INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
STYLISH GUYS IN TRANSITIONAL GARMS
By Steven Potter, 17 August 2019
With the weather changing as often as you change your socks RN, it can be hard to lock down a look that’s going to see you through sunny climes one minute and freak downpours the next. This is where transitional dressing comes in – and what better way to prepare for the unexpected than to cast our eye over some of Europe’s most stylish fellas? Keep scrolling for some tekkers on tricky-weather looks.
There aren’t many trends as well equipped to deal with transitional weather than utility. At its best when layered, the look can see you through those weirdly fresh mornings and warmer afternoons with ease. Take the Parisian chap above: the hero-piece gilet adds an additional layer for the slightly overcast setting, while the tee underneath and baggy trews keep things cool as those temps start spiking. Fair play.
If you didn’t know by now, co-ords are here to stay. In terms of transitional gear, opt for an overshirt/trouser combo similar to the lad’s above and you’ve got lightweight layers locked down. Also, a lightweight shirt is easily stashed away when the sun does come back out. The colour is totally your choice, but shades similar to the hue above are big news for AW19. Just saying.
Although more neutral shades will take over come autumn, you don’t have to put away your tie-dye tees just yet. With Nicolas Daley and A-Cold-Wall* featuring the psychedelic throwback during the SS20 shows, you can rep from now until next autumn at least. With so many colours on display, you’d be forgiven for thinking it won’t go with anything but with more options comes, well, more options. That navy overshirt above matches the subtle accents in the tee perfectly but you could be bold and opt for something bolder like a pink or a yellow. After all, summer's not quite over yet!
Workwear forever bubbles away under the surface of menswear trends, but with the rise in utility style, the look has been thrust back into the spotlight. A lightweight co-ord and a heavy-duty gilet like the Carhartt WIP piece above are the ideal pairing for such tricky times. Easily layered up or down, it’s left the chap above free to flex some interesting neckwear, too. The vibe is Sam Neil in Jurassic Park, and you know what? We’re feelin' it.
Was this chapped snapped in Manchester during 1994 or Milan 2019? With Dries Van Noten tapping into sublimated and vibrant graphics for its SS20 show, it looks like they're here to stay. And if this look is anything to go by, rave-inspired wavy graphics can make for a particularly sweet base for your transitional getup. That long-sleeved tee offers ample layering options while the equally-as-bright shorts keep things chill down below. The lesson? Double up on your print work and remember – shorts can be transitional, too.
This could be the most transitional of transitional outfits. This chap’s headwear and overcoat keep the chill at bay, but if he ditches both when the sun starts shining, the pairing of floral shirt and checked trousers is perfect for any impromptu pub garden visits or rooftop bar date nights. Consider the tonal, chunky kicks and Louis Vuitton cross-body excellently executed bonuses.