1 Look, 2 Budgets: The Spring Transition

The Spring Transition
1 Look, 2 Budgets

Start shedding layers: Warmer temps and brighter days are heading our way.

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Flannel-lined, Coated Canvas Moto Jacket

A lightweight jacket that still keeps the end-cap chills at bay thanks to a soft flannel lining. The outside is treated to offer water resistance in surprise spring showers. This classic moto-style jacket was made famous by British brand Belstaff founded in 1924. What Schott is to American-made leather motorcycle jackets, Belstaff is to British waxed canvas jackets.

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Goodthreads, $88

Dubbed the Bezos Belstaff by a Primer reader when we highlighted it originally, Amazon's housebrand Goodthreads offers up a handsome thigh length spring jacket made of 100% cotton with a coated exterior.

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Belstaff, $595

The Trialmaster has virtually stayed the same since it was introduced in the 1940s. It was created for motorcyclists cruising the Scottish Six-Days Trials, the oldest motorcycle competition in the world.

The Cream Color Cashmere Crew

Known as the C4 in the world's most exclusive fashion circles. Just kidding, I made that up. But a neutral colored crewneck sweater in cashmere is not only incredibly soft, like, softer than a sweatshirt, it's super easy to dress up or down. Don't believe me? I've been featuring mine for years. See how else to wear it:

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Nadaam, $75

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Gray Stretch 5 Pocket Travel Pants

Travel pants are great – they're the same cut and fit as jeans but made with softer, stretchier material. If you've been to Primer before today you know we're big gray pants evangelists. More dressed up than indigo, less contrasty than black, shades of gray pair well with black or brown accessories.

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Buttoned Down, $52

Amazon's house line Buttoned Down usually puts out dressier items but these 5 pocket twill pants are made with 98% premium Supima cotton with 2% elastane for all day comfort.

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Banana Republic, $78 $99

I've had these Slim Traveler pants from Banana Republic for probably 3 years. They've held up great and are supremely comfortable. Easy rec.

Suede Boots

Suede can add dimension to a casual outfit that doesn't benefit from layers or dressier flourishes like ties, pocket squares, or lapel pins by introducing texture.

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Thursday Boots, $199

These are probably my most worn boots, they're actually a dark, subtle olive shade that plays like brown. Because of that, it's easy to incorporate into most outfits. See how else to wear them:

grenson suede boots
Grenson, $430

British company Grenson has been making boots for over 150 years – and were the first to use a Goodyear welt on a boot.

Cloth Strap Watch

The simple neutral cloth strap watch complements the cream sweater and the olive suede boots.

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Timex, $53

For the price, this aviation-inspired face withe a herringbone-like strap can't be beat. There's a reason Timex is one of our Best Watch Brands.

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Timex x Todd Snyder, $249

Todd Snyder collaborates with brands like Champion and Timex by taking archival designs and updating them. This mid-century design has a 21 jewel Japanese automatic movement.

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Clear Sunglasses

Tired of tortoiseshell? Clear acetate frames add a modern touch to a time-tested shape.

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.