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The caprices of the British weather make spring perhaps the trickiest time to dress well. Invest in these nine essentials, however, and you’ll be ready come rain or shine.

A picture of a street styler wearing a bum bag.

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A cross-body bag

A favourite among streetwear aficionados, the cross-body bag is the ideal piece of kit to finish off your ’fits with this spring. Lightweight and compact, go for an on-trend bum bag or switch the style up and opt for a logo-printed flight bag instead. It's a true go-with-everything piece – team with cargo pants and an overshirt or add it to a more grunge-inspired look like the chap above with a layered striped tee, ripped denim and Sk8-Hi Vans.

A picture of a street styler wearing a breton stripe T-shirt.

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A Breton T-shirt

Rooted, of course, in the French navy, this classic blue-and-white-striped pattern has inspired style icons and fashion designers over the decades. Pair yours with a coach jacket for a casual look that has the added bonus of making you look vaguely like you know your way around a boat.

A picture of a streetstyler wearing a denim jacket.

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Denim jacket

Some men shy away from denim unless it's on their bottom half, depriving themselves of what can be a very handy wardrobe item. The trick is to think of the denim jacket as a layering piece: find one snug enough to go under a thicker jacket but big enough to wear over a crew-neck sweater (extra points if it's camo print). And if you’re thinking of trying to pull off double denim, go for it – just make sure the two items are at least a couple of shades apart (or essentially identical if you’re aiming at the bolder ‘Canadian tuxedo’ vibe).

A picture of a street styler wearing white trainers.

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White trainers

Whatever trainer style you prefer, a clean, unfussy pair of white sneakers should feature high on your wish list. Subbing them in for your winter boots is a great way to embrace the new season. They can easily form the basis of a smart, casual or indeed smart-casual look – the only tricky bit is keeping them clean.

A picture of a street styler wearing a bomber jacket.

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Bomber jacket

The perfect coat to see you right while winter turns to summer, the bomber jacket suits every body shape and flatters everyone. The big shout is which colour to opt for. Navy, black and khaki are the colourway OGs, but you could always take a sartorial risk and opt for a bolder hue or even a printed piece.

A picture of a steet styler wearing a lightweight trench coat.

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A trench coat

For the days when you know it’s going to rain, a light trench will both keep you dry and make sure you're looking sharp. Navy or camel are classic shades for good reason – pair your coat with on-point creps to add a streetwear twist to your ensemble.

A picture of a street styler wearing a pair of light wash jeans and a floral-print shirt.

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Light-wash jeans

If you’re thinking of changing up your style this spring, trade in your go-to tracksuit bottoms for a pair of light-wash jeans instead. Choose a slim-fit pair to play it safe or go for a skater cut to truly nail this season’s aesthetic. 

A picture of a street styler wearing an overshirt and wide-cut trousers.

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An overshirt

Half shirt, half jacket, the overshirt is the ultimate springtime layer. It's just thick enough to ward off those chilly morning temps and lightweight enough to style out the double-digit afternoons. Opt for a classic khaki or sandy hue for the traditional look or make it a statement piece in a vibrant print or logo-heavy finish. For the full springtime aesthetic, layer over a sparkling white tee, wide-cut trousers and add some classic sunnies to literally top it all off.
A picture of a street styler wearing a lightweight jumper.

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Lightweight knitwear

Another layering failsafe, a retro-style sweater in light merino wool or cashmere gives you another chance to play with colour and will keep you insulated when the sun vanishes for the 10th time that day. Wear over a T-shirt and under a transitional jacket for a classic spring look.