I promised myself not to use the phrase ‘a spring in my step’ when I decided to take on this question as part of our Ask The Rake series. As painstakingly cliché as it is, though, there’s a reason it’s worthy of cliché status in the first place. Spring signals hope, possibility and positivity. It brings an end to the never-ending cold front, months will no longer drag, and the sun will decide that it enjoys our company enough to stick around for a little while longer. Here in London, it would traditionally mean an end to monochrome overcoats, umbrellas and suits. Shirts and accessories become lighter and brighter, jackets are no longer hidden by multiple layers, and our much-loved friends — seersucker and linen — finally start to return.
This year may be a little different, however, with restrictions easing relatively slowly. Most events are still unable to take place, which means our next hurrah may still be a little while away yet — perhaps in the height of summer. Spring 2021, therefore, serves a much heavier purpose. Not only does it continue to provide a renewed sense of energy for the warmer moments, but this time around it will also be a chance for us to reclaim a year lost to lockdowns and a global pandemic. Spring will give us an opportunity to see each other again, to explore our localities and, hopefully, beyond them.
This brings us to the question at hand — ‘what are your style tips for Spring?’ The answer is simple: whatever brings you happiness, and whatever makes life a little more positive. However, I understand that that that perhaps isn’t the most insightful, so I’ve broken it down into the following: colour, rules and key pieces.
Let’s take on colour, though I imagine you probably know where I’m going with this. A great visual example of how colour can provide that sense of happiness and positivity, was the launch of Rolex’s 2020 Oyster Perpetuals in incredible colourways of candy pink, coral red, turquoise, green and yellow. It showcased that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Why not have a playful, colourful watch? Or a shirt, or a tie, or socks? If 2020 taught us anything, it’s to not take things for granted, and not to let time pass us by without embracing all that is good. If we can add that into our daily attire, well, more power to us.