Live Action Getup: Spring Layers

Live Action Getup: Spring Layers
A light, modular smart casual spring look that expertly makes use of similar shades.
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Chore Coat

man wearing polo ralph lauren utility shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren

A chore coat is an ideal spring jacket: Generally twill and unlined, it's got a heritage going back over a hundred years. Read about the best chore coats in our full guide, and see how we styled it in our previous 2x Week Casual Office Getup.

Merino Wool Cardigan

a man wearing a layered outfit with a coat, cardigan, and shirt

Charles Tyrwhitt / Amazon alt: Goodthreads

Here, Daniel effortlessly shows that some times the perfect color “combination” is the same shade as another item you're wearing. Pairing both with the chore coat and the stripes of the t-shirt, the cardigan works in a similar way that a matching vest works in a three piece suit. Plus, for spring, it allows you to ditch the chore coat when the day heats up without losing the overall effect of the outfit.

Striped T-Shirt

blue and white striped t-shirt


A henley or crew would also work, certainly, but the thick stripes provide visual texture and add a dash of nautical. It's a surprisingly versatile pull, see how Daniel also wears it with a linen casual suit.


J.Crew 484 chinos


One of our long-time favorites, the 484 slim fit from J.Crew is a go-to buy since it can easily be dressed up when needed or worn casually with sneakers or flip flops. Daniel opts for no-break in the pant leg, maximizing his ability to dress them up or down.


men's brown sandals

To Boot New York

Lots of guys only think leather Rainbow sandals are as dressy as sandals get, but there's a whole world of gentlemanly options. These thick, cross strap style sandals are made in Italy and will carry you all the way through summer.

Bracelet & Watch

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Bracelet: Amazon (similar)

Watch: Timex x Todd Snyder (similar)

Adding a touch of color in the accessories, Daniel's reddish-orange bracelet is a simple weaved design.


Turquoise men's necklace

Amazon (similar)

This simple but refined necklace was made by Daniel's brother.

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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.