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The Best Men’s Formal Spring and Summer Fashion (Video)

For most of us, spring has finally sprung! For those still dealing with scarves and felt hats, you can at least feign warmer weather with these cocktails.

Regardless of what Mother Nature has in store, retailers have rolled out their lighter weight lines and we are ready to shop. Brooks Brothers is a favorite here at The Manual. The brand offers awesome heritage (Brooks Brothers is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year), quality pieces, and great prices. We also love that the company owns and operates three manufacturing facilities in the United States. That’s right — all of the Original Polo Button Downs, tailored clothing, and ties are made right here in the U.S.

We visited the Portland, Oregon store and met with store manager William Smith to hear more about their key pieces for spring.

What to Look for This Season

Lightweight suits: The new BrooksCool collection is super breathable and has great stretch. Perfect for traveling (hello, Portofino!) and even biking to work.

Irish linen pants: Linen is always a favorite for warmer weather and these pants can work for casual Fridays at the office or weekend wandering on a humid day.

Nautical stripes: While we don’t want to overdo it on this trend, a chunky shawl collar sweater is just the ticket for cool morning walks on the beach.

Seersucker: This lightweight cotton is always in fashion at Brooks Brothers. This season, however, the brand has used seersucker for shorts, shirts, bomber jackets, even a bathrobe (very Jay Gatsby). What we love the most is that you can find the fabric minus the traditional stripes. Gingham seersucker? A new classic is born.

Looking for something a little more casual? We’ve got you covered.

Cator Sparks
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Cator Sparks was the Editor-in-Chief of The Manual from its launch in 2012 until 2018. Previously, Cator was covering…
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