The Easy 5-Piece Outfit You Should Know for Spring April 01 2015

The Man

Mario Carbone, the chef and culinary empire builder just opened his latest restaurant.

The Clothes

Ever heard the phrase, "The more you know, the less you need?" Minimalism has plenty of mantras, and they usually evoke images of boring black suits. There is another kind of minimalism taking root this spring and summer, though, with clothes distilled to their most basic forms and then elevated with unexpected materials or colors. They're still simple and versatile, but they're also singular and distinctive, and when worn together in easy, five-piece outfits, they're the only things you need for spring.

You don't see a silk jacket often, which is why the sheen and texture on this one stands out in the simplest possible way. That and its aubergine color, of course.

2. Cotton shirt ($375) by Ermenegildo Zegna.

There is nothing more beautiful than a fine cotton shirt, especially when it has subtle stripes like this one does.

3. Cotton trousers ($475) by Ermenegildo Zegna.

The humble chino, elevated to the highest degree

4. Silk tie ($205) by Ermenegildo Zegna.

This tie might look plain at first glance, but its sheen and texture add plenty of visual interest.

5. Suede shoes ($345) by Coach.

These simple suede uppers gracefully give way to a rugged, clear ranger sole, which adds just enough heft to make these shoes perfectly unusual.

-From Esquire April 2015