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How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

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Editor Will Vietze dishes on dressing for the most fickle time of year—and his favorite seasonal styles.

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

This article is presented in partnership with the team at Huckberry, who provide clothing, gear, and stories to inspire your next great adventure.

Dressing for spring is the best.

I will die on this hill—even as fall fanatics gather below me with scented candles and decorative gourds held aloft, even as my eyes swell shut from pollen and my shoes soak through with rain. I don’t say that lightly, nor do I say it with pastoral visions of pastel pants and floral shirts swaying through my head. Spring should be weird, even a little shifty and inscrutable—and that’s why it’s simply the best.

The other seasons speak a predictable vernacular; they conjure the same images and words with clockwork precision and specificity each year. Fall, for example, is cozy and plaid and hopefully a little quaint. You wear a vest. You scroll through images of leaves, such beautiful red leaves. Spring is not like that. Sure, there are flowers blooming and that Justin Timberlake meme, but every moment of the season is underpinned by a wide-eyed sense that anything could happen.

The next few months will be fickle and the style will follow suit—that’s all I can really say. One of your neighbors will garden in his fishing gear. The other will, apparently, step out of an Edwardian novel and set to gathering wildflowers in her apron. You’ll find yourself shoeless, dressed like Monty Don, staring at a bee like it’s the most beautiful thing that ever was. Spring will unleash that inner weirdo you thought might’ve died some time around Thanksgiving—it’ll give you permission to be your most unencumbered self, even if only fleetingly.

That means you should feel free to wear shorts with your favorite sweater and boots. Or buy a huge gardening hat. Or dress like a sort-of-unhinged French painter tending to his asparagus. Basically, have fun, be prepared for anything, and mash up all the other seasons into one. Here are some of my favorite spring styles from the shop.

The “Spring is Here” Sweatshirt

A crewneck sweatshirt can be pretty much anything you want it to be. Wear it to putz around in your basement woodshop and it’ll fray a little at the sleeves and tell everyone you know that you’re busy with spring chores. Or just wear it on its own for a pop of cheery sunshine—your friends will thank you…then ask where they can get one.

Flint and Tinder Speckle Fleece Crew

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

A crewneck so soft you’ll never want to take it off. This crewneck is as comfortable as your favorite hoodie, but it’s got a refined style that will keep you looking good from brunch to the bodega. And with a luxurious feel like the softest blanket you’ve ever wrapped up in, you’ll be wearing it just to lay around the house. It’s got a bit of a vintage sportswear vibe thanks to the flexible raglan sleeve design, which plays well with the handsome looks to give it the perfect blend of comfort and style.

Spring-Proof Chukkas

If you’re not wearing your chukkas all year round, you’re missing out on some serious opportunities to show them off with shorts. That said, the toes of your brown autumnal pair might look pretty “different” after a couple rainstorms. (See Seinfeld‘s “The Jacket” for evidence.) The navy blue color and rubber capped toe on these ensure they’re super spring-proof—and the fact that they also meet the highest standard of sustainability is just incredible.

OBRA Heavy Suede Chukka Full Cap

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Comfortable, durable chukkas made with a uniquely modern approach. There’s much more to these shoes than just dashing good looks and a rabid cult following. OBRA took the chukka and removed any weak points, reimagined their models to emphasize comfort, and worked with family-owned workshops to craft them from quality materials. OBRAs are built tough like a boot but supportive like a running shoe—two strengths you wouldn’t normally attribute to a classic chukka. Built with a premium suede upper and a footbed engineered for all-day comfort, this chukka is perfect for business hours and happy hours alike.

A Sweater You Should Wear With Shorts

I don’t know why, but I have this sense that everyone in New Zealand is really skilled at dressing for spring. Maybe it’s all the rain, but I imagine Kiwis in some delightful blend of sweaters, shorts, and muck boots, like they always have some chores to do. Which is all to say I think this sweater would look really nice worn that way—or not. Basically, it’s substantial and somehow airy and refined and laid back all at the same time—in the exact way that spring should be.

