Cheap and Chic: Spring Essentials for Men Under $200

Cheap and Chic: Spring Essentials for Men Under $200

Step into the new season with affordable staples that are sure to upgrade you

March 19, 2013


Spring is just days away, and instead of recycling the same pieces from last year or splurging on a new wardrobe, all you need are a few key items. Some are classics with a twist and others are right on trend with what's hot at the moment. Either way, they're easily wearable with the threads you already possess and will quickly up your style quotient. And better yet, they won't put a serious strain on your wallet.

For the Gentleman

Express, Coated Canvas Trench Coat ($198,

A trench coat tells the world you're refined and know style. The timeless outerwear is perfect for a chilly spring day when you don't need a heavy coat. And though it has a classic feel, it wears just as well with a suit as it does denim.

For the Everyday Man

Perry Ellis, The Ray Sunglasses ($45,

Aviators are the shades every man should own. No need to wonder if they work with your face, as aviators flatter practically every shape. Not only are they fashionable, the 100 percent UV protection guards your eyes from the sun's rays.

For the Rugged Fella

Topman, Nevada Desert Boots ($50,

The desert boot isn't as dressy as an oxford, but not as casual as a pair of kicks. This is perfect for when you want to look put together, but not too overdone with a pair of dark denim or khakis. And you can't go wrong with this standout burgundy hue.

For the Laid Back Guy

Express, Colored Chino Photographer Pant ($69,

If you want to give your jeans a break, rock a pair of chinos. The material's weather appropriate, and these work well with button-downs. Or roll the hem up and rock with a T-shirt. Don't let the dark green color throw you off. It's a neutral that plays well with your favorite pieces.

For the Classic Lover

Old Navy, Chambray Shirt ($16,

If you don't have a chambray shirt, change that ASAP. And if you do, it doesn't hurt to buy another, especially at a great price like this. The shirt has a classic, American feel and it gets an update with this slightly lighter wash. You'll wear this shirt throughout spring, and it effortlessly goes from work to weekend.

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter @FlyonaDime.

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