These past few weeks have never been a better time to be British. A procession of chilly mornings, followed by sunny afternoons and freezing evenings, means there’s been absolutely no shortage of weather-related conversation to make. What bliss.
Conversely, it’s not been such a dream sartorially speaking. How to dress for these in-between weather days? When on bleak, grey mornings when all you want wear is your down-filled puffer (because it feels so much like a duvet), but then by the time 12pm hits you’re sweltering and in your shirt sleeves? It feels like you just can’t win at times like this. But, as always, we have a solution. It doesn’t need to be a insurmountable style dilemma – with clever layering and a few multi-tasking accessories, you’ll be well on your way to sartorial success, whatever the weather throws at you.
1. Light layers are key
Paul Smith rollneck sweater
Resist the temptation to get out your cosiest, chunkiest knits first thing in the morning. The key to doing this transitional period well is making what you wear work as hard as it can – and that includes your knitwear. London designer Paul Smith knows all about the capital’s tricksy temperature changes, meaning he’s made this rollneck sweater a versatile as can be. Cut from fine burgundy wool, it’ll work well on its own on milder days, and can be slipped under a gilet or chore jacket on colder mornings or evenings.
2. A lightweight raincoat will be your saving grace
Mackintosh oversized coat
Although Britain’s spring weather is changeable by nature, one thing’s for sure: it’ll definitely rain at some point, somewhere. So it’s always best to be prepared. This coat from Mackintosh’s Spring Summer ’19 collection is just what you’re looking for. A modern update of its classic mac, the coat is water-repellant, and features a clean-cut oversized silhouette and contrasting rubberised cuffs, both details that’ll earn you extra style points this spring.
3. Choose trews that take centre stage
Rubinacci ‘Manny’ tapered trousers
As we’ve explored a few times, corduroy is a trend worth trying. This pair from Rubinacci come in the brand’s distinctive tapered design, and have a double-buckle waistband that recalls WWII Gurkha uniforms. Made from 100 per cent cotton, they’re breathable enough for warmer days, yet still solid enough for that after-dark commute. The unusual styling also mean these can take centre stage in your trans-seasonal outfits: wear them with the Paul Smith sweater tucked in and tan leather lace-up boots, for instant spring style points.
4. Choose sneakers made for jumping puddles
CQP Racquet Sr sneakers
While we all love a solid pair of trusty winter boots, at this time of year they can contribute to a nasty case of ‘sweaty feet in office-itis’. What you need is a pair of stylish sneakers that you can run around town in, keeping your feet cool while also letting you speed-walk home after dark. These C.QP Racquet Sr sneakers offer just that. Inspired by classic tennis trainers, their sleek lines and minimal detailing are ideal for a spring wardrobe refresh. What’s more, the soles, constructed with several layers of cushioning and a metal shank, can pound the pavement from dawn till dusk if needs be.
Around £263, c-qp.com
5. A substantial – but not too heavy – outer layer
Filson shirt jacket
American outdoors brand Filson knows all about battling the temperamental elements, making it an ideal name to turn to in this tricky mid-season period. This classic four-pocket shirt jacket was inspired by classic workwear styles, and is made from thick virgin wool that’s naturally warm, breathable and water-repellent. Meaning it’s ideal for Britain’s inconstant weather conditions. Thick, but not too bulky, it would work well on a milder day layered over a jersey t-shirt and a pair of this season’s cargo trousers.
£395, shop now
6. Go for accessories that don’t weigh you down
Lock & Co cashmere beanie
There’s nothing worse that donning a huge scarf or a proper felt hat on a chilly morning, and having to carry it around with you for the rest of the day, slowly sweltering under its heat. Instead, opt for accessories that don’t weigh you down, like this cashmere beanie from Lock & Co. It’s insulating enough to make your chilly early morning dash to the train that much better, but also lightweight enough to stuff into your bag for the rest of the day. Now that’s what we call a sweet style solution.
£95, shop now