Taylor Stitch The Crawford Sweater

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

A handsome knit sweater that delivers on all fronts. All cardigans wish they looked this good. Taylor Stitch has a reputation for going above and beyond with their apparel, so it should come as no surprise that this sweater is built with meticulous care and considered details. An elevated approach to the classic shawl cardigan, The Crawford Sweater is a midweight classic with a warm construction and a sophisticated silhouette. This thing is cozy like a thick blanket and your favorite spot on the couch—except you can take this coziness, button up the front, and walk out the door with it.

The Envy of All Other Shirts in the Room

I’m not saying you have to festoon yourself in flowers just because it’s spring, but a plant or two on your shirt couldn’t hurt. With a quick-drying cotton-poly blend, UPF 15 protection, and a back yoke to let it breathe, this is the layer for getting that garden going again.

Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

The envy of all other shirts in the room. The folks at Howler Bros have a vagabond spirit that’s helped them churn out some of the most versatile apparel we’ve ever put on. They are simultaneously wild, stylish, and super laid-back—creating gear perfect for marching through a rainforest, sipping tequila at the beach, or watching a nature doc on the sofa. The Gaucho Snapshirt transforms the vintage Western shirt of the past into something technical, wearable, and a little out-of-the-box. It’s a staple in their lineup and would make a great mainstay in your rotation as well.

Shorts.

As I said earlier, this is the season to get a little funky with your shorts. Wear this hyper-sustainable hemp pair with the sweater you’ve been bundled up in all winter and some waterproof boots and you’re cooking with gas. And by “cooking with gas,” I really mean “channeling that uncle from Vermont who runs his beloved Subaru on fryer grease from the samosa stand at his local farmers’ market.”

Taylor Stitch The Apres Short

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

License to chill. The Après Shorts were designed for those moments when the boxes on your to-do list have all been ticked off—when all that’s left to do is chill. Built from a hemp fabric that’s been garment washed to feel broken in from the first time you pull them on, these are going to be your favorite shorts this summer. And thanks to the top-notch tensile strength of hemp, they’ll remain your favorites for many summers to come.

Birkenstock. Water. Resistant. Clogs.

No four words have come together quite so beautifully before. If spring could pick out its own footwear, it’d slip into some Super Birkis the washable clogs beloved by chefs and gardeners and crunchy uncles alike. Somehow these remind me of opening up the shed, rooting around for that rusty trowel and those moldy work gloves, and figuring out what to make of the backyard after so many months of snow. In other words: These are the perfect tool for the season.

Birkenstock Super Birki

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Classic. Birkenstock clogs made from hardwearing materialsHard to believe, but Birkenstock was once a little-known German shoemaker quietly churning out impressive clogs back in the late 18th century. But once guys in the ‘70s finally gave Birks a shot, their comfortable-as-hell footwear became hard to keep in stock worldwide. Built from incredibly resilient materials and featuring Birkenstock’s signature form-fit cork and latex footbed, the Super Birki has enjoyed years of popularity among restaurant workers, medical professionals, and anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Clogs like this have come all the way back into style, and that’s music to our ears—because when shoes this comfy are this cool, that means we’re doing something right.

Linen: Not Just for Miami-Based Detectives

If linen stills makes you think of Miami Vice, I hear you. But I’m here to tell you that linen is the stuff spring dreams are made of—at once substantial, with a calming hand, and super breezy, it can immediately change your mood on a muggy day. I tend to form most of my warm weather wardrobe around an almost-white shirt just like this, because it can be worn so many ways and in every setting.

Rhythm Classic Linen Short Sleeve Shirt

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Surf-inspired Australian design that goes beyond the beach. Way down unda’, the folks at Rhythm have ironed out all the necessary details for their latest lineup of board-sport inspired clothing. By pulling inspiration from the simple-living, coastal culture that makes surfing so enticing, their clothing provides a laidback look that blends art, fashion, and music from the past, present, and future. Spun from a breathable linen and cotton blend, the Classic Linen Shirt feels comfortable no matter what the weather does—but more importantly, it always makes sure you look cool and collected.

A “Cowboy Hat”

If you, like me, grew up on one coast and then moved to another, wearing a “real” cowboy hat might seem a little disingenuous. I wish I had the guts to do it, but I think this will suffice…and it’s in Giants colors, meaning I can blend in at some games this spring without betraying the Red Sox.

