Phew, It’s Nearly Time to Begin Dressing Correctly Once more
Summer doesn’t last forever, and while there are many downsides to this, there are also a great number of upsides. The main one is that we can start wearing our best clothes again.
Sure, donning a pair of shorts and a light T-shirt is easy and usually looks pretty good, but the possibility of layering and utilizing texture to full effect again really outweighs it. That’s why transitional style is arguably the most exciting part of the sartorial year.
Some things to think about when perfecting transitional style: while summer is a time to adopt bold colors and big prints, transitional style plays into the hands of those willing to tone it down a touch. Neutral tones are a cooling antidote to the striking hues of summer so play into that.
From a practical perspective, it’s worth bringing in some heavier fabrics, too. The temperature will drop, but don’t reach for the down jackets yet. We’re talking denim overshirts, cardigans, and knitwear.
Below, with the help of MR PORTER, we selected 10 pieces that will define our transitional style in 2022. Ranging from Stone Island to Dries Van Noten, it proves that transitional style accounts for all sides of the contemporary menswear spectrum.
Basically the epitome of a transitional jawn, this earth-tone cardigan by Acne Studios is easy to style, easy to layer, and nicely warm. Top marks.
The boys behind podcast Throwing Fits recently linked up with MR PORTER to bring us a capsule collection with some of the best brands in menswear. This pair of checkered trousers made in collaboration with Beams Plus stands out as a big highlight from the collection.
Every transitional wardrobe should feature one denim shirt. A.P.C. is the king of minimal denim creations and the Bastian Shirt is the perfect example. Wear it hard to give it unique personality.
Cut from merino wool, this lightweight sweater is super warm, which obviously helps in the transition into fall. But, to counteract that, it’s defined by a baby pink hue which allows you to cling on to the pastel tint for summer for a few more months.
Many will be rejoicing at the fact that jeans are back on the menu now. Especially heavy-duty iterations like these selvedge jeans from OrSlow.
MR PORTER’s in-house label MR P is up there with the best labels on the site. Pieces like this textured shirt show the keen eye for detail that separates this brand from most retailers’ in-house equivalents.
We’re easy catch for a wide-wale corduroy, and Stone Island has us hook, line, and sinker here. In black, the thick corduroy has a velveteen finish that brings something extra to the understated design.
Utilitarian, outdoors pieces really come into their own when the weather switches. It’s what they were designed for, after all. Nanga’s Takibi Trousers are lightweight but protective to make sure you’re covered in all eventualities.
While we’re big supporters of a more toned-down wardrobe post-summer, it’s not to say that all colors should be ignored. The Ijebu T-Shirt from POST IMPERIAL is the kind of lynchpin that will hold a transitional outfit together and bring a flash of vibrant energy.
If you’re looking for a sneaker that works with every possible outfit, the Common Projects Achilles Low is the one. Super-minimal and lauded as the originator of the trend, the Achilles Low still stands up as one of the safest cops in the luxury sneaker arena.
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