The Emondero Sport jacket by Van Gils ($598, Philip Nyren, 960 Yates St.)

WEST COAST WARDROBE – Spring forward

Monday launches a new fashion column this month with the modern man in mind

Monday launches a new fashion column this month with the modern man in mind. Look for investment, Essential and Frugal top picks each edition.

Pink-petalled sidewalks are a sure indication spring is arriving enviably early (again) in Victoria.

And while cherry blossom inspiration is making its way from Beacon Hill Park to the boldest looks of 2014 (floral prints are everywhere: approach with caution), they’re also a gentle reminder that a wardrobe refresh is in order as winter’s slumber fades.

THE INVESTMENT ITEM (above):

Double-breasted jackets may be rocking the streets of Manhattan right now, but a West Coast wardrobe calls for a more laid back look.

 

 

The Emondero Sport jacket by Van Gils ($598, Philip Nyren, 960 Yates St.) relies on peak lapels and a Dutch-made, slim-fit cut to hint at bold styling without all the peacocking.

Boutique owner Philip Nyren methodically sources his 12,000 square-foot space with the world’s best threads, and every piece is worth its price tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ESSENTIAL ITEM:

 

Scandinavian design permeates today’s casual looks, from the flawless fit of Nudie and Acne Jeans to the indestructible jackets from Fjällräven, ideal for wet coast weather.

Enter Minimum, a Danish brand that’s becoming a mainstay on the racks of Still Life Boutique (550 Johnson St.).

Grab one of Minimum’s Chris Oxford shirts ($75) while they’re in stock to effortlessly strike that sophisticated and functional balance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FRUGAL ITEM:

H&M (Uptown) is an ideal testing ground for looks that might otherwise make you revert to your alumni sweatpants and a hoodie.

Bold, bright colours aren’t fading away anytime soon, so why not start subtly with a range of bright, bold socks ($6.95/pair) from the fast fashion experts.

You’ll forget winter’s gray grip ever took hold of our sunny capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE NIGHT 101:

 

Show off your new threads and impress your date with a classic Italian-inspired dinner at Pagliacci’s (1011 Broad St.). Tight tables, a bustling kitchen and that delightfully salty foccacia bread have lured everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Bob Dylan to the no-reservations joint since its 1979 inception. On your way, stop by Migration Boutique at The Bay Centre for your choice of direct trade and locally designed gifts that are sure to leave her saying, ‘ Vieni qui e baciami!’ long after your night ends.

 

 

 

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