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For many men across the country, the current weather makes it somewhat difficult to get excited about the impending spring season and its wave of new style trends. And understandably so.

With priorities set on avoiding frost bite, cursing the polar vortex and maintaining enough blood flow to properly function, many guys have not had the time — nor inclination — to properly analyze the 2014 spring/summer lookbooks and runway shows. So in an effort to inform and excite, here are the top five fashion trends for men to look forward to next season.

 

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1. Element Halfer Shirt (Swell.com). 2. Chauncey Colorbock Crewneck (Openingceremony.com). 3. Wood Wood Sweater Jaffree (Asos.com). 4. Ted Baker Durres 2 (6PM.com). 5. Sidian, Ersatz and Vanes Dobby Flannel (Farfetch.com). 6. General Idea Color Block Button Front (DJPremium.com).
Though color blocking has experienced a periodic resurgence in the realm of womenswear, many mens collections have shied away from this technique as it walks a fine line between bold and ostentatious. But in the upcoming season, it’s evident designers have found a much more male-friendly approach to this trend. Utilizing fabric panels, geometric shapes and subtle color palettes, labels like Neil Barrett, Ted Baker and Wood Wood have reinterpreted the concept of color blocking that better suits the modern man. 
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1. Balenciaga Cotton and Silk Blend Bomber (Mrporter.com). 2. Black Joseph Turvey Reversible Bomber (Riverisland.com). 3. Lanvin Teal Quilted Bomber (Ssense.com). 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Leather Bomber (Stylebop.com). 5. Faux Leather Bomber (Zara.com).

A good bomber jacket has always been a staple for every dude’s wardrobe, and spring 2014 is no exception. It’s an effortlessly cool piece that shows no immediate signs of becoming passe, which is good news for the fashion-conscious guy who appreciates versatility. With designer after designer putting their own twist on this classic item, the bomber jacket has the ability to compliment any occasion and any style ranging from prep to punk to hip-hop to mod.

 

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1. Rick Owens Overlong Jersey (Ssense.com). 2. RAD by Rad Hourani (Farfetch.com). 3. Dark Collection Cape (Zara.com). 4. Kang Oxford Tunic (Openingceremony.com).

The tunic is likely to be the season’s most extravagant trend in menswear. Even in solid black and white (the go-to color scheme among most tunic designs), this top has the strange ability of making a fairly loud statement. Though it definitely appeals to fashion risk-takers, the tunic can provide a great layering piece for men who are a little less daring when it comes to style. 

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1. Pyer Moss Green Leather Camo Killer Biker Jacket (Ssense.com). 2. Paul Smith Brown Artisan Camo Portfolio (Forzier.com). 3. Grey Joseph Turvey Camo Print Jumper (Riverisland.com). 4. Combat Camo Pants (21 Mens). 5. CVO Slip On by Jeffery (Thehut.com). (6. 55Soul Camo Jacket (Thehut.com). 7. Dsquared2 Blue and Brown Camo Print Windbreaker (Ssense.com).

Although the term “camo” tends to evoke images of ill-fitting military jackets and baggy cargo shorts, many brands have employed this pattern for their 2014 spring collections in a very smart and sophisticated way. Valentino, Pyer Moss and 21 Mens are just a few of the labels that have reinterpreted camo gear, using an array of materials, cuts and colors to elevate the trend’s level of refinement. Whether it be a pair of pants, a biker jacket or a pair of sneakers, the camo pattern can add a pop to any man’s wardrobe. Just avoid wearing this trend from head to toe, unless you’re going for the G.I. Joe look.

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1. Thompson Snap Zip Puch in Leather (Coach). 2. Givenchy Smooth Leather Zip Pouch (Luisaviaroma.com). 3. Neil Barrett Leather Colorblock Document Case (Ssense.com). 4. Comme Des Garcons Florescent Pouch (Opening Ceremony) 5. Jill Sander Exotic Printed Nylon Pouch (Luisaviaroma.com). 6. Pierre Hardy Beige and Black Pouch (ForwardForward.com).
It goes without saying that this spring trend isn’t for every man’s wardrobe. For some, it’s hard to see past the obvious reference to a woman’s clutch. But for the fashion-forward guy, this document holder-style accessory is a cool, modern way to sharpen an outfit while providing the utility of storing cellphones, tablets and almost any other device that is too big for pant pockets.
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