Q. In the spring when it's chilly, but not enough for an overcoat, I'd like to wear something less nerdy than a windbreaker. Instead of the same old sweaters, what do you suggest?
A: Sounds like the winter blahs. Men don't seem to have the same need as women for adding something new to perk up their wardrobes and their spirits, but one way to help segue into spring -- or even just to remind you that it will eventually get here -- is to invest in a great casual jacket. Chic varieties include everything from a walk-on-the-wild-side bomber jacket to a Sunday fashion supplement Ralph Lauren type.
For the not too avant-garde dresser, the colorful new "sand-washed silk" jackets feel terrific and are actually washable. But they are not particularly warm. For the man who dresses traditionally during the week but likes to drive his (real or imagined) sports car on weekends, a leather jacket has always been the one item guaranteed to please -- especially the old tried-and-true bomber style. It doesn't have to be the conventional World War II brown leather variety with detachable collar. Even the man who shies away from extreme fashion styles would feel comfortable in a leather jacket with a variety of sports motifs on the back and sleeves. If a man cannot own his own ball team, at least he can sport his seasonal preference.