Monday Outlook: Blues Cruise

Today marks the start of the first full week in the year of 2014 and with it comes the onset of the Spring/Autumn/Whatever you like to call it transition. And if you haven't yet noticed in stores, sale racks are being filled with just about everything to make way for the new spring collections. I know Banana Republic has already started stocking the shelves with their new gear, other stores may be in the same boat, but for the rest of them, they will going through the change over within the next couple of weeks.

So what new things do you splurge on and what sale items can you buy that will transition, even work well, in the upcoming season? The simplest addition to your wardrobe for the spring will be BLUE!!! Not a stuffy navy or pale, baby blues...No, I'm talking about a fresh blue that is going to pop along with the rest of the spring colors and awaken you from the winter hibernation. Upcoming collections from just about every designer have featured exciting royals and playful celadons in everything from suits to accessories. If I'm not mistaken (which I'm not), you probably already have a plethora of blue in your closet to choose from, so this trend isn't a major stretch if you're a bit more conservative or don't have the money to buy new clothes. But like I said, it needs to be a blue that pops and grabs attention, otherwise its

If you need any style inspiration, look to the French who have practically created a new shade of blue which so fittingly can be described as "Le Bleu". Its slightly darker than royal, but its significantly lighter than navy...if you find a suit in that color, grab it because it will not only help you stand out this coming spring, but it will become a staple of your wardrobe for years to come.

Matt Bomer knows what I'm talking about
If you can't pony up for a suit, there's always optioning for another item that you can work in with an existing suit to add the same pop (e.g. dress shirt, tie, pocket square, shoes, etc.). Another possibility would be to backpack off the colored chinos trend with royal chinos and a spring sport coat, and you my friend will have that 2014 Spring Look that everyone is after.

Banana Republic: $198
Topman: $128
Stay posted for next weeks outlook for more info on spring fashion trends and check in daily for new posts!