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FLANNELS Five: Most-Wanted Spring Essentials

FLANNELS Five: Most-Wanted Spring Essentials

An essential is just that – something you can’t live without, a vital element of your day-to-day existence without which you would surely perish. Okay, so we can’t really compare the must-have nature of our spring wardrobe essentials with the life-sustaining qualities of food, water and oxygen. However, we are confident in asserting that these are items without which a man’s wardrobe would collapse into a disarray of mismatched prints, chaotic accessories and never-to-be-worn mistakes. Your essentials, from the perfect white polo to your favourite pair of jeans, constitute the cornerstones of your wardrobe. They are the necessary foundation upon which more adventurous forays into the realm of men’s fashion can be built. For spring, Tees, headwear and denim are the fundamental basics every man needs. Here are the most-wanted essentials for spring.

Gucci 'fake' logo bum bag in white leather with a Gucci red and green web belt

THE BUM BAG

A fairly recent addition to the list of menswear essentials, a bum bag is both indisputably cool and utterly practical for men on the move, be they fledgling trend-setters or new dads wrestling with a child and a buggy. Gucci’s white leather logo version is our favourite this season. heck-in. Plus, it eradicates the issue of navigating cobblestones in a new city with a wheelie case. Crisis averted.

Brown Fendi double F logo bucket hat in brown and black

THE BUCKET HAT

Somewhat trendy but nonetheless a mainstay of men’s fashion these days, a bucket hat is the new accessory investment we’d implore you to make this spring. Nothing gets you in the mood for a holiday like the purchase of a new hat, be it this streetwear-inspired Fendi FF logo number or a more conventional cap by Gucci, Valentino or Off-White.

White Burberry polo shirt with a small pocket logo and patterened collar

THE POLO

One of menswear’s most versatile pieces, we could spend a lifetime hunting down the perfect white polo. And this season, we’re backing Burberry’s. Whether you’re whiling away a sunny afternoon at the pub in Valentino’s camouflage or sporting a playful striped Marni polo by the pool, it’s the ultimate down-time garment for spring.

 Helmut Lang blue acid wash straight leg jeans

THE JEANS

A wardrobe without jeans is unthinkable. We’re big proponents of the idea that a good pair of jeans can improve your quality of life. They make getting dressed joyfully easy, as opposed to it being a chore. For spring, a lighter stonewashed denim is the perfect weekend shade. Helmut Lang’s straight leg version are stylish but understated, combining minimalism with a subtle ‘80s fit.

Distressed Gucci screener trainers in cream and green panels with a Gucci red and green web stripe and Gucci GG Supreme canvas print panels

THE TRAINERS

It may be spring, but this is the UK, and the weather isn’t quite up to sandals or sliders yet. A pair of trainers, on the other hand, are useful all year round, and these Gucci Screeners, from the house’s new SS19 collection, are the It-trainers of the season.

With special thanks to The Baptist Bar and Grill