Ryan Rosenkilde is the creator of Brick + Vine, a menswear and lifestyle blog based in Orange County, CA that covers everything from style and grooming to cocktails and home décor.
I’ve spent my entire life living in Southern California, so I can tell you it has a pretty long list of benefits. You’re always within a short drive of the beach, the desert or the mountains. Perhaps the number one benefit is that we have some of the best weather on the planet. It’s generally mild, sunny and pretty spectacular.
However, springtime can be a mixed bag, and you never know exactly what you’re going to get. One day you’ll be sun-drenched and enjoying eighty-degree weather, and the next it will be drizzling and gloomy. For this reason, having a closet full of versatile pieces comes in handy. They all have to function no matter the weather. I’m a huge fan of footwear that can work with a variety of looks—pants, shorts, whatever – because you never know when a heat wave is going to hit.
Let’s just agree on one thing: wingtips go with pretty much everything. I often wear wingtips casually, but I also got married in them. They’re so versatile and have just enough detail to add a stylish pop to any look. That’s why I’m particularly loving the Wyat Wingtip Oxford. The detailing is amazing, and they are so comfortable it’s like walking on a cloud. And to prove just how versatile they are, I put together two looks to get your style juices flowing.
For my first look I started with dark jeans. Dark denim is always a good choice. Whether you’re spending a casual day at the office or going out on a dinner date, it will always be your friend. I’ve especially been loving dark denim with my spring style obsession: a collarless button up. Collarless shirts (sometimes referred to as Mandarin collars) aren’t new by any means, but they’ve made a huge resurgence this season, and I’m loving it. They add the interest of a button up without the stuffiness of a collar. Mine is made from a lightweight linen perfect for the warm season ahead – and you can’t go wrong with a classic stripe. Adding the wingtips grounds the whole look and perfectly pulls it all together.
For my second look, I thought of one of my biggest challenges when putting looks together during the warmer seasons. In the spring or summer getting dressed can sometimes get a little monotonous as shorts and t-shirts start to get old. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good shorts and t-shirt look, but I like being able to mix it up a bit every so often to find new ways of putting together casual looks. Taking a staple warm weather outfit like shorts and a t-shirt and then layering a short sleeve button up over it is the perfect way to inject some fun with a stripe or a bold print. Plus, keeping it open won’t cause you to overheat on warmer days. The leather wingtips with the shorts give a casual look a smart, stylish edge.
With something as versatile as a pair of the Wyat Wingtip Oxford, the possibilities for stylish spring and summer looks are truly endless.
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