Style Scenario: Spring Evening Cocktails

You've got a date.  It was warm today, but the sun has gone down.

What are you going to wear?  Sometimes there’s an easy answer. Sometimes not. Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Having a slow drink (or two) with a date after the sun goes down is one of the best ways to spend an early, cool spring evening.  Color may be big this year, but it’s good to remember that while some dandies will go full palate, there’s a difference between cute and sexy. A blend of late winter and early summer shades and textures make up the outfit seen here, which should take you through early twilight on into the evening.

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The Blazer: J. Crew Ludlow in Heather Charcoal Italian Wool – $257.60 ($388). You’ll need the 30% off sale items code SUNSHINE for this price (rundown of the sale here).  Yes it’s expensive, but these blazers are the real deal, and rarely go on sale.  Great construction.  Elegant, slightly lower button stance.  Trim arms.  4-season wool, but if it’s already extremely hot where you live, or you’re just on a budget that doesn’t allow $260 for one blazer, try the grey linen blend option from Macy’s.

The Pants: Stafford Prep Chinos – $22.50 ($30).  A good option from the new “Stafford Prep” line, and great at this price.  Thicker fabric which you’d almost expect on a 5-pocket pant, but these have the pockets of regular chinos.   

The Belt: Perry Ellis – $17.99. Not quite sure which belt that is from jcp on the chinos, but the P.E. from Macy’s will do.

The Shirt: Neiman Marcus Trim Fit Stretch Dress Shirt – $35.75 ($88). Not hot pink, not deep purple… lilac.  A spring color that’s toned down enough to avoid blinding your date.  Part of the extra 35% off one item sale at Lastcall.com that ends today (4/3)

The Shoes: Ciro Lendini Suede Loafers – $183.00.  Made in Italy, sleek, and while black, warm evening ready in suede.  Further options include these from Bruno Magli for a few bucks more (also part of the LastCall 35% off sale), or the smooth leather single monk strap from Banana Republic, which is just $84 through today w/ BRTAKE40

The Watch:  Orient Bambino Automatic – $182 w/ SPRING2013  Full review here.  And if that’s too steep, or you’d prefer quartz, there’s always the tried and true Bulova 96B104.

The Card Case: OldCalgary Whiskey Wallet – $35.00.  Made in the USA from Italian Leather and German Wool felt.  Currently on back order.  Pic via Maxton Men, where they’re also sold out for now.

The Music: Brian Ferry – Olympia – $8.94.  “Make no mistake: this is not music for the gym.  There’s a heavy dose of late night atmosphere here, along with some atmospheric soundscapes.  It is, however, the perfect soundtrack for an evening with your partner or for a gathering of friends over drinks.”  Full review here from our Music Correspondent.

The Good Idea:  Carrying Cash – $20 – $60.  Servers appreciate it, it allows you to leave quickly, and cash has class.