The Awkward Winter-Spring Transition

March 25th, 2012

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It’s that awkward time in-between Winter & Spring seasons right now. Still cold, but not enough for big winter coats.

The way I see it, you got two options: a lightweight coat with a scarf, or a heavyweight suit with a scarf.

I did both this week.


1. Lightweight Topcoat

An unlined cotton topcoat is one of my go-tos between seasons. In fact, I have this same one by Theory in navy as well. The shape and fit make the jacket “dressy” but the cotton fabric gives it a casual feel as well. This jacket can easily be dressed down.

Paired with a scarf it’s just enough to break the chill, but not enough to get overheated. Think of a cotton topcoat as a windbreaker, for whenever you’re not doing something athletic.

As I’ve mentioned, I like fur in small doses. This black/grey rabbit fur scarf ads a soft touch of luxury and sophistication.

Carrying a bag, especially for us city folk, makes life much easier when the weather is unpredictable. You can swap out layers and accessories and carry them on the go.

I like a leather duffle because, like a cotton topcoat, it can also be dressed up or down. Look for something big enough to carry your daily belongings but small enough that it’s easy to handle – but not so small that it gets confused for a purse.

Not sure what bag is right for you? Check out my top five suggestions.

  • Rabbit fur scarf from Flea Market in Canada
  • Black leather duffle by Kenneth Cole
  • Black leather tassel loafers by Allen Edmonds
  • White oxford shirt by Thom Browne
  • Light grey flannel trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Black unlined cotton topcoat by Theory
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  • Emil


    Love your blog!

    I was wondering if you would consider doing a post of fashion tips for blonde men. As in real, nordic (Scandinavian) blondes. Pale skin but do get very tan.
    For example I feel like I can’t really pull off red but I dont really know.

  • ed

    the loafers and pants in the third picture down are expert. i just can’t go for the rabbit fur scarf, sorry

  • LIFTLUXEandrew

    Love the double-breasted suit jacket. So happy they’re making a come-back.

  • Adyna

    The dark navy suit is pretty amazing..the scarf makes the touch!

  • AFJ

    Nice bag and watch. Brands?

    A bit girly that scarf to my taste.

  • jack

    Super awesome.

    As always keep up the good work.

  • Jules

    Great post.

    Know you’ve answered this lots but I can’t find it – Whats the diameter of your trouser hems for your heavy suiting fabrics like these?

  • cam

    dan, nice post. why didn’t you feature the other 2 looks here from the lookbook? they are boss!

    • Daniel

      Agreed. Those looks were great! I guess that’s the benefit of also having the lookbook.

    • Qiqi

      Awww, I like the scarf tied around the dress! I did the same thing to my maxi dress (it just fleoatd too far from my ribcage). I have always wondered why companies would add belts to clothing that are the same exact color. I mean, black skirt and black belt. WHY?! (My guess is that it is cheaper?? I dunno, lol)