Fashion // Spring Fever Andrea Zancha April 19, 2014 Fashion, Lifestyle By Andrea Zancha Spring is here. It’s a time for rebirth and revitalization. A time when plants are in bloom and the sun is beginning to shine more brightly. More importantly, it’s time to break out your brackets for March Madness, and spring signals the start of baseball season. It’s also the perfect time to de-clutter your closet and re-invent yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind when rolling up your sleeves and starting your spring cleaning. Pitch perfect We’re all guilty of holding onto things we don’t need but can’t seem to part with. The ugly sweater from grandma. The worn-out t-shirt from an ex-girlfriend. Or the favorite pair of tattered jeans that look as if they lost a battle with a lion. There’s no time like the present, my friend, to either pitch em’ or donate your gently used clothing to Goodwill. The general rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t fit, can’t be repaired or tailored, or you haven’t worn it in a year, pitch it! If you need advice on what to keep or what to ditch, recruit your girlfriend, spouse, partner, best friend, a professional organizer or stylist, whomever it may be. Your home will be less cluttered and you’ll feel better. After all, a clutter-free life is a clutter-free mind. You’ll also get Brownie points for asking your girlfriend/wife/spouse/partner for her help. Getting technical It’s the perfect time to take inventory on new items you may need. The must-haves for every man’s closet include: a suit, white dress shirt, blue blazer, well-fitting jeans and khakis and casual shirts, such as polos or button-downs. Have you noticed that all that hard work at the gym has paid off and your sport jacket is too big? Now is the time to invest in a double breasted sport jacket. It’s the perfect accessory to have in case of a last minute business meeting or when taking in the Del Mar horse races. If you’re looking to add a few pieces into the mix, men’s fashion has become more lenient in terms of what is acceptable. Solids and stripes are no longer the norm. Bold and mixed patterns are popping up everywhere. Not quite ready to take a walk the bold side? Subtle patterns like this bandana patch denim shirt will suffice. If you don’t have a significant other, sister, or close girl friend to seek assistance from but still want to be stylish, look no farther. Women love nothing more than a man who can roll out of bed and rock distressed jeans and a plain t-shirt. You can make it look simple or edgy all depending on the shoes you wear. If you’re running afternoon errands, throw on these Steve Madden IDOLLLs. It’s a casual sneaker with a modern flare. If you’re out with friends and want a more rugged look, throw on these Bed|Stü “Patriot” Cap Toe Boots and top it off with a utility jacket. Either look will make women swoon and is sure you noticed this spring season.