Transitional style pieces that every man needs to own
Everybody is loving the warmer weather, but you know what they say about all good things. As the sun sets on yet another summer season, autumn doesn’t have to be a time to stop dressing to impress. In fact, even as the temperature tumbles, there’s a superb selection of men’s jackets and stylish accessories that keep the shift from summer to autumn upbeat. Step into some of our transitional style pieces to make the most of those precious weeks connecting summer to autumn.
Blazers and suit jackets
The weather gets unpredictable at this time of year, and coats can be too much from time to time as the sky makes its mind up. The go-to for occasions like that is the humble suit jacket. You needn’t think it’s overdoing it either, in price-tag or formality. The Tu menswear range is a great starting point for a blazer that mixes style and affordability. There’s a classy touch to adding a blazer to even the lightest summer ensemble, while its practical layering effect ensures a sudden temperature drop doesn’t catch you out.
Waistcoats, gilets and puffer vests
Each of these has a similar effect to our blazer recommendation, but keep the arms nice and free. They’re ideal if you’re hoping to savour short sleeves while you can, and if the waistcoat feels too formal buttoned up you can always undo it for a more laid-back look.
Puffer vests are the more urban downtempo variant of a humble waistcoat, and their brighter colours tend to complement livelier outfits. Perhaps steer clear of orange over plaid though, unless you genuinely seek to emulate the spirit of Marty McFly.
Rock that knitwear
Whether it’s a chunky cable knit, a stylish vintage turtleneck to channel your inner Jack Kerouac or a classy cardigan with big toggle buttons, a good piece of knitwear lets you easily transition from summer to autumn. The humble grey V-neck is also a solid choice that can be paired with a number of other styles with great versatility. Avoid bold patterns if you can, instead opting for solid blocks of colour. Those more garish designs will come into their own around Christmas.
A stylish scarf
You might think of a thick woolly scarf as winter-wear, and you’d largely be right. But keep in mind that different fabrics make for different scarves, and snoods are another popular choice. Either way, a solid desert scarf with its rugged fringes and houndstooth pattern makes for a striking addition to any outfit and can be paired perfectly with summer pieces without mixing up your look. Similarly, the neckerchief can add a cheeky dash of colour, as well as a nautical vibe to elicit memories of summers past.
Keep it under your hat
If you’re not up for altering your transitional threads, instead consider what’s going on up top. In short, a solid hat choice will do wonders in letting the world know that you’re ready for the elements. You’ll keep dry in those sudden outbursts of rain, while any excuse to rock a beanie has to be a good thing. In fact, a peaked beanie could work wonders, given it’s essentially a fusion of warm and cold weather hats in one.
Transitional style choices are as individual as they are versatile, but it’s always a smart plan to ensure you’re stocked up. Shop ahead of the big shift in season stay ahead of the fashion pack year-round.
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