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2 key items for a spring blizzard

This morning, I woke up to a truck with its doors frozen shut, 16 inches of snow on the ground, and a 3 foot high pile of snow on the street from the snow plows. All courtesy of a record breaking spring blizzard in Boulder.

Around Colorado, we are all digging out in different ways. But being spring, the snow is wet and heavy and the weather will soon warm. For me, that means I probably won’t need my bulky winter shell jacket or heavy insulation mid-layer when I’m out working and commuting.

Instead, I’m going to rely on two things today:

Fisherman’s Sweater

There’s nothing quite like the thick, almost rope-like construction of a fisherman’s sweater. In fact, it will probably be the most functional item in all of your closet. And remember, wool retains much of its warmth even while wet.

And a brief survey among your female friends will likely confirm what I learned myself – that many women love a man in a soft cable-knit sweater. Ever since Steve McQueen first donned one, smart guys have been following suit.

Look for one with a half pop on the collar and a roll on the cuffs.

Boots

No, I don’t mean your hiking boots. For those of us that work out of offices and coffee shops, we don’t need a crampon tolerant design to help get us over the curb. I think you should leave your weekend gear for the weekends.

Instead, get yourself a pair of boots that can survive a snowy mess on Blake Street, have enough grip to conquer the slippery steps on the Light Rail and still wipe clean and look great for when you finally arrive at the office. Simply put, the kind of boot that can take a beating and with a little love, still look great for work.

Sound like too much to ask? There are plenty of great options out there. Choose something with a clean, simple look and it will be in style for years to come. And if you opt for something with a bit of a heel they will even be suggestive of cowboy boots. Then again, cowboy boots check all the boxes above, just buy cowboy boots!

Depending on how far west your disposition lies, check out the offerings from Frye or Ariat.

Cole Haan boots in snow

Wrap up

Yes, there are plenty of other items you may need as you dig out of the snow, but personally, I don’t think anything is as fun as wearing a big bulky sweater with some robust boots.

What did I miss? What’s on your list for making it through a spring blizzard in Colorado or elsewhere? Sound off in the comments below.

By Ryan Wagner

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The perfect spring blazer

spring and fall sportcoats with peaked lapel

Brett was recently involved in a runway show at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa. It was part of a boutique wedding show event sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bride and our friends at Calluna Events.

The look you see above wasn’t curated as anything you’d walk down the aisle in, but rather as part of a “weekend away” or “off to the honeymoon” look.

Coincidentally, I think it looks great as a spring outfit. And it highlights a great option for a 2016 spring blazer.

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The jacket is one of our finest American-made wool blazers.

It’s a peaked lapel, which normally makes for a very bold jacket, but with the blue plaid pattern, it’s more subdued. An accented lapel button hole (in light blue), and again one on each cuff, finished the coat.

great spring style with this blazer

Brett’s going a little casual in this look and wearing jeans. Because they are tailored to his body, just like the jacket, they work. And the brown shoes bring everything together.

Bear in mind that with such a refined spring blazer (e.g. the sheen and the fidelity of the stitch) you’ll need to keep the balance with your choice of pants. Your best dark jeans are OK, in my opinion. Your linen pants, not so much. They will just look far too casual when paired up against this jacket.

Style upgrades

Consider upgrading the look with a French blue dress shirt. Or even a yellow shirt. Either one would call to mind spring and the warming weather.

Versatility

What I like most about this blazer is that it doubles just fine as a fall and even a winter coat. Brown will carry you through the seasons and the blue invites a little playfulness.

This time of year, the coat is perfect because as we come out of the winter months, you need that nice spring blazer to transition into spring and summer. A blue summer sportcoat is a bit premature, whereas heavy tweed is going to be a little too warm.

Wrap up

This is just one example of what a spring blazer may look like. Your needs may be different altogether. But I hope this gets you thinking about how you can glide into spring and do so in style!

By Ryan Wagner