We’d never advise going head-to-toe trendy—The Tie Bar guy isn’t one to peacock—but incorporating one trend into an otherwise simple look is usually all it takes to make an outfit fresh. We’re not about to advise you to try the pleated, high-waisted work pants that made their way down the runway, but there are some doable trends worth adopting. Here are five, plus a recommendation on what to buy to fill in the gaps of your spring wardrobe.
The Trend: 90s-inspired gear
Proof nostalgia for the 90s isn’t going anywhere: Gap has reissued pieces from its archive.
Wear This: Gap Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt, $50
The Trend: Track jacket
Keep the throwbacks going with a retro track jacket. It’s the latest example of fashion’s move toward athleisure everything. It’s comfortable, so we’re not complaining.
Wear This: Adidas Originals Superstar Track Jacket, $70
The Trend: Pink
Not sure you can pull it off? Try it under a blazer or hoodie to start. Then, once you rack up enough compliments, wear it solo.
Wear This: Zara Relaxed Basic T-shirt, $9.90
The Trend: Checkered patterns
You’ll notice windowpanes and smaller checks on everything from outerwear to button-down shirts this season. But our favorite way to wear it is on dress pants.
The Trend: Floral
This isn’t your dad’s Tommy Bahama shirt. For one, it’s fitted. And, two, the micro pattern says hip rather than paternal.
Wear This: Bonobos Riviera Short Sleeve Shirt, $88