BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Swimsuit season may be months away, but spring brings men other kinds of suits (and accoutrements) to shop for. Main Street retailers are far ahead of the curve; shelves at J. Crew and Brooks Brothers are already stocked with what could be some of the season's must-have items, including countless versions of leather boat shoes, striped-shawl collar cardigans and dark linen suits.Some trends for spring and summer are altogether new, while others give favorites more dramatic and enhanced variations. The fashionable foot has two notable varieties for spring, the more formal being colorful interpretations of the classic boat shoe with a black-and-white leather version from Gucci or a Quoddy's clematis blue version from J. Crew with a campfire moccasin-spin for $230. Sandals are the other, managing to evolve from last season's understated and sleek-heeled variations to outright Roman gladiator (aka Jerusalem cruiser or Jesus sandal) style with occasional ankle-strap detailing. Lanvin designer Alber Elbazmore has a more luxurious adaptation; he debuted a two-tone lizard-skin version of the chunky sandal with rubber sole in his recent Paris show.
|Refined spring and summer suits by English-born Simon Spurr are favored by such Hollywood trendsetters as James Franco and Justin Timberlake.|
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