This post is taken from an email that our V.P. of Product sent to our members earlier today.
From the Desk of J. Smith: Spring Essentials
At Trunk Club headquarters in Chicago, it looks like spring has finally arrived (knock on wood). I can’t wait to start riding my bike to work along the lakefront, and I look forward to taking my year-old son on his first trip to the zoo. Plus, it’s almost time to re-open the Trunk Club roof-deck, which I hope each of our members has the pleasure of visiting at least once.
To share my enthusiasm for the months ahead, I’ve created a list of my current springtime favorites: bold colors, light outerwear, loafers without socks, and adult beverages.
In my early twenties I was fortunate enough to travel around Italy. Besides the food and wine, I was most impressed with the style of Italian men, who wore color in a big way. Bold, bright clothing has been making its way to the U.S. for several years, and this spring, you’ll see it everywhere, from trousers and shirts to blazers.
When my wife and I moved to Chicago from California in 2008, she couldn’t wait to finally wear winter clothes. (Her excitement was short-lived.) That’s how I feel every year for spring, a season that’s underrated in terms of style possibilities. Pieces like lightweight jackets, rain coats, and thin sweaters will keep you warm, dry, and looking good during the transitional weather.
Nothing says spring to me like loafers without socks. I tend to rush into the season and ditch socks about a month too soon, which provides a steady source of entertainment for our CEO. Call me an optimist, but shedding the socks is my way of wishing us towards warmer weather, the same way baseball fans put on rally caps to reverse their teams’ fortunes.
My friend Scott introduced me to the Pimm’s Cup one hot Chicago summer day, and I haven’t looked back. It’s the definitive cocktail of the warm-weather season, and if you haven’t already tasted this refreshing beverage, I highly recommend enjoying it at a table with friends, preferably while the sun is still up.
Every spring, my mom would stash $20 in her winter coat before putting it away for the year. It’s a tradition my wife and I have kept going, and I suggest that you try it, too. On the first really cold day next winter, the weather will be more bearable when you reach into your pocket and find the money you forgot all about.
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