Trading Snow Boots and Parkas for Oxfords and Unlined Blazers

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Knot-standard-unlined-blazer-modern-fellowsThe calendar says spring and it is finally starting to feel like it. Time to trade heavy winter jackets and functional snow boots for new shoes and clothes. Here is what Modern Fellows is looking forward to as the weather brightens.

The thing about winter is the weather often necessitates function over form. Who in their right mind would put on an unlined, patch pocket blazer (above) courtesy of Knot Standard’s new DC showroom when the thermometer is hovering around the freezing mark?

Who wants to wear this amazing new pair of oxfords from the Left Shoe Company (now closed!) when the ground is caked with salt and pocked with slushy puddles?



Now that spring has sprung, it’s easy to warm to new collections from the likes of Black Lapel, which just published a new lookbook to coincide with the release of a dapper spring/summer 2015 line that includes the blue windowpane suit with shadow check pictured above.

And to Unsimply Stitched, whose President Alex Hendeles recently released a bright and cheery new line of socks for the season, including a series of interesting layered polka dot selections pictured below, which he sent along to Modern Fellows to try.


Forget New Year’s resolutions. My spring resolution is to turn out some new clothes and kicks that prize form as much as function — and to write about the experiences.

This post is part of a series in collaboration with Details’ new social media hub, #Mydetails.

Disclosure: Modern Fellows has received merchandise at no cost from Black Lapel, Knot Standard, the Left Shoe Company and Unsimply Stitched.

About Jake

Jake is an expert on men’s style and fashion based in Washington, DC. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs and innovative clothing and lifestyle brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. He has published hundreds of articles on style and apparel, and regularly interviews small business CEOs and startup founders about industry trends. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine.

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