The transitional season is about saying goodbye to winter heaviness and hello to cool, lighter pieces (or vice-versa). The weather is certainly warmer in the lead up to summer. Which means men need an eye-catching outfit but without the instant sophistication of a tailored top coat or styled layers.
The following six items are fashion must-haves to craft simple trans-seasonal outfits – sans fuss. With the easy things sorted, you (the maker) get to select specific colours, textures and brands – for a personalised approach to fashion this warm weather season.
While winter is all about selvedge or raw jeans, spring denim should be turning lighter – in wash and fabric. Jeans are taking on personalisation again too, meaning individualised rips, tears and shreds are in again (just ensure the slits don’t go thigh-high above the knee – tastefully ripped denim is the attitude to adopt, not dragged-through-the-dirt).
Dark denim still has its place too – think dark blue and black – particularly for nights, under a lightweight shirtjacket or sports coat. Then choose your shoe-game – sockless brogue or sneaker. Win, win.
Sneakers have officially stepped out of the gym and are a worthy footwear choice for spring fashion. The less-is-more approach should be taken when investing in a staple pair (you can buy more brash colours and patterns as the collection builds) so staying white, clean and fuss-free is the perfect sneaker choice.
In a nutshell, stick to earthy neutral colours (white, black or tan) and a low-cut leather silhouette. This way, your cool-dude sneaker attitude can slip into several ensembles – be it smart, casual and smart-casual looks. And going no socks will put some extra spring in your step.
The t-shirt has been an essential since McQueen and James Dean. But this spring, the cotton casual top gets reworked into looser tailored fits and luxury yarns – across an array of muted colours. Styling is easy (and is meant to be), chucking the tee on nonchalantly under an open indigo denim shirt or tucked into cotton suit pants with a light jacket slipped on over a fitted t-shirt.
With an array of models on offer (and some not so good), it’s worth checking out the 20 best basic t-shirts for men and then stocking up from there.
In the name of luxury sportswear, the daggy sweatshirt is now seen in a new light thanks to high fashion’s approval of relaxed clothing.
Contemporary street brands are crafting minimal versions of the top in monochrome hues (some with stylish branding); while more conservative labels are delving into a basics version of the sweatshirt – plain and neutral in colour made from a light jersey cotton for spring nights over jeans and a white sneaker.
The spring time sweatshirt won’t fit or look like your current bed top or gym jumper, but it should feel just as comfortable.
Backpacks are spring’s bag of choice and pair well with any outfit – a casual tee and jean or a blazer and chino short combo.
But there are rules. Keep the bag luxe (not hiking style) – sticking to premium fabrics (think leather or neoprene), muted colours (black, brown and navy) and look to minimal design (think one pocket varieties) with subtle zip fastening.
The major cap for the new season is the ‘snapback’ – a reimagined cap that features the classic plastic snaps fastening system known to baseball. No longer baggy jean-tied to the Nineties, the snapback plays its part in the activewear arena too, working particularly well with longline styles and slim jeans or cuffed trouser joggers.
Like the backpack, the cap comes in cool new fabrics – think leather and felt – in minimal shades, and cotton or synthetic materials – with subtle patterns and prints. And sneakers are a must – with both styles.
Trans-seasonal periods can be a tricky time with the weather brazenly hot one minute – then, slightly coolish the next. So light weight casual pieces – like the ones mentioned above – are your best bet.
Helping you out in the transitional season, most come in heat-reflecting colours and are made from natural fibres that insulate and breathe – all at the same time.
Then, style things simply but with attitude, throwing in some key men’s jewellery pieces to jazz up the easy-go outfit. Let the spring time fun begin.