muted suiting. According to GQ
magazine, there's no need for
ties to cool down either. They're
still the serious executive's best
outlet for self-expression.
One of he big stories in men's
sportswear this spring is
coordinates. Shirts, slacks and
matching belts, all by Pal Zileri,
sold exclusively at L'Uomo
Vogue feature pattern on pattern
shirts teamed with patterned
slacks all in coordinating colors.
"Women have been able to mix
and match coordinates for years.
Now it's time for men to have
selections already teamed
together," says Rogovin.
In fabrics for sportswear,
"many manufacturers are
combining linen and viscose. The
combination holds the die quite
well and the colors are more
vibrant," adds Rogovin.
Mustards, yellows, and black,
white, and teal combinations can
be found in oversized crew neck
sweaters whose fantastic
patterns and prints are inspired
by Italian designers.
"Tonal for spring rather than
contrasting is the most fashion
forward look," says Barbara
Jacobs of Mark Keller in
Birmingham. "Creams and
whites, and tans and ecrus rather
than black and khaki are new this
Be on the look out for creamy,
pale tones and desert neutrals.
Single-breasted blue chambray
sports coat, $150, by Haspel.
Italian mentality, combining
handmade construction, no lining
and a surgeon's sleeve. "It is
perfect with a shirt and tie during
daytime, and then roll the sleeves
back and remove the tie for
evening," says Grumet. "At our
store, we show you the options
and you decide if it's right for you.
Black, and black and white
together is a fashion forward look
this spring. "A black suit should
always have a place in a man's
wardrobe. It's flattering, attention
grabbing and accessorized
correctly for business, and still
demands respect without being
too dressy," says Kosins.
"The conservative man is
looking to black in a suit this
season," adds Fred Rubenstein,
of Fredericks of Farmington.
"The black and white blazer is
also a hot item." Houndstooth,
mini-herringbones are really
strong in traditional and Italian
Boldly striped shirts in colors
like royal blue, scarlet, and
emerald green, on crisp white
backgrounds add life to subdued,
Button-down shirts and English
spread collars in cotton blends
and silks are abundant and
acceptable. At L'Uomo Vogue,
however, the button-down shirt is
worn for sport, usually without a
"Many of the shirts at
Executive Custom Shirtmakers
are made with contrasting collars
and cuffs," says Ernest Drucker.
Some of spring's fashion colors
are peach, melon, lilac and pink.
"Stripes are bolder; and muted as
well as bold checks are the more
casual look with a sport jacket,"
adds Drucker. "The nice thing