Even if the weather currently feels more like coat time, spring is slowly coming and with it the question: What does a man wear over a suit on the way to work? And how do you keep warm despite wind and weather? We introduce you to typical representatives of the transition jacket and explain which jacket goes with which style.
In men’s fashion, there are some tried and tested classics that can not only be combined in a variety of ways but are also available in so many different designs that there should be something for every taste and style.
The trench coat
In the business area and at evening events, the warm wool coat is replaced by the trench coat in the transition period. However, it is also not suitable for very formal occasions, so if possible a cover should be dispensed with as soon as the temperatures allow it.
The classic here is of course the beige model, which has now achieved downright cult status and should not be missing in any wardrobe. If you don’t like or like light beige tones, you can always fall back on a model in black or dark blue, which can be combined just as well with the classic men’s wardrobe.
There are also different lengths to choose from for the trench coat. The variance ranges from hip-short to thigh length to knee height (or even longer). The short version is not quite as classic and looks almost sporty. The two middle lengths are ultimately a matter of taste. However, one should note that a shorter cut is recommended for wider trouser legs so that the body does not appear too compressed.
The quilted jacket
The quilted jacket is suitable for colder days in the transition period. Often labelled as an old man’s jacket, you can always see younger men in blue or green versions of this outdoor classic.
The oilcloth jacket
The leather jacket
The bomber jacket
The coarse cotton fabric of the parka is reminiscent of that of the trench coat, but otherwise, the parka is a much more casual variant of the transition jacket. It was originally designed as a winter jacket and, like the trench coat, soon found its way into military clothing. Also called anorak, it became a clothing item for the civilian population in the 1960s and unlined models were also increasingly being developed. In the 1970s and 1980s, the parka became the hallmark of youth culture in the GDR, who wanted to use it to express their urge for freedom. Nowadays it can be found in a wide variety of designs, the classic colors green and blue are mostly retained, but as with all fashionable developments, there are always models that have almost nothing in common with the original item of clothing. In general, it is a more sporty jacket shape that can be worn in summer and winter thanks to its diverse uses – sometimes lined with down feathers, sometimes unlined, and made of robust cotton material.
The denim jacket
Similar to jeans, the denim jacket is never really in but also never really out. That alone makes them, like the trench coat, a classic. Their comfortable cut and the wide selection of different washes make them an all-around talent in the leisure look, for all ages. Variants made of light stone-washed denim exude a flair of youth and hippie times, dark washes can even look classy and can also be combined with chinos or other trousers. Jeans naturally go well with jeans, but you have to be careful not to get too much. This can be circumvented by either deliberately changing style and combining a shirt with jeans, for example, or by choosing a jacket and pants in completely different washes or colors. Very light or very dark jackets are therefore recommended, as they can always be used to set a color accent. Models with fur lining are currently coming back into fashion, which is particularly useful on colder days. However, these are not for everyone, as they can only really look particularly ‘casual’ combined without being too reminiscent of a trucker. Denim jackets are generally not recommended for the business sector unless you work in the creative industry and can therefore deal with common dress codes a little more loosely.
Alternative to the jacket – the down vest
In the leisure sector, in particular, the down vest is a universal replacement for a coat or down jacket. Depending on the temperature, it can be combined with a thick sweater or simply with a shirt underneath. Their use is of course also based on the amount of down-filled, although thickness does not automatically mean warmth. Today’s down vests and jackets are technically designed so that even very light and thin models offer special protection against the cold. The color and the pattern determine the effect: the more colorful, the more casual. Particular caution is required with checked patterns, which can quickly look like a lumberjack if the rest of the outfit is not also rather unusual. The vest is most often used in sports. Whether cycling, running or hiking, the warming function paired with the given freedom of movement makes you the perfect partner there. Monochrome and unpatterned, especially in blue or black, the down vest is much more versatile than patterned or gaudy models. Nevertheless, the down vest is definitely not the right companion for the business look or for an evening event.
Original post: starrymille blog