As the seasons change, it can be hard to resist blowing a month’s hard earned cash on winter coats, cashmere knits, sturdy boots and this autumn’s mass of corduroy. Even so, the smart way to shop is to look at your existing winter wardrobe and assess the best way to get these new pieces to work with what you already have.
We’ve talked layering numerous times here at The Jackal, and this time of year marks the perfect moment to start working some layers into your wardrobe. Fine knitwear can be worn under shirts and jackets; soft unstructured blazers can be worn with lightweight macs or quilted gilets. It’s time to play with fabrics and proportions, and have a bit of fun introducing colour and pattern into the mix.
To get you started, we’ve picked five new season pieces that can form part of your wardrobe’s foundation. Build from here as we head into the dark days of winter.
Oliver Spencer: Merino wool rollneck
Owning plenty of rollnecks is vital if you’re going to get into layering with any conviction this season, and this example from Oliver Spencer is a fine choice to start. Knitted in Italy from fine merino wool, it’s a refined piece that’s light in colour and weight, so will work well under denim or corduroy utility shirts, as well as on its own beneath unstructured blazers and chinos. We love the design detail on the neck, which has a shallow ribbed roll to it, better suited to mild autumn weather. Wear tucked into your chunky pleated cords with a denim shirt over the top, and add a lightweight raincoat when the weather turns.
£165, shop now
Officine Générale ‘Dario’ corduroy shirt
Mixing tailoring and workwear is what this Parisian label does best, and this fine corduroy shirt demonstrates how to give a tailored shirt a casual treatment. Its garment dyed olive colour, patch pockets and camp collar add a utilitarian touch to a refined fabrication. It’s also easy to dress up or down; layer with casual utility pieces like a drawstring trouser, plain white or striped T-shirt and a four patch pocket Chore jacket, or smarten up with our aforementioned rollneck, a pair of grey wool tailored trousers and bold checked blazer. Finish with a pair of chunky brown brogues.
£190, shop now
Brunello Cucinelli virgin wool cardigan
If there’s one man that understands the art of layering, it’s Mr Cucinelli. He’s built his brand through understanding how a man can build up his wardrobe with real investment pieces that never go out of style. The Cucinelli look is very much about layering luxurious textures and fabrics together, and this Donegal knit cardigan ticks the right boxes. It provides a hit of subtle texture, and moulds to your body over time. It can be layered with quilted zip gilets, soft drawstring trousers and trainers for a relaxed sporty look, or with a brushed cotton shirt, brown silk knit tie and a pair of navy tailored trousers. Come colder days, you can do the double knit thing and wear with a charcoal or navy rollneck under a knitted jacket.
£1,570, shop now
Man 1924 checked wool ‘Kennedy’ jacket
If there’s one thing you invest in this season, make sure it’s a check jacket. There will be plenty of them around and they’re brilliantly versatile when it comes to layering. This soft, unlined jacket from Spanish label Man 1924 is a standout piece for us. Having inherited the company from his grandfather back in 1989, Carlos Castillo employs time honoured tailoring methods for high quality clothes with a touch of European flair. This Kennedy jacket from outfitter Trunk Clothiers is signature Man 1924, and can be dressed up with a white shirt and tie, or worn casually with a T-shirt and open-neck shirt beneath. Build on the jacket as a winter chill sets in with a brown spotted cashmere scarf and camel wool overcoat.
£465, shop now
Camoshita peached cotton/poly mac
While we’re all eager to break out our big winter overcoats, this mac by Japanese brand Camoshita will set you up for autumn. The raglan cut is a classic overcoat style, but this is given a contemporary treatment with its soft peached cloth. The ‘peaching’, is achieved by putting the cloth through emory wheels (a set of abrasive rollers), to lend the fabric a velvet-like handle, which also gives the coat its soft drape. The rust colour is bang-on trend and will work flawlessly with the abundance of browns and camel colours around, as well as with classic navy and charcoal. Details include a buttoning front storm placket and adjustable cuffs. Its A-line silhouette gives the coat a soft, loose appearance that looks great worn over structured tailoring. Or, you could play up to its relaxed fit with other unstructured pieces; think unlined wool blazers, loose pleated trousers, oversized chunky knits and a pair of classic white sneakers.
£765, shop now