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An Illustrated Look At Spring's Best Collections

Richard Haines, the artist and author behind the addictive What I Saw Today (think, The Sartorialist, with hand-drawn sketches and pithy commentary), is a staunch supporter of the personal uniform. We couldn't agree more. This spring will be all about incorporating those essential elements you can wear all season (or hell, year) long. We asked Haines to illustrate our top ten spring/summer collections—each with a key piece you should have in your wardrobe when the weather turns.

  • About the Artist: Haines has designed for Calvin Klein, Bill Blass and Perry Ellis.

Label: Burberry Prorsum

Designer: Christopher Bailey

The Look: Washed out layers, inspired by an English garden.

Key Piece: Rumpled mac trench coat. $1,795 at Burberry


Label: Band of Outsiders

Designer: Scott Sternberg

The Look: A cross between 1950s prep school and 1980s New York.

Key Piece: Trim chino shorts. $225 at South Willard


Label: Lanvin

Designer: Lucas Ossendrijver

The Look: Shrunken, wrinkled, straight from the dryer. In a good way.

Key Piece: The rumpled suit. $2,460 at Jeffrey New York


Label: Shipley & Halmos

Designers: Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos

The Look: Real men aren't afraid of a little color.

Key Piece: Bright plaid button-down. $156 at Context


Label: Robert Geller

Designer: Robert Geller

The Look: Razor sharp meets romantic.

Key Piece: Slim-fitting waistcoat. $375 at Odin


Label: Michael Bastian

Designer: Michael Bastian

The Look: Disheveled country club (at cocktail hour).

Key Piece: Navy tennis sweater. $1,195 at Confederacy


Label: Spurr

Designer: Simon Spurr

The Look: Savile row tailoring with Skid Row attitude.

Key Piece: A proper rain coat. $1,295 at Blue & Cream


Label: Richard Chai

Designer: Richard Chai

The Look: Hipster dandies in Necco colors.

Key Piece: Tailored Bermuda shorts. $295 at Den


Label: Yves Saint Laurent

Designer: Stefano Pilati

The Look: Old school Brando louche with a touch of Parisian luxe.

Key Piece: Tailored drawstring pants $1,395 at Yves Saint Laurent


Label: Bottega Veneta

Designer: Tomas Maier

The Look: Monday morning business in Julien Schnabel's PJs.

Key Piece: Unlined cotton blazer. $1,150 at Bottega Veneta


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