We’re all for curating a wardrobe that works all year round, and to a certain extent this is possible. Maintaining an understated colour palette and sticking to time-tested classic styles like crewneck sweaters and button-down Oxford shirts are key to a year-round wardrobe. This said, it’s important to bridge a few gaps sometimes, most notably the gap between winter pieces and spring clothing.
Crossing this bridge can be an arduous journey, fraught with possible blunders, so we’re here to clear the way with our essential transitional men’s clothing for Spring 2021. We’re keeping it simple, tackling practicality as well as style with the help of ASKET, Unrecorded, Artknit Studios and Percival.
ASKET The Zip Jacket
ASKET’s The Zip Jacket takes on the form of a men’s coach jacket while offering the practicality of a waterproof down jacket. This lightweight spring jacket is constructed using an organic cotton poplin weave with a fluoro-free, water-repellent surface treatment and Primaloft Silver insulation made from recycled plastic bottles, in keeping with ASKET’s environmentally friendly design mindset.
Like all of ASKET’s sustainable menswear essentials, The Zip Jacket is the product of months of research into materials and components. Each component, from the body fabric and lining to the zipper tape, puller and teeth, has been sourced or designed to eliminate compromise. That’s how you know that this spring jacket for men will be suitable all year round.
Unrecorded Merino Sweater
Unrecorded’s Merino Sweater is a classic wool crewneck for men. The regular-fit sweater is woven with a 2-ply, 21-gauge knit which means that this piece is not only lightweight and breathable but extremely warm. If those aren’t essential qualities of transitional knitwear then we don’t know what are.
Despite the immaculate construction and material selection, our favourite thing about this men’s merino wool sweater is its colour. The minimal sand colourway is perfect for spring styling: it works as well with dark navy blues and black as it does with lighter pieces. Neutral knitwear goes a long way during spring – this is how to bridge the gap.
Artknit Studios The Knit Polo
Few pieces are as well designed for a specific season as the men’s knitted polo shirt for spring. Artknit Studios’ collection of men’s Italian knitwear is characterised by its traditional style, and The Knit Polo is no anomaly. The men’s long-sleeve knitted polo has long been a wardrobe staple for discerning gents and Artknit Studios pays homage to that history with this knitted polo shirt made of 100% extra-fine merino wool with a brushed thread.
Merino wool is a blessing at any time of year, but particularly during spring thanks to its insulating but breathable qualities. Style The Knit Polo over a T-shirt as an extra layer or wear it comfortably against the skin. This extreme versatility positions this minimal polo shirt for men as one of this season’s most practical layers.
We mentioned earlier why it’s so useful to look back to the history of menswear for inspiration. It ensures that your wardrobe has a timelessness that keeps your style fresh year after year. British label Percival understands the power of the past, offering a contemporary take on classic menswear pieces. Percival’s new-season Outershirt embodies the label’s motto: ‘Subverting the classics.’
Cut from a durable calvary twill, this men’s black overshirt is the ideal mid layer during spring. You can easily style it over a T-shirt while leaving enough room for a spring coat to top it all off. What’s more, corduroy trims adorn the chest pocket and underside of the collar – a signature contemporary twist.
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