We would like to believe that seasons still exist, but in today’s climate, it is not the case. The key is learning the art of layering. For us, it has always been about creating light weight clothing that makes it easy to layer in today’s ever changing climates. Photographed is the Type X, it is part cardigan, part bomber jacket. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on either your mood or Mother Nature’s. To me, spring is always a challenge. Given that is a very brief time period, I would prefer to discuss spring and summer. Without a doubt, linen and linen blends are my favourite fabrics for this part of the year. For Spring, I love wearing our linen cotton (with a touch of stretch) dress shirt with a cotton sport coat or the Type X. Summer is all about minimalism. Especially for those of us who live in urban environments and have to walk a lot. I love being experimental with cool colours. Nothing outlandish, but still refreshing. Light coloured trousers, rich sea inspired tones and lots of white allow to move through the seasons with ease.
Here are a few essentials for the this time of the year:
1) A very cool denim shirt that can be easily layered under a great sweater or light jacket
2) White Chuck Taylors are always important
3) A light weight suit
4) Linen shirts
5) Ghost socks
Type X Jacket
The Type X Jacket is a little tough to define. Somewhere between the comfort of a traditional cardigan and the structured build of a bomber jacket, the Type X is a perfect piece for versatile fall fashion. Made with cotton and cashmere, the jacket is easy to dress up or down depending on where you’re headed and what you choose to pair with it. Wear it on chillier days over a tie to the office, or pair it with a tee shirt and jeans for a casual look. It comes in grey, light blue, or navy to give you some options for what would look best with your wardrobe. It’s the perfect medium weight jacket to wear throughout the season.
You’re probably looking for some heavier shirts to go with that jacket, and the Henley is a great long sleeve shirt that sits a step above the regular tee thanks to its slim cut and buttoned V. Easy to pair with casual ensembles, the Henley is great for a casual look that doesn’t risk looking sloppy. Even better? You can currently get the Henley shirt for a special price of $47.50 in grey, red, or navy. The shirt is made from 100% Organic Pima Cotton for comfort and breathability while you’re on the go. Given the slim cut of the shirt, we do recommend you go up a size if you’re more comfortable with a looser fit. That being said, the slim cut is a flattering look in a layered combination.
The Captain’s Shirt
Keith Carlisle, the men’s divisional merchandise manager at Dallas luxury store, Stanley Korshak, recommends the VK Nagrani Captain’s shirt, one of the customer favorites at his store. He writes, “We love showing and selling the Captain’s shirt. Any color, doesn’t matter. They are soft, comfortable and tailored to have that trim but not TOO trim fit. Most clients buy all colors after trying one. Personal preference is the long sleeve, but the short sleeves are an easy sell in the summer. We never have to take a markdown on these either. They are good sellers all year.” The cotton-stretch fabric is knitted like a pique polo shirt to create a perfect blend of a dress shirt and a sport shirt. It stretches and moves with your body and the pique knitting is conducive to ventilation, making it the perfect shirt for autumn layering. Choose from colors in light blue, grey, lavender, white, or navy.
Check out the Type X Jacket, the Henley shirt, and the Captain’s shirt for yourself to look and feel great this spring.