Now that the worst of winter will soon come to a close (hopefully), we can start to think about stowing away the thick merino knits and down overcoats. But what to replace them with? Just because the temperature is set to rise doesn’t mean it’s time to don the thigh-high shorts and camp collar shirts to the office just yet. So, a firm foundation of transitional items that you can either layer up or peel away (depending on the weather) is a necessity in the coming weeks. Need some advice? We’ve got you sorted. From the best alternative jacket you can buy to the only sneakers you need, here’s what to cop right now.
Keep the rain away: Trench coat by Burberry
Although we may be heading into the warmer season, that doesn’t mean that rain showers will no longer pour down (we are in Blighty, after all). To prevent the mercurial weather from ruining your perfectly-curated ensemble, we’d recommend investing in a trench coat – and what brand better than Burberry (a label renowned for its water-resistant cotton-gabardine garms) to provide you with one? This particular beauty comes in a spring-friendly honey colour, and there’s also a reversible side with the iconic Burberry check pattern in case you want to make a bigger statement.
Trench coat by Burberry
Layer up: Overshirt by A Day’s March
As winter slowly tails off, it’s too warm to wear a parka but not hot enough just to wear a polo. The solution? An overshirt. Rugged yet contemporary, this should be your go-to item this season as it can either act as an alternative to a lightweight jacket or a mid-piece later under your trench. This must-have by Swedish brand A Day’s March should do the trick.
Overshirt by A Day’s March
Stock up on your essentials: T-Shirt by Sunspel
It may sound obvious, but a set of high-quality T-Shirts will make up the foundations of any man’s wardrobe. The label to count on? Sunspel. For decades this brand has been an icon for crafting some of the finest items a gent can buy, and this T-Shirt is no exception. It’s made from long-staple cotton, so guarantees unrivalled softness and lightness (perfect for those warmer days), and is available in 18 colourways so you can choose the right T-Shirts to suit you. We’d suggest the versatile dark olive – after all, everyone owns a white option.
T-Shirt by Sunspel
Ditch the denim: Chinos by Arket
Slim jeans are great, and they’re a menswear staple piece for good reason. But when the mercury rises, they’ll start to feel restrictive. That’s where a pair of lightweight chinos come in handy. Not only do they straddle the line between formal and casual, but they’ll also keep you comfortable on warm afternoons thanks to their breathable cotton material.
Chinos by Arket
Lace-up some new kicks: Sneakers by COS
With the rest of your outfit slowly getting lighter, the same should be said of your footwear. To this end, trade in your chunky winter walkers for a pair of crisp sneakers. This stripped-back, logo-less pair by Scandi outfitters COS will look great with virtually everything you wear, and they also come at the fraction of the price of other high-end alternatives.
Sneakers by COS
Jet-off this Easter: Trolley Case by Globetrotter
With the weather still looking grim and grey, it’s time to take a respite from the gloom and indulge in a city break abroad. To help you cart your clothes to your next destination, you’ll want to buy something that’ll last a lifetime and also look as stylish in the airport as it does in that five-star Riviera suite. Globetrotter reigns supreme in this area, and this trolley case – with its retro-style aesthetics and durable materials – will serve you well for decades to come.
Trolley case by Globetrotter
Bring out the eyewear: Sunglasses by Oliver Spencer
Well, you’re going to want something to don at the beach bar, right? These tortoiseshell sunglasses will inject a subtle touch of interest into your outfit and they’re also a great alternative to Ray Ban’s ubiquitous wayfarer style. Moreover, they’ll come in handy when the UK sun finally decides to show its face in the coming months.
Sunglasses by Oliver Spencer
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