Seager Co. x Huckberry Snapback

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Classic snapbacks made in collaboration with the grittiest brand we know. We like to think of Seager as an old friend we have a lot in common with—someone we ran into while hiking the Sierras where we bonded over our shared love of the great outdoors. With each new release Seager Co. tries to recapture the wild and rugged spirit of the Old West, and this time around we were lucky enough to team up with them on some truly kick ass gear. We couldn’t be more stoked to see our logo next to theirs for this run of snapbacks, featuring retro-inspired looks and our co-branded seaplane design on the front.

…..and “Cowboy Shirt”

One way or another, I suggest getting a little western grit in your wardrobe this spring. You could steal the shirt your dad picked up from Taos in the ’70s….or just get your own. Your call, but I know which option he’d prefer.

Flint and Tinder Saddle Blanket Shirt

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Western snap front shirt made with organic cotton jacquard. From the Navajo to the Spaniards, from pre-war Mexico to post-war America, the South-West corner of the United States is home to a pastiche of styles that all inform what we think of today as the “southwestern” look. This bone button shirt is inspired by that style, with the same patterns, colors, and textures that you might find on a poncho or a desert cowboy’s saddle blanket. It’s a handsome look that really shines in the details—like the front and back yoke, the custom jacquard fabric, and the bone snap front closure. Tuck it into jeans with a big belt buckle or leave it open over a t-shirt, you really can’t go wrong with a style this timeless.

Dress (Sort of) Like Monty Don

If you haven’t spent a couple hours watching Monty Don describe the intricacies and joys of gardens, have you really lived? Moreover, is there anybody more qualified to know what to wear in a garden just after it’s rained? I think not. But if you’re not as obsessed with his charm as I am, it’s all good—the benefits of a hardwearing denim chore coat are impossible to overstate. Here are just a few of the boxes it checks off.

  • Stylish
  • Pockets for tools, beers, “herbs,” a bouquet of wildflowers
  • Wears in, not out
  • Monty Don would wear it
  • An elderly French man playing pétanque in a wisteria-fringed patio would wear it
  • Claude Monet would wear it

Taylor Stitch The Ojai Jacket

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

When in doubt, bring the Ojai. Truth be told, there’s no jacket quite like the Ojai—inspired by French workwear from the 1800s, its classic looks fall perfectly between elevated and easywearing so you can dress it up or down for any occasion. While the silhouette remains the same, each year Taylor Stitch builds it out of a new material, allowing the Ojai to take on a new life every time they release a new rendition. This one is crafted from selvedge denim woven on old-school shuttle looms, the perfect recipe for a jacket that will age like fine bourbon.

Socks from Shakedown Street

Last year I wrote a pretty strange piece about tie dye and that one Deadhead uncle everyone seems to have. At the time, I was mostly thinking about old tees from Shakedown Street, but now I’m thinking socks (with those Birkenstocks up there) are the way to go. Sometimes (read: almost always) a subtler hit of tie dye is a whole lot more fun.

Wellen Organic Tie Dye Socks

How to Dress for Spring, According to Huckberry

Organic cotton socks with a colorful tie-dyed pattern. Cool socks have long been a great way to add some stylish flair to your outfit. These tie dye socks from Wellen are made from a super soft organic cotton with just the right amount of stretch to get that form-fit comfort. When the weather warms up and the shorts come out you can show them off in all of their glory, and when the mercury drops again you can cuff your jeans for a nice little pop of color.

It was tricky whittling everything down to that, so I’d suggest heading over to our Spring Lookout for the full scoop. Oh, and I should add—if you’re looking to tap into the spring vibe:

  • Read One Hundred Years of Solitude, because it rains for a looong time and then every plant imaginable grows and grows and grows (Lanny by Max Porter is also perfect).
  • Watch, you guessed it, anything by Monty Don…for the vibe and some actual advice.
  • Listen to Plantasia, Mort Garson’s cult-classic album that sold exclusively at a house plant shop, and “Grantchester Meadows,” Pink Floyd’s most earthy, spring-vibed song.

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