155, Emporio Armani at Harrods
Excellent news for those who spend a lot of time at sea: mens sandals, which have been gaining momentum for a few seasons now, are back in a big way. Fendi, Rick Owens and MSGM led the charge with super-chunky hiking styles but, if you're worried about looking a little out of place at Le Club 55, look to Corneliani for a slightly smarter alternative.
Slingback sandals, £173, Corneliani at Farfetch
Tapping into one of the new season colour trends is by far the easiest way to update your wardrobe. If spring's neon hues aren't for you then perhaps the more wearable shades of olive and sage will suffice. This midweight bomber from NN07's South African-inspired collection will be a go-to for seasons to come.
Bomber jacket, £239, NN07 at Harvey Nichols
Vivienne Westwood bag
It finally happened. After seasons of skirting the issue with pouches, belt bags, slings and pochets, fashion has finally gone all in and embraced the handbag for men. Look to the catwalks of Versace, Kenzo and Dunhill for styling tips and, if you're still not sure, dip you toe in the water with Vivienne Westwood's understated leather tote.
Alexander tote bag, £540, Vivienne Westwood at Selfridges