Weekend warriors: how to do casual cool in spring
In between seasons
We are, in fact, talking about this bizarre time of the year when the weather takes a turn for the bipolar. One day it's all sparkling sunshine and warming rays. The next it's so miserable that it must have listening to Adele all night. And yet what to wear so that you both look stylish and are comfortable? We got you covered.
While bombers are of the moment they can date quicker than Taylor Swift post-break up. For something more classic and versatile, opt for denim. We like this brushed black denim jacket, $189, from Jack London, shopjacklondon.com.au. The concealed buttons provide a sleek line and done up, can actually look like low-key chic. The finish is also just worn enough to be interesting. Not so much distressed as a little upset.
Now when we say chino, we are not talking about those baggy, pleat-fronted monstrosities your Dad has a Brokeback Mountain relationship with - "I wish I knew how to quit you". Instead, these have a flat front and tend to a slim silhouette. Avoid skinny as they are not quite versatile enough to be paired with a blazer. Finding the perfect balance is The Slim Pant, US$65, from Everlane, everlane.com. The two per cent elastane allows for freedom of movement and while the khaki shade is good for day, the midnight shade will allow you dress up or down according to the occasion.
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These can make or break the outfit and switching them up can transform an ensemble from cool weather chic to summery perfection. Red Wing's Beckman round boot, $484, redwingshoes.com.au, is equally at home paired with jeans and chinos - but not a suit. For warmer days, invest in a pair of Spring Court B2 leather sneakers in off white, $245, springcourt.com.au. They make an interesting alternative to Cons and the shade is on point. Roll up your pants legs a smidge, lose the socks and you're good to go.
Two words. James Perse. You will wear the long-sleeved doubled polo in heather/grey, $365, jamesperse.com, for years and while it may seem pricey at first, the quality of the cotton means it will retain its shape through dozens of washes. For something a touch more structured and formal, check out Uniqlo's easy care slim fit broadcloth long-sleeved shirt, $49.90, uniqlo.com/au. Roll up the sleeves to mid-forearm to keep things laidback.
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