It’s a tran-seasonal time of the year. And this can mess up many a wardrobe plan with the weather playing its own temperature games. So, it’s an opportune time to invest in some key new pieces.
Whether you’re wishing away the winter chill or mourning summer’s end, these five fashion items are functional enough (and stylish) to see you through.
#1 Moncler Jacket
You know Moncler as that fancy Euro puffer jacket brand. But a blazer maker? For a cold-weather reworking of a traditional design, the Rodin blazer in midnight blue is a technical version of the relaxed navy blazer. Workable for every man’s wardrobe, the jacket is constructed with a full wool shell – for a matte (not sheeny) quilted finish. And, inside the goose down blend remains meticulously layered.
With short notch lapels, three flap closed pockets at the front and buttoned rear vents at the back, the jacket is smart enough over dark denim and sneakers or chinos and lace-ups. Swap the shirt for a slim-tee and mix in a light neck scarf in silk or cotton to fend off any sudden winds. [BUY]
#2 Adidas Originals Stan Smith
Needing no introduction, the Stan Smith has become this season’s feature sneaker, since it’s mid-century debut (rumour has it, the Stan Smith’s were the first ever leather tennis court shoe). Perfect to wear with smart-casual blazers and jeans – or the more urban, relaxed-fit tee and jogger pants, the best version for day-to-night wear is the all-white leather version with the classic green or navy heel.
Super comfortable and just as compatible with your current wardrobe as black Oxfords, the Stan Smith is a men’s wear classic, without all that keep-it-polished fuss. Sans stress, work them with no socks (or those ankle socka that only your girlfriend knows about). The final rule? Keep them white, please. [BUY]
#3 Maison Labiche T-Shirt
“Maison La-what?” Don’t make me say it twice. The Parisian brand has taken the ‘bobos’ by storm with their quality-made, lyrical tees and quirky English logos. From “Mr President” to “Billionaire” (or “Luke Skywalker” and “Al Capone” for the film buffs), Maison Labiche offers Made In Paris cotton tees (sailor-striped or plain) with the aforementioned ‘nicknames’ embroidered cheekily in chain stitching.
The fit is straight and the sleeves come already rolled into a cuff, while the neckline is finished with ribbing. Essentially, it’s the stylish details that make this tee a must-have, including the stitching which tells the world actually who you are. Wear casually over dark denim or a slim, faded and ripped variety. Then, add white sneakers and slip on a cotton jacket for nights. [BUY]
#4 Rag & Bone Denim
Stylishly designed and produced in the US, Rag & Bone are crafting a name for themselves in the denim market. The most noteworthy is their ‘fit 2’ raw denim. The selvedge variety is sourced locally from America and comes a 10 oz weight; not too heavy, not too light. Shaped into a slim fit leg with a skinny leg opening, the tailored jean sits comfortably on the hips for a mid rise slouchy fit.
Dark denim is key this season for both night and day, smart casual and off-duty wear. And the raw variety makes it just that little bit more authentic. And, when you wash them for the first time, the colour will subside and a series of personalised creases and fading will show-up. You’ll be rocking a pair of jeans like no other. [BUY]
#5 Miansai Backpack
Known for its leather bracelets with metallic fish-hook latching, American accessories label Miansai has just launch its first ever collection of luxury men’s bags. And this assortment offers one of the chic-est, versatile backpacks on the market for men.
In monochrome black, Miansai’s ‘harbour’ backpack is crafted from canvas, which has been treated for water and stain-resistance. Leather trimming – from the strap to the panel ribbing – adds a textural element to the versatile back and the utility-inspired bag boasts plenty of pocket space; great for work laptops or segmenting items for your travels. [BUY]