Spring Layering feat. Calvin Saunders
May 24th, 2013
An NYC native, Calvin’s personal style is shaped by his experiences working with iconic American prep houses like J.Crew, Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren, along with European influences from his time spent studying and traveling throughout Spain, England and Holland.
As you can see from his previous feature Tall & Lean in Style, Calvin’s style is all about slim tailoring and layers. This season he’s injecting his look with some unexpected Spring color.
Here’s three examples.
1. Seasonal Re-Purposing
“Your fall/winter favorites can work well into the spring, and even summer, provided you complement them with seasonally appropriate pieces…to show that you are cognisant of the time of year, and weather.
This burgundy mohair cardigan, for example, is typically associated with colder contexts, but with a crisp white band collar shirt and mint green chinos, the look is great for a breezy Spring afternoon.”
“That said, colored chinos don’t always have to be tied down by neutrals like navy, gray, and white. With a good understanding of color theory and color harmony you can create a picture that is unexpected but pleasing to the eye.”
Oxblood tassel loafers, a sleek city shoe that does it all and gets better with age.
2. Solid Color Blocking
“Those muted, dusty brights are having a moment right now, and for good reason. They aren’t too loud or in your face, which makes them a lot easier to pul-off and can allow for multiple colors in one outfit.
Here, for example, I combined teal and soft salmon to make a layered color statement, grounded by the light khaki blazer and beige loafs.”
“Again, corduroy pants are traditionally reserved for the colder seasons. Nonetheless, I wear these all year round since the color, weight, and wale is light enough for the spring and summer.”
Shout-out to Calvin for reppin that Dan Trepanier x MAB!
Another slip-on tassel loafer, I’m seeing a trend here…
3. Trademark Layering
Calvin is tall & slim, which means he can layer-up without looking bulky.
“One of my hallmarks is shirt layering. This chambray, for example, is lighter than a jacket and can be removed more easily than a crewneck or v-neck sweater.
In the Spring I typically use low-saturated colors to just ‘peek’ from under a neutral base.”
“While this may appear to be a heavy look for mid-to-late spring, due to the weight of each piece (the cotton field jacket is also very light) it’s actually perfect for those cloudy & windy days when moderating the temperature swings is key…”
Nothing says Spring like the beautiful image below: cropped white jeans, fun colorful socks, soft brown wingtips, fallen flower petals…nice work Alex!
- Tortoise shades by Ralph Lauren
- Beige Lightweight Cotton field jacket by H.E. by Mango
- Turquoise chambray shirt by Uniqlo
- Black gingham shirt by Club Monaco
- Mauve silk knit tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label
- Brown braided belt by Uniqlo
- White Jeans by Hugo Boss
- Multi-color Stripe Socks by Paul Smith
- Biscuit Brown Wingtips by Barker for Herring Shoes
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Calvin for participating!
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.