If it wasn’t for the twinkling of coloured Christmas lights on my route from Tube to office this week, I’d have been forgiven for thinking the dial had been turned to black and white. Everyone ahead of me, passing me and crossing the road in front of me was wearing black, navy or grey. Where has all the colour gone?
I know we like to hibernate at this time of year, buried in blankets of navy cashmere and padded duvet coats. But as we limp to the end of 2018, let’s at least bring a little colour to the proceedings. Don’t panic: I’m not talking bright day glows, or purple and green suits. While mustard and orange have been popular this winter, the colour of the season to lift all those navy and grey favourites of yours is olive green. Designers went really big on the hue for AW18 and, luckily, it works really well with the navy, black, grey and brown that this season inevitably brings. To lift your wardrobe this winter, here’s my pick of the best olive green pieces and how to wear them.
The Workers Club sweater
We should all take note of The Workers Club sustainability mantra of ‘buy less, but better’ as we head into the New Year. The husband and wife team behind this brand give craftsmanship and the practical requirements of a man’s wardrobe equal billing. This knitted polo sweater is produced in weighty Merino wool and has a distinct thick ribbing on the cuffs and the collars. Switch up the temptation to opt for navy or black, and inject this khaki green colour into your wardrobe. Wear the button placket open, with a white and blue denim and hiking boots for a relaxed look. Alternatively, on colder days, button up to the neck, and layer under a quilted jacket.
£235, shop now
Orlebar Brown ‘Aidey’ gilet
With over a decade of experience delivering the best swimwear and poolside essentials, such as polo shirts and towelling tops, Orlebar Brown has grown its offering in recent seasons for colder climes, producing a well-executed range of outwear. This olive ‘Aidey’ gilet is produced from water resistant stretch nylon with a soft internal ribbed collar, and is filled with light and warm down. The olive green and orange palette is inspired from the classic MA-1 flight jacket. A versatile gilet that is easy to travel with for extra warm without bulk, it looks as good over tailoring as it will dressed down on weekend walks in denim and a chunky Aran jumper.
£295, shop now
Aspesi M65 field jacket
This Italian label has always remained true to its ethos of producing simple, expertly constructed outerwear since its inception back in 1969. It continues to offer excellent pieces, from parkas to padded jackets. This field jacket ticks quite a few boxes when it comes to an indispensible casual jacket. The four patch pockets and shoulder epaulettes give a firm nod to the iconic UA army military jacket. It also comes with a removable warm Thermore wool lining, for added insulation in colder months. Wear it with a navy rollneck and blue jeans for a pared-back look or layer it with Fair Isle knitwear, cords and chunky brogues for a collegiate vibe.
£720, shop now
Camoshita peak lapel corduroy suit
Regular readers of The Jackal will know that corduroy is big news this winter. This suit, tailored in Japan by cult menswear favourite Camoshita, demonstrates just why this hardwearing fabric is no longer just for geography teachers. The olive hue gives the two-piece suit a rich deep lustre and the cotton corduroy has a supremely soft handle. The style details give this suit a real sense of confidence with its large size peak lapels and on-trend pleated trousers. What’s more, the suit has all the details you would expect on a well-constructed suit: the double back vents, front flap pockets, side adjusters on the waistband and double reverse pleats show real sophistication. Wear it as a full two piece with a chambray shirt and silk knitted tie, or as separates with a fine Merino polo neck tucked into the trousers.
£840, shop now
Oliver Spencer ‘Bermondsey’ bomber
The ‘Bermondsey’ bomber jacket has become a firm staple in Oliver Spencer’s collections. Its pared-back styling makes for a very adaptable zip-up jacket, which will work with all your favourite knits and jersey essentials. It’s cut from new water-repellent cotton fabric, and is finished with a black ribbed hem, cuffs and collar. Spencer has never shied away from using colour in his collections, from hot mustards to rich raspberries. This olive green version should work seamlessly into your wardrobe, when worn with a chunky cream cable knit, corduroy trousers and lace-up boots.
£339, shop now