Transitional street style
By Matt Glazebrook, 16 May 2016
If you're anything like us, you'll have spent the past few days in a state of transitional turmoil – constantly taking off and putting on jackets, and forever leaving the house in getups wholly inappropriate for the blazing sunshine/biting windchill that lies outside. Luckily, the stars of street style are here to fix all our nearly-but-not-yet-summertime blues.
Bombers are a timeless, year-round classic but really come into their own around March-June and September-November – i.e. the in-betweeny bits, where the flight jacket's cosy construction and lightweight versatility combine to defeat even the most fluctuating atmospheric conditions. This São Paulo fashion week attendee has paired a statement two-tone teal jacket with an austere all-black accompaniment of jeans, tee and specs, and accessorised with an equally fearsome skull necklace. Take that, transitional temperatures.
Talking of bombers, the souvenir jacket is SS16's most coppable take on the template. This seriously dope 'Geisha Gangs' version from Japanese brand Flagstuff embodies the unlikely mix of peacocky panache and tough-guy grit that makes the satin sukajan sartorial catnip for vintage collectors and hypebeasts alike. Not so sure about the leather trouser/bucket hat combo, mind. Maybe for SS17...
Festivals aren't our go-to destination for practical, everyday fashion tips, but this Coachella fella is rocking a nice, understated line in almost-summer smart/casj cool. Cream Cons and white ripped skinny jeans are a warm weather win, while a boxy-fit, short-sleeved shirt keeps the silhouette interesting. A lightweight scarf is a spring essential that'll ward off a stiff breeze without weighing down the wearer unduly.
Look at this not-quite-hot-yet hero, wearing the absolute bejesus out of a lightweight mac (or is it a really, really long overshirt?) at Tokyo Fashion Week. A drapey, longline coat like this is the perfect way of smartening up a basic T-shirt-based getup without adding stifling layers. Leave it open to let your ace graphic tee do the talking.
#SpringStruggles are real. You've got your sturdy denim shirt, jaunty fleecy beanie and kickass camo bomber. You're precision engineered to cope stylishly with any temperature in the 9-19°C range. But then the sun comes out from behind a cloud and your awesome outerwear armour instantly turns into a sweaty straitjacket. What to do? Whip that thing off and strap it on like a backpack, friend.