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TORONTO Men will soon be packing away the parkas and shelving heavy sweaters to make way for spring styles and they be wise to leave plenty of closet space.

find menswear right now the best it ever been. It just more exciting, fun, colourful, says Melissa Austria, founder of Toronto menswear boutique Gotstyle.

While menswear doesn change as rapidly as womenswear, it remains rooted in the classic staples albeit with a twist, notes Shannon Stewart, assistant general merchandise manager for Harry Rosen.

polo is a great example. It been around for decades and decades and we keep reinventing it really through colour and through silhouette, Stewart says.

Whether you a fashion forward fella or a style neophyte, Austria and Stewart have some tips on ways men can spring forward with their seasonal wardrobe.

It not just flashes of colour in neckties, pocket squares, socks and collared shirts: a rainbow full of saturated shades are brightening up all facets of menswear.

overriding theme for the season is the sheer amount of colour, says Stewart. from a psychological point of view, it just has an impact on a person. It instantly lifts their mood and it can instantly lift a wardrobe. says the colours span the spectrum from reds to brighter greens to blues, oranges and yellows.

a more toned down silhouette. So, it going to be a toned down (coloured) chino that you going to wear with a crisp white shirt. It going to be a polo shirt that you going to wear with dark jeans, she says. doesn have to be that intimidating for guys. patterns are also in the mix for spring, with smaller scale houndstooth print, finer stripes and smaller grid checks in shirting, notes Austria.

While some men may have no qualms about donning pants in a bold hue or pairing a variety of shades within one look, both Austria and Stewart say more style shy guys should start by opting for one core coloured piece.

Unsure of which shade to select? Stewart recommends blue which she says is a colour for many men.

they stay in that colour family of blues but maybe go a little bit lighter or a little bit more punchier with the blue, it a simple way of just taking the blue up a notch from the usual navy or denim blue.

if a man isn planning on buying a new suit for the season, through dress shirts and ties bowties, you can easily freshen up a suit that you may have purchased within the last couple of years, says Stewart.

seen a return to men wearing bowties which is kind of fun. It definitely a modern look, you have to be a little bit more confident in it; but it just a great way to inject a little bit of life into the wardrobe. says the use of colourful, lighter weight summer scarves which has made a splash on the other side of the Atlantic is poised to make waves closer to home.

you go to Europe, they been showing them for 10, 15 years; and now we slowly starting to see the guys embrace that in North America, because they usually only wear the scarves in winter and that it, she says.

From Monet inspired linings in trench coats to patterns dotting coats and the undersides of collars, expect to see subtle details making a strong statement in spring outerwear.

all about style at six steps, says Austria. a distance, it going to look like a regular jacket, but up close you going to see the added details. The contrast stitch, the lapels. says there also a big trend towards the jersey blazer, which is unconstructed and free of shoulder pads, almost reminiscent of a sweater jacket.

Stewart says the concept of the soft, relaxed jacket for spring speaks to the climate as well as the notion of comfort.

the warmer weather, you want to be wearing something that is as light as possible, but to wear a jacket just completes the outfit, says Stewart.

a jacket, a lot of gentlemen don necessarily feel completely put together, and a jacket can just take you into any situation and you look appropriately dressed. suggests opting for an unlined jacket which can be in a cotton or cotton linen blend. She says they also showing a lot of knit jackets for the season.

almost has the feel of a cardigan when you put it on but they done in very, very light yarns. But you just have that element of extreme comfort, she says. stay cool in the warm weather but you still look very well put together. not unlike the extensive apparel offerings, Stewart says there considerable colour popping up in footwear, like brightly hued oxfords.

think most men are comfortable in wearing a little bit of colour in their shoes. So whether it just a coloured lace or full in colour throughout the entire shoe or the coloured sole, it a nice way to add that fashion element but without being too over the top.
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