The Top 5 Trends for Spring / Summer 2009: Color and Texture

With temperatures about to rise, you should start thinking about stowing your jeans and black sweatshirt collection, (and maybe permanently). Be cool while staying chill with the top 5 trends you're going to see this season.

Spring is here and summer is on its way. Depending on which part of the world you're in, spring fashion can look very different. Generally, spring is about color, patterns, and light fabrics. The winter colors of black and gray are now replaced by Sunset Red, Limoncello Yellow and Caribbean Blue. Dark washes of denim are being phased out as lighter washes and denim weights take over. Slim legged, white denim and neutral colored trousers are now the norm. Lastly, Aviator and Wayfarers will continue to protect the eyes of the stylish man.

The Top 5 Trends for Spring / Summer 2009

1) Patterns.

Whether it is plaid, pinstripe or polkadot, a lot of men this spring will be wearing blazers or t-shirts that have symmetrical/asymmetrical shapes on it. The more common ones you'll see will be pinstripes or checker. Mixing patterns with plain colors creates a very balanced look. If you are to combine patterns for a more creative look, make sure that the color of one pattern complements the color of the other. For example a black and white pinstripe blazer would look great with a plain fitted dress shirt and a white polka dot black tie.

Man wearing a checked jacket

Multi-Check RVCA Ryder Windbreaker, $88

2) Pop Color.

When it comes to style most guys are color blind. Our range for hues and tones is limited. So let's keep this simple. For spring, guys will be wearing more colored shirts, more colored pants, more colored shorts. You will see variances in shades of red, yellow, blue, green and neutrals (beige and gray).

If you're not sure what color goes with what, pick up a color wheel from an art store. The colors that are directly opposite each other are complementary. Bright colored shirts go well with both light and dark colored trousers.

Red check shirt with white collar

Banana Republic Monogram Gingham Dress Shirt: Autumn Sunset Color, $125

3) Crop Pants.

Originally made famous by surfers and hikers, these longer than short shorts provide a good balance between function and style. In the past, these types of pants would be made of linen or a light cotton. This season you'll see a bit heavier fabrics used in the crop pants. There will also be variations in length. The more common crop pant is cut slightly below the knee. The fit will be relaxed with a bit more room in the knee area for bending.

If you're feeling hesitant about crop pants, you're not alone.  But think about last spring when you needed to dress up a little because of the function AND wear shorts because of the weather.  Crop pants provide a great compromise. Just don't call them manpris — let's go with shants.

Ibex Five 0 Shants

Ibex Five-0 Shants

4) Slim Blazers.

For those evening parties this season, you'll see a lot of guys dressing up their jeans with a blazer usually beige, black, navy and for the more daring white. To take it even further, guys will be mixing blazers with their crop pants for a more Miami look.

How to know if your blazer fits perfectly:

1) the point where the shoulder meets the sleeve meets at the same spot as where your shoulder meets your arm

2) when all buttoned up, there no wrinkles across your body.

Slim linen blazer

J.Crew St. Tropez Sport Coat, $350

5) Accessories.

Straw Fedoras. Ray Ban Wayfarers or Aviators. Linen, Silk or Cotton Scarves. Totes or Book Bags. These will be a staple sight on the streets this season. Any one of these or a combination of 2 or more will finish off your look nicely.

blue wayfarer

Ray-Ban Wayfarer $140

Add more color and texture to your wardrobe this season. The more elements you can mix and match, the more unique your look will be.

Paulo Vallejo is a Vancouver-based style artistwho is a true master of his craft. His knowledge of fashion is driven by his personal style and creativity. His work graces various print media in fashion and advertising. He’s also a freelance writer who pens on topics around personal style and the latest fashion trends across the globe. He also works privately with individuals to define their image, create their unique style, and shop for the right pieces to complement their existing wardrobe. He can be found on Follow him on Twitter @istyleu.