7 things no man should wear in the spring — and what you should wear instead

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Ditch your running trainers for clean, crisp white shoes.
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Many times when we tell men what not to wear, they ask what they should be wearing instead.

Ask no more – we’re here to tell you exactly what you should wear instead of your sweaty boat shoes and baggy cargo shorts.

Here are seven things you shouldn’t wear this season and the items you should replace them with.


The problem: Cargo shorts

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Gap and J Crew

The solution: Chino shorts that hit above the knee.

We’ve been over cargo shorts for a long time now. But every time we say so, we hear the inevitable cry of “But what am I supposed to wear?”

Let us introduce you to shorts that don’t look terrible: simple, slim-fit chino shorts that hit above the knee. (For most guys, that will be 9 inches or shorter, depending on how long your legs are.)

The slim profile doesn’t flare like cargo shorts do, and the shorter inseam doesn’t make it look like you’d rather be wearing pants.

J. Crew makes some of our favorites ($65).


The problem: Boat shoes

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LL Bean

The solution: Moccasin-style shoes.

We’re over boat shoes in the worst way. They just remind us of college.

You’re not in college anymore, and it’s time to ditch your boat shoes for something a little more grown-up.

We heartily recommend moccasin-style shoes, which feature a similar low-profile shape but eschew the frat-boy associations.

Pictured are L.L.Bean’s Blucher moccasins ($89), which we think perfectly fit the bill.


The problem: Graphic tees

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Uniqlo

The solution: Plain, well-fitting T-shirts.

Graphic T-shirts are juvenile relics from the earlier part of the century. We’ve moved on, and it’s time you move on, too.

There are zero instances we can think of when a graphic tee would work better than a plain old regular T-shirt, like this one from Uniqlo ($10).


The problem: Oversize hoodies

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The solution: A nice layering piece.

A hoodie is one of the worst things you can wear when you want to keep warm. It’s impossible to make it anything more than casual, it’s inherently baggy and ill-fitting, and it’s impossible to layer.

Instead, try a piece like a denim jacket, which can be worn on top of a T-shirt, a button-up shirt, or a sweater, or even underneath a wool coat.

We called the denim jacket the perfect layering jacket for fall and spring for exactly that reason.

Levi’s makes the classic version ($90).


The problem: Ugly running shoes

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Shutterstock and Rancourt

The solution: Crisp, minimal white shoes.

Many men wear horrible-looking running shoes for lack of a better option.

White shoes look good on pretty much everyone. The best part: There’s a pair for every budget.

Pictured is Rancourt & Co.’s Court Classic Low ($260).


The problem: Dad jeans

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Shutterstock and Levi’s

The solution: Slim, dark denim.

When you don’t know what you’re doing with jeans, you buy some awful prefaded, distressed denim that fits terribly.

When you do know what you’re doing, you buy slim, dark denim that lightens over time, fading naturally over wears and washes. When they’re too faded, you buy new ones.

It’s as simple as that.

Pictured at right is the Levi’s 511 in blue flame ($70).


The problem: The “going out” shirt

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Shutterstock and Facebook/Brooks Brothers

The solution: Any other nice button-up.

Many men think they need special “going out” clothing when they hit the clubs and bars.

The truth is that you don’t need a wardrobe apart from your regular one. Instead of a shiny, patterned shirt solely for nighttime wear, choose a plain, high-quality button-down, like this Oxford cloth version from Brooks Brothers ($140).

It’s more versatile, and it won’t make you look out of place.