The cold weather is on its way out for another year, and as much as I love the wardrobe options that winter opens up (particularly in the outerwear department), it’s safe to say I’m very much looking forward to shedding a few layers and sitting in a beer garden now!
But there’s still one particularly tricky season to navigate before we can get our pasty legs out in the light of day again: spring.
Building a transitional wardrobe to switch seamlessly from winter to summer in style is no easy task given the changeable weather. But with a little expert advice and a friendly nudge in the right direction, it can be a relatively pain-free process.
With that in mind, I thought I’d provide some pointers and have compiled a list of foolproof outfit combinations to see you through spring in style.
When it comes to nailing casual, understated cool, this combination cannot be beaten. The worker jacket is an iconic French piece, made famous by legendary street style photographer Bill Cunningham, who was never seen snapping New York’s style elite without his.
Wear it with a crisp white T-shirt and some quality selvedge denim for an effortless, French minimalist look.
A simple, fresh white T-shirt is a staple item in any man’s spring wardrobe. Try a brightly coloured shade like yellow or a soft light blue [for the work jacket], which can be easily thrown on top of a [neutral base] and still keep out the unpredictable English weather.
As anyone who’s ever stepped outside for more than 10 minutes in the British springtime will surely testify – it’s a notoriously difficult beast to dress for.
As we enter spring, the weather hits a mid-point of either rain, wind or beaming sunlight. The cure for the imbalance [in the weather] is to wear pieces that protect you from tedious climates, and also accentuate the feeling of rebirth that spring is synonymous with.
Think utilitarian garments that look great but also perform. A technical rain jacket is a great place to start – combine the waterproof staple with some on-trend slimline cargos and a pair of hardy work boots for a look that marries style and function.
Dressing for spring is as much about nailing the right colour palette as it is staying cool, warm and dry all at the same time.
Olive, khaki and white are perfect for the transition into spring. The trick with this combination is to get the colour matching between the jacket and trousers right. Go for olive, brown or stone on the top half and then khaki down below to create contrast.
After that you’ve pretty much got a free pass for the trainers, but I’d be tempted to go with something white and in canvas.
The Oxford shirt is already well known for setting a high watermark when it comes to smart-casual pieces. But, true to form, this timeless combination takes it up a gear.
Swapping jeans out for chinos smartens the look up enough to make it acceptable for dinner out, while the desert boots keep it on the right side of casual. It’s also a good, breezy choice for this not-quite-shorts weather when the evenings are still on the cold side.
Spring is here, our freedom has returned and things are all generally looking rather positive. Amen to that.