The 2020 Spring Wardrobe Refresh

Famed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty helps us showcase some of the season's best looks

The 2020 Spring Wardrobe Refresh

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Style is a journey, not a destination. In other words: it’s ever-evolving, and with each season comes a chance to step outside your comfort zone and broaden your sartorial horizons with something new and fresh. This is especially true in spring, a season typically associated with renewal, and one in which bright colors and interesting fabrications abound in the world of menswear.

We recently linked up with our friends at Neiman Marcus as well as famed musician Trombone Shorty to show off four looks you should have your eye on this season — when it comes to trying new things and dressing with a little bit of flair, let one of The Big Easy’s most celebrated and stylish troubadours be your guide.

Look One

One of the great shames of menswear is that most guys think they can’t pull off jeans in any color but the standard blue. In reality, denim is a great place for experimentation, especially during springtime, when bright colors abound. A traditional snap-front denim shirt makes for a great neutral anchor, and if you really want to swing for the sartorial bleachers with an eye-popping pair of kicks and/or a bit of colorful headwear? More power to you.

Trombone Shorty wearing 7 for all mankind and Ovadia at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans
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Light-Wash Denim Sport Shirt
7 for all mankind

Light-Wash Denim Sport Shirt
7 for all mankind
$165

Slim Printed Jeans
Ovadia

Slim Printed Jeans
Ovadia
$270

Trombone Shorty wearing 7 for all mankind and Ovadia at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans
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Metallic Court Classic High-Top Sneakers
Saint Laurent

Metallic Court Classic High-Top Sneakers
Saint Laurent
$675

Woven Straw Fedora Hat w/ Striped Band
Paul Smith

Woven Straw Fedora Hat w/ Striped Band
Paul Smith
$150

Trombone Shorty wearing Saint Laurent at Louis Armstrong Park


Look Two

Similar to denim, a lightweight blazer is another menswear staple that ratchets up in impact several notches the moment you choose a left-of-center color. Case in point: Emporio Armani’s wine-tinted masterpiece, which is guaranteed to turn some heads whether you’re donning it over a shirt and tie or dressed slightly down with a sweater and a lighter trouser. Any way you slice it, a handsome timepiece is a must.

Trombone Shorty enjoying a cup of tea in Emporio Armani and Shinola
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G Line Super 130s Virgin Wool Sport Jacket
Emporio Armani

G Line Super 130s Virgin Wool Sport Jacket
Emporio Armani
$1,495

Horizontal Weave Crewneck Sweater
Emporio Armani

Horizontal Weave Crewneck Sweater
Emporio Armani
$295

Trombone Shorty wearing Emporio Armani and Shinola in New Orleans
Flat-Front Solid-Weave Trousers
Emporio Armani

Flat-Front Solid-Weave Trousers
Emporio Armani
$375

47mm Runwell 3HD Watch with Leather Strap

47mm Runwell 3HD Watch with Leather Strap
Shinola
$550

Trombone Shorty wearing Emporio Armani and Shinola


Look Three

The key to an effective monochromatic ensemble is to mix it up with layers, fabrications and little details. Looks largely straightforward from a little ways off, but once folks get close they’ll notice the elements that make your fit sing — in this case the cargo pockets and quarter zip on the nylon vest, deftly layered over a knit crewneck with a bit of sleeve detailing. Slim cargos down low tie it all together, and when you’re wearing all black, it never hurts to top it all off with a stylin’ pair of shades.

Trombone Shorty wearing David Beckham Sun and Stone Island in the French Quarter
Crewneck Sweatshirt w/ Tonal Logo
Stone Island

Crewneck Sweatshirt w/ Tonal Logo
Stone Island
$370

Pullover Quarter-Zip Vest
Stone Island

Pullover Quarter-Zip Vest
Stone Island
$700

Pull-On Cargo Pants
Stone Island

Pull-On Cargo Pants
Stone Island
$345

Trombone Shorty wearing David Beckham Sun and Stone Island in the French Quarter
Portofino Logo Leather Low-Top Sneakers
Dolce & Gabbana

Portofino Logo Leather Low-Top Sneakers
Dolce & Gabbana
$495

Square Solid Acetate Sunglasses
David Beckham

Square Solid Acetate Sunglasses
David Beckham
$230 $161

Trombone Shorty wearing Stone Island in the French Quarter


Look Four

Nothing beats a knit polo as the weather begins to warm up — it’s just slightly more refined than its traditional piqué cousin and looks great with denim, dress trousers and shorts alike. Also pairs exceedingly well with a lightweight blazer like seersucker or linen as a more casual alternative to your typical button-up. And once again, a handsome pair of sunnies never hurt.

Trombone Shorty strolling through Treme wearing Salvatore Ferragamo, Rag & Bone, and BOSS
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Jamison Striped Polo Shirt
Rag & Bone

Jamison Striped Polo Shirt
Rag & Bone
$250

Standard Issue Fit 2-Mid-Rise Relaxed Slim-Fit Jeans
Rag & Bone

Standard Issue Fit 2 Mid-Rise Relaxed Slim-Fit Jeans
Rag & Bone
$225

Micro-Pattern Two-Button Jacket
BOSS

Micro-Pattern Two-Button Jacket
BOSS
$795

Trombone Shorty wearing Salvatore Ferragamo, Rag & Bone, and BOSS in Treme
Achilles Leather Low-Top Sneakers in White
Common Projects

Achilles Leather Low-Top Sneakers, White
Common Projects
$425

Round Metal Double-Bridge Sunglasses
Salvatore Ferragamo

Round Metal Double-Bridge Sunglasses
Salvatore Ferragamo
$350 $245

Trombone Shorty in Salvatore Ferragamo, Rag & Bone, and BOSS in Treme
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Photography by Hugo Mapelli (@hugoinsta)