It’s that time of the year again – ‘transitional weather’. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, it’s windy but not chilly enough for your winter parkas/topcoats and certainly not warm enough to break out your summer pieces, linens and cottons.
Coincidently, due to the fluctuating weather, this is the period that we are highly susceptible to falling ill. Thus, it’s imperative to dress appropriately.
I will be revealing three jackets that you can utilize to dress efficiently for the weather. These jackets embraces the commonality of versatility, casual to formal elements and looks too darn good with almost anything. Without further ado, here’s the first:
If it still isn’t apparent, I love suits. But frankly, it is quite impractical (especially for a student) to wear suits or suit separates (just the jacket or the trousers by itself) everyday. This is why I also find it important to establish your casual wardrobe. One of the pieces that I naturally gravitate to is a black leather jacket. It’s incredibly versatile and requires almost no effort, or thought, to pair. It works great with your trusted worn-in jeans and tailored gear.
I paired the leather jacket my raw denim jeans (currently at: 2 years & 1 wash), a white waffle knit henley and a light grey birdseye waistcoat. The waistcoat, made from a lightweight cloth, was added to elevate the formality of the look, and to provide extra warmth.
Alternatively, swap your leather jacket for a suede jacket, as seen below, to provide exude a slightly more mature look.
Just like a pair of jeans, every man needs a denim jacket. It’s effortless, comfortable and shouts James Dean.
Much like the leather jacket, the denim jacket is incredibly versatile. There’s a certain satisfaction of acquiring timeless garments that fuses well most garments and an individual’s respective style.
Paired here with my burgundy flannel trousers (which I love) and a gingham shirt. What I love about this semi-formal ensemble is that you can swap out the denim jacket for a sports coat or suit jacket to drastically shape it to fit a formal setting.
The Field Jacket, or the M-65, was taken from military-wear and recreated to appeal to the masses. It usually features a concealed hood in the collar, waistline drawstrings and pockets… Lots of them. This particular jacket also features bi-swing shoulders, the pleated portion at the back of the armhole, that aids mobility and comfort.
Due to its military features, the Field Jacket usually passes off as an extremely casual garment. However, the neutral tone of the jacket blends well with your tailored wardrobe. Pair it with one of seasonal patterned dress trousers, as I have here with a flannel navy windowpane trousers.
Usually, anything works with the inner layer – think: white t-shirt, crew neck sweater or, in this case, a (signature) scoop neck. Complete it with either your favourite pair of suede loafers or sneakers and you are good to go (Y).
There we have it, three casual jackets that will allow you to bypass this transitional period with ease. Stay warm/cool during this period my friends!