Weathering the Transition - Essential Spring Tips

Weathering the Transition - Essential Spring Tips

The spring months, as beautiful as they can be, pose a perennial problem when it comes to menswear, at least here in the UK. Cold morning commutes, followed by warm blue sky afternoons, bookended by chilly nights. And then there's the more than occasional rain to contend with. All these factors are precisely why layered outfits are perfect for moving into spring. However, there is a knack to layering in order to be both stylish and comfortable in changeable weather. Go too heavy and you turn into a sweaty mess; too light and you're a shivering wreck, so on a purely functional level you need to think carefully about the fabrics you choose, combining them in a modern way. Style-wise, having multiple layered elements to your look also enables you to match up or contrast different textures and colours to create a cohesive outfit.

We recently asked our store staff for a visual lesson on layering, using their favourite garments from the new Spring 24 collection. As you'll see, they deftly combine different fabrics and use colour really effectively to create depth to their fits (they paid us to say that).

Hythe Mentality

One such cotton jacket that we've recreated this season in the Hythe. We originally introduced it in Spring 23 - it's is a lightweight jacket with a four pocket configuration (with an additional pen pocket) reminiscent of old-school safari shirts. We've produced a couple of different versions: one cut from a beautifully soft linen; and another in a technical cotton which is great for spring showers; plus a rich indigo-dyed version in 100% cotton. It's part chore jacket, part artist jacket, part safari tribute, and it's so easy to layer it over a tee or a shirt with some chinos or jeans for a sophisticated weekend fit.


For early spring, you'd do well to invest in the 'Penpol' version. Exactly the same silhouette, only crafted from a unique water-repellent cotton cloth for a functional and contemporary look. Extremely lightweight and with a dry handle, it brings a unique texture to your transitional outfits, and is available in black and stone options. We've also used the Penpol fabric in our western-inspired Norton jacket, another important spring blouson shape with a zip-through silhouette that is easy to wear with any of our trousers.

A Relaxed Tailored Approach


Lightweight unstructured tailoring really comes into its own in spring, but it will of course carry you right the way through summer too. Whether your preference is a suit or separates, our collection of relaxed tailoring brings a element of formality while remaining inherently casual as the same time. We make our Solms and Mansfield jackets as if they were an extension of our casualwear wardrobes, not separate to them. We've also created a new hybrid style called the Bradwell, which sits between a tailored jacket and a blouson, perfect for layering over a shirt or polo.


Overshirts And Short Jackets


The short jacket is a great silhouette for spring since you can layer over a simple plain white tee for a striking contrast. Our Norton jacket is a western-inspired style that is great paired with our cotton trousers or jeans. Organic cotton shirts are a no brainer for spring looks too given they are lightweight, soft and an easy match with relaxed tailoring or more casual silhouettes. But one often overlooked variant is the overshirt or shacket, which can be worn as as you would a short jacket or blouson, but also as a layer beneath a coat. As an outer layer, they're a breeze to wear over a tee or long-sleeve sweater, or you can double-up on collars and pair with a shirt. Our linen Treviscoe shirts are a must-have for transitional looks thanks to the slubby textural cloth.  

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