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It’s Raining, Men

You all know the saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ You anticipate, at least mentally, that this month of the year will be reliably rainy, but I’ve noticed that mental readiness does not necessarily signify wardrobe readiness.

Dressing for winter and fall weather ailments is much different than dressing for spring and  summer ailments. In the fall and winter seasons, the primary focus in terms of outerwear is warmth, although there is a need to stay dry during winter weather storms. In the spring and summer, however, the focus is to stay dry and cool, so there is an inherent challenge for designers in the creation of, and for consumers in the choice of outwear during the warmer, wet months.

The obvious key elements to choosing outerwear for the warm, wet seasons is to choose something that is both waterproof and lightweight. Another element to consider that is often overlooked when buying rain gear is pack- or carry-ability. Because of the warmer temperatures, it is unlikely that you will want to keep any type of excess clothing on any longer than is necessary.

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(Steven Alan, Jack Spade, Barbour, Jack Wills)

In terms of jackets, choose items like unlined, waterproof parkas and zip jackets in neutral or cool colors like beige, olive green, mustard yellow, or poppy red. For rain boots (yes, men SHOULD wear rain boots), go for a basic rubber-sole rain boot in a dark color like navy, black, grey, or green as these colors are less likely to show dirt and mud residue.  As for umbrellas, yes. Please, for my sanity and for the sake of everyone around you, use an umbrella!

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(Sperry, Tommy Hilfiger, Hunter, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew)

 

 

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4 Chambray Must-Haves and How to Wear Them

Chambray transcends seasons. In the fall and winter, a chambray button-down perfectly complemented your navy cords or burgundy chinos, and an effortless element of chic. And now in the spring and summer, the light-weight linen finished garments, add style and versatility to both casual wear and sophisticated ensembles.

1. The classic chambray button-down. Pair it with your favorite salmon chino shorts, and a pair of boat shoes and you have the perfect casual, ‘weekend at the beach,’ look.

JWills
Jack Wills $89.50

2. The chambray short. Great for dressing up or down. For a daytime casual look, pair with a light-weight cotton v-neck tee in solid or stripe pattern and a pair of leather sandals. At night pair with a navy or white button-down and nice clean tennis shoes for a causal look, or a pair of leather loafers for a nicer look.

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J.Crew $75.00

3. The essential chambray blazer. This item takes any casual summertime look and makes it sophisticated. Pair with a tee, shorts, sandals, and a fedora for a super trendy weekend outfit, or put it over a silk blend button-down and your favorite khakis for an outdoor evening party ensemble.

ScotchSoda
Scotch & Soda $215.00

4. The printed chambray tie. I love this tie paired with a white, salmon, or light blue button-down, tucked into a pair of chino style shorts or pants in a complementary color. Nothing says spring like a floral chambray tie.

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J.Crew $69.50

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Fashionably British

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Don’t get me wrong I adore American fashion and American designs, but there is something so debonaire about British fashion that I absolutely adore. One of the most endearing qualities of British menswear is how true to tradition it remains; British design elements very rarely change or evolve, which is a characteristic that some may criticize, but their designs are traditional and unique from the rest of world, and quite honestly, don’t need to changes.

Their muted, neutral color palettes are neither drab nor are they attention-seeking; they are a total reflection of Great Britain’s climate and culture.  Britain’s foggy, often rainy, maritime climate doesn’t lend itself to bright cheerful colors, and the British “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude doesn’t allow for pompous fashion and bold look at me palettes. Navy blue, hunter green, and shades of grey dominate British wardrobes, which might make one think that British fashion is dull or just more of the same, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

For Brits, distinction in fashion lies in the design: the fit, the cut, the quality. Men’s formal and ready-to-wear shirts, sports coats, and blazers traditionally slim-cut and fitted to the body, cutting in slightly at the waist. Trousers, too, are typically very slim cut and taper down the leg, which differs from traditional American designs, which usually have a straight leg. Outerwear diverges from the other ready-to-wear items I have mentioned in that the designs are typically less fitted, but remains in sync with the rest of British menswear in its color palette. Outwear is made of durable textiles, almost always lined, and designed to endure all weather conditions.

Idiot’s Guide to Buying British:

  • Knickers: Underwear
  • Gilet: Vest
  • Trouser: Pants
  • Caban: Jacket featuring a cutaway collar; usually double breasted
  • Parka: lightweight, durable coat; typically lined and meant for rainy or windy weather conditions

Here are some of my favorite pieces from each of my favorite British brands and retailers…

Jack Wills:

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 Burberry:

TopMan:

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Barbour:

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Paul Smith:

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